Conference Agenda
The 2 Days At A Glance
The Keynotes

14th Feb

Bosch Software Innovations

14th Feb

IOTA Foundation

15th Feb

IBM

15th Feb

Triangle Venture Capital Group

15th Feb

Cisco
All Keynotes and the Opening Impulses will take place at the Atrium on the Main Stage.
After the Keynotes, top speakers will share their insights in up to 4 parallel streams which take place at the rooms Atrium, Prag, Bratislava and Warschau.
The Pitches and Award Ceremony
All Pitches will take place at the Atrium’s Main Stage – spread over both event days.
A profound Jury will rate all the Pitches by a set of standard criteria, such as customer benefit, newness, uniqueness and competition, skills/team, implementation schedule, etc. – and will award prizes to the best 3 pitches during the Award Ceremony which will take place at the Atrium on the early evening of day 2, 15th Feb, at the end of the entire event.
The Panel Discussion
The panel discussion on founders’ failures and uprises will take place on day 2 at 15:00, at the Atrium’s Main Stage.
Get in Touch and Get Together!
Join our Shakehands-Zone and the Party at the end of day 1, 14th Feb, enjoy some drinks, food, and great people.
What else!
“What keeps me up at night” Wall, Talent Matchmaking, Shakehands Zone, Relaxation Lounge, the Exhibition… and a lot of Knowledge Exchange, Business Opportunities and Fun.
Day 1 – Thursday, 14th Feb 2:19

08:00

Open Doors | Registration: Event, Matchmaking, Networking Shakehands-Zone 

Grab your badge, grab a coffee, get started with talent|job matchmaking + intense networking right away (bring a bunch of business cards ;)).

If you’re looking for anything or anyone specific, make use of our “What keeps me up at night”-wall!

09:00

Official Welcome and Event Opening

Sebastian E. Grodzietzki

CEO and Host

TOUCHING INNOVATIONS

Room: Atrium, 09:00-09:15

09:15

Opening Impulse

Christian Dürr

Christian Dürr MdB

Vice Group Chairman
Member of the Federal Board

FDP

FDP

Abstract

In times of ever-increasing digitization and interconnectivity, Germany is in a place of limbo: on one hand, German research is on the cusp of technological process. On the other, many structures are adapting too slowly. From having an adequate mobile infrastructure to realizing the benefits of eGovernment, the government’s embrace of digitization leaves room for improvement. Associated as being the “most competent party concerning digitization”, the Free Democrats are pushing for more courage and a bolder emphasis on digitization on the highest levels of German politics.

Bio

Christian Dürr, 41, is deputy chairman of the Free Democratic Party Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag. After a 14-year tenure in the state parliament of Lower Saxony, during which he served as the parliamentary group chairman for eight years, he was successfully elected as a Member of the Bundestag a year ago. For the Free Democrats, he is in charge of finance, tax and budget policy.

Room: Atrium, 09:15-09:30

09:30

Keynote | Boosting IoT Business with Value Networks
Why we need, how we design and how we successfully manage IoT value networks

Veronika Brandt | Bosch Software Innovation

Veronika Brandt

Head of IoT Business Consulting

Bosch Software Innovations

Bosch Software Innovations

Abstract

The nature of IoT demands a shift from linear value chains to value networks with multidirectional service & value streams. We explain drivers for this phenomenon, provide use case examples and describe how to successfully design and manage value networks.

Bio

Veronika Brandt is Head of IoT Business Consulting at Bosch Software Innovations. She and her team support Bosch and external customers on their digital transformation and the development of innovative, connected solutions. She co-created the IoT Business Model Builder, a framework of methods to develop successful IoT business models. Veronika Brandt holds an MBA from the LMU Munich. She worked at BearingPoint and Siemens, before joining Bosch in 2010.

Room: Atrium, 09:30-10:10

10:15

Opening Impulse

Christian Rickerts

Secretary Christian Rickerts

Permanent Secretary

Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

Senat Berlin

Room: Atrium, 10:15-10:45

10:45

Keynote | Beyond Blockchain – Backboning the Economy of Things
What is DLT and IOTA and why it could be the backbone of the Economy of Things

Regine Haschka Helmer IOTA

Regine Haschka-Helmer

Advisor to

IOTA Foundation

Founder | CEO

Seedlab

IOTA Foundation

Abstract

Our future is connected. By 2025, the Internet of Things will exceed 100 billion connected devices, each with a lot of sensors, collecting and sending data.
Why do we need a technology beyond Blockchain to realize this vision but how decentralized distributed ledger could be used to participate in this new machine economy?

Bio

Regine is a leading expert in digital innovation & transformation with more than 25 years experience. She connects innovators & corporates on disruptive technologies, i.e. DLT/Blockchain based solutions for Smart Mobility, Smart Cities, and IoT.

Room: Atrium, 10:45-11:15

11:30

Smart Factory Transformation
The Digital Factory – Implementation made easy

Room: Prag, 11:30-11:55

Wulf Schlachter | DXBe

Wulf Schlachter

CEO | Management Advisory Digital Transformation and IIoT

FunderNation

DXBe Management | Digitale Transformation | IoT | IIoT | Industrie 4.0

Abstract

“The Digital Factory is no longer a vision, but on its way to becoming reality,” Volkswagen, June 2004.
Correct, we are talking about 2004 and not 2014! This quote reflects the status of the Digital Factory in the automotive industry.
Other industries and company sizes still have this step ahead of them. Depending on the customer and supplier structure, company size and product, individual approaches must be found and implemented. What can, however, be shown to be neutral in terms of the company are some measurable success factors and business models for the introduction of a digital factory.

