Amazon Vice President & CTO Werner Vogels Set For Pioneers’18 Keynote

By April 16, 2018February 2nd, 2024No Comments

We’re pleased to announce that Werner Vogels, the Chief Technology Officer at, will be joining us at Pioneers’18 to deliver a keynote on the future from the perspective of the global retail and services giant. The man responsible for driving the company’s customer-centric technology vision will share his passion for helping young businesses reach global scale at our flagship event, which goes ahead on May 24th-25th at the Hofburg in Vienna. For which we’ve now got 200 of our startups confirmed!

As one of the forces behind Amazon’s approach to cloud computing, the Dutchman is not only passionate about helping young businesses reach global scale, but also about transforming enterprises into fast-moving digital organizations.

Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 from Cornell University where he was a distributed systems researcher. He has held technology leadership positions in companies that handle the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.

Vogels describes himself as an ‘engineer, architect, scientist, programmer, troublemaker, executive, revisionist, investor, mentor, advisor, analyst, academic, sales guy, entrepreneur, data analyst, system administrator, product owner, evangelist, debater, father, musician and biker.’

With all that on his plate, along with the massive role of leading technological innovation at one of the world’s leading e-commerce services, we’re proud that he has chosen to join us at our flagship event!

And with just a few weeks to go until the greatest innovative minds and brightest new ideas gather at the Hofburg, we’re pleased to announce that we now have 200 of our startups selected to attend the event as part of the Pioneers500 program. You can view those confirmed so far here.

Stay tuned for news of the complete Pioneers500 selection in the coming days. Thereafter we’ll announce the 50 seed startups chosen to pitch on stage as they bid to win the Pioneers Challenge Award. Seed startups are defined as those with a prototype or product ready, and which have raised up to €3m in funding.

In due course we’ll also be sharing the 50 Series A startups invited to Pioneers’18. These are startups who already have a product on the market and are generating revenues, validating their business model and have raised up to €15m in funding.

Buy tickets for Pioneers’18 here.