Let's RETHINK

„The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” — Albert Einstein

Human beings are naturally inclined to stick to their routines. However, as pointed out by Albert Einstein, the world will not change without us changing our thinking. Therefore, in order to guarantee sustainability in society, economy and the environment we must rethink processes in all areas, whether this is technology, education or design. Let’s RETHINK at the TEDxMCInnsbruck on June 15th, 2019.

Speakers

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Martin Kaswurm

Spiking the punch:  Taking Sports to New Heights

Gaining traction as a winter Olympic contender, snow volleyball stands to make volleyball the first sport in the history of the Olympic movement to be present in both summer and winter. Through the example of snow volleyball, walk through how new ideas are cultivated and the power that comes with challenging the status quo. This talk rethinks whats possible in the world of sport.

Biography The Austrian entrepreneur Martin Kaswurm has travelled the world exploring new possibilities and bringing them back to his native Austria. From Harvard Business School in the US to the FIFA Masters program in Europe, Martin‘s passion for sport has fueled his desire to analyze it from all angles, rethinking what‘s possible. 10 years ago, at the age of 23, Martin founded his sports marketing agency Chaka2 that today counts esteemed brands like Red Bull, Audi and adidas as clients. Besides his busy schedule as an entrepreneur, Martin is a sport marketing lecturer at the university his hometown Salzburg and he also serves as the current president of the FIFA Master Alumni association. He became well know for inventing, professionalizing and developing the sport snow volleyball.

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Judith Lechner

Sexy cells - alternatives to animal experimentation

Are experimental animals needed to keep us safe and healthy? We think the answer is yes - for now. But it does not have to stay this way. To make a difference, we work on developing sex specific cell models in order to represent women and men alike, with the aim to contribute to reduce and eventually replace animal testing.

Biography Judith Lechner is a researcher and teacher of Physiology at the Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI). In accordance with her respect for all living creatures, she chose to study Biology in Vienna and Innsbruck, followed by scientific work on cell cultures, not animals. As a member of the speakers’ team of the MUI animalFree Research Cluster she is engaged in promoting alternative methods to animal testing. Enhanced by the experiences with her son and daughter, she has - in addition - developed a strong interest for Gender Medicine. This led to investigations on sex specific differences in the function of the kidneys. Currently, Judith and her group are developing sex specific models from human renal cells in close collaboration with the group of Paul Jennings in Amsterdam, NL. This builds on his previous work with Gerhard Gstraunthaler and Anja Wilmes to establish renal cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells for in vitro toxicology studies within the EU-funded STEMBancc project.

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Stan Ford

The Music Effect

Music study and appreciation affords one the opportunity and privilege of discovering how it plays an important role in the intellectual development of personalities, particularly if applied at an early stage. Explore through music tutorship how it can be effectively adapted to essential disciplines in our daily lives.

Biography The American-Austrian pianist, Stan Ford is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he majored in piano performance, chamber music, pedagogy, and music education and graduated with highest distinction in 1982 under the tutelage of Ruth Slenczynska. A two year Fulbright scholarship afforded Mr. Ford further study under Hans Leygraf, Alfons Kontarsky and Christoph Lieske at the "Universität Mozarteum Salzburg" in Salzburg, Austria. Upon completion of his studies in 1986, Ford accepted a professorship on the piano faculty at the Mozarteum where he continues to teach to this date. As a recitalist, Mr. Ford sets great store by presenting well-conceived, challenging programs, for which he also does in-depth music history research. In addition to regularly being invited to conduct international master classes, Dr. Ford balances a very busy teaching schedule with solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe, North and South America and parts of Asia. He has also become well known through numerous public TV appearances, radio broadcasts and publications as well as performing at famous culture and music festivals including the Bregenz and Salzburg Festivals.

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Markus Tomaschitz

Rethinking Digitalization – prepare for a revolution

Digital transformation involves new ways of working, new lines of business, and a deep understanding of the digital economy and what consumers will pay for. This will likely involve the disruption of your current ways of working and your existing lines of business. Moreover, this transformation can’t be conducted with a slow and cautious pace. It’s also difficult to measure and raise questions like how we educate for the future and how we want to work.

Biography Markus Tomaschitz, born in Austria studied in Graz and San Francisco and works as Vice President Human Resources for AVL List, the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, batteries, fuel cell and control technology) for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, construction, large engines and their integration into the vehicle. He is a lecture at universities in Europe and USA, keynote speaker and co-author of the book “Management 4.0 – Preparation for the future”. He lives with his family in Graz, Austria

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Luminita Florea

3 Major Reasons Why Love Sucks

Be ready, this talk will confuse you, because it never was an easy topic. It's about love, hate and hating love. This talk will show you, how we find an explanation for every bad experience and why even the most terrible feelings can lead to a bright outcome. This speech has at its core the concept that has already been discussed a million times, but never ever before love was presented to you completely naked with all its perfect imperfections.

