Crossroads and Crosslinks. Digital Society.



TEDx stands for inspiring and progressive ideas: In June 2015 TEDxFrankfurt will celebrate apremiere and host its first conference entitled “Crossroads and Crosslinks. Digital Society.” Leading thinkers, doers and idea crusaders will be on stage and will explore the social, cultural and philosophical impact of digitalization. In what way did and will our social life, our ways of perception and communication change in the light of a proceeding digitalization? In what extent will new media reshape our perception, consciousness and life forms? What will a fully digitalized society look like? What are the great future possibilities, what are the challenges and risks? Will our perception and world outlook as well as our social life be more rich and expanded or in the end even more restricted and uniform? Our speakers and performers will challenge us to think bigger when it comes to the aspects of our common digital future. TEDxFrankfurt isdedicated to explore the benefits and downsidesof digitalization from a national and international perspective in the areas of health, cities and mobility, identities, arts and cultures, politics as well as economic development.




  • Andrew Bastawrous
    Andrew Bastawrous

    Andrew Bastawrous is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon) and Clinical Lecturer in International Eye Health based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    Andrew has worked and undertaken research in Sierra Leone, Peru, Belize, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Uganda and has recently returned from living in Kenya where he was leading a major eye disease study and the development and testing of Peek, the Portable Eye Examination Kit, a new smartphone based tool to detect eye diseases in the worlds most challenging areas.

    In 2009, Andrew received the Lachlan McNeill Scholarship for his work in Sierra Leone, in 2011, he was awarded the first prestigious Medical Research Council and Fight for Sight PhD Fellowship to perform a longitudinal population-based study of eye disease in Africa, the first of it’s kind. He was further awarded the International Glaucoma Association Award and a pump-priming grant from the British Council for the Prevention of Blindness to further the development of novel mobile phone based technologies for use in resource-poor settings.

    Andrew won the Max Perutz Science Writing Award from the Medical Research Council, his article was subsequently printed in the Metro Newspaper and was followed up by the BBC and received global media coverage. He was made a TED Fellow in 2014 and his TED talk has now been viewed close to one million times.

    In 2014 Andrew was awarded the €100,000 Mazda Rebels with a Cause Prize (in partnership with TED) and the Gifted Citizen 2014 Award worth $100,000 presented at the Ciudad de las Ideas in Mexico. Andrew was recently voted one of the world’s 30 most influential people in public health, was selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and is on the scientific steering committee for TED and the eHealth working group for the International Coalition for Trachoma Control.

    He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles focusing on international eye health and mobile technology in healthcare and has co-authored four book chapters.

  • Britta Thie
    Britta Thie

    Britta Thie (*1987) is a Berlin­based artist whose work engages emerging technologies and the relationship between self and digital representation.Born in Minden Westfalen in northern Germany, she studied fine arts at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in the class of Hito Steyerl, where she was supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2010­2011 she received a DAAD scholarship to study at The Cooper Union in New York City. She is also a professional model who has worked with brands including Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander, and Eckhaus Latta; in her practice Thie often depicts her own body to examine the meaning of the figurative image in a product­driven society. In recent years she has shown work at Anthology Film Archives, (New York), Mumok (Vienna), Auto Italia (London), and Kunst­Werke Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin). In 2015 she received a working grant from the Stiftung Kunstfonds.

    Twitter: @brittathie | Website:

  • Dan Emodi
    Dan Emodi

    Leading Beyond Verbal marketing operations, Dan Emodi is a 18-year technology-marketing veteran of Cisco, Sheer Networks (acquired by Cisco), Orbotech and Comverse.

    Dan started his career as a sous-chef before moving to financial journalism, investment banking, technology pre-sales, and finally to marketing. Combining his diverse career background Dan has developed an alternative point of view to the traditional mix of technology, engineering and marketing. Dan is a distinguished speaker and has appeared in CNN, quoted in the New York Times as well as countless on-line, printed and broadcasted media. Dan holds a BA, Cum-Laude, in Economics from Tel Aviv University, and an MBA from Columbia University.

    Twitter: @DanEmodi | LinkedIn:

  • Henrik Scharfe
    Henrik Scharfe

    Since 19999 Henrik Scharfe is employed at Aalorg University, Denmark, as PhD fellow, Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor (2012). From 2008-13, he has served as Director of Center for Computer-mediated Epistemology at AAU. His diverse career includes contributions to seemingly distinct research areas such as: Narratology, AI / Knowledge Representation, Persuasive Design, Human Centered Robotics, and Research Infrastructures.

