City 2.0



How can we create cities that are innovative, soulful and thriving? TEDxHamburg “City 2.0” will attempt to answer this question on a global scale. Ideas are the new rock-n-roll and with half of the worldʼs population living in cities, the future is a key issue. How will our living conditions change? Healthcare? Energy? Mobility? TEDxHamburg has invited the movers, shakers and visionaries of this world to present their ideas and projects that are already or will be changing the future of our cities and ultimately our lives.


  • Robert Neuwirth
    Robert Neuwirth

    Robert Neuwirth is a writer and investigative reporter whose work challenges traditional notions of urban development. His most recent book, Stealth of Nations, documents the vigor of street markets and the promise of the informal economy as part of an inclusive and equitable development strategy. His prior book, Shadow Cities, argued that shantytowns are normal urban neighborhoods and that governments need to stop evictions and instead engage with squatters. His work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including, in Germany, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Financial Times Deutschland. Additionally he has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. In addition to his writing, Neuwirth has taught in the college program at Rikers Island, New York City's jail, and at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.  


  • David Zahle
    David Zahle

    David Zahle is a Partner at BIG and the Project and Design Architect responsible for many of BIG's award-winning projects. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences, which he ended up calling home with his family. During the same year David won the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital and subsequently followed it through to completion in 2006. He also leads the design of the Stavanger Concert House, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2004 for the world’s best concert house, the Magnakil Education Centre in the Faroe Islands and the Danish Maritime Museum from its concept stage in 2007 to completion in 2013. Recently David has overseen the design of many prominent projects including a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, the Qingdao Science Museum, the Experimentarium competition in Copenhagen and the prize winning Amagerforbrænding, Copenhagen’s new Waste-to-Energy Plant with an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope. In addition to his design success, David has lectured on BIG’s works throughout Europe and taught throughout Scandinavia.

    Website: | LinkedIn: David Zahle

  • Raul Krauthausen
    Raul Krauthausen

    Growing up in Berlin, Raul dedicated his life to creating change early on. He enrolled at the Berlin University of Arts, studied Design Thinking, created a campaign  for the Right Livelihood Award, trained as a radio host with a call-in show for people in emotional distress, confronting himself with poverty, abuse and loneliness in the dark niches of the welfare state.

    Reacting to these social issues with a spirit of inclusiveness, participation and entrepreneurship, Raul co-founded the SOZIALHELDEN  platform, a multi-award-winning group of extraordinary change makers, of which he is one of the creative masterminds. The group has a track record of creating successful, sustainable and well marketed social innovations, including “Pfandtastisch helfen!”, Germany’s most prominent recycling for social change project, and “SuperZivi”, a radio casting show for young change makers. While continuing to contribute to the SOZIALHELDEN, Raul now fully concentrates on growing the community.

    Twitter: @raulde | Website:

  • Thomas M. Hohenacker
    Thomas M. Hohenacker

    Thomas M. Hohenacker is a creator of innovative technologies and systems well as  as a new media entrepreneur.

    He founded and managed numerous international technology and media companies, combining talents from various sectors, in order to develop innovative solutions, especially for entertainment and information applications. Most recently, he focused on developing new systems for intelligent traffic management in large cities, such as allowing drivers to find free public street parking spaces fast and efficiently. In 2001 Hohenacker founded earthTV, which he managed as CEO until 2010. His mission was to connect people around our planet by producing programs such as ‘The World Live’. For this purpose, Hohenacker developed the largest, world-wide remote controlled camera network, delivering high quality live TV feeds from the most interesting international places and destinations. He established earthTV as one of the widest reaching daily programs out of Europe: 450 daily live programs in 16 different languages, reaching close to 2 billion people every day. Hohenacker was also a pioneer in the 3-D TV market and was the first to produce prime time 3-D events for leading international broadcasters, based on a 3-D patent he had acquired in the US.  Later he created his own 3-D production systems and methods. Hohenacker produced over 250 programs in 3-D for leading broadcasters such as BBC, TF1, Discovery Channel, RTL, Pro7, VOX, and 40 other channels and sold close to 300 Million patented 3-D glasses world-wide.

    LinkedIn: Thomas Hohenacker

  • Renier de Graaf
    Renier de Graaf

    As a partner of OMA Renier de Graaf is responsible for building projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including the Stadskantoor and Coolsingel mixed-use buildings in Rotterdam, the new G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam, and the Commonwealth Institute in London.  

    De Graaf also oversaw AMO’s involvement in energy policy and renewable energy planning, notably through Zeekracht in 2008, Roadmap 2050, and The Energy Report, in 2010.  

