Once a year the A1 Telekom Austria Group invites outstanding personalities to future.talk in order to give them the opportunity to present their inspiring views and perspectives. Since 2001 international "stars" from science, industry and politics such as Al Gore, Kofi Annan, Steve Wozniak, Sir Tim Berners-Lee or Sir Richard Branson have given guests of the Telekom Austria Group new food for thought. future.talk has become an institution. It is both dialogue platform and exchange of views, knowledge transfer and get-together for personalities from European and international industry, politics, media and science..

future.talk 2007-2014

2014: Brave News World. Why newsmakers and newstakers change.

future.talk2014Arianna Huffington, president and chief editor of "The Huffington Post" discussed with the German "media watchdog" Stefan Niggemeier the future of media.

Has the way we know journalism until today become obsolete? Will we have to do without a plurality of opinion, outstanding journalism and independent reporting in future? And what does it mean for our society if there is a fundamental change in the media? That the debate about old and new media and their relationship is obsolete, that a hybrid and convergent media model exists and that traditional media also do their work well online and new media invest in research and good journalism, thereof Arianna Huffington is convinced. Readers and viewers are the first time in the center, the "audience" tells the story.

2013: The Pioneer Effect. New Spirit For A New Tomorrow.

future.talk 2013Sir Richard Branson talked about how innovational spirit and entrepreneurship can be compatible with ecological and social engagement.

For the out-of-the-box thinker Branson it is not monetary aspects that have higher priority, but the highest social and ecological standards. Sustainable and responsible economic activity, as Branson practices it in his worldwide enterprises, demands an appropriate infrastructure: information and communication technologies constitute the key technologies for the fight against climate change and to close the digital gap.

2012: Me Myself and I – How does the Internet shape our thinking?

future.talk 2012Jared Cohen, Eli Pariser and Slavoj Žižek discussed "How does the Internet shape our thinking?".

Where we live, what we buy and where we travel: all this information has long since been stored in the Internet. The virtual world knows our decisions even before we know them ourselves. We are supplied with a daily set of information that perfectly appeals to our taste. This is very convenient. However, we should ask ourselves, to what extent is our reality affected by this? Does the Internet hold a mirror up before us that reads our minds, showing us a matching virtual image of the world?

2011: World Wild Web – Who rules the Internet Society?

future.talk 2011Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Anke Domscheit-Berg, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Antonia Rados discussed the topic “Who rules the Internet Society?”.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the WWW, Anke Domscheit-Berg, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Antonia Rados discussed the topic “World Wild Web. Who rules the Internet Society?”. Is it a democratic tool or are we on our way to becoming a surveillance society? What data can be found in the net today and who is following our digital footsteps in the World Wide Web? Berners-Lee advocated an open Internet and felt that the WWW developed as it did thanks to the freedom of the Internet.
2010: Manchine – from Mankind to Machine

future.talk 2010Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and futurologist Ray Kurzweil share their visions on the topic "Manchine" with us.

Everyday life at the push of a button: Machines have an increasing impact on our daily life. New technologies make our lives easier, lighten our workload and enable us to achieve top results in health and education. This simultaneously gives rise to the question: If man and machine are increasingly growing together, do we control technology or does technology control us?

At future.talk 2010, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and futurologist Ray Kurzweil share their visions on the topic "Manchine" with us. What impact does the fusion of man and machine have on each one of us and on our society?
2009: The Power of We

future.talk 2009Human networking has become an essential part of our lives.

“The Power of We” – the topic of our time. Whether collective intelligence or social networking, whether open source or work and everyday interactions, human networking has become an essential part of our lives. As an innovative company and the market leader in Austria, mobilkom austria is working intensely on this topic. The renowned neuroscientist Susan Greenfield and the co-founder of Facebook and director of Barack Obama’s online election campaign, Chris Hughes, shared with us their views on the situation.
2008: How to Grow Freedom

future.talk 2008Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan drew enthusiastic crowds to mobile.futuretalk 2008.

Kofi Annan drew enthusiastic crowds to mobile.futuretalk 2008: 960 people came to MuseumsQuartier. Kofi Annan underlined the relevance of the economy for global peace efforts and stability in crisis regions. "We are all in the same boat" said the UN-Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan and called upon Western societies to give globalisation a human touch. "The private sector and civil society have to cooperate with politics and NGOs in order to make sure that every country has fair chances in a globalised world."
2007: Is the Future Still Mobile?

future.talk 2007Al Gore is no doubt one of the most complex and impressive figures of our times: During his eight year term as Vice-President of the United States under Bill Clinton he kept pushing the development of the internet following his vision of the "Information Superhighways". His documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth" on his strategies against global warming won two Oscars. On October 24th Al Gore gave a presentation as key note speaker at the mobile.futuretalk 07 on the future of mobility. The event was organized by mobilkom austria and more than a thousand people listened to Mr. Gore's presentation.

2006: The Future is 10

future.talk 2006mobilkom austria celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Burgtheater in Vienna. More than 1.000 guests and prominent companions from politics, business, sports and culture came to congratulate Austria's leading mobile phone provider. In his keynote speech special guest Bob Geldof talked about the importance of building bridges between people by using the means of global communication. The show was hosted by ORF-anchor Ingrid Thurnher and Ö3-"mike-man" Tom Walek. Saint Privat and iANARA were among the show acts.

2005: Natural Speed

future.talk 2005Bertrand Piccard, world-champion balloonist and psychiatrist, presented his insights.

"Life is like a hot-air balloon ride. Only those who are ready to give up control and face the unknown are able to create something new. 'Natural Speed' is not always the speed we would like to see, but it is the one leading to success." Bertrand Piccard, world-champion balloonist and psychiatrist, presented his insights to 550 guests - representatives from politics, business and science. Among them were UN-representative and ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch, Bosnia-Herzegovina's ambassador Daria Krsticevic, the president of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Christoph Leitl and motivation research expert Sophie Karmasin. His theses were confirmed by neuroscientist Ernst Pöppel from Munich.
2004: Be Fit or Sexy

future.talk 2004550 guests came to the Museumsquartier in Vienna to see the performance of Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle on the 27th of October 2004. Both lamented the fact that people like to copy products, strategies and ideas of others. Why? In order to minimize their risk. However, this is very dangerous: Imitating others leads to nothing but "creative impotence" - a phenomenon already vividly described by the "Funksters" in their new book "Karaoke Capitalism".

2003: Social Currency

future.talk 2003"Content" does not serve the purpose of acquiring more information or knowledge, but is used for building and keeping up relationships. Douglas Rushkoff, US-specialist on cyber culture, new media and entertainment wowed a crowd of more than 500 visitors of mobile.futuretalk 2003. He explained the role "Social Currency" plays in our everyday lives and how companies which seek to be successful content providers have to take "Social Currency" into account.

2002: It’s a User-Controlled World

future.talk 2002Esther Dyson, the "First Lady of the internet", attracted an audience of 400 people from politics, business, culture and media to the Museumsquartier in Vienna. The same number of people joined in online. The US-author, Wallstreet analyst, investor in Russia and company owner Dyson focused on the rules of the game for the digital future in her presentation "It's a user-controlled world": more freedom on the one hand, protecting the rights of the individual on the other. A lively discussion with the audience evolved on topics such as "privacy on the internet" as well as on sociological and technical differences between the US and Europe concerning communication habits and behavior.

2001: Evalution

future.talk 2001The famous US trend scout Faith Popcorn, who coined the term "cocooning", came to Vienna in November 2001 as mobilkom austria's guest. At the mobile.futuretalk she spoke about "new female power" and its impact on marketing strategies.


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