Dreamers - Prototyping Tomorrow



In this confusing, complex and sometimes bizarre reality of ours, dreams matter more than ever. Challenges have always required people to step up, to think big, and to follow their dreams. This years TEDxHamburg will be dedicated to these dreamers - to people who imagine, invent and innovate. To those amongst us who have ambitious plans, small or big, and who are willing to reinvent the wheel to follow them through and prototype our tomorrow. Their reality is as wondrous as it is limitless. Join us to share their dreams!



  • Merete Sanderhoff
    Merete Sanderhoff

    Merete is driven to open up the cultural heritage of Europe to the needs and ideas of 21st century people. She has worked for more than ten years at SMK – the national gallery of Denmark to open up digitally the museum’s vast collections – and not least to encourage people to actively re-use them for research, learning, innovation, new creativity and fun! Her motto ‘Sharing is Caring’ forms the baseline for her work in local and international communities such as Wiki Labs Culture and Europeana. It’s also the name of her conference Sharing is Caring, which has set the agenda for openness in the global cultural heritage community since 2011. From 2017-18, she chaired the Europeana Network Association – Europe’s network for professionals working in cultural heritage – and now serves on the EU Commission’s Expert Sub-Group on Digital Cultural Heritage & Europeana. In 2018, she won the Danish Open Data Award for her commitment to foster collaboration between local wikipedians and cultural institutions in Denmark.

    Twitter: @MSanderhoff | Facebook: @merete.sanderhoff | Website:

  • Shitshow

    When Luisa, Johanna and Nele became friends, they had already worked in the communication sector for a good few years During numerous pillow talks it turned out that they did not only share a passion for great design, copywriting and strategy but also experiences with mental illness. From there it was only a small step to founding SHITSHOW, a communications agency in the field of Mental Health. As SHITSHOW, Johanna, Luisa and Nele give workshops and lectures, organize exhibitions and build design objects with the aim to connect, inform and empower people. In so doing, their priority is to take a light hearted stance on a topic that is still a taboo not only in Germany. SHITSHOW has received the Berlin Startup Stipendium and the „Kultur- und Kreativpiloten“ award from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

    Facebook: @theshitshowberlin | Instagram: @theshitshowberlin | Website:

  • Ross Harding
    Ross Harding

    Ross is a creative sustainability professional with an academic background in engineering and finance. He provides sustainability advice and cost/benefit analysis on architectural projects ranging from houses to city widemasterplans & ski resorts. Architecture firms include internationally recognised firms such as Foster + Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Adjaye Associates and Grimshaw Architects. Ross has lived and worked as a consultant in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Stockholm, Mexico & Berlin. Acknowledging that the barriers to transform cities to become self-sufficient are as much about technology & finance as they are people, Ross started to focus on the creative and cultural aspects of sustainability. Since then, Ross and his team have worked on creative sustainability initiatives ranging from solar powered events with Vivienne Westwood in London to sustainability road trips & film making with Design Hotels in Germany.

    Instagram: @finding_infinity | Facebook: @wearefindinginfinity | Website:

  • Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini
    Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini

    Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini is a global citizen, who lived in three continents, who finds the biggest joy in learning new languages and cultures. She was born in Morocco, studied Telecommunications Engineering in Spain, Project Management in Germany and Chinese in China. After spending some years developing hardware in Spain and a stopover in Shanghai during the world Expo in 2010, Kenza joined T-Systems International in Berlin. She has a track record managing big projects, such as ICT outsourcing tenders, agile transformations, new IT applications or designing a new network architecture for Deutsche Telekom.

    Currently she is Senior Manager for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. In this role, Kenza is driving the RPA and AI solutions within the IT department of Deutsche Telekom.

    In December 2018 Kenza won the Digital Female Leader Award in the category IT/Tech, for her engagement and commitment for more Diversity in the IT world.

    Twitter: @KenzaAbbou | Website: | LinkedIn: Kenza Ait Si Abbou

  • Jesper K. Strange Kjeldsen
    Jesper K. Strange Kjeldsen

    Jesper K. Strange Kjeldsen is co-founder of the Danish water company “Postevand” – The Danish word for tapwater.

