aka Miss American Pie, daisyD, a interdiciplinary artist, actor, performer, vocalist, poet, dramaturg, director, choerographer, facilitator, peace activist, and urban-shamanistic energy healer. From a small tropical Pacific island, Delphine studied dance/theatre in the National Institute of Arts,Asia, Interdisciplinary Arts and Art history critical theory in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chicago, USA, and MimeCenter Helsinki, Finland. In the USA: Miss Mei was the co-artistic director and performer for the interdiciplinary art performance ensemble HumanSewingMachine, she has performed for SF MOMA Benefit Performance, SF International Film Festival Opening Gala, Dada Fest amongst many others. During her time in California, Delphine was invited as a guest artist-performer lecturer for Contemporary Performance at the University of California Davis. Miss Mei also starred in SanFrancisco-Beijing Film group's film by Cannes Film director Xiao-Yen Wang's "I am Seductable", SF Fringe Festival's "Neon's Blue", "The 7th Game of World Series", and "Yes, Maybe, No" by Thoughts and Images Productions. Her poetry has been selected and published in "Names In A Jar: A Collection of Poetry by 100 Contemporary American Poets",Hood Press Books. Most recently, Delphine collaborated and performed in the "Taipei Women's Experimental Comedy Club" and "Google0.2" with New York Artist Michael Portnoy, for the Taipei Int'l Biennial 2010, as well as performed in Taiwan performance artist Tang Huang-Chen's work "Diary of The Sojourner (part II )" in the Int'l Forum Biennial of Taiwanese Contemporary Art 2010.
Schlagzeugerin und Percussionistin, geb. 1981 in Plovdiv / Bulgarien. klassischer Klavierunterricht seit ihrem 4 Lebensjahr, studierte in Wien am Gustav Mahler Konservatorium, an der Universitaet fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst und am Konservatorium Privatuniversitaet der Stadt Wien. Sie ist ein fixer Bestandteil der Wiener Musikszene. Unter anderem spielt sie bei der Wiener Tschuschenkapelle und wirkt bei zahlreichen Musikproduktionen unter anderem im Raimund Theater dem Theater an der Josephstadt mit. Ausserdem bestreitet sie Zahlreiche Gasstauftritte mit anerkannten Musikern aus dem Jazz-, World- und Popmusikbereich.
Musiker und Designer, geb. 1982 in Braunau, lebt und arbeitet in Wien, spielt Gitarre seit seinem 13 Lebensjahr. Konservatorium der Stadt Wien Jazzgitarre 2008. seit 2008 selbständig als Musiker & Designer,seither zahlreiche Signations und Jingles für den ORF (als Komponist & Studiogitarrist). er ist an der Umsetzung verschiedenster Musikprojekte zwischen Jazz, Elektronik, Weltmusik, zeitgenössische Musik & Pop beteiligt. Gemeinsam mit seinem Vater Peter Schlögl designt und produziert er URANIA 360° Lampen dabei entstanden Kooperationen mit Künstlern wie kozyndan (Los Angeles) und Stephan Rapke (München). Die Lampen wurden u.a im MAK (Museum für angewandte Kunst) bei der ARS ELECTRONICA und bei einer Einzelausstellung in München präsentiert.
musician / feldenkrais practitioner/mathmatician, living and based in Vienna. Studied in applied mathematics, TU vienna, Ecole Centrale Paris, Diploma in jazz piano and jazz theory, Konservatorium Wien. Niko is also a feldenkrais practitioner and teacher. Niko have been performing jazz piano solo at the Rote Salon, Volkstheatre and more venues in Austria.
Paul Schreitl, geboren 1988 spielt Bass, Posaune und Gitarre. Mitwirkung bei zahlreichen Bands, Orchestern und Produktionen. Auftritte im In und Ausland sowie in Rundfunk und Fernsehen.
