2b AHEAD Future Congress 2016: The Speakers

We look forward to hearing theses and thoughts from these speakers in 2016:

 

 

 

Dirk Ahlborn

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc., CEO and Founder and CEO of JumpStarter Inc., USA

 

Dirk Ahlborn plans nothing less than the revolution of mobility. His Hyperloop will transport people and goods at nearly the speed of sound, and will brings the world’s urban centers unexpectedly close. And the system will be just as safe as it is profitable and environmentally friendly.

 

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Jens Dissmann

Microsoft, Surface Leader, Germany

 

Experience new products without even having them … or before they reach the market! Simply. Quickly. Digitally. This is becoming possible thanks to virtual and augmented reality. The systems of the future will be outfitted with an unheard-of level of intelligence and capability. But how can you change the lives of your customers when their decisions are increasingly based on subjective impressions and observations? Are enhanced realities trustworthy per se? And what will it mean for us on a personal level when we come to trust in algorithms that will largely be much more reliable than other human beings?


In the panel discussion “Customer Needs in 2026,” Jens Dissmann, Surface Lead Germany at Microsoft, will explain the new technologies that have already arrived in the business world and are increasingly becoming an everyday reality. 

 

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Prof. Thomas Druyen

Institute of Futurepsychology and Future-management (Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität), Director, Germany

 

The sociologist and Director of the Institute for Future Psychology and Future Management is Europe's most renowned expert in the areas of Ethical Wealth and the Culture of Wealth. He will discuss every manager's anxious question, "How can we gain assurance in making decisions when no one gives forecasts with guarantees anymore?"

 

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Dr. Dietrich Gemmel

RWE Effizienz GmbH, CEO, Germany

 

He makes houses smart and cars green — the CEO of RWE Effizienz will outline the roadmap for the energy sector through the year 2026, and will reveal how we will need to adapt our business models over the next ten years.

 

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Ben Glass

Altaeros, CEO, USA

 

Ben Glass makes windmills fly. As Co-Founder and CTO of Altaeros Energies, he is largely responsible for taking high-altitude hovering windmills out of the realm of science fiction. His claim: This technology will revolutionize the production of regenerative energies — to the customer's advantage.

 

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Thinus Glitz

365Farmnet, Productmanager, Germany

 

Thinus Glitz is making one of the most thoroughly traditional sectors adaptive and digital –agriculture. The Claas Landmaschinen subsidiary 365Farmnet gives farmers the opportunity to digitally manage their farms. Through precision farming, fertilizing every field – or feeding every animal –  will no longer use generic solutions, but will be individually and situationally adapted to meet the needs at hand. In his speech, the experienced farmer will give us an inside look at smart agriculture in 2026.

 

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Dr. Dirk C. Gratzel

Psyware, CEO, Germany

 

The head of Psyware can recognize you by your speech. Together with his team, he developed a technology for speech analysis that offers fascinating insights into the interplay between personality, speech, and behavior. With this software, professional-quality personality profiles can be generated in real time using short speech samples and text analyses, a process that generally takes psychologists days to complete. Personality analysis at the push of a button.

 

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Florian Gruber

T-Systems, SVP SI Sales & Industry Leadership Automotive & Manufacturing, Germany

 

Where does the future lie for industrial production when value chains are changing radically across all industries - from procuring to sales and after sales - and the rate of change is simultaneously increasing at an ever-rapid pace? T-Systems manager Florian Gruber will reveal the road map for the industry through 2026.

 

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David Gump

Deep Space Industries Inc., Vice Chariman & Co-Founder, USA

 

Mining in space: The co-founder of Deep Space Industries is developing technologies that will enable us, by the year 2020, to harvest asteroids and use them for fuel and building materials. His satellites will become gas stations in space! David Gump will speak about conquering the outer space market.

 

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Sven Gábor Jánszky

CEO, 2b AHEAD ThinkTank, Germany

 

In the closing keynote address, noted futurist and CEO of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank Sven Gábor Jánszky will take his audience farther into the future than ever before, and will ask the question: How will our children live in the coming century?

 

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Christoph Jentzsch

Slock.it, Founder & CTO, Germany

 

 "The DAO" goes to extremes. The company works without employees. Even founder Christoph Jentzsch is only responsible for the original code, the actual work is done by an algorithm. Christoph Jentzsch about the energy of the block chain and "his" company that is revolutionizing the financial market.

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Johann Jungwirth

Volkswagen, CDO, Germany

 

Johann Jungwirth, innovation mastermind of DaimlerChrysler, Apple, and Volkswagen, will open our Future Congress this year. A native of Romania with a degree in engineering, his first work at the cutting edge of mobility goes back to his time with DaimlerChrysler in Silicon Valley. At Volkswagen, he was given the position of CDO to give new impetus to the group. During his speech "Vision: Technology 2026" Jungwirth will discuss his personal passion: the digitalization of mobility.  