    People say that sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. It’s the same with water. In fact, some of the best and cleanest water is right within arm’s reach – from the tap. But what do you drink when you’re far from a tap? Postevand (Danish for tapwater) is some of the worlds best ground water, packaged in eco-friendly FSC cartons and always shipped over the shortest distance possible. Notably, Postevand asks people not to buy their product on the carton. For this, and his work against the overcrowded and blurry market of bottled water, Jesper has been awarded as Idealist of the Year 2015 in Denmark.

    LinkedIn: Jesper Krogh Strange Kjeldsen | Website:

  • Annekatrin Brünig
    Annekatrin Brünig

    Annekatrin has studied political sciences and law and is a researcher, founder, ambassador for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a person with the vision to change the world into a better place. Annekatrin has lived in New Zealand, Australia and Japan for many years and worked for different educational institutions as well as for the UN.

    Annekatrin has the big dream to improve life conditions for all people around the world. During her studies she pursued the aim to work for the United Nations but soon she recognized that there is a huge gap between the work of the UN and its public perception and that the people do not feel included in the process. For this reason Annekatrin made up her mind to serve as a connector between the UN and the people and to inspire the latter to get involved in the solution processes.

    Annekatrin is working with students and young people in general in order to present options on how to participate. She inspires and motivates them to be the change that they wish to see in their future. Therefore Annekatrin has co-founded a cultural organization and a lab which serves as a future technology lab as well as a smart citizen lab.

    For this reason Annekatrin is a dreamer who is prototyping the future.

    LinkedIn: Annekatrin Bruenig | Website:

  • Filippo Yacob
    Filippo Yacob

    A Forbes 30 under-30 class of 2017 honoree, Filippo Yacob is the co-founder of Primo Group, an award-winning global educational technology company that helps children learn 21st-century skills. Primo’s first product, Cubetto, is a coding robot and the most crowdfunded ed-tech invention in Kickstarter’s history. Cubetto has introduced more than 1 million children ages 3+ to coding in over 100 countries. Filippo’s latest invention, Pigzbe, is an IxDA award-winning digital pocket money system, allowing children ages 6+ and families to learn how to earn, save, budget and spend through a fun educational app, the Pigzbe Piggy Wallet™️ and their very first cryptocurrency, Wollo™️. Pigzbe will launch in summer 2019.

    Twitter: @filippo_yacob | Website:

  • Simon Anholt
    Simon Anholt

    Simon Anholt has advised the presidents, prime ministers and governments of 55 countries during the last twenty years, helping them to engage more imaginatively and effectively with the international community, and to ‘make the world work better’.  

    He also publishes the Good Country Index, a survey that ranks countries on their contribution to humanity and the planet, and in 2016 launched the Global Vote, which enables anybody in the world to vote in the elections of other countries.

    Simon’s TED talk launching the Good Country Indexhas received 5.6 million views, and his more recent one launching the Global Vote, over a million.

    Professor Anholt is the author of five books about countries, cultures and globalisation. He is the founder and Editor Emeritus of a leading academic journal focused on public diplomacy and perceptions of places, and publishes a major global study measuring the international standing of fifty countries and fifty cities, the Anholt-IPSOS Nation Brands Index and City Brands Index.

    Twitter: @SimonAnholt | Website:

  • Janina Lin Otto
    Janina Lin Otto

    In order to turn the food world into a better place, Janina founded Frau Ultrafrisch - a bistro and catering company for regional, self-made food in Hamburg in 2011.

    To encourage even more people to eat good fast food, she decided to develop instant meals and soups as well as breakfast bowls and ready to eat smoothie snacks in 2016. All of them are 100% natural, high-quality and delicious products sold via the German retail market and her online shop.

    Because good food develops by a good spirit, she founded the Holistic foundation together with her husband in 2018 to promote a better world in the future. As part of this the two are planning an education centre in Hamburg for life-long individual and strengths based learning.

