TechBBQ is a two-day international tech-startup summit by and for the startup community. Every year
a dedicated team works tirelessly to link entrepreneurs with the world, providing startup ecosystems
with cutting edge insights, business opportunities and network.
In 2017 the summit outgrew itself for the fourth year in a row. More than 4000 local and international
heroic startups and scaleups, tech talents, innovative minds, visionary corporates, prominent investors
and pioneering speakers participated.
In 2018 TechBBQ is yet again setting the bar even higher to make everyone rave louder - will you join us?
Every year the team behind TechBBQ works tirelessly to make the summit outgrow itself via providing tech startups, investors and other important stakeholders from the global entrepreneurial ecosystems new insights, network and business opportunities. This is also the case for TechBBQ 2018.
On both days 4,000+ innovative minds, talents and well-known local and international startups, scaleup icons, prominent VCs, Business Angels and speakers will again pack Øksnehallen’s 5,000 square meters.
Cutting to the chase: TechBBQ 2018 will once more link entrepreneurs with the world. And we are looking forward to support the startup community and all other stakeholders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem to reap as many benefits as they can and explore opportunities together. It could be the first step in creating many tech unicorns.
Joel Spolsky, CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow, is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website, Joel on Software, which has been translated into over 30 languages. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers, including Trello, which was recently acquired by Atlassian. Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc.magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree.
Bracken Darrell joined Logitech as president in 2012 and became chief executive officer a year later. In this role he has led a transformation of Logitech.
He is a proponent of the importance of the liberal arts and design in business, especially of their role in innovating product experiences for consumers. He is an English major from Hendrix College.
Bracken brings to Logitech experience in product and brand building through design. He has worked around the world on iconic brands like Old Spice, Gillette and Braun, for which he was president. He has spent time at P&G, GE, Gillette, and Whirlpool. Since he took over five years ago, Logitech has been a top performer on the SIX Swiss stock exchange and on the NASDAQ. The company’s stock price and profits have more than quadrupled in the same period.
Linden is the CEO and co-founder of IFTTT, a service that inspires people with the confidence to control their connected world. Linden graduated Santa Clara University, where he studied Computer Engineering. Before starting IFTTT, Linden developed his keen interest in all things design at IDEO. He is an ardent fan of radical ideas of all shapes and sizes.
Hazel is chairman of FirstCapital, which she co-founded in 1999. In addition to advising high-growth tech companies on M&A, private equity and growth capital, Hazel also chairs the Innovation Loans Strategic Oversight Committee for Innovate UK. She is a member of the Future Fifty advisory panel and is a sought-after speaker at conferences across Europe and the USA.Hazel was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Years’ Honours list for services to entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2016, she won the CBI/Real Business First Women in Finance award.
Dr. Danny Lange is Vice President of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies where he leads multiple initiatives in the field of applied Artificial Intelligence.
Unity is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences.
Previously, Danny was Head of Machine Learning at Uber, where he led the efforts to build a highly scalable Machine Learning platform to support all parts of Uber’s business from the Uber App to self-driving cars. Before joining Uber, Danny was General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning providing internal teams with access to machine intelligence. He also launched an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Cloud Service to the public. Prior to Amazon, he was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he led a product team focused on large-scale Machine Learning for Big Data. Danny spent 8 years on Speech Recognition Systems, first as CTO of General Magic, Inc., and then as founder of his own company, Vocomo Software. During this time, he was working on General Motor’s OnStar Virtual Advisor, one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until Siri. Danny started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.
Danny holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society and has numerous patents to his credit.
Dr. Steiber has a PhD from Chalmers University of Technology. She has since 1993 focused on Management innovations and is currently conducting research, together with Chalmers University and single professors at Stanford and Berkeley University, on new management concepts and models for the Digital Age, as well as advising both large and smaller organizations on this matter. In addition, she has worked two years with professor David Teece at Berkeley Research Group focused on operationalize the concept “Dynamic Capabilities”. Currently she is an Investor in tech startups, Advisor to larger corporations, and an Assistant professor at Menlo College in addition providing lectures at the Management department at Santa Clara University in California’s Silicon Valley. She also provides leadership programs to executives in both the private and public sector. Dr. Steiber is a known international keynote speaker in the field of management for entrepreneurship and innovation management in a Digital Age.
Dr. Steiber is the author of several award-winning research articles and four well- downloaded management books: "The Google Model-Management for Continuous Innovation" (Springer, 2014 and Vinnova 2014), “The Silicon Valley Model- Management for Entrepreneurship” (Springer, 2016 and Liber 2016), “Management for the Digital Age: Will China surpass Silicon Valley?” (Springer, 2017) and Metaverse- a handbook about AR and VR (2018). In 2015 she was personally invited by the president of Colombia to give a keynote speech on her first book, which also has been used by many as a handbook on management for entrepreneurship.
