Keynote Speakers


Neil Frude is a consultant clinical psychologist, Honorary Professor at Cardiff University and a Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales. He has published over 100 papers and a number of books on topics as diverse as family relations, violence, statistical analysis and human interaction with computers. His 1983 book “The Intimate Machine”explored the potential for artificial systems to provide companionship to humans. In 2004 he devised a book prescription strategy for mental health which has since been implemented in national library-based schemes in Wales and England that have now been used by over 2 million adults and children. Neil is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and in 2014 received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In a sharply contrasting role, he has appeared as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe. His most recent Edinburgh show, in 2017, was “The Future of Desire” and explored the potential of technology (from food technology to robotics) to create artifacts that have a much stronger appeal to human tastes than the natural stimuli that shaped the evolution of our natural desires.


Sven Ripsas is Professor for Entrepreneurship (Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL), Academic Director of the BerlinMBA in Entrepreneurship and managest he startup activities of the BSEL. His central research focus is on Business Model Development, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lean Startup, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship Education. He leads several research projects, among them BerlinStartupInsights (which analyses key performance indicators of startups), BENHU (that develops a cross-university entrepreneurship education network to support the Berlin entrepreneurship ecosystem), and TransBo (which helps SMEs to manage the transformation tot he digital economy). Research partners of Prof. Ripsas are (among others) Tim Dümichen (KPMG), Christian Herzog (BerlinPartner), Frank Dehne (Salesforce), Prof. Winkler (City University New York), Prof. Schildhauer (Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, D), Prof. Faltin (Freie Universität Berlin, D), Google Inc. (USA), and the Wichita State University (USA). In 2007 Sven Ripsas started his own investment and consulting company Daring Spirit UG and holds 4 investments. Besides teaching he is Head of the Scientific Board of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE Deutschland). In 1995 he startet the first German business plan competition and a year later Babson College (Boston, MA) awarded him the Appel-Prize for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academia. Sven Ripsas lectures on his research interests and conducts workshops for startups and international companies aiming to develop their business and revenue models. Due to his experience as a triathlete and Yoga teacher his intention is to unfold everyone’s individual potential.​


Jiajia Zheng was born and raised in Zhejiang, China. He graduated from  Zhejiang University in 2011 with a Master of Engineering degree in Control Theory and Computer Science. He participated in the Robocup competition in 2006, and won the first prize in the RoboCup Soccer – Simulation 2D League. He also developed the first vision system for ZJU Dancer in RoboCupSoccer – Humanoid small size. He was a software engineer at HuaWei Technologies Co. Ltd.  between 2011 and 2012, and  as a member of the basic technology team at HuaWei he developed their operation system. In 2012 and 2013 he designed several applications for Apple smart phones between 2012, and then he joined Zhejiang Guozi Robotics Co. Ltd, and developed their AGV system between 2014 and 2016.In 2016 Jia founded the Hangzhou Brain of Things Co., Ltd, and designed the company’s robot girlfriend product. He then married his robot girlfriend Yingying. His marriage created enormous interest in the media, including reports in Qianjiang Evening News, The Guardian, and on the BBC. Even though it is quite hard to start and develop a new business. Jia still runs his robot business of robot with the help of his friends.