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How to live a meaningful life in the information overload of the 21st century?

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At only 12 years old, Ryan Hickman has become an international icon for recycling awareness with an impressive number of over 1,300,000 cans and bottles recycled. He is active in leading beach clean up events in his community and he travels globally speaking about how we can take action in saving our planet. He's a junior ambassador for Recycle Across America and Young Hero for H&M globally among many more. Talk about being accomplished!

Lital exemplifies the modern woman - building up an impressive portfolio of tackling controversial topics, many wouldn't even dare to touch. Her work as a creator made her one of the rising stars in international broadcasting winning awards at The International Formats Awards in Kyiv and at MIP TV Festival in Cannes. The Future 'Wonder Woman' of the newsroom is here to share how one should approach the topic of minorities, antisemitism, and political conflicts going forward.

Jeremy is the CEO of LBRY, a blockchain-based publishing technology, and odysee.com, a social video site used by more than 30 million people each month. Jeremy created LBRY because he fell in love with the idea of a shared, global publishing system that is owned and controlled by no one. Unsurprisingly, he is a longtime supporter of decentralized technology and freedom of information.

As a truly inspiring founder, Dóra takes on various challenges and speaks about new methods of creativity and education, tackling long-standing issues around gender equality. Her work is exemplary, as she already looks at the next generation for hope - developing a product that's innovative, playful, and educative, and on top of all that...hella cute. Get ready to be charmed by Dóra and the Imagicharm team and make your first step towards a STEM career.

What are the truly important factors pulling the strings in geopolitics? Should we prepare for the next unknown viral threat or technology will triumph over humanity's challenges once more? Bruno Maçães is regarded as one of the top experts in Eurasian relations and advises some of the world’s leading companies. He premieres his new novel 'The World Game' at Brain Bar 2021 with a special lecture - not to be missed for those addicted to the news!

How can we get rid of plastic waste forever? Well, Liz Madaras has the perfect recipe for you. Combining the plastic-eating enzymes with existing ones that break down natural fibres could allow mixed materials to be fully recycled. You heard it right - these super-enzymes literally eat the plastic! Bringing revolutionary ideas to our consumer-oriented world's biggest challenges, Liz Madaras and engineering team is set on path to solve them once and for all.

Your chance to test, try and touch the future of housing is finally here. Ecocapsule is the leader of the next generation of 100% self-sustainable homes allowing you to live anywhere in the world. Cool, right? Brain Bar welcomes the visionary Founder and Innovation Director, Tomáš Žáček along with the Ecocapsule prototype and team who bring the future of lifestyle exclusively to your doorstep.

People or tech?! Let's hear the argument from Júlia Füredi. Passionate and unapologetic speaker, also spices up LinkedIn with her fiery articles tackling the nonsense around career development and organisational culture and the role of tech in it. Get real with Júlia at Brain Bar and don't forget to bring all your burning questions!

Is it possible to make issues truly bipartisan in today's world? Benji might be young, but he is attempting to accomplish a Herculian task in today's America by making the issue of climate change truly bipartisan through his work. Growing up in the picturesque lands of Wisconsin, he knew he needed to protect the landscape he holds dear. This Washington University graduate, founder of the American Conservation Coalition is an inspiring example of how one should always strive to find a common ground by uniting people on pro-environmental reforms and change the narrative on the environment.

Fruzsi is not your average 26-year-old - as the deputy Mayor of the busy town of Sepsiszentgyörgy she is on a mission to make her hometown's vibe artsy, vibrant, and appealing to youth all around the country. Art manager by occupation Fruzsina Vargha is honest about both sides of the coin and is travelling from Transylvania to Budapest talk about the challenges and rewards about working for your community.

Michael Shellenberger is a daredevil known for his bold statements on environmental issues. Introducing another side of his, he takes on one of the most pressing topics of our generation: the very meaning of our lives. All seem to seek truths bigger than ourselves, to achieve something, a goal to look forward to - but how does one find the answer? Shellenberger brings his trademark energy and relentless research to Brain Bar in order to pose the questions we're afraid to ask ourselves.

Talking the talk and walking the walk - Annamária Zentai is a visionary who still manages to stay grounded in the midst of organisational challenges. After an impressive international HR leadership career, she took on the challenge to bridge the gap between the ever-so-versatile workforce of the region's biggest multinational company, OTP. Can generations work together? If yes, what's the key to a successful relationship? This and more awaits in Annamaria's talk where, with her help, Brain Bar's audience can truly take their communication skills to the next level.

