Big Techday Speakerinfo

Information for speakers at the TNG Big Techday 11 on May 18th, 2018

The Event

The BTD11

The Big Techday is a one-day conference on science and technology, particularly IT. It is organized by TNG once a year, because it is fun. The Big Techday will take place for the 11th time this year. The programme is similar to the agendas of its predecessors.


The general lecture programme starts out with up to six parallel tracks and up to 35 talks. For this Big Techday, we expect about 850 guests.


The conference language is German. However, several talks, especially from invited speakers, are given in English. We have at least one English talk at any given time.



The guests are people with technical/scientific curiosity and a deep interest in information technology. Attending will be amongst others students of the relevant subjects of the universities of Munich and the surrounding area, members of user groups and of the society for computer science, employees of IT-intensive companies in Munich and the employees of TNG. Participation in the Big Techday is free of charge.


Most of our speakers have an IT background, but some also come from other areas such as Physics and Mathematics. Among them are scientists as well as practitioners.

Time and Venue


The Big Techday 11 is scheduled for Friday, the 18th of May, 2018 in Munich. The programme is running from 9:00 up to about 17:30, with a lunch break. A relaxed evening reception runs up to about 24:00.


During the whole event, cost-free catering is provided, including coffee breaks, lunch buffet and a dinner.

Requests to the Speakers

The Talk

Speakers are free choose and handle their topic. The idea is that the speaker will talk about something that he himself considers important, new, interesting, surprising, or technically cool.


We cordially request a picture from each speaker that we may put on to the BTD website. We also need an abstract of the talk and a very short biography. We also ask each speaker to please state whether he allows his talk to be recorded on video and whether the video - of course, only when authorised by the speaker - may be published on the internet.

Benefits for the speakers


TNG assumes all travel and lodging costs of the speakers.


TNG can take over the complete travel logistics, especially the flight arrangements and hotel booking. As a hotel for our speakers, we have reserved a room contingent with the Hotel Westin Grand. The city is worth a trip, especially at the date of the BTD, as it is early summer.

Big Grillday

We have a very nice terrace overlooking the countryside. Weather permitting, we will have a Big Grillday on Thursday, 17th of May 2018, noon for the speakers and TNG coworkers.

Relaxed Speaker's Dinner

We will additionally organize a stress-free dinner for any speaker who would like to join us. It will be on Thursday evening and will last about 1.5-2 hours. No early commitment is necessary, joining at the very last minute is fine.

Pictures from prior BTDs

Miles Tost, Level Designer, and Nikolas Kolm, Quest Designer, for "The Witcher 3" of CDProjektRed
Prof. Dr. Steven Pinker, Harvard University, "The decline of violence"
Prof. Dr. Martin Odersky, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, "Scala"
Ralph Langner, Langner Communications, "The anatomy of the Stuxnet worm"
Dr. Mike Montemerlo, Stanford University, "Stanley, Autonomous Robot Car Racing & the DARPA Grand Challenges"
Dr. Peter Singer, Director at the Brookings Institution, "Wired for War"
Dr. Eckart Pech, CIO Telefónica Germany, "IT as a Catalyst for Agility and Flexibility in a Dynamic and Global Environment"
Cristóbal Vila, Etérea, "3D Animation: a creative process"
Trappy, Team Black Sheep, "With the Avatar airplane over New York"
Dr. Michal Kosinski, Assistant Professor für Organizational Behaviour, Stanford Graduate School of Business, "Predicting Intimate Traits from Digital Footprints"
Prof. Tuomas Sandholm, Carnegie Mellon University, "Super-Human AI for Strategic Reasoning: Beating Top Pros in Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold’em"