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Technology Symposium


This year's Technology Symposium with the main theme "Conflict & Cooperation" will be searching for new pathways and tools for a society in transition. The battle for resources, new disruptive technologies, climate change and many other factors like approaching limits to 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 of ideas and the dispute over them are essential for innovations and social developments. However, only broad-based cooperations uniting researchers, enterprises and citizens will enable us to finally tackle the big social challenges. For example, how can smart cities with new sustainable mobility concepts or decarbonization in general help us to 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.

Technology Symposium

show timetable


13:00 - 13:10OpeningPlenary
13:10 - 14:15RTI TalkPlenary
14:15 - 15:30The future of mobility and transportPlenary
16:00 - 17:45New materials and autonomous systemsPlenary
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Alpbach Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Evening ReceptionSocial


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 - 10:00OptogeneticsPlenary
10:20 - 12:30Art and science: designing the next digital revolutionPlenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: Digital futures: design as key to future digital worldsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: The promotion of research and business development in Austria: governance between management and autonomyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Data-driven innovation - from resources to strategiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Open science, dark knowledge: science in an age of ignoranceBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Second machine age: learning machines - autonomous machinesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: From the lab to the plate - the vegan black pudding (Blunzengröstl)Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Does industry 4.0 need education and training 4.0?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Smart production and services - new ways in economics within the internet of thingsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Conflict and cooperation in the era of digitisationBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: The Paris lifestyle - technologies and opportunities for climate protectionBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: How does innovation occur? Conflict, cooperation - or both?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: The competition for resources as a driver of green technologiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: A new Biedermeier in Europe?Breakout


09:00 - 10:15Managing complex systemsPlenary
10:30 - 11:45The second quantum revolution?Plenary
12:00 - 13:30Gravitational wavesPlenary

General Partner European Forum Alpbach 2017