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Cyborg Anthropologist at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, USA
Cyborg anthropologist at Harvard University and the MIT shows how technology influences and changes us humans - and how it needs to be designed to be more of a help than a hindrance: “We are all cyborgs now.”
Neuroscientist and VP Product at EMOTIV Inc., San Francisco, USA
Erica is a neuroscientist, entrepreneur and educator passionate about applying the science of the brain to solve real world problems. As VP Product at EMOTIV, she is thrilled to work with some of the most exciting technology in the field, making the inner workings of the brain accessible for self-improvement, business, research and play.
Research Director at Demos, London, UK
Carl, the Research Director of Britain’s leading cross-party think tank is interested in how social media is changing society and politics, and how it can be used to transform decisions. Carl writes on social media and the 2015 General Election for the Sunday Times, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Policy Institute, King’s College London.
CEO at Deep Inc., Toronto, Canada
In addition to producing innovative cross-media features for television, Thomas has written and directed eight award-winning, including two Emmy Awards, documentaries that have been broadcasted in more than 30 countries. He is a leading figure in the creation of participatory narratives and he brought the underground genre of Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream.
Senior Vice President, Qualcomm San Diego, USA
Raj is currently responsible for managing the IoT business of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and advocates 5G infrastructure.
He has over 20 years of experience in business and engineering management and strategic marketing. Prior, he was an executive with Texas Instruments, creating new businesses in digital consumer electronics and wireless technologies.
General Manager Europe, Alexa Skills and Voice Service, Amazon
Fabrice is passionate about changing customers’ daily lives with technology. His team helps European brands, manufacturers, service providers and developers create exciting voice experience for their customers, by integrating with Amazon Alexa voice assistant via software (Skills) or hardware (Voice Service). Fabrice joined Amazon 7 years ago, launching and growing Amazon Fashion in France, then in Europe.
CEO Europe at Vectorform, Germany
Clemens is the executive experience director of Vectorform, a global organization that invents digital products and experiences for leading brands. He is responsible for the overall operational performance of the European region and leads the design department globally. Joining Vectorform in 2007 as a creative director, Clemens is a valued visionary voice, influencer, and thought leader in the design field.
Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Kate is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), focusing on cognition, sex, gender and sexuality, and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems such as sexual companion robots.
Head of R&D at EyeEm, Berlin, Germany
Appu is the Head of Research and Development at EyeEm, where he leads a team working to index the world’s photographs. Appu co-founded sight.io, where he and his team developed technology to rate images based on computational aesthetics, which was acquired by EyeEm in 2014. Prior to that, Appu completed post-doc positions at Image and Visual Representation Group, EPFL, Lausanne and Computer Vision Lab.
Innovation Director at Design People Aarhus, Denmark
Klaus is partner and strategic innovation director at design-people, an award winning Scandinavian innovation- and design consultancy with clients like Microsoft and LG Electronics. Applying a research based “inspired by women” toolbox for tech innovation and marketing has given Klaus a reputation of a thought leader in customer centric business development - with special attention to the female consumer segment.
Tom Van de Wiele
Principal Security Consultant at F-Secure, Denmark
Tom Van de Wiele is Principal Cyber Security Consultant at F-Secure and based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a European senior information security consultant and advisor and overall information security zealot with 15 years of experience in attack and penetration testing with profound knowledge about the tactical and operational aspects of international information security projects.
Researcher at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Michael Madary is a co-author of the first code of conduct for research and consumer use of virtual reality. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane University and has also published widely on the philosophy of perception.
Scientist at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin, Germany
Paul is an expert in the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI), innovation management and research marketing. He focuses on new ways of HCI, like computer vision-based contact-free, gestural interaction. One of his projects is called smart care unit control room. He wants to develop a 'Proxemic Bedside Monitor' which allows multimodal interaction and adaptive information visualisation at intensive care units.
Ambassador of VW Digital Lab
Working in close cooperation with universities, research institutions and technology partners, the Volkswagen lab comes up with new IT solutions for areas such as Industry 4.0, big data, advanced analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, connectivity and the internet of things. The lab also functions as catalysts for new work models and personnel recruitment methods.
