Passion can get you anywhere


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PASSION – it can get you anywhere! Passion can be seen as the fuel that allows the human engine to go a little faster and smoother than it usually would. It can also get you much further in life. Not only does passion give us direction, but it also gives us a sense of purpose. And purpose seems to be one of the things people are always looking for. Passion makes things exciting. Passion is the differentiating factor. Passion is what keeps us going until we reach our goals.

Stay tuned for more information about TEDxFHKufstein 2019!

Inspiring and fascinating


Once again, the Playground will be featured at this year’s TEDx FH Kufstein Tirol. It is a room full of exciting technology, which the guests can interact with and gain first-hand experience. This Experience Area will be open during breaks and at the end of the talks, and also offer the oppurtunity to network with like-minded people. It will feature the Icaros, a wide array of Augmented- and Virtual Reality Googles, vehicles from Greenstorm, a Magic Mirror and much more!

Event Schedule

Gates open
Event start - Playground opening
Event Start - Zugang zum Playground
Start Talks
Start der Talks
Bitte beachten: Das Betreten und Verlassen des Bühnensaals ist nur zwischen den Talks gestattet um diese nicht zu stören. Bitte nehmen Sie rechtzeitig Ihren Platz ein.

Please note: Entering and leaving the stage hall is only allowed between the talks in order not to disturb them. Please take your seat in time.

14:15 - 15:45
First block of Talks
Erster Block der Talks
15:45 - 16:15
Zeit für einen Besuch am Playground oder Buffet.

Time for a visit to the playground or buffet.

16:15 - 17:30
Second block of talks
Zweiter Block der Talks
17:30 - 18:10
Zeit für einen Besuch am Playground oder Buffet.

Time for a visit to the playground or buffet.

18:10 - 19:15
Third block of talks
Dritter Block der Talks
19:15 - 19:30
End of the official TEDxFHKufstein part
Ende des offiziellen Teils der TEDxFHKufstein
19:30 - 20:00
Surprise Movie and Playground
Überraschungs Film und Playground
Zum Abschluss gibt es noch ein Preview eines Filmes mit Bezug auf einen unserer Speaker. Es wird luftig.

Finally, there will be a preview of a movie with reference to one of our speakers. It gets airy.

Wer möchte, kann in dieser Zeit auch nochmals den Playground besuchen.

If you like, you can visit the Playground again during this time.

Speaker of the 2019 TEDxFHKufstein


Please note that all talks are held in English!


Niklas Winter

The world of extreme sport

The world of extreme sports is an unusual feat. People are fascinated when watching videos of risky stunts, yet they regard the athletes as crazy people. Niklas Winter, a wingsuit BASE jumper, free solo highliner and passionate adventure lover, will take you on a tightrope walk between peace of mind and overconfidence.


The German extreme sports enthusiast Niklas Winter has tried many different sports, but what really stuck with him was slacklining. From the first steps in the park, it developed into a sport in the heights of the mountains and eventually he even started walking highlines without safety. After that he fulfilled himself a life-long dream by starting BASE jumping and wingsuiting.

He’s a curious person and an analytical thinker and always in search of new experiences. For his last stunt, he walked on a slackline between two hot air balloons above monument valley. Through his sports, he has traveled the world, met many people and learned a lot. Especially dealing with death has permanently changed his view on life. It doesn’t surprise, that he’s studying philosophy now, even though he already finished his master degree in electrical engineering with high distinction.

Sebastian Körber

The change man

Sebastian is the change man. After his studies of clinical psychology he emigrates to Latin America, where he worked e.g. in a Peruvian jail or with guerillas in Colombia. Meanwhile being an entrepreneur, his companies in Austria, US and Colombia focus on quick and effective development processes of coporations such as individuals. And they deliver.


