Michael Breidenbrücker
CEO, Senseforce, Dornbirn, AT
is a serial entrepreneur, board member, investor and advisor to tech startups. After studying at the university of applied arts in Vienna he founded several companies such as Last.fm and RjDj in London. After that he joined Vienna based VC Firm Speedinvest as partner and founded an incubator near to his hometown, where he establishes new startups alongside corporate partners, e.g. Senseforce
Majd Chaaya
Co-Founder & CTO, Pawame, Nairobi, KE
is a co-founder and the CTO at Pawame, an energy access and micro-finance company providing off-grid solar energy solutions to low income households in rural Kenya. Majd is in charge of qualifying products that alleviate financial and time poverty along with optimization of business processes, customer engagement and credit data for the organization through software solutions.
Dr. Paiz Gatica Carlos
Produktmanager, Weidmüller Gruppe, Detmold, DE
Is responsible for strategic product management of the Industrial Analytics business unit at Weidmüller. He studied electrical engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro, Mexico. He then completed a Master’s degree in Complex Adaptive Systems at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2011, he received his PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Jeremy Cowan
Editorial Director, Publisher & Founder, IoT Now, Hampshire, UK
is the Editorial Director & Publisher of the M2M Now magazine. The widely experienced journals and editor has been covering voice and data communication worldwide since 1994. In 1998 he founded Prestige Media Ltd. (PML) publishers of the leading worldwide telecoms business magazine and portal VanillaPlus.
Dietmar Dahmen
Futurologist, global Top-Speaker, Vienna/ AT
works independently as a professional speaker and consultant for change, innovation and disruptive market strategies with global clients and world wide engagements. 20 years of advertising and marketing in Hamburg, New York, Los Angels, Munich, Vienna. Today Dietmar Dietmar is on the board of advisors with various companies in Europe and the US.
Hannes Eckmayr
Sales Director, Pawame, Nairobi, KE
is working as Sales Director at the Kenyan based off-grid solar energy start-up called Pawame. His main responsibilities are among the coordination of an on the ground sales force of 150 people who ensure sales growth as well as prompt installation of Pawame's solar home systems.
Prof. h.c. Dr. Chirine Etezadzadeh
Gründerin und Institutsleiterin, SmartCity.institute, Stuttgart, DE
(economist) is the president of the SmartCity.institute, founder of SmartCityNews.global – the global smart city knowledge base –, CEO of the German Federal Smart City Association(BVSC e.V.) and organizer of the first Smart City Convention, “Blisscity”, which is the place to be for the German, Austrian and Swiss smart city community.
Piers Fawkes
Founder, Editor-In-Chief, PSFK, New York, US
is Founder & President at PSFK. The daily news site is read by 1.5 million creative professionals per day. With his team, Piers has provided product and marketing strategy advice to the world’s leading brands including Apple, BMW, Google and Target. Piers is often called to give his point of view through leading media publications such as BBC, Bloomberg & Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Bernhard Freudenthaler
Executive Head Data Analysis Systems, SCCH, Hagenberg, AT
is Executive Head of “Data Analysis Systems” at the Software Competence Center Hagenberg. He studied business informatics and received his PhD on the subject of “Case-Based Decision Support for Structural Health Monitoring”. His research focuses on Cased-Based Reasoning, Decision Support Systems and Predictive Analytics/Maintenance.
Georg Fürlinger
Technology Officer, Advantage Austria, San Francisco, US
is Technology Officer of Advantage Austria, Austria’s Internationalization and Innovation Agency, and Co-Director of the Open Austria office in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. He supports Austrian companies with their US market entry strategy as well as with technology, partner and investor scouting.
Jean-Philippe Hagmann
Author and Co-Founder, INNOPUNK, Wallisellen, CH
is a Swiss-Brazilian innovator, experienced in mechanical engineering and industrial design. He consulted over 60 institutions as Swarovski and Fraunhofer. Hagmann is constantly questioning the status quo, as awarded keynote-speaker, mentor and author of the book "Stop Playing Innovation Theater!" (German original: "Hört auf, Innovationstheater zu spielen!")