Bio

Innovation, management & strategy consultant for 20+ years across all industries.
Main topics: Digitization, Transformation, Manufacturing, Energy, Retail, Mobility, Logistics, Process Management, IT & Tech Dev., Smart Industry & Cloud Services.

Room: Prag, 11:30-11:55

IoT Security: Security of Industry Devices
SCADA Security

Room: Bratislava, 11:30-11:55

Dr. Mehran Roshandel

Dr.-Ing. Mehran Roshandel (PhD)

Senior Product Manager

T-Systems

T-Systems

Abstract

The IoT market is a very fast increasing market and opens new opportunities for innovative services and options in many areas such as smart city, automotive or production. On the other side this technology also offers a huge attack surface to the hackers out there. This talk gives some hints for exploring such attack vectors and potential countermeasures along an example for the securing of a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system.

Bio

Dr. Mehran Roshandel is a Product Manager in the domain of IoT security at
T-Systems Int. GmbH. Mehran Roshandel finished his Master in computer
science at the TU-Berlin, Germany in 1994 and finished his PhD at the TU-Berlin, Germany in 2017.

Room: Bratislava, 11:30-11:55

12:00

Gaming – Future of Construction
How Educational Gaming Will Change Construction Technology

Room: Prag, 12:00-12:25

Jane Stoller

Jane Stoller

Director – Global Educational Technology and Gaming

FideliumTech

FIDELIUM Logo

Abstract

Skilled trades of construction, infrastructure, and engineering are essential to the Global economy, providing security and job creation. Critical components in this industry are project management skills and a strong background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In this impulse statemtent we will present how FideliumTech will develop these skills with gamified, hands-on-training for students, leveraging actual market needs. The application will leverage gaming, intelligent algorithms, and the existing construction marketplace to drive success and rapid adoption. Student gamers will utilize the system to learn valuable project management (PM) skills, as well as earn income and certificates for playing games that contribute to real world projects. Clients will utilize the platform to secure rising talent to complete job specifications and designs for current needs in commercial, home, and remodeling designs.

Bio

Jane Stoller is a Lifebizz Organizer, Director at FideliumTech, Speaker, Author and University Instructor who found her passion in de-cluttering spaces, business processes and improving STEM educational methods. She brings widespread experience from the construction industry including hands-on operational involvement, leadership positions in general management and project management on performance improvement topics.
As Head of Global Educational Technology at FideliumTech Jane helps to bring together the best of gaming, technology, engineering, design, manufacturing to the construction industry with decades of direct experience and knowledge from scaling and disrupting other major global industries.

www.organizedjane.com
www.fideliumtech.com

Room: Prag, 12:00-12:25

When deep learning meets psychology: predicting behavior from LinkedIn Profiles
Bunch.ai – Pushing psychological research forward through technology

Room: Bratislava, 12:00-12:25

Charles Ahmadzadeh

Charles Ahmadzadeh

CTO | Co-Founder

Bunch.ai

bunch Artificial Intelligence

Abstract

With the help of the latest techniques in Deep Learning, it is now possible to analyse human behavior based on publicly available data on LinkedIn. This is a major breakthrough for organizational science. Researchers at Cambridge University succeeded once before to predict a person’s personality profile from Facebook likes more accurately than that person’s family could. With our technology now the field moved a significant step closer towards an algorithm predicting human behavior better than humans can. In this talk, Charles Ahmadzadeh, the CTO and co-founder of Bunch.ai, will share how they built deep learning models from scratch and what are the next steps towards enriching our every day’s life through a better understanding of Human psychology using IoT devices.

Bio

Charles is co-founder at Bunch.ai and runs their engineering team. Full stack software generalist with a knack for data, Charles is passionate about Software Craftsmanship, reactive architectures and Audio Synthesis.

Room: Bratislava, 12:00-12:25

12:45

Startup Pitches 1-3

Room: Atrium, 12:45-12:55 | 13:00-13:10 | 13:15-13:25

13:30

All beginning is easy
How to navigate in a hypercomplex future?

Room: Prag, 13:30-14:15

Prof. Dr. Carl Frech

Prof. Carl Frech
Partner

5WX new ventures GmbH

5WX new ventures

Abstract

All beginning is easy. Is that acceptable? What does creative sharing mean when you are building a new business? What will change if the economy follows systemic rules first and foremost? How can we recognize prospective relevant developments in a market? Why should we still understand the world in retrospect? Why should I always be interested in the person I want to reach? Why should we consider an idea as never finished? How important is radical thinking? Are we still able to think radical? What can we learn from children if we want to build something new?

Bio

Carl Frech, designer with a focus on digital transformation, envisioning and storytelling, is founding partner at 5WX new ventures GmbH, partner, consultant and head of supervisory board at Fuenfwerken Design AG and founding partner at Intuity Media Lab GmbH.
He is professor for strategic design at the University of Applied Science, Würzburg and senior advisor at the HPI School of Design Thinking, Potsdam. He lives with his family in Berlin.

Room: Prag, 13:30-14:15

From IoT requirement specifications to virtual test execution
The Wedding of Open Source and International standardization teams

Room: Bratislava, 13:30-14:15

Axel Rennoch - Fraunhofer

Axel Rennoch

Senior Scientist | Project Manager

Fraunhofer FOKUS

Fraunhofer FOKUS Institut

Abstract

The introduction of IoT devices, gateways and platforms in smart business home or big manufacture environments is a challenge for quality assurance. We built a technical bridge from functional and non-functional requirements to a professional open source toolset for IoT testing and analysis in multiple industrial domains. This bridge synchronizes professional methods and techniques of European standardization groups with the freedom and dynamic from the Eclipse Community. QA teams around the world can apply and benefit from the tools that are ready to use.

Bio

Axel Rennoch is computer scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin. He is involved/responsible for validation and testing projects on next generation networks and software technologies.

