#unit Festival 2016 | Connecting Unicorns | April 16, 2016 | 9:30-20:00

Presented by the UNICORNS IN TECH Community

The #unit festival is one of the largest queer tech events in the world and it is a platform for queer and straight techies as well as people who love technology to connect. The goal of UNICORNS IN TECH is to make LGBTI* in tech more visible, to show various perspectives on technology and engage within the digital world.

But…wait! What is this festival all about?
This year’s #unit festival theme is ‚Connecting Unicorns’. It is about how we connect diverse LGBTI* tech people underneath one roof, how we connect the queer community to the wider technology community – both on a personal and a professional level. How is it possible for us to connect the newest tech inventions with our daily life? Technology is changing our lives everyday, everywhere – we are always connected - no matter if we are socialising, working, jogging or dating.

Within one day 70+ passionate and qualified speakers will offer insight into different topics and let you get involved in various workshops. We will dive into discussions about gaming, virtual & augmented reality, app development, open data and data science, wearable electronics, solar energy technology, crowdfunding and start-ups. Get a glimpse of recent breakthrough developments in neuroscience research, reflect on queer feminist leadership and on our gender identities and perceptions, master our coding skills, enjoy networking and some good music. This will be a day full of excitement, encounters, performances, entertainment, presentations, installations, music, art and a lot of inspiration within one of Europe’s tech capitals. The program is going to be as diverse as its attendees. Get prepared for this unforgettable day!

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM CAN BE FOUND HERE

Last year’s #unit festival welcomed 400 tech-enthusiasts. This year we are expecting twice as many participants from all over Germany and Europe. #unit is organised by UNICORNS IN TECH | Germany's First Tech Community for Gays, Lesbians, Straight People, or However You May Identify. This community is the ideal place for everyone who feels at home in the tech world, whether they are an industry professional or a casual enthusiast. So far more than 1.000+ members have joined the community.



Same as with all UNICORNS IN TECH events, the central goal is to maintain an atmosphere of inclusivity that extends beyond the queer community. We welcome allies from diverse backgrounds across the world to our festival, as we strive to demonstrate that our shared passion for tech transcends all barriers.



#unit is organized by Unicorns In Tech | Germany's First Tech Community for Gays, Lesbians, Straight People, or However You May Identify. It is the ideal place for everyone who feels at home in the tech world, whether you are an industry professional or a more casual enthusiast. So far more than 1.000+ members joined. Become a member & get a ticket discount: CLICK HERE



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Program: Click here for the #unit Festival 2015 program
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Inspiring Ideas

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Tech industry speakers

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Speakers, performers and organisers at #unit Festival 2016

Nadia Zabehi

Nadia Zabehi is a Canadian / Iranian Independent Technologist and Human Rights Activist. She has over 14 years of global academic and industrial experience in the field of telecommunication and networ

Nadia Zabehi

Christo Mitov

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing homeowners with everything they need to improve their homes. Houzz provides home professionals with a vehicle to showcase their

Christo Mitov

PR & Community Manager Houzz Germany

Dr. Shari Langemak

Dr. Shari Langemak

Editorial Director | Medscape Germany

Katerina Apostolova

Katerina Apostolova

Senior Software Engineer, Project Lead | HERE

Gregor Thorand

Gregor Thorand is a freelance story teller and travel blogger at www.sabbaticalism.de. His mission: Catching smiles around the globe.

Gregor Thorand

Moderator

Richard Illig

Richard Illig

Good Game Studios

Elad Mintzer

Co-Founder of LGBTech Israel, seasonal entrepreneur and a professional Airbnb host. Born in a settlement in the West Bank i a religious family and now living in Tel Aviv. New cross-fit junkie, vegan a

Elad Mintzer

LGBTech Israel

Marieke Reimann

Marieke Reimann begann früh mit Surfen – auf dem Meer und im Netz. Durch ihre Arbeit für Print- und Onlinemedien, wie die Süddeutsche, 11Freunde, Focus Online und RTL, weiß sie, wie sich klassis

Marieke Reimann

Media specialist

Tanja Faller

Tanja Faller

Senior Investment Officer, MEAG

Liz Osterloh

Head of International Communications, DCMN

Liz Osterloh

International Communications

Felicia Mutterer

http://www.straight-mag.com/

Felicia Mutterer

Media specialist

Juliane Möllmann

A project manager for corporate innovations, member of the Berlin Geekettes Mentorship Program organization team and the greatest Berlin pop choir called "This is Hardchor".

