TEDxDanubia 2014

2014-05-15 Uránia, 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 21.

The Age of Uncertainty


We live in uncertain times, probably more so than ever before. The pace of change is accelerating, the amount of information and choices is overwhelming. A merging biological and technological revolution is transforming our reality. The gap between rich and poor has widened to unprecedented levels. Population growth and human induced ecological changes are creating unforeseeable risks on a planetary scale. The balance of power is shifting rapidly between East and West, North and South, while the whole planet is becoming defined increasingly by interconnectedness and interdependency, and our capacity to meet the new challenges is greater than ever.


At the same time we are losing sight of or even faith in our traditional reference points and guiding posts. New challenges, new threats and new opportunities await us behind every corner. Opportunities have never been greater and more widespread. But our world is also filled with the sense of crisis of all kinds, from financial to moral, from global to personal. What kind of world are we heading towards? Are we on the brink of a new phase of our evolution? How do we find our own way in this new world? How do we make wise choices in a new and uncharted territory when so much is at stake? How do we find meaning and purpose to our lives? What does progress mean? How do we turn the new and threatening challenges into opportunities?


At TEDxDanubia 2014, we explore these timely questions and more through pre-conference workshops and special programs, three consecutive main stage sessions (’Living Together’ – ’Progress Enigma’ – ‘Changing the Game’) and intense conversation breaks.


The TEDxDanubia application process is similar to the application to larger TED.com events. First, you need to register a user account profile on our website. After login, just select and apply to the event using the [Apply] button on the event page. Wait for the approval email after the current application round (March 6-31 & April 1-30, 2014 respectively). If your application is approved you will be issued a payment request to transfer the attendance fee or pay it online by card. Once you have paid for the ticket, just check your invoice and bring it along to the event.


Participation fee: HUF 31750 (HUF 25000 + 27% VAT)


The participation fee also includes the expenses of food and drink consumption at the days of the event as displayed on the final invoice in accordance with Hungarian tax laws. Purchased tickets are not refundable and/or transferable.

Since TEDxDanubia invites an international line-up of speakers and attendees, the majority of the talks will be in English. Both English-Hungarian and Hungarian-English simultaneous translation will be available for all TEDxDanubia talks.

TEDxDanubia reserves the right to make changes to the final conference program.


The standard application was closed on April 30. Only pre-issued codes are eligible to use the application form below.


0830 - 10 30
    0900 - 10 00

    As a new addition to the program, similarly to TED conferences, in 2014 we will introduce the TEDxUniversity morning session. These talks will be shorter, only 3 to 9 minutes with an even more open and informal atmosphere. TEDxUniversity speakers come mostly from the TEDxDanubia community: former speakers or attendees who have already shared their inspiring ideas with us. This one-hour-long morning session will be an intensive yet casual addition to our program with intriguing ideas, surprising machines and intelligent humor. Don’t miss out!

    • Duda Ernő
      Duda Ernő

      Duda ErnőDuda Ernő

      Ernő Duda, is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Solvo Biotechnology, Hungary’s largest independent biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Duda is also Founder and President of the Hungarian Biotechnology Association, Co-Founder and Chairman of Aquincum Technology Incubator, and Co-Founder and Senior Consultant...
    • Horváth Ágnes
      Horváth Ágnes

      Horváth ÁgnesHorváth Ágnes

      Ágnes Horváth sleep trainer, pilgrim, hiker and blogger suffered from insomnia at one stage in her life. As in Hungary there are but a few specialists who can provide valuable assistance in this field, she sought her own solution to the problem: for years she studied various foreign journals and mag...


      Tamás Somlyó and Ádám Lányi were undergraduate students at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics when they first encountered the magical effect caused by the special law of physics formulated by the German physicist H.F.E. Lenz. Based on Lenz's Law, the university mates created a super...
    • Farkas Izsák
      Farkas Izsák

      Farkas IzsákFarkas Izsák

      Izsák Farkas violinist graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. Currently he plays the title role in Fiddler on the Roof that has been staged at one of the most prestigious Hungarian theatres, Vígszínház, Budapest. He plays in a number of Hungarian bands, including InFusion Trio, ...
    • Bujdosó Attila
      Bujdosó Attila

      Bujdosó AttilaBujdosó Attila

      Attila Bujdosó is an architect who wants to design not only buildings but the whole world. He is especially interested in the field where technology, culture and society meets and interacts. He envisions that webitics emerging in this liminal space will once replace the current political structures....
    • Kökéndy Ákos
      Kökéndy Ákos

      Kökéndy ÁkosKökéndy Ákos

      Ákos Kökéndy Waldorf teacher, class teacher. He started his university studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine, but later he switched over to the University of Debrecen (Kossuth Lajos University), majoring in teaching biology and chemistry. After his graduation, he started teaching at Pest...
    • Kutor László
      Kutor László

      Kutor LászlóKutor László

      László Kutor is an Associate Professor at the John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics, Óbuda University. He earned his PhD in informatics engineering at the Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Pannonia (former University of Veszprém) and his PhD in Psychology at the Faculty of Art...
    0900 - 10 00
    Doing Business in the Age of Uncertainty

    - in co-operation with PricewaterhouseCoopers -

    Talks and discussion from different perspectives how we can manage our businesses and lives in the rapidly changing local and global economies, environment, technology, cultural and political environment. How to grow, how to survive and how to feel good? 