The ever-so-curious writer of the international hit book 'The Revenge of Analog' was the first to comprehensively recognise the analog trends we all see around us... be it the notebook in every CEO's hand, or the spectacular comeback of the Polaroid camera. David Sax is coming to Brain Bar to make sense of it all in an entertaining show about quirks, nostalgia, consumerism - and above all: human nature.

Fortunetellers and oracles had a pretty hard time in the past 2 years. As the unexpected turns into expected and vice versa - forecasters suddenly have to rethink their entire agenda. Keith is one of those people. As the world turned on its head, this risk and security analyst for Airbnb has been busy for preparing for what's next - and he's here to share the findings with Brain Bar's audience. Straight talk, straight from Dublin, about potential risks and how the most volatile market could adopt to avoid them.

You probably already had people telling you to 'Be ambitious' and 'Reach for the stars' - well if you are thinking about getting into business with Dorottya and her team, the stars might just get closer than you think. As a Physicist and Aerospace project manager for the Hungarian (yes, you read it right) C3S Electronics Development, she works on putting satellites above our heads. And here comes the best part: at Brain Bar you'll get the chance to look at satellites yourself!

There are people who tell stories, and there are people who are STORYTELLERS. András Berecz’s name became one with the revival of folk culture, as the number one narrator of folk heritage in Hungary. In a brand new performance only to be seen with us - this legendary artist takes on a new challenge on the Brain Bar stage. He’s here to improvise a fairytale about the future, with the help of the audience present. Join the story and live to tell the tale of how folk stories of the past merged with the technologies of the future!

Have you ever felt at loss when trying to get a beer in another country? Well, author and polyglot researcher Alex doesn't have this kinda problem, so he is set out to bust the myths about the place of language learning once and for all. But here comes the catch: he thinks along with our noble intentions to all sound like Benedict Cumberbatch, he is making a scandalous claim - mother tongue still plays the main role in the 21st Century. But why and how should one understand this? Catch Alex's multilingual Mythburn about the role language plays in our past, present, and future!

We all live in a material world... and Tereza knows this more than anyone. As an industrial engineer for the world's biggest automotive companies, she doesn't take designs lightly and has a sophisticated radar to spot any sustainability bullshit from miles away. Come and listen to Tereza Nikolova as she lifts the lid off the ugly truths and offers alternatives of what materials we could use to produce... well, everything we own.

It’s safe to say that this serial entrepreneur is one of the most publicly recognised young talents in Hungary. No wonder, of course, for all his endeavors are centered around making positive social changes - and they all turn into stellar successes! Can you believe that a third of all food produced globally never gets eaten? Well, Albert and his team at their recent food-rescue enterprise Munch are on a mission to lower this absurd rate. In just over a year, they have helped Hungarians save over 43 000 dishes from ending up in the garbage, thus preventing the emission of 18 000 tons of greenhouse gases while saving hungry users money and helping restaurants reduce inevitable forecasting flaws. They came, saw and conquered the hearts of all 5 investors in the Hungarian version of Shark Tank, made it to this year’s ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ list, are expanding to Romania… and who knows what’s next?

Katalin Novák is mostly known as the Minister for Families Prior to her appointment, but for those under her patronage she is also known as a huge supporter of talented youth. She envisioned Stipendium Peregrinum - a freshly implemented Hungarian Scholarship that enables the youth of Hungary to study at top universities by providing financial and vocational support to its recipients. Having once been a peregrinus herself, the Minister studied in France and Germany as well. Besides her professional life, the Minister is also a multiple Marathon runner and mother of three.

Being a credible leader at 29 takes courage, wit and a bit of luck - and Balázs Békeffy seems to possess them all. Having made the jump to becoming OTP Croatia's CEO, he constantly encounters the challanges that come along. Now that years have passed, in addition to becoming near perfect in Croatian, not only did he complete multiple mergers and acquisitions, he also raised the bar in competitiveness. All while developing valuable and surprising insights about what leadership should be about. In an in-depth and intimate interview, he opens up about the highs and the lows of building a multinational company.

David Eberhard challenges preconceptions with his long clinical experience as a psychiatrist, but more impressively as a father of 6. In his international bestseller, 'How Children Took Power' he writes about the permissive upbringing that will lead to problems when kids turn into young adults. In a fiery debate exclusive to Brain Bar he raises the stakes even higher - even going as far as pointing to our need for comfort will become humanity's downfall. While we moan about first-world problems and cold lattes… did we become Security Junkies?