Composer, audiovisual engineer, studied at the Music school Salzburg specializing in drums, percussion, and Composition. diploma at the FH MultiMediaArt Slazburg, majored in audiovisual engineering, also diploma in Privatuniversität Konservatorium Wien, majored in Composition with Christian Minkowitsch. Since 2002, worked as the audio-engineer at the Vienna Symphonic Library in Vienna. Since 2009, worked as the arranger, producer notation, orchestral arrangements with the sounds of the Vienna Symphonic Library; Production and mixing in Vienna, Cologne, Boston, Taipei.
Jessica is an Art Education facilitator, a curator and writer. She is founder of several international projects in Austria, Japan and UK that explore the central importance of creativity to engage, rather then being arbitary information gathering. In Vienna, she has been developing a variety of creative education projects in association with Michael Wimmer at EDUCULT in Museums Quartier. Amoung her projects have been the ACES (Association of Central and European Schools) an association funded by the Erste Foundation. With this she linked schools in Vienna with Budapest and Romania through creative exchanges. Other projects in Austria have been in association with ZOOM museum, University of Vienna, Berlitz, Kulturkontakt, Waldzell Institute, Interkulturelles Zentrum, Earth Charter and most recently, a music video with immigrants from Afganistan and West Africa at Schmiede.ca, Hallein sponsored by Land Salzburg.
Josef Prusa born and raised in the Czech Republic was never satisfied with things as they are. Fascinated with the way things work, Josef would find better ways on how he could improve it. In several cases, totally change to a brand new use than what it was originally designed for. At the age of 18 he already published his own chapter in book by O'reilly called iPhone hacks. Since then he makes more and more uses for stuff. In 2010 his main focus of work has shifted to developing Open Source 3D printer project called RepRap (http://reprap.org) and Open Source Hardware generally.
Open Source Hardware
Andreas Blumauer studied Computer Sciences and Business Administration and started his career as a software developer for financial services. In 1998 he co-founded punkt.net Services, a specialised software company, which has developed several national and international knowledge platforms. He is a managing partner at the Semantic Web Company and responsible for several consultancy projects. Andreas is lecturer at University of Applied Sciences in Vienna - FHWien and at Danube Univerity Krems in the areas of Knowledge Management Systems and Semantic Technologies.
Open or Closed?
Gregoire Cosendai, Electrical Engineer from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, PhD on artificial hearing with electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve. 15 years of experience in neurostimulation in hearing, musculoskeletal and vision. Currently European director for Second Sight Medical Products, who is launching the first retinal implant to restore vision to the blind. Alongside publishing scientific papers in reviewed journals, he also is the founder of the first student radio in Switzerland, creator of a landmines awareness project for 6000 youngsters worldwide and has established a welfare project for homeless in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Cosendai has given a great number of scientific presentations in international meetings such as the International Functional Stimulation Society in Maroochydoore, Australia or the Neural Prosthesis Workshop organized by the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Hopes of restoring vision to the blind
Florian Brody grew up in Vienna where he studied computer linguistics, worked as a fashion photographer and a software engineer at the Austrian National Library and he built the multimedia market for Apple Austria in the 1980s. In 1991 he co-invented and produced the first electronic books at the Voyager Company in Santa Monica, California and worked on the TED2 Laserdisc project. Florian built a digital media consulting practice in Vienna and went back to the Silicon Valley in 1997 to build an Internet start-up. He has extensive experience in marketing for start-ups and currently serves as head of marketing for Cimbal Inc. a company developing a mobile payment solution. Florian actively promotes to collaboration between Austria and the Silicon Valley and has initiated an incubator for Austrian companies. He was founding president of ASCINA, the Association of Austrian Scientists in North America. Florian held the chair for Multimedia Studies, University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg and was a member of the Graduate Faculty at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He represented Austria at TED4 Kobe and is a frequent speaker at events worldwide.
Live from Silicon Valley
Architect Tomas Rousek is CEO at architecture and design company A-ETC based in EU and Japan. He focuses on terrestrial and space architecture, digital design and internet development. He cooperates with NASA Habitation Team, NASA New Media Innovation Team and Neuroscience laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center. He is also co-founder of non-profit organization Futura Pragensis and presented his works in 16 galleries in Europe and America. Now he is preparing project Vortex for cleaning the trash island in the middle of Northern Pacific.
