Head of Facial Motion Department at Weta Digital
Wellington & Wairarapa, New Zealand
Stuart Adcock is the Head of Weta Digital’s Facial Motion Department. He joined Weta in 2018 to work on the digital lead characters that star in Alita: Battle Angel and Gemini Man.
The Facial Motion Department is a specialist team of facial animators, who work together with Facial Models and Mocap to produce high-fidelity facial animation. As Head of Department, Stuart ensures his artists are equipped with the very best tools and techniques to deliver the world’s best facial performances.
In addition to Alita and Gemini Man, Stuart has recently completed work on Avengers: Endgame, and is currently working across James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and Disney’s new Lady and the Tramp.
North Carolina, USA
Wesley Allsbrook was born in Durham, North Carolina. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been recognized by The Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, the Television Academy and The Peabody Awards. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her VR credits are Dear Angelica, Quill, The Sunladies and 12 Seconds of Gunfire, The True Story of a School Shooting (Washington Post, 2019). She writes, makes digital art, VR art and installation, and comics. She hopes she can use her work to create better legal and financial working conditions for artists and women in tech.
Founder and Director at AI Ethics Lab
Boston / Istanbul
Cansu is a philosopher and the founder/director of the AI Ethics Lab, where she leads teams of computer scientists and legal scholars to provide ethics analysis and guidance to researchers and practitioners. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy specializing in applied ethics. She works on ethics of technology and population-level bioethics with an interest in policy questions. Prior to the AI Ethics Lab, she was a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, and a researcher at the Harvard Law School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Osaka University, and the World Health Organization.
Founder and CEO at Global Privacy & Security by Design
Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. As the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, she created ‘Privacy by Design’, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing ‘Privacy by Design’ as an International Standard. In 2018, the framework was included in a new EU law: the General Data Protection Regulation. Dr. Cavoukian is now the Executive Director of the Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Jerry M. Chow
Senior Manager Quantum System Technology group at IBM
New York, USA
Jerry M. Chow is the Senior Manager of the Quantum System Technology group at IBM and a Distinguished Research Staff Member. His technical expertise is in the area of design, measurement, and integration of superconducting qubit quantum computing systems. Chow graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in physics and M.S. in applied mathematics from Harvard University (2005) and subsequently a Ph.D in physics from Yale University (2010). He was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his study at Yale, where he worked on implementing the ﬁrst quantum processor with superconducting qubits in Prof. Rob Schoelkopf’s group. He joined IBM Research as a Research Staff Member in 2010. In 2012 he was recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 Technology list. Jerry is the Primary Investigator for the IBM team on the IARPA Logical Qubits program since 2015. In 2016 he co-led the IBM Quantum Experience project, placing a real quantum processor accessible to anyone over the Cloud, which recently was awarded the 2019 Gold Edison Award in the Next Gen Computing category.
Founder Data Justice Lab
Lina Dencik is Reader at Cardiff's School of Journalism, Media and Culture and Co-Founder/Director of the Data Justice Lab. Her research concerns the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on resistance and globalisation. Recently, she has moved into the areas of digital surveillance and the politics of data and worked on the ESRC-funded project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society and the project Managing Threats: Social Media Uses for Policing Domestic Extremism and Disorder funded by the Media Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations. Lina has recently been awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council and is Principal Investigator on the project DATAJUSTICE. With the Data Justice Lab, she has also worked on two further projects, Data Scores as Governance funded by the Open Society Foundations and Data Policies funded by IDRC India (in collaboration with IT for Change), and is currently working on a new two-year project Towards Democratic Auditing funded by the Open Society Foundations.
Chair and Research Director at DervalResearch
Diana Derval, PhD, EMBA, is Chair and Research Director of DervalResearch, global research firm specializing in human behavior and preferences. Harvard Business Review contributor, Jury for CES Asia Innovation Awards, patented inventor of the Hormonal Quotient® (HQ) nominated for the Edison Awards and of the Derval Color Test® taken by 10 million+ people. Member of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, and author of the books “Designing Luxury Brands”, "Hormones, Talent, and Career", and “The Right Sensory Mix”-finalist of the Berry-AMA Award for best marketing book and recommended by Philip Kotler- Diana turns fascinating neuroscientific breakthroughs into powerful business frameworks to identify, understand, and predict human traits, motivations, and behavior. She has accelerated the development of Fortune 500 firms including Sephora, Michelin, Sofitel, Ubisoft, Philips, and L'Oréal. Diana Derval teaches Innovation, Luxury, Design Thinking and Neurosciences at Sorbonne Business School, IFA, Fudan/MIT and Donghua University. Over 25,000 professionals enjoyed her inspirational lectures, TEDx talks, and workshops from Paris to Shanghai.
