Aspire 2014 – Is Europe’s youth a key player in world happenings?

 

For the 4th time the Aspire Congress will provide students and young professionals the possibility to interact and connect with the people at the front-lines of social impact during a 4 day conference from November 13th to 16th.
Established leaders, organizations and NGOs committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world, will expose successful projects or ideas that have the potential to achieve sustainable change in society. Through listening to these stories and personalities, we get you motivated to pursue your own ideas or get involved in already existing projects from the participating organizations. Our aim is to make young generations aspire for positive impact and develop a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

The leading question of this year´s congress is:  “Is Europe´s youth a key player in world happenings?”

 


TOPICS

The conference is split into 5 tracks of which you can choose one to participate in:

Climate Change: From Mitigation to Adaptation
What is the Potential of Generation Y?
Human Rights, Migration, and Refugees in the 21st century – Approaches beyond State Policies
Privacy & media: Welcome to the Age of (Dis)Information
Global Governance – Peace-building

 
 

 


OPENING CEREMONY

The Aspire Congress 2014 will kick off with our Opening Ceremony on Thursday November 13th at 18:00. Next to a welcoming & getting-to-know activities with the chair of the congress Benedikt Glatzl,  and statements by our supporters AIESEC  and  Philipp Agathanos (Union of European Federalists), we will have the pleasure of hosting keynote speeches for each topic as well as a panel discussion on our leading question “Is Europe´s youth a key player in world happenings?”.

 

Keynote introductions to our topics

Climate Change: From Mitigation to Adaptation
Manfred Grasserbauer – Technical University of Vienna

What is the Potential of Generation Y?
Virginia Ottolina – President of DASI
Martina Nagyova – Head of  ASPIRE

Human Rights, Migration, and Refugees in the 21st century – Approaches beyond State Policies
Manfred Nowak – Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna

Privacy & media: Welcome to the Age of (Dis)Information
Frane Maroevic – Senior Adviser, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Global Governance – Peace-building
Dr. Josef Mantl – Go-Governance

 

Panel discussion: “Is Europe´s youth a key player in world happenings?”

Dr. Melanie Sully – Go-Governance
Dr. Philipp Ikrath – Institut für Jugendkultur
Dr. Olga Kamenchuck –  International and Public Affairs, VCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Centre)
Gebhard Ottacher – Teach for Austria

Moderator: Benedikt Glatzl (ASPIRE)

 


ASPIRE TALKS

We are introducing this year a new type of session called “Aspire Talks”. The focus is on social impact and entrepreneurial spirit. For these talks we are looking for engaging, charismatic young speakers whose talks expose successful personal projects or ideas that have the potential to achieve sustainable change in society. Our aim is to make young generations aspire for positive impact.

This session will be hosted by Martin Nesirky, Acting Director of the United nations Information Service (UNIS) at the Vienna International Center on Friday November 14th at 14:30. The Aspire Talk 2014 speakers are:

Maximilian Schrems – Europe vs Facebook

Faiza Oulahsen – Arctic 30

Ali Mahlodji – Whatchado

 


SUNDAY SESSION

Partner Pitches

On Sunday morning, participants will be introduced to various organizations, projects and iniatives where they can get involved.

Eugene Quinn – space and place
Billy Batware – UESF (United For Education and Sustainable Futures)
Lydia Walter – UN Youth Delegate 2014
Tobias Göllner – Shiftyard
Cezar Neaga – Impact HUB Vienna
Dimitris Kokkinakis – Impact HUB Athens

Skills Trainings

Get equipped and expand your skill-set by participating in workshops which will support you in your future steps, careers and actions you may take.

Manuel Wildtgrube – Teach For Austria, “Elevator Pitch – Selling your Idea in 30 seconds”
Toni Chung – Winnovation, “Business Model You”
Lydia Walter – UN Youth Delegate 2014, “Public Speaking”
Dimitris Kokkinakis – HUB Athens, “Business Model Canvas”

 


LATEST SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
Katharina Kronsteiner, GWÖ (Gemeinwohl Ökonomie)
Blanka Bellak, ASPR
Heinz Gartner, OIIP
Stefan Lehne, Carnegie Europe
Billy Batware, RAUN
Ilja Sichrovsky, Muslim Jewish Conference
Delphine Dorsi, Right to Education
 

 