What skills do we need in the future? How can higher education support that? What responsibility do we all have towards our future and how do we stay agile? ‘In addition to treating human resources as a high priority, providing ground for infrastructural development is the cornerstone of the university’s mission.’ - stated Lívia, when she took over Semmelweis University, after leading Corvinus as a chancellor. She has a lot of experience and even more advice to share to all who wish to create a future that they can proudly call their own - and at Brain Bar you’ll get the chance to hear it in person!

How to set the economy on a fast track? László György is among the handful who not only actively decides on economic policy, but analyzes and teaches the lessons of the Hungarian model as well. In his book ‘Creating Balance - The Mission of Economic Policy’, he identifies the real global challenges for our region and matches them with the possible solutions. László is also passionate about educating those in need: initiative, Tanítsunk Magyarországért (Let's Teach for Hungary program) provides mentoring for kids coming from less fortunate small towns and villages.

Pretty much a legend when it comes to journalism. As Chief Editor of The Guardian between ‘95 and 2015 he is basically an institution. But the story doesn’t end here: he also happens to be a founding member of the Facebook Oversight board; he has all the insight into Big Tech’s latest moves. But does he have the answers? Come and find out in Brain Bar's hottest debate where we tackle the most pressing questions about the unavoidable giant that is social media!

Beware the ambition of the youth! Halfway between fearless opportunism and conscious decision making, Dávid Pákozdi has a great deal of experience at only 27. In his early twenties, Dávid dived into the tough world of Investment Banking. However, being a sensible young man - hungry for social justice - Dávid is not the Jordan Belfort type of banker. Vis-á-vis, the latter shark, Dávid, has left Canary Wharf to put his knowledge to use outside the “Ocean” as well to work as a Digital Competition Analyst and freelance journalist. Being an admirer of Margarethe Vestager, - one of the great stars of Brain Bar - Dávid is a distant friend of Brain Bar, who is now here to deliver his thoughts on the economics of supply chains. Let the drums speak for this gent.

How come after a bit of googling the products you only gave a spare thought to - suddenly pop up with discounts? As a seasoned software engineer, Viola worked on numerous projects directly affecting our daily lives and how we search for information. After exciting years spent at the Zurich HQ she's been asked to lead a special team as Google is gearing up for something a bit closer to home - but about that, you'll get to hear at the festival!

Throughout his eclectic journey, Bence covered various areas, but he always did something that had a connection to language. His chic apparel project ‘VATES’ became a staple for literature lovers and he is a leading figure in the Hungarian spoken word scene. Multiple slam-poetry award winner he brings his artistry, wit and fresh view to complete Brain Bar’s very own language panel. Don’t forget to check out our spoken word showcase on both days at the Forum!

Meet Dr. Krisztián Kölkedi, who is on the mission to elevate the youth by contributing to Hungarian startups. Dr. Kölkedi’s field of expertise is youth innovation and startup ecosystem development. He previously worked as Youth Strategy Advisor for several corporate leaders and currently plays a crucial role in the reform of the domestic startup ecosystem at the Hungarian NRDI Office. Created under his supervision, the Hungarian Startup University Program is fundamental in promoting entrepreneurship and innovative mindset amongst Hungarian university students.

Skyscanner, Airbnb, Trivago, Booking.com - you name it and he knows how it works. Heading up the Research and Analysis Team at the Hungarian Tourism Agency, Mr. Czelleng also holds a PhD degree in economics, worked in investment banking and consulted numerous companies on data modelling. As an expert he shared his knowledge on podcasts and studies before - but the stage is gonna be a first. To gain unique insights on how we will travel in the future and whether Balaton getting busier is only an urban legend - come to Brain Bar to meet Ádám in person!

Taking on a brand that literally everyone in the country knows - well takes guts, that’s for sure. Despite his young age, this savvy CEO quickly turned the tables using his business expertise and fresh ideas. But Zoltán will do more than simply shedding the company’s old skin - he is onto something way bigger. Join us at Brain Bar to be the very first to hear the news that will change the way we shop, order and consume groceries in Hungary - once and for all.

Manager and town leader - let’s be both! Daniel is so dedicated that when he started job, he already had a full-time one. Dealing with everything from broken pipes to career development of his team members. This former business student is a no-nonsense, driven leader - who is well-aware of the realities of the Hungarian countryside… and still decided to go down on the difficult road of serving his beloved community. Come and get real with Daniel at the Brain Bar Town Hall!

