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TOA.life is the best parts of the Tech Open Air (TOA) made digital. TOA is Europe's leading interdisciplinary technology festival which takes place annually in Berlin. TOA’s mission is to build a platform for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration. Our aim is to help those being disrupted by the technology better anticipate the future and those who disrupt better understand the world they change.

TOA.life is the best parts of the Tech Open Air (TOA) made digital. TOA is Europe's leading interdisciplinary technology festival which takes place annually in Berlin. TOA’s mission is to build a platform for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration. Our aim is to help those being disrupted by the technology better anticipate the future and those who disrupt better understand the world they change.
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TOA.life is the best parts of the Tech Open Air (TOA) made digital. TOA is Europe's leading interdisciplinary technology festival which takes place annually in Berlin. TOA’s mission is to build a platform for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration. Our aim is to help those being disrupted by the technology better anticipate the future and those who disrupt better understand the world they change.

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Episodes

“Going Toward Smart Decentralisation” – Dominik Schiener, Founder of IOTA Foundation at TOA17 EP.024 - TOA.life Podcast

5/8/2018
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In the final episode of Season 1 we're featuring a TOA17 talk by Dominik Schiener, Founder of the IOTA foundation. IOTA is a cryptocurrency for the internet of things but what makes it really different from most cryptocurrencies is that it isn’t based on the blockchain - it’s based on the Tangle! Dominik's talk was entitled "Moving From The Cloud To The Fog" and he uses ant colonies as an analogy to describe how IOT will evolve in the future. Hosts, Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux talk...

Duration:00:18:28

“Adblock Plus’ Epic Fight With Facebook” – Tim Schumacher, Co-Founder of Eyeo at TOA17 EP.023 - TOA.life Podcast

4/17/2018
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Tim Schumacher, Co-Founder of Eyeo a German company that is best known for creating Adblock Plus. The talk is entitled “Adblock Plus’ Epic Fight with Facebook!” which seems quite relevant given the recent news surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Hosts, Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux debate whether Facebook actually "stole" information from it's users and why people need to be cautious with what they share online.

Duration:00:24:25

“Technology Can Replace a Pharmaceutical Drug” – Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, CTO & Founder of Natural Cycles at TOA17 EP.022 - TOA.life Podcast

4/10/2018
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Dr. Elina Berglund Scherwitzl is the CTO and co-founder of Natural Cycles - the first ever certified contraception app which they claim is 93% effective against pregnancy. But prior to founding Natural Cycles she was part of the team at CERN who discovering the Higgs Boson Particle - which lead to a Nobel Prize in Physics. The New York Times published a great cartoon explaining the Higgs Boson particle that Elina and her colleagues at CERN discovered which can be found here. Hosts Niko...

Duration:00:14:31

“Welcome to a Millennial Middle East” – HH Prince Fahad Al Saud, Founder of NA3AM at TOA17 EP.021 - TOA.life Podcast

3/27/2018
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His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud, Founder & CEO of NA3AM joins the TOA.life Podcast to speak about his personal journey as an entrepreneur, the power of media and (of course) his love for Berlin. Fahad is a media expert from Saudi Arabia and in 2009 he helped to launch Facebook in Arabic. Since then he’s been a really big supporter of giving a voice to young Saudi people, especially women by creating content for Arab people by Arab people. Hosts Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux discuss...

Duration:00:22:04

“How to Stay Agile” – Robert Gentz, Co-Founder of Zalando TOA15 EP.020 - TOA.life Podcast

3/20/2018
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Zalando is well known as Germany's biggest e-commerce success story! Listen this week to hear a TOA15 fireside chat between Zalando's CEO & Co-founder Robert Gentz speaking with Nikolaus Roettger, Editor in Chief of Wired Germany. Zalando considers itself to be more of a tech company than a retail company and has over 15,000 employees! But the company has been in the news in past weeks for letting go of 250 employees in their Berlin office to replace them with algorithms. Hosts Niko...