Room: Bratislava, 13:30-14:15

Funding and Financing for startups
Public grants, bank loans, venture capital and crowdfunding

Room: Warschau, 13:30-13:55

Melina Hanisch

Melina Hanisch

Startup Consultant

Chamber of Commerce and Industrie Berlin (CCI / IHK)

IHK Berlin

Abstract

In this session we inform you about possible funding options for startups in Berlin. We give you an overview of different grant options and let you know what to consider when thinking about venture capital or crowdfunding.
If you have open questions about funding – join our session and get helpful advice.

Bio

Melina is startup expert at the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as a juror at several startup competitions and grant programmes (e.g. BPW, Berlin Startup Stipendium).

Room: Warschau, 13:30-13:55

14:15

Pitches

Startup Pitches 4-6

Room: Atrium, 14:15-14:25 | 14:30-14:40 | 14:45-14:55

Getting corporates as partners or investors: Yay or nay?
Exploring successs and failure stories across the startup and corporate worlds

Room: Prag, 14:15-15:00

Stefano Gurciullo | Redstone

Dr. Stefano Gurciullo (Phd)

Partner | Head of Technology

Redstone

Redstone

Abstract

Corporate venture capital and corporate partnerships have climbed throughout the past years. Are they unwelcome guests in early stage investing, or a key actor in accelerating innovation in Europe? The talk will provide insights on what kind of startups can benefit from corporate investing and in what ways, with a data-driven view of CVC activity in Europe.

Bio

Stefano is Partner and Head of Technology at Redstone, a Berlin-based venture capital firm working with multiple corporate venture funds. He previously worked at Arabesque, a public equity fund using cutting-edge artificial intelligence on alternative data. Stefano holds a PhD in Financial Computing from University College London, and has worked with several public bodies, such as the Italian Government and the Bank of England, on matters related to finance and data science. He is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.

Room: Prag, 14:15-15:00

Trademarks, Designs, Patents & Know-How – Importance of IP for Startups
IP rights and IP protection strategies nationally and internationally

Room: Bratislava, 14:15-15:00

Micaela Schork

Micaela Schork, LL.M.

Chair at ECTA

Partner

TIGGES Lawyers

ECTA

Abstract

In today’s competitive and dynamic environment, Intellectual Property (IP) often is the USP of the product or service, helping to create a sustainable and defensible differentiator for the company – this is especially true for Startups. A certain concept, the shape of a product, a sophisticated software product, an AI-based manufacturing process or a brand – all these innovations represent the core elements of a company and need unique protection in order to create the necessary connection between the entrepreneur and the product or service.

Bio

Micaela Schork, LL.M. advises in the field of intellectual property law with a focus on trademark, design and licensing law. She regularly represents companies in national and multi-national application procedures and infringement lawsuits.

Room: Bratislava, 14:15-15:00

Five problems IoT will solve in Healthcare
Challenges a Start-up might face in german HC market

Room: Warschau, 14:15-14:40

Miriam Schnürer | Expert Adviser for Digital Transformation in HealthCare

Miriam Schnürer

Expert Advisor

Digital Transformation in HealthCare

Miriam Schnürer Logo

Abstract

A great deal of emerging digital technologies is starting to find its way into usability and our daily lives. Surprisingly however, this development is not reflected in healthcare environment – although the potential is enormous.

I will present problem based showcases of five critical areas in hospital and healthcare which could be targeted by IoT. Additionally I will focus on special challenges within healthcare which interested investors and start-ups should keep in mind.

Bio

Miriam is a healthcare and leading-edge technology enthusiast with +20 years of experience in HC.
“I am passionate about the convergence of emerging technologies, science & medicine, striving for solutions to overcome boundaries and barriers in HC.”

Room: Warschau, 14:15-14:40

15:15

Pitches

Startup Pitches 7-8

Room: Atrium, 15:15-15:25 | 15:30-15:40

Smart Standards for Smart Textiles
…or how can DIN help me support my Business

Room: Prag, 15:15-15:40

Amelie Leipprand | DIN

Amelie Leipprand

Project Manager

DIN – German Institute for Standardization

DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung

Abstract

The term Smart Textiles means intelligent or functionalized textiles with fibers, which provide “intelligence” properties e. g. new, mechanical and protective surface. The textiles provide functions that were not previously textile goods. For example, you can capture and transport information, illuminate, heat, heal wounds and monitor vital signs.

Standardization will help to define requirements regarding production, security, connectivity and sustainability. They will provide Manufacturers with reliable and recognized technical rules for mass production of Smart Textiles products.

Bio

Study of mechanical engineering at TU Dresden (2007-2013), research assistant at IPF Dresden, project leader at GrasseZur Ingenieurgesellschaft. Since 01/2016: project manager at DIN, Innovation Department. Standardization projects, lectures, talks.

Room: Prag, 15:15-15:40

The impact of the IoT transition on the future of buildings

How startups are disrupting the building industry

Room: Bratislava, 15:15-15:40

Alexander Vogt | innogy innovation hub

Alexander Vogt

Portfolio Manager Smart & Connected

innogy Innovation Hub

innogy Innovation Hub

Abstract

Many industries have been transformed by digitization already: Communication, Automotive, Media and Finance for example. But the building industry is still very low on digitization and on productivity. This is about to change as technology and startups are disrupting the industry.

In this talk you will get answers to the following questions:

  • How will the IoT transition impact the future of buildings?
  • Will the digital twin be the next big game-changer?
  • What is the role of startups in this process?

Bio

Alex is an engineer, passionate about everything that is digital and can be connected, working in the field of IoT since more than seven years. As Portfolio Manager within the field of Smart & Connected of the innogy Innovation Hub, he uses his knowledge on PropTech by supporting startups which can help the industry overcome the challenges of tomorrow.