    Besides this, they established the, a coworking space in Hamburg’s Zippelhaus that enables entrepreneurs the way into independence, through mutual exchange and rent at cost rates. Janina was born in Hamburg and studied business administration at CAU Kiel. Her thesis was dedicated to the value of food in Germany. She plans her future on a self-sufficient organic farm in the north of Hamburg.



  • Oded Kafri
    Oded Kafri

    Drummer Oded Kafri  is a solo artist, a one-man party and YouTube phenomenon with over a million hits. He has taken his stage and street shows all over the world, playing some of the biggest festivals and clubs in many different territories. Just to name a few: KOKO London, Greenman Festival UK, Namm Show California, World Percussion Festival New Delhi and Earth Garden Festival Malta. He takes his audience on a seamless and energetic journey, in which they can dance and marvel at his ability. All the while he is mixing styles in the vain of a DJ and giving the audience a live music experience as the “DJ Of The Drums”.

    Oded first started to play the drums at the age of 10 practicing at his family home bomb shelter in Tel Aviv Israel. As a teenager Oded Kafri lived and studied music in Paris France, which shaped his musical direction and exposed him to Jazz and world music. In his twenty’s he was an acclaimed session player. In 2008, Kafri was asked to accompany Israeli Singer David d’Or on his world tour which included Womad Festival, UK and Arenas. In 2009 Kafri moved from Tel Aviv to London where he played the drums for the Koby Israelite group performing in high prestige venues. Kafri’s street performances gave him recognition world wide with an on growing following through YouTube and other social media platforms. In December 2011 Kafri joined Beatboxer Beardyman at his Brixton Electric Show. From 2012 he became A Murat Diril Cymbals Endorser. Oded Kafri has been on the road for over a decade in his ‘Drum The World’ initiative and has strong fan bases all over Europe and the UK. Oded Kafri has released three studio albums “Rhythm for Dancing Lessions Vol. 2”, “The Drum Machine Project” and most recently with his new Band in Hamburg the EP titled “Drum The World”. Oded Kafri currently lives in Hamburg Germany, where he is already well known through regional TV and press reports. He was also invited to give a “TEDx Talk” to tell his inspiring story and was featured for the “Kutiman-Mix Hamburg” in 2016. He is signed artist of Off Ya Tree Records and Broken Silence Distribution. In May 2017 he became a presenter for the high end homespeakers Avantgarde Acoustic at the High End Exebition in Munich.

    Facebook: @ODEDKAFRIFANPAGE | Instagram: kafrioded

  • Marialy Pacheco
    Marialy Pacheco

    The biggest appreciation so far of Marialy Pacheco’s qualities has been the winning of the Montreux Jazzfestival Solo Piano Competition 2012. She is the first woman to win this prize in 15 years history of the competition.

    Born in Havana 1983, Marialy Pacheco was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age at the Conservatorio Alejandro García Caturla. At 15 she attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes, followed by three years of composition studies under Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana. In 2002 she won the Cuban competition Jo-Jazz, with Grammy award-winner Chucho Valdes presiding over the jury. Two years later she recorded her first album “Bendiciones”. The pianist moved to Germany, toured through Europe – both solo and with her trio – and built international reputation.

    On the occasion of the 185-year-old jubilee of Bösendorfer, Marialy Pacheco guested in 2013 as the only Jazz-Act, beside classical stars like Valentina Lisitsa and Maria Mazo in the Musikverein Wien. In 2014, Marialy was announced as first female jazz pianist worldwide to be an official „Bösendorfer Artist“.

    In spring 2014, her new album "Introducing" (Neuklang/Edel:Kultur) was released. After several solo albums, it is a trio album, with Juan Camilo Villa Robles on bass and Miguel Altamar de la Torre (both from colombia) on drums. As "special guests" she got the honor to get german trumpet player and Echo Jazz Winner Joo Kraus, even moroccan Rhani Krija, the Percussionist of STING.

