Friday 15 April
20:30 to 22:00
Welcome cocktail reception at the Grand Ferdinand Hotel.
Address: Schubertring 10-12
- 20:30 to 22:00
Saturday 16 April
The Monocle Quality of Life ConferencePalais Ferstel, Strauchgasse 4
08:00 to 08:45
Coffee and global newspapers.
09:00 to 09:05
09:05 to 09:15
What is modern quality of life?
How we define quality of life in our cities with Tyler Brûlé, plus a short film looking at the best cities and what makes them work.
09:15 to 10:15
Let’s talk about it
What is the future of communication in a world overwhelmed by digital content?
Can good design cut through the babble? Who are the media players that still engage us in print and beyond? How can technology become less demanding and more friendly? And what happens when we stop meeting face to face? This feisty panel will find the sweet spot in the digital-vs-analogue debate.
10:15 to 11:15
Time for a hospitality refresh
How can cities and brands make visitors and locals feel welcome?
From nation to brand, city hall to hotel, who is doing hospitality well and offering benchmarks for experiences that are genuine, reliable and believable? Our line-up of global speakers delivers its verdict.
11:15 to 11:45
Music and coffee break.
11:45 to 12:45
How can architects, designers and developers create spaces that leave us feeling better about our lives?
There are too many plate-glass windows and chilly interiors in modern property developments. Not only do they look bland but they can leave us feeling shortchanged on comfort, security and a sense of well being. So how can architects, designers, retailers and city-planners embrace a new vernacular that delivers places that leave us feeling better about our lives?
12:45 to 13:30
Making it in the city
How can you keep crafts and small industries within the city limits?
Using Vienna as a backdrop, we meet players from around the globe who have discovered that you can create jobs and wealth with downtown ateliers and the sound of the odd hammer. This panel investigates a key urban change that, done well, revives cities and keeps them diverse and interesting.
13:30 to 14:30
Lunch followed by music.
14:30 to 14:45
Things we like
A tour of fresh ideas around the world that Monocle finds inspiring.
Our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé takes you on a tour of inspirations and ideas around the world to shake up your business whatever the sector, or just reboot your life.
14:45 to 15:45
Time to collect
How do we ensure that passion beats pure investment in the world of collectables?
From design to art, magazines to furniture, we have all discovered the power of a good collector. And thanks to innovative galleries and outward-looking auction houses, the market is expanding. So are we all collectors now?
15:45 to 16:45
On the move
How do we develop transport networks that are right for everyone?
From bus to bike to car, how we get around is changing and evolving in surprising ways. Who are the interesting innovators developing the networks of the future? Join us for this global mobility audit.
16:45 to 17:15
Music and coffee break.
17:15 to 18:15
How to make a nation
From diplomacy to government, business to media, how do we create a vibrant nation?
A Monocle Guide: Monocle is launching this brand new book at our Vienna conference, looking at how to create a vibrant nation. And we will be bringing some star names from diplomacy, government and business to explain how good countries can deliver on quality of life for all.
18:15 to 18:30
Closing discussion with Norbert Kettner CEO of Vienna Tourist Board.
18:30 to 19:00
Drinks on the terrace.
20:30 to 01:30
Dinner and dancing party at MAK.
Address: Stubenring 5
- 08:00 to 08:45
Sunday 17 April
09:00 to 11:00
Farewell Breakfast at Volksgarten Pavillon.
11:00 to 14:00
Vienna ateliers tour.
Why not explore the city through a tour of some of our favourite Viennese ateliers; From tailors to design workshops and shoemakers especially open today.
Ateliers: R. Horn's, St Charles Apothecary, Supersense, Mühlbauer, Gino Venturini, J. & L. Lobmeyr, Scheer
- 09:00 to 11:00