Teemu Arina has a professional career of two decades as a technology entrepreneur, author and professional speaker. Mr Arina is one of the forefront thinkers on the digital transformation of learning, work, leadership, health and - eventually - the future of humanity. His work focuses on studying the intersection of man and the machine and ways to improve productivity, health and wellbeing with biological and technological tools. Mr Arina received the Leonardo Award (under the patronage of European Parliament and UNESCO) under the title of Humanity in Digitization (2015 Germany). He is a co-author of the bestselling Biohacker’s Handbook (2016 Finnish; 2018 English) for optimising sleep, exercise, nutrition, mind and work with technological and biological tools and co-author of the Biohacker’s Stress Manual (2018 Finnish: 2019 English) for optimising the human nervous system. Mr Arina is also the founder and curator of the Biohacker Summit, Europe’s top conference for biohacking and co-founder of Biohacker Center, an independent think tank researching optimal human performance, health and wellbeing. Mr Arina has been selected as Top 100 most influential people in IT by TIVI (2016 Finland). Mr Arina is a popular keynote speaker who has presented in the USA, UK, Japan, Russia, China, and Germany among others and was selected as the Speaker of the Year by Speakersforum (2017 Finland). In his free time, he enjoys photography, foraging and crazy biohacking experiments.
Today, digital products and companies are not just changing the way we live our lives, but also playing an increasingly influential role in public policy and governance. We have reached a point where consumer goods produced by technology industries are beginning to reshape what it means to be Human.
This year, we are going to explore advances in biohacking and transhumanism and their implications for humankind. Will they be to our benefit, further enhancing quality of life? How mindful should we be of the potential social and ethical pitfalls whilst we transform?