Data + AI Consultant / Artist at YQP / Partner at katapult:NOW
Florian is an independent consultant for data, artificial intelligence & digital transformation, technologist & artist from Berlin. He is also part of the art collective YQP NYC/Berlin. In their artistic work they blend technology with interactive storytelling. Lately they developed the first artificial intelligent muse in cooperation with the painter Roman Lipski.
Consumer Lifestyle Editor at Stylus, London
Kate maps trends in behaviours and attitudes, and explores changes in the tech landscape. She has an MA in International Journalism with distinction from London’s City University and has previously written for Vice, BBC Good Food, Stylist and Positive Luxury.
CEO at EarlySense, Tel Aviv, Israel
Avner is a physicist and entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Digital Health company EarlySense, and lecturer on the High-Tech Industry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. EarlySense's big data analytics platform has monitored more than half a million patients worldwide and helped clinicians save hundreds of lives and tens of thousands of hospitalization days.
CEO at Cara by HiDoc Technologies, Berlin, Germany
André Sommer sees great opportunities in modern healthcare through digital therapies. His company HiDoc is an award-winning mobile health startup with a grand vision: to transform millions of lives through better and faster medical and psychological care. HiDoc enables patients suffering from chronic diseases to take control of their health through smart evidence-based mobile applications.
Director Innovations & Standards in Technology at Sky Germany
Stephan has been working at Sky Deutschland since July 2002. He has significantly been involved in the launch of technical innovations including Sky+, Sky HD and Sky 3D. Since 2011 Stephan’s major focus is on Ultra HD and he serves as chairman of a respective working group in that regard. On European level he is co-chair of a similar working group of FAME.
Principal Analyst, Home Appliances, IHS Markit
Dinesh is a principal analyst working within the IHS Consumer Electronics team and heads the Home Appliances Research. He is spearheading this division with new initiatives working across a range of home appliances. Dinesh has 17 years of experience of working in the market research and consumer insights industry, spanning various industry sectors.
Julius van de Laar
Political Strategist & Campaign Consultant
Julius is a digital media strategist and communications expert with strong campaigning experience. He works with politicians, political parties and NGOs to drive their message, shape public opinion, mobilize and engage the grassroots and win the campaign. During the 2012 US Presidential election, Julius served on President Obama's winning presidential campaign in the battleground state of Ohio.
Policy Officer, Privacy International, London
Frederike is a privacy expert with a focus on emerging technologies. At Privacy International she leads the organisations' programme on data exploitation in the private sector. Frederike regularly speaks at tech, policy and art conferences and comments on emerging technologies in the British and international press.
Global Director, Strategy & Business Development, TE Connectivity - Appliances
Terrence is the Global Director of Strategy and Business Development at TE Connectivity – Appliance Business Unit. TE Connectivity is a global provider of connectivity and sensor solutions that connect and protect the flow of power and data in virtually every industry. In his role, Terrence is responsible for business development and driving growth in new markets and the connected home.
Principal Analyst, Consumer Devices, IHS Markit
Paul is a Principal Analyst/Researcher within the IHS Technology group since 2014, when HIS acquired DisplaySearch, a leader in primary research on the global display market, where Paul served as director of European research. He has more than 20 years of experience in market intelligence, marketing and product management.
Chief Futurist, Holition
Karinna leads the insight and strategy team at Holition. She was previously an academic at London College of Fashion and has taught globally at renowned institutions like the Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design and Pearl Academy New Dehli. Karinna is a published author, who continues to lecture and undertake research on the digitalisation of the fashion industry.
Futurist & Special Advisor on Future of Health
Bogi Eliasen is a knowledge broker whose expertise lies in combining various fields of knowledge. He was one of the initiators of the FarGen project of the Faroe Islands in 2009. He is also an expert on the Future of Health at Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies and chair of the Danish UNESCO bioethical committee.
Director Games, IHS Markit
Piers leads research and analysis of the $100 billion games market at IHS Markit. He also co-ordinates research across the immersive computing technologies of virtual and augmented reality. As head of games research, Piers leads a global team of analysts tracking the evolution of the games sector across all major channels, platforms and monetization models.