Room: Bratislava, 15:15-15:40

Esports bullshit bingo
How to NOT fall for esports myths being sold

Room: Warschau, 15:15-15:40

Niklas Timmermann | eSports

Niklas Timmermann

1st Vice President eSport-Bund Deutschland (ESBD)

CEO | Founder

E-Native

E-Native Esports

Abstract

Many companies see e-sports as a great opportunity to position themselves effectively in an attractive target group. However, there is often a striking knowledge gap between these companies and market participants. Frequently, this gap not only leads to communication problems, but also offers potential for damage.

The lecture clears up with the usual and frequently communicated myths around and over E-Sports and gives the listeners some assistance, how they can distinguish valuable guidance from worthless when building their own brand.

Bio

The BILD once called him “the digital Michael Schumacher”. Being World- and European Champion in Need for Speed Niklas Timmermann is one of the most successful virtual racing drivers of the world nowadays working as an esports consultant.

Room: Warschau, 15:15-15:40

16:00

Putting Industry 4.0 into practice
How to successfully build a valuable Industrial Internet of Things application

Room: Atrium, 16:00-16:25

Alexander Kinstler

Alexander Kinstler

Project Manager Digital Smart Factory

Körber Digital

Körber Digital

Abstract

When it comes to realizing Industry 4.0, dedicated know-how is needed: From identifying the problems manufacturing companies and machine builders are facing, over co-creating and designing new digital business models up to ready-to-use software applications. Körber Digital brings together two things that cannot be reproduced in the same way: a deep understanding of the needs of manufacturing companies; and software competence with a focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Bio

Alexander Kinstler is Project Manager Digital Smart Factor and Product Owner in the domain of IIoT at Körber Digital GmbH, holding previously the position of Project Manager at Relayr GmbH. Alexander Kinstler finished his Master in Leadership at Northeastern University of Boston, Master in International Business at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne in 2011 and Bachelors in Business and Electrical Engineering from DHBW Stuttgart in 2009.

Room: Atrium, 16:00-16:25

Haptics and Wearable Technology for Enhanced Sensing
Principles, Challenges, and Applications

Room: Prag, 16:00-16:25

Mostafa Mohammadi | Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Mostafa Mohammadi (PhD)

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Center for Machine Learning and Robotics
Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin - Computer Science Institute

Abstract

Providing human with the sense of touch (haptic feedback) in activities that naturally do not stimulate it have proven to be useful in improving performance and facilitating the tasks, such as in teleoperation, tel-surgery, and gaming. Moreover, haptic feedback can be used to signal some events similar to vibration of a cellphone. This feedback can be provided through wearable devices in more natural ways. This talk is about principles, challenges and applications of wearable haptic technology.

Bio

He received his Ph.D. in control and robotics from University of Siena, and iit, Italy, in 2017.
He continues his research at Freie Universität, Germany. His research interests and expertise
include: haptics, aerial robotics, and autonomous cars.

Room: Prag, 16:00-16:25

Building a successful brand in esports
The management of a gaming team as a start-up company

Room: Bratislava, 16:00-16:25

Michael Decker | eSports

Michael Decker

CEO | Founder

TARGET E-Sports Entertainment

TARGET E-SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT

Abstract

The esports market continues to grow rapidly and is now filling major sports venues such as the LANXESS Arena in Cologne or the Madison Square Garden in New York. Players turn into stars and teams into strong brands that generate millions in revenue through sponsorships and fan merchandise sales. Setting up a professional esports team presents founders and investors with novel challenges, but it also offers unique opportunities to gain a foothold in one of the leading sports industries of the future.

Bio

Michael Decker has been working in the esports industry for more than 14 years and now incorporates his experience as a former competitive player, journalist and current manager of a professional gaming team into his work as a marketing specialist.

Room: Bratislava, 16:00-16:25

Designing a digital assistant for drivers
How to enable connectivity while reducing congnitive load in the car

Room: Warschau, 16:00-16:25

Remi Bigot

Rémi Bigot

Head of Design

German Autolabs

Abstract

Chris – Design journey overview from the first idea to a market ready product.

Bio

Rémi Bigot is a French designer with over 10 years of experience dedicated to creating award winning design and creative solutions focused on brand and meaningful user experience. Since 2004 Remi Worked in Germany for some of the most renowned design offices and developed a strong expertise in user centered design around product and services for international brands. Remi joined in 2016 German Autolabs as head of design, helping to bring to the market the first digital assistant for drivers.

Room: Warschau, 16:00-16:25

16:45

Automating IoT with Machine Learning 
The Google Way

Room: Atrium, 16:45-17:30

Lewin Giselbrecht | Google

Lewin Giselbrecht

Startup Segment Lead, Germany

Google Cloud

Google Cloud

Abstract

This session will discuss how you can build on Google technology using Cloud IoT, automated data processing and machine learning. We will discuss use cases on how you can accelerate machine agility and decision making and how you bring ML intelligence to the Edge with the help of TPUs. On the example of Onwrks, we will deepdive on how deep learning algorithms can be a game-changer when it comes to improving turbine performance as first step of a pro-active O&M strategy and significant cost reduction.

Bio

Lewin Giselbrecht gained diverse experience as a consultant in the startup world. Since 2015, he works at Google as a cloud expert for digital transformation and innovation where he is primarily working with startups and digital natives.

Room: Atrium, 16:45-17:30

The Rise of Digital, Data-Driven Business Models
How to lead and manage the key resource Human Capital?

