Pioneers Festival invites "troublemakers" to join startup and future tech bash in Austria

The Pioneers Festival, a celebration of entrepreneurship and future technology taking place at Vienna's historic Hofburg Imperial Palace on 30-31 October, has confirmed a number of its headline speakers.

Siri inventor Adam Ceyer, Shazam co-founder Chris Barton, and Pebble Smartwatch creator Eric Migicovsky are some of the big names who will be delivering keynote addresses as part of the Innovation Wonderland platform, where audience members will also have the chance to interact with robots.

"We are interested in future-rich ideas and projects that go far beyond the web/mobile area. This includes, for example, artificial intelligence and robotics. To aid in making technology and entrepreneurship more accessible, we are particularly excited about our global partnerships with ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4 and Konica Minolta," commented Jürgen Furian, Pioneers co-founder.

Phil Libin will also be in attendance at the event, taking part in a "Meet & Greet" session where audience members can compete in a Facebook 'Like' competition for the chance to question the Evernote CEO on-stage.

The Pioneers Festival has also announced a number of the highlights of its two-day schedule, not least the Pioneers Challenge startup competition.

Applications for the Challenge are being accepted until 31 August, after which the 50 best entrants will head to Austria in October for mentoring and to present at the Investor's Day. The top eight will then move on to pitch at the main event in front of some 2,500 attendees and compete for the Pioneers Award.

Other opportunities for early-stage ventures include the Startup Showroom and the Pioneers 90″ Pitch, which both carry an application deadline of 15 September.

"The Pioneers Challenge offers both software and hardware startups the chance to prove themselves internationally and to present their project to a high-caliber public, media representatives, investors and possible clients," said Andreas Tschas, co-founder and CEO of Pioneers.

If you're interested in attending or participating in the event, head over to the Pioneers Festival website now for more information.