Christian Bauer | Artesian
Christian Bauer is an art director and creative consultant in projects connecting art and culture with technology – with 24 years of entrepreneurial experience and 15 years of experience in elaborate cultural project management for Austrian artist André Heller. Christian Bauer is further more a pioneer and early entrepreneur for 3D technologies like 3D Online Communities (since 1993), Virtual Reality and Web3D (during the 90-ies) and was in the late 80-ies a GIS and CAD expert. His latest interest is in renewable energy, micro-energy creation and sustainable life-styles. Cofounder and partner in Sonnenpark St. Veit (one of Austria’s largest solar power plants), he is developing an energy toolkit for remote regions and is involved in alternative living projects: Artesian Visionary Creative Agency Artesian Prezi & Art Event: when dreams come true
Daudi Khamadi Were | Ushahidi
Daudi Khamadi Were is a Kenyan technology, data and information strategist. Daudi is passionate about inspiring and supporting citizens as they provide positive solutions to the problems in their own communities. As Project Director at Ushahidi Daudi works on innovative ways technology can be used to bring about positive change in communities across the world. Projects that empower citizens to monitor elections, tools to track the efficient use of resources, tools to collect information from those directly affected by a disaster or crisis, tools to visualise and map a large amount of crowd sourced data. Ushahidi is an African technology company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping used globally. twitter: @ushahidi facebook: Ushahidi
Duer Danier Galwak | SPLM Germany
Duer Danier Galwak is vice chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Germany, As an economist living and working Frankfurt, he is also active in communal politics on behalf of the local African diaspora.
Ela Kagel | Supermarkt
Ela Kagel is an independent cultural producer and curator, with a focus on free culture & the open web. Together with the transmediale festival she has initiated the Free Culture Incubator, a series of research events on the price and value of cultural work. Since 2005, Ela works with Public Art Lab and has initiated a broad range of media culture events, such as the Mobile Studios, Upgrade! Berlin or the Mobicases. Since 2011, Ela is founder and managing partner of SUPERMARKT, Berlin’s center for creative resources. She holds an M.A. in European Cultural Planning of the De Montfort University in Leicester / UK. twitter: @supermarkt facebook: supermarkt
Emanuel Schwarz | knowable.org
Emanuel Schwarz worked as a computing trainer in rural Honduras in 2006. He decided to get engaged in designing alternative strategies for development that evolve from synergies of knowledge, networks and technology. He studied Communication & Cultural Management and Corporate Management & Economics at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, writing his thesis on the cultural impact of game mechanisms on society. He co-founded a web strategy agency, worked as a freelance communication consultant and served as head of communications for an pan-European cultural project before he co-founded knowable.org in 2011, which just launched their first Beta prototype in early June in order to further develop the platform on the basis of critical feedback by its community. twitter @knowableorg facebook: knowable.org
Georgios Papadopoulos | _Vilém_Flusser_Archive
Economist and philosopher, Georgios Papadopoulos holds a Masters in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and is pursuing his PhD in Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is currently on a research residency at the Vilém Flusser Archive in the School of Fine Arts in Berlin, working on a book publication on the Drachma. His first book, Notes Towards a Critique of Money (2011), is published by the Jan Van Eyck Academy.
Geraldine de Bastion | newthinking
An international consultant with a multicultural background based in Berlin, Germany, Geraldine de Bastion is an expert on information and communication technology and new media for development. She advises governmental organisations, NGOs and businesses on digital media and communication strategies. She also works with activists and bloggers around the world. Geraldine began her career working for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She helped organise the German delegation for the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 and worked for the Philippine National Development Agency (NEDA) on behalf of GIZ. During the past five years Geraldine worked with newthinking communications GmbH, an agency for Open Source strategies. In 2012 she curated the re:publica, Germany’s largest conference on Internet and Society. She has a passion for music, arts and new technologies and brings these interests into her work. In her free time, she is also an active member of the non-profit organisation Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. twitter @newthinking facebook: newthinking.de
Jodi Rose | Prezi
Writer, artist, producer and cultural nomad, Jodi Rose is the creator of Singing Bridges, an urban sonic sculpture using the cables of bridges as musical instruments on a global scale. Jodi helps create vision through mobile and cross-cultural collaborative practices, linking local contexts with global communities, and has now the joined the Prezi team as an instigator of creative non-linear evangelism. Jodi is co-initiator, co-curator, chief editor and the bridge linking partners of European Culture project T.R.A.C.E.S, Transcultural Research Artist Curator Exchange Series. She continues to explore philosophical and musical aspects of bridges through installations, compositions, on-site concerts, meta-nation Welcome to Bridgeland! and dreams of linking bridges around the world in the utopian Global Bridge Symphony. twitter: @jodivrose
Johannes Lehne | German Foreign Office
Johannes Lehne is Head of the Sudan Task Force at the German Foreign Office. He has spent considerable time working directly within development and humanitarian projects, successfully managing crisis and emergency situations in Sudan, Bolivia and Peru. Involved in the political management of the separation of Sudan into two states, he drafted the German policy paper on development and implementation of civil society support in Sudan. Before taking on postings in Bolivia and the USA, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Khartoum.