    Since 2010, De Graaf has been involved in The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, and continues to teach as part of its post-graduate educational program. De Graaf has recently turned his attention to curating, resulting in two exhibitions, On Hold at the British School in Rome in 2011 and the travelling exhibition Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013).

    Prior to working at OMA, De Graaf worked for architecture firms in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He holds an architecture diploma from Delft University and a masters degree in architecture from the Berlage Institute.


  • David Satterthwaite
    David Satterthwaite

    David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and editor of the international journal Environment and Urbanization. A development planner by training with a doctorate from the London School of Economics, he has also been working with the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1998 and contributed to the reports of the IPCC that was awarded  the  Nobel  Peace  Prize  in  2007. He is a visiting Professor at the Development Planning Unit, University College London and was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize in 2004. Most of his work has been on poverty reduction in urban areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America, undertaken with local teams.

    Twitter: @Dsatterthwaite | Website:

  • Sam Hill
    Sam Hill

    Sam Hill founded PAN Studio in 2011 with creative partner Ben Barker, a London-based design and research practice specializing in experiential and interaction design for installations and immersive theatre. In early 2013 PAN’s submission “Hello Lamp Post” was selected for the Playable City Award – an international commission by Watershed designed to provoke a discourse on play and experience with respect to the values of the Smart City. Sam studied design at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he is also a visiting tutor. In February Sam was invited by the British Council to UnBox festival in New Delhi, to talk about the values of experience design. His critical work and writing focuses on the future of experience industries, memory, sense augmentation and technology-for-narrative.


  • Fabienne Hoelzel
    Fabienne Hoelzel

    Fabienne Hoelzel has recently founded Fabulous Urban, an urban design and planning practice, focusing on large-scale projects in emerging and developing regions, based in Geneva, Switzerland, after working for one of Latin America‘s largest slum-upgrading programs as the Urban Design and Planning Program Coordinator at the Social Housing and Urban Development Authority Sehab, São Paulo, Brazil for three years. With Fabulous Urban she is currently involved with the regeneration plan for a low-income area (according to UN Habitat criteria a "slum") in Lagos, Nigeria, lead by Serac and supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation Nigeria. Fabienne was the assistant-curator of the 4th IABR 2009 "Open City: Designing Coexistence" to Kees Christiaanse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and previously worked with Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland, after studying Architecture in Switzerland and the US.

    Twitter: @FabienneHoelzel | Website:

  • Thomas Jelle
    Thomas Jelle

    Thomas Jelle is a Norwegian serial entrepre- neur with over 10 years of experience from managing and commercializing research and development projects. Jelle has founded or co- founded 5 ICT start-ups. One of them is Wireless Trondheim, which made Trondheim one of Europe’s rst municipal wireless cities. Today Wireless Trondheim has 25.000 monthly users. As an entrepre- neur and innovation strategist he has contributed with advice and presentations on how to accelerate innovation and reduce risks at several occasions around the world, including contributing when Obama launched a new Innovation strategy for the U.S. in 2010. Jelle also holds an Assistant Professor position in Department of Telematics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he also studied. Currently Jelle is working on a start-up utilizing indoor position data.

    LinkedIn: Thomas Jelle

  • Micha Becker
    Micha Becker

    Micha Becker studied Urban and Regional Planning in Hamburg (HCU) but de nes himself more as a Futureforcasting-Engineer

    and Gamer. He grew up in Africa during the era of the microchip and computer games. Today he explores the possibilities of mediatechnologies, game mechanics and the use of play as a cultural technique in the context of his research at the HafenCity University Hamburg and the Macromedia University of Media and Communication. He is convinced that the architecture of games and mediatechnology can create a framework with a strong impact beyond participation in the public sector, to involve people in urban planning projects. Beside his professional work, he is one of the co-founders and was second Chairman of the Oberhafen e.V. in 2012, which currently initiates a game-based bottom-up process for the Oberhafen area in Hamburg.

  • Boris Blank & Hakan Lidbo
    Boris Blank & Hakan Lidbo

    Boris Blank and Dieter Meier made music history as Yello and revolutionized electronic music far beyond German-speaking borders.

    The rst session of Yello was held in a car laboratory, where they recorded the sound of engines in order to transform them into songs. Yello shot all their music videos themselves and were seen less and less as
    a band, but more as an artist project. Several of
    their albums reached platinum status. Besides Yello, Zurich-based Blank also works as a composer for lm music and has his own music library at Extreme Music in Hollywood alongside musicians such as Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Massive Attack and many more. Håkan Lidbo, the smart producer from Stockholm has already released 300 records including every- thing from aspiring club music to acoustic experiments (he is represented by record labels such as Poker Flat and Shitkatapult). He has worked with artists such as Fatboy Slim, Depeche Mode and Yello. He also has his own radio show and organizes a festival in Sweden. He has sent music to space and has let monkeys from the Stockholm Zoo play on synthesizers.

