Alexander Ronacher was a vehicle developer and subsequently more than 16 years responsible for the vehicle development of municipal fire fighting vehicles at Rosenbauer Int. AG. Since more than 12 years, he has been responsible for innovation technology and research as well as the development of future perspectives and future concepts for the firefighting sector. He is also constantly driven by further development in other areas outside of his main job.
Andrijana Ivanda is an architect and co-founder of the Berlin-based architectural office c/o now. Currently she is teaching Architecture and Urbanism as a Guest Professor at the Kunstuni Linz.
Conscious Dance Teacher
Beatrice's motto in life is: "Move your body, transform your life." As an experienced Conscious Dance teacher, she has been accompanying people on their development path, promotes self-empowerment and strengthens self-confidence. In addition to her dance expertise, she successfully ran a refugee house for the Red Cross. Beatrice is a certified practitioner and combines her versatile training, which includes traditional Chinese medicine, with a deep drive: the love for people and the feeling of being supported in the common "we".
Co-Founder, Creative Lead, Speaker
Chris Thaller is the Co-founder & Creative Lead of Anything But Ordinary, a creative consultancy focusing on impact creation and sustainability. As the "Head of Creative Projects" at adidas Runtastic, Chris spearheaded the creation of the adidas X Parley Run for the Oceans campaign in 2016, which evolved into one of the most significant global movements dedicated to protecting our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution.
CRYSTN HUNT AKRON is an interdisciplinary sound artist moving between art, music, new media, fashion, dance and performance. Awarded the Spanish Culture Prize and International Art Prize in collaboration with Sol Pico – Barcelona. CRYSTN HUNT AKRON is collaborating with Chris Noelle aka Tofa who provides live visuals.
Middle East Traveler, Researcher, Storyteller
At the time of giving this talk, Daniela Kranzlmueller holds an MSc in Organization studies and is pursuing a PhD in Management. Her research focuses on female entrepreneurship in conflict zones for which she conducted field work in Afghanistan and Iran. Throughout the years she has travelled countless times to the region, and now has an elaborate network of friends and loved ones in the area.
Manuela is a senior scientist at Johannes Kepler University. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology and applied linguistics at the University of Salzburg with a thesis on the impact of gestures on memory for second language words. Thereafter, she joined the Max-Planck Institute for Human and Brain Sciences Leipzig. There, she investigated how sensorimotor language networks support memory for words in a second language. Manuela is an awarded bestselling author for non-fiction books.
Researcher, Sociolinguist, Lecturer
Martina Gaisch is professor and runs the Bachelor program “Design of Digital Products” at the FH Upper Austria in Hagenberg.
"2023 marks the start of a music collective that is redefining the classic concept of a band.
We are four solo-artists combining our individual styles into one genre-bending performance.
We are more than just a band.
We are More Than Friends."
On stage the four members of the group are constantly swapping the lead role and thus seamlessly gliding between different genres and styles. The group’s longterm goal is to create a “Fliegendes Wohnzimmer” - a flying living room - on stages all around the world. Likewise, More Than Friends will turn our TEDx stage into their living room. Fasten your seat belts: The flying living room sets course for Linz.
Ness Rubey is a conceptual photographer from Austria, who frequently wears flashy socks. In a striking and colorful way, she reveals both the beauty and dissonances of our surroundings and society. Her work often gives an eye-opening approach on topics such as feminism, violence, meat consumption, loneliness or self love. At the same time, Ness doesn’t spare her humorous and quirky view on everyday life.
Software Developer, Trainer, Mentor
Pia Gerhofer is a software developer, part-time teacher and one of the cofounders of the female coders, a programming club aimed to connect and empower women in or on their way into IT.
Body Language Specialist
Stefan Verra is one of the most in-demand body language experts in Europe. With great lightheartedness and deep scientific insight, he fascinates more than 100.000 participants every year in Europe, the USA and China. His body language analyses are frequently published in mainstream media.
Stefan is guest lecturer at several universities, clinics and governmental organizations, such as NATO and US Navy, best-selling author and keynote speaker for world leading companies and medical congresses.
Dreamer, Tinkerer, Co-Founder
Taras Weinl is co-founder at the Austrian-American space tech start-up GATE Space, working at the interface of the organizational and technical aspects of the company.
Researcher, Chemist, Associate Professor
Wolfgang Schoefberger is Associate Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Johannes Kepler University Linz. He founded Schoefberger Lab, a laboratory for sustainable chemistry and catalysis. The Schoefberger Lab is focused on research in several areas of synthetic organic chemistry. These include a heavy emphasis on green chemistry and sustainable chemistry. Wolfang presents the vision of converting CO2 to value added products like alcohols, organic acids and syngas driven by renewable energy. By that he shows how CO2 could be captured and used in industry and other fields.
In September 2021, his team received the Upper Austrian State Award for Innovation for their work on catalysts for CO2 conversion.