    The common denominator in these efforts is his determination to understand different aspects of human understanding, especifically how technology influences the way we think about ourselves and our world. Dr. Scharfe has served as reviewer, editorial member, and advisor to governments and research councils in equally diverse fields.

    Henrik Scharfe gained global attention for the Geminoid-DK project. The ultra-realistic android, modeled in the professor's likeness, has startled millions of people around the world. This work has earned the Professor a reputation as a passionate international speaker, and influencer of many.

    Twitter: @scharfe | Website:

  • Kenneth Cukier
    Kenneth Cukier

    Kenneth Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work and Think,” a bestseller translated into 21 languages. He serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries. He is on the advisory board of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

    Twitter: @kncukier | Website:

  • Christoph Krachten
    Christoph Krachten

    Christoph Krachten founded the „VideoDays“, one of the most successful youth culture events of our time. He has organized Europe's largest gathering of online video producers and creators since 2011. The event, which originally was part of the Gamescom, takes place in Cologne and Berlin. After working as a television journalist and producer for many years (amongst others for WDR and RTL) Christoph recognized the potential of online videos as one of the first media professionals in Germany.

    Christoph Krachten is also a founder of Mediakraft Networks, a leading online video networks in Europe. Since 2009, he has also hosted „Clixoom” which is the most successful science show on YouTube in Germany.

    Twitter: @Krachten | Website:

  • Elton Rivas
    Elton Rivas

    Serial entrepreneur and triathlete Elton Rivas is well versed in the challenges of launching a company. Elton is the founder/co-founder/advisor of businesses ranging from construction to footwear to tech startups. Elton has a background in corporate marketing, but left that world behind with a goal to reinvigorate the local business climate in Jacksonville, Florida. To that end, he has launched CoWork Jax, downtown Jacksonville’s first coworking space, and co-founded OneSpark, a six-day event for creators where they can connect with the people and resources they need to make their great ideas reality. One Spark is the World's Largest Crowdfunding Festival.

    Twitter: @tristarter | Website:

  • Keira Havens
    Keira Havens

    Biotechnology is a fascinating and complex field, but it is often portrayed as a parody of itself - a scientist in lab coat and glasses, holding a syringe of blue liquid at a bench in an industrial clean room. Keira Havens is a scientist with a love of beauty, and as CEO of Revolution Bioengneering she's combined the two, making flowers that change color throughout the day. In her talk, she shares her vision of a vibrant and stunning future made possible through responsible innovation and the integration of computation, engineering, and biology. Keira wants to shatter some stereotypes; join her to learn how beautiful biotechnology can be.

    Twitter: @Keira_Havens | Website:

  • Andreea Sultan
    Andreea Sultan

    Andreea Sultan is a specialist in Human Resource area having worked for various Technology and Communication companies. Her career took her to India, France, Malaysia and now Germany. However, she started differently, with volunteer work at AIESEC, the world largest youth organisation. Out of this experience Andreea drew an abundance of unique insights into the views and minds of her fellow young colleagues. Combining these views with her professional knowledge, in 2014 she made her first appearance on a TED-like internal company event where she revealed „Why generation Y is not lost." Andreea holds a Master degree in International HR Management from University of Paris – Panthéon-Assas (Sorbonne).



  • Michael Schulte


3pm - 4pm Registration
4pm - 5:30pm Session 1
Arwed-Ralf Grenzbach & Stephan Balzer Welcome
Kenneth Cukier Data and the new humanism
Andrew Bastrawrous Eye exams? There's an app for that
Jennifer Goldbeck (TED Talk) The curly fry conundrum
Christoph Krachten Der endgültige Untergang der Wahrheit
Andreea Sultan How common technology users can shape the digital world
5:30pm - 6pm Break
6pm - 7:45pm Session 2
Dan Emodi It's how you say it - the science of emotions
Elton Rivas Moment(um) to create
Chris Milk (TED Talk) How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine
Keira Havens Biotechnology can be beautiful
Henrik Scharfe The BIG question
Michael Schulte Performance
Arwed-Ralf Grenzbach & Stephan Balzer Thank you & Goodbye
7:45pm End



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