Room: Prag, 16:45-17:10

Dr. Romy Hilbig

Dr. Romy Hilbig (PhD)

Research Group Lead

Weizenbaum-Institut / University of Arts

Weizenbaum Institut
UDK - Universität der Künste

Abstract

With the advent of big data technologies such as Cloud Computing, IoT, and AI new digital and data-driven business models emerge worldwide. Data seems to be the key resource, but it only works in collaboration with human capital. Especially in start-ups, which are often characterized by uncertainties and dynamics, digital and participative leadership is needed in order not to lose the employees who are the human capital of every business model.

Bio

Dr. Romy Hilbig is currently leading the research group data-driven business model innovation at the Weizenbaum-Institute/UdK Berlin. She achieved her doctorate in Innovationmanagement at the University in Leipzig/Fraunhofer Society and was involved in setting up and leading the start-up RWTH Aachen Business School from 2016-2018.

Room: Prag, 16:45-17:10

Data + Metadata + AI = Better DSS
How Data, Metadata, and Artificial Intelligence Enhance a Decision Support System

Room: Bratislava, 16:45-17:10

Diogo Neves

Diogo Telmo Neves

Senior Researcher Engineer

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz

Abstract

The combination of large datasets with AI, namely with ML methods, went from very promising to gaining a lot of attention. However, it is common to observe that a solution to a problem that uses AI to discover patterns and insights that are hidden in data is very sensitive to the input dataset.
This talk will address the importance of metadata to improve the quality of data and to guide the selection of a most suited ML method. Several use-cases, around the same medical problem, will support this talk and enable takeaway lessons that should be taken into account when developing a DSS.

Bio

Diogo joined the Intelligent Analytics for Massive Data (IAM) research group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin on 2017. Diogo is also a member of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA @ TU-Berlin) research group, a Lecturer of Computer Science at the TU-Berlin, and a visiting researcher at the Charité. Previously, he was a researcher at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at two polytechnic institutes in Portugal, and a visiting researcher at the University of Texas, Austin, USA.

Room: Bratislava, 16:45-17:10

Happiness is (y)our decision…
…and so is everything else – a breakthrough for your own personal development

Room: Warschau, 16:45-17:10

René Baratella

René Baratella

Founder | Chief Happiness Officer

360° Life Coaching

360 life coaching

Abstract

Have you ever wondered why it seems that some people “own” success, happiness, resilience, love, perfection, ease, contemplation? Well let me tell: It doesn’t seem like it it IS. Have you every tried to push your limits over the edge and still you didn’t succeed? Have you attempted multiple times to go the extra mile but for some reason all you went was out of breath? If so, you will love my story! I hope it inspires you!

Bio

After more than 13 years in the successful professional life of permanent employment – interrupted by several years of self-employment, René decided in February 2018 to found his own Life Coaching company. René’s job is to make the world a better place. As a coach for all 5 areas of life, he lives his own mantra “Happiness is (y)our decision”.

Room: Warschau, 16:45-17:10

17:30

Smart Living Business Initiative
Open up the market potential for companies in the field of Smart Living

Room: Atrium, 17:30-17:55

Michael Schidlack

Michael Schidlack

Vice Head

National Bureau Smart Living of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Smart Living - Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Abstract

As a nationwide network, the Smart Living Business Initiative aims to develop future-oriented strategies for a leading German market in the “smart living” sector. Its stated aim is to achieve a higher dynamic in the digital market for housing and living environments. More than 70 companies and associations are currently members of the Initiative. The National Bureau Smart Living was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) to manage the Business Initiative.

Bio

From Jan 2019: Michael will be Vice President Smart Living Germany.

He has 5 years of experience in national and international Strategy Development in field of “Smart Home” as Chief Strategy Officer and board member at digitalSTROM AG. Earlier he worked 7+ years as Division Manager at BITKOM with main focus on Consumer Electronics, Digital Media, Smart Home, IoT. He has 4 years of consulting experience in strategy development and restructuring for national and global acting companies within automotive and retail and since 17 years he is an entrepreneur (CEO) in consumer electronics-retail.

Room: Atrium, 17:30-17:55

IoT Service Creation simplified

 

Room: Prag, 17:30-17:55

Mathias Runge

Mathias Runge

Co-Founder | Senior Developer

IoT connctd

IoT connctd

Abstract

Creating an IoT service from the scratch usually comes along with the need of making decisions: describing the problem exactly, how to exchange and work with data, user interfaces, finding right hardware, scalability, security, privacy, … When Dealing with all these things, the focus on the service itself gets lost and the development process becomes inefficient and inflexible.
IoT connctd solves that problem and enables service developers to stay focused and as much creative as possible.

Bio

Mathias Runge successfully finished his study of Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin in 2008. Afterwards, he worked as a scientist and did research on usability and smart home at the DAI laboratory in Berlin. In 2012 he finished his scientific career and founded the company DomoOne Solutions which developed SmartHome Solutions. In the year 2014, Mathias Runge founded the company IoT connctd together with his partners and does IoT consultancy for numerous companies.

Room: Prag, 17:30-17:55

M&A + Corporate law basics in a nutshell
Legal issues and hurdles along a lifecycle of a startup – a small introduction

Room: Bratislava, 17:30-17:55

Marius Rosenberg

Marius Rosenberg

Partner

TIGGES Lawyers

TIGGES

Abstract

At the latest at the time of investor participation, almost every start-up, regardless of its idea and industry, chooses the legal form of a company. In addition to very general corporate law issues, there are also typical matters that are of particular relevance to start-ups. Awareness of these matters and setting the right course at the right time is an important building block for the future success of every start-up.

Bio

Marius Rosenberg, certified specialist for international business law, advises German and foreign predominantly medium-sized companies in national and international business law, particularly in the areas of corporate, commercial and contract law.

