Don't expect the ordinary

Brain Bar Budapest is Europe's festival of future thinking

Brain Bar Budapest (2-4 June 2016) is where the challengers and trendsetters from across Europe and beyond give us a glimpse of what’s to come. Brain Bar kicks off where other festivals throw in the towel. We take the hottest potatoes and toss them into the interdisciplinary oven with extra paprika, letting ideas and visions challenge each other. Philosophers take on disrupters. Technologists clash with ethicists. All interspersed with music and performance from artists with unique and unpredictable slants on what the future holds. Join us with partners Google and WIRED and prepare to be changed.

We step back from the preoccupations of today to consider what we'll be worrying about tomorrow

  • Robots vs Creativity
  • Humans vs Artificial
  • Data vs People
  • Economy vs Biology
  • Wars vs Video Games
  • Space vs Earth

2016 Lineup

Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield
World's best-known living astronaut, International Space Station
Sir Martin Sorrell
Sir Martin Sorrell
Founder and CEO of WPP
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Virginia Postrel
Virginia Postrel
Author „The future and its Enemies” and „The Power of Glamour”
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Anima Sound System DJ Set
Anima Sound System DJ Set
As the very first electronic act in Hungary they were the breakthrough act blending a unique fusion of folk music and modern electronic style.
Santeri Koivisto
Santeri Koivisto
CEO of TeacherGaming LLC, the company behind MinecraftEdu & KerbalEdu
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Cheryl Yeoh
Cheryl Yeoh
Founding CEO of Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Advisor/Angel Investor for Startups
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Gyula Fehér
Gyula Fehér
Co-Founder and CTO/ Ustream an IBM company
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DJ Bootsie
DJ Bootsie
Coming from heavy hip­hop roots DJ Bootsie has evolves to an international artist and band leader traveling between glitch, bass music and post genre realms.
Paula Bruszewska
Paula Bruszewska
Co-founder & CEO of Social Wolves
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Tim Harford
Tim Harford
Award-winning BBC broadcaster and Financial Times columnist; author of the million-selling "Undercover Economist"
Grover Norquist
Grover Norquist
President of Americans for Tax Reform
DJ Koze
DJ Koze
Germany's Nummer Eins Voted as DJ of The Year six times in Germany this profesional dude is nothing but success and heavy dance enjoyment. With his Hamburg­style hip­hop background Koze knows more about beats and breaks than anyone around.
Balázs Fürjes
Balázs Fürjes
Chairman of Budapest 2024 and Government Commissioner for Key Budapest Developments
Zsolna Ugron
Zsolna Ugron
Best-selling contemporary Hungarian author, former political and foreign policy correspondent
IAMYANK
IAMYANK
Headmaster of beats
Tamás Hovanyecz
Tamás Hovanyecz
Founder at Socialfokus
Réka Bucsi: Symphony 42
Réka Bucsi: Symphony 42
More than animation, it’s an interdisciplnary artwork serving higher aesthetics, bringing you into a whimsical world, with a special atmposhere.
Jack Hooper
Jack Hooper
Filmmaker turned engineer and designer
Félix Lajkó
Félix Lajkó
The Devil’s Violinist, the Paganini of Voivodina, he is a child prodigy from the Hungarian folk scene playing amazing, out-of-this-world tunes.
Margaret Ann Dowling
Margaret Ann Dowling
Media entrepreneur, innovator & influencer
Imre Kiss
Imre Kiss
The next big hit in electronic music, exploring new dimensions of techno music.
Derek Khanna
Derek Khanna
Leading Innovation Policy Expert
Rudi Westendorp
Rudi Westendorp
One of the world’s leading experts in geriatric medicine, Professor of Old-Age Medicine at the University of Copenhagen
Jaanika Merilo
Jaanika Merilo
CIO of Lviv, Evangelist of e-Government
Dávid Vitézy
Dávid Vitézy
Urban Mobility Expert, Former CEO of the Centre for Budapest Transport
Dr. Gabriel Hallevy
Dr. Gabriel Hallevy
Professor of criminal and hi-tech law, author of "When Robots Kill"
Andrew Mitchell
Andrew Mitchell
Former Director of Prosperity at the UK Government
Martin Kunze
Martin Kunze
Founder and CEO of Memory of Mankind
Hanga Santha
Hanga Santha
Policy expert, former advisor of security for the Swedish government
Branio Klesken
Branio Klesken
LEAF Academy, a new high school focused on developing a new generation of leaders for business and public sectors in Central Europe.
Sándor Szalay
Sándor Szalay
Astrophysicist, cosmologist, professor of computer science
Daniel Ritterband
Daniel Ritterband