    Please note that seats are limited to the workshop and are available on a first comes first served basis. 

    Moderated by Robert Bencze, PwC 

    Stuart Schulzke - Fora.tv
    Tyson Andrus - Kickstart Seedfund
    Csaba Horváth - Budapest Taxi

    This workshop will be held in English without simultaneous translation. 

      1045 - 12 45
      Session 1: Living Together

      In an interconnected world, on an ever smaller planet, on both a micro and a macro scale, we share our destiny. We have to live, survive, succeed and solve our challenges together. This session is about differences and diversity, cooperation and compassion, shared challenges and surprising perspectives.

      • Taghi Amirani
        Taghi Amirani

        Taghi AmiraniTaghi Amirani

        Taghi Amirani is an Iranian physicist turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. He studied Physics at Nottingham University, but when the time for his final year project arrived, instead of doing something in the lab, he produced a documentary film, Shades of Black, about an imaginary journey into...
      • Salvatore Iaconesi
        Salvatore Iaconesi

        Salvatore IaconesiSalvatore Iaconesi

        Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. He has been a TED Fellow since 2012 and Eisenhower Fellow since 2013. Among other acclaimed institutions he teaches Near Future Design at the Faculty of Architecture of the “La Sapienza” University of Rome and ISIA Des...
      • Nemes Orsolya
        Nemes Orsolya

        Nemes OrsolyaNemes Orsolya

        Orsolya Nemes, everyday explorer, presentation designer and trainer. Her story is a characteristically ‘generation Y’ one: she studied in Germany, Budapest and Finland. After graduation she got a job at one of Hungary's leading consulting firms. She first enthusiastically engaged with the world of m...
      • Baróthy Anna
        Baróthy Anna

        Baróthy AnnaBaróthy Anna

        Anna Baróthy, founder of S39 (Szövetség'39), a Hybrid Design Manufacture where she works as the leader of the atelier. She studied Design and Sculpting in Pécs and Budapest. She graduated at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in 2002 and finished her DLA (Doctor of Liberal Arts) program at Uni...
      • Balázs Gergely
        Balázs Gergely

        Balázs GergelyBalázs Gergely

        Gergely Balázs is a zoologist, cave speleologist and diving instructor. As the leading biologist of the international Proteus Project and a PhD student at the Department of Systematic Zoology and Ecology of the Institute of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Eötvös Lóránt University, his research...
      • Boggie

        Boggie Boggie

        Boggie (Boglárka Csemer) singer has been addicted to music and singing ever since she was a little girl. As a child she studied classical singing, jazz and piano, and performed at various folk music competitions receiving numerous awards. In 2006 she spent a both professionally and personally inspi...
      • Honti Pál
        Honti Pál

        Honti PálHonti Pál

        Pál Honti has led a rather colorful life: he is a mathematician, programmer, financial expert, serial entrepreneur, game designer, education researcher, consultant. But being a techno adventurer and techno futurist is the best job he can imagine: he is being paid to spend his time with those who are...
      • Scott Summit
        Scott Summit

        Scott SummitScott Summit

        Scott Summit seeks to connect complex human needs with design and technology solutions. To this end, he founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010, based on 20 years of experience and research in design and additive fabrication (an example of which may be individualized or personalized artificial limbs). B...
      • Forgács Gábor
        Forgács Gábor

        Forgács GáborForgács Gábor

        Dr. Gábor Forgács is a theoretical physicist turned bioengineer turned innovator and entrepreneur. He is the George H. Vineyard Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Executive and Scientific Director of the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University an...
      1245 - 14 00
      Lunch break
        1400 - 16 00
        Session 2: Progress Enigma

        In a multipolar and fast changing world, where one-size-fits-all solutions and ideologies seem increasingly obsolete, how do we define progress? And how do we find meaning? Where are we heading and what does it mean? What’s shaping our new world and how do we make sense of that? This session is about game changers and the big picture, alternatives to the status quo and moral dilemmas, limitations of reality and visionary success strategies.