Room: Bratislava, 17:30-17:55

Successful business models for the Internet of Things
Challenges, success factors and practical examples

Room: Warschau, 17:30-17:55

Jan Rodig

Jan Rodig

CEO | Founder

tresmo

Abstract

There is great uncertainty among German companies about implications of the IoT for their business model. Almost every large company is currently working on an IoT strategy or is even implementing it in its first pilot projects. However, there is often a lack of practical experience. But how do you actually approach such projects?

Bio

As CEO of the independent IoT service provider tresmo, Jan Rodig is responsible for the technical implementation of IoT and Industry 4.0 projects as well as strategic consulting on IoT business models for industrial and service companies. Jan Rodig is also involved in the Platform Industry 4.0 initiative.

Room: Warschau, 17:30-17:55

18:00

Get Together

Drinks, flying buffet, music and a chilly atmo…relax, network, enjoy… 😉

Networking | Get Together | Business Contact | Startup | TOUCHING INNOVATIONS
Day 2 – Friday, 15th Feb 2:19

08:00

Open Doors | Registration: Event, Matchmaking, Networking Shakehands-Zone 

Grab your badge (if you haven’t yet), grab a coffee, get started with talent|job matchmaking + intense networking right away (again: bring a bunch of business cards ;)).

If you’re looking for anything or anyone specific, check out our “What keeps me up at night”-wall!

09:00

Day 2 Welcome and Opening

Sebastian E. Grodzietzki

CEO and Host

TOUCHING INNOVATIONS

Room: Atrium, 09:00-09:15

09:15

Keynote | AI and IoT – driving integrated value

Dirk Heitmann

Dirk Heitmann

Chief Digital Officer, IBM DACH

IBM

IBM

Abstract

Today, there are 23 billion connected devices worldwide and this number will increase by more than 50% in the next three years. By then, AI will be at the heart of all of these technologies and influence every major decision we make. It enables innovation, gives birth to new business models and opens new ways of interaction. Join IBM DACHs Chief Digital Officer and learn how AI already helps people around the world to do their best work today.

Bio

In his role as Chief Digital Officer for IBM in DACH, Dirk leads IBMs Digital Business Group and is responsible for IBMs digital transformation. With 20 years of experience, Dirk has held leadership positions in consulting and sales roles across multiple business units with a constant focus on leading edge technology and solutions (Analytics, AI). Dirk has been a member of IBM DACHs leadership team since 2011 and is based in IBMs DACH headquarter in Stuttgart/Germany.

Room: Atrium, 09:15-09:45

09:45

Keynote | Tech Funding 1×1

Uli Fricke

Uli W. Fricke

CEO | Founder

FunderNation
and
Triangle Venture Capital Group

Triangle Venture Capital Group

Abstract

In a competitive, global and fast growing market such as IoT there are many opportunities for innovative start-ups. To take advantage of such opportunities, scaling up quickly is very important. Uli will discuss the role and expectations of different investors, how to use different funding sources to optimize the growth of a tech company and what entrepreneurs can expect from investors. Join us for a treasure trove of stories from Uli’s 21 years of funding tech companies, revealing the myths and realities of tech funding.

Bio

Mrs. Fricke is one of the two founders and MDs of Triangle Venture Capital Group. On the investment side, she is responsible for Internet, media and software and is also MD of FunderNation. Dow Jones named her one of the 100 most influential women in the European financial industry. Mrs Fricke currently serves on the supervisory and advisory boards of iPharro, semafora and SemEO war. She is member of the Space-Tech Advisory Board, the aws Seed Financing Board, the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer IMW and the EBAN Space Executive Committee.

Room: Atrium, 09:30-10:10

10:30

Human-Centered AI
Design for user, not for technology

Room: Atrium, 10:30-11:15

Dr. Kinga Schumacher

Dr. Kinga Schumacher (PhD)

Technology Consulting Manager

Accenture

Abstract

Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence focuses on the most natural possible cooperation between human and machine. It is not about emulating humans, but about using learning technology for and with human beings. It is therefore essential to leverage the principles of user-centred design and create intuitive user interfaces.

Bio

Dr. Kinga Schumacher recently joined Accenture’s AI & Analytics practice in the capacity of Technology Consulting Manager. As former member of DFKI, she has twelve years of research experience with a focus on applying AI technologies in everyday life situations using user-centric multimodal user interaction and interface design, intelligent search, data and text mining.
She holds a Diplom and a PhD in Computer Sciences with major fields of study in Artificial Intelligence.

Room: Atrium, 10:30-11:15

Doing is like wanting, only blatant
Startup in a corporation

Room: Bratislava, 10:30-11:15

Dirk Lui

Dirk Lui

Head of AXA Startup-Center

AXA Startup-Center

AXA Insurance Group Startup Center

Abstract

From the idea to successful implementation. How did the AXA Startup-Center come about? What hurdles were there to overcome? What added value can ASC Startups offer? Why is the startup world important for a group or where is the benefit for a group?

Bio

Dirk is the inventor and founder of the AXA Startup-Center. He looks back on a 15-year career in insurance companies and has held various positions there. There has to be a change in the insurance industry, which is why he founded the AXA Startup Centre almost 3 years ago with the idea of offering added value for startups and a group of companies. Always according to the motto: “Doing is like wanting, only blatant”.

Room: Bratislava, 10:30-11:15

The Blockchain Legal Revolution
A look at how blockchain can protect different industries

Room: Warschau, 10:30-11:15

Cal Evans - Gresham International

Cal Evans

Managing Consultant

Gresham International

Gresham International

Abstract

Blockchain is an explosive new technology set that has become the buzz word of 2018. During this time, blockchain has been deployed across several industries including healthcare, transport, property, and legal. While the technological advantages of this new technology are numerous, the real advantages can be found in the protections that this technology gives companies of all industries in its deployment. Cal Evans, International lawyer, will show how blockchain helps defend your business.

