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Theme: Prime Mover

This event occurred on
May 26, 2017
12:00pm - 7:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Vienna, Wien

One constant in this world is change. And this change takes place at all levels. Ideas that seemed impossible just a few decades ago are now reality. The human spirit is powerful and so is the technology which is moving forward. In a time of challenges where change is needed – thankfully there are always some of us courageous enough to tackle obstacles and to embrace the unknown with a new approach. It is up to us to break with the old and be brave enough to create new ideas because it´s becoming increasingly clear that the main changes we need to make are in our mind-set. What are these prime mover ideas? Meet our speakers at TEDxTUWien. They will present their ground-breaking ideas for today, tomorrow and the future!

Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna
Karlsplatz 13
Vienna, Wien, 1040
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Alexandra Dostal

Professional Dancer

Andi Hadarics

Beatboxer of the formation "Beat-Junkies"

Aseo Friesacher

Pianist (Jazz)

Astrid Weiss

Researcher in Robot & Human Sociology (Technical University of Vienna)
Astrid Weiss studied how humans interact with new technology. For her research on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) she has been awarded a Hertha Firnberg grant from the FWF Science Fund, a postdoc programme aimed at promoting the university career of young female research scientists. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

Frat "Dizflash" Demirci

Beatboxer of the formation "Beat-Junkies"

Geraldine Fitzpatrick

Head of Human and Computer Interaction Institute - Technical University of Vienna
Geraldine Fitzpatrick is Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and heads the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology and the Human Computer Interaction. She is also an ACM Distinguished Scientist. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

Hao Li


Johannes Gartner

Innovator in 3D Printing in Health and Care
Johannes Gartner is conducting research in additive manufacturing and potential disruptive technologies as an assistant professor at the Institute for Innovation Management at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and as a post-doctoral researcher at the Aalto University, Helsinki. He is also issuer of the independent online magazine 3Druck.com. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

Margret Rasfeld

Educational Entrepreneur
Margret Rasfeld´s desire is the courage for a cultural change. In this sense, she encourages schools to establish an appreciative relationship culture, trust and confidence in the competence of children, empowering them to become change makers. To support schools with this transformation, she founded the initiative “Schule im Aufbruch” and the association “Global Goals Curriculum 2030” and thereby, initiated a movement in Austria, Germany and Poland. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

Matthew O´Dowd

Astrophysicist Matthew O’Dowd spends his time studying the universe, especially really far-away things like Quasars, super-massive black holes and evolving galaxies. He completed his Ph.D. at NASA´s Space Telescope Science Institute, followed by work at the University of Melbourne and Columbia University. Currently he is a professor at the City University of New York´s Lehman College and an Associate at the American Museum of Natural Historys Hayden Planetarium. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

Perrine Schober

Social Entrepreneur (Homelesness Care)
Perrine Schober is the founder of SHADES TOURS, Vienna’s unique social business employing homeless people to become alternative tour guides. The 33-year-old businesswoman studied Tourism Management in Germany and worked for different NGOs, consultancies and multilateral organisations, before launching her own social innovation. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

Philipp Jandrisevits

Artificial Intelligence Expert
Philipp Jandrisevits is technology expert at Accenture, transforming some of the world’s leading financial institutions with innovativestrategies and business models. He has deep expertise in both legacy and digital architecture. Philipp leads the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics Process Automation practice at Accenture Financial Services in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

René Friesacher

Professional Dancer

Wolfgang Fasching

Extrem Athlete (Race Across America)
Extreme athlete Wolfgang Fasching is a three-time winner of the Race Across America. He successfully completed the Seven Summits and became a coach and author on motivational strength. Thumbnail © Nadja Niemiec

Organizing team

Ayse Nur

Vienna, Austria


Vienna, Austria
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