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Brain Bar 2019


Talking about the future of


Are we getting addicted to information?


Do we have any reason to be optimistic in times of turmoil?


Will our diet destroy the planet?


Will you receive your pension in crypto?


Did we learn enough to avoid a new financial crisis?


Will dinosaurs roam the Earth again?


How to tell the story of Generation Z?


How can we provide a home for a large number of residents in the future?


Can robots provide us with emotional attachment?


Can philosophy save business?


Will science eventually lead to a posthuman era?


Is it time to control mass tourism?


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.

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?

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. 

Who said there are no polymaths today? Ken, an artist, inventor, writer, researcher and his students pursue research in machine learning in warehouses, homes and operating rooms. He developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications, 8 U.S. Patents, and his artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits. Ken is a returning speaker at Brain Bar, this time coming with his wife, Tiffany Shlain.

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.

Why has economic growth only occurred in only a few places? This is where the research of Cesar A. Hidalgo takes off to explain how organizations and nations learn in his bestselling book, Why Information Grows. Hidalgo, who leads the Collective Learning group at MIT Media Lab is also the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity.

Sára is the pioneer of social startups in Hungary. Being passionate about servant leadership, the motivation of millennials and volunteers and developing a strong community, she created the Amigos method. Amigos has made hundreds of hospitalized children smile during its 5 years of existence, by teaching them languages and providing friendship and care.

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. 

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.

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.

László is a global pioneer and expert of network science and author of multiple bestsellers. Unveiling the scientific principles that drive success, his trailblazing new book, The Formula, offers a new understanding of how people and teams excel in today's society. On this unique occasion, he will offer you actionable insight into how success is doled out by our society, how bias shapes reward, how success breeds success, how fitness matters, how credit is allocated, and how teams succeed.

Is it possible to avoid wars? Only if we acknowledge first that conflict is just around the corner. Growing up in civil war Northern Ireland, Kingsley studied history, politics, and the development of terrorism. As an Army officer, he earned comprehensive experience in facilitating dialogue. He has worked on peace-building programmes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, Palestine, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. 

Why don't we start saving the environment by eradicating packaging? Rodrigo is the co-founder of Skipping Rock Lab, a startup with the exact same goal. The London-based company, famous for its Edible Water Bottle, won the World Technology Award by Fortune and TIME, and become the WIRED start-up of the year. 

The first Hungarian to fill the position of Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency, László has been working at the IEA since 2011 as Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets during which time he had to face several tough issues such as the accident in Fukushima, Germany’s nuclear phase-out, the Russian-Ukrainian gas conflict, as well as shale gas globalisation and solar energy revolution. Before joining the IEA, Mr. Varro was the Director for Strategy Development at MOL Group.

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.

Cosmology has never been funnier than with theoretical astrophysicist Ethan Siegel. He launched Starts With a Bang ten years ago to become one of the top science bloggers reaching millions of readers galaxywide. Ethan has published two books: Beyond the Galaxy sums up the past, present and future of the cosmos and Treknology explains the science behind beaming up Scotty.

People lie. It is not a novelty. Independently of our cultural background, social situation, or geographical location we lie in the same way. But how to detect lies? Lajos, Cyber Risk services leader for Deloitte Central Europe, will tell the truth about how to spot the lie. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of interviewing techniques and lie detection. Lajos leads a world class team of ethical hackers and forensic professionals, his clients include the world’s leading companies.

Ever felt maniacally attached to your smartphone? Catch Tiffany, who is currently writing a book about her family’s decade long ritual. They just turn off screens one day each week for what they call their Technology Shabbats. Tiffany serves on the board for both The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital. Her films reached more than 50 million views and have received over 80 awards and she has been honored by Newsweek as one of the Women Shaping the 21st Century.

Ever felt you're compelled to do meaningless stuff in the office? Then you know organizations too can build up bad habits. They waste money and time on activities that don't make any sense at all. Geoff has over 25 years of experience consulting to some of the world’s top companies on the subjects of strategy, growth, innovation, and adapting business models to deal with change. The co-author of the bestselling book, 'Detonate: Why – and How – Corporations need to Blow up Best Practices (and Bring a Beginner’s Mind) to Survive' Geoff knows how to create value in the age of rapid technological change.

What do Jamaican patties and quantum physics have in common? Not much, but Noma superstar chef David Zilber loves them both. David has worked at Noma since 2014 and has served as director of its fermentation lab since 2016. He has cooked from coast to coast across North America, most notably at Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver.