Duration:00:43:50

“Will AI Replace Lawyers?” – Nicole Shanahan Founder & CEO of ClearAccessIP TOA17 EP.019 - TOA.life Podcast

3/13/2018
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Nicole Shanahan joins the TOA.life Podcast with a TOA17 talk about the future of law. Nicole is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP an organization that pairs law with machine learning to revolutionize the patent industry. Nicole's takes us on her journey from graduating law school with mixed feelings and 95,000 dollars in debt to joining Stanford's Codex program and founding ClearAccessIP. Nicole makes a strong case for why AI and machine learning will be essential tools for lawyers and...

Duration:00:18:31

“European Startups in the Global Context” – Philipp Rösler, Former Vice-Chancellor of Germany & Sabrina Hoffman of Business Insider TOA17 EP.018 - TOA.life Podcast

3/7/2018
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This week we're showcasing a TOA17 fireside chat between Philipp Rösler, Former Vice-Chancellor of Germany and Sabrina Hoffmann, Editor-in-chief at Business Insider Germany. The topic of the conversation was "European Startups in the Global Context" and Mr. Rösler speaks about his experience as Minister of Economics and Technology. He gives advice to startup founders on how to successfully grown their businesses and to politicians on how they can successfully grow their economy and prepare...

Duration:00:44:08

“What is great experience design?” – Katie Dill, Director of UX for Airbnb at TOA16 EP.017 - TOA.life Podcast

2/27/2018
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This week we're showcasing a TOA16 talk by Katie Dill. When Katie spoke at TOA she was a Director of Experience Design at Airbnb but in October of 2017 she joined Lyft as their VP of Design. Katie's talk was entitled "Balancing Chaos and Order in UX" and she explains that user experience is about way more than web design or one moment of interaction with a customer. Katie uses examples from companies such as Virgin Airlines, Disney, Lyft and Airbnb to showcase how seemingly small elements...

Duration:00:27:54

Ryan Shea, Co-Founder of Blockstack EP. 9 - TOA.life Podcast

2/20/2018
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On episode nine of the TOA.life ICO Podcast, Niko Woischnik interviews Ryan Shea. Ryan is the Co-Founder of Blockstack - a network for decentralized applications. Blockstack aims to address the centralization at the application-layer of the internet.

Duration:00:41:26

“This is the Next Trillion Dollar Industry” – Ben Larson, Co-Founder of Gateway at TOA16 EP.016 - TOA.life Podcast

2/20/2018
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This week we're showcasing a TOA16 talk by Ben Larson. Ben is a co-founder at Gateway, an accelerator and VC fund that focuses entirely on Cannabis. Call it what you want weed, kush, green, pot, dope, ganja, mary jane, reefer, chronic (the list goes on) but Ben calls it the next trillion dollar industry. Ben's talk was entitled "A Brave New Cannabis World. He dives into the research on marijuana and it's potential for medical advancement. Ben unpacks the history of the "drug" and how the...

Duration:00:17:56

“Silicon Valley is Bullshit” – Jake Lodwick, Co-Founder of Vimeo/CEO of Keezy at TOA17 EP.015

2/13/2018
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This week we're showcasing a TOA17 fireside chat between Jake Lodwick, the co-founder of Vimeo/CEO of Keezy and Lindsay Gellman, a journalist and contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Jake and Lindsay go back to the beginning of his career when he founded CollegeHumor, and how that evolved into the creation of Vimeo. They also get into Jake's theories around VC investment and how to make a product that will actually improve quality of life for the user. Jake stresses that "Silicon Valley...

Duration:00:39:41

“We see Food as Big Data” – Nora Khaldi, CSO & Founder of Nuritas at TOA15 EP.014

2/6/2018
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This week we're going deeper into the TOA vault to bring you a TOA15 talk by Nora Khaldi, CSO and Founder of Nuritas Nora speaks about how artificial intelligence can be used to look at food on a molecular level. At Nuritas they search for specific peptides and proteins that already exist in food that can aid in human health. Hosts Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux discuss the importance of bringing together unexpected industries - such as machine learning and food tech - to solve...