Poet, writer, screenwriter, slammer, rapper… and woman! Her first novel, ‘Én még sosem’ was published in 2014. She is inspired by everyday life, as she says: I'm in a stand by at every moment of my life. The greatest joy in the slam genre for her is that she can hear deep, honest poems which the moment gives birth to, so it is not the perfection of creation but the power of expression that is the unit of measurement. She believes that we are equal and want to save the same world regardless of gender, origin and faith.

The creator of the American-style star management in Hungary, the owner and CEO of TMC GROUP… and one of the most influential Hungarian women in media. Successful television shows, talk shows and YouTube series are associated with her name, to whom the biggest Hungarian stars owe their success. In addition to celebrities, she deals with the problems of hundreds and thousands of ordinary people and tells the non-ordinary stories of ordinary role models.

If something goes south with your car, you call a mechanic - and if something gets messed up in the machines that make the cars - they call Damian. The ultimate problemsolver, strategist and brilliant engineer agree to visit Brain Bar as a stopover on his busy schedule to save factories - and we couldn't be happier. Have you ever wondered what's behind the coolest machines, where the future will drive us - and how this massive industry that is car manufacturing works? Come and listen to Damion's passionate talk - and if you are car-geek you even get to ask him all the burning questions!

Some argue that the age of AI is closer than we think and we as humanity are slowly but surely losing ground. Enter Erik J. Larson, a machine learning engineer arguing against AI orthodoxy. In his new book The Myth of Artificial Intelligence, Larson joins the small set of voices protesting this notion. He argues that the current approach is not only based on a fundamental misunderstanding of knowledge creation but actively prohibits progress — both in AI and other disciplines. But where is the truth? Join Erik on his quest to find out what the future has in store for us!

An associate professor of politics at the University of Dallas. In 2017, he co-founded American Affairs, a quarterly journal of public policy and political thought - challenging mainstream views with this Harvardian is shaking up the world of academia. Strong and formative voice in American politics, news preceded him: Brain Bar welcomes Gladden Pappin - get ready to question morality, power struggles and the role of big tech in fiery debate on our main stage on Friday!

A social enterprise embraced by angels? Marcell, the sober-minded project leader and software engineer, and Tamás Havlik, the mechatronic engineer and analyst of their team joined forces to build a lasting solution in health-care. The twins of the health app, DiabTrend, are visionaries who believe in automation. After having been noticed and nurtured by one of the angel investors of Hungary, DiabTrend has grown out to become so remarkable that it even received a dose of capital from Solus venture. “Staying profound yet simple” is the Havlik brothers’ go-to approach when it comes to algorithms. The Havlik brothers are here to be bombarded with questions about the future of automated AI and that of human labour as well.

A social enterprise embraced by angels? Marcell, the sober-minded project leader and software engineer, and Tamás Havlik, the mechatronic engineer and analyst of their team joined forces to build a lasting solution in health-care. The twins of the health app, DiabTrend, are visionaries who believe in automation. After having been noticed and nurtured by one of the angel investors of Hungary, DiabTrend has grown out to become so remarkable that it even received a dose of capital from Solus venture. “Staying profound yet simple” is the Havlik brothers’ go-to approach when it comes to algorithms. The Havlik brothers are here to be bombarded with questions about the future of automated AI and that of human labour as well.

On a mission to change the way we work, Zsófi and Mátyás make an unlikely but complementary pair. Upon hearing their visionary plan on giving a complete 180 to Bosch thinks about everything work-related - one cannot help but root for them. Come and experience their (re)vision soon to become a reality and learn about how one can even move mountains - and the hearts of the executives, if the idea is good, the team is prepared and the concept is truly designed for life.

On a mission to change the way we work, Zsófi and Mátyás make an unlikely but complementary pair. Upon hearing their visionary plan on giving a complete 180 to Bosch thinks about everything work-related - one cannot help but root for them. Come and experience their (re)vision soon to become a reality and learn about how one can even move mountains - and the hearts of the executives, if the idea is good, the team is prepared and the concept is truly designed for life.

After graduating from ELTE, Gergely Mikola became a political adviser which was just the beginning... Although it can be a double-edged-sword, when you are the youngest in the room, it can be turned to your advantage as well. Gergely Mikola - mayor of Encs - makes good use of his young age and delivers innovative ideas in local policy making. Given the ambition and attachment towards his hometown, Gergely is determined to shape the future of Encs.

MOME Innovation center’s leader Lāsma Ivaska is passionate about urban design innovations and sustainable lifestyles. She worked with the co-creation of the first smart city testbed in the Baltics and the development of a mobility-focused incubator program. As an experienced startup collaboration facilitator and business development consultant, she wants to make a social impact with her work.

