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Theme: Curious Minds

This event occurred on
June 15, 2019
9:00am - 7:30pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Klagenfurt, Kärnten

Ideas come from curiosity. It’s the power of the curious mind that has made humans as advanced and as imaginative as we find ourselves today. Curiosity is the engine of achievement. It keeps us moving forward, exploring, experimenting and opening new doors. The future belongs to the ones who are not afraid to explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out. The future belongs to the curious minds.

Messeplatz 1
Messehalle 5
Klagenfurt, Kärnten, 9021
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Alyssa Carson

Aspiring Astronaut
Did you dream about becoming an astronaut when you were little? Alyssa Carson did. Not only did she dream of it, but she has also actually achieved it! The title of Alyssa’s book “So you want to be an astronaut: A realistic guide to becoming an astronaut at young age” sounds so down to earth, but the life and career of the 18-years old are literally OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Benjamin Hardy

Psychologist & Author
Benjamin Hardy has been the #1 most-read writer on Medium.com since late 2015. His work has been read by over 50 million people and has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, Psychology Today, and many others. He is the author of the internationally bestselling book, Willpower Doesn’t Work. Finally, Ben is nearing the completion of his PhD in Organizational Psychology. On the personal side, Ben is married and father of five children. And he can show you how to bring together all of these and even more.

Chiara Cecchini

Food Innovation Guru
Eating is an essential activity for human being, but it requires consciousness and awareness. Chiara Cecchini’s mission is, to build international ecosystems to support human and economic growth, fostering life-changing innovation. Find out how at TEDxKlagenfurt 2019.

Heike Riel

Physicist & IBM Fellow
In 2013 IBM named her IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical distinction. This was one of the many recognition Heike Riel has received for her fundamental achievements in the science and technology of nanoscale electronics. She is a distinguished expert in nanotechnology and nanosciences and her research has contributed to advancements in OLED display technology, molecular electronics and semiconductor nanoscale materials and devices. Besides IBM Fellow, she is also Director of IoT Technology and AI Solutions at IBM Research. And obviously a very curious mind.

Ingolf Wunder

Ingolf Wunder is an Austrian pianist, Art lover, and Co-Founder of APPASSIO.com. When he was 16, he was awarded the Liszt Prize at the International Liszt Piano Competition. At 18, he was invited by a renowned conductor Emmanuel Krivine to play at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. His breakthrough came in 2010 at the most important piano competition: The International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Since then, Ingolf has been all over the world in the most prestigious venues. Recently, together with his wife, he founded APPASSIO – an online teaching platform which aims at helping individuals to find the right contacts and nourish their creativity in a made-to-measure way. To find out more about Ingolf, follow him on Instagram, http://www.instagram.com/ingolf_wunder or visit his website http://ingolfwunder.com.

Isabella Graef

Originally from Klagenfurt, Isabella Graef, M.D. is now a faculty member at Stanford University and the scientific co-founder of Eidos Therapeutics. Her medical training together with her research training at UC Berkeley and Stanford led her to address questions at the interface of medicine, biology, and chemistry. She has discovered the TTR kinetic stabilizer AG10, which is currently in clinical trials to treat the rare and devastating disease, Transthyretin Amyloidsis. She has authored more than 30 publications in top tier scientific journals and is an inventor of several US issued patents and awarded a number of awards, amongst others a Fullbright Fellowship and Schroedinger Award.

Jet Sanders

Behavioural Scientist
Do you feel that the weekday has an effect on your emotion and in which way you take risks? Jet Sanders research show that there exists a weekly cycle which influences us. In her research, she also tries to find the link between behavior and the use of social good and how people processing the first impression.

