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Matthias has been through all the ups and downs of debating in Vienna, as he joined the society before it was formalized as an Austrian “Verein”. He was one of the three founding members of the Verein in 2006, and now, in 2014, is still around to work on IT and project management in Vienna EUDC. It is fitting that he considers himself a dinosaur of debating in Vienna, albeit luckily a peaceful one that does not devour other dinosaurs. He originally took up debating in search for an intellectual challenge together with other students, one that the daily routine of university could not provide. Looking back, Matthias wondered why universities did not themselves create debating clubs, but for the future, he sees the solution of this problem taking place at school level. Once young students get involved in debating throughout Austria, the scope of the sport will dramatically increase and the next generation will enrol at university with a demand for debating.
Matthias sees that democracy and debating are intertwined in a fruitful way: The democratic structure of the debating society allows it to persist in times of crisis as it does not live or perish with one single person. Debating also motivates the people involved in it to claim their right to participate in a democratic society. This is why Matthias believes that DKWien can use its strength gained by hosting Euros to contribute to a democratic debating culture in Austria.
He cared for the logistics of all our previous major tournaments and thus it is no wonder he stresses a practical approach of what a successful Vienna EUDC should be. Satisfaction all around will be reached with enough food and drink, punctual debates, comfortable hotel beds and when no participant gets the feeling of being left alone with requests or problems. Challenges such as organising near-perfect Vienna Euros are what motivates Matthias, even though he wishes he could devote more time to it next to working and studying Geoinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. That’s why he sees it as a crucial element in a voluntary organisation such as ours to keep up the flow of information to every volunteer involved. Yet what if the limits of reality such as money didn’t exist at Euros? Matthias would have a massive parachute drop of all participants just before the final event, with people dressed up in the colours and in a formation resembling the Vienna EUDC logo.