Hack Your Mind



What drives one’s mind to go that extra mile, to think out-of-the-box, to engage in innovative pursuits. How do we collaborate intellectually, artistically or from a perspective of design, technology and culture? Sharing in the search for the edge, the next relevant thing or activity. There are many individual or collective avenues to constructively cross personal, interdisciplinary or technological borders. You will be exposed to some unique ones at the TEDxHamburgSalon.

Following TEDxHamburgSalon, the project presentation and award ceremony of 'Coding da Vinci Nord' will take place from 4:30-8:00 pm and you are invited to participate. Background of the project is the digital database of artifacts, such as paintings, book printing, photos, art objects as well as sound and video recordings which are hidden away in the archives of our museums, galleries and libraries. The 'Kultur-Hackathon Coding da Vinci Nord' brings this data into the light and makes them ascertainable. The aim is to create new formats, installations, apps, and websites to communicate and interpret the facts and information gathered from the archives of our culture within the relevance of our time.




  • Jay Tuck
    Jay Tuck

    US  defense expert Jay Tuck was news director of the daily news program ARD-Tagesthemen and combat correspondent for GermanTelevision in two Gulf Wars. He has produced over 500 segments for the network. His investigative reports on security policy, espionage activities and weapons technology appear in leading newspapers, television networks and magazines throughout Europe, including Cicero, Focus, PC-Welt, Playboy, Stern, Welt am Sonntag and ZEITmagazin. He is author of a widely acclaimed book on electronic intelligence activities, “High-Tech Espionage” (St. Martin’s Press), published in fourteen countries. He is Executive Producer for a weekly technology magazine on international television in the Arab world. For his latest book “Evolution without us – Will AI kill us?” he researched at US drone bases, the Pentagon, intelligence agencies and AI research institutions. His lively talks are accompanied by exclusive video and photographs.


  • Annika Grosse
    Annika Grosse

    Annika Grosse has been with IBM since 1997. She has a background in Business and IT Consulting and became Executive Partner in 2011. Three years later, Annika took over her current responsibility as Leader for Cognitive Business Solutions in Europe (GBS). Her industry background is primarily in Banking, Insurance, Healthcare and Public. She is passionate about successfully implementing innovative and value-creating strategies and solutions, as well as accompanying businesses through their transformational journey. Originally studying Computer and Information Sciences, Annika Grosse also has an M.B.A. as well as a Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the University of Oxford.

    Twitter: @annikagrosse

  • Louise Overgaard
    Louise Overgaard

    Louise’s starting point is humans. They are the core of her work. Humans play, humans create, humans innovate. Humans create knowledge. Societies are built and evolve around humans. Libraries are meaningless without humans. Technology is only interesting if humans know what to do with it. When she works her focus is people’s motivation, skills and lifeworld. This focus comes from having a co-creative, user-driven, partnerdriven approach to her work combined with a background in religious sociology, psychology and organisational anthropology.

    Louise is a Culture, City and Service Innovator! Smart City and Library Geek! CounterPlayer! Coding Pirate! She navigates between cultural activists, grass roots, political and strategical city arenas and in European strategical settings and believes strongly in working across silos the open source way.

    Twitter: @L_Overgaard

  • Frank Steinicke
    Frank Steinicke

    Frank Steinicke is a professor for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Informatics at the University of Hamburg. His research is driven by understanding the human perceptual, cognitive and motor abilities and limitations in order to reform the interaction as well as the experience in computer-mediated realities. Frank Steinicke regularly serves as panelist and speaker at major events in the area of virtual reality and human-computer interaction and is on the IPC of various national and international conferences. He serves as the program chair for IEEE VR 2017/2018, which  is the most renowned scientific conference in the area of VR/AR. Furthermore, he is a member of the Steering committee of the ACM SUI Symposium and the GI SIG VR/AR, and currently editor of the IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications Department on Spatial Interfaces.


  • Mirko Bass
    Mirko Bass

    Mirko has always been passionate about building community and creating opportunities to bring together people, ideas and emerging technologies for the greater good. In his last 15 years at Cisco Systems he has built an ecosystem to achieve this, through various leadership positions across Engineering, Sales, and more. It was only natural for him to step up when he saw numerous challenges at a local refugee camp, which he knew technology could solve.

    Together with Harald Neidhardt of MLOVE, Mirko initiated the Refugee First Response Center ( – and in six weeks, they transformed a shipping container into a medical first aid center with live video stream translation services in 50+ languages with 750+ interpreters. The RFRC initiative continues to grow, with Harald & Mirko at the forefront bringing together the right people at the right time in order to make amazing happen.

    Twitter: @BassMirko, @RFRC_EU


  • Ferdinand Försch


12:30pm -1:30pm Registration
1:30pm - 3:45pm Session
Jay Tuck Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us
Annika Grosse Cognitive explorations: matching the human mind
TED Talk – R.Luke DuBois Insightful human portraits made from data
Louise Overgaard Breaking rules: libraries, pirates and coding geeks
Frank Steinicke Virtual Reality: Immersive Surrogates and Tele-Existence
Mirko Bass (Update-Interview) Snowballing social innovation
Ferdinand Försch Performance
3:45pm End




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