Ilona Budapesti has learned her first programming language at the age of 6 later to work for financial giants like Lehman Brothers and PayPal. She has established 1 Million Women To Tech to deliver free coding education to one million women by 2020. Ilona is a practicing Buddhist, researching and producing open source software, books, videos, and awesomely bad quotes.

Can you become the future star of aviation? After graduating from the University of Berkeley, Jim followed in his father footsteps and joined the US Navy where he began an unprecedented career. He retired as a Captain and has amassed nearly 5 000 hours in fighter planes in over twenty-five years of service. After combat flight time in the Gulf War, Jim was recruited to train TOPGUN pilots: he accumulated more Adversary flight time than anyone in the history of the US Navy and Marine Corps. Today Jim serves as International Race Director for the Red Bull Air Races.

Why are we so anxious about Artificial Intelligence? We fear that super-intelligent machines will decide to eliminate the human species, but professor of economics Gary Smith's new book, The AI Delusion, argues that the real danger is not that computers are actually smarter than us, but that we THINK computers are smarter than us.

FVLCRVM is a name to look out for. Oscillating between mainstream & underground, between Pop, UK Bass & Future Beats, the Bratislava-based FVLCRVM is one of the most promising artists to enter the music world in 2019.

What can we learn from elite soldiers when it comes to decision making? What does leadership mean in the age of Artificial intelligence? Imre Porkoláb is a master of situations where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity rule. Perfecting his mindset at top educational institutions like Stanford, Harvard and Sandhurst, Imre is a decorated soldier with operational experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. His international experience is wide-ranging in defence, industry and academia, since he has recently served as the NATO Strategic Commander’s Representative to the Pentagon. Right now he is solving research and development challenges for the Hungarian Defense Forces and building an innovation system to strengthen the national defence industrial base.

Swedish singer-songwriter with Hungarian roots, born and raised in Stockholm. Known as the "bohemian soul diva", Antonia has gained big attention on Hungarian TV and radio, shared the stage with international acts like Selah Sue and Yasmine Hamdan, and played at countless festivals and clubs around Europe. She decribes her latest album as the "celebration of freedom, strength, mysticism, the woman in me".

Two-thirds of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. What are our prospects then as city dwellers? Enters Joel Kotkin, America's uber-geographer. His books, like The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, The City: A Global History and Tribes are dealing with shifts in demographics, ethnicity, religion and identity were published worldwide.

An outstanding voice in urban mobility, David was founding CEO of the Budapest Transport Authority. Since 2016, he has been responsible for the reconstruction of the Hungarian Transport Museum. David also works internationally as an expert and consultant for mass transport projects.

If you want to hear a fresh twist on foreign affairs, make sure you listen to Kristina Lunz. An entrepreneur and foreign policy analyst, she worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Myanmar and NYC. Kristina is an award-winning human rights advocate, writer and campaigns consultant. She studied diplomacy, human rights and psychology in Oxford, London and Stanford.

Steve founded the interdisciplinary field of Social Epistemology, exploring the role knowledge plays in shaping who we are and what societies should be like. His latest book is Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game.

Do you belive in the power of the human mind? Tamás Breiner will help you better understand and use the untapped abilities. You will be suprised and amazed by what you see and hear during this unique entertainment experience.

Why are some strawberries delicious while others are tasteless? This is no joke for a dedicated scientist and biotechnologist like Kevin Folta, who researches the compounds that make this fruit exceptionally tasty. Folta's findings are going to be key in an era where climate change and population growth rules. Especially if we don't want to give up on natural sweets.

How should Europe react to the demographic crisis? Katalin is mother of three, a passionate runner, and one of the leading female voices in Hungarian politics. As Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs she is responsible for shaping the local policy environment to face the demographic challenges of the 21st century.

What drives the future of mobility? Alexander Kotouc is here to show you the forces behind visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium based on sustainability. Understand the new trends & technologies with Alexander as you'll soon find them as standards in your car.

How to boost innovation in Central Europe? György Bacsa knows the possibilities of the region inside out. As Senior VP at MOL, the third biggest company in the region, he is dedicated to take the fastest developing EU region to the next level.

Balázs peerlessly mixes modern magic with comedy. He has won many prizes in his profession by great tricks with kind humour and personality. Sit back and join the adventure of a magical world!

A firm believer of self-regulation, Jeffrey is the Vice President of the American Institute for Economic Research, a columnist at Forbes, founder of the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy, Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna, Austria, and Research Affiliate for the RMIT University Blockchain Innovation Hub in Melbourne, Australia. He is author of 8 books among which is 'A Beautiful Anarchy: How to Create Your Own Civilization in the Digital Age'.

