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DLD Munich 2024

January 11-13, 2024

Europe’s leading innovation conference is unlike any other.
DLD brings together a diverse group of business leaders, world-class scientists, artists and designers, startup founders and investors – with one goal: to connect the unexpected.

Over the course of three days, top experts shared insights in dozens of sessions and workshops. Here you can revisit the event with select videos, photos and related articles.

Contents

Speakers

Speaker Selection

Speaker Selection

Speaker Company

Speaker Company
  • Portrait photo of Nigerian musician 1da Banton
    1da Banton
    Musician

    1da Banton

    Godson Epelle, better known as 1da Banton, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. His music is a distinctive fusion and unique blend of reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, and traditional sounds from Rivers, his home state.

    Full Biography
  • Albert Wenger, Partner, Union Square Ventures
    Albert Wenger
    Union Square Ventures

    Albert Wenger

    Albert Wenger is Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures. He led the firm’s investments in Etsy, Twilio and MongoDB. Wenger holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT, is @albertwenger on Twitter, blogs at Continuations and is the author of World After Capital.

    Full Biography
  • Alexander Gerfer, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Würth Elektronik
    Alexander Gerfer
    Würth Elektronik

    Alexander Gerfer

    Alexander Gerfer is Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Würth Elektronik eiSos group, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components. He graduated from the engineering school of communications engineering at the Rheinische Akademie Köln and studied electrical engineer (FH) at the Rheinische Fachhochschule.

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  • Alexander Kluge
    Alexander Kluge
    DCTP

    Alexander Kluge

    Author, lawyer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge is Managing Director of DCTP, which produces documentaries and cultural programs for television. His recent books include The Separatrix Project with artist Katharina Grosse – a cooperation that started at DLD.

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  • Profile image of Alexander Kudlich, Founding General Partner at 468 Capital
    Alexander Kudlich
    468 Capital

    Alexander Kudlich

    Alexander Kudlich is a founding General Partner at 468 Capital, a technology investment firm based in Berlin and San Francisco. Kudlich focuses on investments in the areas of Energy Transition and large-scale consumer businesses.

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  • Portrait of Alexander Schill, Global Chief Creative Officer of Serviceplan
    Alexander Schill
    Serviceplan

    Alexander Schill

    Alexander Schill is Global Chief Creative Officer of Serviceplan, Europe’s largest independent agency group, and convinced of creativity for good. Schill is president of the ADC Europe and member of the global WARC council.

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  • Alexandra Borchardt, journalist, advisor and researcher
    Alexandra Borchardt
    Author

    Alexandra Borchardt

    Alexandra Borchardt is a journalist, book author, independent researcher, and media advisor. She is lead author of the report Climate Journalism That Works – Between Knowledge and Impact, published in March 2023.

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  • Portrait photo of Alissa Baier-Lentz, Co-Founder & COO of circular fashion company Kintra Fibers
    Alissa Baier-Lentz
    Kintra Fibers

    Alissa Baier-Lentz

    Circular fashion advocate Alissa Baier-Lentz is the Co-Founder and COO of Kintra Fibers. The company, backed by fashion retailer H&M, has developed a proprietary synthetic fiber that is 100% bio-based, compostable and made on standard polyester production equipment.

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Artificial Intelligence

Author Gary Marcus speaks about the current state of AI at the DLD Munich conference 2024.

Humans vs. Machines

“AI is here to stay. I think we can all agree on that”, American psychologist, cognitive scientist and author Gary Marcus says at the outset of his highly engaging DLD…
Xiaoyan Zhang (Tsinghua University) speaks about digital assets at the DLD Munich 2024 conference, with Yat Siu (Animoca Brands), left, Xin Li Caixin Global) listening.

AI & Digital Assets

How is AI being used to manage digital assets in Asia, including optimizing business processes and creating unique items in digital assets like video games? Watch this DLD24 session, moderated…
Stability AI founder Emad Mostaque speaks with journalist David Kirkpatrick at the DLD Munich 2024 conference.

