Juergen Schmidhuber is an internationally acknowledged artificial intelligence expert. He has published scientific works on topics such as machine learning, artificial recurrent neural networks, fast deep neural nets, adaptive robotics, algorithmic information and complexity theory, digital physics, the formal theory of beauty & humor, and the fine arts.
Priya Parker is an advisor to leaders and organizations on strategy, vision and purpose. Her company works with individuals and teams to help them identify what they care about most and align it with market realities. Her research includes identifying what are the driving factors that lead people to thriving and what blocks them from it.
Marc Buelens & Nele Snoeck
Marc Buelens is professor of organisational behaviour at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management school. He will take Nele Snoeck, a professional actress, writer and director, with him on stage for a unique talk.
Javier de la Torre
Javier de la Torre is CEO and co-founder of Vizzuality. Javier has a strong interest in the distribution and conservation of species on Earth and how we can help to conserve them through the use of technology and collaboration over Internet.
Jan Scheele is a Dutch entrepreneur running an online marketing agency and an event agency. He is involved in several TEDx events, head of the worldwide TEDx IT community and co-founder of three startups. He is also member of the Sandbox Network, a global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30, and mentor at Rockstart Accelerator.
Peter Gregson is cellist and composer. Recently, he has premiered works by composers including Tod Machover, Max Richter and Steve Reich; he collaborates with many of the world's leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs, UnitedVisualArtists and the MIT Media Lab.
Nik Baerten co-founded Pantopicon, a studio for futures exploration and envisioning, based in Antwerp where he guides both public and private organizations in exploring long term challenges through alternative future scenarios, in building visions and strategies, in designing concepts for new products, services and experiences.
Thijs De Vries
Thijs de Vries M.Sc. is designer, facilitator and speaker on the intersection of engagement design, gamification and serious gaming. He has worked on many innovative designs in the field of engagement design and persuasion. This led to his expertise on incorporating gamification into products and services for education, health care and sustainability.
Anders Sandberg's research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement, new technology and global catastrophic risks. He has a background in computational neuroscience and philosophy.
If there is one name you have to remember when speaking of Belgian poetry slammers, it's Jee Kast. He produces language msitakes, puns, Never-to-be-used pick-uplines, (slam) poetry and spoken words, ... and actually everything related with words.
Willem Ombelet co-founded The Walking Egg non-profit organisation, which strives to implement accessible infertility programmes in resource-poor countries. In cooperation with the ESHRE Special Task Force on "Developing countries and infertility" and the WHO, it gathers medical, social and economical scientists and experts along with artists.
Nicolas Kint is Chief Parking Facilitator at Carambla and a passionate business developer with experience in IT project management. He will talk about the biggest challenges he faced during his first year as a start-up entrepreneur and share tips with the audience on how to deal with them.
Architect Koen Olthuis believes today's designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. In 2007 he was chosen as nr. 122 on the Time Magazine list of most influential people in the world due to the worldwide interest in water developments.
Pol Van Dorpe
Pol Van Dorpe is active as a principal scientist at Imec, Leuven and part time professor at the physics department of the KULeuven. Currently he is active in the bio-nano-electronics department of Imec and his main research focus is applying nanophotonics concepts to create new ways to unravel the sequence of the DNA, i.e. the genetic code.