Industry, Startups

I’m going to the Pioneers Festival!

2500 start-ups and topic interested people will gather at the Hofburg Imperial Palace from the 29th to the 31st of October for the Pioneers Festival, ‘an unforgettable accelerator event which will boost every single start-up to the next level – in just three days‘. 60 international speakers will split up on two tracks and Europe’s top 50 start-ups will battle in the Startup Challenge. With this conference STARTeurope celebrates entrepreneurship and innovative technology with us, the common people ;)

I got myself a conference pass and I am particularly interested in the talks of:

Mike Butcher (GBR)
European Editor for TechCrunch. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper, and again in 2011. He’s on a picture with Bono. That says it all, right?

Peter Vesterbacka (FIN)
Peter is the founder of MobileMonday and the CMO and Mighty Eagle of Rovio. Or as he puts it himself: “one of the Angry Birds, the one with the balls.”

Edial Dekker (NED)
Edial Dekker co-founded the biggest open data movement in The Netherlands, Hack de Overheid, at 22. After graduating in Amsterdam, Edial moved to Berlin with his brother, Floris, and two friends to start a design studio called Your Neighbours. After two years, Edial and his brother Floris met Philip Wassibauer, who became the CTO of their new venture – Gidsy.

Rob Fitzpatrick (GBR)
One has to hear a man, a tech entrepreneur even, who successfully bankrupted 3 companies out. Right?

David Rowan (GBR)
Editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine.

Pablos Holman (USA)
Pablos is a futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker. He helped create the world’s smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot.

Michael Mayernick (USA)
Michael Mayernick is the co-founder of Spinnakr, a predicative web analytics technology. He was named a 2011 Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, winner of the 2012 Founder Showcase and winner of the 2012 Data 2.0 Startup pitch competition. He is also co-founder of Proudly Made in DC, a project committed to connecting and catalyzing the DC area startup community, and DC Tech Meetup, a 1,000+ monthly gathering of startup and technology enthusiasts in the DC region.

Jason Goldberg (USA)
Jason Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Prior to founding Fab, Jason was Chief Product Officer at XING AG and before then he was founder and CEO at socialmedian (sold to XING AG) and Jobster.

Christopher Ahlberg (SWE)
Christopher is an entrepreneur and computer scientist. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Recorded Future, founded to predict the future with Big Data. Recorded Future’s first two investors were Google and the CIA. The company has offices in Gothenburg, Boston, New York and Arlington, Virginia — ten minutes’ drive from the Pentagon, 15 from Langley. In an interview with Business Insider Christopher claims that Recorded Future has no plans to release a free consumer version of the service. Consequently, the company doesn’t do public relations and seldom talks to the press. Just sayin’.

I’ll keep you guys posted, of course.

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