Executive Director at ICIT
Parham Eftekhari is the Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), the nation's leading cybersecurity Think Tank. Combining 16 years of technology experience with a lifelong passion for leadership and community engagement, Parham is privileged to advise executives at some of the world's top public and private sector organizations, build strategic alliances, and create thought leadership programs focused on national security, cybersecurity, and digital transformation. He leads the development and execution of ICIT's content strategy, which includes its Fellows Program, research publications, and executive briefings, and regularly engages with the media on ICIT's behalf. During his career, Parham has contributed to over a dozen publications, developed curriculum for events that have educated thousands of professionals, and has delivered or organized dozens of briefings at institutions including TEDx, Congress, the World Bank, RSA, C-SPAN, and ICIT. Parham is a recipient of the 2017 (ISC)² Government Information Security Leadership Award - Most Valuable Industry Partner, a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison's School of Business.
Madeleine C. Elish
Research Lead at Data & Society Research Institute
New York, USA
M.C. Elish is a cultural anthropologist whose work examines the social impacts of AI and automation on society. As Research Lead and co-founder of the AI on the Ground Initiative at Data & Society, she works to inform the ethical design, use, and governance of AI systems through the application of social science research and human-centered ethnographic perspectives. Her recent research has focused on how AI technologies affect understandings of equity, values and ethical norms and how professional work lives change in response. She has conducted field work across varied industries and communities, ranging from the Air Force, civilian drone regulation, and commercial aviation to precision agriculture and emergency clinical care. Her research has been published and cited in scholarly journals as well as publications including The New York Times, Slate, Vice, and USA Today. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University and an S.M. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT.
Vice President Technology at Qualcomm Europe, Inc.
Dino Flore is vice president of technology at Qualcomm Europe, Inc., where he is responsible for the leadership, strategy, development and implementation of multiple technologies – with an emphasis on 5G – and driving their adoption across Europe, Middle East and Africa. To achieve this, he is continually working closely with multiple stakeholders across the ecosystem. From September 2016 to September 2018 Flore was appointed director general of the newly formed 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), the goal of which is to bridge the automotive and telecom industries to develop next-generation connected mobility solutions.
UI/UX Designer Mixed Reality at Meshicon
Philip Hausmeier received his Diploma in Communication Design from the HS Düsseldorf in 2003 and his M.F.A. from the Slade School of Art London in 2005. Between 2005 and 2015 he worked as an artist internationally with a focus on immersive spatial installations. In 2013 Hausmeier saw the huge potential of VR/AR/MR technologies for design and art and since then has worked with these media exclusively. In 2016, he founded the company Metaphysics as part of an accelerator in Silicon Valley to create structures that bring virtual reality and the arts together. Resulting exhibitions have been shown at Computer History Museum Mountain View, Zabludowicz Collection London and the ZKM Karlsruhe. In 2017 he co-founded the VR art database Radiance VR which currently presents over 90 international VR artworks and exhibits them in cooperation with museums and other partners. He is co-founder and UX designer of Meshicon Software, a mixed reality company that provides industrial interface solutions for the Microsoft HoloLens. In addition he organizes the Virtual Reality Berlin Meetup (VRBLN), one of the largest communities for VR with over 3,000 members.
Professor at University of Copenhagen
Fritz Henglein is Professor of Programming Languages and Systems at DIKU, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Head of Research at Deon Digital AG, a start-up developing secure and scalable digital contract technology for both decentralized (blockchain, distributed ledger) and centralized systems.
His research contributions are in semantic, logical and algorithmic aspects of programming languages, functional programming, domain-specific languages, digital contracts, reporting and analytics, smart contracts and blockchain/distributed ledger systems
Syed Mujtaba Ishaq
Co-Founder and Sales Director at Unipos Europe
Syed Mujtaba Ishaq is one of the Co-Founding members and Sales Director of Unipos – the fastest growing HR tech startup in Tokyo, Japan. Syed started his journey from Pakistan and ventured into Southeast Asia to experience the multicultural integration and bring back this experience into his family business Xplor Enterprises Pvt Ltd and helped them scale into international markets. Today they are one of the leading MEP contractors and suppliers within the Southasian market. After a successful scale-up, he moved to Germany to pursue his Masters in HR and Finance to learn the modern-day scientific applications in human resources optimization, and to challenge himself to start from scratch in a field he so passionately loves and the secret behind his previous success. His love for empowerment, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion is what drives him and makes him stand out in a crowd.