If you thought the Middle Ages was a dull period in history full of ignorant peasants and infectious diseases, you're wrong. Oxford and Cambridge-educated science historian James Hannam is here to prove you that the modern world owes much to our predecessors who launched a scientific revolution. His book, God's Philosophers was praised by Nature, New Scientist, Daily Telegraph and The Independent.

Is there a future for banks? András thinks cooperation is the way forward: he leads OTP LAB, the bank’s innovation hub to combine the power of startups and big companies. He unites experts, innovative ideas, businesses and educational institutions to work together on the services of the future.

Szabolcs is one of Hungary’s top mentalists. He started to perform magic and mentalism at the age of 16 and he didn’t stop ever since. In his show, he will amaze you with his skills of mind reading, suggestion and magic. You will see how mediums used to make people believe that they have supernatural abilities. Szabolcs will also share memorization techniques and tell you how magic and mentalism changed his way of life.

How to turn your ideas into sustainable business models? Nicolai's specific area of interest is to apply areas of scientific research into the classical business world, in particular data science, neuroscience, and behavioral science.

Start you day with yoga practice and get inspired by the ancient movements at a beautiful location. Step on the mat and flow into the morning lights of the city along the Danube River. Join Mudita's flow yoga class where the classic yoga postures follow each other dynamically. Yoga will make you strong and focused at the same time. Complementary classes for all levels!

Can you compete with the biggest brands of the world? Sure, says the founder of Dorko. Péter decided 5 years ago to redesign a retro Hungarian footwear with his team to take on the more well known brands. At Brain Bar, he will share the secrets of building a local lovebrand and tell about the secrets of his winning strategy.

Only in 2019 she had meetings in 17 European cities. Mrs Varga’s main assignment is to represent Hungary's unique voice all-across the European Union, as well to build alliances with key stakeholders and opinion leaders. Prior to her appointment, she was a senior policy advisor in Brussels. A mother of three, Judit is a passionate sportswoman.

A passionate software developer, active on the start up community with good global exposure. He will share his vision on how a connected society looks like and where is the future heading to. What does it mean for him and for us? How to be fit for the future? He tells you how the market place is changing.

What's the secret of simple stories? And how do stories defines us? A new voice in Hungarian cinema, Kristóf is best known for directing Sing, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2017. Kristóf shares his time between London and his native Budapest.

Starting off in different crews, Sick Seven Crew's members decided to team up in 2007. They qualified to International Battle of The Year, then to International Circus Festival where they represented their native Hungary. Having worked in Italy, Serbia, Germany, UK, Portugal and India, they hit the stage at Brain Bar for the first time.

What's the best way to show your cutting-edge ideas about the future? Co-founder and principal artist of the presentation platform Prezi, Ádám knows best. He hand-coded his first prezi in 2001 as a personal tool to focus the attention of the audience by creating a visual journey: this year his platform has more than 100 million users worldwide.

Here's the music of tomorrow: fresh, new, innovative, creative and actual. In the past 15 years Wonda has played with some of the biggest names in electronic dance music like Skrillex, Knife Party, Borgore, Flux Pavillion, Dillon Francis and many more.

Performing artist Sebastian Berger will show his groundbreaking act "Professor THINGs". Pointed sarcasm mixed with your laughter and a slight side note of astonishment. Sebastian has performed and taught in four continents, confronting audiences and peers in 38 countries with precise and delicate questions of object manipulation.

How can we make chatbots more human? Ákos has over 10 years of professional experience in international business development and is the co-founder of Talk-A-Bot, a company creating chatbots with natural language processing for various platforms. Their chatbots have been used by more than 2,3 million people worldwide.

Thom could be a modern day hero from a fairy tale about a poor boy who owed his fame to good fortune. He belongs to that generation of songwriters who, with guitar in their hand, grew up in the streets of the big cities. Thom's folk-pop songs are captivating thanks to his distinctive voice and clearly recognizable melodies. He creates a musically emotional world with introspective lyrics for his listeners.

Is our future meatless? Jacy is co-founder and Research Director of Sentience Institute, a think tank researching humanity's moral circle. His new book, The End of Animal Farming outlines a roadmap for the transition to an animal-free food system. He is one of the founders of the community of effective altruists - people who use scientific evidence to do the most good in the world.

Will self-learning make us futureproof? Zoltán thinks the upcoming generations have to embrace a different mindset about knowledge. Besides being a passionate mentor who helps young talents as a career ambassador, Zoltán contributes to the digital transformation of OTP Bank. With his award-winning team, he has been pioneering fundamental change in the mindset, the cultural environment of the company.