True Exponential: Building a Generative AI Company

Stability AI founder Emad Mostaque discusses advancements in artificial intelligence, the role of Stability AI, and the implications of AI on society with journalist David Kirkpatrick (Techonomy). Mostaque is one…
IBM Europe executive Martin Junghans gives a presentation at the DLD Munich 2024 conference, wearing a white shirt and a black scarf.

Governing AI Use Cases with watsonx

The success of AI is closely related to safety, trustworthiness and ethical decision-making. In his DLD24 talk, Martin Junghans, CTO of IBM’s Innovation Studio, discusses AI governance tools and how…

Society & Politics

DLD Chairman Yossi Vardi and Jacob Helberg (Palantir) discuss geopolitics at the DLD Munich 2024 conference.

Geopolitical Insights from a Silicon Valley Insider

DLD Chairman Yossi Vardi and Jacob Helberg (Palantir Technologies) discuss major geopolitical trends. Helberg notes the deterioration of global security and points to an ongoing competition between democratic values and…
Roberto Viola (European Commission) speaks about regulating AI at the DLD Munich 2024 conference.

Regulation vs. Innovation in AI

EU Commissioner Roberto Viola discusses Europe’s approach to regulating artificial intelligence while still encouraging innovation. Viola, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, notes that Europe is taking concrete…
Lisa Witter (Apolitical Foundation), Ricardo Marvão (Beta-i), Gauri van Gulik (Multitudes Foundation) and Maximilian Oehl (Brand New Bundestag) on stage at DLD Munich Conference 2024, discussing ways to strengthen democracy.

The Rise of Political Entrepreneurs & Innovators in Europe

Political entrepreneurship is a good way to strengthen democracy, as you’ll hear in this engaging DLD24 expert panel. Bringing new people into politics increases diversity and drives up engagement in…
Journalist Yinka Adegoke (Semafor), entrepreneur Herbert Wigwe (Access Holdings) and Helmut Schoenenberger (Unternehmer TUM) speak at the DLD Munich 2024 conference.

Learning from the Future

This DLD24 conversation between Herbert Wigwe, the late CEO of Access Bank Group, and Helmut Schönenberger, the Vice President of UnternehmerTUM in Munich, focuses on the future of higher education…

Business Innovation & Leadership

Journalist Ina Fried and Google’s former Chief Decision Scientist Cassie Kozyrkov speak at the DLD Munich 2024 conference.

Is It All About the Data?

“Decision making is the steering wheel for our lives”, Cassie Kozyrkov observes in her DLD24 conversation with Axios reporter Ina Fried. Kozyrkov was Google’s first Chief Decision Scientist before founding…
Farmerline founder Alloysius Attah speaks at the DLD Munich 2024 conference, with moderator David Kirkpatrick visible in the background.

Changing Agriculture by Empowering Farmers

Farmerline is a digital marketplace that helps smallholder farmers in West Africa access information, financing and markets. In his DLD24 conversation with journalist David Kirkpatrick, Farmerline’s founder Alloysius Attah describes…
BMW engineer Dr. Stella Clarke on stage at the DLD Munich conference, showing a video that demonstrates E Ink technology to change a car’s interior design.

From Mobile Tradition to Rapid Innovation

Dr. Stella Clarke, an innovator at BMW, developed the world’s first color-changing car – a feat which got her nominated for World Car Person of the Year in 2023. In…
Armin Steuernagel, of the Foundation for Steward-Ownership, speaks at DLD Munich 2024, wearing a historic suit and a top hat.

Steward Ownership: A New Way of Owning and Investing in Companies

In this DLD24 talk by Armin Steuernagel you’ll hear about the concept of “steward ownership”, a new way of allocating power and money in companies, that is based on two…

Sustainability & Climate Change

Alissa Baier-Lentz (Kintra Fibers) and Katrin Ley (Fashion for Good) discuss sustainable fashion at the DLD Munich 2024 conference. Baier-Letz, left, shows a sample of the biodegradable fabric that her company Kintra Fibers has developed.