Head of Brand Strategy and Identity, Candy Hoover Group
Gianpiero has a solid branding and business management experience, consolidated through growing responsibilities in commercial, marketing and communication roles, for several multinational IT groups. Within Candy Group, he is strongly contributing to improving the understanding of existing trends to enhance brands by targeting them to specific consumer segments.
IoT, SaaS, PaaS Marketing Executive, Ayla Networks
Rod led the marketing team for a leading Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service provider. Responsible for: Sales Enablement, Demand Generation, Marketing Operations, AR/PR and Marketing. Selected Accomplishments:
- Launched Ayla in US, EU and Japan regions
- Increased Share of Voice within IoT Platform segment from 9% to 74% n 18 months
Millie Graham Wood
Legal Officer, Privacy International, London
Millie is a solicitor at Privacy International in London. Current cases include challenge to MI5, MI6, GCHQ in relation to bulk communications data and bulk personal datasets. Studying Computer Science at Birkbeck, University of London and involved in Computing Women @ BBK. Previously at Birnberg Peirce & Partners, solicitors.
Senior Vice President New TV Formats, EUtelsat S.A. France
Michel is responsible for the promotion, marketing and development of new video technologies, or new TV Formats, like Ultra HD. He is a Board member of the French HD Forum. Michel holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris), a Master’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Industrial Marketing.
Chief Executive Officer, Avegant
Joerg Tewes is responsible for the development, commercialization and marketing at Avegant. Mr. Tewes came to Avegant from Logitech where he spent several years as VP of the Digital Home Business Group and VP of Webcams. Before joining Logitech, Joerg worked at Pinnacle Systems and Poet Holdings. An engineer by training, Mr. Tewes received his graduate degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin.
IoT-Security Project Manager, Neue Verantwortung Foundation, Berlin
Jan-Peter Kleinhans is leading the IoT-Security Project at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, an independent, charitable, non-party think tank in Berlin. The project analyzes how and why the IoT market fails to produce reasonably secure and trustworthy IoT devices for consumers and looks for incentives for IoT manufacturers to better follow Security-by-Design principles. Jan-Peter holds a master’s degree in communication theory from Uppsala University and a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Darmstadt University of Technology.
VP of Global MKT & Sales Center - Qihan Technology Co, LTD
Lennic has worked all over the world. Lennic first worked for Huawei in several positions in Switzerland China, Luxembourg and the US. After 6 years at Huawei, Lennic moved back to Shenzhen, China. He became the Vice President and Head of Sales for the Harxon Corporation before becoming the VP of Global MKT & Sales Center for QIHAN Technologies in Shenzhen.
Chief Executive Officer, Wikitude
Martin is a successful internet and telecom entrepreneur. Prior to joining Wikitude, Martin has successfully built-up and sold fatfoogoo, a leading provider of payment systems for online games, to Digital River (DRIV). Previously, Martin has held strategic management positions in Europe and the US with Qpass Inc., UCP, and T‑Mobile.
CEO of CardioCube
Oskar Kiwic is using artificial intelligence to help patients manage their heart failure and heart disease treatments. CardioCube, the device Kiwic and his team are developing, integrates a voice recognition interface with machine learning technology to create specialized treatment plans for patients and deliver the comfort of having a doctor in their own home.
CTO & Co-founder, Prodea Systems
Amir is is an inventor and serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in designing and building technologies in the areas of telecommunications, multimedia, health, and privacy. Amir’s years of extensive research and development in the Internet of Things space have made him a subject matter expert and has earned him over 20 key patents in the field.
Creative Director at UID Berlin
Henrik Rieß is UID’s Creative Director, a UX designer and technology enthusiast. He focuses on designing product and service spaces that are comprehensible and accessible for everyone. Therefore, he strives to combine clearly defined product requirements, implicit user needs and the playful fascination exerted by tomorrow’s technologies. His design research work at UIDlabs focuses on how to make information in our analog-digital world tangible and comprehensible, and on continuing the development of UID’s structural-experimental design thinking process.
Head of Data Analytics & Connected Products, Philips
Kacy leads the Data Analytics Team for Connected Digital Platforms and Propositions at Philips. She is responsible for ensuring that Connected, Internet of Things Products developed at Philips launch with a clear data strategy and performance models to ensure that data generated by these devices can be processed and analyzed to drive timely decisions.
