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

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Vincent Steckler
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Vincent Steckler
CEO Avast

Vince Steckler is Chief Executive Officer and board member of Avast, a global leader in digital security products for consumers and businesses. Through Vince’s leadership, Avast has transformed into a dynamic, full service security provider that goes beyond traditional security solutions and detection methods to advance its mission of making the internet safe and accessible for everyone. Vince led Avast’s acquisition of AVG Technologies in 2016 and now oversees more than $700 million in revenue and all global operations for the combined company.

Prior to joining Avast in 2009, Vince was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Sales at Symantec Corporation. Vince joined Symantec in 2000 as Vice President of Public Sector Business and started Symantec’s business of serving U.S. local, state, and federal governments. He also held the position of Symantec’s Vice President for Asia/Pacific and Japan and was responsible for all enterprise and consumer business in that region. Prior to joining Symantec, Vince had 20 years experience in software development, systems analysis and engineering, project management, and business development.

Vince holds two B.S.’s from the University of California, Irvine, one in Mathematics and the other in Information and Computer Science.

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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.

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.

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Alessio Borgmeyer
Founder & CEO
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Alessio Borgmeyer
Founder & CEO Jodel

Alessio studied Business/Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and San Diego State University. After studying in the US, he dropped out of university to start tellM, an app that provided an anonymous newsfeed for friends. With two fellow students and one lecturer they founded a company and launched the app at various Universities in California. After tellM failed to gain sustainable traction and a following split of the founding team, Alessio eventually hired a new team and iterated tellM into the now known Jodel.

Alessio, now as a single-founder, was responsible for product/tech, marketing, community, financing, and HR in the early days of the company. Being a product guy, he nowadays keeps his focus on product, strategy&vision and HR.

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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.

Dr. Elina Berglund Scherwitzl
Co-founder & CTO
Natural Cycles
Dr. Elina Berglund Scherwitzl
Co-founder & CTO Natural Cycles

Originally a particle physicist who pursued research at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland for 6 years, Elina was one of the leading researchers that discovered the Higgs boson, which lead to a Nobel Prize in physics 2013. After discovering the Higgs, Elina quit her science job to focus on women’s reproductive health. She then developed the algorithm behind Natural Cycles an effective and user friendly natural birth control method. Through analysing women’s body temperature the Natural Cycles mobile app identifies women’s fertile days for the purpose of both preventing and planning a pregnancy. Additionally, pregnant women monitor their temperature in the app to early detect sinking hormonal levels to be able to prevent a possible miscarriage. Elina continues to pursue research through Natural Cycles, and has now published two clinical studies concerning women’s reproductive health in a peer review journal. In January 2017 Natural Cycles became the first approved contraceptive app.

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.

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Nick Jankel
Co-Founder & CEO
Switch ON
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Nick Jankel
Co-Founder & CEO Switch ON

Nick Seneca Jankel is the author of best-selling book Switch On: Unleash Your Creativity With the New Science & Spirit of Breakthrough (Watkins, 2015) and a Cambridge-educated scientist, philosopher, purpose-driven entrepreneur and wisdom teacher. He has advised No.10 Downing Street; lectured at many of the world’s most prestigious universities; spoken on his work at Talks At Google, TEDx, The Economist Summit, and the leading academic conferences.

Nick is the chief architect of the Bio-Breakthrough Way, he has been a transformational coach on BBC TV and MTV. He is founder of Switch On Worldwide, a leadership and personal development company that brings the Bio-Breakthrough Way to the world within innovative leadership programs and products to unleash conscious breakthrough creativity.

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.)

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Richard Rabbat
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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

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.

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Tamas Giorgadse
CEO & Co-Founder
Raisin GmbH
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Tamas Giorgadse
CEO & Co-Founder Raisin GmbH

Raisin GmbH, is a young and quickly growing FinTech company, which builds an online portal with transparent and fair banking products for customers in Europe. Since our foundation in 2013, we were able to raise €60 million from well-known investors. Tamaz graduated with honors in law from the University of Giessen and in International Economics from Tbilisi State University. He also holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Giessen.

Prior to building and scaling Raisin, Tamaz spent 10 years with McKinsey & Company, the last 3 years as Principal also leading the McKinsey Savings and Investment Products Service Line for EMEA countries. He served some of the largest retail, universal, and wholesale banks throughout Europe and in Asia.

“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
Satellite Events
11 - 14 JULY 2017
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