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
The most famous astronaut of our time, International Space Station
Sir Martin Sorrell
Sir Martin Sorrell
Founder & CEO of WPP
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Virginia Postrel
Virginia Postrel
Acclaimed author and columnist for Bloomberg View
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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 Minecraft Education
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Cheryl Yeoh
Cheryl Yeoh
CEO of Global Innovation & Creativity Centre
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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 best-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
Urbanist and public transport expert
István Zoltán
István Zoltán
2016 US Presidential candidate of the Transhumanist Party
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 for Mayor Boris Johnson and the 2012 London Olympics campaign
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
Multi disciplinary entrepreneur in Food and Agriculture, founder and owner of Tel Aviv Farmers market
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
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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.