Dr. Marc Teerlink mba/mbi Global Vice President SAP Leonardo, AI & New Markets
Marc is a passionate speaker on Innovation, AI, machine learning and data monetization. Recently appointed as SAP Leonardo’s Global Vice President, Marc Teerlink drives the strategy and vision for SAP’s digital business innovation system Leonardo, and drives the vision for Leonardo’s AI and machine learning technologies.
Prior to his current role, Marc was IBM Watson’s Chief Business Strategist, where he oversaw the new offerings portfolio for the Watson platform during IBM's formative years of Artificial Intelligence. During his time at IBM, Marc executed a number of successful transformational projects, created and delivered cognitive computing solutions. Before IBM, he built expertise as a banker, business manager, consultant, and change leader within nine countries across three continents.
Miral has Over 17 years of proven track record of creating most innovative, successful and flagship Ed Tech products for Higher Education and K-12 market. Unique blend of technology and business skills, diverse experience working for Fortune 500 companies to Startups, deep knowledge of the education market as well as technology to re-imagine and create unconventional and purpose driven products and platforms.
Miral is currently CTO of CK-12 Foundation - an organization committed to providing access to great quality education to every child. Prior to joining CK-12, Miral served as VP, Product Technology, at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Miral has led creation of flagship EdTech products and platforms at CK-12, McGraw-Hill and Prentice-Hall/Pearson.
Dave O'Flanagan is a software executive and entrepreneur with two decades of experience building enterprise solutions for industries including mobile telecoms, document management, and travel. As co-founder and CEO of Boxever, he’s driven product development and led his team to secure ~$22M in funding (investors include Polaris Partners, Frontline Ventures). In past roles, Dave has managed over 70 engineers to deliver complex projects to Tier 1 airlines and mobile operators. Dave is passionate about big data, analytics and new architectures to support petabyte-scale data processing. He holds an MSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.
David runs Growth Tribe, a young 25-person company that teaches startups and corporates the skills, tools and tactics of rapid experimentation. His hobbies include building prediction models and running 5-second tests. He also has a Youtube channel called “Growth Tribe”... come subscribe.
Savannah Peterson drives digital change and purposeful engagement through practical innovation and creative communication. Her company, Savvy Millennial, focuses on delivering relevant content on the most potent platforms, sharing your story with the right networks of super-connectors. Savannah is also a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology. She has dedicated her career to building bridges between product solutions and those with the needs they solve, in language humans around the world can understand. She was formerly the Global Director of Community 3D Printing company, Shapeways and Director of Innovation Strategy at Speck Design. Savannah is also a renowned international speaker, NBC News tech expert and regularly published thought leader.
Experience some of the most advanced robotics trends developed in Denmark that are defining our futures and shaping our role in society. Learn from a combination of robot and automation companies, suppliers, investors, education and research and public actors how machines will be, and are already impacting our lives.
Swing by this corner to make your dreams a reality! Try out the tools which are transforming industries via virtual, augmented and mixed reality and 360 video, with showcases by specialist startups.
Featuring a blend of performance and visual exhibitions, this corner will combine new sounds and up-cycling technology that show how music and sound is changing for the future. Enjoy performances throughout the day on our garage stage, as well as the opportunity to engage with artists and visionaries from the music industry.
One of the strongest in Europe, Denmark’s Health Tech industry offers phenomenal solutions that are providing better patient outcomes. Come and be updated and astonished by the latest trends, research and development in life science, health tech and other medical services.
Meet the companies coming up against but also collaborating with some of the biggest names in finance. Specializing in financial services of all kinds, the Fintech Corner features forward looking startups using software to seamlessly integrate money transfer, lending, investing, payments and other financial services for customers in our increasingly digitised lives, both personally and professionally.
Ideal for aspiring and/or inspired entrepreneurs and everyone else interested in how to scale a startup, visit this corner to find out about funding and other support services involving corporates and other investors.
Take a step towards a sustainable future! Discover the concepts keeping things clean and green that are themselves taking on the challenge of preserving the planet for the future. Enabled by the latest technologies in CleanTech, GreenTech, UrbanTech and more, this includes activities to develop more energy efficient and sustainable processes and products.
See the source of some of the most exciting advancements happening today - the specialist software, namely AI and machine learning, that is increasingly impacting our lives each day in both visible (demonstrated via various installations) and invisible ways.
Come and experience some of the most cutting edge technology and projects! And how increasing internetworking of physical devices have a part to play in both our present and future lives in particular, as part of the most advanced engineering solutions setting us up for a smart future.
