These three keynote speakers are the highlights of this year's conference.

Ramona Pop

Ramona Pop has been a member of the Berlin House of Representatives since 2001. At the same time, she was Deputy Faction Leader of the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen from 2006 to 2009 and subsequently its Faction Leader from 2009 to 2016. Ramona Pop is currently the Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises of the state of Berlin.

She is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Wasserbetriebe (BWB) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB). She is a member of the Supervisory Board of Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH, a member of the Supervisory Board of Messe Berlin GmbH and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.

Assaf Biderman

MIT SENSEable City Laboratory, Associate Director
Superpedestrian, Founder & CEO


Assaf Biderman is a technology inventor, author and entrepreneur. He teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is Associate Director of the MIT SENSEable City Laboratory, founder of Superpedestrian, a robotic company that focuses on the future of personal urban mobility, and co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel.

Sven Gábor Jánszky

2b AHEAD ThinkTank, Chairman


Sven Jánszky is the head of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank trend research institute and founder of the Rulebreaker Society. For the past 15 years now, 250 CEOs and innovation leaders in German business meet annually at Mr. Jánszky's invitation to discuss the latest trends and business models. Mr. Jánszky's trend-studies books, his writings on the living, working, and consumer environments ten years in the future, and his strategic recommendations for business model development actively shape the discussions and strategies of various industries.


Here you will find a short overview of the speakers at this year's CREATING URBAN TECH summit.

Ger Baron

City of Amsterdam, CTO


Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. His professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.

Philipp Rode

LSE Cities, Executive Director and London School of Economics and Political Science, Associate Professorial Research Fellow

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-director of the LSE Executive MSc in Cities and co-convenes the LSE Sociology Course on ‘City Making: The Politics of Urban Form’. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities as part of an international collaboration with UN-Habitat/Habitat III and on city-level green economy strategies, which includes co-directing the LSE Cities research for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 has organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft in over a dozen world cities, bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts.

Dr. Philipp Bouteiller

Tegel Projekt GmbH, CEO

Philipp is concerned with the dynamics of urban transformation as one of the great challenges of our time. He is an evangelist for all things future and innovation and a strong promoter of Berlin as the capital of freedom, tolerance and innovation. Philipp has focused his work on sustainable urban innovation strategies in the areas of smart mobility, intelligent infrastructure, urban renewable energy and future city design. In his role as CEO of Tegel Projekt GmbH – a municipal company of the State of Berlin – he is responsible for the largest redevelopment project around Urban Technologies in Europe, converting a whole former inner-city airport into Europe´s central hub for future industries.


After several years, as senior consultant with McKinsey, where he specialized on high-tech and the telecommunication, information, media and electronics (TIME) industries, Philipp founded and built several companies in the digital space. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and holds an MSc degree and a PhD in International Management and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Mario Husten

Holzmarkt 25 eG, Chairman

Mario Husten graduated from the University of Economics in East-Berlin. When the wall fell he was engaged in the students’ movement. Later he worked as journalist before he changed to Gruner+Jahr (G+J), a leading European publishing house. For G+J Mario spent more than ten years 10 years abroad, established and led newspaper publishers as well as built printing plants in Slovakia, Hungary, Rumania and Serbia. Back in the headquarters of G+J in Hamburg he was in charge of the internationalization of magazines like GEO before he took the overall responsibility for Eastern Europe and new markets with the office based in Warsaw. Mario left Gruner+Jahr in 2006, advised international media businesses and supported start-ups in the Adriatic area. In 2010, he returned to Berlin together with his family and founded the cooperative founders network IdeenSchaffenWerte (Ideas create value). Currently he is chairman of the Holzmarkt cooperative as well as the Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität (Cooperative for urban creativity), which focus on sustainable urban development projects. 

Heinrich Strößenreuther

Smart City Agency, CEO


Heinrich is Germany‘s most popular bicycle campaigner and gave decisive impetus to introduce the smart city as a legal entry point to the transition of traffic for the first time in a federal state. He is 49 years old, grew up in Wilhelmshaven, Germany and founded the Smart City initiative and the Referendum Bicycle in Berlin, which turned Berlin’s transport policy for 180 degrees in just six months. For 20 years, the graduate business information scientist has been on the road as a mobility and sustainability expert in the world of transport and climate protection: He was a campaigner at Greenpeace on growth criticism and energy taxes, speaker in the German Bundestag in the Enquete Commission for the Protection of Humans and the Environment, director of the Association for Ecological Economy Research and Manager and senior manager at Deutsche Bahn. Since 2009 he has been self-employed and managing director of the agency for clever cities. He advises municipalities, companies and associations, is a temporary manager and can produce media impact like no other on dull traffic topics. The ZEIT and WELT portrayed him as a traffic rebellion in a black suit.

Till Nadolny

Solmove GmbH, CTO/COO


After his studies in Renewable Energies Till Nadolny worked in several positions in planning, project management, team lead and consulting in the fields of energy engineering and energy efficiency for different companies, such as SOLON, Conergy and LDB, since 2001. Since 2016 he is CTO and COO at Solmove.

Francesca Bria

Barcelona City Council, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer


Francesca Bria is Senior Researcher and Advisor on information and technology policy. She has a PhD in Innovation Economics for Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on direct democracy and digital currencies. She also led the DSI project on Digital Social Innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations and movements on Technology and information policy, and its socio-economic impact.


Francesca Bria is an adviser for the European Commission on Future Internet and Innovation Policy. She is currently the new Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation for the city of Barcelona in Spain

Jaakko Blomberg

Yhteismaa, Co-Founder, Chairman and Producer


Jaakko Blomberg is an urban activist, producer, artist and researcher from Helsinki, Finland. He is specialised in new participatory urban culture, co-creation, social movements and placemaking. Jaakko works as a freelancer and has been creating many initiatives such as Helsinki Urban Art, an association that enlivens urban environments. It introduces new ways of using urban space and solves problems by means of art and activism.


