The Time is Now



The Time is Now!
We all have the same amount of time — 24 hours a day and yet most of us feel we never have enough. At least not enough to do the things we REALLY want to do. Even with today’s latest inventions in technology and science, we always seem to be running behind.

But isn't it about time? To find solutions to the most pressing issues and challenges that we face today and to tackle problems like climate change, poverty, immigration, violence, gender and economic inequities? To look for different outcomes? To challenge ourselves, and to make a change?

We explored what our speakers do with their time and how they make a difference. The Time is Now!




  • Andrew Doherty
    Andrew Doherty

    Andrew has been designing technology products since the internet was running at 11kb per second, and dial-up modems used to make those funny noises when phoning up the ISP.

    Andrew used computers and the internet as a means of escape to help forge a path out of the small country town in Queensland Australia where he grew up. He worked as a technology designer for more than a decade before ending up at Google, where he was tasked with dreaming up and building the future in a special projects division at the Google mothership in Mountain View, California.

    In 2016 he moved to Germany to form an advanced artificial intelligence startup in the heart of Berlin, where he and his team are working to build the world’s first Ai powered robot best friend.

    Twitter: @AndrewDoherty l Website:

  • Inna Braverman
    Inna Braverman

    Inna Braverman founded Eco Wave Power in 2011, at the age of 24, and recently chosen as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the world by (along with Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and others). With her leadership, Eco Wave Power installed the first commercial-scale wave energy array in Gibraltar, where Eco Wave Power is selling electricity to Gibraltar’s Electric Authority through a commercial scale Power Purchase Agreement. She is also responsible for securing 130MW of projects pipe-line for the company.

    Recently, Inna's personal journey was documented in a virtual reality film by Google, under the name "female planet", which will be published in the end of this month.

    She holds a BA in Political Science and English Language and Literature from Haifa University, and is one of the only women sitting on the TC114 Committee for Marine Energy in IEC, which sets international standards for all electric technologies.

    She was also selected by Smithsonian Magazine as one of eight young innovators with ingenious ideas for the future of energy and featured in the January 2017 issue of WIRED Magazine for her accomplishments and contributions in the wave technology field.

    Twitter: @EcoWavePower l Website:

  • Alex Deans
    Alex Deans

    Alex is a 19-year-old serial inventor, artist, and public speaker. He wasappointed as the Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in June 2017. At age 12, his chance encounter with a visually impaired woman inspired him to develop the iAid, a novel navigation device for the blind. His work on the iAid has taken him from visually impaired communities to winning second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as a member of Team Canada. The Organization of American States named the iAid one of the "Top 50 Ideas Worldwide for Technology in Health, Energy, and Medicine". A minor planet was named after Alex by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, with iAid exhibiting at Canada's national science museum. Alex spoke with Sir John Major KG, CH, PC and Prince Harry at 10 Downing Street around incubating leadership in July 2017.

    Alex is a highly sought-after speaker and media presence. He is currently on the national tour of WE Day speaking to over 160,000 youth about the importance of creativity in stadium-sized venues. He is the global ambassador for Royal Bank of Canada's #ChangeAgent program and has shared stages with world-renowned activists including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Magic Johnson, Katie Couric, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Alex was recognised as one of “Canada’s Future Leaders under 25” by Maclean’s magazine. He is the face of Mead/Five Star’s 2017 digitalcampaign around creativity in education, and will hold talks in Monte Carlo, Baltimore, and London around the themes of disability and leadership.

    Alex’s latest project has him teaming up with McCann Erickson (the team behind #FearlessGirl) and GM/Chevrolet to create a new technology to stop teens from texting and driving. The technology debuted at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.

    He harnesses his talents outside of science to tackle problems in unconventional ways. In his spare time, Alex is an avid artist who was first inspired after painting a portrait (below) of Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl. Alex competed for Team Canada in the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games in Grand Slalom and Ski Cross.

    Twitter: @alexmdeans | Website:

  • Alex Starritt
    Alex Starritt

    Alex Starritt is Media Director of Apolitical, the global network for public servants. He is also the author of the recent novel The Beast and the translator of works by Kafka, Brecht and Stefan Zweig. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Guardian, The Spectator, The Telegraph and the Huffington Post.

    Twitter: @StarrittAlex | Website:

  • Elisabeth Gniosdorsch
    Elisabeth Gniosdorsch

    Elisabeth Gniosdorsch loves a good argument. In 2012 she joined the Berlin Debating Union, a student’s debating society, soon competing on a national and international level. Aiming to spread the tools of debating she coached pupils in schools in Germany and university students in Germany and Sudan. These experiences have increased her interest in and awareness of the politics governing discourse itself, and the importance of sensible communication, especially in challenging environments. Therefore, Elisabeth likes to go where she can learn the most and engage in controversial topics, which led her to studying in Cairo, Egypt, interning for the German Ministry of Defence and the German Representation to the UN in Geneva, and currently working for a Berlin based think tank on the future of democracy. 

