Second round of confirmed speakers for TEDxVienna 2012

We’re merely 6 weeks away from TEDxVienna: INSTANITY! It’s been an incredible ride as this is our 3rd year and thus our 3rd yearly conference. In the past we’ve explored what it means to bridge the gap in business, communications and technology, and how to understand, cause or prevent a domino effect. This year we’re focused on the effects of our technology driven society. We’ve increasingly become more prone of expecting Everything Now. From information to products and even health, we’re more dependent than ever on technology in our everyday lives. The 3rd of November will be a dive into the positives and negatives of this dominant trend. To help us better reflect on its implications, we gathered a cast of remarkable speakers. So without further ado, here are our next three speakers:



Tom is a design researcher with major focus on interaction. He is a visiting professor in Applied Sciences and Art at the German University in Cairo. In his PhD project at the Design Research Lab of Berlin University of the Arts, he investigates on the coherence between design and disability. He is also the founder of the Institute for Applied Fantasies, and Co-Founder of the Design Research Network. Find out more here



Albert Frantz began playing the piano at the unusual age of seventeen—years after a childhood teacher proclaimed he would never be able to play the piano, following a failed initial attempt. Under the tutelage of Steven H. Smith at Penn State University, where he sacrificed engineering studies in favor of music and philosophy, he won first prizes at the 1995 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition and Penn State University’s concerto competition after having played the piano for only four years. Albert became the first pianist to win a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Vienna in nearly a decade. In Vienna, he completed years of study with Paul Badura-Skoda, later becoming assistant to him and musicologist Eva Badura-Skoda. Albert is also a dedicated teacher who has written hundreds of articles on learning music for his website,, as well as a Bösendorfer Artist. Find out more here



Georg Holzer is a freelance journalist writing for a variety of print and online mediums in the german speaking area, including Kleine Zeitung, Tiroler Tageszeitung and Kärntner Monat, around the topics of economics and technology. Since 2005 he also writes regularly online on his blogs georgholzer and k2020. He has been nominated and won numerous prizes in journalism, including the News Media Journalism Award in 2006 and the Journalist of the Year in 2010 for Kärnten. Since 2009, Georg has published eight guidebooks for mobile phones, PC’s and the web. While also being involved in various projects around network culture, he recently cofounded Project Ingeborg. Find out more here


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.


Header Image(s) from Pixabay & Gratisography

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