        • Baranyi József
          Baranyi József

          Baranyi JózsefBaranyi József

          József Baranyi is a biomathematician, who has been working in the United Kingdom since 1990. He is the Head of the Computational Microbiology Research Group of the Institute of Food Research, which is a member of the Norwich Bioscience Institutes. His interest includes the mathematical modelling of ...
        • Antal Miklós
          Antal Miklós

          Antal MiklósAntal Miklós

          Miklós Antal, economist, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He now studies macroeconomic aspects of sustainability transitions, yet previously he was engaged with energy modeling at the Central European University in Budapest. He got his PhD in economics and MSc ...
        • Nógrádi György
          Nógrádi György

          Nógrádi GyörgyNógrádi György

          György Nógrádi geopolitics and security policy expert, graduated as an economist at Corvinus University Budapest and still considers himself primarily as one although his opinion is considered and acknowledged in geopolitical and security policy questions, he has appeared in several hundred radio an...
        • Bobby Sager
          Bobby Sager

          Bobby SagerBobby Sager

          Bobby Sager is tough-minded businessman who made a fortune by seeing opportunity where others haven't, Bobby was a driving force behind the spectacular growth of Gordon Brothers Group. Bobby joined Gordon Brothers in 1986 when it was a small Boston-based jewelry business. Today, Gordon Brothers is a...
        • Süveg Márk Saiid
          Süveg Márk Saiid

          Süveg Márk SaiidSüveg Márk Saiid

          Márk Saiid Süveg, is a slam poet and a member of Akkezdet Phiai, an underground rap-group fusing contemporary poetry with hip-hop music to such acclaim that their work has became part of high school curriculum. He is an emblematic figure of the Hungarian slam poetry scene, having received recognitio...
        • Nyáry Krisztián
          Nyáry Krisztián

          Nyáry KrisztiánNyáry Krisztián

          Krisztián Nyáry - writer, literary historian - has taught history of poetry at the University of Pécs for a few years but left teaching in the 90’s and has been working as a communication advisor ever since. He has directed a market leading PR-agency, has been the communication advisor of thousand e...
        • Marge

          Marge Marge

          Marge is a singer-songwriter-composer. She made her debut in December 2010 with her album 'And' that is available for free download. Her song 'My Way' became one of the most frequently played hits on Music Television and Music Channel 1. Her interpretation of Liszt's 'Rhapsody' was used for a Liszt ...
        • Laurie Garrett
          Laurie Garrett

          Laurie GarrettLaurie Garrett

          Laurie Garrett is the only writer to have won the “Three Ps” of journalism: the Pulitzer, Peabody, and Polk Awards. She is the author of three books and Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She took undergraduate and graduate studies in biology and immunology at the U...
        1600 - 17 00
        Conversation break
          1700 - 19 00
          Session 3: Changing the Game

          We live in a whirlwind of changes. And when things move fast around us, we need to act and react faster too. But when we move fast, even small changes can result in large impact and far reaching consequences: from our personal lives to large scale global challenges. The world we have inherited from the 20th century is under pressure in a multitude of ways. We need to respond. But how? And what really makes a difference? This session is about stakes and opportunities, decision points and long term perspectives, the power of making choices and the need to act.

          • Kádár Annamária
            Kádár Annamária

            Kádár AnnamáriaKádár Annamária

            Annamária Kádár is a psychologist, currently working as a teacher at Babes-Bolyai University, training teachers at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Târgu Mures. She is a regular visiting academic scholar and co-editor of a weekly programme at Radio Transylvania FM and a live sho...
          • Nikhil Goyal
            Nikhil Goyal

            Nikhil GoyalNikhil Goyal

            At age 18, Nikhil Goyal is an activist and author of the forthcoming book Skipping Class. He is currently working on the City as the School Experiment and a Student Bill of Rights. He has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC and FOX and has written for the New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, and Forbes. An in...
          • Pozsár Péter
            Pozsár Péter

            Pozsár PéterPozsár Péter

            Péter Pozsár, architect, graduated with honors at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest in 2005. Now teaching at the same institution, he seeks to integrate a larger, more complex social perspective into architectural education. Besides teaching, he leads a Research Lab on Social Archite...
          • Kenyeres István
            Kenyeres István
            Creative ecologist, biotechnologist

            Kenyeres IstvánKenyeres István Creative ecologist, biotechnologist

            István's talk will be in English.

            Chemical engineer and biotechnologist István Kenyeres is the founder and President of the Biopolus Institute, a non-profit private R&D organization. With his team of biotechnologists and informat...

          • Freelusion

            Freelusion Freelusion

            Freelusion, dance group specialized in creating noval experiences by combining 3D video-mapping with contemporary dance in their shows.

          • Andrew Hessel
            Andrew Hessel

            Andrew HesselAndrew Hessel

            Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group, which is developing advanced software tools for designing living and nanoscale systems. Trained in microbiology and genetics, his work explores the real and imagined technological, societal, and economic ...
          • Emily Levine
            Emily Levine

            Emily LevineEmily Levine

            Emily Levine is a philosopher, comedian and oracle who lectures on science and the human condition. She is currently in post-production on "Emily @ the Edge of Chaos", a film that asks, "What's wrong with the world?" "What can one brainiac comedian do to help?" And "If a film with Al Gore explaining...
          • Sena Dagadu
            Sena Dagadu

            Sena DagaduSena Dagadu

            Sena Dagadu is a conspicuously unique and lively character of the Hungarian music scene who, after almost ten years of working on various projects and being the lead singer for Irie Maffia (a band mixing elements of reggae, hip-hop, funk, rock and dancehall, considered one of the best concert bands ...