December 1, 2017
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
December 1, 2017
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
BUNDLE Future Now Conference + Startup Awards for 97€


Amin Toufani

Singularity University

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Amin is the Director of Strategy at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank empowering leaders to leverage exponential technologies to solve global grand challenge. He brings a unique set of technological, entrepreneurial and policy perspectives to the dialogue of innovation on campus. Before Singularity, Amin founded for-profit and social impact organizations in a range of domains including: artificial intelligence, peer to peer lending, bitcoin, human rights, international development, carbon offsetting, solar energy, and quantitative global macro trading. Google Search ranks him as the world's best guitar player - a title he readily rejects. In addition to his work at Singularity, he is building the World's first hedge fund for the poor, as well as Reversopedia - a reverse encyclopedia composed of things we know we don't know. Amin has a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Stanford, and a Masters in economic policy from Harvard. He attended Harvard and Stanford concurrently and gradated an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Nitika Agarwal


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Nitika is Chief Operating Officer at Apolitical, a platform allowing public servants to innovate by connecting them to the best policy ideas, experts and innovators globally. She was formerly a senior policy advisor at ​the UK Government’s Treasury​. There, she advised ministers on financial and budgetary policy, led negotiations in Brussels on the UK​’s behalf, served as Chief of Staff to the UK Ambassador to the EU, and driven commercial reforms in the public sector. She has also worked in India and France with human rights NGOs and holds a degree in PPE from Oxford University.​



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Ariel is the Managing Director of Capsula, a smart mobility accelerator that aims to establish Israel as a global center of excellence for reshaping global mobility in areas such as autonomous fleet, logistics and automotive security. Ariel was previously a venture capitalist, chief executive of Silicon Valley startups, co-founder of commercial Internet startups, marketing executive at engineering software firms and chip designer at leading semiconductor and computer firms. His expertise spans microelectronics, electronic design automation, consumer Internet, smart energy and smart mobility - in Israel, Silicon Valley and Japan. Ariel received his computer science degree at the University of California at Berkeley.

Pavol Rusnak “Stick”

Satoshi Labs

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Pavol, also known as stick, is an all-around hacker, open-source enthusiast and technology geek. He is the CTO of Satoshi Labs, a Bitcoin company based in the Czech Republic that developed some of the most widely used Bitcoin products such as TREZOR, Slush Pool, and Coinmap. Pavol has been involved in open development of various software and hardware projects since he can remember and no technical challenge is big enough for him. When he’s not currently investigating some emerging technologies or digging into hard core cryptography, he’s probably trying to bring some new-media interactive art projects to life. He first learned about Bitcoin in 2011 when he participated in the organization of European Bitcoin Conference in Prague.

Ondrej Krehel


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Ondrej Krehel is the Digital Forensic Lead, CEO & Founder of LIFARS LLC, an international Cybersecurity Intelligence, Digital Forensics, and Incident Response firm based in New York City. He’s the former Chief Information Security Officer of IDT911, the nation’s premier identity theft recovery and data breach management service. He previously conducted forensic investigations and cybersecurity consulting at Stroz Friedberg, including various US government engagements and missions, including military cyber special operations. With two decades of experience in computer security and forensics, Krehel has conducted a wide range of red team exercises, cyber resilience matters, investigations, including data breached through computer intrusions, theft of intellectual property, massive deletions, defragmentation, file carvings, anti-money laundering, financial fraud, mathematical modeling and computer hacking. He is one of few to hold a Certified Ethical Hacker Instructor (CEI) accreditation, and to be authorized to lecture Ethical Hacking courses to both the government and private sector. His work has received attention from CNN, ABC, BBC, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among many others.

Raz Peleg


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Raz Peleg is in charge of Mobileye’s operations in Central and East Europe. Raz is a retired Israeli Air Force officer and a graduate of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Mobileye, an Intel company, is a global leader in the development of collision avoidance and autonomous vehicle technology. In 2017, Mobileye was acquired by the computing giant Intel for USD 15.3 billion making it the biggest-ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company. Mobileye is currently working with BMW and other partners to have a fully autonomous vehicle ready for production by 2021. The company's proprietary software algorithms and EyeQ® chips perform detailed interpretations of the visual field in order to anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals, debris and other obstacles. The company's products are integrated into car models from more than 25 global automakers. The Company's products are also available in the aftermarket.


Hasso Plattner Institute

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Christoph Meinel is CEO and Scientific Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for IT Systems Engineering (HPI). He is a professor of computer science at HPI and the University of Potsdam, and he holds the chair of Internet Technologies and Systems. He teaches courses on IT Systems Engineering in the HPI Bachelor and Master Degree programs and in the MOOC platform developed by his team: openHPI. He supervises numerous PhD projects and is a teacher at the HPI School of Design Thinking. His research currently focuses on security engineering, knowledge engineering, and Web 3.0–Semantic, Social, Service Web. He is also scientifically active in research on the innovation method Design Thinking. Christoph Meinel is author or co-author of 24 books, more than 550 papers and holds a number of international patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program, honorary professor at the TU Beijing, visiting professor at Shanghai University, concurrent professor at the University of Nanjing, and member of numerous scientific committees and supervisory boards.



