TEDxVienna On The Edge

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October 21, 2017
09:00 - 21:00
Volkstheater
Vienna

About the event

“On The Edge” is a sign of the times. On the one hand, humanity is experiencing exponential growth in ideas at the cutting edge of technology and science. On the other hand, society has seemingly been driven to the edge, with divisions rapidly spreading across the world.

Our conference will blend advances on the edge of a breakthrough in fields like AI, blockchain or gene editing with personal stories of living on the edge and ideas for getting an edge on pressing global issues like climate change and inequality.

Speakers & Performers

Speakers from all over the globe converge in Vienna to share ideas that will keep you On The Edge of your seat.

Anders Sandberg
Anders Sandberg Futurist Philosopher | UK
Anders Sandberg
Anders Sandberg
Futurist Philosopher | UK
Anders Sandberg is a senior research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University. His research centres on management of low-probability high-impact risks, estimating the capabilities of future technologies, and very long-range futures. He has a background in computational neuroscience, transhumanism, and future studies.
Asha Siad
Asha Siad Journalist & Filmmaker | CAN
Asha Siad
Asha Siad
Journalist & Filmmaker | CAN
Asha Siad is an award-winning Somali-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker. She shares under-reported stories that expand dialogue and allow people to connect with the world in a more meaningful way. She has reported for Shaw TV, CBC News and Frontiere News. Asha co-produced Living at the Border, a web documentary that shares the realities of African migrants and asylum-seekers in Italy. The project won the Amnesty International Canada Media Award for Best Online Journalism in 2014.Asha’s latest documentary film for the National Film Board of Canada called 19 Days reveals the human side of the refugee resettlement process. She was recently in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina providing multimedia journalism training to Bosnian youth and empowering them to share their own stories through the Mostar Summer Youth Programme.
David Jay
David Jay Portrait Photographer | USA
David Jay
David Jay
Portrait Photographer | USA
David Jay has been shooting fashion and beauty professionally for over 15 years. Like so many others personally touched by the disease, Jay was inspired to act when a dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. Like the subjects themselves, Jay's stark, bold portraits challenge traditional perceptions of the disease and capture the raw beauty, strength and character of so many extraordinary young women. The scar project is a series of large scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors.
Pablo Garcia
Pablo Garcia Artist & Designer | USA
Pablo Garcia
Pablo Garcia
Artist & Designer | USA
Pablo Garcia is Associate Professor in Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in 1975, Garcia was in college when the first internet browser launched. Composite training in traditional analog and then-nascent digital technologies inspired a research practice into the intersection and overlap of art and technology, obsolescence and the cutting edge, the real and the virtual. Garcia’s work ranges from scholarly contributions to art historical studies to contemporary artworks examining digital culture.
Karen Dolva
Karen Dolva Interaction Designer | NOR
Karen Dolva
Karen Dolva
Interaction Designer | NOR
Karen Dolva is the CEO and co-founder at No Isolation, a company that aims to help people out of loneliness and social isolation. She has a background in computer science and interaction design.
Dean Buonomano
Dean Buonomano Neuroscientist | USA
Dean Buonomano
Dean Buonomano
Neuroscientist | USA
Dean Buonomano is a neuroscientist at UCLA. He is a leading researcher on how the brain tells time. His latest book is Your Brain is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time. His previous book was Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives.
Peter Emerson
Peter Emerson Political Analyst | UK
Peter Emerson
Peter Emerson
Political Analyst | UK
Peter Emerson is the director of the de Borda Institute. He has written ten books on voting systems and published several articles on democracy in peer reviewed journals. A vocal critic of the Majority Rule, he has helped design an app for multi-option voting.
Dina Zielinski
Dina Zielinski Bioinformatics Researcher | FR
Dina Zielinski
Dina Zielinski
Bioinformatics Researcher | FR
Dina recently joined the Institut Curie as a bioinformatics scientist. She is fascinated by bringing biological data to life, from decoding mutations in cancer to encoding movies in DNA.
Dori Adar
Dori Adar Game Designer | ISR
Dori Adar
Dori Adar
Game Designer | ISR
Dori Adar is a Game Designer and Educator based in Tel Aviv. Dori has been working on commercial mobile games for the past seven years and recently began working on games for impact. He has released five political games to date, which all tackle different aspects of racism. Dori is a firm believer in the power of games to change perceptions and habits and is now focusing on creating collaborative game experiences.
Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran
Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran Graphene Architect | ESP
Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran
Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran
Graphene Architect | ESP
Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran is an architect who explored the ideas of material, research and design computation that harmoniously culminated in a thesis about Graphene and its Architectural Application in flexible skin for architecture and its variants. He has written various research papers on Graphene Architecture and 3d printing uncooked clay.
Linda Kaye
Linda Kaye Cyberpsychology Expert | UK
Linda Kaye
Linda Kaye
Cyberpsychology Expert | UK
Dr. Linda K. Kaye is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University. Her research is in the area of cyberpsychology; the study of our psychological experiences and impacts associated with new and emerging technology and the Internet. She is interested in the psychology of online behaviour, and how this varies across individuals and different virtual contexts.
Jake Roper
Jake Roper Science Communicator | USA
Jake Roper
Jake Roper
Science Communicator | USA
Jake Roper hosts, produces and writes Vsauce3 - a science YouTube channel with over 3.3 million subscribers, where he shares his excitement for the real-life science behind gaming, movies, comics, and more via ultra-cinematic explorations. To truly blend those worlds, Jake has been known to enlist the help of guests such as Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Muppets, Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Steve Martin and Rihanna.
Maanasa Mendu
Maanasa Mendu Student Inventor | USA
Maanasa Mendu
Maanasa Mendu
Student Inventor | USA