Jörn Schultz | icebauhaus
Jörn Schultz, born in Sweden, graduated in psychology from Humboldt University Berlin, specializing in human-computer interaction. Developing and implementing Web-based systems for education and collaboration within different contexts including: eyetracking in Berlin, animation workshops in Buenos Aires and teaching in second life. Jörn worked two years for the GIZ in Ethiopia, implementing eLearning at Institutes of Technology, creating a national community of practice and setting up the first tech-innovation hub of the Horn of Africa, iceaddis. Jörn is now managing icebauhaus innovation network, connecting the Bauhaus University of Weimar to Africa. twitter: @icebauhaus
Johnny West | OpenOil
Johnny West, Founder of the OpenOil project, is a social entrepreneur and writer with 20 years professional experience in and around the oil industry. He began covering energy markets as a Reuters correspondent in the Middle East in the early 1990s, and has consulted to the United Nations, Revenue Watch Institute, and others on oil and the public policy aspects of the industry. He contributes regularly to al-Jazeera, the Petroleum Economist, Huffington Post, Iraq Oil Report, and the Guardian and his book Karama! Travels Through the Arab Spring, is the first book-length account of the events now rocking the Middle East. He is currently writing a sequel on oil and the Arab spring.
Kai Vöckler | Archis Interventions
Urbanist and publicist. Founder member of Archis Interventions; program director South Eastern Europe (SEE) Network. Urban development projects in South Eastern Europe. Urban research projects in Europe and Asia. Author, editor, exhibitions curator and lecturer on art and urbanism themes. PhD in Art History on urban spatial images. Professional expertise in landscape, architectural and artistic competitions and design projects, both solo and in teams of architects. Lectureships at various European cultural institutions and art academies. Professor for Creativity in Urban Contexts at the University of Art and Design, Offenbach, Germany. twitter: @archisvolume facebook: archisvolume
Maja Bott | KfW
Maja Bott, senior economist at KfW Entwicklungsbank, is an experienced economist, program designer and project manager in the areas of e-governance, e-government, early recovery and private sector development. At KfW she leads the design of innovative e-governance approaches for developing countries. From 2005 to 2011, she developed early recovery and private sector development programs for Sudan as Economic Advisor of the United Nations Development Programme and the German Development Agency DED. Prior to that, she established an e-government consultancy and an IT- & Media Business Association in Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Munich.
Micz Flor | Sourcefabric
Media developer, writer and project manager based in Berlin, Micz Flor is co-founder and head of communication at Sourcefabric, a Prague based foundation for open source development in media, with branches in Berlin/Toronto. Since 1995 he has been knee-deep in Internet, organising a variety of events, net projects, magazines and temporary media labs. In 2000 Micz began work as a media developer for Eastern Europe and Asia at the Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF), where he met his fellow Sourcefabric co-founders. twitter: @sourcefabric facebook: Sourcefabric
Nadia EL-Imam | Edgeryders
Creative Director of Edgeryders, at the Social Cohesion Research and Early Warning division of the Council of Europe. Nadia EL-Imam designs and tests new ways of using digital technologies to address complex societal challenges. She organizes events like the Living on the Edge Conference, Create Your Own Conference, Prototype Sprints, Future-building for Wikicrats, Media Tech Dayand Art Patrons Are Sexy. She studied Human-Computer Interaction at the Royal Institute of Technology, Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet as well as Interactive Art Direction at Hyper Island, in Stockholm Sweden . She has lived in France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Switzerland, and Kuwait. www.nadiaelimam.wordpress.com and www.cookiesncode.com twitter: @edgeryders
Nikolay Georgiev | Open Source Ecology
Nikolay Georgiev organizes Open Source Ecology in Germany – an open and growing network of people working to improve the whole spectrum of ecological, social and technical systems according to sustainable criteria and open sourcing them on the Internet. Thus an Open Source Economy gets created, an economy that optimizes both production and distribution, while providing environmental regeneration and social justice. This open development promotes quicker innovation, open access to economically significant information and strong local economy, which ultimately replaces resource conflicts with common welfare.
