Tech Open Air – A three-day Technology Festival. Berlin 15 – 16 – 17 July, 2015


Berlin, 11 - 14 July

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Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival. At TOA our mission is to connect, grow and inspire the human spirit through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration.

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12 - 13 JULY 2017
Connect and learn with top-tier entrepreneurs, artists and scientists at a beautiful
location. Experience inspirational storytelling, interactive panels, knowshops,
pillowtalks, art installations, live music and so much more…
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This Year’s Speakers

Robin Berzin
CEO & Founder
Parsley Health
Robin Berzin
CEO & Founder Parsley Health

Dr. Robin Berzin is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin went to medical school at Columbia University -where she co-founded the physician communication app Cureatr – and later trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

She is a certified yoga instructor and a meditation teacher, writes for a number of leading wellness sites, and speaks regularly for organizations including Stanford Medicine X, The Clinton Foundation, Health 2.0, Summit at Sea, and Further Future, on how we can reinvent health care.

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Markus Witte
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Markus Witte
CEO Babbel

As founder and CEO Markus has grown Babbel to the world’s most successful language learning app. Babbel employs a team of 450 in Berlin and New York and currently has more than 1 million paying subscribers. Babbel was named the world’s most innovative company in education by Fast Company Magazine.

Before Babbel, Markus worked at Native Instruments. He began his career as a lecturer at New York University, following two years as a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin. His special interest is communication development and the future of learning. He started programming computers in 1984.

Philipp Rösler
Dr. Philipp Rösler
Managing Board
World Economic Forum
Philipp Rösler
Dr. Philipp Rösler
Managing Board World Economic Forum

Former German Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler commands an impressive CV. His career in politics has seen him serve as Minister for Economics and Technology, Minister of Health, and as Federal Chairman of the Free Democratic Party. He currently serves as a Member of the Managing Board, and Head of Regional and Government Engagement at the World Economic Forum.

Cal Fussman
Author & Journalist
Cal Fussman
Author & Journalist

Cal Fussman is a New York Times bestselling author, writer-at-large for Esquire Magazine, keynote speaker and corporate consultant.
As a highly sought-after speaker, Cal has worked with Pixar, Facebook, Lululemon, Turner Broadcasting, Vans, General Motors and several other companies and has inspired them to take a new look at the fundamental aspects of their business.
As a writer for Esquire, Cal has interviewed some of the most influential individuals of the past half-century of world history, including: Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Quincy Jones, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Muhammad Ali, and hundreds of others.

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Shermin Voshmgir
Blockchain Hub
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Shermin Voshmgir
Founder Blockchain Hub

Shermin is the founder of BlockchainHub. What originally started in Berlin has panned out internationally to a decentralized network of autonomous Hubs. Shermin was a curator of theDAO, a bold attempt to run a fully decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), a company without managers on the Ethereum Blockchain.

Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. Among others, her films have screened in Cannes and at dOCUMENTA.

Damian Bradfield
Damian Bradfield
President & CMO
Damian Bradfield
Damian Bradfield
President & CMO WeTransfer

Damian Bradfield is the President and CMO of WeTransfer, based in Los Angeles. His background combines experience with the some of the world’s leading creative companies (Stella McCartney, J Walter Thompson) with launching and mentoring a range of design and tech start-ups (Kuvva, Present Plus). He brings together the ambitious, international strategic thinking of the former with the quicker, nimbler energy of the start-up world. He first joined WeTransfer as Chief Strategic Officer in 2010 and played a pivotal part in building it into the leading, much-loved creative brand it is today. Nowadays the site has 40 million active users who transfer one billion files every month. In 2015, WeTransfer took its first round of investment (series-A of $25million by HCPE) and Damian moved to LA the following year to spearhead the company’s US operations.

In his dual role heading the American office and leading the brand’s marketing, growth and content departments, Damian personifies WeTransfer’s commitment to supporting and showcasing the best creative talent. To this end he has brought in Gilles Peterson and Troy Carter to work with the company and set up content partnerships with the likes of FKA twigs, Rankin, Sampha and Nelly Ben Hayoun, among many others.

Damian’s professional and cultural interests include moving beyond buzzwords to create genuinely human companies, the role of doubt as part of the creative and commercial processes, and how the ambivert personality type works in a collaborative professional world. He regularly blogs on these topics as well as consulting for a range of businesses, awards schemes and non-profit organizations. Damian has been interviewed and profiled by titles including Fast Company, Designweek, Mr Porter, 33Voices and LA Weekly.