On a family visit to India, Maanasa saw the challenges of energy scarcity. A high school freshman in Ohio, she created a piezoelectric "leaf" device that harvests energy from sun, wind and rain. She's working to commercialize her device.
Shahak Shapira
Shahak Shapira Artist & Comedian | DE
Shahak Shapira
Shahak Shapira
Artist & Comedian | DE
Shahak Shapira is Israeli, Berliner, a white belt in Karate and the proud owner of a regular-sized penis. His hobbies are Hummus, Death Metal and not using Snapchat. He's a comedian, "artist", bestseller author, but first and foremost a sex symbol. He's also really into witty bios, meta-jokes and enumerations. Shahak is mostly known for his projects YOLOCAUST and "#HeyTwitter", both gaining major attention all over the world.
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman Computer Scientist | USA
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman
Computer Scientist | USA
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is a computer scientist and entrepreneur. She holds positions at UW and Facebook. Her research is in the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, and AI. In particular she and her team pioneered modeling humans from photographs and videos "in the wild".
Islam Mosa
Islam Mosa Bioelectronics Researcher | USA
Islam Mosa
Islam Mosa
Bioelectronics Researcher | USA
Islam Mosa is a senior Ph.D. student at the University of Connecticut, USA. He is most passionate about working at the interface between chemistry, biology, and electronics to create novel solutions to pressing health problems. He created biodevices ranging from cancer diagnostics to new power sources for cardiac pacemakers. His work has been featured in world news media such as Fox News, Yahoo News, and Digital trends, and has been recognized with 8 local, national and international awards.
Gavin Wood
Gavin Wood Blockchain Expert | DE
Gavin Wood
Gavin Wood
Blockchain Expert | DE
Dr. Wood is a co-founder and CTO of Ethereum. He co-designed the Ethereum Protocol and wrote its formal specification, created and wrote the first functional Ethereum implementation, designed the Solidity language and implemented the Whisper protocol. Dr Wood created Parity, the first truly industrial blockchain implementation. Recently, he has been working on Polkadot, which could have a significant impact on the development of blockchain.
Stephanie Wehner
Stephanie Wehner Quantum Physicist | NL
Stephanie Wehner
Stephanie Wehner
Quantum Physicist | NL
Stephanie Wehner is an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at QuTech, Delft University of Technology, where she leads the Quantum Internet efforts. Her passion is the theory of quantum information in all its facets, and she has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. In a former life, she worked as a professional hacker in industry.
Max Hawkins
Max Hawkins Computational Artist | USA
Max Hawkins
Max Hawkins
Computational Artist | USA
Max Hawkins is an artist and computer scientist working at the boundary between computation and culture. His projects deal with information, chance, automation, and atypical forms of communication. He is a graduate of the Computer Science & Art program at Carnegie Mellon University and an alumnus of Google’s Data Arts Team. Since 2015 he has been nomadic, traveling the world based on the output of a random number generator.
David Buss
David Buss Evolutionary Psychologist | USA
David Buss
David Buss
Evolutionary Psychologist | USA
American psychologist David M. Buss is a leading researcher and author in the field of evolutionary psychology and human sex differences in partner selection. The 2005/2016 book The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, edited by Buss, is considered the definitive text on the subject.
Nicholas McCarthy
Nicholas McCarthy One-Handed Pianist | UK
Nicholas McCarthy
Nicholas McCarthy
One-Handed Pianist | UK
Born without his right hand, piano star Nicholas McCarthy is at the forefront of British music talent, championing accessibility to music for all. Nicholas McCarthy’s musical journey begins at age 14 when he was told he'd never achieve his dream of becoming a concert pianist. Ignoring this advice and undeterred he became the first one-handed pianist to win a place at London's prestigious Royal College of Music. Recognising his exceptional talent and inspirational reach Nicholas was invited to perform to a worldwide audience of half a billion when he played alongside the British Paraorchestra and Coldplay at the closing ceremony of London's Paralympics in 2016.
Fabio Wibmer
Fabio Wibmer Trials Rider | AT
Fabio Wibmer
Fabio Wibmer
Trials Rider | AT
In 2016, Fabio Wibmer's YouTube clips of riding a line on the thin railing of a 200m high dam and showing off his downhill ability on an old lady's bikewent viral. But Fabio was already on a journey to trials stardom.
He's been a permanent member of the Drop and Roll Tour with Danny MacAskill since 2014, won the 'GoPro of the World – Best Line Contest' in 2015 (with more than 44m views on Facebook) and the German Web Video Award 2015 in the Best Sport Video category. These are just a few highlights from along the way. He's a successful downhiller and freerider too: winner of the Austrian Whip-Off Contest 2015, Austrian Downhill Champion 2016, winner of the Innsbruck Downhill Cup 2016 and 2017, and winner of the Whip Off at the Dirt Masters Festival in Winterberg.
The Clairvoyants
The Clairvoyants Mental Magicians | AT
The Clairvoyants
The Clairvoyants
Mental Magicians | AT
The Clairvoyants were awarded “The German Champions of Mentalism”, “Magicians of the Year 2015” and were chosen as the “World Champions of Mentalism 2015-2018”. In 2016 they took part in the biggest talent show in the world, “America’s Got Talent”. America voted them second place. In April 2017 the Academy of Magical Arts & The Magic Castle Hollywood awarded Thommy Ten & Amélie van Tass "Stage Magicians of the Year 2016" for their extraordinary art.
Christian Waldner
Christian Waldner Highline Slackliner | AT
Christian Waldner
Christian Waldner
Highline Slackliner | AT
Christian discovered his passion for slacklining during a climbing vacation in Italy, in 2003. In 2008, he turned his passion into a profession and became one of the first professional slackliners in Europe. In 2013, Christian highlined from the South Tower of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the cathedral’s Southern Heiden Tower, at a height of 60 metres from the ground. The biggest challenge in highlining, according to Christian, is the mental component.
Vienna Songwriting Circle
Vienna Songwriting Circle Songwriting Collective | AT
Vienna Songwriting Circle
Vienna Songwriting Circle
Songwriting Collective | AT
The Vienna Songwriting Circle is an informal non profit group of Singer Songwriters based in Vienna. The VSC get together once every month to network, support, talk and learn about songs. They have even been known to write some!
Formed in February 2015 by Irish Singer Songwriter Shane Ó Fearghail, along with Stuart Neville (SCO) and Mark Peters (ENG), the Vienna Songwriting Circle was founded to develop the art and craft of songwriting.