Juliane Möllmann

Moderator

Bianca Praetorius

Co-founder www.theredlab.com // Startup Pitchtrainer // Public speaking Trainer
www.biancapraetorius.com

Bianca Praetorius

Moderator

Peter René Büngener

In 1999 - 2004 Peter has studied business & economics at different universities and graduated at Humboldt Universität Berlin in 2004 (Dipl. Betriebswirt). From 2004 - 2007 he was in acting school. Cu

Peter René Büngener

Moderator

Franziska Jilge

A self-starter, with bags of energy and passion for people, who is leading the team from the front und who is not frightened to take the initiative. A focused, responsible und dedicated leader with mo

Franziska Jilge

Moderator

Allan Cudicio

After studies in politics and management, Allan worked on the business sides of things for database firm Oracle and then for a couple of Berlin start-ups. In the last few years he switched to his true

Allan Cudicio

Game Designer

Lale Rodgarkia-Dara

Born in Vienna, Austria, Lale works as a writer, radio-maker and “soundinstaller”. She tries to develop a new Electroacoustic Literature, that enables writers to read and perform in a collective (

Lale Rodgarkia-Dara

Mz. Baltazar’s Laboratory

Tim Thaler

Tim is a moderator at the panel discussion: TRADITIONELLE MEDIEN ALS KOMMUNIKATOREN,MULTIPLIKATOREN UND VERNETZER – UP-TO-DATE ODER ÜBERHOLT?

Tim Thaler

Docent | BiTS Berlin

Lea Böhm

In addition to her 10 years of experience in operations in technology companies, Lea's focus is the most important resource of enterprises - The People. She knows what motivates and inspires people. S

Lea Böhm

CEO | AllesRoger UG

Tank Thunderbird

Tank will give a workshop "Wearables 101." This workshop is an introduction to wearable tech, featuring tips and techniques to get you started on adding light and sensors to your outfits! The partici

Tank Thunderbird

Technical Artist | Digital Alchemy

David dos Santos

David will talk about a technical device for generating renewable energy into electricity; on and in the oceans. Additionally, he will discuss the transport of user-friendly batteries in a way never s

David dos Santos

Hardware specialist

Zeljko Q Blace

Inconsistently working in(-between) contemporary culture, digital media technologies and community sport, cross-pollinating queer, media and social practices as artist, activist, researcher, producer,

Zeljko Q Blace

Artivist & ​Instigator ​in media/technology/sport

Manouchehr Shamsrizi, M.P.P, FRSA

Manouchehr Shamsrizi "is among the most publicly prominent voices of Germany's younger generation" (Washington Post, 2014) and leads RetroBrain R&D on their campaign to extend mankind’s quality of l

Manouchehr Shamsrizi, M.P.P, FRSA

RetroBrain R&D | gamelab.berlin

Mz*Baltazar’s Laboratory

Mz* Baltazar's Lab is a collective and feminist hackerspace! They focus on DIY projects on the intersection of arts, technology & feminism.

Mz*Baltazar’s Laboratory

Taryn Miller-Stevens

Taryn recently joined TLGG, a Berlin based digital transformation agency, to open US offices as Managing Director of New York. In her past life, Taryn raised $150K on Kickstarter in 2015 to launch BLg

Taryn Miller-Stevens

Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH

Monica Zaldivar

Monica is a a Berlin-based Marketing Manager with over 5 years' experience in Community Management, Social Media and Startups. Through her work, she's become an expert in Mobile Marketing and Messagin

Monica Zaldivar

Marketing Manager | Zoobe

Virtual Drag

Alison Bennett, Megan Beckwith & Mark Payne are transmedia artists in Melbourne Australia. They will talk about their VR artwork Virtual Drag: serving VR realness that features 3D scans of drag perfor

Virtual Drag

Virtual Reality Artwork

Jess Erickson

Jess Erickson

Director of Diversity | 500 Startups

Meghan Christenson

Meghan is the Accelerator Operations Manager for 500 Startups' San Francisco office. In this role she sources and interviews companies for the accelerator program and tailors course curriculum for com