    In August 2014, she gave her debut as classical pianist and showed her musical variety, when she performed Bach’s g-moll concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane/Australia, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno Marialy Pacheco performed at national and international festivals like Montreux Jazz Festival, Aalener Jazzfest, Enter Music Festival (Poland), St. Moritz Art Masters, Rheingau-Musik-Festival, ZMF Freiburg, Jazzfestival Oloron (France) Audi Jazzfestival, Ingolstädter Jazztage, Piano City Milano, Havana Jazzfestival and at Beethovenfestival Bonn.

    In June 2016, she presented the project “Danzon Cubano” together with WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, even presented on Live-Stream at ARTE TV concerts. The project was represent in September 2016 at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. In summer 2016, she performed as a soloist at the Rheingau Musik Festival with "Cuban European Orchestra", conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. In January, 2017 she guested as a soloist with the legendary “Filmorchester Babelsberg” in the sold out Nikolaisaal in Potsdam. In April 2017, Marialy released the new album "DUETS" – quite an intimate and many-faceted album to which to itself Marialy Pacheco has invited her favourite musicians and friends, like Hamilton de Holanda, Omar Sosa, Joo Kraus, Rhani Krija, Miguel Zenon and Max Mutzke.

    In summer 2017, she guested again at Montreux Jazzfestival and gave her debut in legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
    In September 2017 Marialy presented the project "Danzon Cubano" with the WDR Radio Orchestra, conducted by Gordon Hamilton in the sold out Philharmonie Köln. In January 2018, Marialy was invited by the German Ambassador to perform 2 concerts in Cuba and afterwards, she played at the International Jazzfestival in Port-au-Prince in Haiti.

    In February 2018 she presented her first Italy-Tour together with trumpet player Joo Kraus with concerts in Milan, Naples, Catania and Palermo, followed by summer concerts in Bari, Fiesole and Sardinia. During summer and fall 2018, Marialy played in various line ups presentig "DUETS" with Omar Sosa at the „Woman in Jazz“ Festival, with Rhani Krija at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and with Joo Kraus at the Luxembourg Philharmonic.

    Since December 2018, Marialy is represented worldwide by the renowned artist agency "Elloramanagement". In March 2019 she will perform in concert with the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Philharmonie Konstanz. In May 2019 the new album "Danzon Cubano - Live in Viersen" will be released. A live recording of the concert with the Marialy Pacheco Trio and the WDR Funkhausorchester, conducted by Gordon Hamilton at the International Jazz Festival in Viersen. Marialy Pacheco is the only female pianist among current Cuban star pianists such as Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca, Omar Sosa or Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

    Facebook: @marialypacheco | Website:

  • Håkan Lidbo
    Håkan Lidbo

    Håkan Lidbo is a multitalented artist and inventor. In his talk he reveals the untapped potential of one of the world's most poorly exploited natural resources - namely imagination. Håkan believes that imagination can be trained and that it is something that everyone could and should do, in order to make our world a better place. Håkan Lidbo is the founder of the studio Rumtiden in Stockholm. There he and other multi-talented people create new concepts within interactive art, music, food, beverages, design, apps, web, film, events, games and robotics. So far Håkan has developed several hundred projects within these themes and frequently presents his concepts on fairs around the world. Håkan also has a track record of releasing over 350 music albums, with music stretching from musical mashups to sonic experiments.

    Twitter: @hakanlidbo | Website:


12pm -1pm Doors Open & Registration
1pm - 2pm Session 1
Stephan Balzer & Jens Bley Welcome
Ross Harding A new normal
Shitshow Changing the Story of Mental Health
Håkan Lidbo & True Bots Performance & Talk
2:15pm - 3pm Break
3pm - 4:15pm Session 2
Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini We need more diversity in Al development now!
Janina Lin Otto (German) Essen - Schlüssel zum Glück?
Marialy Pacheco Performance
Simon Anholt How to make the world work
4:15pm - 4:45pm Break
4:45pm - 6pm Session 3
Jesper K. Strange Kjeldsen Why bottled water is the most stupid invention in the western world
Annekatrin Brünig (German) UNskalierte Empathie
Merete Sanderhoff Sharing is caring
Filippo Yacob Future-proofing the value of money
Oded Kafri Performance




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