Sebastian is a serial entrepreneur based in Austria and Colombia. Originally he graduated from the University of Vienna with a master’s degree in Psychology and afterwards underwent a postgraduate in Clinical Psychology. After this he emigrated to South America, working in a Peruvian jail or in a resocialization programs for guerillas in Colombia. There he encountered the focus of his work, fear. He is a leadership trainer for high executives in change processes. His style is tough and very direct, often painful. Once a year he gathers together adrenaline-seeking executives in Medellin-Colombia and guides them through their psyches.

Applying successful strategies dealing with fear to leadership made him an expert in Change Management. He has impact.

Sebastian is teaching at several universities in Europe and America. He’s working languages are German, English and Spanish


Sven Haefliger

A path of fulfillment

Sven Haefliger has taught piano to adults for 25 years. “Piano practice should be a path of fulfillment, not a torture!” So he has intensively researched learning methodologies and created a framework in which creativity and structure are given equal consideration.“


Sven Haefliger started playing the guitar at the age of ten. Even at this young age, practicing guitar was something he enjoyed and was very passionate about. A few years later he began sharing this passion by offering guitar lessons to others.

Sven started to play the piano in his early 20’s. He was immediately fond of the concept of 88 keys. He was intrigued by the possibility of playing something meaningful after only a couple of hours, even for someone who lacked technical abilities.

Very soon he started teaching the piano to adults only. He came to realize that for most of his students, practicing is a struggle. This struggle was fueled by unrealistic goals, false expectations and wrong methods. There was no system made especially for adults to learn the piano. Even though there are thousands of books and apps – nothing seemed to meet all the needs of an adult learner. So, he created a framework to learn playing the piano, that included a balance of creativity and structure.

Additionally, he is one of the most successful Solopreneurs in Switzerland. Sven won the “Business Development” competition in 2014 in the CTI Entrepreneurship in Zürich. Since 2017 he has a corporation with a big brand in the piano industry.

He is very passionate about coaching others to fulfill their life dreams, the same way he is fulfilling his.

Aaron Kyro

The road less travelled

Aaron Kyro started the Braille Skateboarding YouTube channel in 2007 to help support himself and his fellow skateboarders and it has now grown to over 4 million subscribers with over 1 billion total views. The purpose of Braille Skateboarding has always had a mission to push skateboarding all over the world. We do this through teaching people how to skateboard and supporting beginner and amateur skaters to get their work featured and recognized.


Aaron Kyro is the founder and CEO of Braille Skateboarding, Aaron Kyro. Aaron has successfully taken his love of and passion for skateboarding and first created the largest skateboarding channel on YouTube and then took it a step further and created an entire company dedicated to pushing skateboarding all over the world. In 2007 Aaron created the Braille Skateboarding channel and in 2014 his second channel, Braille Army. In the past 12 years these channels have grown to over 4 million and 400k subscribers respectively. He built his own private skatepark in 2016 and created an entire film studio to further his production capabilities. 2017 marked his tenth anniversary in business and saw the launch of his online Braille University dedicated to teaching people to skateboard, film, edit and upload videos.


Nathaly Tschanz

There is more than one reality

Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality can push existing boundaries and open doors to new dimensions. With software, you can bend the laws of physics. Fiction becomes reality. This is what fascinates Nathaly Tschanz since a decade. Despite her passion for emerging technologies, she knows well that breaking new ground is a challenge – for various reasons. In her talk, she explains why it is still worth staying true to your passion.


Nathaly Tschanz, non-fiction author and lecturer/researcher at the University of Applied Science HTW Chur in Switzerland, has had a disruptive career path. This matches her area of expertise: Digital Business Management / Extended Realities. While she was working in Rome 10 years ago, she came across Augmented Reality, a technology that was hardly known at the time. It sparked a deep passion for emerging technologies and new means of information and knowledge transfer. From then on, she built bridges between content and technology in various companies and positions – for example as Head of Digital Content at one of Switzerland’s biggest media brands. Today, she is leading applied research projects, shares her knowledge in lectures and talks and has published two books about Augmented and Mixed Reality.

