November 06, 2018   |   6min read

Techcrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018—The Speakers You Should Follow

Techcrunch Disrupt 2018 is coming! And so are we. That is why we decided to explore the most promising talks and list the speakers to see during the event. Techcrunch Disrupt conference will take place in Berlin (November 29-30), and it may be one of the most important events to attend this year. See you there!

Jamie Burke

Jamie is a CEO and founder of Outlier Ventures—a venture capital investing in the blockchain. It’s a first blockchain venture builder that coined the ‘convergence thesis’. It notices the convergence of Deep Tech with blockchain, creating an entirely new Web architecture that is open sourced, decentralized, automated and tokenized. According to Outlier Ventures, it will take a significant role in the growth of various technologies such as AI, IoT, and Robotics.

From MOIA press kit.
From MOIA press kit.

Ole Harms

Ole is a CEO and co-founder of an amazing company called MOIA—part of the Volkswagen Group. MOIA’s mission is to change mobility in the urban environment, with an app and modern, electric vehicles users can share while going to the similar destination. A special algorithm will deduct the best and the fastest way, so that we don’t have to wait for our transport or in traffic. According to MOIA, this will save not only our time, but also pollution and space in our cities (according to their website ‘a total of 70 % of urban air pollution stems from traffic’). They just kicked off in Hanover and we’d be more than excited to see MOIA changing that horrible afternoon traffic in Warsaw ;)

Brynne Kennedy

Brynne Kennedy is the founder and CEO of Topia—the modern startup taking mobility of the workforce to the next level. It offers technology as the answer—the product covers reporting, cost estimates, task management and makes it all efficient thanks to the automation and tailor-made version of the software. All in the pursuit of an agile work style! Born out of the notion that the existing HR tools are not ready for the global mobility movement, its mission is to enable smooth work across the world. Bryce Kennedy is also the founder of Mobility4All—the humanitarian organization supporting refugees and at-risk populations. During the Disrupt Conference in Berlin, she will discuss global talent management.

Alan Mamedi

As a CEO and Co-founder of Truecaller, Alan and his team are creating a more secure telecoms environment. Their app gives you information on the source of the number or whether it’s been reported as SPAM or fraud before. It can automatically block and end the phone call, giving you some free headspace. In some cases, Truecaller had a positive impact on people’s lives, whether helping law enforcements in fighting crime, financial fraud or saving lives.

Kaidi Ruusalepp

Kaidi is the first IT lawyer in Estonia, the co-author of the landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and Founder and CEO of Funderbeam—the global funding and trading platform of private companies. Founderbeam offers startups analytics, investing and trading equity stakes, thanks to which you won’t miss on an investment. So far the platform’s community has made more than 3000 trades all over the world and invested more than 8 million euros.

Markus Witte

Markus is the CEO of a language-learning platform called Babbel. It’s the world’s first language learning app and a perfect solution for people who have a lot to do during the day. If you can spend even as little as 15 minutes per day on learning a language, according to Babbel, it’s all you need to be able to start having normal conversations in no time! Moreover, Babbel tailors courses to your native language, which its grammar rules and vocabulary you already know. Que bien!

From Babbel press kit.
From Babbel press kit.

Aline Sara

Aline Sara is the CEO of NaTakallam—meaning “we speak” in Arabic—a social enterprise that connects the refugees and displaced people to language learners worldwide for both language practice and cultural exchange over Skype. It’s more than an educational tool though—it provides the displaced people with an income and helps them both survive when they sometimes have no means to legal work and also to form international friendships. The cultural exchange at its finest!

Aline Sara

What we are the most proud of is that we’ve managed to use technology in its most basic sense for extremely human ends. NaTakallam gives displaced people who might be stuck in a camp waiting to hear from UNHCR, an opportunity to travel through their computer screen—developing friendships and restoring them a sense of dignity and purpose when they encounter misplacement and despair. It’s enabling human connections and humanity to take place.

For now, people anywhere in the world can sign up for Arabic, Persian or Spanish sessions with Syrian, Afghan and Persian and Venezuelan refugees. NaTakallam also uses the remote gig economy to recruit refugees as translators.

Rafał Modrzewski

Rafał Modrzewski is the CEO of ICEYE that offers radar satellite imaging service. The data it provides helps clients in various sectors such as maritime, insurance and disaster management. Addressing the main three challenges rising around Earth Observation Data, Iceye delivers accurate, reliable and easy-to-access information. As we read on Iceye’s website: It is the first organization in the world to successfully launch synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellites with a launch mass under 100 kg.

From ICEYE press kit.
From ICEYE press kit.

Peter van der Does

Founded in 2006, Adyen has now 15 offices around the world and is led by Pieter van der Does, who transformed it from a fintech startup into a globally renowned payment platform addressing the needs of the modern consumers and businesses. With clients such as Spotify, Etsy, eBay, Transferwise to name the few, Adyen offers a variety of services, ranging from online payments, points of sales payments optimization and transactions’ personalization (like language and currency recognition). Peter is a leading fintech expert with 15 years of experience (elected the Entrepreneur of 2013 by EY).

Denys Zhadanov

Denys Zhadanov is the vice president of marketing at Readdle—this “Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur” will talk about Readdle’s remarkable business journey. Its mission is to redefine and shape “the future of work” as it covers eight apps making you a true millennial and a productivity pro (who can change a pdf into a word document in a sec?). We are super excited to hear the story of the company that built 40 products from which 32 failed, but the remaining 8 had 100M organic downloads worldwide.

Are you heading to Disrupt Berlin this year? The lineup looks great, the agenda is full of inspiring speakers, and we think that Techcrunch Disrupt is the place to be. In case you won’t be joining us, follow us on Twitter to get all the updates!

Cover comes from the TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 album

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