Jeremy Kaplan is a technology journalist, media personality, and Editor-in-Chief of Digital Trends, which currently reaches almost 30 million people every month and has over 4 million followers on social media. He has spent over two decades writing and speaking about technology.
Before joining DT, he served five years as the science and technology editor for FoxNews.com, where he made international news through a series of articles exposing HectorXavierMonsegur as the head of LulzSec, revealing a months-long collaboration with the FBI, and detailing the ultimate takedown by law enforcement officials of the hacker collective.
He's a sought after tech pundit and futurist who’s worked with organizations like the Consumer Tech Association to identify and highlight the world’s most innovative technology. Kaplan appears regularly on television and radio, including frequent appearances on Fox Business, Reuters, Cheddar, and NPR. Kaplan was just named to Folio's Top 100 in Media for 2019.
Vice President of 5G Business & Innovation department at Rakuten Mobile
Kensuke Katsuta, Vice President of 5G Business & Innovation department which is newly-established in Rakuten Mobile, Inc. He is leading new 5G business and service team in Rakuten Mobile together with technical team, where Rakuten is planning to roll-out world first virtualized cloud 5G network around June, 2020. Mr. Katsuta was a Senior Business Manager for Business Management Office in Sony Mobile Communication at London prior to joining Rakuten Mobile.
Director AMBEO Immersive Audio at Sennheiser
Véronique Larcher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and a PhD in 3D Audio for Virtual Reality from Ircam, France. In 2001, Dr Larcher joined Creative Labs in Santa Cruz (USA) as a 3D Audio Scientist and worked for four years on audio effects for consumer soundcards. She went on to join Sennheiser in 2005 to found and manage the company’s Strategic Innovation office in San Francisco, California, a research entity responsible for incubating and developing new digital technologies and disruptive concepts. Now in Switzerland, Véronique is responsible for AMBEO Immersive Audio at Sennheiser where, among others, she developed a partnership with Magic Leap to develop the tools and accessories enabling innovative mixed reality music experiences.
Founder, Chairman, CTO at Alluxio
Haoyuan Li is founder and CEO of Alluxio Inc.(formerly Tachyon Nexus). Before founding the company, he was working on his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley AMPLab, where he co-created Alluxio, a memory-speed virtual distributed storage. Haoyuan is also a founding committer of Apache Spark. Before the AMPLab, he worked at Conviva and Google. Haoyuan has an MS from Cornell University and a BS from Peking University.
AI Researcher & Entrepreneur at UWaterloo & SickKids
16 years old, Canadian, and striving to develop the future of technology. Shalev Lifshitz is one of the world’s youngest AI researchers and entrepreneurs who has spoken at various conferences inspiring many to explore and think about the future of AI as well as what questions we need to ask in order to be prepared for human-level artificial intelligence. Shalev Lifshitz is developing a neural network that aims to behave more like the human brain and is working to create solutions for some of Canada’s top hospitals such as using AI to expedite diagnostic and drug discovery processes and creating remote assistance systems for stay-at-home patients. His goal is to spark the next wave of human innovation and help humanity reach a new evolutionary step.
Cyber Valley Research Group Leader at University of Stuttgart
Experienced Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the scientific research in close collaboration with the industry. Skilled in Microfabrication, Microfluidics, Mechanical Engineering, Programming, Biomedical Devices, and Data Analysis. Strong research professional with a PhD focused in Microdevices and Biomedical Engineering from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.
Jürgen Rink has a PhD in Physics and started his career in journalism rather late, after 10 years of research in physics labs around Europe. After 20 years in journalism (learning the basics, development of online paywalls, founding new magazines, group leader) he got 2017 the opportunity to be editor-in-chief of Europs biggest IT- and tech-magazine: c't magazine.
Founder and CTO at EyeEm
Ramzi is Co-founder and CTO at EyeEm, the all-in-one platform for your photo and video needs, connecting +22m creators in 150 countries with iconic brands. The platform is powered by its best in class, patented computer vision software that automatically understands the content of an image and curates hundreds of millions of visuals in realtime surfacing the best results for their global customer base.
Ramzi has been interviewed or published in major tech publications including Wired, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, MIT Tech Review and Techcrunch, been invited to lecture to groups ranging from the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Unesco general Assembly in Paris, to the leadership teams of Ernst & Young, Mckinsey, Audi and Daimler, and to speak at some of the leading innovation and technology conferences in the world including SxSW (Austin), VentureBeat Summity (Berkeley), and TOA (Berlin).