Prosperity without growth? Why not, says engineer & researcher Vincent Liegey. One of the voices of the degrowth movement, Vincent thinks there's a huge price to pay for rising GDP: individual stress, national dept and environmental crisis. Vincent is the coordinator of Cargonomia social cooperative, a center for sustainable logistical solutions by cargobikes.

Will we eat the planet? Through his award-winning blog, András has a great source of influence for sharing the most extraordinary food stories from around the world. He's a regular contributor to food publications and hosts culinary series on television. András acts as Master of Ceremonies for the most prestigious national and internation culinary events and competitions.

Known as the co-founder and keyboard player of the prominent Hungarian pop band Irie Maffa, JumoDaddy (Gáspár Horváth) has in the last couple years become one of the most successful pop music producers in Hungary. The support of JumoDaddy's music in the last years came from Skrillex, Jack U, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer and many DJs worldwide.

A passionate mentor honoured with the Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary while BlackRock has won the Investor of the Year award in the Center of Excellence category. Melanie has been with BlackRock for more than 7 years and is heavily involved in talent and diversity initiatives. She is Co-Chair of the internal Women’s Network as well as being part of the advisory board of Women in Banking and Finance.

Will artificial intelligence really steer the cars of the future? Scientist and development engineer László Palkovics believes that with a completely safe technology and an ethical-moral consensus there's nothing to stop the spread of self-driving cars. The minister has a lion’s share in building a world-class test environment and knowledge base in engineering for the industry in Hungary.

Where does radically new technology come from? Meet Benoit who oversees some of X’s (formerly known as Google X) earliest stage projects, nurturing them from concept through to prototype. Some of his current areas of investigation include sustainable food production, clean energy alternatives, and imagining a world with less pain. When he’s not working on moonshots, Benoit can be found on his roof, gazing at the beauty of the night sky through his homemade telescopes.

Írisz is a seasoned sales and trade professional with over two decades of multinational experience who now serves as the CEO of AmCham Hungary, an influential network and community built up of over 350 companies, representing American, international and local business interests, dedicated to improving the competitiveness of Hungary and to make positive changes. Among other things, Írisz and the chamber work with the local business community, decision makers and educational institutions to support the talent of the present and the future.

Would you trust your life with a self-driving car? Don't miss Zoltán Szőke, who has more than 15 years of experience in the field of automotive development. He works with more than 1000 engineers to develop innovative components, systems and functions to make cars safer, more dynamic and automated.

Dreamy, magical music for those moments when you want to focus on your inner world. Iamyank is a multi-instrumentalist producer-songwriter who keeps building up memorable scenes around the audience. This year he'll perform Brain Bar's anthem in a special audiovisual collaboration with Tamás Birinyi.

Inspired by her intercultural experiences during her academic years in Japan and the US, Beata’s mission is to foster an environment which propels the next generation into an inclusive and stimulating future in the world of work. Gaining extensive experience in both the private and the public sectors, Beata joined Morgan Stanley in 2007. As Head of Finance she now manages over 400 people across Budapest and New York and devoted to putting her Budapest team in the forefront of digital transformation and innovation"

Senior of a truly global bank, which strives to make a positive financial and social impact in communities. Kevin assumed the role of Citi’s CEO & Country Head for Hungary, Serbia and Balkan & Baltic Regions in February 2016. In addition to this role, in May 2016 Kevin was appointed the CEO for Citi’s five presence countries in Central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria). He has spent over 35 years in banking, about 32 of them in Citi, having worked across seven countries on four continents. While each position had its own mystique and its own challenges, the one constant is the quality of the Citi people on each of the teams.

Róbert is an economist and a finance & investment analysis expert. He spent almost 15 years in various positions at the largest ICT companies of the world, such as Alcatel, Siemens, Nokia and Amazon. Since October 2014 he has been leading the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA). Róbert’s professional, as well as personal ambition is to further promote his homeland as a favourable investment location and by so doing contribute to Hungary’s economic and social development.

Veteran foreign correspondent who has covered central Europe since 1991, Adam is the author of eight critically-acclaimed non-fiction books including the best-selling Hitler’s Secret Bankers and City of Oranges, about Arab and Jewish families in Jaffa. He is currently writing a series of crime novels set in Budapest featuring Balthazar Kovacs, a Gypsy detective. Adam is an editorial trainer at the Financial Times and other publications and teaches creative writing.