Anders Hanberg
Product Manager, Westermo, Västerås, SE
is Product Manager at Westermo, with responsibility for software products and Industrial IoT solutions. He has worked 17 years for ABB, where he held different positions working with their control system 800xA. He gained extensive experience of how utterly important data communication is to achieve efficient production.
Mark Hannah
Director of Marketing, Gabriel-Chemie, Vienna, AT
Mark Hannah is the Head of Corporate Marketing of Gabriel-Chemie Ges.m.b.H. He studied mechanical engineering in the UK and Germany and gained 20 years of marketing experience in the smartphone industry. Since 2014 he has been leading the marketing as well as the product management teams for the family-owned masterbatch producer (plastic colourants) Gabriel-Chemie based in Austria.
Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss
Principal Consultant Digital Enterprise, Siemens AG Österreich, Vienna, AT
is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens and Honorary Professor for Innovation and Technology Management at TU Wien. Since 1996 he is with Siemens in various leading positions for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Management. He is also Vice Chair of IEEE Austria and Chair of the IEEE Technology Management Council, Chapter Central Europe.
Prof Rigo Herold
Professor, Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, Zwickau, DE
is particularly interested in mobile augmented reality systems based on data-glasses, human-computer interaction and mobile computing . Herold studied in Dresden and Duisburg-Essen and worked for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as research assistant for 6 years. Since 2013 he was appointed to a professorship at the Westsaxony University of Applied Science, Zwickau.
Simon Hönegger
CEO, guh GmbH, Vienna, AT
his career originated out of mechanical engineering. With growing experience in machine construction, he increasingly observed the inconsistent development of physical machines and modern software. This motivated him to study Mechatronics and Embedded Systems. In 2013, he co-founded an Open Source Stack for M2M and Edge-Computing.
Dejan Jancic
Senior Executive Manager, Pessl Instruments , Weiz, AT
is Senior Executive Manager with hands on experience in Agriculture, Precision Farming, Chemical, Construction and IT Industry. personaly engaged in Startup Projects, International Business, Portfolio Management, Strategy, Sales, Marketing and IoT business. Presently engaged as Managing Director responsible for company expansion , visibility and Global sales.
Franz Kern
Managing Director, W.E.I.Z. Innvationszentrum, Weiz, AT
is managing director at W.E.I.Z. Immobilien GmbH and Weizer Energie- Innovations- Zentrum GmbH. He is responsible for regional and international energy projects, real estate development & management, founding consultation, energy consulting and R&D projects related to energy-optimized construction and renewable energy.
Christian Koch
Senior Manager for Governance, NTT Security, Ismaning, DE
is Senior Manager for Governance, Risk and Compliance Consultancy Services and IoT/OT Security at NTT Security. He is leading the EMEA team for IoT/OT Security. Koch is working in IT-security and information security sector since 2000. He is highly experienced in securing production environments and managing of cybersecurity risks for IoT and OT.
Dietmar Kofler
Product Manager, RIDDLE&CODE, Vienna, AT
South Tyrolian born is a trained socioeconomist and change manager. As a Product Manager at Riddle&Code he interfaces between the R&D and the Business Team. He combines experiences in building and fostering distributed social and digital systems.
Werner Kraus
SVP Business & Wholesale, T-Mobile Austria, Vienna/ AT
started his professional career at Alcatel Austria, from 1997 until 2004 he worked for T-Mobile Austria
(formally called max.mobil) as head of Product Management. Afterwards Werner held several management
positions in the IT industry - as of 2006 as a senior manager at Amdocs - with pan-European business responsibility.
Werner returned to T-Mobile Austria in April 2016 as SVP Business & Wholesale.
Stefan Kunze
Business Development and Sales, SEA Save Energy Austria, Vienna, AT
is an expert in the field of energy efficiency and always looking for improvement. Co-founder of SEA Save Energy Austria GmbH, partner and co-founder of Energy Transfer Research GmbH, commercial agent for Aiut Ltd. in Mexico and Austria and mostly involved in finding and developing new business fields and ideas.
