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Technology Symposium


Major innovations have never arisen in isolated monocultures. The centre of innovation and advanced civilizations have always been multicultural, characterized by vigorous trade and cities that attracted innovative minds. That was true for the early civilizations in China, India and Babylon, still known today for the "confusion of tongues" mentioned in the Old Testament, and still holds true for today’s innovation hubs like Silicon Valley or even newer aspiring regions like Bengaluru or Seattle. The Technology Symposium has set out on a search to explore the interplay of innovation, diversity and resilience. Only a functioning combination of these factors can make it possible to broaden our own horizon and learn from "the world". Very often a lack of diversity and the rise of monopolies and monocultures have brought down major cities or enterprises. Whether in society or in biology, only diversity provides systems with the necessary resilience. Diversity and resilience are important factors for innovation and progress. But what does that mean for our increasingly digitized world, where big data, artificial intelligence and virtual worlds are creating completely different requirements?

Technology Symposium

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11:00 - 12:00Open doors: #ART TEC: Interfaces between art, technology and scienceCulture
12:00 - 13:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
13:00 - 13:10Welcome and openingPlenary
13:10 - 14:20RTI TalkPlenary
14:20 - 15:40Precision medicine - medicine's solution to diversity?Plenary
16:00 - 17:30Nutrition sciencePlenary
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:15 - 23:00Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
21:30 - 23:00Evening ReceptionSocial


08:30 - 09:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order - 24 hours nonstopPlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
09:15 - 10:30Seattle never sleeps: a young, booming innovation hub as this year’s guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Our digital future - how human will it be?Plenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: The contest for key technologies - Europe's potentials?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Digitization and diversity - an opportunity for business locationsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Gene therapy - intervention in nature or future hopeBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Next-generation batteries: European leading-edge technology to leverage electromobilityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: EU NIS directive and NIS act - what now?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Digital literacy for allBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Future disruptive technologies: challenges for modern societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Digital life in a physical world: rethinking digitizationBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: The renewability of societal resourcesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Resilience - how societies can cope with crisesBreakout
18:30 - 19:30Global talk: #MakeInIndia - India on the fast track?Plenary


09:00 - 10:30Cyborgs - when technology gets under your skinPlenary
10:50 - 12:00Resilience - digitisation and electronic mediaPlenary
12:15 - 13:00The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
13:00 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial


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