Senior Analyst, Connected Home, IHS Markit
Paul has over 13 years of technology industry experience. His current subject areas are connected devices, over-the-top video hardware, multiscreen delivery and consumption, network audio devices, and the evolution of user interface technology within consumer devices. He is part of the team driving Connected Devices research within the Broadband Technology Intelligence service.
IoT - The internet of Everything?
Nowadays, all technological devices can be interconnected. But how safe does that make my dishwasher? Raj Talluri, Klaus Schroeder and Tom van de Wiele are discovering everything about The Internet of Things.
Who needs humans in the time of AI?
Global innovations in the field of artificial intelligence are going to redefine every aspect of life. Listen to EyeEm's Appu Shaji, and Dr Kate Devlin discussing the take over of AI.
VR - Real life vs. Fantasy
How does Virtual Reality change our lives? Thomas Wallner, Clemens Conrad, Paul Chojecki and Michael Madary are talking about the latest, upcoming and future developments of realities.
Data wide open?
Future is connected with Open Data. What does that mean for companies, consumers and politics? Cardiff University’s Senior Lecturer Arne Hintz knows all aspects of Open Data.
(Mis)Understanding Design Thinking
A critical reflection of one of the biggest buzzwords in the creative industry, an assessment of a huge misunderstanding and a valuation of the real usability for decider and interaction-designer. Which questions can be processed and to what extent? What are the chances and the risks in the development of ideas and in prototyping? This format is supposed to be a 'Mini Lecture'. Based on an existing project titled “Waiting time” that has been worked on by students for a semester, Henrik Rieß from UID Berlin will introduce procedures and key moments in decision-making. As part of this presentation there will be a chance to experience the several steps and make your own judgment, to see if Design Thinking is a good tool for developing ideas.
The internet of shit Mistrust your Smart Devices
Vacuum cleaner which secretly measure your living room. Investigators who request sensitive data from tech companies to solve crimes. Toys that are connected to WIFI. There aren’t many parts of life that aren’t connected to the internet anymore. The industry celebrates the possibilities of the “Internet of Things” - Frederike Kaltheuner und Millie Graham Wood from Privacy International (London) aren’t as relaxed about it. What happens to us and our data if smart devices occupy our houses and lives? Who is listening? And: Will the law ever be able to catch up with reality?
Learning by Doing Revisited
Usman Ghias (left) and Martin Respondek (right) are using VR glasses to take crews on board the ICE 4, the very latest high-speed train that will make rail journeys even more enjoyable as from December. The two DB employees interact between unique technological worlds – between virtual space, 700-tonne ICE 4 trains and people who are equally fascinated by both of these. Just like Martin and Usman, who demonstrate how business enterprises can provide their staff with digital training and qualifications and what Deutsche Bahn is planning along those lines as from 2018.
The next level of work
Apart from the "heavy metal" automobile production business the Volkswagen group has established various labs and innovation teams as part of its future mobility and digital transformation approach - one of them being the Digital:Lab in Berlin. As data driven services and business models have become highly important for today’s industry and society. At the IFA+ Summit Stefan Gotthardt will give an introduction to the new approaches of collaboration in agile teams and the creation of digital services for the end customer.
IHS Markit Analyst Briefing Living a Smart and Seamless Life: Beyond Connectivity
Dinesh Kithany, Senior Principal Analyst, Smart Home/Appliances at IHS Markit will discuss the latest data and insights from IHS Markit Home Appliance and Smart Home Intelligence Services. Join us for this session where you learn the answers to the following questions:
- What are current adoption levels of connectivity technologies, keeping in mind market drivers and barriers?
- What is next after connectivity?
- Is Artificial intelligence (AI) the new business mantra?
IHS Markit Analyst Briefing Immersive Computing: Next Steps for Augmented Reality
Piers Harding-Rolls, Research Director at IHS Markit will focus on the latest Augmented Reality market insight. Join us for this session where you learn the answers to the following questions:
- What is the roadmap for consumer AR technology and applications?
- What is AR’s potential to disrupt existing CE, content and service categories?
- Do 5G and AR go hand in hand?