Dr.Herbert Mittermayr
Partner, Nokia Bell Labs, Vienna, AT
Partner within Bell Labs, the research arm of Nokia. Herbert is focusing on service innovation and the business aspects of the changing value chains, especially in the domain of next generation services, IoT, virtualized enterprise, cloud. Emphasize is also on operations optimization for enterprises to overcome NFV and SDN challenges.
David Moosbrugger
Geschäftsführer, Hans Künz GmbH, Hard, AT
David Moosbrugger started his Künz Career in 2001 as Senior Engineer in Austria. He then went to America and gained a lot of experience sales manager for Künz GmbH during his 3-year stay. Soon after his return, David started his position as Head of Engineering and since 2015 he is General Manager / CTO of Künz.
Benjamin Mörzinger
PHD Researcher, Technische Universität, Vienna, AT
joined the Institute for Production Engineering and Laser Technology at TU Wien in April 2015 after finishing his master in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is leading the research group “Digital Factories” at his institute where he and his team develop solutions in the fields of IIOT, distributed ledgers and ontology-based data access. http://bama.ift.tuwien.ac.at
Reinhard Nowak
CEO, LineMetrics, Haag, AT
is CEO of LineMetrics, a company helping customers at their digitalisation efforts by providing an universal Industrial IoT solution paired with consulting and agile processes. Prior to that he spent 10 years in the automotive industry where he was responsible for the development of a leading manufacturing execution system used to build > 1mio cars / year.
Mladen Pejkovic
Senior Executive Director, Atlantic Grupa, Zagreb, HR
is with Atlantic Grupa, international food and beverage/FMCG distribution company, responsible for corporate strategy, M&A – business development and ICT with the special focus on digital transformation. Before he was working in telecom industry in different C level jobs like in various Telekom Austria Group operations.
Stefan Pfeffer
Co-CEO, Microtronics Engineering, Ruprechtshofen, AT
is CFO and CO-founder of Microtronics Engineering GmbH and responsible for financial and business development. Previously he studied business management and e-business and was working as a consultant in process and organizational development. Due to 10 years of experience in M2M / IoT Business he can show you how to benefit from this technology and how to implement it in already existing or new business models.
Lex van der Poel
CEO, Dual Inventive, Oisterwijk, NL
is CEO and co-founder of Dual Inventive and has been involved in the rail sector since 2004. During this time he has designed and supplied innovative new technologies to improve track worker safety and railway efficiency. As well as this, he is an advisor to CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, on the development of standards in railway applications.
Josef Posch
Head of Documentation, Microtronics, Ruprechtshofen, AT
project manager at Microtronics, has been on board since the company was founded in 2006. The rapid development of M2M and IoT is part of his daily work routine. From firmware development to documentation and support, he has gone through all the stations and knows devices and products down to the last detail.
Hannes Reinisch
Winemaker, Johanneshof Reinisch, Tattendorf
is winemaker at Johanneshof Reinisch. He is one out of 3 brothers in the fourth generation of their family to make wine in Tattendorf, growing grapes on ca. 40 ha of vineyards, mostly in the area around Tattendorf as well as in Gumpoldskirchen. Everything is farmed organic.
Paul Rigger
Marketing | Produktentwicklung, Wien Energie , Vienna, AT
joined Wien Energie in 2016. He is part of the product development team, responsible for research and innovation projects. Paul has studied Physics at the Vienna University of Technology and has worked at the Bosch IoT Lab at the University of St. Gallen as a research assistant from 2012 to 2016.
Dr. Gilad L. Rosner
Founder, Internet of Things Privacy Forum, Barcelona, ES
is a privacy and information policy researcher and the founder of the non-profit Internet of Things Privacy Forum, whose mission is to produce research, guidance, and best practices to help industry and government reduce privacy risk and innovate responsibly in the domain of connected devices.