Satellite Live Events

Didn't manage to grab a ticket? Join like-minded people and watch the sessions live and free of charge at one of the satellite events. Exclusive locations in Vienna, Austria and all over the globe are streaming the talks on October 21st. See a full list of locations here.

satellite events
Location Address Sessions
sektor5 coworking Siebenbrunnengasse 44, 1050 Vienna ALL
AXIS Linz - Coworking Loft Peter-Behrens-Platz 2, 4020 Linz ALL
SPACELEND Neubaugasse 24, 8020 Graz ALL
BASE EINS Rennweg 2, 6020 Innsbruck 3-4
Das Mutterschiff hosted by TEDxDornbirn Widagasse 11, 6850 Dornbirn ALL
TEDxKlagenfurt Hauptstraße 204, 9210 Pörtschach am Wörthersee 4-5
The Lovelace hosted by TEDxMünchen Kardinal-Faulhaber-Straße 1, 80333 Munich, Germany ALL
Tehnološki park hosted by TEDxZagreb Avenija Dubrovnik 12, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia 3-5
Impact Hub Beograd Makedonska 21, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia 1-3
ACADEMY387 Milana Preloga 12, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia 1-3
More cities and locations to be announced

Conference Schedule

  • Pre-Registration @ Vienna Marriott Hotel

    Register the day before the event at Vienna Marriott Hotel, Parkring 12A from 16:00 to 18:00.
    Skip the line in the morning and get the chance to win a Green Shirts t-shirt!