Meghan Christenson

Accelerator Operations | 500 Startups

Sebastian Moleski

Sebastian runs Viderum, an open data service provider for governments, public institutions, and NGOs who want to get into publishing data for everyone to use. He has a varied professional background i

Sebastian Moleski

CEO | Viderum

Yaknel Elorza

Yaknel Elorza

Yoga Teacher

Tom Biegeleisen

Tom has been working professionally as a software engineer since 2000, both in the start-up space and for major global brands. He is currently a senior software engineer with the Huffington Post, whe

Tom Biegeleisen

Senior Software Engineer | Huffington Post

Hollie Haggans

Hollie is heading up Community Partnerships at DigitalOcean, responsible for building out a world class roster of global partners.

Hollie Haggans

Community Partnerships | DigitalOcean

Fernando Pernica

Fernando will talk about "Mobile Games: Driving New Trends in Advertising". Ten years ago no one could have imagined that marketers would reach consumers directly on the palm of their hands. Today, ad

Fernando Pernica

Publisher Growth Manager | AdColony / Opera Mediaworks

Jovan Dragelj

Jovan started his path as a scientist in 2010 at University of Belgrade, Serbia (where he obtained BSc and MSc degree), which made him fall for a sort of virtual side of science, Computational Chemist

Jovan Dragelj

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter |Freie Universität Berlin

Mauricio Martinez

Advocate of good software and strong believer of software development cycle.
Crossed fire with all kinds of methodologies, techniques and management tools.
Friendly open minded outgoing

Mauricio Martinez

Sr. QA engineer

Kiona Hagen Niehaus

Kiona Hagen Niehaus has a BFA from Pratt Institute, and is completing an MFA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths College. She has collaborated on several shows as a member of COVEN Berlin, including "

Kiona Hagen Niehaus

Computational Artist/Photographer/Writer

Ismayil Khayredinov

Ismayil is a core contributor to Elgg, open source RDF for socially-aware applications. He builds social networks as a freelancer and as a part of ArckInteractive. He is a founding member of Prague Pr

Ismayil Khayredinov

Elgg

Berit Greinke

Berit Greinke is an e-textile researcher and experimental designer, and recently joined the DRLab as a research assistant. She completed a degree in Textile and Surface Design at Art School Berlin and

Berit Greinke

Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts

Maciej Brylewicz

Maciej Brylewicz

CEO | Lacan Technologies Sp.

Aubrey Heichemer

Experiential artist who uses situation, queer narrative, and performance to create installations that react to sound and visual input as a closed circuit that generates an artifact that allows us to a

Aubrey Heichemer

Experiential artist

Norbert Braun

Norbert Braun did a PhD in nuclear physics and now works as a hardware/firmware developer. In his spare time, he loves to hack on open hardware projects at DingFabrik, the local makerspace in Cologne.

Norbert Braun

Hardware/Firmware engineer

Penelope Kemekenidou

Penelope is a PhD student at the LMU in Munich, and currently focusing on the importance of empathy and connectivity for activism. Her special focus lies on artivism, and the possibilities of social m

Penelope Kemekenidou

PHD student, activist

Antoinette LaFarge

Her speech 'Techno-performance as culture hack' will discuss how her techno-art performance work is involved in queering history and modeling an approach to technology that refuses to isolate it from

Antoinette LaFarge

Professor | University of California, Irvine

Ivo ‘Pave’ Tomas Mladinić

Pave is an engineer studying Polymer Science, a joint programme between HU, FU, TU Berlin and Potsdam Uni. After which he plans to continue with research, leading to a postdoc. Thiss far Pave has work

Ivo ‘Pave’ Tomas Mladinić

Polymer Scientist

Brian Fabian Crain

Brian Fabian Crain is Head of Business Development at Eris Industries. He is also founder and co-host of the leading podcast Epicenter Bitcoin podcast and founder of the Blockchain Meetup Berlin. He h

Brian Fabian Crain

Head of Business Development | Eris Industries

Jenny’s Playlist

Electronica Band - Jenny’s Playlist is an exciting mix of minimal-electronic beats, driving basslines and heroic ‘80s synths by Fump (Austria) and vocals by AntekZzz°:… (France). The soundtrack

