Ten people trying to make this place a kinder world at The Next Web conference

This week I'll be attending the The Next Web conference. I think I only missed the very first one. This year I'm focussing on Tech for Good.

I'm interested in how tech can help solve real world problems so I've dug through the 150+ speaker list for you and found ten people with alligning ambitions. I'm gonna try to listen to all of them. Here is the quick overview, below you cvan find in-depth information about the speakers and talks. Find me if you want to talk about your projects or Kinder.

Day 1: Thursday May 9th 2019

11:35 - 12:00: Closing the food loop
11:55 - 12:15: Fireside Chat: AI for good
13:35 - 13:55: What will your degree be worth in 2030?
15:40 - 16:05: Educating a generation of earth ambassadors
16:30 - 16:50: Rethinking packaging: fighting plastic pollution

DAY 2: Friday MAY 10TH 2019

09:55 - 10:15: Government innovation in a digital age
10:15 - 10:50: Building sustainable supply chains using the latest tech
11:00 - 11:20: How to become a responsible NextGen tech leader

Jessi Baker


Jessi Baker is the founder of Provenance, a digital platform enabling producers, manufacturers, and retailers to track the journey of people, places, and ingredients behind their products. They use blockchain and smart tagging technologies to revolutionise supply chain transparency. With Provenance, businesses can drastically reduce risk in their supply chain and foster a new form of consumer trust. The first to apply blockchain technology to supply chain in 2013, Provenance are now working with businesses in the UK and across global supply chains, including The Co-op supermarket, Sainsbury’s, Unilever, The World Bank, Greenpeace, organic certified farms across Europe, and luxury brands.

on stage together with

David Achard


David, an alumnus from the notorious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, has dedicated the start of his career into creating value across the hospitality sector through sustainability. He is proud to be part of Winnow’s mission to inspire chefs and others to see that food is too valuable to waste. Winnow builds tech to help chefs run their kitchens more efficiently, focusing on helping them understand and prevent food waste. Since launching 5 years ago, Winnow has been deployed in 40 countries and has saved its customers $30m by reducing food waste.

Closing the food loop
πŸ“Œ Venue 8: Future Generations
πŸ•° 11:35 - 12:00

Here, we’ll take a look into the food system - from the supply chain, to the kitchen. With the first question being- what are the challenges facing the food industry today and where will we be in 50 years time if we continue on the same trajectory? How can we use technology such as AI and blockchain to revolutionize these systems to sustain future generations? Meet the companies who are making this happen and the chefs who are putting it into practice.

Milena Marin


Milena Marin is a Senior Advisor in Amnesty International's Evidence Lab where she is pioneering the use of data and technology for large scale human rights investigations. At Amnesty she leads Amnesty Decoders, an innovative platform using data science, crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to analyse unstructured data. Previously she worked as Programme Director of School of Data where she trained and mentored numerous NGOs and journalists to make the most of their data and reach new audiences. Additionally, Milena spent over 4 years working with Transparency International where she supported TI’s global network to use technology in the fight against corruption.

Fireside Chat: AI for good

πŸ“Œ Venue 7: Trade
πŸ•° 11:55 — 12:15

Concerns about the repercussions of AI on society and human activity are rising, trust has also become a top priority. This interview will discuss how AI can be utilised as a tool to benefit society, humanitarian projects and aid; and the opportunities and current limitations.

Corinne Vigreux


Corinne Vigreux is a Co-Founder of TomTom, the navigation and map-making company that solves mobility problems and addresses the challenges of autonomous driving and smart cities. Voted as one of the top fifty most inspirational women in European tech, Corinne champions women in the workforce and passionately advocates for improved social mobility through education. Corinne has just founded Codam, a not-for-profit coding college based on the famous Ecole 42 curriculum and ethos. Codam opened its doors in September 2018 in the heart of Amsterdam.

What will your degree be worth in 2030?

πŸ“Œ Venue 3: SPRINT / The Next Women Summit
πŸ•° 13:35 — 13:55

One thing’s for certain, jobs in 2030 will not be the same as they are today. In our digital world we need to be comfortable with industry disruption, and prepare to unlearn, and then completely relearn. Corinne Vigreux, co-founder at TomTom and founder of CODAM, will dive into how peer-to-peer learning can prep the next generation and will challenge you to ask “Does the future workforce include me?

André Kuipers


André is the first Dutchman with two space missions to his name, including the (then) record-breaking 204-day ESA mission. After years of training, André was launched into space alongside Russian and American colleagues. Living and working aboard the ISS space station, he wore all sorts of hats, from doctor and scientist to engineer, teacher, cleaner, and handyman. Back on Earth, he dedicates most of his time to raising awareness about science and technology among youth. A sought-after speaker, he translates his personal experiences into talks ranging from space travel and technology to sustainability and energy topics.

Educating a generation of earth ambassadors: A tale of technology and humanity

πŸ“Œ Main Stage
πŸ•° 15:40 — 16:05

We are all passengers on a spaceship with limited resources: our planet. An astronaut’s journey into space bolsters this realization through ‘the overview effect’ — yet unfortunately we cannot all experience this transformative moment. SpaceBuzz, a brand new concept from ESA astronaut André Kuipers, uses this as a premise to educate the world’s children, creating a generation of earth ambassadors in the process. 