 

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Stef Keegan

Pixel Ripped, Creative Director & Co-Founder, USA/CAN/BRA

 

Stef Keegan will transport the congress into virtual reality. The game developer and founder of Pixel Ripped programmed the first game for the Oculus Rift and will bring it with her to the Future Congress, where you can test it hands-on. She will speak about virtual and augmented reality – and how both will shape everyday life in 2026 as widespread technologies.

 

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Prof. Thomas Klindt

Noerr, Lawyer, specialist in administrative law, Germany

 

Do we need criminal law for machines? The experienced industry lawyer will explain digitalization and automation from a legal perspective and thereby raise the question: Will the Internet soon need its own jurisdiction?

 

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Dr. Nathan Kundtz

Kymeta Corporation, Chief Executive Officer and President, USA

 

Kymeta offers a solution to the two dominant constraints in the mobile industry: coverage and capacity. These problems are being solved by mTenna – every surface can become an antenna. But Kymeta can do even more – it promises to make objects invisible through metamaterials.  Nathan Kundtz talks about how metamaterial will change our understanding of the world.

 

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Devin Liddell

Teague, Vice President Brand Strategy, USA

 

What would we do if we wanted to reinvent air travel? At the 2b AHEAD Future Congress, Devin Liddell will give us an impression about how the airlines of tomorrow will work and what business models for air travel will look like in the future.

 

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Elizabeth Parrish

BioViva Sciences USA Inc., CEO, USA

 

The transhumanist will present a process that could well fulfill the dream of eternal youth. Elizabeth Parrish aims to be the first patient for the gene therapy she is developing to stop the aging process.

 

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David Rosenberg

AeroFarms, Co-Founder and CEO, USA

 

Farming without topsoil. A harvest every three weeks. Minimal use of water and fertilizers. David Rosenberg is taking vertical farming to urban space to solve the problem of feeding the worlds' major cities.

 

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Thomas Sattelberger

Ex-Chairman Telekom/Lufthansa, Germany

 

This MBA calls for more rebels in the boardroom. Thomas Sattelberger has long been considered Germany's most powerful head of HR. The former top manager has held high-ranking positions at Daimler, Lufthansa, Continental, and Deutsche Telekom. At the Future Congress, he will discuss every manager's anxious question, "How can we obtain security in making decisions when no one gives forecasts with guarantees anymore?"

 

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Robert P. Schröder

MarsOne Candidate, Student, Germany

 

The Electrical Engineering and IT student from Darmstadt is a third-round candidate for the MarsOne project and hopes to be one of the first to settle Mars. In his VisionTalk, he will discuss the establishment of a Mars colony starting in 2027. More than 200,000 people have applied for participation. There's just one catch: There's no return ticket!

 

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Evgeny Chereshnev

Kaspersky Lab, Manager, Russia

 

Since February 2015, the “Bionic Man” has been carrying a microchip under his skin which stores his identity. The ultimate data security? Evgeny Chereshnev will speak about the many applications – from door opener to credit card – available to him through his chip.

 

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Jürgen Weber

Inventor, Germany

 

Cold fusion as part of everyday life. The inventor of the embedded LENR NiH Stirling Motor is combining proven motor technology with the innovative process of cold fusion, thus creating the possibility of producing mobile energy in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.

  

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Dr. Xiaoxi Wei

X-Therma Inc., Founder & CEO, USA

 

The vision of X-Therma Inc. is to create the first stock of replacement parts for the human body. To freeze organs for this purpose, however, the formation of ice crystals and the expansion of the organs must be prevented during freezing. Their solution: synthetic molecules that mimic protein function that will prevent these symptoms. Founder Xiaoxi Wei will discuss her great vision for saving millions of lives.

 

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Johann Jungwirth

Volkswagen, CDO, Germany

 

Johann Jungwirth, innovation mastermind of DaimlerChrysler, Apple, and Volkswagen, will open our Future Congress this year. A native of Romania with a degree in engineering, his first work at the cutting edge of mobility goes back to his time with DaimlerChrysler in Silicon Valley. At Volkswagen, he was given the position of CDO to give new impetus to the group. During his speech "Vision: Technology 2026" Jungwirth will discuss his personal passion: the digitalization of mobility.  

 

Biography


Christoph Jentzsch

Slock.it, Founder & CTO, Germany

 

 "The DAO" goes to extremes. The company works without employees. Even founder Christoph Jentzsch is only responsible for the original code, the actual work is done by an algorithm. Christoph Jentzsch about the energy of the block chain and "his" company that is revolutionizing the financial market.

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