Focusing on the fundamentals, discover the services catering to every startup need. Including guidance with accounting, legal, fundraising, capital, market research, HR, and everything in between.
Gathering of some of the largest VCs and investors. Startups and funding representatives have the opportunity to meet via our meet-to-match tool to ensure the best use of their time.
This is your opportunity to get immediate access to exciting startups who are looking to hire. Here you will find a mix of ambitious startups from different stages within software/hardware that will give a five- minute pitch about the company and their opportunities, followed by inspirational talks and one-on-one meetings with talented candidates.
TechBBQ is created by the community, for the community. Representatives of the tech and startup community will be available to connect with for any queries. From engaging in casual conversation, to getting advice or establishing a collaboration together, there are events, meetings and other activities and opportunities that can benefit everyone in the ecosystem.
With game development growing rapidly, gamification and cross diversification across tech is increasingly interlinking industries, with Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and EdTech, among others, looking to the gaming industry to adopt it's best competences. This corner is a new addition showcasing the hottest trends and technologies from some of the coolest startups in the field.
A huge success in 2017, corporates will host stands and present exciting and new technologies for their companies, offering the opportunity to engage and begin a conversation with corporates that are also shaping our everyday lives.
Get the latest lowdown in the learning technologies that are changing the landscape of education.
Get a snapshot of the software making the world smarter, via Smart Cities, SAS software products, optimising engineering 4.0 and other innovations.
Meet the international partners participating in the event as Greater Copenhagen comes together physically with other tech hubs across the globe, from China to Russia, the US, UK, Sweden and several others.
Innovation in music and food create a symphony that will tantalise your taste buds to the tune of some melodious music. Get the opportunity to meet several ecosystems supporting food tech startups.
3D printing has the potential to rapidly disrupt a lot of industries. This technology is still in its budding years and already we're seeing entire buildings being constructed with the help of 3D printing and the sky really is the limit when it comes to the potential applications. We take a look in the crystal ball and see what will happen as this technology matures and 3D printers become common household applications.
They say opposites attract. Art and technology might at first sound as an odd combination but in fact it's the perfect match. Over the course of history, art has always been exploratory in its nature and acted as a mirror of society. As software eats the world, art is becoming more and more relevant and the intersection that is Arttech moreover so.
Not only is technology shaping art with startups using software to disrupt a notoriously closed and old-fashioned industry, but art is also shaping technology and using new tech like Virtual Reality to create artworks unimaginable before and bringing the art world into an entirely new dimension altogether.
Transport and mobility tech has been one of the hottest and most fast-evolving areas in tech these last few years.
Autonomous vehicles will radically change our everyday life and and disrupt entire industries altogether. Hyperloops around the world are reducing transport and shipping times dramatically and bringing the world closer together. Innovation is driving CO2 emissions down and reducing cost of transport.
So many exciting things are happening in transport and mobility tech that it's hard to cover in so little space, but at TechBBQ we'll take a deeper dive into the future of mobility.
The Impact area will focus on the startups tackling the greatest challenges facing our planet and humanity. Working with a shared purpose to reach the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), these startups not only focus on profits but also the greater good of society and mankind.
Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute Adeo Ressi is the Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator & startup launch program with top Graduate companies across 6 continents. He is also the Founding Member of TheFunded.com, an online community of over 20,000 CEOs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide; and has served on the Board of the X PRIZE foundation, a non-profit chartered to inspire human achievements through competition. Adeo has founded or built 9 companies, four of which were acquired and four of which are still operating.
Adeo is widely regarded as an expert on startups and venture capital, and a global advocate for founder rights, with numerous appearances in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, NBC News, ABC News, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Time Magazine, Entrepreneur, CNN, and more.
Hassan has worked in the automatic speech recognition, computer vision, natural language understanding, and machine translation fields for 20+ years. In 1999, he cofounded AIXPLAIN AG, a company focusing on speech recognition and machine translation. Hassan also spent time at SAIC as Chief Scientist for Human Language Technology, where he worked on multilingual spoken dialogue systems and later established and led the Artificial Intelligence team at eBay. Hassan Sawaf has been with Amazon since September 2016, where he is Director of Applied Science and Artificial Intelligence in Amazon Web Services.
Ida is the CEO and co-founder of female health tracking app, Clue. Born in Copenhagen, Ida graduated from Denmark’s prestigious creative business school, the KaosPilots. A lifelong entrepreneur, she previously led motorcycle tours around the world and published a book about her experience, “Direktøs” which became a Danish bestseller. She is recognized for coining the term “Femtech” to describe the sector of technology focused on improving women’s health.
"Things will work out. Fundamentally I believe that whatever happens in life, there will be learnings and a way forward. Or to put it even more radically, whatever happens the only choice is to get the best out of it. And I remember the Dalai Lama’s words that sometimes not getting what you want is the greatest gift. It makes life kind of failure proof. There is no such thing as failure.”