    Twitter: @gniosdorsch | Website:

  • Trent McConaghy
    Trent McConaghy

    Trent likes to build things that matter for humanity in the long term. He's working on democratizing data for the planet. This is via Ocean decentralized data exchange protocol & network, BigchainDB & IPDB blockchain database protocol & network, COALA IP protocol, and advising the Estonian E-residency program.

    Twitter: @trentmc0 | Website:

  • Kelsey Lents
    Kelsey Lents

    Kelsey Lents comes from an interdisciplinary background grounded in architecture, business and the liberal arts. She received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.Arch from Columbia University and is completing her M.B.A from Georgetown University. Kelsey is the co-founder of Hatch Workspace, which redefines working parenthood in the gig economy by integrating co-work and childcare programs. She is also the co-founder of SEArch+, a research and design organization that guides aerospace firms towards human-centric solutions. The Mars Ice House project, a 3D printed ice habitat developed by SEArch+ and CloudsAO, won the 2015 NASA Centennial Challenge for its innovative use of material to reconnect humans to their environment.

    Prior to returning to academia, Kelsey practiced architecture in New York City and taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design. She specialized in office design, working with c-suites to redesign human interactions and team dynamics by innovating their workplace. This focus on the intersection between people and space and, in particular, the influence of environment on human mindsets, defines her work with SEArch+ and Hatch Workspace. Having previously lived in Berlin as a Fulbright Fellow, she is thrilled to be returning to Germany with TEDx.

    Twitter: @klents2 | Website:

  • Tarek Alsaleh
    Tarek Alsaleh

    Tarek Alsaleh, half German, half Syrian, has always been fascinated by the transformative power of play, and how it overcomes all differences.  He set up his first NGO in Syria in 2007 running sport, music and play projects in prisons, with refugees and in safe houses for vulnerable women and girls.  Since then Tarek has gone on to support over 60,000 refugees across the Middle East and beyond through using sport and play.

    Tarek’s work has been recognised by the BMW Foundation Award for Responsible Leaders, the Anna Lindh Euro-Med Dialogue Award and Beyond Sport in partnership with UNICEF for Sport for Conflict Resolution.

    Tarek is now transforming his organisation into a network model that continues to support the many grassroots projects he started off in the Middle East, as well as amplify the impact of individual Changemakers across the globe.  He believes in local people creating their own change and is now launching a Changemaker Hub.

    “Internationals, we want to help, but we step in and then step away. Local people stay. By releasing a Changemakers’ potential we help create change that is sustainable and far reaching.”

    An innovative thinker, Tarek was the first person to use sport as a development tool in Syria, the first person to bring capoeira as a psychosocial tool systematically to refugee camps in Palestine and in Jordan, and a pioneer in the use of digital and tech solutions to working in conflict zones, including with the unbanked.

    Tarek’s model of a network of support is also thinking beyond more traditional solutions to helping refuges.  “The digital era opens up so many possibilities, but we need to marry a human presence with technology, an app alone is not a solution, only a doorway”

    Tarek has an MoU with the Brazilian Government, and is a recognised speaker and thinker on issues on sport, development and refugees.

    Twitter: @tak_als | Website:

  • Amelie Salameh
    Amelie Salameh

    10 m² big, 2.50 meters wide, 4 meters long, 4 meters high, moveable, self-sufficient. These are not the dimensions of Amelie but the ones of her house. Together with the Tinyhouse University, Amelie is managing a one-year research project called the Bauhaus Campus in collaboration with the Bauhaus Museum Berlin. A village of minimalistic houses on wheels with huge impact. Amelie is a board member of the NGO which is addressing challenges of growing cities and communities. Their goal is to create new models of social neighbourhoods. Their tools are architecture and the belief that diversity makes a village stronger than common sense. She helped building the Holy Foods House – a self-sufficient Foodsharing house that functions as a place of encounter, research and active trade in relation to a sustainable lifestyle. Currently Amelie also works as the Head of Marketing at CABIN SPACEY – a start-up that conquers empty roofs of Berlin with smart cabins for urban nomads. Before coming to Berlin, she graduated in Information Management, wrote her thesis about Artificial Intelligence as a Commons and therefore interviewed experts in the Silicon Valley.



  • Anna Lena Schnabel
  • Florian Weber


1pm -2pm Registration
2pm - 3:15pm Session 1
Alexander Starritt What happens when you read the news
Elisabeth Ginosdorsch Strengthening Debates by Strengthening your Opponent
Andrew Doherty Why should technology take care about us?
Tarek Alsaleh Here's how you help: shake hands and scrape paperwork
Amelie Salameh The future of urban living and how we can change it
3:15pm - 4:45pm Coffee Break
4:45pm - 6:15pm Session 2
Anna-Lena Schnabel & Florian Weber Performance
Kelsey Lents Building a Home: From Earth to Mars
Trent McConaghy A new data economy with power to the people
Inna Braverman The Wave Energy Poker
Alex Deans Life sessions of a teen inventor
6:15pm End




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