Bio

Cal is one of the worlds top Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers (Forbes – 2018). He has worked with the governments of Estonia, Dubai, and is appointed to the blockchain Taskforce in the UK with the Bank of England & Treasury dept. He has been featured in leading publications such as Forbes, speaks internationally, and writes for in industry publications. He is a board member of the British Blockchain Association and partner of international projects such as Burency.

Room: Warschau, 10:30-11:15

11:30

AI Innovation in Automotive Industry
How AI Innovation is disrupting the Automotive Industry

Room: Atrium, 11:30-12:15

Dr. Haytham Mohtasseb (PhD)

Manager Data Platform

Daimler – MBition Mercedes Benz Innovation Lab

Mbition Mercedes Innovation Lab | Daimler

Abstract

This increase shift toward artificial intelligence has created new efficiencies and challenges for many industries including automotive. People think of autonomous driving as the main disruptor in this domain, but it goes beyond that, as AI brings many improvements to safety, performance, entertainment, navigation, and even personalizing the vehicle according to the driver preferences.

Bio

Haytham is the manager of Data Platform at MBition Daimler working on different topics that deals with Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Connected Services, and Data Security. He worked before as a software architect at SAP Innovation Center. He has a PhD in Machine Learning from University of Lincoln, UK.

Room: Atrium, 11:30-12:15

When startup cool meet corporates rules
How we solve enterprise challenges at Deloitte Digital Ventures

Room: Bratislava, 11:30-12:15

Jennifer Phan

Jennifer Phan

Venture Architect

Deloitte Digital Ventures

Deloitte Digital Ventures

Abstract

60% of CEOs expect a tech-based, non-traditional competitor to enter their industry at any moment. More and more companies worldwide are investing in start-ups. Established corporates want to promote their own innovation activities and at the same time prevent them from missing out on important technologies.

What are the lessons to be learned from startups that will aid corporate innovation? Alternatively, what can startups learn from corporates? 6 lessons on building ventures for corporations.

Bio

Jennifer is Venture Architect at Deloitte Digital Ventures and leverages her expertise in venture development, strategy consulting and venture capital to assist corporate clients to form their digital strategy and build new ventures and business units. Prior that, she was working as a Global Venture Developer at Rocket Internet and sourced investment deals for Global Founders Capital. As a believer in communities, she acts as a mentor at Techstars and supports startups in an advisory capacity.

Room: Bratislava, 11:30-12:15

Reserved

Room: Warschau, 11:30-12:15

swiss healthcare startups

12:30

Startup Pitches 9-10

Room: Atrium, 12:30-12:40 | 12:45-12:55

13:00

Keynote | The Bridge To Possible

Room: Atrium, 13:00-13:30

Alex Hils - Cisco

Alex Hils

Head of Innovation, Germany

Cisco

Cisco

Abstract

Tbd.

Bio

Tbd.

Room: Atrium, 13:00-13:30

13:30

Rapid Prototyping for Smart financial Services
Seeking for the Future of Banks

Room: Bratislava, 13:30-13:55

Dirk Plewnia | Commerzbank Main Incubator

Dirk Plewnia

Project Manager

main incubator, Commerzbank Group

Main Incubator - Commerzbank Group
Commerzbank Gruppe Main Incubator

Abstract

Make more things and less slides. Being the R&D unit of Commerzbank Group, 2013 founded main incubator learned a lot about establishing intrapreneurship mentality in a traditional bank. Although it was clear from the beginning, to follow the idea meets execution concept, the way was rough and definitely not straight.
Join Dirk to learn about whether a 20 people innovation unit is able to achieve impact in a 40,000 employee company.

Bio

Dirk works on Robotic and IoT prototypes for main incubator GmbH – the R&D unit of Commerzbank Group. Coming from a classic banker apprenticeship and studies in business informatics, today he seeks for innovation in and around financial services.

Room: Bratislava, 13:30-13:55

Collaboration among Esport athlete and company
Why communication matters

Room: Warschau, 13:30-13:55

Johannes Neuschmid

Johannes Neuschmid

Founder | Chairman

XGS eSports
and
eSport Association Germany (eSVD)

Xtreme Gamer Squad eSports

Abstract

Communication in eSports is not less important and crucial than in every other business. In this panel we talk about the communication in eSports and the chance to create a new capture at the book of competitive gaming. In a conversation with other people, the words could be the same but the meaning could be very different.
At the first look everything could be clear, but actually the sense is another one. Like in every other business or sports, it’s very important that we have someone on our side who could “translate” our meanings to third parties, the customer or our community.

Bio

Since 2004 I´m semi-pro gamer for one of the most famous teams in Austria. I´ve played and won many events and also LAN-tournaments, not just in AT or GER, I have played all over world. Founder of XGS eSports e.V. and “eSport Verband Deutschland”

Room: Warschau, 13:30-13:55

14:00

Startup Pitches 11-13

Room: Atrium, 14:oo-14:10 | 14:15-14:25 | 14:30-14:40

From Seed to Exit:
Getting Your Timing Right for Great Success.

Room: Bratislava, 14:00-14:45

Tanja Emmerling | High-Tech Gründerfonds

Dr. Tanja Emmerling, ppa. (PhD)

Principal | Head of High-Tech Gründerfonds Management Berlin

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management

High-Tech Gründerfonds

Abstract

Why thinking about exits when starting a company? In this workshop we will walk through the different stages in the life time of a start-up. How to make the right decisions early on? What are the relevant factors setting up a company? Which are the relevant legal aspects you have to take into account very early on? Plus, we will also reveal how investors look at your company when they make an investment decision. These insights will help you master your pitches in the VC world.