From Ocean to Mars
Selma Prodanovic is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, known as the discoverer and connector of business potential. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Selma was educated in Tunisia and Madrid, and has been based in Vienna since 1991. Selma has twenty years of professional experience in new business development, creative industries and international marketing in Europe and beyond. In 2005 she founded Brainswork, the boutique business development consultancy with an independent office in the US and 132 carefully selected partners worldwide. Convinced that everyone can make a positive difference in this world, she initiated IncrediblEurope, the first bottom-up value-changer in and for Europe and established the “Brainswork – Make a difference”-Awards. Selma has authored texts and lectured on networking, creativity and innovation at numerous universities and conferences around Europe. She initiated, edited and published the �Brainsbook on Networking� written by 40 authors from fifteen countries in 2009. For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma was awarded the “WOMAN Award” in 2006, the “MiA 2010” in the category Business, the “Recognition Award of the jury for Entrepreneurial Migrants 2010” and nominated “Networker of the Year” by the Austrian Leading Ladies in 2007 and 2010. Her success story was featured in a chapter of the book “Going Your Own Way” (‘Den eigenen Weg gehen’) alongside 18 selected Austrian businesswomen. She is married to her first love and proud mother of two.
The influence of one
Born and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. Completed university studies (economics, finance and business) in the USA. Joined Erste Bank in Vienna in September 1997 to support its strategic expansion to Central and Eastern Europe, including the acquisitions of the largest retail banks in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Moved to the Managing Board of Erste Bank Croatia in March 2002: through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions Erste Bank Croatia advanced to become the third largest bank in the country. In April 2006 took over the CEO position at Erste Bank Serbia (shortly after its acquisition), to lead the transformation and integration process into the Erste Bank Group. Became CEO of good.bee Holding in January 2009, the microfinance and social entrepreneurship initiative of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation. Developed the business strategy and operating models for good.bee's launch throughout the Erste Group. Joined the managing board of the Steierm�rkische Sparkasse in Graz, Austria in October 2010 to assume the strategic development responsibility for the bank�s international operations. Married with two sons. Likes rock & roll and moderately alternative things for a better world.
Money and Honey
Daniel is a theoretical physicist doing black hole research since 1999. He spent five years as postdoc at the Leipzig University and at MIT. In 2008 he returned to Vienna and won one of the Austrian START-prizes, which allowed him to build a research group at the TU Vienna. Besides his collaborations with MIT, ESA, MPI and 20 other research institutions Daniel is dedicated to outreach activities, particularly with the webpage teilchen.at, which became prominent during the Austrian CERN crisis in May 2009. Daniel remains mystified about Austrian science politics and discovered recently a new force at large distances, the Rindler force.
New force at large distances
Sean Bonner has been involved with media, online and off, for the better part of the last 16 years. He has been featured in GOOD, Wired, Playboy, Salon, Forbes and others, been included in Yahoo!’s Best of the Web, and has spoken at conferences, events, and coffee shops around the world. As co-founder and CEO of Bode Media Inc, Sean helped create Metblogs, the worlds largest network of local media blogs. As a consultant, he has helped The Groop, Jack In The Box, LAPD, Suicide Girls, Obey Giant, Shopzilla and others interact with their customers, clients, and fans online. He also speaks frequently at conferences covering blogs, media, networks and grassroots journalism. Recently he’s spoken at IzeaFest (Orlando, FL), SXSWi (Austin, TX), Roboexotica (Vienna, Austria) and Re:Publica (Berlin, Germany). As an event organizer, Sean brought BarCamp to Los Angeles, NSC1 to Singapore, produced the first art exhibition comprised solely of phonecam images, ran art auctions and benefits for the West Memphis Three. Sean has also been a guest blogger/contributor for BoingBoing and hosted the iPhone game review show iPhun. He is also one of the founders of Crash Space, a Los Angeles hackerspace and is the creative director for the brand R5315T.
