The Speakers

Arno Schimpf
Speaker

Arno is a psychologist and sports/ training scientist and is called the “gold maker” by insiders. After successfully working and coaching Olympic and top athletes, teams and coaches for more than 35 years, he started to share his knowledge of the elite sports towards companies and institutions. Get ready to learn more about the “Flow” Moment that every athlete knows and uses for his ultimate triumph.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – Enthusiasm for your own life.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – Sitting at about 5 o’clock in the morning, in front of a mountain hut and looking into the endless valley. I was seized by such deep inner serenity and life satisfaction, as I had never experienced before.

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – A curious whiz, an indulgence, a sportsman, a friend.

Aniruddha Dutta
Speaker

Aniruddha is a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute in Material Science and avid prizewinning Science slammer across Germany. He packs science, science communication, sports and music to his repertoire. As a science communicator, he calls himself a story-teller often making the hilarious and the profound share the same space and time. Get ready to see the world of science in a new way!

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – A heightened sense of perception/ awareness.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – Being in science, you tend to discover a hidden treasure quite often. The ability to communicate, almost subliminally, with what I thought are inanimate objects, materials in my case, is quite thrilling. We often consider ourselves to be Captain Jack Sparrows of science, only hunting for physics driven theories at micro scales in materials.

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – I have done competitive rowing, trained in Indian Classical music and can spend hours in a museum.

Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / LinkedIn

Tyler Gage
Speaker

Tyler is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who uses wisdom from the Amazon and start-up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations. Since the age of 19, Tyler has been studying native plants and languages with indigenous elders in the Amazon rainforest. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler turned down a Fulbright grant to start RUNA, a social enterprise that makes clean energy drinks with guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf, and improves livelihoods for thousands of indigenous farming families in Ecuador.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – Enchantment and confidence in the power of dreams.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – Discovering the incredible flavour of wild, perfectly ripe salmonberries in the woods of the North Cascade mountains.

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – I’m a staunch believer in the pursuit of “better,” and am cautious about the stressful obsession of pursuing “the best”.

Website:  tylergage.com

Madeleine Daria Alizadeh
Speaker

Madeleine is known for her blog “dariadaria“, one of the most-read blogs in German-speaking areas. Last year, she closed down her blog and dedicated herself to new projects such as producing the podcast “a mindful mess” and writing a green lifestyle column for the magazine “Wienerin”. She even runs a sustainable fashion label called “dariadéh”, with self-designed clothes. Her talk is about trust as our most important asset and moral “currency”. At a time when there are little transparency and much distrust, rebuilding trust is essential for a sustainable future and communities that support each other.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – Empowerment, courage, trust, clarity and determination.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – One month ago, when I learned that I’m going to become an aunt.

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – I love dachshund with short legs and drink almost 2 litres of tea per day.

Social Media: Instagram

Kathrin Brenker
Speaker

Dr. Kathrin Brenker pursued her PhD in the lab of Prof. Michael Reth at the MPI for Immunobiology and Epigenetics. During her PhD work she investigated the regulation and function of the Syk kinase and, among other approaches, used optogenetic tools to do so. As a consequence of her experience with the lack of efficient analysis tools for optogenetic research, she developed a novel illumination device that allows the combination of optogenetics with flow cytometry. A patent claim for this device was filed together with the University of Freiburg and Kathrin Brenker received an EXIST startup grant. With this grant, she and her two cofounders Raphael Holubarsch and Dr. Dirk Riemann work together as opto biolabs since April 2018. Together, they develop specialized illumination devices for optogenetic research to broaden the experimental possibilities and help moving this exciting technology forward.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – Excited about the future.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – Talking to scientists and entrepreneurs on a daily basis, I feel like discovering hidden treasures all the time!

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – I love sports (mountain biking, climbing, ski touring, kite surfing…) and music (play the piano and the oboe) and spicy dark chocolate ice cream.

