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22.06.2017 19:00

Opening of the Czech Innovation Festival

The opening of the festival will be followed be presentations a discussion. We will learn more about the festival‘s general scientific partner ELI Beamlines and their project The Strongest Laser in the World. The Czech Technical University in Prague will present their project The Future of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. With our partners Bitkom and Solirax we will talk about Czech success stories and give an overview about what more to expect from the festival. Und there is more: you can tour virtual reality a meet our partners.

Opening of the Czech Innovation Festival

H.E. Ambassador of the Czech Rep. in Germany, Tomas J. Podivinsky

Presentations and Talks

Project ELI: The Strongest Laser in the World

Presentation: Prof. Ivan Wilhelm, ELI Beamlines, External Affairs Manager 
In dialogue with: Dr. Holger Stiel, Max-Born-Institut, Head of Laboratory for Innovative X-Ray Technologies

Prof. Ivan Wilhelm, Rector Emeritus of the Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic and former member of the Government Council for Research and Development, was born in May 1942. He graduated from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University. He has become a professor of experimental physics in 1999 at the Charles University and from 2000 till 2006 he held the position of rector of the Charles University. Prof. Wilhelm works in the field of experimental nuclear physics and elementary particle physics. He is a member of many scientific committees, e.g.: Committee on coordination of the Czech Republic in CERN; Committee on coordination of the Czech Republic in JINR; Association of the European Universities and others. For ELI Beamlines he works as a Manager for External Affairs.
The ELI Beamlines international laser center realized by the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is the biggest research project in the history of the Czech Republic. It is a part of a European ELI infrastructure composed of three pillars: the ELI Beamlines in Dolní Břežany near Prague, the ELI Attosecond Light Pulse Source facility in Szeged, Hungary and the ELI Nuclear Physics in Magurele, Romania. The primary mission of the ELI Beamlines facility consists of producing an entirely new generation of secondary sources driven by ultra-intense lasers. These laser systems should generate pulses of light with intensity that was not yet reached anywhere else on the world. This allow researchers to dramatically push forward the frontiers of science and technology in several directions in both basic and applied research.

Dr. Holger Stiel is Head of Berlin Laboratory of innovative X-ray technologies (BLiX) at Max Born Institute since 2011. He specializes in fields of X-ray absorption spectroscopy in the hard and soft x-ray range, coherent and incoherent laboratory X-ray sources, EUV-metrology and interferometry, X-ray microscopy and in structure-function relationships in photosynthetic apparatus.
The Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) is a non profit research institution, organized in the legal form of a registered association (Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.). The MBI conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics of the interaction of light with matter and pursues applications that emerge from this research. It develops and uses ultrafast and ultra-intense lasers and laser-driven short-pulse light sources in a broad spectral range in combination with methods of nonlinear spectroscopy.

The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality 

Presentation: Prof. Jiří Žára, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer Graphics and Interaction
In dialogue with: Prof. Christian Malterer, First German Business Association for Immersive Media EDFVR e.V.

Prof. Jiří Žára is a full professor of computer science and a head of the Department of Computer Graphics and Interaction (DCGI) at the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). He holds regular lectures on Computer Graphics Algorithms and Virtual Reality. He is an author of more than 160 scientific papers and a leader of a number of research projects, both international and national. In 2017, he received the Eurographics Fellow award.
Department of Computer Graphics and Interaction (DCGI) is a part of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The DCGI department represents the largest research and education body in the area of computer graphics, virtual reality, computer games, and human-computer interaction among all universities in the Czech Republic. Integral parts of DCGI are specialized laboratories VRLAB (Virtual an Augmented reality) and ULAB (Usability testing) equipped with recent technologies. Scientific results are regularly presented at top conferences such as SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, and EUROGRAPHICS.

Prof. Christian Malterer is Vice President of the Mediadesign University for Applied Sciences in Berlin and Head of the faculty of Digital Film Design – 3D/VFX and Computer Animation. During his 20years in the media industry he worked in film, television and multimedia. Over the years he focused on content production, drifting more and more towards research and the development of cutting edge technology for digital cinema production. He is also strongly dedicated to use every technological advance for arts and culture, shown in his expert work for the restoration of Germany’s foremost movie heritage, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which is deemed world cultural heritage by the UNESCO. Being a full time lecturer now, he focuses on the emerging Immersive Technologies, like Volumetric Video, Virtual Reality and Mixed Digital Realities. He is cofounder of the VR society Berlin-Brandenburg (VRBB) and a scientific advisor to the German Professional Association for Virtual Reality (EDFVR).
The first German Association for Virtual Reality and Immersive Media (EDVFR e.V.), founded in 2014, is a group of enthusiasts, experts and providers for the development and distribution of virtual reality.. The EDFVR has more than 100 active members and partnership with German VR companies, Universities and Institutions.


Festival Overview + Success Story

Joachim Bühler, Bitkom, Managing Director
Joachim Bühler has been managing director at Bitkom since 2013 and is responsible for the areas of politics, business and technology. Joachim Bühler represents Bitkom on the board of the Voluntary Self-Monitoring Multimedia (FSM), he is a member of the Platforms Digital Infrastructure and Mobility as well as Education and Research at the National IT Summit of the Federal Government. Prior to joining Bitkom, Joachim Bühler was a speaker of a deputy in the German Bundestag.


Karel Hulec, CEO, Solirax
Co-Founder and CEO of Solirax. Karel is a futurist and transhumanist, with his mind set on making lives better for everyone trough technology and its democratization. Previous ventures include block-chain and early VR hardware. He's passionate about renewables, sustainable transport, space, medical and longevity tech. Some of his favourite entrepreneurs are Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk and Aubrey de Grey.


Get together and Reception

Presentations (main hall CC): VR Tour through Eli Beams + other VR Projects


The general scientific partner of the CIF 2017 is the ELI Beamlines project, a close 1bn € international facility being built near the Czech capital. 13 countries and dozens of institutions (many from Germany) take part in this project, having set a goal of building the strongest laser in the world by the end of 2017.

The CIF 2017 will also focus on virtual and augmented reality this year. An essential part of the Festival belongs to Czech start-ups. Together with workshops and meetups with the local business & investor community we will present 7 internationally successful Czech start-ups in a start-up pitch, a competition of short presentations.

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22.06.2017 19:00


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