Tech Open Air


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

Erika Lust
Erika Lust
Creative Director
Lust Films & Publications
Erika Lust
Erika Lust
Creative Director Lust Films & Publications

Erika Lust is a multi-award winning filmmaker, writer and owner & founder of Erika Lust Films where she offers an alternative to the mainstream porn industry. She is also the creator of, the first crowdsourced series that brought adult film to cinema screens.

Erika’s philosophy for a new adult cinema is based on 4 main ideas: women’s pleasure matters, adult cinema can have cinematic values, we need more body types, different ages and diverse races and the production process has to be ethical.

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.)

Jon von Tetzchner, April 20, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Springer)
Jon von Tetzchner
Opera & Vivaldi
Jon von Tetzchner, April 20, 2017.  (Photo by Michael Springer)
Jon von Tetzchner
Co-Founder Opera & Vivaldi

Jon von Tetzchner is co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser and other services for the web’s most demanding and savviest users. He co-founded Opera Software where he served as CEO for 15 years. Jon steered Opera from a small basement nook shared into a global company with more than 900 employees in 13 countries. Under his leadership, Opera was an early pioneer in mobile web browsing and more than 350 million people used Opera to enjoy the web on their terms.
Jon is now steering Vivaldi which was came out with its final version in April 2016. He and his team are making a personal and a feature – rich browser that takes into consideration the needs of every user. Vivaldi is self-funded and aims to be this way where the employees hold equity.

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Aubrey de Grey
Chief Science Officer
SENS Research Foundation
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Aubrey de Grey
Chief Science Officer SENS Research Foundation

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations.

Rebecca Roth
Image Coordinator
Rebecca Roth
Image Coordinator 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.

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Yaël Eisenstat
Kilele Global
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Yaël Eisenstat
Founder Kilele Global

Yaël is a former CIA analyst, national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, diplomat, CSR strategist for a Fortune 5 company, and head of a global political risk firm. She speaks, writes and consults on topics at the intersection of security, political and humanitarian issues. She has been published in the New York Times, TIME and The Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, CBS News and C-SPAN. She is the founder of Kilele Global, providing intelligence-based advice to help companies operating in emerging markets do so smartly and with purpose.

Tom Hulme
General Partner
Google Ventures
Tom Hulme
General Partner Google Ventures

Tom is a general partner at GV. Prior to GV, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe. He founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform where 100,000 users from more than 170 countries solve challenges for social good. Tom also launched OIEngine, a SaaS platform with clients including Harvard Business School and the Knight Foundation.

Prior to IDEO, Tom was managing director of Marcos, a British sports car manufacturer and founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup. Tom’s filter designs have been widely used in Formula One, superbikes, agricultural equipment, and central heating systems. He has also angel-invested in more than 20 companies, including as the founding investor in Mile IQ (sold to Microsoft).
Tom has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has been featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers list every year since the list was established. He has also been included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People.

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Brigitte Zypries
Federal Minister
Economic Affairs, Energy
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Brigitte Zypries
Federal Minister Economic Affairs, Energy

Brigitte Zypries has headed the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy since 27 January 2017. She was born in Kassel in 1953 and served as Federal Minister of Justice from 2002 to 2009. From December 2013 to the end of January 2017 she was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and has acted as the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy since January 2014.

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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Rolf Schrömgens
Co-Founder & CEO
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Rolf Schrömgens
Co-Founder & CEO trivago

Rolf Schrömgens is an innovative German entrepreneur, who is best known for his role as Founder and Managing Director for trivago GmbH. Pushing the boundaries of data-driven product development and rethinking the way that tech companies nurture and develop their talents are among his expertise. Parallel to spending his time at trivago, he is also President of the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Germany. Previously, Rolf was head of VP Product & Strategy at Born and raised in Mönchengladbach, Rolf attended HHL (Leipzig Graduate School of Management).

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Alex Ljung
Co-Founder & CEO
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Alex Ljung
Co-Founder & CEO SoundCloud

We are over the moon to welcome Alex to the TOA Festival stage this year. As the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at SoundCloud, Alex is an integral part of the Berlin startup ecosystem, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us this year. With the recent launch of SoundCloud’s mid-priced subscription plan, SoundCloud Go, and with his finger on the pulse of the music streaming category, Alex is sure to share some serious insights into the startup scene plus give the lowdown on the future of the industry. Welcome to TOA, Alex!

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.

“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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11 - 14 JULY 2017
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