Speakers 2018

Adam Dipert

Particle Physicist, Weightless Movement Artist, Circus and Fire Performer (USA)

Adam Dipert is Particle Physicist, Weightless Movement Artist, Circus and Fire Performer. He will ask us intriguing questions such as: What skills do we require to be truly capable of inhabiting weightless envir[...] read more

Andrew Keen

Writer (UK)

Andrew Keen, author of the book ‘How to fix the future’ , will tell us what effect the Digital Revolution has on society. Why do we trust technology? And why do we mistrust it just as much?

Sir Lawrence Freedman

Emeritus Professor of War Studies (UK)

Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London, will tell us about the future of war. Will it come down to robotics, artificial intelligence, cyberattacks? Can future conf[...] read more

Agi Haines

Designer (UK)

Designer Agi Haines focusses on the design of the human body. How far can we push our malleable bodies while still being accepted by society? How can we enhance ourselves or maybe even transform ourselves beyond [...] read more

Stephen Cave

Philosopher and Executive Director of CFI (UK)

Stephen Cave, philosopher and Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge shows how the quest for immortality drives our human civilisation.

Jeanette Winterson

Professor of New Writing (UK)

Jeanette Winterson is writer and professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester. She will make us think about what it is to be human.



Artist & Cyborg (UK)

Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist, best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. H[...] read more

Malka Older

Author ‘Infomocracy’ (US)

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy, part one of the Centanal Cycle, is the first full-length novel from Tor.com. The sequel Null States will[...] read more

Nell Watson

Engineer and Entrepreneur (UK)

Nell Watson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging[...] read more

Jeroen van Loon

Artist (NL)

Jeroen van Loon lives and works in Utrecht, Netherlands. He received a bachelor in Digital Media Design and a European Media Master of Arts from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. His fascination revolves [...] read more

Caspar Verwer

Expert Nature Conservation IUCN NL (NL)

Caspar Verwer is Expert Nature Conservation at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) National Committee of The Netherlands. read more

Micha Bruinvels

Director of Contests, World Press Photo (NL)

Micha Bruinvels has been at World Press Photo since the beginning of the millennium, starting as a project manager for youth education, corporate publications and the Children’s Jury, he is currently holding th[...] read more

Kristian Esser

Entrepeneur Mr. Harder (NL)

Kristian Esser was born in Africa, raised in Italy and is now based in Amsterdam. He studied at the European Institute of Design in Milano as well as the HKU and has been driven by creativity throughout his life,[...] read more

Madeleine van der Steege

Entrepeneur, researcher and author (SA)

Madeleine van der Steege started trading under Synquity in 2014, a business offering organizational development solutions. She is a member of the Management Board of The Bijlmer Project, Adjunct Professor at Webs[...] read more

Richard Schut

film producer (NL)

Richard is the co-founder of the 48 Hour Film Project in Amsterdam: a short film competition in which people create a short film in only 48 hours. In 2013 Richard initiated the 48 Days Feature Film Project in whi[...] read more