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Technology Symposium


This year's Technology Symposium will be searching for new pathways and tools for a society in transition, under the headline theme of "Conflict and Cooperation". The battle for resources, new disruptive technologies, climate change and many other factors (such as approaching the limits of growth) require new solutions for economic and social issues. The digital world is especially suitable for creating innovative approaches. The virtual world seems to have almost no borders and sharing and cooperation are highly popular. Will new digital technologies help us to achieve more equality by cooperation? Social networks, big data and the internet of things offer huge opportunities which have not been exhausted so far. The competition and disputing of ideas are essential for innovation and social development. However, only broad-based cooperation uniting researchers, enterprises and citizens will enable us to finally tackle the big social challenges. For example, how can smart cities deploy new sustainable mobility concepts? Can decarbonization help us regain balance with ourselves and the world? In any case, cooperation will be one of the decisive factors for the development of mankind and the whole evolution of life.

Résumé Breakout Sessions 2017 (PDF)

Technology Symposium

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09:00 - 09:45#ART TEC: Interfaces between art, technology, and scienceCulture
10:00 - 11:00Opening of exhibitions – Tec-Xperience RoomPartner
11:00 - 11:10OpeningPlenary
11:10 - 12:15RTI TalkPlenary
12:15 - 13:45The robots are coming. Be (not) afraid!Plenary
14:15 - 15:45New materials and autonomous systemsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria and Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
19:15 - 21:00Career LoungePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening ReceptionSocial


06:30 - 07:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order – 24 hours nonstopPlenary
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
07:15 - 08:00OptogeneticsPlenary
08:30 - 10:15Designing the next digital revolution. At the crossroads of science, technology and artPlenary
10:30 - 11:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: Digital futures: design as key to future digital worldsBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: The promotion of research and innovation in Austria: governance between management and autonomyBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Data-driven innovation – from resources to strategiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Open science, dark knowledge: science in an age of ignoranceBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Second machine age: learning machines – autonomous machinesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: From the lab to the plate – the vegan black pudding (Blunzengröstl)Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Does industry 4.0 need education and training 4.0?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Smart production and servicesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Conflict and cooperation in the era of digitisationBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: The Paris lifestyle – technologies and opportunities for climate protectionBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Conflict, cooperation – or both: how does innovation occur?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: The competition for resources as a driver of green technologiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: A new Biedermeier in Europe?Breakout
16:30 - 17:30China Manufacturing 2025: putting industrial policy ahead of market forces?Plenary


07:00 - 08:30Managing complex systemsPlenary
08:50 - 10:15The second quantum revolution?Plenary
10:15 - 11:00Gravitational wavesPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Snack ReceptionSocial


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