6 TNW Conference speakers you don’t want to miss

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6 TNW Conference speakers you don’t want to miss
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Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart ci Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart cities, and the future of alternative energy sources like electric batteries, solar, and hydrogen.

This week’s TNW conference is going to be a banger. The team has put together a wonderfully diverse group of speakers brimming to share their valuable insights.

Here are just a few of the speakers I can’t wait to hear from:  

Michał Marcinik

Thursday 13:40 – 14:10

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Growth Quarters Stage

“The Audio Metaverse”

Are you looking for the next big thing in marketing? You’ll want to listen to Marcinik, CEO and Founder of AdTonos, talk about the opportunity for brands in digital audio. 

That’s everything from audio advertising in podcasts, audiobooks, radio, gaming, and music streams, to the innovative interactive audio ads that are also rising to prominence. Find out how you could incorporate audio into your brand to find new audiences and gain greater recognition. 

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

speaker Tim Berners-Lee
Credit: Paul Clarke/Markus Spiske — edited
Listen to the creator of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee

Thursday: 15:50 – 16:20

Vision Stage

“Mobilizing digital enterprise to correct the course of the web.”

Who better to talk about “where to now?” when it comes to the web, than its creator? 

Berners-Lee invented the web while at CERN in 1989. Amongst other roles, he’s also co-founder and CTO of Inrupt, which is striving to reset the balance of power on the web and reignite its true potential with the use of a technically powerful open-source platform called Solid.

At TNW 2022 Conference, Berners-Lee will be joined by John Bruce — Inrupt’s CEO & co-founder —to dive into how they are developing a new future for the web. 

Oksana Zabolotna

Thursday 16:00 – 16:25

Growth Quarters Stage

“Ukrainian Startups During a War” 

How the heck do you run a startup during a war? 

Ukraine is a well-established heartland for businesses, developers, and tech professionals, but the conflict is unsurprisingly creating a myriad of challenges. Oksana Zabolotna from Women in Tech Ukraine will be speaking with Elena Malitskaya ISE Group about this topic.

They’ll be sharing critical perspectives about how the tech ecosystem is faring, including creating new products and pivots to support their home country.  

Is there a place for investing during a war? What startups make exits? What is the IT Army? Attend this talk to find out. 

Bryony Cooper

Friday 12:20 – 12:50

Growth Quarters Stage

“Founder to investor: crucial lessons learned along the way”

Have you ever wondered how some people go from creating their very own startup to creating their own investment fund or creating all kinds of ways to fund others in taking their ideas to market? 

Bryony Cooper is Managing Partner at Arkley Brinc VC, a firm that invests in tech startups in Poland and Europe. Previously she was CEO & co-founder of three tech companies, including T Dispatch – a smart mobility SaaS solution for fleet management. She also regularly mentors startup founders.

She’s speaking with Johan van Mil — Co-founder and Managing Partner, PEAK, and Jan Miczaika, Partner, HV Capital. Learn all about the transition from the founder to the funder. 

 Judith de Leeuw

Friday 14:30 – 15:00

Vision Stage

“Street art meets tech – unlocking tech’s power to catalyze social change”

Judith De Leeuw is just one of the speakers at this year’s conference! Image credit: JDL Street Art

Ever wondered how artists actually make money in the crypto-economy? This talk is for you. 

De Leeuw is a well-established artist who works under the alias JDL Street Art. She creates eye-catching, large-scale murals worldwide to draw attention to social issues, such as LGBTQ+ rights, survivors of war, and the environment.

She’s also worked in collaboration with companies like Meta and not-for-profit organizations like WWF and the United Nations. 

In 2021, JDL’s work was sold for a record of €2.9 million in cryptocurrency, of which she donated one million to charity. 

Anandita Punj 

Friday: 14:40 – 15:10

Growth Quarters Stage

“Been there, done that. A call for collaboration to propel Digital Twin forward”

At SHIFT, we’re huge fans of digital twin technology, especially in the industrial space and smart city applications. But how do we accelerate the technology’s capabilities?

Anandita Punj is a Service Designer at INFO, where she uses design as a research tool to identify and solve complex problems.

Vertical farming by Growy.

During her talk, she’ll be sharing the stage with Ard van de Kreeke, founder of vertical farm Growy, to deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of how the company has created a digital twin of their farm to improve plant health, yield, and profitability. 

These are just a few of the speakers at this year’s conference. You check out the complete list here

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