Social Media: Facebook / LinkedIn / Twitter

Nathalie Mauckner
Speaker

Nathalie is a 23-year old stroke survivor. Until she was diagnosed with a life-threatening thalamic infarction at the age of 21, she tried to be everything young millennials are told to be: successful, independent, pretty and strong – at least on the surface. When she experienced the feeling of not being able to mentally and physically fit into a world of edited and beautified social media posts, she realized the real value of embracing her imperfect soul within a beautiful world that offers more than
virtual likes.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words?Courage, empowerment, self-love, knowledge, energy.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – When I spent a whole day with my grandparents, listening to their childhood memories.

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – Dancing is my passion. I love to dance wherever I am and no matter who’s watching. It gives me a feeling of being deeply connected with my emotions.

Social Media: Instagram

Sarah Spiekermann
Speaker

Since 2009 Sarah Spiekermann chairs the Institute for Information Systems & Society at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna) where she also founded the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab in 2016. She is the author of the books “Digital Ethics – A Value System for the 21 st Century”, “Ethical IT Innovation: A Value-based System Design Approach” as well as “Networks of Control”. Her research foci include ethical and privacy-sensitive engineering, behavioural economics of privacy and attention-sensitive system design. She has published over a hundred scientific articles in these fields in leading international journals as well as in major German-speaking newspapers including FAZ, DIE ZEIT, NZZ. She also maintains a blog on “The Ethical Machine” at Austria’s leading daily newspaper Standard.at.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – Astonishment, thoughtfulness, hope, realization progress, self-questioning.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – Last week while reading the book “Why Liberalism Failed” (Patrick J. Deneen)

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – … that my lectures do not correspond to the mainstream ideas 🙂

Social Media: Twitter

Simon Boyle
Speaker

Simon is an award-winning chef, author and social entrepreneur. His varied career led him to be the founder of the charity Beyond Food, where he uses food as a catalyst for social change. Beyond Food’s home and social enterprise restaurant, Brigade is located in London. Since Simon secured £800k of funding, Brigade became the home of a unique set of training programmes for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Anna & Dominik Baer
Performance Act

The couple met in Thailand when they were teenagers and moved from ‘Just Friends’ to ‘Being Married’ after maintaining a long-distance relationship in between. They shifted their focus towards creating and performing full-time after teaching art and music for several years. Now they have a pop-up gallery and studio in Heidelberg. At TEDx Heidelberg, Dominik presents a few selected pieces of his indie-pop repertoire, while Anna creates a new painting.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – Impressed, stimulated, moved, encouraged, empowered.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – One of the last hidden treasures we discovered was the old shoemaker’s shop we now use as a gallery and studio space. It was right around the corner from our house and totally surprised us when it became available to rent.
Now, we can’t even believe how perfect it is for our work at present and feel very lucky to have found this treasure…

Social Media: Anna’s Facebook / Anna’s Instagram / Dominik’s Facebook / Dominik’s Instagram

Bernhard Bentgens
Performance Act

Bernhard is a musician by heart and works as a presenter at galas and symphony concerts since the 90’s. Besides being part of the main cast of the monthly live radio show “Zungenschlag” in Heidelberg he co-organizes the chanson festival “Schöner Lügen”. On our event this year on which Bernhard will let your voice sound in a way you might not have heard it before.

What do you hope our audience feels after your talk, in 5 words? – This great feeling of togetherness.

When was the last time you discovered a hidden treasure? – You always find hidden treasures in other people by listening to them.

Besides your idea worth sharing, what do we need to know about you? – I am a singer songwriter – so listen to my songs.

Social Media: Website

Marcus Orlovsky
Host

Marcus Orlovsky is a serial entrepreneur, conference speaker, and moderator. Identifying opportunities, strategizing, overcoming challenges and ultimately succeeding is in his nature. Marcus has a background in finance and technology but for the last ten years he’s been working in education. He founded and runs a social enterprise Bryanston Square an organization committed to enhancing life chances through education. Which helps design schools and has programmes for students across the UK. Marcus is active in the technology and innovation: he delivered early TED talks and now hosts a number of international TEDx conferences where he meets over 200 game changers each year.