Jody Medich

Director of Design for Singularity University Labs
Jody creates superhumans. Rather than teaching humans the right buttons to push, she uses cognitive computing (AI, AR/VR, robotics, sensors, etc) to speak human. The resulting tools dramatically extend, augment, and amplify human abilities and are as easy to control as our own bodies. She might read too much Batman. But in her 23-year design career, Jody has created just about everything from holograms to robots and R&D. Her most notable work includes UX design for DARPA’S Big Dog, Principal Experience Designer on the HoloLens Project at Microsoft, HMI for Toyota’s AiCar, and Principal UX at LEAP Motion. Today, she is a Futurist and Product Designer working to define the future of human machine interface (HMI) through radical inclusion by leveraging brain machine interface, sensors, robotics, AI, and AR/VR. She also travels the world speaking about the future of these technologies and their impact on the world for Singularity University and groups like WIRED, Google, and TEDx.

Lexie Alford

Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country
Lexie Alford was born in a small town called Nevada City, California. She has been traveling for as long as she can remember with her family who started a travel agency. She traveled to all 196 countries by 21 years old, breaking the Guinness World Record for the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country by over 3 years. To find out more about Lexie, follow @lexielimitless on Instagram or visit her website http://lexielimitless.com.

Louie’s Cage Percussion

Percussion group
They are among the youngest Austrian orchestra members. They play all repertoires of classical music but have always been interested in various musical genres. They combined acting, writing and playing music at the highest level. They are a percussion group named after the Monkey King Louie and the composer John Cage. They are Louie’s Cage Percussion.

Maya & Yehuda Devir

Comic Artists
Maya & Yehuda Devir are creators of one of the most popular webcomics out there - “One of those days”. It describes their relationship in a humorous way and doesn’t spare any details. It shows embarrassing, funny, sad, happy, and even crisis moments, such as the couple’s attempt to get pregnant with all the difficulties they encountered on the way. Yehuda Devir found his love for drawing as a child when he began painting on his bedroom walls. Maya Devir is a realist artist and specializes in the art of teasing Yehuda. To find out more about Maya and Yehuda, follow https://www.instagram.com/jude_devir/ or https://www.instagram.com/maya_devir on Instagram or visit their website https://www.yehudadevir.com/.


Morf is a multi-instrumental solo musician, singer, beatboxer and busker from Australia currently based in London. He is using instruments the way they were not designed to be played - an acoustic guitar as a drum, a voice as a drum kit or bassline. He is constantly experimenting with new sounds and ideas. He is able to create something fresh and apply it to every new song he produces. After being featured worldwide with major media coverage, including Good Morning America, ESPN, LadBible, and many more, Morf has grown in the public eye and has generated a large fanbase. To find out more about Morf, follow him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/morfmusic/ or visit his website https://www.morfmusic.co.uk/.

Peter Sage

Serial Entrepreneur & Philosopher
Peter Sage is a well known international serial entrepreneur, author, philosopher, personal growth expert, and teacher. His unique way of looking at and relating to life has inspired millions of people worldwide to reinvent themselves. Whether by improving or turning around a business or developing a new and empowering psychology through practical yet profound shifts in awareness, Peter hopes his insights and teachings can offer something of value to those who seek it. To find out more about Peter, visit his website http://www.petersage.com and subscribe to his YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/petersage007

Sequoia LaDeil Velez

Sustainability Strategist
Are we really what we eat? Sequoia knows from experience that our eating lifestyle directly influences our health: when switching his diet after years, his body reacted with fourteen blood clots in his right arm, and one in his brain. As doctors were not able to diagnose the underlying problem, this ultimately led to the removal of his rib. But this story has a happy end - thanks to nutrition, smart data, and Sequoia’s curious mind, he was able to restore his health. Now, he is a visionary sustainable leader and the pioneer behind a social media influencers software solution for healthy nutrition EONOS.

Stefan Ebner

Entrepreneur & Founder of Tribe.Kids
Stefan Ebner does not like boxes, especially when they cage your mind and free spirit. So he started creating outside of the box and provided a place allowing curious minds to grow. Tribe Kids is not just a school. It is the first purpose-driven entrepreneurial school for kids, where kids leave with the feeling that they can achieve anything.

Xerxes Voshmgir

Futurist & Evolutionary Catalyst
Xerxes has an interdisciplinary background in social sciences, easter & western psychology as well as strategy development. As a transcultural traveller between diverse worlds, he combines different thought schools, ideas and people to inspire and create new solutions for current and future challenges. He works as a futurist and counselor.

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