Jenny’s Playlist

Electronica Band

Jacob Gaboury

Jacob Gaboury is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Visual Culture at Stony Brook University and Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He writes on th

Jacob Gaboury

Assistant Professor | Stony Brook University

Anja Kümmel

Anja is a writer and journalist with a gender studies background. She will present her new book “V oder die Vierte Wand” – a dystopian novel which is set in London in the near future and in 198

Anja Kümmel

Writer/journalist

Mike Doherty

Mike Doherty has a long history of business development, strategy and planning. Having launched several ventures personally, he understands the challenges of managing day-to-day operations while rem

Mike Doherty

Principal | Doherty & Associates

Niarchos Pombo

Niarchos is one of the global leads for SAP’s LGBT Employee Network Pride@SAP and Lead for Diversity & Inclusion in Latin America. Niarchos comes directly from Brazil for the event and will talk abo

Niarchos Pombo

Global Pride@SAP Leader

Irene Yu

Irene is the Founder and CEO of FindEssence, a SAAS intelligent product recognition platform. She is an entrepreneur, columnist, traveller, foodie, and seasoned business professional of digital media,

Irene Yu

Co-founder & CEO | FindEssence

Cryptoparty Berlin

Partying like it's 1984| In a city near you
Come to a Cryptoparty and talk to experts, learn from each other, and continue to learn over time. Take responsibility for your communication, privac

Cryptoparty Berlin

Mustafa Wahedi

Mustafa is a Data Scientist / Quantitative Analyst at Rocket Internet, working in the Conversion Rate Optimization Team. He worked with different Business Models (e.g. e-commerce, food delivery, marke

Mustafa Wahedi

Data Scientist | Rocket Internet

Vanessa Butz

Vanessa will talk about how the future of work is changing through coworking and entrepreneurship globally

Vanessa Butz

Managing Director | Interchange

Marie Amigues

Marie is Video Game Localization & Audio Production Specialist at Altagram GmbH.
She will speak about "Cultural challenges in video game localization: Can we make everyone happy?"

Marie Amigues

Altagram GmbH

Bastian Hofmann

Bastian works as a Software Engineer at ResearchGate, the social network for researchers and scientists. There he is mainly responsible for designing the web frontend's software architecture and carin

Bastian Hofmann

Senior Software Engineer | ResearchGate GmbH

Eileen Wagner

Eileen is a content manager at Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland
She will speak about "Connecting hackers: what we learned from coordinating 300 volunteers, 25 labs, and a team of 4"

Eileen Wagner

Content Manager

Henrik Rieß

Henrik is an creative director, interaction designer and technology enthusiast working in Berlin.
His focus lies on designing tomorrow's technologies for connected and mobile products, making

Henrik Rieß

Creative Director | UID

Leonhard Nima

Leonhard Nima's expertise builds on social business work experience and projects in more than 15 countries, incl. Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, United States, Canada, Brazil, Bahrain, Turkey,

Leonhard Nima

Co-founder | N3XTCODER

Jose Luis Romero Fernandez

Talks about "The future of language education"

Jose Luis Romero Fernandez

Founder & CEO | Abroadwith

Anna Ott

Anna will talk about #job&career advancement: "How to land a tech job in the Berlin startup scene"

Anna Ott

HR | hub:Raum Deutsche Telekom AG

Yannick Haan

Urban Gardening, flashmobs, geocoaching, protests, urban art or urban data visualization – it shows more and more: we are the city! Unnoticed by many, the cities of today are subject to massive chan

Yannick Haan

Project Manager | Hack your City

Isabelle Hoyer

Isabelle is Co-Founder and organizer of the PANDA Women Leadership Contest, Germany’s first and only competition for female (future) leaders who are ambiti

Isabelle Hoyer

Co-Founder | PANDA GmbH

Mariusz Ciesla

Designer, almost-developer, co-founder of Lifetramp.com, a platform for connecting passionate people. Loves remote work and freedom. Really bad at maintaining balance on a skateboard ;)

Mariusz Ciesla

Co-founder | Lifetramp.com

Pia Poppenreiter

Pia Poppenreiter

CEO & Co-Founder | Ohlala

Sarah Prager

Quist is a free mobile app that teaches LGBTQ history (quistapp.com, @QuistApp)