Duration:00:16:02

“Artist remembered after death” – Matty Mo, The Most Famous Artist at TOA17 EP.013

1/30/2018
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This week we're featuring a TOA17 talk by Matty Mo, AKA The Most Famous Artist. Matty discusses how his reputation went from successful ad tech entrepreneur to "the drunk, naked founder" overnight and how a car crash in Berlin made him change his entire career path. Now Matty is known as "The Most Famous Artist" a title that he prescribed to himself by simply buying the domain name. Hosts Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux discuss how Matty has fully embraced the "fake it till you make...

Duration:00:29:07

“If the product is free, you are the product” – Andy Yen, Founder of ProtonMail at TOA17 EP.012

1/23/2018
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This week we're featuring a TOA17 talk by Andy Yen, Founder and CEO of ProtonMail. ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted email service that was invented in collaboration with CERN and MIT. Andy discusses the importance of securing our personal information online. Hosts Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux discuss their concerns surrounding digital privacy and censorship. Tune in next week to hear a TOA17 talk by Matty Mo, also known as The Most Famous Artist telling the story of how he went...

Duration:00:18:26

“Ethical, indie, adult cinema” – Erika Lust & Pablo Dobner of Erika Lust Films at TOA17 EP.011

1/16/2018
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This week we're featuring a TOA17 talk by erotic film director, Erika Lust and her husband/business partner, Pablo Dobner. Erika and Pablo discuss the importance of creating ethical pornography - which they define as erotic films that eliminate the sexist and racist narratives that are frequently perpetuated by porn. Erika has received lots of acclaim and attention for her films - she was featured in the Netflix Documentary series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On in 2017. Her film Cabaret...

Duration:00:24:21

“This evolution of music” – Richie Hawtin, DJ & Mate Galic, CTO of Native Instruments at TOA17 EP.010

1/9/2018
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This week we're featuring a TOA17 tête-à-tête between legendary DJ Richie Hawtin and the CTO and Co-Founder of Native Instruments, Mate Galic. Richie and Mate reflect on the origins of electronic music and how technology has influenced the evolution of music listening, creating and performing. The pair discuss their hopes and expectations for the future of music technology. Host Danielle Lemieux is joined by TOA's resident DJ and electronic music expert, Sam Butler to comment on Richie and...

Duration:00:41:30

“Aging is not a mystery” – Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer for SENS Research Foundation at TOA17 EP.009

1/2/2018
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In the very first TOA.life episode of 2018 we're featuring a TOA17 talk by Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer for SENS Research Foundation. Aubrey is a biomedical gerontologist who has focused his research on how to reverse the aging process. He explains how regenerative medicine will eventually be so comprehensive that people will stay truly youthful, however long they live - meaning they could live significantly longer lives. Hosts Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux discuss the...

Duration:00:32:36

“All-Round Badass Woman” – Yaël Eisenstat, Former CIA Analyst & Founder of Kilele at TOA17 EP.007

12/13/2017
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This episode features Yaël Eisenstat, Former CIA Analyst & Founder of Kilele Global. Yaël spoke live on stage in 2017 with New York Times correspondent, Melissa Eddy about what she learned in the CIA. Plus Yaël joins hosts Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux to discuss what she's been up to since July and correct a few CIA stereotypes.

Duration:00:56:43

“This is how a culture dies” – Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder & CEO of Kickstarter TOA16 EP.006

12/5/2017
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This episode features a TOA16 talk by Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder & CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey explains why "selling out" shouldn't be celebrated and how moneyed imperialism can harm our culture and our local businesses. Hosts Niko Woischnik and Danielle Lemieux briefly discuss capitalism and consumer culture during the holiday season.

Duration:00:19:47

“Design can be evil” – Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at The MoMA TOA16 EP.005

11/28/2017
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This episode features a TOA16 talk by Paola Antonelli who is an author and a Senior Curator at The MoMA in NYC. Paola delves deep into the relationship between design and violence by explaining how she turned a rejected exhibition proposal into a website, a book and an exhibition. The full video of Paola's TOA16 talk is also available on the Tech Open Air YouTube channel.

Duration:00:21:06