Michael T. Sander
CEO, proALPHA Software Austria, Vienna, AT
is CEO of proALPHA Software Austria GmbH and responsible for the business in Austria and Hungary within the proALPHA Group. After his studies in Technical Physics he worked with a well-known Austrian ICT systems house as VP ICT Sales with a focus on Austria and CEE. Due to his long experience in business he has a market-knowledge and know-how in the elds of applications & services.
Andrew Scheuermann
CEO and Cofounder, Arch Systems, LA, US
is the CEO and Cofounder of Arch Systems, providing retrofit intelligence for legacy machines; convert your existing operation into Industry 4.0. Before Arch, he helped build StartX, one of the top startup accelerators in the world. Andrew was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2016 and holds a PhD in semiconductor electronics from Stanford.
Tobias Schrödel
IT-Sicherheitsexperte, Sichere IT - Security und Awarenes, Munich, DE
is an expert in IT-Security, on TV and he is the world’s first Comedyhacker. Since 2011 he has been the face, whenever IT-security and -technology stories are aired in the German TV-show „stern TV“. Schrödel explains various technical topics for everyone to understand. For almost 14 years he has worked for T-Systems International as a consultant for IT-Security.
Dr. Werner Schröder
BMW Motors, Steyr, AT
is leading the maintenance of the mechanical production at BMW Motors Steyr since 2015. He studied industrial engineering and mechanical engineering with a focus on management sciences and received his PhD in 2009 from the Montan University of Leoben, Chair of Economics and Management Sciences in the field of maintenance management.
Christian Schwarzbauer
Account Executive, SAS Institute Software GesmbH, Vienna, AT
is responsible for developing the manufacturing business at SAS Austria by bringing the value of Predictive Analytics to different manufacturing functions. He studied IT and completed a master’s degree in Business Administration. Since more than 15 years he is working in projects across numerous branches like manufacturing, utilities, retail or telecommunications.
Rainer Michael Semper
Partner Manager M2M/IoT, T-Mobile Austria, Vienna, AT
has been working as T-Mobile IoT Partner Manager for more than four years. In this role, he coordinates the activities of external hard-/software partners and T-Mobile sales, presales, service, legal, procurement and communication for specific IoT projects. Alongside this, he is a regular speaker at different IoT events.
Lorena Skiljan
Head of Market Management, THE BLUE MINDS COMPANY, Vienna, AT
is well experienced at the energy sector, focused on Business Development, Strategy and Innovation. Within the Blue Minds Company, she´s seeking to contribute the energy market transition in a highly dynamic environment. Dedicated to the Blockchain technology, Lorena is involved in different international blockchain initiatives, and Brand Ambassador and Advisory Board Member of EUW as well.
Roland Sommer
CEO, Industrie 4.0 Österreich, Vienna/ AT
is the CEO of Industrie 4.0 Österreich, an association which is targeting the optimization of benefits and risks of future developements and innovations. Prior he worked for the AVL List GmbH as Director Public Affairs for four years. Before that, Sommer was responsible for research and innovation politics in national and european issues at the Federation of Austrian Industry.
Eric Steinberger
AI Research & Engineering Consultant, Vienna, AT
is a 19 years old, self-taught AI expert and researcher. He started self-studying AI and Mathematics at the age of 15. With his industry-projects he brings state-of-the-art technology from scientific publications to the real world. He now works at the Vienna University of Technology, where he researches in the fields of AI and IOT.
Wolfgang Sulzgruber
Senior Head of 3Digital Solutions, Hutchison Drei Austria, Vienna, AT
is Senior Head of 3Digital Solutions at Hutchison Drei Austria, with many years of management and leadership experience in product marketing, sales and business development. Previously he was Managing Director of Anton Paar Nordic AB in Sweden.
Karim Taga
Managing Partner, Arthur D. Little, Global Practice Leader TIME, Vienna, AT
is Managing Partner of Arthur D. Little and leads the Global TIME Practice. His interests are primarily focused on three functional areas: growth strategies and business transformations, corporate finance - transaction support, and boardroom presentation and facilitation. Every year he chairs more than 20 top international executive events and conferences on four continents.