Paul Rippon is the Co-founder and Deputy CEO of Monzo Bank. Paul has 25 years of experience in the UK and Ireland’s financial sector across 8 banks and building societies. He holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Paul has also co-founded businesses across manufacturing, digital services and agriculture.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein
Jared Friedman is a partner at Y Combinator. Prior to YC, Jared was the cofounder of Scribd, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2006 and grew to be one of the top 100 sites on the web. Jared previously worked at a pioneering AI company and studied computer science at Harvard.
Lars Thinggaard is President and CEO of Milestone Systems A/S. Lars is a dynamic manager with years of entrepreneurial experience. He was Co-founder and CFO at Mondosoft, COO and CFO at Beologic (acquired by Baan), CFO at In2itive (acquired by SPSS), Auditor at Arthur Andersen and at Price Waterhouse, now Price Waterhouse Coopers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting from the Copenhagen Business School. Lars has been CEO of Milestone Systems A/S since 2003, steering the Danish company to be the global industry leader in open platform Internet Protocol (IP) video management software. Under his leadership, Milestone Systems has followed a unique vision to bring the physical security industry together as a business community. During his fifteen years as CEO, Milestone Systems’ has delivered sustainable, profitable growth. Today, Milestone is one of the most valuable companies in the video management software industry with over 600 employees and offices in 20 countries. In 2014, Milestone was acquired by Canon in 2014 and today operates as a standalone company in the Canon Group.
Lars wrote Business Magnetism: The power of partnership, presented in this whiteboard animation https://vimeo.com/179016369. During his time on stage, Lars will talk about: Purpose, path, progress.
"What will you learn from my session?
"I’ve led four start-ups up to now. The most successful was Milestone. In my session, I’ll try to answer three questions that are crucial for every start-up. · How do you keep the passion alive? · How do you unlock the full potential of your team? · How do you get them to go the extra mile?"
Co-founder of Hobo Labs, making guild-based casual mobile games. Co-founder and former CEO of alivenotdead.com, an online community for artists and their fans. Sold to mig33 February 2014. Executive Producer of "The Heavenly Kings", directed by Daniel Wu (Best New Director, 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards). Co-founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com), a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news and one of the top 500 most trafficked sites in the world. Sold to IGN Entertainment June 2004. Co-founder and former CEO of Design Reactor (designreactor.com), an internet marketing firm focused on the entertainment industry. Clients included Disney, ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others.
Advisor to Casetify, Instaread, Frenzoo, SupportBee, WePloy, Lecker Labs (Yomee), Kiwi Campus, Privy Groupe, and LEEO. Instructor at MentorBox and MentorClass. Current or former mentor at various SOSV Accelerators (MOX, Chinaccelerator, Leap.Axlr8r), Founder Institute, Gateway Incubator, Berkeley LAUNCH Startup Accelerator, Laudato Si', nest.vc, and CoCoon HK. #55 on Bizzabo's list of "The 100 Most Wanted Speakers at Tech Conferences" (Mar 12, 2014): http://blog.bizzabo.com/the-100-most-wanted-speakers-at-tech-conferences.
Holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
"The most important attribute for a startup founder is irrational confidence."
Henrik Zillmer is the CEO and co-founder of AirHelp. He has worked for Rocket Internet, where he noticed their extremely efficient execution, but he always knew he had to start something of his own. In 2012, AirHelp launched and was accepted into Y Combinator. This is where Henrik realized the importance of an innovative product as well. The combination of an innovative product and expert execution has helped over 3 million delayed air passengers get the compensation that is rightfully theirs. Today AirHelp employs over 600 people in over 30 countries and Henrik rubs shoulders with the world’s leading entrepreneurs and speaks at the largest tech events.
Holly Liu is co-founder of the mobile gaming company, Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile games. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400 million in 2014, which has led to Kabam’s exit of near a billion dollars in 2017. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot franchise, which has grossed more than $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012. Holly was in charge of People Operations where the organization grew over 500% during her leadership. Most recently, Holly was Chief Development Officer leading the development of Kabam internationally through key relationships and industry presence, focusing primarily on China. In addition, she continued to develop global cultural initiatives within Kabam. You can follow her at: https://twitter.com/hollyhliu
Co-founder of woothemes & woocommerce - the most popular ecommerce platform, which was acquired by automattic in 2015. currently advisor at automattic and angel investor with sprettert. working remotely since 2008 from stavanger, norway.
"I doubt i’ll ever go back to corporate work. once you see the light, there is no turning back."
“Life is a series of moments, strung together by gaps - managing those gaps is key to success”