IHS Markit Analyst Briefing UHD: Beyond Resolution
Paul Gray Principal Analyst, Consumer Devices of IHS Markit will share new discoveries from the TV Sets Intelligence Service. Join us for this session where you learn the answers to the following questions:
- How are broadcasters and producers exploiting novel technologies (such as High Dynamic Range and Deep Colour) to transform television viewing and bring new creativity to living rooms?
- How can CE brands refocus marketing on UHD which has the potential to offer unprecedented levels of realism to television viewing?
IHS Markit Analyst Briefing Digital Health: Enablement of Consumer and Clinicians
Roeen Roashan, Senior Analyst, Healthcare Technology of IHS Markit will focus this session on new findings from The Digital Health Intelligence Service, the Ultrasound Intelligence Service, and the X-ray Intelligence Service. Join us for this session where you learn the answers to the following questions:
- How is digital enabling both consumers and clinicians in ways that ultimately improve health outcomes?
- What are the key developments supporting personalized medicine?
All you can meet
The IFA+ Summit unites some of the world’s brightest minds. And there is a chance to meet them off stage and in a relaxed atmosphere: At ALL YOU CAN MEET at the Marshall-House visionaries and visitors will come together to exchange ideas over drinks and dinner on 4 September starting 6 PM.
The event is organized by the Berlin Music Commission, German Startups Association and Berlinale. It’s also the launch party for the sampler “listen to berlin”. Singer-songwriter Dota Kehr will play an acoustic set.
The entrance to the event is included in the IFA+ Summit ticket.
Biggerpan builds the first predictive engine powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that instantly surfaces what people want on mobile without searching. By leveraging Natural Language Processing (NLP), the field of AI that extracts meaning from human language, devices can become more aware of what we are doing. They can analyze the things we read, the conversations we have with other people, the visual content we interact with. At the IFA+ Summit, Biggerpan’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Gregory Grefenstette, will present how the latest progress in NLP can lead to a predictive AI, which can anticipate and serve people’s needs in real time, and why this is the future of human to machine interactions.
freihandlabor will make you meet Kurt. Which is the best thing that could happen to him. Because Kurt is a Meeting Bot. freihandlabor, a marketing agency from Zurich, invented the chatbot which helps its users to schedule their meetings with colleagues and customers. Kurt does not only find the date and time, but also the right location. The bot invites everyone and navigates its users to the right place at the right time. The only thing the user has to do is to inform the bot about all mandatory and optional participants, a favored time or time frame and a preferred location, city or area. This can take pressure off the hectic every day office live.
Illusion Walk, a young start-up founded in 2013, is working on the development of a walkable virtual reality platform named “Immersive Deck”. They combine the latest hardware technology and prototypes with their software to bring users the ultimate immersive experience: to walk in large-scale virtual spaces! At their studio in Berlin, they test their multiplayer prototype and create content for gaming, edutainment, architecture, show rooms, and training. It’s especially interesting because their setting allows to walk through real doors and use locks and other stuff.
The humaneyes Vuze camera allows to make the creation of true VR content accessible to just about anyone. Its camera is the world’s first high quality, high resolution, 3D, 360° virtual reality camera. The supplied Humaneyes VR Studio software is a purpose built rendering engine that delivers impressive stereoscopic 3D videos and still pictures at the push of a button. Now, everyone without a Hollywood budget or technical expertise can create unforgettable experiences to relive and share from every angle, over and over.
Sveriges Radio is Sweden’s national publicly funded radio broadcaster. Their innovations team is hard at work to make linear radio stations more customizable. For example a stressed out mother may just need a quick news update while picking up the children but wants to listen to a more stretched out version when the kids finally sleep. The Atomized Radio is supposed to mix curated parts with small “atoms” the user easily choses via app or browser. So one doesn’t have to invest time into building own stations with own demand apps but is free to optimize existing and beloved stations with just a touch.
OrCam breakthrough artificial vision technology assists people who have vision or reading disabilities – people who are blind, visually impaired, or have conditions such as dyslexia, prosopagnosia, aphasia and others. OrCam enables users of the assistive technology device to instantly and discreetly read printed and digital text from any surface as well as recognize faces, products, money notes and more. Triggered by a simple pointing gesture, OrCam MyEye instantly announces the denomination of your country’s currency notes, making shopping, dining and paying quicker, easier – and more assured.