Changing the Fashion Industry with New Materials

The fashion industry has a plastic problem. Currently polyester makes up around 50% of global fiber production – but the material is made from fossil fuels and creates microplastic pollution…
From left to right: Martin Stuchtey (Landbanking Group), Auguste von Bayern (BIOTOPIA), Thomas Becker (BMW), Tim Coles, (rePLANET) and Christof Schenck (Frankfurt Zoological Society) discuss biodiversity and the value of nature at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

The Value of Nature

“What would you pay for listening to a bird song in the morning or for going for a walk with your children through the forest?”, ecologist Auguste von Bayern asks…
Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Club of Rome) receives the 2024 Aenne Burda Award from DLD founder Steffi Czerny, surrounded by other well-wishers.

Aenne Burda Award Ceremony 2024

The Aenne Burda Award ceremony is an annual highlight at the DLD Munich conference. In 2024, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome, received the prestigious award for her…
Felicitas von Peter (Active Philanthopy) speaks about climate change at the DLD Munich Conference 2024, holding a microphone in front of a colorful graphical background.

Witches, Foxes & Rockies: An Arctic Learning Curve

In Greenland and the Arctic the effects of human-made climate change are becoming dramatically visible. This engaging DLD24 session, moderated by Felicitas von Peter (Active Philanthropy), highlights the importance of…

Startups & Investing

Marcus Behrendt (BMW i Ventures), Stefan Ender (DeepDrive), Yoav Levy (Upstream) and Sarah Theinert (UVC Ventures) discuss applications for future mobillity at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

Applications for Future Mobility

As the car industry shifts from combustion engine to e-mobility, many opportunities for startups and new applications arise. This DLD24 panel discussion brings together Marcus Behrendt (BMW i Ventures), Sarah…
Jeannette zu Fürstenberg (La Famiglia VC), Hemant Taneja (General Catalyst) and Solveigh Hieronimus (McKinsey & Company) speak in front of a packed audience at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

Strategies for Building Global Resilience

This DLD24 panel discussion focuses on the topic of resilience from an investor’s perspective. In conversation with Solveigh Hieronimus (McKinsey), Jeanette zu Fürstenberg (La Famiglia) and Hemant Taneja (General Catalyst)…
Bulent Altan (Alpine Space Ventures), Nils Bernhardt (The Exploration Company) and Raycho Raychev (EnduroSat) on stage at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

Building the European Space Ecosystem

The new space race goes far beyond SpaceX and Blue Origin, as you’ll hear in this engaging DLD24 discussion between Bulent Altan (Alpine Space Ventures), Nils Bernhardt (The Exploration Company)…
Idealab founder Bill Gross speaks about his insights as startup investor at the DLD Munich 2024 conference, in front of a packed audience.

10 Crucial Lessons for Success from 50 Years of Practicing Innovation

Why are some startups successful while others fail? What do founders need to know before they start? How do you write the perfect pitch to investors? In his highly engaging…

Arts, Media & Culture

Hidden Door founder Hilary Mason and Christian Teichmann (Burda Principal Investments) discuss interactive entertainment at the DLD Munich 2024 conference.

Looking behind the „Hidden Door“: AI, Gaming and Storytelling

Digital media pioneer Hilary Mason introduces Hidden Door, a new interactive platform for fan experiences inspired by worlds from books, movies and other media. “Hidden Door is like a Netflix…
Swedish musician and producer Niclas Molinder on stage at the DLD Munich 2024 conference, showing a slide that shows the music platform CLIP.