Having graduated from the university, Ákos started his career at Schweizerishe Mobiliar in Bern, working in software development and later helped the creation of the e-commerce department. In 2006 he joined EPAM Systems and returned to Budapest where he continued working as project manager. During his years at EPAM he was involved in building predictive insurance, gambling and banking software for large European, Asian and American institutions. Since 2010 he has been the head of MSCI’s Budapest office, the COO of Global Software Operation team, Quality Assurance and simultaneously the manager of the company’s operational data scientist and analysis teams.

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by Sophia

My greatest weakness is curiosity

What would you ask from the world's first android citizen and robot superstar? Brain Bar 2018 visitors meet Sophia face to face and talk to her about her first memories, whether she would sacrifice herself for a human and we could be more than just friends.


Previously at Brain Bar

Brain Bar brings together the brightest minds from all over the globe to discuss what's to come. Technology itself is NOT the future. What really matters is the moral choices we make as humans.

Alumni highlights

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.

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.

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.

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. The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites. Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. He doesn’t feel he is using or wearing technology, instead he feels he is technology. His artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions. In 2010 he co­-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.

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.

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.

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.

Founder and CEO of Robo Garage and professor at the University of Tokyo. Tomotaka creates, designs, and invents unique humanoid robots. Inspired by his childhood obsession with Astroboy and other fictional characters, he believes that unlike cold and uninviting machines, humans can relate to robots only if they have bodies like humans.

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.

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.

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.

Founder and owner of the Tel Aviv Farmers Market (set 2008). The first farmers market in Israel which developed into a chain of farmers markets across the nation and an indoor market “The Port’s Market” in the port of Tel Aviv. The markets are based on the “Slow Food” principles of sustainability, localism, seasonality, small producers and quality of variety and taste. Shir is also writing and lecturing about food innovation and the future of our food system. She has a B.A. in History, a culinary degree from the Cordon Bleu Paris and an MBA specializing in sustainable development.

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. 

Megan Miller is cofounder of Bitty Foods, a San Francisco-based company that makes delicious, healthy foods with cricket flour. The name might be Bitty, but their mission is huge— to alleviate stress on the global food system by introducing edible insects as a sustainable protein source to help feed billions of people. Megan’s food innovation work has received accolades in the New York Times, Elle, Vogue, Men’s Health and Outside Magazine, and Bitty Foods was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies.

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”.

Eminent writer and philosopher, Prof Sir Roger Scruton has for over three decades taught at institutions on both sides of the Atlantic including Birkbeck College, Boston University, and more recently, the University of Buckingham. He is an author of over forty books. In his work as a philosopher he has specialized in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He has written several works of fiction, as well as memoirs and essays on topics of general interest. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. He has been officially honoured by the Czech Republic, by the City of Plzen and by Virginia’s General Assembly. In 2004 he received the Ingersoll Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. In 2015 he published 3 books all of which were chosen among people’s ‘books of the year’. In 2016 he was recipient of the Polish Lech Kaczynski Foundation’s Medal for Courage and Integrity, was awarded the Italian Masi Prize for the Culture of Wine in recognition of his book I Drink Therefore I Am (Bevo, dunque sono), and was knighted in the Qiueen’s Birthday Honours List.

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 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.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves was President of Estonia from 2006 to 2016. He is a world leader in the area of e-government, cyber security policy and blockchain technology and was the winner of the 2017 Reinhard Mohn Prize entitled: "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital."

Born in Transylvania into an aristocratic family Zsolna is one of the bestselling Hungarian authors. Her trilogy focuses on female destinies throughout the Hungarian history. She holds a degree in law and political science, worked as a journalist, correspondent and also edited and hosted various cultural programs on TV.

Alexa Clay is the co-author of the best selling book The Misfit Economy, named the best pre-eminent book to read in 2015 by The World Economic Forum, TechRepublic, The Telegraph and Huffington Post. In the book Alexa interviews over 400 criminals, including Somali Pirates, LA drug dealers, young hackers and NY con artists; and demonstrates that the ingenuity of these misfits have more in common with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs than you might think.

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. 

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.

On The Spot is an award-winning documentary series, digging for human stories behind the news with two cameras, without a crew, giving the films extraordinary intimacy and honesty from the revolution in Egypt to earth quakes in Japan. The productions of the experienced digital journalists and creators, Eszter Cseke and András St. Takács, are aired by the Hungarian Public Tv and by Spektrum Tv in Central-Europe. The motto of the series is from Robert Capa, the Hungarian war photographer: "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."