Sarah Prager

Founder and director | Quist

Jo Webber

Talks about "How to create, conceptualise and execute delivering a LGBTQ iOS app"

Jo Webber

CEO and Founder | Queer Booth

Rin Räuber

Talks about "Birdetta loves Yoshi – Queer Sex in Videogames"

Rin Räuber

Senior Developer | bitcrowd

Park Geun Woo

holds a degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute
talks about an initiative to work with refugees to empower them to secure jobs in Berlin's tech scene

Park Geun Woo

Mediengestalter | Fab Lab Berlin

Cathleen Berger

Policy Advisor, Programme Lead

Cathleen Berger

Global Partners Digital

Johannah Illgner

Political Strategy and Communication Consultant

Johannah Illgner

Plan W

Ahmad Taleb

Head of the Robotics and Embedded Systems department at Fab Lab Berlin
a degree in Computer Engineering and Automatic Control from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology in Syria
tal

Ahmad Taleb

Fab Lab Berlin

Humberto Corona

Humberto is a data scientist in Zalando’s Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin. He has recently finished his research in UCD (Dublin, Ireland) where he studied music and TV recommender systems. He's of

Humberto Corona

Data scientist | Zalando

Alessandro Pedori

Talks about: Queer and non-monogamous speed dating
Within a 2 weeks deadline, Alessandro prepared a software to manage a queer friendly non-monogamous speed dating event at Burning Bär, a Bur

Alessandro Pedori

Senior Developer | Überresearch GmbH

Murat Vurucu

Fab Lab Berlin / Makea Industries GmbH
Talks about the future of manufacturing

Murat Vurucu

Founder and COO

Klaus Jäger

Klaus Jäger studied physics at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, from where he obtained his diploma (MSc) in physics from the in 2008. In 20

Klaus Jäger

Postdoc Researcher

Khan Reaz

Starting a startup starts with a bunch of good people as in a good team. But things could go bad if we can not keep these good people to do things that they are good at. Keeping the harmony of a team

Khan Reaz

Co-Founder and CTO | Mousepotato

Sabrina Hoehne

Patent law, copyright law, trade-mark law

Sabrina Hoehne

LL.M. | Rechtsanwaeltin, Betriebswirtin (VWA)

Myriam Leggieri

Speaks about "Data Confidentiality and Hacked Ubiquitous Technology"

Myriam Leggieri

Software Security Engineer | Waratek Ltd

Inken Arntzen

Superhelden-Training, Digital Media Women, Social Media Week Hamburg

Inken will give a speech on "Networking for Success in the Digital World".

(c) Photo by Christian Stelling

Inken Arntzen

Founder, Coach, Speaker

Thomas Keup

Thomas is working as a longtime journalist as well as an extremely experienced PR specialist related with the German tech industry. The Berlin based author and advisor is collaborating with Gründerme

Thomas Keup

PR, Journalist | SPREEFACTORY

Sylwester Sosnowski

Talks about music machines and synthesizers

Sylwester Sosnowski

Bitflipper | Fab Lab Berlin

Chris Philipps

Being an Agile Enthusiast and practitioner for many years, Chris has been using agile principles, values and tools also in his private life. But the real acid test came a couple of months ago, when he

Chris Philipps

Interim CTO, Startup Mentor, Agile Enthusiast

Jasmin Meiling

Project manager | Cooperations, marketing and sales

Jasmin Meiling

Organiser | Unicorns in Tech

Danik (Dastan Kasmamytov)

Moves all around the World, but settled finally in Berlin. He is mostly responsible for web-programming, graphic design and animation, but in the end does many other things :)

Danik (Dastan Kasmamytov)

Organiser | Unicorns in Tech

Lukas Klepacki

Lukas was mostly responsible for finding speakers and partners for our exciting festival. He looooves Unicorns in Tech and our team :) and of course we also love him

Lukas Klepacki

Organiser | Unicorns in Tech

Stuart Cameron

Founder of UNICORNS IN TECH - Germany’s Tech queer community. UNICORNS IN TECH does not exclude anyone! The only important requirement is that the members are interested and in love with the tech-wo

Stuart Cameron

Founder | Unicorns in Tech

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Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin

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