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Juraj Vaculik is a co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, an advanced company founded in 2010 that is commercializing a flying car. Starting with a first commercial product, now the ultimate vision is to offer Mobility as a Service using the best from the combination of the car, the plane and the computer. Popular Science magazine presented AeroMobil with Invention of the Year 2015 Award and UK edition of Wired magazine ranked the project among the top 10 rule breakers last year. Juraj has over 20 years of experience as a leader from political revolution to founding his own successful companies. During Velvet Revolution in 1989, he was one of the key persons in Student Movement. In 1992 he started his career as a creative director for major global advertising agencies. In 1996 he founded MADE BY VACULIK, one of the leading independent ad agencies in CEE. He acts as an angel investor in Europe and the US. He also supports and sits on a board of a number of non-profit organizations.

RIIKKA Erkkilä


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Riikka is one of the Co-Founders of FinestLove Ltd together with Peter Vesterbacka (the founder of Slush and global brand builder) and other Finnish merited venturing experts. FinestLove is a company working on global growth opportunities and new ways to enable fluidic investments in startups at an impactful scale with a mission to cause growth. FinestLove aims to achieve social impact in economically sustainable manner in all its operations. Previously Riikka has been working in management positions in the service industry and in various legal and leadership positions from listed global corporations to startups. She holds EMBA and LLM degrees and is an execution-oriented expert in structuring and leading investment models, strategic partnership and respective organisational arrangements. Her passion is to work for sustainable growth and renewal with impact.

Andre Wehner


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Andre Wehner is the Chief Innovation Officer of ŠKODA AUTO and is responsible for the digital roadmap and steering of the company’s digital transformation. He assumed the position in 2016 after serving as ŠKODA’s Chief Innovation Officer. Car connectivity, new mobility concepts and corporate digitalization are the main topics ŠKODA’s digital strategy is focusing on. Before his engagement at the Czech car manufacturer Andre Wehner worked in management positions at Volkswagen Group IT and AUDI IT. Prior to this, he has held several management positions in the telecommunications industry, e.g. at Kabel Deutschland and Alcatel in Germany.

Alexander Vasylchenko

CEO at Sofitto

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After obtaining a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the KULeuven - IMEC, Belgium Alexander Vasylchenko was working for leading R&D centers in Europe with involvement in top-notch industrial projects for global technology companies. Since 2012 Alexander has been at the technical forefront in a number of blockchain startups such as Megion R&D GmbH, Mycelium, Grid Singularity. In 2016, Alexander founded Sofitto NV a FinTech startup merging Blockchain technology into conventional banking card products. This year Alexander empowered the team of SIMMST a company delivering blockchain middleware solution for real estate market. Dr. Vasylchenko has given numerous talks and workshops on essential applications of Blockchain technology in Financial and Energy industries.

Mark Turrell

CEO Vork & Orcasci

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Mark is a strategist, author, and entrepreneur. His work combines collective intelligence with networks, complex systems, behavioral science and neuroscience. Mark is the CEO and founder of Vork, a business social networking app. He also founded Orcasci, a consulting firm designing scaling strategies with recent clients including the Global Teacher Prize with the Varkey Foundation. Mark is also working on projects to generate fresh water at scale for water-stressed parts of the world using technology. Previously Mark co-founded Imaginatik plc, a pioneer in crowdsourcing and collaborative problem solving for innovation. During his 16 years at Imaginatik, Mark worked with hundreds of companies, including Allianz, Bayer, Cargill, IBM, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Whirlpool and Xerox. The World Economic Forum nominated him a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader. Mark is a Professor of Global Strategy at Hult International Business School.

Maroš Šefčovič

Vice President of the European Commission

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Maroš Šefčovič is a Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. In this capacity, he leads the "Energy Union" Project Team within the Commission which comprises of 14 commissioners. In 2014 he was elected as the Member of the European Parliament. From 2010 – 2014 he was Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. In 2009-2010, he was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. From 2004 -2009, he was the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the European Union. As diplomat by profession he served between 1992 and 2004 in Zimbabwe and Canada and as Ambassador to Israel. Since 2014 he serves as Vice President of the Commission for the Energy Union, he was previously slated to become the Commissioner for Transport.

Past Speakers

  • Uri Levine
  • Founder of Waze, FeeX
  • Jan Hammer
  • Partner at Index Ventures
  • Neil Harbisson
  • Cyborg Foundation
  • Juraj Vaculík
  • Co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil
  • Esther Dyson
  • Chairman at EDventure
  • Yanki Margalit
  • Social Entrepreneur, Hi-tech Investor
  • Danny Cabrera
  • Founder of BioBots
  • Karel Obluk
  • Former CTO, CEO of AVG
  • Andrej Kiska
  • President of Slovak Republic



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