He is also one of the founders of Yhteismaa (Common Ground) NGO, cooperative Vegan grill kiosk and many urban events. These include for example a national flea market day, setting up a table for a thousand people to eat in the middle of a street, art exhibitions and theatre in homes, a day of open saunas and pop up restaurants. Although his activities vary a lot, they are all linked in some way to urban space, people and community.

Elke Pahl-Weber

Technical University of Berlin, Head of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning

Ms. Elke Pahl-Weber studied architecture and worked in both research and science, concentrating on urban planning. Her professional career included Head of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development as well as Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning at Technical University Berlin. Since 2004, Elke Pahl-Weber has been passing her extensive knowledge in the fields of urban planning, renewal and redevelopment to her students at Technical University Berlin. Her Research focusses on Smart City Services, Smart City Development and Urban Transformation. Furthermore, Elke Pahl-Weber is member of the German-Indian working group on Smart Cities. Between 2012 and 2015 she was part of the United Nations expert group for International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. 

Dénes Honus

Green City Solutions, CEO

In 2014 Dénes Honus founded Green City Solutions together with a team of experts from architecture, IT, engineering and gardening. He has long year experience in the field of urban architecture and was working for Renzo Piano and the Institute of Building Climatology at Technical University Dresden. During his time in Paris he realized the enormous market potential for air purification systems. His thesis was addressing exactly this topic and was the beginning of the idea of the CityTree. In 2015 Dénes was ranked on the first “30 Under 30 Europe“ list and honored in the category of Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine.

Carla Staccone

Door2Door GmbH, Business Development Managerin


Carla is a Business Development Manager at door2door. After finishing her degree in Business Administration at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, she worked in the automotive industry, specialising in mobility services. Carla was also part of of a FinTech startup in Berlin before joining door2door in 2016.

Daniel Bücher

Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, Head of Department of Value Creation Management

Daniel Bücher holds a master’s degree in machine engineering and business administration of RWTH Aachen University. Today, he is leading the Department of Value Creation Managenement at the Institute for Textile Engineering (Institut für Textiltechnik - ITA) at RWTH Aachen University. He was project manager of the now completed project „STOREFACTORY“, the Adidas Knit For You store at Bikini Berlin, which enjoyed broad media attention worldwide back in 2016 because of his innovative and individual product and production approach. As part of the work group of the German Academy for textile engineering he was in charge of developing new business models. Currently Daniel Bücher is working on BMWi-projects issuing flexible production in Germany and developing accounting methods for ITA‘s textile production.

Christian Rickerts

Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, State Secretary

Christian Rickerts is the state secretary for Energy and Digital Affairs in the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. He is a manager, business consultant and public servant, with a background in political science. He is co-founder of the Association Schüler Helfen Leben and was later the Director of the Foundation with the same name. In 2009, Christian Rickerts served as the Managing Director at Reporters Without Boarders in Germany. Later he became the Vice President Corporate Communications at the Bertelsmann Foundation and in 2015 the Executive Chairman for Wikimedia Germany.

Stefanie Brickwede

Deutsche Bahn, Project Manager 3D Printing
Mobility goes Additive e.V., CEO

Stefanie works for Deutsche Bahn and manages the project to introduce 3D printing within the corporate structure at the interface between procurement and maintenance. In only one year 1.000 parts have already been printed of various materials. Passionately she builded up an international network “Mobility goes Additive” for additive manufacturing in mobility and logistics to support other companies to implement 3D printing for series production and to leverage this technology. 



René Gurka

BigRep GmbH, CEO

René is a business development executive with global experience as Director of Marketing at the German Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta and Managing Director in San Francisco. “Berlin’s best salesman” as CEO of Berlin Partner where he started the “be Berlin” campaign and managed with his team over 500 Investments and created over 20.000 new jobs for Berlin. He created a long term strategy for the City of Berlin under the name “Berlin Partner 2020” which led to the very successful developments in place today. In 2012 he co-founded Newten Ventures GmbH, a Berlin based Seed Capital Investment company. He still connects Berlin´s vibrant start up scene with the Silicon Valley and supports the portfolio companies. In late 2014 Newten Ventures funded their biggest venture yet - the BigRep GmbH- manufacturer of the world largest FDM 3D printer. René had the lead as Managing Partner of the venture. After 6 months of supporting the „lift off“ of BigRep he decided to fully commit to 3D printing and has been CEO ever since of this well-known global player with printers almost on every continent. 

Thomas Kujawski

Berliner Wasserbetriebe, IT-Consultant and -Projects

After completing his business studies, Thomas Kujawski discovered his passion for IT and organizational projects and was able to lead various projects at Berliner Wasserbetriebe. At a very early stage, he dealt with agile methods and was able to transfer this knowledge into operative units in a more regulatory context. This curiosity for change drives him to make today's construction processes and procedures in urban agglomerations smarter for network operators.

In order to accelerate these processes of change, Berliner Wasserbetriebe has entered into a cooperation with the start-up Sablono, which already shows that digital penetration in the rather conservative construction business is possible and still has a lot of potential to develop Berlin into a smart city.

Lukas Olbrich

Sablono GmbH, CEO

Lukas is CEO of Sablono and has been working in the field of digital construction since 2007 in numerous positions. He co-founded Sablono in 2013 with the vision to make managing complex construction projects as easy as tracking a parcel online. In 2017, he was named "Innovator under 35" by the MIT Technology Review for his achievements in major construction projects such as the Greenwich Peninsula 205 in London.

Lukas enjoys architecture & design as well as building furniture together with his family.




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Urban Tech Analyses from 10.11.2017

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