Paul & Hansen Hoepner

Passion makes us carry on with something

Paul and Hansen are Adventurers and Inventors with all their heart. In their current project they combine these two passions, by constructing a walking and rolling amphibious vehicle and try to travel across Alaska with it, all under their own steam.

Adventure to them is a way of life: it means having the courage to find out, what one is capable of.


Hansen Hoepner, born on April 6, 1982 in Singen am Hohentwiel, studied Product Design and Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht. After graduation he worked for the interior designer Maurice Mentjens. In 2011 he moved from Maastricht to Berlin to plan the bike tour from Berlin to Shanghai with his brother. He currently works as an independent product designer in Berlin and is part of the central organization team of the creative working group KAOS (

Paul Hoepner, born five minutes after his brother Hansen, spent a year in Australia after completing high school, then graduated in media design in Cologne and then spent two years working in an agency (virtual­ as an online conceptioner in Berlin. He then studies Human Factors (humanfactors.tu­ in Berlin and worked at Pocketweb ( as a project manager and conceptioner for mobile applications. Both have worked together as inventors and adventurers for many years and can be seen on many talks and TV shows.

Jasper Wognum photo

Jasper Wognum

Artificial intelligence for a better life

Jasper is an authority on artificial intelligence and a serial entrepreneur, having built a number of successful technology startups. He is passionate about helping people embrace artificial intelligence for a better life.


Since Jasper studied artificial intelligence at the University of Amsterdam in the mid-90’s he has led a number of successful technology startups including Hyves, Fashiolista, Strawberries and Looklive. In 2016, the time was ripe for artificial intelligences broader deployment and Jasper founded BrainCreators together with two of his former university classmates. BrainCreators is a leading Dutch AI company, empowering enterprises with AI driven solutions. Outside of BrainCreators Jasper is an active startup coach, ambassador for City.AI and angel investor.

Michael Schmidt

Sustainable excitement for the things surrounding us

Michael devoted his career as a product designer and inventor to the enhancement of the emotional value of products, in order to create sustainable excitement for the things surrounding us.

To be able to compose and create what is at hand with the maximum amount of freedom, he refuses to sort and label, but uses the sense/function map to fight for radically new approaches.


When he was 6 years old Michael (51) wanted to become an inventor. To make this happen he had to tap into various fields of education and also found and run many companies. As an industrial designer and mechanical engineer Michael is the co-founder and CEO of HYVE   AG and ICAROS GmbH based in Munich.

He began his career at the Cleveland Institute of Art in the USA. Afterwards he became a certified mechanical engineer and graduated with the diploma in industrial design from the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Munich in 1997.

After graduating Michael started his own business as industrial designer. In 2000 he and his friend Johann Füller founded the HYVE AG together – a company offering services for radical innovation and disruption, in which he is working as the CEO up to this day. Michael specializes in product design, engineering, first batch production and has won many prestigious awards, such as the RedDot, If Award, German Award Gold, UX Award or the Materialica Award. Some of his work is also displayed in museums.

In 2015 ICAROS was founded by Michael and Johannes. HYVE became the incubator and one of the major shareholders of the ICAROS GmbH. “ICAROS makes you fly“– in this spirit the firm fuses health-science and gaming technology to enhance body and mind performance. Michael is working for ICAROS as the CEO and is also responsible for hardware and software development.

Michael Schmidt
People behind the event


  • Mentor of TEDxFHKufstein

    Karsten Böhm
  • Communication Management

    Sheela Breitfuss
    Communication Management
  • Marketing Management

    Isabella Wimmer
    Marketing Management
  • Financial Management

    Paul Klein
    Financial Management
  • Speaker Management

    Paula Engelberg
    Speaker Management
  • Partner Management

    Helene Wechselberger
    Partner Management
  • Organisational Management

    Andreas Bleyel
    Organisational Management
  • Technological Management

    Michael Lauf
    Technological Management
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