Karin Tausz
Head of Autonomous Driving, SBB AG, Bern, CH
is Head of Autonomous Driving at the Swiss Railway Company, developing business models for combined mobility in passenger and freight transport. She has been active in the areas of urban and regional development, Smart City and transport for over 20 years. Karin loves to work at the interface between technology ,business development and social value.
Jan Trionow
CEO, Hutchison Drei Austria, Vienna, AT
is since 2010 CEO of Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH in Vienna. He has worked at this company more than fifteen years now in different positions for example as CTO. Prior to his current position he worked as a consultant for Technology Rollout at Vodafone Europe Ltd. in Dusseldorf.
Stefan Unterhuber
Director Digital Transformation, ATOS, Linz, AT
is Director Digital Transformation at Atos, globally developing new digital business in multiple industries. In his career of almost 15 years he has developed a passion for innovation in various sectors. As a business developer, Stefan is constantly on the look-out for new ideas, technologies and partners to support the digital journey of Atos’ clients around the globe.
Fabian Unterreiner
IT Solution Architect, BSH, Munich, DE
is IT Solution Architect for Connected Platforms and Digital Services and working for BSH Home Appliances since 2008. Focused on client and delivery project management and IoT he has been working for clients in Europe, North America and Asia in product and service development, integrated marketing communication and innovation since more than 20 years. www.bsh-group.com
Bela Virag
Associate Director, Arthur D. Little, Vienna, AT
is a telecommunication expert with more than 15 years of experience. Within Arthur D Little, Bela serves as Associate Director and represents the mPayment competence center as well as the B2B special topic. Being focused on the customer benefit, Bela has collected a wealth of case studies that illustrate the complexity of the ecosystem and how to navigate it.
Frank Wagner
VP Business, Services & Infrastructure, Deutsche Telekom AG, Darmstadt, DE
is VP Business, Services & Infrastructure at Deutsche Telekom AG. He has been working at Deutsche Telekom since 1981. He is an excellent ranslator between privacy law and technology and he has expert knowledge of applications, services, web technologies and their privacy implications, in data protection.
Franz Weghofer
Projekt Management Smart Factory, MAGNA STEYR AG, Graz, AT
heads the Smart Factory project at Magna Steyr. The graduated engineer worked for the company since 25 years and held several IT leading positions for vehicle projects such as Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Peugeot RCZ. Being well experienced within IT Systems & Processes he knows about the essential requirements for the implementation of the Smart Factory in the automotive industry.
Dr. Lucas Johannes Winter
Digital Transformation Manager, Doka Ventures, Amstetten, AT
is leading the project team which drives the digitalisation efforts inside Doka Ventures, the innovation hub for the construction industry inside the Umdasch group. Prior to that he worked as a consultant for ROI Management Consulting AG where he was responsible for Industry 4.0 practice and managed global projects at Miba AG.
Ingrid Wistrand
Deputy CEO, Tele2 IoT, Stockholm, SE
is the founder and Deputy CEO of the Internet of Things/Machine-to-Machine company for the Tele2 Group. She started up Tele2’s engagement in M2M and IoT in 2012, and has since established Tele2 IoT as a leading player in the space. Ingrid is approaching 20 years’ in the telecommunication industry, working in various managerial positions in mobile operators, telecom vendors and as a management consultant. The last six years she has spent with Tele2. Her specialties include strategic thinking, business analysis and operational management with strong people skills.
Harald Zeitlhofer
Head of IoT Strategy, Dynatrace, Linz, AT
Head of IoT Strategy at Dynatrace has 20 years of experience as an architect, designer and developer of all kinds of software, from enterprise solutions to embedded code for microcontrollers. As the head of IoT strategy at Dynatrace he influences the Dynatrace product strategy by working closely with customers and partners in the IoT space around the globe.
Thomas Zemen
Senior Scientist, AIT, Vienna, AT
received the Dipl.-Ing. degree (with distinction) in electrical engineering in 1998, the doctoral degree (with distinction) in 2004 and the Venia Docendi (Habilitation) for "Mobile Communications" in 2013, all from Vienna University of Technology.Since 2014 Thomas Zemen has been Senior Scientist at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.