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Theme: Brave New Space

This event occurred on
November 1, 2014
9:00am - 11:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Vienna, 9

With Brave New Space we aimed to question the established patterns and cycles that are ingrained in every one of us.

The goal was to discover new paths and unexpected frontiers. We wanted to set aside the answers we thought we knew and asked the questions we were afraid to ask. Humanity is at a crossroads, a perilous but hopeful time.

It is up to each of us to decide which direction we take collectively in this, our Brave New Space.

Volkstheater Vienna
Neustiftgasse 1
Vienna, 9, 1070
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Fredrik Debong

Diabetes advocate - After 30 years of living with Type 1 Diabetes, with all its ups and downs, he is working on changing the philosophy of the according therapies – by addressing the psychology of it, using technology and games.

Amr Sobhy

Technologist - While leaving comfort zone may indeed help us to learn, venture into new exploration and achieve more collectively, does it ultimately make us happier and better individuals?

Laurie Essig

Professor of Love - When it comes to the strange marriage of romance and capitalism, it’s time to ask why neoliberal capitalism wants us to be "happy ever after".

Arash Riahi

Filmmaker & Activist - "Everyday Rebellion" – a cross-media project and documentary trying to contribute to the peaceful protest movement in Iran and around the world.

Arman Riahi

Filmmaker & Activist - "Everyday Rebellion" – a cross-media project and documentary trying to contribute to the peaceful protest movement in Iran and around the world.

Robert Hargraves

Energy researcher - Author of the book "Thorium: energy cheaper than coal", whose article in American Scientist sparked China to develop this new energy technology.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Artist - Discussing her work and that of others in the field of critical biological art. Engaging with biotechnology as social, political, and ethical inquiry.

Wolfgang Fengler

World Bank Lead Economist - Our generation is the first to hope living twice as long as the historical average. Building on a personal story, Mr. Fengler will show what the big demographic shifts in the world mean for you.

Sonja Dakić

Mother & entrepreneur - Sonja was a career graphic designer before becoming a new mom in 2008 changed her life. What began as a simple search for the best diapers for her baby ended with Sonja co-founding a social enterprise.

Ludovic Ferrière

Meteorite collection's curator - Ludovic Ferrière is a geologist, chief curator of the rock collections and co-curator of the prestigious meteorite collection at the Natural History Museum Vienna (Austria), and an expert on meteorite impact craters.

Roderick Miller

Freelance historian - How can a society “not forget” what it has only experienced indirectly through media and inherited cultural trauma?

Destin Sandlin

YouTube educator & rocket scientist - Destin is an aerospace and mechanical engineer from Alabama and the creator of Smarter Every Day, a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers and 125 million views.

Carissa Bub

Organisational coach - Luminaries have a different energetic charge to them than typical change agents and leaders.

Chris Dancy

Chief Digital Officer, Healthways Inc. - If you were given information about your health and habits in the same way it was given to a world class researcher or scientist, how would you improve your life?

Stephen D. Larson

Neuroscientist - What if we could better understand all of life by playing with virtual replicas inside computers the same way we play with Lego blocks?

Stuart Armstrong

Future of Humanity Researcher - The resources of our solar system alone are more than ample to begin a direct colonisation of the entire reachable universe. Here’s how we could do it.


Performance artist - Cyprus born performance artist Stelarc focuses on extending the capabilities of the human body.

Erika Lust

Erotic film director - An adult film director, who is trying to make new waves in the industry by transforming the way we think about porn into something that will inspire erotic imagination and foster intimacy with a partner.

Tim Fricke

Aerospace engineer - Studies have shown that computers and machines can be controlled by brain signals only. Applied to aircraft control, could flying one day become as easy as riding a bike?

Joan Nichols

Bioengineer - For those suffering severe lung diseases, only transplantable lungs, which are always in short supply, can help. So, why not bioengineer them?

Rafael Hostettler

Robotics engineer - Being fascinated by the complexity and beauty of everything, Rafael Hostettler started building robots that imitate the building principles of the human musculoskeletal system and travels the world with Roboy.

Dance Industry

Austrian dance team Dance Industry impresses with carefully coordinated electroluminescent light suit choreography. They apply new technology and carefully timed synchronous moves to reinvent the dance show and create a thrilling experience for live viewers.

Organizing team

Vlad Adrian

Vienna, Wien, Austria

Réka R.

Vienna, Austria, Austria
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