Biography Exploring the world, independency and mainly herself Luminita Florea moved from Moldova to Austria when she was barely 18 years old. There were many challenges to be faced: learning a foreign language in no time, getting to know how a kitchen functions and how to use the washing machine, but also to build a network facing infidelity, lies and disappointments. It was a long journey of self losing and self discovering that brought her to the doorsteps of the MCI. After Luminita dealt with a huge heartbreak,  being accepted to a prestigious university at 2 faculties simultaneously gave her wings. Ever since then, she is constantly working on improving herself by bravely studying Business & Management BA, learning (this time voluntarily) new languages, challenging herself by participating in diverse projects and just by making every single day a unique experience.

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Stephan Dreiseitl

Math and the art of describing randomness

Humans brains are pattern recognition machines. Our brains, however, are not so good at dealing with randomness; we humans prefer causal explanations of observed phenomena instead. This talk explores patterns in randomness, and how recognizing these patterns can help us better deal with an uncertain world.

Biography Stephan Dreiseitl received a Commodore 64 as a teenager in the 1980s. Ever since then, he has been fascinated by computers; an early infatuation with computer games gave way to a more mature interest in mathematics and artificial intelligence. After receiving a PhD and doing a postdoc in biomedical informatics, he is now a professor at the Hagenberg campus of the FH Upper Austria. He loves teaching mathematics and statistics as the tools for structured and abstract thinking, skills he considers essential for a wide variety of computer-related activities. On the research side, he is interested in machine learning and its application in decision support tools.

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Mitja Mavsar

Screen Time for Super Speech Skills

95% of a child’s brain development happens by the age of 5 and there’s growing evidence that screen time can both harm and boost kids’ cognitive abilities. This a story about 4 guys who had a speech impediment as children and later in life aligned on a mission to help kids speak their minds and hearts.

Biography Mitja Mavsar is a dad to 3 boys (4th-one on its’ way), a husband, and a co-founder of a startup called Blub Blub Inc. Their product (Speech Blubs) was launched in 2017 and has already helped over 500.000 kids with speech delay, even non-verbal kids with autism and Down syndrome. Before his startup journey, Mitja has been a user experience designer who helped shape hundreds of digital products and services across industries, mostly startups, but also several corporations and government institutions in Slovenia, UK, US, and elsewhere. He was also a tech journalist, a speaker, and a teacher. Mitja had also created and ran a university grade curriculum for user experience design at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, and Middlesex University, UK.

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Claudia Mössenlechner

Digital Age Teaching and Learning

This TEDx-talk aims at sharing my personal story of becoming an early adopter of technology for teaching. It was then I discovered what impact technology can have on a teacher’s roles and what implications technology can have on learning. Let me take you on a journey about teaching and learning, looking at how technology can disrupt what it is we are doing when we engage in learning, one of the oldest activities of humankind.

Biography Claudia Moessenlechner is an educator and scholar at MCI Innsbruck. She has held several teaching and learning leadership positions and has recently reveived an honorable eLearning award for one of her endeavours in the digital world. In her research, she compared online and face-to-face teaching models and developed a taxonomy of teaching behavior. She has been active in the field of teaching and higher education for some 20 years, her primary research interests focus on (blended) learning and teaching as well as on communication and leadership. In her current function as a head of MCI Learning Solutions, Claudia is deeply involved in developing and overseeing learning solutions and online programs. Claudia’s passion for travel, languages and people has taken her to the major cities in Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia. She is an avid reader and loves thinking together with others.

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Patrick Eibenberger

Athletes, your communication isn't transparent … yet!

Communication between coaches and athletes in a team sport setting has never been easy. An athlete's training load management relies on two things: communication between humans and/or the inclusion of data. Both can be important pieces to solve the puzzle to train your athlete appropriately. But is it really necessary for a coach to watch every step of an athlete and where will the fast development of technology lead to?

Biography Patrick is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with a focus on sports performance and is currently working for Borussia Mönchengladbach. He studied sports science and communication science (with a focus on interpersonal communication) both at the University of Salzburg and is interested in technology and its development. After finishing University Patrick decided to become a performance coach, working at the Red Bull Academy in Ghana. The last six years he spent in Salzburg working with both the youth squads (2013-2017) as well as with the professional team (2017-2019) of Red Bull’s local football team.
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Johann Pann

Rethinking Chemical Fuels

In times of ever growing energy consumption former oil and plastic chemists are transforming themselves and their research towards a more sustainable path. Renewabel energies, such as solar energy, can be harvested and stored via artificial photosynthesis. This process can be designed to directly yield a fuel that can drive your car from nothing more than sunlight and water.

Biography The researcher and lecturer Johann Pann grew up in tyrol and studied in Innsbruck and Uppsala, Sweden. From early ages on his fascination for chemistry showed by brawling whith his brother over the usage of the chemical experiment kit. Quickly the natural science schools were finished and he enrolled to the chemical programme at University of Innsbruck. Already In the second semester he was awarded a position as tutor. During his studies he grew a bigger fascination for photochemistry and catalysis, whose understanding he deepened in a bachelor thesis in Innsbruck and a master thesis in Uppsala. At the Moment Johann Pann is finishing his Doctorate in an EU-funded Programme in the workgroup of Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Brüggeller at the Institute for General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck.
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Annika Linder

Organizer & Curator

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Markus Huber

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Marketing / Communications

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Kathrin Fox

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Lukas Linnarsson

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