IFA+ Summit 2017: PlugInspiration
The 2017 edition of IFA⁺ Summit gave many opportunities to get new insights into the future. Check out our recap video to get a glimpse of what happened last year.
Impulse Speakers 2017
Check out last year's program:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.