Professor at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. In 2018, he was ranked as one of the “Top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. Further, he belongs to the “Top 40 under 40” – a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. The expertise of Prof. Sandner in particular includes blockchain technology, crypto assets, distributed ledger technology (DLT), Euro-on-Ledger, initial coin offerings (ICOs), security tokens (STOs), digital transformation and entrepreneurship.
Professor at Berlin University of the Arts
After graduating from the academy of fine arts in Berlin, Joachim Sauter studied at the 'German Academy for Film and Television', Berlin. Since mid of the 1980s, he has been working as a media artist and designer. From the beginning, he has focused on digital technologies and is experimenting how they can be used to express content, form, and narration. Fueled by this interest, Joachim founded ART+COM in 1988 together with other artists, designers, scientists, hackers and technicians. Today, he leads the interdisciplinary group’s innovative experiments, using new technologies to convey complex topics while exploring their potential for spatial communication and art.
Since 1991 he is full professor for "New Media Art and Design" at the 'University of the Arts' Berlin and since 2001 adjunct professor at UCLA, Los Angeles.
Professor at Monash University
Robert Sparrow is a professor in the philosophy program, a chief investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct professor in the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. He is the author of some seventy-five refereed papers and book chapters on topics as diverse as the ethics of military robotics, aged-care robotics, just war theory, human enhancement, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and nanotechnology. He is a co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and was one of the founding members of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.
Senior Vice President of Product Development & Engineering at Sound United
Brendon oversees product development, engineering and design across all eight Sound United brands, including Denon/HEOS, Marantz, Polk Audio, & Definitive Technology. He has 20 years' experience in consumer electronic global product innovation, development and management. Prior to Sound United, Brendon spent 12 years at Harman, most recently as VP of Product Engineering. Aside from delivering amazing sound performance, Brendon’s experience gives him a unique view on how experiential products tie into wider electronics industry trends, including voice integration, IoT and virtual reality.
Entrepreneur in Residence at Northwestern University Chicago, USA
Christopher Steiner is a New York Times Bestselling Author of two books, including Automate This, How Algorithms Came To Rule Our World. An engineer, a writer and a dedicated tinkerer, his TED talk on algorithms has been viewed 160,000 times. He has written for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Outside, and MIT Technology Review, among others. Steiner, an alumnus of Silicon Valley technology accelerator Y Combinator, cofounded Aisle50, which offered consumers subscriptions to products at brick and mortar stores, in 2010. Groupon acquired Aisle50 in 2015. Steiner now serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Northwestern University and a principal at Liberty Advisor Group, a technology consultancy. He loves to ski and built ZRankings.com, which uses more than 40 data points per mountain to help people plan ski trips according where the snow will be best.
Executive Director at Mozilla
Mark is Executive Director of Mozilla Foundation, the global nonprofit that does everything from making Firefox to standing up for issues like online privacy. Mark is focused on fueling the broader internet health movement by working with citizens, technologists and civic leaders around the world. Mark is a prominent thinker and thought leader — his analysis and opinions have been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, Fast Company and dozens of other publications. A seasoned and charismatic speaker, Mark has delivered keynotes on five continents at major global events as diverse as Mobile World Congress, Personal Democracy Forum, TEDx Kids, World Innovation Summit on Education and the O’Reilly Open Source Summit.
Founder of BlockchainHub
Shermin Voshmgir is the Author of the Book “Token Economy“ which has become a best seller in the first two weeks of its release. She is the director of the Research Institute for Cryptoconomics at the Vienna University of Economics, and the founder of BlockchainHub Berlin. In the past, she was a curator of TheDAO, and advisor to various startups like Jolocom, Wunder and the Estonian E-residency program. In addition to her studies at the Vienna University of Economics, she studied film and drama in Madrid. Her past work experience ranges from Internet startups, research & art. She is Austrian, with Iranian roots, and lives between Vienna and Berlin.
Founder and CEO at SHIFT GmbH
Carsten Waldeck a designer, philosopher and inventor from Hessen/Germany. He is also the founder and visionary behind the SHIFTPHONE and other sustainable Technologies. He received his Diploma in Communication Design from the HS Darmstadt (hda) in 1999 with his thesis "iWorld", that set the path for Smartphones, Social Networks and mobile Internet as we know it today. He also studied computer science and philosophy in Marburg and worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt in the area of "Mobile Information Visualization" and wrote scientific publications about his Invention "Liquid Browsing" and other Interaction Innovations. Today Carsten and his Brother Samuel Waldeck are leading SHIFT and introduced "Universal Computing" as the next revolution of mobile computing and the SHIFT6mq as the most modular and sustainable smartphone ever built. Their main goal is to maximize purpose and values, not profit. To do as much good as possible, while doing as little harm as possible on the way.