Former Communications Director of Boris Johnson and the 2012 London Olympics
Viktoriya Krakovna
Viktoriya Krakovna
Co-founder of Future of Life Institute, PhD candidate, Harvard University
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Csaba Tóth
Csaba Tóth
Co-founder and strategy director of the Republikon Institute
Etienne Augé
Etienne Augé
Senior Lecturer Erasmus University Rotterdam - Founder/Director CHIFT (Community for Histories of the Future)
Shir Halpern
Shir Halpern
Founder and owner of Tel Aviv Farmers market, multi disciplinary entrepreneur in Food and Agriculture
Professor Alan Kirman
Professor Alan Kirman
Professor Emeritus at the Aix Marseille University
Dr. Sebastian Gorka
Dr. Sebastian Gorka
Chairman of Threat Knowledge Group
Oron Catts
Oron Catts
Chairman of Threat Knowledge Group
Neil Harbisson
Neil Harbisson
Cyborg Artist
Teele Pehk
Teele Pehk
Urban enthusiast & urbanist at the Estonian Urban Lab, person with a mission 2015 in Estonia
Luke Robert Mason
Luke Robert Mason
Science Communicator & Director of Virtual Futures
Heiko Fischer
Heiko Fischer
Founder and chief troublemaker of our Resourceful Humans
Michael Knudsen
Michael Knudsen
Head of Strategy Mobility Services BMW Group
Stefan Stern
Stefan Stern
Management writer and visiting professor at Cass Business School
Rowland Manthorpe
Rowland Manthorpe
Associate Editor at WIRED
Federico Guerrini
Federico Guerrini
Freelance journalist
Bari Máriusz "Damage"
Bari Máriusz "Damage"
Author of "Damage Report", futurepresent journalist, alternative culture researcher
José Matthijsee
José Matthijsee
General Manager, Heineken Hungária Sörgyárak Zrt
Luc Van Hoeckel
Luc Van Hoeckel
Social Designer, Co-founder of Super Local
Rob Wilmot
Rob Wilmot
Co-founder & CEO Crowdicity
Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick
Abi Glencrosse
Abi Glencrosse
New Harvest Cellular Agriculture Research Fellow, Co-editor ONIN.London and co-founder of Future Farm Lab.
Chris Skinner
Chris Skinner
Fintech Titan, Author, Chairman of the Financial Services Club
Andrew Macdowell
Andrew Macdowell
Correspondent and analyst covering Central and Eastern Europe
Eric Wesselman
Eric Wesselman
Partner at KPMG Advisory Netherlands
Michael Frank
Michael Frank
Head of Strategy and Portfolio Management at Magyar Telekom
Zoltán Cséfalvay
Zoltán Cséfalvay
Professor, Ambassador, initiator of the start-up credo Runway Budapest 2.0.2.0
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, columnist for The Week
Istvan Lam
Istvan Lam
Co-founder and CEO of Tresorit
George Greskovits
George Greskovits
Director of Academic Programme, the Milestone Institute
Christopher Mattheisen
Christopher Mattheisen
Chief Executive Officer; Board member since December 2006 Magyar Telekom
Beata Jaczewska
Beata Jaczewska
Executive Director of International Visegrad Fund
John Kampfner
John Kampfner
CEO, Creative Industries Federation
Wojciech Przybylski
Wojciech Przybylski
Editor-in-chief of Eurozine (Vienna), chairman of Res Publica (Warsaw)
Amoeba
Amoeba
A quartet of local DJ-producer guys play funkadelic hip-hop with a touch of dirty jazz.
Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
UK-isnpired, post-ambient techno from Budapest with live, digital and analogue instruments
István Kenyeres
István Kenyeres
CEO, BIOPOLUS
Judit Boros
Judit Boros
Product and service designer, BIOPOLUS
Zoltán Tanács
Zoltán Tanács
Partner of Horváth & Partners Management Consultant
Peter Moricz
Peter Moricz
Senior lecturer at the Corvinus Institute of Management.
Gyorgy Drotos
Gyorgy Drotos
Head of the Department of Management Control at Corvinus University of Budapest
Zsófia Méhes
Zsófia Méhes
Communications Manager at Engame Academy
Balázs Lévai
Balázs Lévai
Co-founder at Engame Academy
Györgyi Orosz
Györgyi Orosz
CEO at CEO at Heroes Square Initiative
Anita Frisch
Anita Frisch
Organization Development consultant at OD Partner
B. Laszlo Karafiath, Phd
B. Laszlo Karafiath, Phd
Cultural alchemist,Founder at Purpose & Play Co-creative Consciousness Technologies
Emese Király
Emese Király
Trainer and Coach ​
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GoogleWired
TelekomTechnology PartnerBMWHeinekenMKB
GERed BullNemzeti Tehetségfejlesztő ProgramKempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Zrt.IFUA Horváth & Partners Management ConsultantsCoca-ColaKonrad Adenauer Stiftung
Visegrad FundKPMG

Where better than Budapest

It’s a city anchored in the past but set to shape Europe’s future. Brain Bar Budapest will bring a new cadre of thinkers to the beating heart of a continent groaning with ideas but beset with crisis and protest. Home to countless innovators, thinkers, dreamers and doers, Budapest revels in its intellectual landscape and cultural buzz.