Keynote Speakers

CPEurope in Berlin


One of the things that makes Campus Party stand out is the sheer amount of activities happening simultaneously. But once a day, the action stops and all eyes are on the main stage for one of the festival's keynote events. Campus Party hosts internationally renowned innovators and thinkers who take the stage to share their ideas and engage with campuseros through Q&A's.  

The first confirmed keynote speakers for Campus Party Europe in Berlin are:

Brazil Wednesday, 22 August, 12:00 – 13:00
How the new media interfere in the creative process
Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho is considered to be one of the most influential authors of our times. He is the best selling author of The Alchemist, and his books have sold more than 140 million copies worldwide and have been translated to 73 languages. He was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947 and discovered his vocation for writing early on. He worked as a director, theater actor, composer and journalist. 


According to Forbes, Paulo Coelho is the second most influential celebrity across social media platforms, with more than 4 million followers on Twitter and 8 million fans on Facebook.

Israel Thursday 23 August, 12:00 – 13:00
Yossi Vardi


Yossi Vardi is one of Israel's pioneering tech entrepreneurs. In a career spanning 41 years, he has founded and helped build over 70 tech companies in diverse areas of software, energy, Internet, mobile, electro-optics and clean water among others. In 1969, at the age of 26, he co-founded and was the first CEO of Tekem, one of the very first software houses in Israel, which would go on to become the largest software company at the time. In 1996, he became the founding investor of Mirabilis, the creator of ICQ, the first Internet-wide Instant Messaging system which sold to AOL for 400 million dollars just 19 months after it launched. 

Vardi is a co-holder of a patent on instant messaging on telephones and is founder of a global market leading Mobile VoIP service, as well as number of other ventures in the mobile space. Among the companies he invested in, or helped to build, are, now public, Gteko, which sold to Microsoft, Airlink, which sold to Sierra, and many more. He was an advisor to the CEOs of AOL,, Allied-signal, Siemens-Albis and others. Vardi is a member of the World Economic Forum, on the advisory board of both Amdocs and Blackberry Ventures. He is the Co-Chair of the European Union - Israel Strategic Business Dialogue. Mr. Vardi has also acted as an advisor to the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program on issues of energy policy and strategy in the developing world.

Canada Friday 24 August, 12:00 – 13:00
Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet
Don Tapscott


The current global economic crisis is not just cyclical, but rather symptomatic of a deeper secular change. There is growing evidence that we need to rethink and rebuild many of the organizations and institutions that have served us well for decades, but now have come to the end of their life cycle. In particular institutions for global problem solving like the UN, World Bank, IMF, WTO and G8 arose during a previous period in history and increasingly unable to address the challenges of the new networked world.

At the same time the contours of new enterprises and industries are becoming clear. With the Internet, society has at its disposal the most powerful platform ever for bringing together the people, skills and knowledge we need to ensure growth, social development and a just and sustainable world.

People everywhere are collaborating like never before. From education, science and the humanities to new approaches to citizen engagement and democracy, sparkling new initiatives are underway, embracing a new set of principles for the 21st century -- collaboration, openness, sharing, interdependence and integrity. The new killer app for the web may be solving the world's problems, literally.

Don Tapscott, for 3 decades arguably the world's leading thinker about the impact of the digital revolution on business and society, argues for a new networked model of global solving sharing insights from a new global project on the topic.

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology, advising business and government leaders around the world. He has authored and co-authored 14 widely read books including most recently Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet. His book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the bestselling management book in the United States in 2007 and was translated into over 25 languages. The Economist called Macrowikinomics a “Schumpeterian story of creative destruction” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.”

Over the past 30 years he has introduced many ground-breaking concepts that are significant contributions to contemporary thought. In 2011, Mr. Tapscott earned the #9 spot on the Definitive List of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World. 

United Kingdom Saturday 25 August, 12:00 – 13:00
Sir Tim Berners-Lee


A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URLs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has also promoted open government data globally and is a member of the UK's Transparency Board. Berners-Lee is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.

In 2001, Sir Tim Berners-Lee became a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of several international awards, and in 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

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