Interactive Experiences

AV1 by Karen Dolva
“No Isolation”, a Norwegian company with the intention of ending loneliness and involuntary social isolation by bringing people together, created AV1, a robot to help children and young adults with long-term illnesses participate in their everyday life. Make a new friend, say hi to AV1!
Chatbot Albert
You have the craziest ideas and can't wait to get down to business, but are not quite sure what needs to be done first to protect it? Then get cozy with Patentamt’s experts, discuss about your intellectual property, and have a quick chat with Albert to check if your trademark will be the next big innovation!
Drawing on the edge
As always, Lana Lauren will be visualising every single talk, expanding the boundaries that once defined drawing, and including elements of narrative, personal memory, and social interaction in her unique way of storytelling.
HoloLens - Mixed Reality meets industry
Virtuality or reality? Science fiction or present-day fact? Do you find the future hard to imagine? The beauty of science design lies in the ability to experience scenarios such as the future of transportation, walking down the aisles of a future supermarket, and receiving real-time information about the function of power plants.
TEDxVienna Idea Bot
This year TEDxVienna’s idea bot has learned some useful stuff. It not only gives you suggested TEDx talks and info about the current schedule, but also a challenge! Master the challenge and win some cool prizes at the idea bot station. You can also meet our bot there to be assigned with a challenge.
Ideas. Action. Impact.
Impact Hub Vienna is an innovation ecosystem for impact entrepreneurs. Part community center and part business incubator providing changemakers with the resources they need to build creative business solutions and technologies to society’s most complex challenges.
If I could, I would...
Do you make resolutions at the end of each year? Change habits or jobs, you name it, karriere.at can help you make those resolutions last by letting them become a solid statement with a 3D doodling pen. And don’t forget to write down your resolutions on a postcard which will be sent back to you by the end of this year!
Leaf Device by Maanasa Mendu
As a high school freshman in Ohio, Maanasa created a piezoelectric "leaf" device that harvests energy from sun, wind and rain, after experiencing the challenges of energy scarcity. Experience how a new $5 energy harvest device can change our lives for the better.
Me, You and the Robot
Designers Henrique Nascimento and Erik Vlemmix created an algorithm-based workspace where the robot plays the role of moderator. There are no limits to ethnical or technological questions, so debate away!
Matkot by Dori Adar
Israel's "national sport", Matkot, is not your ordinary game. It is a collaborative game, without winners or losers. Both players play together towards a common goal. "Matkot" is the world's first digital version of the popular Israeli beach sport. Can you break the world record? Find a partner and give it a spin!
Overcome the edge
IDEGO is seeking to revolutionize mental health care by leveraging technology to breakthrough stigma and boundaries with self-directed accessible care that will inspire users to begin with. In collaboration with VREI, Europe’s first VR Café, Virtual Reality Therapy allows you to tackle your fear of heights using VR!
SCAR Project by David Jay
Immerse into David Jay’s “The SCAR Project”, a series of large scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors, shown on TableConnect. On the surface an awareness raising campaign for young women, his deeper message is one of humanity – ultimately, “The SCAR Project” is not about breast cancer, but the human condition itself.
Smell Sensing
Tackling the trickiest of all five senses, postdoc researcher Johannes Bintinger (Austrian Institute of Technology AIT/TU Vienna) combines the world of electronics with the ones of biology and chemistry in order to develop a point-of-care biosensor that can smell, which will be able to go beyond the edge and ultimately opening up new horizons for food, health, and security.
#spendhappiness
Experience ING-DiBa's goal to turn the sharing economy back into a caring economy. Let us know your best life hacks on ING-DiBa's social wall and their #sharemoregetmore station, and get new life hacks in return. Don't forget, sharing makes us richer, not poorer – share more, get more.
Take your (virtual) seats!
Ever wondered how it feels like to drive a CX-3 crossover SUV? Sit back and have a test drive... VR style! And don’t forget to show us your biggest and brightest smile at Mazda’s limemotion photo booth to snap some fun and edgy pictures.
Wurmkiste
Want to do something amazing with your organic waste and have unique pets? Then get ready for Wurmkiste, a compost solution while living in the city. Literally a box with brandling earthworms inside will transform your trash into biodegradable waste, scentless and environmentally friendly!

Tickets


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  Exhibition area 

Interactive experiences and innovations on display.


  Networking 

Meet local and visiting innovators, from technology, entertainment, design, and a host of other exciting fields.


  Food and drinks 

The perfect way to complement the brain food we provide, feast on creative meals from resourceful local providers.


  After Party 

Celebrate a successful event with good music and drinks.

Book your stay at our Premium Hotel Partner
The reduced rate includes: best bookable price, overnight stay incl. breakfast and is valid for a stay between 19th and 23rd of October 2017.

Tickets are not refundable, but you can change the holder's name until October 8th, contact us to do so.

FAQs

What if I bought a ticket but can’t attend the conference anymore?

No problem, you can transfer it to somebody else. Please send us the name and email of the person you want to transfer it to with the email you used to buy your ticket(s) until October 8th.

What else is happening during the day?

Alongside TEDx talks we have prepared inspiring and amazing interactive experiences and performances, delicious local food & drinks, networking opportunities, all happening in and around the confines of the beautiful Volkstheater.

Are food and drinks included?

Of course! We’ll make sure your focus is on great ideas and not on your rumbling stomach. You’ll be able to enjoy a tasty selection of snacks and refreshments at no additional cost.

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