Bio

Dr. Tanja Emmerling is leading the HTGF Office in Berlin. She joined HTGF in 2014 as an Investment Manager and became Principal shortly after. Before, she worked for over 6 year as Head of New Ventures at a media house.

Room: Bratislava, 14:00-14:45

IoT as key technology for the future of food and farming
Customising the diet and localising the food production

Room: Warschau, 14:00-14:45

Christian Thiem

Head of IoT Development

InFarm – Indoor Urban Farming

Abstract

Connected systems, smart sensing, prediction and real time data processing allow us to drive farming with a higher precision than ever. Let us explore which effects that might have onto the food and supply chain and how it will affect our most precious goods, food, water and air.

Bio

tbd.

Room: Warschau, 14:00-14:45

15:00

Panel Discussion

Room: Atrium, 15:00-15:45

16:00

VR/AR/MR and Smartglass integration in Industry 4.0 applications
How a „wearable computer” is changing industries!

Room: Atrium, 16:00-16:45

Jakub Korczynski | Giant Lazer

Jakub Korczyński

CEO | Co-Founder

Giant Lazer

Giant Lazer | Augmented Reality (AR) | Virtual Reality (VR) | Mixed Reality (MR)

Abstract

There is a revolution going on and it’s called “Industry 4.0”. In short, industry companies are
paving their way into the digital future. From VR simulators to AR on smart glasses,
immersive tech is more and more common in R&D centers and on factory floors.
I will show you how immersive tech is transforming the way people train and work getting
ready for the digital transformation. We will look at real world examples to see how these
new technologies can be implemented and used in practise.

Bio

Jakub leads Giant Lazer, a software studio focused on immersive tech and smartglass applications. Giant Lazers’ core product is Industry XR – a VR/AR/smartglass platform for Industry 4.0.

Jakub is also an Afro-Cuban dancer and dance instructor.

Room: Atrium, 16:00-16:45

Valuation methods for IoT- / Wearable- / Tech Companies
Rolling the exit multiple dice – what drives the valuation?

Room: Bratislava, 16:00-16:45

Felix Engelhardt

Felix Engelhardt, CFA

Head of M&A

Carl Finance

Carl Finance

Abstract

How do investors actually value a company in these fast-growing markets? What factors are crucial when valuing a business? As an experienced M&A advisor in the heart of Berlin’s tech start-up scene, Felix will explain how multiples are derived, what key indicators and metrics are mostly considered, and what must be done to eventually succeed in rolling the exit multiple dice.

Bio

Felix has participated in the execution of 20+ M&A transactions, has professional experience in the investment banking division of Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and UBS, and is CFA Charterholder. Born in Berlin, Felix has lived several years in the financial hubs London and Frankfurt and holds a MSc in Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance. linkedin.com/in/felix-engelhardt-cfa

Room: Bratislava, 16:00-16:45

The friendly Operating System for the IoT
Innovation by RIOT

Room: Warschau, 16:00-16:45

Prof. Dr. Matthias Waehlisch

Prof. Dr. Matthias Wählisch

Head of Group Internet Technologies

Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin - Computer Science Institute

Abstract

Innovation needs flexibility. In the IoT, this means to run your application and services easily on the plethora of IoT hardware that is currently available. In this talk, we present RIOT, an operating system for constrained IoT devices, which enables exactly this. RIOT powers the IoT like Linux powers the Internet. RIOT is a free, open source developed by an international grassroots community. We will give you technical insights, as well as present an ecosystem to distribute your IoT apps.

Bio

Matthias is a Professor of Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on efficient and secure Internet communication. He is co-founder of several successful open source projects such as RIOT.

Room: Warschau, 16:00-16:45

16:45

Startup Pitches 14-15

Room: Atrium, 16:45-16:55 | 17:00-17:10

Insights into M&A transactions
Focus on your operations – how to manage the deal?

Room: Bratislava, 16:45-17:10

Felix Engelhardt

Felix Engelhardt, CFA

Head of M&A

Carl Finance

Carl Finance

Abstract

After having seen what drives a company valuation, what are the next steps? How can a deal be managed successfully? Drawing from his extended experience in the M&A industry, as well as his current role at Carl Finance, Europe’s largest M&A transaction platform, Felix will shed light on how to structure transactions, how to accomplish them in a timely manner and how owners at the same time can still focus on the daily operations of their businesses.

Bio

Felix has participated in the execution of 20+ M&A transactions, has professional experience in the investment banking division of Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and UBS, and is CFA Charterholder. Born in Berlin, Felix has lived several years in the financial hubs London and Frankfurt and holds a MSc in Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance. linkedin.com/in/felix-engelhardt-cfa

Room: Bratislava, 16:45-17:10

IoT Security: a business enabler, not another item on a checklist
ENISA’s work on IoT and Smart Infrastructures Cyber Security

Room: Warschau, 16:45-17:10

Steve Purser enisa

Steve Purser

Head of Core Operations

European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)

enisa - EU Cybersecurity Agency

Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought down the barriers between the physical and digital worlds. Cars, wearables, medical devices, factories, energy plants and in general smart infrastructures are all becoming connected. What this means is that the relevant security risks and threats are not contained within one person’s home, one private company, one Member State or the EU as a whole and therefore coordinated actions and collaboration are needed.

Bio

Steve Purser was born in the UK and attended the universities of Bristol and East Anglia where he obtained a BSc. in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Physics respectively. He occupied the role of Chief Information Security Officer for a number of financial institutions. Steve is currently a member of several Steering Boards and Advisory Committees, including notably the Steering Board of the CERT EU and the Programme Board of the EU Cyber Crime Centre. In the area of standards, he is the ENISA representative on the ISO SC 27 working group.

Room: Warschau, 16:45-17:10

17:30

Award Ceremony + Event Closing

Room: Atrium, 17:30-18:00

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