Research Associate at University Hamburg
Pak-Hang Wong earned his M.Phil at the University of Hong Kong, and later moved to the Netherlands and completed his PhD at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. Afterwards he joined the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow on Climate Geoengineering Governance, and then as a Lecturer in Hang Seng Management College. In 2017, he joined the Research Group for Ethics in Information Technology at the Department of Informatics, Universität Hamburg as a PostDoc Research Associate. Pak's research focuses on philosophy of technology, ethics of information technology, engineering ethics and geoengineering in particular.
Co-Founder, CSO at Empath
Hazumu is Co-founder of CSO of Empath Inc., developing Emotion AI Empath, which can identify emotion from the voice in real-time regardless of the language. He is know as a "Pitch Beast", winning 8 international competitions such as Pitch Your Startup at ICT Spring 2018 (Luxembourg), Alibaba Cloud Pitch Contest (China and Japan), and Accenture Innovation Award at GITEX 2017 (UAE). With his philosophy and comparative literature background, he has talked about emotion AI and its ethics as a keynote speaker at major tech conferences such as ICT Spring 2019 (Luxembourg), InnoVex 2019 (Taiwan), and Slush Tokyo 2017.
Chief Scientist @ Dolby Laboratories
Dr. Poppy Crum is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. Poppy is Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, leading the company's integration of neuroscience and sensory data science into its entertainment, communication and future technologies. She is also adjunct professor at Stanford University.
Avast Security Ambassador and former world chess champion
Since Garry Kasparov’s legendary chess matches against IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer in 1996 and 1997, Kasparov has been deeply engaged with artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction, and human rights issues. With the rise of intelligent technologies, questions of ethics and responsibility in online privacy gain a new level. At the IFA+ Summit, Kasparov will share his views on the challenges arising from the proliferation of AI, and what can be done by regulators and industry to assure that ethical standards and privacy protections are a part of this exciting technology.
Futures Studies & Ideation @ Daimler AG
Alexander's field of activity is "formative futurology" at Daimler AG. His work focuses on identifying and implementing social and technical innovations for tomorrow's mobility. Among other things, he uses Daimler's worldwide and diverse creative network for this purpose.
Storyteller from the Future
Karen Palmer is The Storyteller from the Future and she has come back to enable you to survive what is to come. She creates immersive film experiences that combine the genres of film, A.I. technology, gaming, art, behavioural psychology and even the parkour philosophy of moving through fear to raise the participant’s awareness.
Associate Professor @ University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology
Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, is an Associate Professor at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology in Canada. She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media, a book which explores how wearable and implantable technologies ought to be strategized for the future that they imply
Artist and cyborg activist
Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her feet that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. Her talk is about the union between our species and technology, the extension of the human senses through cybernetics, using the internet as a sense and cyborg art.
The Hastings Center & Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar. His latest book, a primer on emerging technologies, is entitled, A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control. In addition, he co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.
Coventry University and University of Reading
Kevin Warwick is Emeritus Professor at Reading and Coventry University. His research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET who has published over 600 research papers. His experiments into implant technology led to him being the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He achieved the world’s first direct electronic communication between two human nervous systems, the basis for thought communication.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strategy & New Business Development at Philips, Germany
Shari Langemak is a physician, speaker, and a digital health strategist. Her talks and lectures are mainly concerned with the opportunities and challenges of an ongoing digitalization and medical innovation. At Philips, Shari focusses on new business models and strategies in pregnancy and parenting.
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.
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.
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.
IFA+ Summit 2016: Video
IFA+ Summit 2016: Exploring the Digital Society
In 2016 the IFA⁺ Summit offered exciting insights into the “connected future“ of high-tech,
product development and state-of-the-art design.
IFA+ Summit 2015: Where Vision meets Industry
IFA⁺ Summit 2015 showcased the latest technological developments in six sessions: Mobility, Health, Big Data, Design, Home and Entertainment.
IFA+ Summit 2014: The Next Level of Thinking
In his first year, 2014, the IFA+ Summit started to pair up scientists, researchers, developers and founders from latest emerging technologies.
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