Final speakers and outline for TEDxVienna – INSTANITY

TEDxVienna: INSTANITY is just a couple of weeks away! It’s been a great ride so far and this is only the commencement. Today we have some very important announcements to make – from the completion of our speaker line-up to a bunch of great side events we have planned for the day. So here’s what you should know.

Due to a serious private development, Andy Hobsbawm will not be able to join our conference. He sends his personal apologies to all attendees and is looking forward to partake in one of our future events. The topic of Andy is so enthralling and fitting to the conference theme, that his friend and business partner, Niall Murphy decided to step in and tackle the issue at hand.

Completing our speaker list:


Niall is a technologist and serial-entrepreneur. Niall co-founded pan European WiFi network The Cloud in 2003, acquired by British Sky Broadcasting (a subsidiary of News Corporation) in 2011. He was also recently CEO of multi-platform gaming software firm Marmalade. Niall founded one of the first ISPs in Africa in a joint venture with Sprint in 1994, later acquired by UUnet. He subsequently founded three digital media businesses in South Africa, he later sold. He also co-founded The Digital Thinking Network, a future scenario planning organisation based in Amsterdam. Niall has authored and presented numerous papers around the world, including at TED. He was a co-author of the WiFi International Roaming Access Protocols framework in 2005, adopted by the IETF. Niall contributed as a policy advisor on telecoms in South Africa in the early 90s through an African National Congress (ANC) think tank.



Kyle once worked as an editor and animator at Lucasfilm to help launch the largest opening weekend box office prior to 2005 for the film Star Wars Episode III. After his tenure at Lucasfilm he founded Eyestorm Productions a boutique creative agency that serviced the Lucas companies as well as Ubisoft, Disney, and Electronic Arts. In 2008, Kyle determined to make a socially relevant feature film, founded One Day on Earth with the vision of making a film shot in every country in the world on the same day. As the project director he works extensively to guide the social media campaigns, website, and editorial of the One Day on Earth feature films. Ruddick is a graduate of the production program at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts.

Our host for the day:


Markus works as an Executive Producer at Terra Mater Factual Studios where he focuses on the development of new television formats. Before joining TMFS, Markus worked as a chief editor and presenter of the television science program “Newton”, at the Austrian Public Broadcaster ORF. Prior to that, Markus worked as live reporter and editor for several editorial offices such as the daily news program at the ORF among others. Markus started his career as a journalist as a radio editor and news presenter in Salzburg. He has a university degree – University Graz (A) / Williams College (USA) – and a deep interest and fascination in all things science. Markus considers his live attendance at the 2008 CERN LHC particle collider activation as one of his all time favorite and moving experiences. When Markus is not being moved by particle physics and not working on the development of new television formats, he passes his time with his family (married, 2 daughters), exercises for the Großglockner mountain run, produces digital works of scientific art at Humanchaos.


Conference activities:

This year we’ve tried not to overcrowd the speaker line-up, so during the day, there will be 3 sessions of talks. Nevertheless, the day will be full of activities in and around the conference. Throughout we will cater to your culinary delight with our partners Ströck and, so you can muster the physical and mental strength for making the most out of this experience.

• Exhibitions & Workshops

In this area, you will feast your senses on some breakthrough technologies in a hands-on manner. Our friends from Metalab, Vienna’s prominent hacker space — an open center for people who do creative things with technology — will showcase some of their imaginative projects, from gadgets to tech-art. Joining us at the conference as a destination on their 2012 world tour is Aldebaran Robotics, a company which designs, produces, and commercializes autonomous humanoid robots. NAO, their programmable, 57-cm tall humanoid robot, will be there to give you glimpse into the possibilities such a platform opens and maybe also let you program the robot alongside them. Here’s a video of NAO:

Throughout the day you will have the chance to experience the functionalities of a brain computer interface, as g.tec is joining our conference. g.tec developed the first commercially available BCI system in 1999 and now sells this system in more than 60 countries worldwide. This technology is currently revolutionizing medical fields, potentially empowering paraplegics for example. Take a look at this explanatory video:

As a leader in design and development of surface computing-based exhibits and applications, John Robie will also be present at the event, showcasing their multi-touch solutions with a wide range of modular products to fit individual requirements and environments. Look out for their polished screens!

• Interactive experiences

There will be an amazing book swap at the conference. What we need from you is to bring along one of the favorite books you’ve read and let an unknown person attending the event have it. We will take your book at the entrance and set up book swap booth where you can go and grab a new one. Don’t forget to write a dedication to the new owner!

We also know that all of our attendees are inspiring brave thinkers. Therefore, we’ll have a special corner set with a camera where each of you will get the chance to present your idea worth spreading. You’ll get three minutes. After the event we will let the community decide on which of the persons presenting will get to do it on the stage at one of our upcoming events. How awesome is that? So besides the book, be sure to bring your most inspiring ideas along.

• Evening event

To conclude the conference, we’ve reserved the Holy Moly restaurant of Badeschiff Vienna. In the evening, after the talks and conference activities are completed, we invite you to this great floating venue, less than 10 minutes away from our conference location. Holy Moly is a restaurant hovering over the Danube close to Vienna’s old center and provides a beautiful setting for a great night-finale to our event.

We would love to have you joining us on this journey, so check out our Facebook event here and make sure to book your seat here as the number of seats is limited and they are quickly selling out.


Header Image(s) from Pixabay & Gratisography

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