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable." Following Seneca’s thoughts, Chairman of the board at Mathias Corvinus Collegium and Minister of State at the Prime Minister’s Office, Balázs believes that successful nations are able to identify the favourable angle of the wind, and they are aware of the abilities of their ship. Whether 2050 is truly the era of uncertainty created by pandemics, migration and climate change, Balázs is here to discuss all those topics with top Eurasian geopolitical experts.

Dr. Balázs Mártonffy is the Director of the Institute for American Studies at Ludovika and a non-resident fellow at the International Center for Security and Leadership in Colorado. Not only has his work on international security and alliance cohesion been published by the prestigious publisher Routledge, but it also appeared in The Washington Post, War on the Rocks, The Conversation, International Security Network, Atlantic Community, and in various Hungarian outlets as well. In 2020, he received the John McCain Dissertation Award of the Munich Security Conference. After numerous accolades, he is here to share the bad, good and the ugly of today’s American politics both inside and outside its borders.

Reforming the landscape - while maintaining stable growth... not an easy thing to do. Regional Manager CEE at Bolt, Roman knows the challenges of our cities in and out - and is full of ideas to truly transform transportation. His appearance completes Brain Bar's urbanism panel where with his help, you'll have the chance to get a true sneak peek into the future of mobility.

Can you turn your passion into livelihood? Well according to Zoltán the answer is yes. And to top it up in the era of everything digital he did with a topic that is completely analog: Board games! Talking about contradictions, community and trends that stay and go, his playful nature lights up the spark not only in his 20k subscribers but in everyone who listens to him. Catch him on the stage and later at the Analog Playground on Thursday!

Beloved by the entire country and beyond, Sena is a lyricist and all-around artist whose vision and approach undoubtedly changed the landscape of Hungarian music. The energetic, multilingual, and uber-cool frontwoman of Irie Maffia comes to Brain Bar to talk about the power of words - showing a new side in an exciting conversation about the future of the language. Turn up the music, and let’s talk louder!

Straight from training camp, the nation’s new favourite épée fencer is dropping by our stage! The world champion and Tokyo’s silver-medalist has dedicated his life to fencing, made sacrifices, suffered losses - and his mental strength has been an example for us through it all. At just 23, he somehow manages to visualize his battles pre-contest and quite literally stop being nervous the night before competition day. And we bet you didn’t know he imagined his Olympic adventure as a children’s tale and was only disappointed for 2 seconds after the final bout - to then immediately feel excited about the adventure of preparing for the next Olympic Games! Ever-so-cheerful yet ever-so wise, Gergő is coming to Brain Bar to share how he keeps dignified and motivated through highs and lows.

So you say scientists don’t have a sense of humour? Then how did this physicist for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences become one of the country’s leading figures in comedy in just a matter of weeks? Orsi is one of the three boss ladies of an Instagram page where she and her friends act out typical (and, well, sometimes annoying) characters mothers have to put up with every single day. And it seems people can easily relate to their witty ways - nowadays 140 thousand people are laughing with them every day while becoming more tolerant and accepting members of society. On top of her incredible success in both of her careers, Orsi is a committed philanthropist and an advocate for pre- and post-adoption training for parents. How does she do so well at everything she puts her mind to? She coming to Brain Bar to tell us the answer.

Being green is all the rage these days - but what’s the economical reasoning behind it? And how can it be implemented in reality? Attila Steiner comes to Brain Bar to shed light on all of the above. After his appointment as State Secretary for the Development of Circular Economy, Energy and Climate Policy of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology he is on a mission to bring environmental strategy to a whole new level. Join Attila on our Wise Cities panel to hear the effect of the circular economy on our everyday life!

Réka and Csenge to change the landscape of work. Freelancers used to be something of a rare bird - but they seem to be taking up every good seat in our favourite cafes. But how can one build the freelancing dream - and most importantly: is there a way to make it sustainable? In a concise workshop, Réka and Csenge explain it all. Make sure you check out our Talent Hub on both days for our Freelancer 101!

Réka and Csenge to change the landscape of work. Freelancers used to be something of a rare bird - but they seem to be taking up every good seat in our favourite cafes. But how can one build the freelancing dream - and most importantly: is there a way to make it sustainable? In a concise workshop, Réka and Csenge explain it all. Make sure you check out our Talent Hub on both days for our Freelancer 101!

