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Meet the Speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland

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You are intrigued by Sandy Pentland’s work on social physics, big data and privacy questions? You have questions you always wanted to ask one of the most cited computer scientists and entrepreneurs in this world? Join the “Meet the Speaker” with Sandy Pentland right after the plenum and go more in-depth into the world of big data and what it teaches us about behaviour.


Professor, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Managing Director, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Dr. Alex 'Sandy' PENTLAND

Professor, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1981-1986 Lecturer and Research Scientist, Stanford University, Stanford; SRI - Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, CA
since 1986 Professor, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1995-2000 Academic Head, MIT Media Lab, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
since 2000 MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program Director, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
2007-2015 Co-Lead, Big Data, Privacy, Development, World Economic Forum, Cologny
since 2014 Chair, Advisory Board, AT&T Inc., Dallas, TX

M.Sc. Philippe NARVAL

Managing Director, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1994-1996 Scholarship holder/Student, Lester B. Pearson United World College, Victoria
1996-1997 National Service/Gedenkdienst, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem
1997-1998 Community Service Coordinator, American International School, Cochabamba
1998-2003 BA, King's College, London
2000-2001 Exchange Year, Universidade de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte
2003-2004 Exhibition Coordinator, Künstlerhaus Wien
2004-2005 Programme Manager, Concordia, Chisinau
2005-2010 Programme Officer, Light for the World, Vienna
2010-2011 MSc, University of Oxford
since 2012 Managing Director, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Alex 'Sandy' PentlandPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
16:15 - 17:45Business 2050: Europe's search for the competitive edgePlenary
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus and "So schmeckt Niederösterreich" Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 22:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


08:00 - 09:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 11:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
09:00 - 10:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague - friend or foe?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments - curse or blessing?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment - an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: "The power of we": conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: It's the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends - conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn't it be better to break out of the prisoner's dilemma altogether?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Don't confuse trying with doing!Plenary
19:00 - 20:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage - curse or blessing?Partner
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: resources - from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
10:45 - 11:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
11:45 - 12:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner