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Brain Bar
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Brain Bar 2019
DatesJune (dates vary)
Location(s)Budapest, Hungary
FounderGergely Böszörményi-Nagy
Next event2020

Brain Bar is an annual event held in Budapest, Hungary. It has been referred to as "a sort of South By Southwest on the Danube" as it is both a tech conference and a music festival.[1] The event attracted more than 15,000 attendees in 2019 and a livestream audience of more than 50,000.[2][3]

Brain Bar's audience is allowed to communicate with the speakers.[clarification needed] The festival hosts roundtable talks and debates that set up opposing viewpoints against each other, and talks challenging commonly held beliefs.[4][5]


Brain Bar was founded by Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy with the goal of creating a platform concerned mostly with future studies.[6][7][8][9] The event grapples with future scenarios in the areas of technology, business, politics and lifestyle. Brain Bar features multiple on-stage debate formats meant to encourage audience members' participation and challenge conventional thinking. Accompanying keynote presentations and debates, the festival also has artistic performances including DJ sets, live music and dance as an integral part of the program.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Brain Bar has featured figures including Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson[17][18], model and dietitian Maye Musk[19][20][21], PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel[22], restaurateur Massimo Bottura[23], EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, sci-fi author Ted Chiang[24], Google Vice President Jacquelline Fuller[25][26], former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves[27], retired astronaut Chris Hadfield[citation needed], paleontologist Jack Horner[citation needed], criminal law professor Gabriel Hallevy[citation needed], co-founder of Pirate Bay Peter Sunde[28] and robot Sophia.[29]

Brain Bar formed a strategic partnerships with Deloitte, BMW, Vodafone, OTP, Bosch, MOL and WIRED as its media partner.[30] Other sponsors include Google, E.ON and BlackRock.[citation needed]

In previous years[when?] the festival has included moderators from Forbes, the Financial Times and Politico Europe.[31]

Educational outreach

Each year, a large number of tickets are given away to European students and teachers: in 2019, 5,000 students and teachers attended the festival free of charge.[32][33] In 2017, organizers launched a new platform, Future Jobs, which offers specially selected future-proof jobs from the fields of communication, design, IT, services and business and gives "a unique opportunity for young people to learn what employers are looking for, to inform educators about the requirements of tomorrow, and to help employers learn more about today’s talent."[34] In 2018, Brain Bar launched its business-focused workshops, Mastermind Sessions.[35]


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  2. ^ "Ezt láttuk a Brain Baron". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  3. ^ Hungary Today. "Engaging speakers, cramped auditoriums and robots". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  4. ^ Zareva, Teodora. "Brain Bar Budapest: Top Scientists, Artists, Entrepreneurs". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  5. ^ Zareva, Teodora. "Why Promoting Human Rights May Not Be the Way To a More Peaceful World". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
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  7. ^ "Brain Bar Budapest". Design for Europe. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  8. ^ Zareva, Teodora. "The Four Immortality Stories We Tell Ourselves". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  9. ^ Zareva, Teodora. "Why science alone can't discover all truth". Big Think. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  10. ^ Budapest Business Journal. "Star chef Massimo Bottura to attend Brain Bar festival". Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  11. ^ We Love Budapest. "A humanoid robot comes to Brain Bar". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  12. ^ Insider, WIRED. "Super-AI, immortality and love are among the topics awaiting you at Brain Bar Budapest". WIRED UK. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  13. ^ "We can't alter the course of time but, according to physics, we can bend it". Futurism. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  14. ^ "Experts May Have a Viable Alternative to Universal Basic Income". Futurism. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  15. ^ "CERN scientist on life after the higgs boson". Futurism. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  16. ^ "Brain Bar: Dangerous ideas welcome". WIRED UK. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  17. ^ "Why Jordan Peterson Teared Up During His Budapest Lecture". 2019-05-31. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  18. ^ Máté, Világi (2019-06-01). "Tavaly még diktátornak nevezte, most szívélyesen beszélget Orbán Viktorral az internet megosztó sztárja". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  19. ^ "Hogyan neveljünk zsenit? – A Brain Barra jön Elon Musk édesanyja, Maye |". Forbes Magyarország (in Hungarian). 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  20. ^ Máté, Világi (2019-05-29). "Mindent megtudhatunk a szex jövőjéről és a harmadik világháborúról az idei Brain Baron". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  21. ^ "Modellkednél 40 felett? Hajrá! |". Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  22. ^ "Peter Thiel, a Szilícium-völgy ellentmondásos zsenije Budapestre jön |". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  23. ^ "A világ legnépszerűbb séfje: Ha nem fejlődnék, abbahagynám a főzést |". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  24. ^ "Ted Chiang: A mesterséges intelligenciák nem akarnak munkahelyeket ellopni". KönyvesBlog (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  25. ^ "Kreatív Online - A régióban először nálunk indul el a Google oktatási programja". Kreatív Online. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  26. ^ Zareva, Teodora. "Brain Bar Budapest: Top Scientists, Artists, Entrepreneurs". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  27. ^ Maack, Már Másson (2017-06-07). "Estonia's ex-president: Countries must issue digital IDs for a viable future". The Next Web. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  28. ^ Maack, Már Másson (2017-06-09). "Pirate Bay founder: We've lost the internet, it's all about damage control now". The Next Web. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  29. ^ Zareva, Teodora. "Brain Bar will tackle tough questions about the future". Big Think. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  30. ^ "Brain Bar Budapest, Europe's festival on the future | Inter Relocation". Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  31. ^ Grund. "Elképesztő sikert aratott a Brain Bar Budapest". Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  32. ^ Origo. "Telt ház és világsztárok a Brain Bar Budapesten". Origo. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  33. ^ "Kreatív Online - A Facebook ex-topmenedzsere is jön a Brain Bar fesztiválra". Kreatív Online. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  34. ^ "Hrpwr - Hr-eseket is vallathattak a rendhagyó állásbörze résztvevői". Hrpwr. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  35. ^ "Mit keres a görög filozófia és sci-fi az üzleti döntésekben?". Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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