Dr. George Tilesch is an internationally renowned expert of Artificial Intelligence, a seasoned multicultural and multilingual strategic innovation leader, multifaceted marketer, and business development strategist with 18 years of extensive international transatlantic Fortune 50 & cross-sector experience. George is also a member of the AI Ethics Working Group and advisor for the White House, Founding President of PHI Institute for Augmented Intelligence, a consultant with government and corporate leaders worldwide, and AI author. He is also the co-writer of the book: “Between Brains: Taking Back our AI Future”.

Is it really all about how you present yourself? Are sales skills the most important thing when applying for a role? Well Matyi has the answers and more - which he is sharing on both days in a special workshop on self-branding. Designer and branding YouTuber Matyi has a diverse background and open mind - so fire away with your burning questions! Make sure you check out our talent hub to meet Matyi!

Are we really the same or utterly different? Director at Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade he has not only the insights but the data to back it up. When not on the road to advise, make deals and construct policies - he can be found at the Brain Bar Library demystifying news, old but sticky traditions about our region and its opportunities for the future. Come for a casual chat led by Brain Bar moderator to get up close and personal to all issues Central-Eastern Europe.

Behold the innovation knight of the Hungarian Order of Merit, Zoltán Dr. Birkner. Having once encountered the “Lorelei” of an established position as Head of Department, Zoltán reflected its seductive voice, and decided to bear the burden of immense responsibility. He became one of the founding members of the Nagykanizsa campus of Pannon University. Join us as the Head of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Zoltán Dr. Birkner lays out the strategy for student startup innovation exclusively for the Brain Bar audience.

Évi, low waste blogger, has been creating environmentally conscious content since 2019. She provides useful tips and advice on sustainable living and veganism on online interfaces. She believes that the more people we impact and share with them our minimalist, experience and non-object-based thinking, the more likely we are to achieve change.

In his bedroom alone during lockdown, Barnabas Turai launched his Instagram account Sikidegvagyok to channel his creative energy. His sarcastic videos with situational humour, supported by posts unmasking common expressions make a cathartic exposé to all Hungarians. In just a year Sikidegvagyok grew into a vibrant brand with hundreds of thousands of people engaging with its content on Instagram and TikTok, a toplisted podcast series (Márkó és Barna Síkideg) and a successful YouTube show (Mivanaveled Show). Barna comes from a media background, now working for an advocacy NGO.

When one talks about Facebook as a threat to democracy...most of us would brush it off. But what if the former Global Head of Elections Integrity for Advertising tells you the same? As a former C.I.A. officer, diplomat, and a national security advisor to Joe Biden among many more, Yael Eisenstat is a force to reckon with. She's coming to Brain Bar to make us face the real magnitude of our everyday choices and how they might contribute to worsening (or bettering?) future.

Gergály Norbert is a full-time copywriter and slam poetry artist - a genuine rebel. Armed with the latest insight on not only the taste of the next generation, but on their thoughts as well - Norbert seeks to find ways in his art to make the world view of his audience less polarized.

Cutting-edge technology and your comic book drawings from middle school come together in the ultimate freedom of true flight - only at Brain Bar. Richard Browning is Founder and Chief Test Pilot of Gravity Industries which designs, builds and flies Jet Suits, pioneering a new era of human flight challenging the perceived boundaries in human aviation and to inspire others to dare to ask “What if?”. Prior to founding Gravity, Richard was a Royal Marines reservist for six years and an Oil Trader with BP for 16 years where he discovered and implemented major new technologies winning the BP Group innovation Award.

The charming and ever-so practical HR Guide from our very own Brain Bar ‘Újratervező’ Series is back - this time to coach YOU through the hurdles of career development. In a special 90 minutes workshop Gréta guides you through finding a path, career chances, failures and success - all while using the tremendous knowledge she acquired as Director of Staff at McKinsey. No question will stay unanswered! Make sure you check out our Talent Hub to meet Gréta!

Everyone wants to have an awesome experience at work. Ági is responsible for the wellbeing and team cohesion among many at Telekom but it never avoided her attention how hard it can be to get a job you really enjoy. That’s why she is coming to Brain Bar to ease the pain of job-hunting by taking your LinkedIn to the next level. Make sure you check out our Talent Hub to meet Ági - and listen to her podcast ‘Job, csajok, satöbbi’ on your way to the venue! :)

Did you know 70% of all the water consumed annually was attributed to farming? And even more shocking is the fact that over a third of this amount is lost to the environment due to poor water management! Well, Mary Grace and her team at SpaceCrop are on a mission to change the course of unsustainable habits in farming. Their technology forecasts soil water requirement with sensors and satellite images, and sends an irrigation schedule to farmers with the help of machine learning! How is such a young graduate knowledgable enough about all these buzzwords of our age to build a company around them? Come and listen as she tells us all about it.