In this talk, André explains why he chose this innovative approach towards education with a revolutionary concept. Using personal footage and the stunning visuals created for SpaceBuzz, he illustrates a compelling tale about life on earth, travelling to space and launching an educational program with technology and humanity at its heart.

Laure Cucuron


Laure is the General Manager of TerraCycle Europe, creating national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfills or incineration. 

Rethinking packaging: fighting plastic pollution

πŸ“Œ Venue 8: Future Generations
πŸ•° 16:30 — 16:50

TerraCycle's process involves manufacturers, retailers, governments, and consumers to create circular solutions for materials such as food packaging, laboratory waste, coffee capsules, and cigarette waste. TerraCyle works in collaboration with the world’s largest brands and retailers such as BIC, JDE, P&G, Tesco, and Carrefour. 

Recently, TerraCycle announced a new platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop in sustainable packaging. 

Laure graduated with a Master’s degree in Marketing & Management from the Toulouse Business School.

Day 2: Friday May 9th 2019

Robyn Scott


Robyn is co-founder and CEO of Apolitical, an award-winning learning platform for government on a mission to accelerate the transformation of governments. Previously, Robyn co-founded OneLeap, a London-based executive education company, and a Southern African not-for-profit teaching coding to vulnerable youth. She has written an acclaimed memoir about growing up in Botswana. She is an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, an advisor to the Responsible Mining Index, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a Gates Scholar. She has a BSc in Bioinformatics from Auckland University and a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge University.

Government innovation in a digital age

πŸ“Œ Venue 5: TNW X
πŸ•° 9:55 — 10:15

When public servants have access to the most cutting edge technologies, the doors of more democratic and dynamic societies are opened. What areas of everyday life can GovTech enhance and how can it help provide better citizen-centric services? What best practices can be shared? What does the government of the future look like?

Michael Gidney


Michael has worked in international development for 20 years, with a particular focus on reducing poverty and developing small enterprise by helping producers identify and access markets. Michael joined the Fairtrade Foundation in 2009 as Deputy Executive Director, before becoming Chief Executive in 2012. Prior to this, he spent eight years as Director of Policy at Traidcraft, where he led their research and advocacy programme.


Jordy van Honk


Jordy is the Program Director at IDH -The Sustainable Trade Initiative. For the past 9 years, Jordy has been involved with several leading sustainability initiatives and agricultural commodity programs in the tea, flowers, cashews, cocoa, cassava and spices sectors. Jordy holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam and has over 12 years of experience working in the field of sustainable production and trade of commodities. Before joining IDH in 2010, Jordy worked for the Ministry of Agriculture of the government of The Netherlands.

Building sustainable supply chains using the latest tech

πŸ“Œ Trade
πŸ•° 10:15 - 10:50

Creating ethical and sustainable supply chains improves regulatory compliance, enhances business branding and reputation, reduces waste and overhead, and reassures consumers on ethical environmental sourcing. However, there are a number of challenges to overcome, particularly for global consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. This panel will explore how technology can help to address some of these challenges. 

Mursal Hedayat


Mursal Hedayat is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Chatterbox, an innovative online language learning platform powered by refugees tutors that uniquely connects learners with engaging native speakers using professional and personal interest matching. A former refugee to the UK from Afghanistan herself, Mursal was inspired to create pathways into professional careers for refugees after observing first-hand the vast untapped talent in the refugee community. Since starting up in August 2016, Chatterbox has been backed by British and Silicon Valley investors and counts the Red Cross and 5 UK universities amongst its clients.

How to become a responsible NextGen tech leader

πŸ“Œ Venue 7: Trade
πŸ•° 11:00 - 11:20

This insightful and timely interview will provide insight into some of the most critical issues in tech for millennials including social aspects, diversity in tech, tech for good, education and the lessons learnt in becoming a NextGen tech leader.

Oh and there were two more people on my list, but couldn't find them in the schedule... Do you know them? Introduce me. :)

Julius Weise


Julius studied cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and finished his master's degree in 2017. He founded and sold the sustainable shoe brand MIPACHA. After a semester abroad in Italy, he met many West-African refugees and started volunteering in refugee camps in Italy, Greece, and the Netherlands. Julius established the Blendin foundation, a platform to connect newcomers to locals. Since November 2018, Blendin merged with the similar Swedish organization, Welcome. The Welcome app aims to become the central platform for newcomers and local Europeans for integration. The services differ from information, events, question and answer portals, and job opportunities.


Annelies van der Vorm


Annelies has been devoted to entrepreneurial projects for decades now. From the Eco Lodge Nuarro in the tropical Mozambique, to the highly popular Dutch chain of sustainable grocery stores Marqt; being kind or doing good through purposeful concepts is what makes Annelies happy – all with a clear focus on improving our planet and the lives of its people through pleasure and prosperity.


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