Roman Deckert | MICT
Roman Deckert has been working in and on Sudan, both North and South, since 1997. As country expert for the Berlin-based NGO Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) he has produced the Sudan Electionnaire for the 2010 elections and is editor of The Niles. Before joining MICT he worked as a small arms analyst at the Berlin Information-centre for Transatlantic Security (BITS). At #OSJUBA he will give an introduction into the South Sudan’s history and an overview of the present state with a view to the possibilities of open source.
Simon Höher | knowable.org
Simon Höher studied cultural and political science at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, writing his thesis on the World Bank and new approaches in international development cooperation. He worked with several organizations in Germany dealing with civic inclusion, cultural management and music. In 2009 he joined the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (Maputo) working in close cooperation with UNESCO, African Union and European partners. He was a freelancer, working with cultural projects and initiatives in Europe, before he co-founded knowable.org in 2011, which just launched their first Beta prototype in early June in order to further develop the platform on the basis of critical feedback by its community. twitter @knowableorg facebook: knowable.org
Stephanie Hankey | Tactical Technology Collective
Stephanie has worked to strengthen information activism and reduce limits to freedom and expression online since 1998. She is the co-founder of Tactical Tech, an international NGO that over the last nine years has built the skills of thousands of activists worldwide. It brings together creativity and alternative approaches to learning with strong advocacy and technology skills. This has included an ‘edumentary’ film showing the work of fifty information activists worldwide; 10 Tactics for turning information into action, and a digital security and privacy initiative that experiments with ‘flash trainings’, practical toolkits and a series of animated films about a little robot called Ono. Stephanie is currently working on an upcoming book on visual political representation and has recently co-founded a creative agency for advocacy; Tactical Studios. twitter: @tacticaltech facebook: Tactical Tech
Stephen Kovats | r0g
Stephen Kovats, cultural and media researcher with a background in architecture and urbanism, is initiator of #OSJUBA, a project being developed by r0g – his recently formed collective agency for open culture, hacktivism and critical transformation. He was most recently artistic director of transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture 2008 – 2011 and co-director of the McLuhan in Europe 2011 Network examining the impact of the Canadian media philosopher’s work on art and culture in Europe. His work and interests focus on the dynamic relationships between media, political, and electronic space on the transformation of societal and cultural landscapes. twitter: @intertwilight facebook: r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation
Venzha | HONF
Vincensius ‘Venzha’ Christiawan is a graduate designer and artist from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 1999 he created HONF ‘the house of natural fiber, yogyakarta new media art laboratory’ that determined to fuse education, art and technology with local communities without any cultural limitations. Together with HONF he has produced internationally recognized art works and media based performances, developed a fablab and media literacy programs, and initiated festivals including CELLSBUTTON and YIVF. He has produced a number of multi-disciplinary projects such as the current work Micronations / Macronations, examining alternative and grass-roots energy. In 2011 HONF won the transmediale Award for ‘Intelligent Bacteria – Saccharomyces cerevisiae’. He intends and focuses for built new bridge between art and technology in Indonesia together with HONF. Venzha is a conceptor and director also for YIVF (Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival) and CELLSBUTTON (Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival), which produced and organized by HONF every year.
Carolin Wiedemann | xm:lab
Carolin Wiedemann studied Journalism, Communication Studies and Sociology at the University of Hamburg. She is a freelance writer with publications including SZ Magazin and Der Freitag. Currently research assistant in the department of Urs Stäheli (Sociology, University of Hamburg) and co-editing the glossary Depletion Design with Soenke Zehle (xmlab). Her Ph.D. thesis examines new forms of subversion and collectivity online (e.g., Anonymous). theme: political uses of social media, future of journalism, south-south exchanges. twitter: @XMLab_News
Jan Tretschok | xm:lab
Jan Tretschok has a background in communication design and is co-founder of the xm:lab eco-jhub (HBKsaar, Saarbruecken) which focusses on environment and ecojournalism issues with research projects and in-the-field training for journalists. As a founding member of Mokolo, the African Online Film and TV Platform for Exchange and Distribution he is also able to actively pursue his interests in visual literacies and new approaches in technology for open education. twitter: @XMLab_News
Stephen Kovats | r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation
Roman Deckert | Media In Cooperation and Transition
Ela Kagel | SUPERMARKT
Micz Flor | Sourcefabric
Geraldine de Bastion | newthinking
Jodi Rose | Prezi