Neo-minimalism and the rise of the technomads
Sabine Seymour focuses on fashionable technology and the intertwining of aesthetics and function in design and technology. She is described as being an innovator, visionary, and trend spotter. Sabine is the Chief Creative Officer of her company Moondial, which develops fashionable wearables and consults on fashionable technology to companies worldwide. Moondial’s work is based on the convergence of fashion, design, science and wearable & wireless technologies. Sabine is the Director of Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and lectures worldwide at numerous institutions. She serves as a jury member for many internationally renowned institutions and conferences. She recently was the design co-chair for the ISWC2009 and a jury-member for the Prix Ars Electronica 2009. She is an editorial review board member for the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction. Sabine is widely published. Her recent book ‘Fashionable Technology – The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology’ has received excellent reviews. Sabine frequently presents and exhibits for instance at Ars Electronica Festival, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and Smart Textiles. She has received numerous grants and awards. She received a PhD and MSc in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Economics in Vienna and Columbia University Business School in New York and an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts in New York.
Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, writer, curator, and director. He is the founder of monochrom, an internationally acting art and theory group. He holds a professorship for art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. He is head of the "Arse Elektronika" festival in San Francisco, host of "Roboexotica" (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics, Vienna and San Francisco), and co-curates the Paraflows Symposium in Vienna. He gave talks at SXSWi, O'Reilly ETech, FooCamp, Maker Faire, HOPE, Chaos Communication Congress, Google (Tech Talks), ROFLCon, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Influencers or the Neoteny Camp Singapore.?He and his project have been featured in New York Times, Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Reuters, Slashdot, Boing Boing, LA Times, NPR, ZDF, Gizmodo, Wired, Süddeutsche Zeitung, CNet or the Toronto Star. Recurring topics in Johannes' artistic and textual work are contemporary art, activism, performance, humor, philosophy, postmodernism, media theory, cultural studies, sex tech, popular culture studies, science fiction, and the debate about copyright.
"Professor Thomann, I assume?" (on how to subvert subversion)
Herbert Nitsch is the current freediving world record champion and "the deepest man on earth". This prestigious title was given to him, when he set the current world record for freediving at an incredible depth of 214 meters in 2007 ("No limits" discipline). So far Herbert has set 31 world records in all 8 of the 8 recognized disciplines and can hold his breath for more than 9 minutes - unrivalled achievements in the freediving history. Unlike other elite freediver´s Herbert is self-taught. He is a pioneer in every way. The highest security level, detailed planning and analyzing always is ahead of every dive. As he is working as a part time pilot for Austrian Airlines Group, check-lists and worst case scenarios are on his daily schedule. This highly security related and risk avoiding attitude helps him and to achieve his ambitious goals within freediving. Furthermore he is keen about every technical detail of his equipment.Together with his international technical team he designs and produces highly innovative gear with aerodynamic shapes and lighter materials. He also developed his own freediving techniques over the years, a methodology that largely differs from the common styles. And Herbert is the first freediving athlete, who cooperates with a scientific advisory board and medical doctors. Almost any scientific research has been done so far on the physiological effects of freediving, especially as deep as Herbert is diving. Today Herbert´s motives are about the unknown, about crossing physiological borders, achieving goals that seem beyond the limits, overcoming mental blockings or exploring what your body is made for. In 2011 Herbert aims to become the first breath-hold athlete to break the 300-meter/1000 foot mark. This is far deeper, than anyone has gone so far and the magic number Herbert will break.
All the progress, all our net-working, even most ted-talking does not touch on a very real and profound skill we have to develop to „make it“, to prosper or maybe merely survive as a species. We would like to call this skill the art of „ xrossing over “. It is so easy, so banal, yet remarkably difficult to do. It means that you have a conviction, an observation, an opinion and are confronted with ... the opposite. What to do? We believe that evolution did not really prepare us for this. We have to evolve this trademark ourselves ... and we’d rather do that quickly. Listen to oil companies and you know why we have no green technology. Listen to Wall Street and you might guess why we still have so much poverty. These are not necessarily bad people working there so hard. They are just narrowed down at their work, unable to xross over, unable to bridge that gap to the opposite of their stereotypes. Following your very own of such stereotypes is way more convenient than stepping out of them (=xross over) and question your own beliefs.