  • Katell Gélébart
    Katell Gélébart

    Katell Gélébart is an autodidact, eco designer, multidisciplinary artist and the founder of 'Art D'Eco'. Since 1998, Katell has been developing and promoting the potential of re-using waste & unwanted materials in the field of design. She is a modern nomad and has been lecturing and teaching in many countries such as: New Zealand, Ukraine, India, the Netherlands, and Italy and many more. She also works with crafts and artisans in India. She gives lectures on Eco Design in different Design Academies around the world and works as a consultant in her fields of expertise. Katell has completed two Artist Residency program at the DUNE Eco Resort in South India. In 2012, she received the European Cultural Award by the A.Toepfer Foundation to honor her "creative visionary revisiting what’s already there".  In February 2013, her biography Die Mülldesignerin: Wie Katell Gélébart die Welt verändert was published by SCORPIO.


  • Steffen Braun
    Steffen Braun

    Steffen Braun has studied architecture and urban planning in Stuttgart, Buffalo and Tampere. Since 2009 he is research fellow and project manager the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart. His scientific focus covers the fields of building and mobility in the city of the future and relevant planning and transformation processes. As well, he is member of several committees regarding the topic of “future cities”. From 2011 on he has coordinated the Fraunhofer initiative Morgenstadt und currently head of the competence team “Urban Systems Engineering” at the Fraunhofer IAO with experts from architecture, urban planning, technology management and urban governance. In current research projects innovative technology concepts for the planning and realization of future urban buildings, quarters and infrastructures are to be developed multidisciplinary.


  • Julian Petrin
    Julian Petrin

    Julian Petrin is an urbanist and founder of the participartory think tank Nexthamburg. In 1998 he founded his Hamburg based urban planning of ce urbanista, specialising in strategic spatial visions and the communication of urban issues. In 2009 he founded Nexthamburg as a collaborative incubator for urban strategies and projects. With Nexthamburg, Petrin has created a comprehensive toolset for urbanistic crowd- sourcing. Since 2013, Nexthamburg has started transfering its participartory think tank model to other cities like Belgrade and Bangalore. Besides his entrepreneural work, Petrin is a member of the German Academy of Urban Design and Planning and a member of the German Foundation for Building Culture. He has received several awards for his work at the intersection of urban design and participation.

    Twitter: @julianpetrin | Website:


  • Roland Satterwhite
    Roland Satterwhite

    Roland Satterwhite was born in Canada in a small village of 40 people in the middle of the forest, because his father wanted to

    build a triangular space frame house there. At the age of ve they smuggled their cat across the border and moved to Seattle, where he started playing the Suzuki violin. When it was time to go to college, he was already playing the guitar and writing songs. After nishing college, Roland moved to New York and worked as a biologist.
    He played music, recorded albums, and one day discovered his love for playing Cuban music on the violin. He began improvising over those rhythms and eventually playing the violin became his full-time profession, with a focus on Latin music. He gave up Science and after several years of performing in New York, decided to move to Berlin. Since coming here, he has been working

    as a musician, making his living from performing, producing, and composing his music.


  • Cäthe

    Cäthe started creating music in 2005 in Hamburg. In 2011 she released her debut album “ich muss gar nichts”, which hit

    the charts and captured her audience by storm. Public appearances and interviews followed on Inas Nacht, ZDF-Morgenmagazin and the Harald Schmidt Show. This was followed by a successful tour with her band encompassing 28 shows in 30 days. Finally, Cäthe received the award for best author in the GEMA category “composition rock”. On June 14th of 2013, her new album “verschollenes tier” will be released. Cäthe’s Pop Punk music is inspired by autobiographical events.

    Twitter: @ichbincaethe


9am -10am Registration
10am - 11.30am Session 1
Robert Neuwirth D.I.Y. City
Raul Krauthausen Wheelmap
Thomas Hohenacker Clevercityparking
Roland Satterwhite           Performance
11.30am - 12pm Coffee Break
12pm - 1.40pm Session 2
Reinier de Graaf Foresight in Hindsight
David Satterthwaite How to Ensure Aid that Really does Empower Urban Poor
Cäthe Performance
Sam Hill Experiencing Cities
Fabienne Hoelzel Upgrade your slum
1.40pm - 3.15pm Lunch Break
3.15pm - 5.10pm Session 3
Thomas Jelle The Revolution of Position Data
Micha Becker Gaming 3.0 - User Created Cites
Boris Blank & Hakan Lidbo Yellofier
Katell Gélébart Trash is the Gold of Tomorrow
Steffen Braun Morgenstadt - How Technology Transforms Urban Cities
Julian Petrin How to Crowdsource the Future City




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