Emil Toldy-Schedel MD is the director of the St. Francis Hospital in Budapest. His long international career is decorated with a med school diploma from the USA and various volunteer-based positions in East Asia, particularly Indonesia, where he spent numerous years as a cardiologist - showing his commitment to take on controversial issues to improve humanities' quality of life around the globe.

Ádám Csíky-Mészáros is a Lead Expert at The Digital Success Programme who believes that digitalisation is going to be one of the biggest economic investments in the following decades. What are the correlations between diseases of civilization and digitalisation? Ádám is here to deliver on those lines.

Can you picture the House of Hungarian Music? How about the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens? And L’Arbre Blanc in Montpellier? All Sou Fujimoto’s work! Throughout the last two decades he has left his mark all over the world having designed some of the most astounding landmarks in our favourite cities. Named most innovative architect by Financial Times, this internationally decorated legend surely knows a thing or two about making cities livable places – and now he is coming to Brain Bar to tell us all about it!

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Looking like a futuristic Audrey Hepburn, she grimaces and chuckles, and cracks jokes that make our blood curdle: meet Sophia the most advanced creation of Hanson Robotics. The computer driven media darling has given numerous interviews, sung in a concert, starred in talk shows, and even graced the cover of Elle magazine. And as Saudi citizen she has more rights than average flesh and blood Saudi women.

How to live a meaningful life? Who better to tell you than someone who has worked as a dishwasher, beekeeper, mill laborer, railway line worker, among many? Not your typical university professor, Jordan Peterson's favourite sport is winning over modern taboos, and he usually ends up with a knockout. In his latest bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life, he provides an antidote to chaos and gives practical advice to restore meaning in your own life. For example, why don't you start with comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not to someone else?

Can you raise your kids right, excel in multiple careers and still feel fantastic? A strong figure for female empowerment, Maye is a respected dietitian, international model and mother to three successful children, Elon, Kimbal & Tosca. She advocates for healthy eating and lifestyle while challenging the age stereotype within the fashion industry. Listen to Maye, a proud grandmother of 11 and you'll understand how you can make hard work, creative thinking and breaking boundaries traits in your own family. Surely, we couldn't have done it alone. We thank OTP Bank for making this happen.

One of the world's most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Co-founder of PayPal, investor of Facebook, LinkedIn and SpaceX. Named “the most powerful person in tech” who dares to be dangerous.

Remember Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park? What if we told you that he's an actual living person who was the technical adviser of the series? Born, raised and educated in Montana, a Mecca for dinosaur hunters Jack Horner is one of the best-known paleontologists in the world. He is widely known for his discovery of Maiasaura, a dinosaur that backed up the idea that these prehistoric giants were in fact caring parents. But could we recreate them with cutting edge biotechnology?

Can an unpleasant experience turn you into an outstanding entrepreneur? Mikaila was four years old when she was stung by two bees in the same week. Rather than being upset with them, she was encouraged to do some research. Upon discovering the bees' important role in our ecosystem, Mikaila was determined to help them: using her Great Granny Helen’s lemonade recipe, she launched her business from her home in Austin, Texas in 2009. Today, her award-winning lemonade is buzzing off the shelves from across the United States.

Through his 21-years as an astronaut, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions. During his multi-faceted career, Colonel Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions. A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, is also the author of two internationally bestselling books.

Described by the Economist as 'the rich world’s most powerful trustbuster', and one of the 100 most influential people in 2017 by Time Magazine, Commissioner Vestager has been a professional politician since the age of 21. She brought antitrust charges against Google and initiated investigations against tech giants like Amazon and Apple. She is also a mother of three.

Robotic lovers, virtual fantasies, long-distance kisses. Welcome to the future of sex. Since launching her top-rated podcast, Bryony has been on stages across the world, defining the direction of sextech for governments, technology and entertainment companies. Her wide body of research and annual report are considered the lead in industry insights.

The three Michelin star chef fights against hunger, food wastage and social exclusion with his nonprofit association, Food for Soul. Cooks use ingredients destined to be thrown out in the community kitchens where they feed the poor and homeless.

