Year of Light Event Austria
Impressions of Year of Light Event, Bregenz / Dornbirn, Austria
In celebration of the International Year of Light, a top-level event was
held by the Zumtobel Group on 9 and 10 April 2015. Some 900 visitors
in Bregenz and Dornbirn attended presentations on light and art, urban
development, brain research and the Internet of Things.
In addition, the latest product highlights were presented.
Jürg Zumtobel, Chief of the Supervisory Board Zumtobel AG and
son of the company founder, held the opening address.
In his opening speech Ulrich Schumacher, CEO Zumtobel Group,
welcomed the over 900 guests in Festival Hall Bregenz.
In his impressive presentation, artist Ólafur Elíasson demonstrated what
light means for people and for himself, putting it in the context of his
work. He also talked about his many years of collaboration with Zumtobel.
Prof. Dr. Hubert Klumpner, co-founder of the Caracas-based Urban-Think
Tank (U-TT) architectural studio and lecturer at the Department of
Architecture at ETH Zurich, talked about the manifold challenges urban
planners have to face and pointed out potential solutions for making life
in cities worth living.
In his presentation entitled “The Internet of Things (IoT) and
Lighting beyond Light”, Karl Jónsson, Tridonic’s IoT architect,
talked about the technological options of networking and its impact
on light and individuals.