Meet the next 4 inspiring speakers at Brave New Space 1

Brave New SpaceWelcome to the Brave New Space!

On November 1st, TEDxVienna invites you to question the established patterns and cycles that are ingrained in every one of us. The goal is to discover new paths and unexpected frontiers. We will set aside the answers we think we know and ask the questions we are afraid to ask. Humanity is at a crossroads, a perilous but hopeful time.

In this post, you will get to know 4 more of our inspiring TEDxVienna speakers from Cyprus, USA, Sweden and beyond.


Director Alternate Anatomies Lab, School of Design & Art, Curtin University, Perth

Stelarc Brave New Space TEDxVienna

Stelarc is a distinctive performer born in Cyprus and raised in Australia. His work focuses heavily on extending the abilities of the human body in times where gene mapping, body hacking, face transplants, prosthetic augmentations have led to the body becoming  a “contemporary chimera”, as Stelarc says. Therefore, most of his offerings are centered on the notion that “the human body is obsolete”. In the past he has held the position of Principal Research Fellow in Nottingham, England. Presently he is expanding his research at Curtin University, Australia.

In over two dozen different performances he has suspended himself on hooks of flesh. Check out one of these fascinating performances below:

Fredrik Debong

Co-founder of mySugr, Diabetes Advocate

Fredrik’s strong belief in the need of a paradigm shift in healthcare and his desire to help people with diabetes  resulted in the development of the “mySugr” app that he co-founded. His and his colleagues’ innovation is based on the idea of empowerment of those in need of therapy to take things in their own hand, but also benefit from the existing technology and the power of gamification.  At TEDxVienna Brave New Space he will talk about his endeavor of motivating diabetes patients through gamified systems to make use of their everyday life goals and habits to stay on top of their diabetes treatment, as Fredrik explains:

“Imagine your diabetes journal, your blood glucose logbook where you should jot everything down, take that and turn it into a game, turn it into something that talks back to you.”

Learn more about MySugr in this video:

Stephen D. Larson

Project Coordinator, OpenWorm

Stephen D. Larson Brave New Space TEDxVienna

Have you ever been inspired by Star Trek and thought to make a project out of it? Stephen D. Larson has and after sharing his thoughts on being able to create data via worms he joined forces with other like-minded academics and created an open science project Openworm.

“Stephen D. Larson wants to create the world’s first digital organism, and he is starting simple — with a worm” is one of the many headlines that propelled this young researcher to the forefront of this pioneering science.”

Stephen believes OpenWorm gives the world front row access to the cutting edge of digital biology, a new revolution

Dr. Joan Nichols – bioengineering the future of Health

Associate Director for Research at the Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Joan Nichols Brave New Space TEDxVienna

“It’s been science fiction and we’re moving into science fact.”

Quotes like these make Dr. Nichols an interesting character to listen to. She is an Associate Director for Research at the Department of Internal Medicine with a focus on Infectious Diseases. She is the author of dozens of pioneering research papers including: “Modeling the lung: Design and development of tissue engineered macro- and micro-physiologic lung models for research use.”  

Come see these 4 inspirational speakers – and 16 more – at the Volkstheater Wien on November 1st. Get your tickets for Brave New Space now!

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