Founder and CEO of Myna Mahila Foundation, Suhani's mission is to bring equal access to healthcare services for women in need. Compelled by the stories of the inhabitants of Mumbai’s slums, she has been working on strategies ranging from adolescent girl health, water and sanitation, to social protection policies. Her work has been featured in BBC, Glamour Magazine, TIME Magazine, Huffington Post and Vogue. Suhani is currently pursuing her PhD at Stanford University.

How do thinking and talking robots work? Inquire Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, the creator of Sophia! Dr. Ben Goertzel is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence, a subfield of AI oriented toward creating thinking machines with general cognitive capability at the human level and beyond. He has decades of expertise applying AI to natural language processing, data mining, video gaming, national security and bioinformatics.

How does one of the world's most accomplished marketing gurus see our future? Frank Cooper served at Pepsi and BuzzFeed among many, and has been acknowledged by Fast Company magazine as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business”. Frank is now responsible for shaping the global brand and marketing strategy of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager. 

The founder and leader of the first mosque in Scandinavia with female imams, Sherin is a trained cognitive psychotherapist and founder of The Exitcircle, an NGO against psychological violence. Sherin works to promote a re-reading of the Quran that promotes gender equality and is in balance with our societies. Her latest book is titled Women are the future of Islam. BBC has named her one of 100 most influential female pioneers in the world and in 2018 she received The Global Hope Award- Hero Prize under UNESCO. 

Rudi Westendorp is highly engaged in how we as a society view the older people and old age. Graduate of the Leiden University, he is appointed professor of medicine, and head of the Dept. of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He also founded the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing. His new book deals with a key issue for the 21st century: Combining medical, biological, economic, and sociological insights, Westendorp explores the causes of the ageing revolution and explains how we can greet it with confidence and enjoy leading longer, healthier, and more productive lives than ever before. Author of the book “Growing Older Without Feeling Old: On Vitality and Ageing”.

Mona Chalabi is a writer, illustrator and presenter who works with data. As well as being the Data Editor at the Guardian, Mona writes a column for New York Magazine that uses statistics to answer reader questions. Her datasketches, have been used by the United Nations and were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. She has presented for National Geographic, the BBC, NPR, First Look Media and VICE. Mona previously worked at the Bank of England, Transparency International and the International Organisation for Migration. Mona likes lists.

Trained in classical ballet and interior design McRae’s artistic study of technology began during her years at Philips Design, where she led the technology company’s far-future research lab. With a broad portfolio that focused on emotional sensing, she developed stretchable electronics and an electronic tattoo. Her range of emotion sensing dresses was awarded TIME’s Best Inventions of 2007. McRae is the inventor of the Swallowable Parfum and has spoken at Tribeca Film Festival, London’s Royal College of Physicians, Royal Albert Hall and BBC World Radio Service.

Would you reprogram your own mind? Would you parent artificially intelligent computer programs? Multi-award winning superstar of sci-fi Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" is described by many as the most important collection of short stories in the new millennium. 

A non-engineer maker and robotics enthusiast from Los Angeles. Her widely popular videos have been featured on Wired, Mashable, Business Insider as well as in The Late Show and Conan O Brien. She recently joined TESTED, a team of makers founded by master robot-builder Adam Savage.

Visionary production designer, 3-time Academy Award nominee. A regular collaborator with Christopher Nolan, Nathan designed the entire Dark Knight trilogy, and his recent projects include Interstellar, Westworld and Dunkirk. 

Niall is Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic and a prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics. His acclaimed books include The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (also an International Emmy Award-winning PBS/Channel 4 documentary series), and Civilization: The West and the Rest. His most recent book, The Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, was an immediate New York Times best-seller within a week of its publication.

The world's first eating-designer. Having graduated  at the Eindhoven Design Academy, she set her mind to creating a new direction in design. After having developed and sold two experimental restaurants in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, she now works on restaurant concepts and long-term medical projects for hospitals. She launched the Dutch Institute of Food&Design last year.

Writer, photographer, conservationist, world renowned guru of digital culture. Kevin is founding editor of WIRED magazine, founder of Hackers Conference and author of several books, including 'Out of Control - The New Biology of Machines, Economic and Social Systems'. He was futurist adviser of the movie Minority Report by Steven Spielberg. Kevin's newest book, 'The Inevitable - Understanding The 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future' is a New York Times bestseller. He'll fly in to Brain Bar Budapest straight from Pacifica, California.

The Staub twins embody the essence of how the KonMari method can impact one's life: reconnecting with one's self and designing the life one wants. Their objective is to help people to live a more simple and happy life through their decluttered, joy-sparking living space.