AGENDA

Thursday 13th
MOYA Museum of Young Art
Friday 14th
Korea Kulturhaus
Saturday 15th
WU Vienna (University of Business & Economics)
Sunday 16th
Diplomatic Academy Vienna
Welcoming & Opening
09:00-10:00
Korea Kulturhaus
Welcoming & Opening
09:00-10:00
WU Vienna
Lightening talks
10:00-13:00
Workshops
10:00-12:30
Welcoming & Opening
10:00-11:00
Diplomatische Akademie Vienna
Partner pitches
11:00-12:00
Skills Trainings
12:00-14:00
Lunch
Lunch
Transfer to UN & Welcoming
Workshops
14:00-16:30
Sexy Working Time
14:00-15:30
Aspire Talks
15:00-18:00
United Nations - Vienna International Center
Future & Closing
15:30-16:30
Open Space & Evening Plenary
16:30-18:00
Arrival & Registration
17:00-18:00
MOYA Museum of Young Art
Opening Ceremony
18:00 - 22:00
Aspire Party
20:00-00:00

Thursday 13th
MOYA Museum of Young Art

  • Arrival & Registration
    17.00 - 18.00
  • Opening Ceremony
    18.00 - 22.00

Friday 14th
Korea Kulturhaus

  • Welcoming & Opening
    09.30 - 10.00
  • Lightening talks
    10.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch
    13.00 - 14.00
  • Transfer to UN & Welcoming
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Aspire Talks
    15.00 - 18.00

Saturday 15th
WU Vienna (University of Business & Economics)

  • Welcoming & Opening
    09.30 - 10.00
  • Workshops
    10.00 - 12.30
  • Lunch
    12.30 - 14.00
  • Workshops
    14.00 - 16.30
  • Open Space & Evening Plenary
    16.30 - 18.00
  • Aspire Party
    20.00 - 22.00

Sunday 16th
Diplomatic Academy Vienna

  • Welcoming & Opening
    10.00 - 11.00
  • Partner pitches
    11.00 - 12.00
  • Skills Trainings
    12.00 - 14.00
  • Sexy Working Time
    14.00 - 15.30
  • Future & Closing
    15.30 - 16.30
Thursday 13th
MOYA Museum of Young Art
Friday 14th
Korea Kulturhaus
Saturday 15th
WU Vienna (University of Business & Economics)
Sunday 16th
Diplomatic Academy Vienna
Welcoming & Opening
09:00-10:00
Korea Kulturhaus
Welcoming & Opening
09:00-10:00
WU Vienna
Lightening talks
10:00-13:00
Workshops
10:00-12:30
Welcoming & Opening
10:00-11:00
Diplomatische Akademie Vienna
Partner pitches
11:00-12:00
Skills Trainings
12:00-14:00
Lunch
Lunch
Transfer to UN & Welcoming
Workshops
14:00-16:30
Sexy Working Time
14:00-15:30
Aspire Talks
15:00-18:00
United Nations - Vienna International Center
Future & Closing
15:30-16:30
Open Space & Evening Plenary
16:30-18:00
Arrival & Registration
17:00-18:00
MOYA Museum of Young Art
Opening Ceremony
18:00 - 22:00
Aspire Party
20:00-00:00

Thursday 13th
MOYA Museum of Young Art

  • Arrival & Registration
    17.00 - 18.00
  • Opening Ceremony
    18.00 - 22.00

Friday 14th
Korea Kulturhaus

  • Welcoming & Opening
    09.30 - 10.00
  • Lightening talks
    10.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch
    13.00 - 14.00
  • Transfer to UN & Welcoming
    14.00 - 15.00
  • Aspire Talks
    15.00 - 18.00

Saturday 15th
WU Vienna (University of Business & Economics)

  • Welcoming & Opening
    09.30 - 10.00
  • Workshops
    10.00 - 12.30
  • Lunch
    12.30 - 14.00
  • Workshops
    14.00 - 16.30
  • Open Space & Evening Plenary
    16.30 - 18.00
  • Aspire Party
    20.00 - 22.00

Sunday 16th
Diplomatic Academy Vienna

  • Welcoming & Opening
    10.00 - 11.00
  • Partner pitches
    11.00 - 12.00
  • Skills Trainings
    12.00 - 14.00
  • Sexy Working Time
    14.00 - 15.30
  • Future & Closing
    15.30 - 16.30