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Richard Rabbat
CEO Gfycat

Richard Rabbat, Gfycat’s CEO, received his PhD from MIT before taking positions at Fujitsu, Google, Zynga, and Tango. At Google, Richard led the “Make the Web Faster” initiative, which led to the creation of new web standards including HTTP 2.0 and WebP, a new image format for the web.

During his stint at Zynga, he managed the client platform team that developed As VP of Platform and Advertising at Tango, he ran business operations for the gaming and ad verticals

Zoe Adamovicz
Zoe Adamovicz
CEO Neufund

Zoe Adamovicz is an entrepreneur and occasional angel investor.

Zoe is passionate about building technology businesses that are impactful, positive and at the same time profitable and powerful. Prior to Neufund, she founded Xyo, a company that re-imagines how people discover apps, Priori Data (app store intelligence), and ConciseSoftware which provides software development and engineering services.

She is also a mentor at the Gaza Sky Geeks, where she supports technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps introducing Blockchain. Zoe is an expert in technology entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Hector Ouilhet
Head of Design, Search
Hector Ouilhet
Head of Design, Search Google

Hector was born in Mexico City, and has always been fascinated by the tension between technology, art, and design. His major focus is attempting to harness that tension to create products and experiences that make our lives more productive, enjoyable, and inspiring. Uncertain of his direction he graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the UDLAP, and a MA in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea in Italy.

Between obtaining his degrees he took on real jobs doing interface design for HP, among others. Next, he joined the MIT Mobile Experience Lab and later found his way to Google, where he’s worked on multiple products (Android, Android TV, Sky Map, Docs, Maps, etc) and led teams on multiple continents. Presently he leads Design for all Google Search and Assist related products. He now resides in California with his wife and daughter, bikes to work every day, and is still trying to answer that fundamental question: How can we make tech + art + design = happiness?

(Picture credits to Toby Peet.)

Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson
Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson
Founder RaceYa

Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson is the Founder of RaceYa, an educational technology company that uses programmable radio-controlled cars to excite kids about the power of iteration, experimentation and persistence to achieve their goals. Starting with a race-able science kit and expanding out into an immersive universe of customization, STEM education and collaboration, RaceYa is building a community of fearless kids.

Abigail has a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University where her work centered on pregnancy, drug use and prisons. An expert in communication and human behavior, with more than 10 years of commercial and academic experience of large-scale research projects, she founded RaceYa to teach kids how to turn failure into productive, creative problem-solving. In her spare time, she is a confectionery roboticist making moving, blinking and occasionally exploding cakes.

Rebecca Roth
Photo Editor/Social Media Specialist
Rebecca Roth
Photo Editor/Social Media Specialist NASA

Based in Washington D.C. Rebecca is a photographer, photo editor and social media specialist, currently working as the Image Coordinator and Social Media Specialist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Rebecca has worked at NASA for nearly 8 years and is charged with sharing images of our universe with the media and public through channels such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Prior to working at NASA, Rebecca worked as a photojournalist and photo editor for outlets including National Geographic Television & Film, Roll Call Newspaper, and USA Weekend Magazine.

David Saenz
David Saenz
COO Stuart

David is Chief Operations Officer for Stuart, a last mile delivery platform that is transforming the way goods move around a city by enabling any business to deliver any product in less than an hour. Stuart incorporates world class technology into a simple API, allowing game-changing speed, convenience and flexibility while ensuring that retailers retain ownership of their end-customer relationships.

Prior to Stuart, David co-founded Uncover, a mobile platform for restaurant reservations and payments. Named one of the Top 10 Apps of 2015 in the UK by Apple, Uncover disrupted the restaurant industry through a combination of cutting edge technology and expert curation, offering diners access to the best restaurants in London and driving profitability for its restaurant clients. As CEO, David guided the business from inception through fundraising, launch and growth to the leading restaurant app in the UK. On the back of that growth, Uncover was acquired by hospitality company Velocity in November 2015.

“I loved TOA Berlin, it was truly a one-of-a-kind event” Luis von Ahn / CEO / Duolingo
“It’s been fascinating to observe how tech has infused itself into this vibrant place that’s Berlin. How well it plugs in to that!” Erik Wahlforss / Co-Founder & CTO / Soundcloud
“It's going to be people like here at TOA16 and what they build, that determines what the future looks like” Serkan Piantino / Former Head of AI / Facebook
“Great atmosphere: A lot of driven people who want to change the world. People with big ambitions, I think its great” Niklas Östberg / CEO / Delivery Hero
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