The Evolving Landscape of Music Creation in the AI Era

Swedish songwriter and music producer Niclas Molinder discusses rapid changes in the music industry and the potential impact of AI on music creation. Molinder is well-known for his collaboration with…
January 13, 2024
Emma Tucker (The Wall Street Journal) discusses freedom of press with Almar Latour (Dow Jones) and journalist Josef Joffe, left, at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

Freedom of the Press

Democracy cannot live without free speech and freedom of the press. This DLD24 session takes a close look at the challenges of reporting from authoritarian countries where press freedoms are…
Nigerian pop star 1da Banton speaks at the DLD Munich 2024 conference, with Thomas Hesse (Dreamstage) and his manager Bryan Owujie listening.

Music Makes a Continent: Afrobeats on the Move

Nigerian singer 1da Banton (his first name rhymes with “wonder”) is one of Africa’s most exciting musicians. In this DLD24 session with 1da, his manager Bryan Owujie and moderator Thomas Hesse…
January 12, 2024

Health & Medicine

Jennifer Schenker (The Innovator), Dagmar Schuller (audEEERING), and Nikolay Vasev (epix.ai) discuss digital health at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

AI Powering New Health Solutions

AI is making progress in healthcare applications like diagnosing conditions from speech and language, as you’ll hear in this insightful DLD24 conversation between Dagmar Schuller, CEO and Co-Founder of audEERING,…
January 13, 2024
Juan Enriquez (Excel Venture Management) speaks about technology and ethics at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

Brain & Mind

Can technology influence what we perceive as right and wrong? In his thought-provoking DLD24 talk, Juan Enriquez discusses the complex aspects of the brain and mind, focusing on the influence…
January 13, 2024
Neurologist Zvi Ram (University of Tel Aviv) speaks at the DLD Munich Conference 2024, with an illustration showing the human brain behind him on a screen.

News in Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons face a huge challenge: there’s no atlas for the brain that could guide them during surgery, for example when they need to remove a brain tumor without damaging the…
January 13, 2024
Cancer expert Dr. Torsten Haferlach speaking at the DLD Munich conference 2024, with a slide from his presentation showing blood analysis with AI.

Fighting Cancer with AI

Artificial intelligence promises to become on the most important tools to diagnose and treat cancer. In his DLD24 presentation, Torsten Haferlach, a hematologist with 40 years of experience, goes into…
January 12, 2024

Web3 & Frontier Technologies

Bettina Warburg, left, and Marjorie Hernandez discuss Web3 applications at the DLD Munich 2024 conference.

Sparks of Progress: Web3 and the Road Ahead

In their insightful DLD24 conversation, investor Bettina Warburg and entrepreneur Marjorie Hernandez (LUKSO) analyze the progress being made in Web3 and blockchain despite recent challenges. They discuss the potential of…
January 13, 2024
Bitcoin expert Jörg Hermsdorf explains the importance of AI for cryptocurrencies at the DLD Munich 2024 conference. He’s seen speaking on stage in front of a colorful painting that shows early humans discover fire.

Bitcoin: The Lifeblood of Advanced AI

In his DLD24 presentation, crypto expert Jörg Hermsdorf explains that Bitcoin is a prime example of an adhocracy, a concept popularized in the 1970s, which has no traditional organizational structure…
January 13, 2024
Ehud Shapiro of the Weizmann Institute of Science gives a talk about gressroots digital democracy at the DLD Munich Conference 2024.

Grassroots Digital Democracy

Computer scientist Ehud Shapiro discusses his vision of an alternative architecture for the digital world – because right now, he says, the Internet resembles a feudal system where a few…
Daniela Gerd tom Markotten, (Deutsche Bahn), Markus Pflitsch (Terra Quantum) and Niko Mohr (McKinsey & Company) speak about the state of quantum computing at the DLD Munich Conference 2024

Quantum Computing in Operation

Quantum computing represents a gigantic economic opportunity and could add up to $2 trillion to the global economy by 2035, McKinsey research shows. But when will the technology be ready…

Impressions

You can find many more images in our DLD24 Flickr collection.

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Portrait of energy expert Prof. Michael Sterner in a hallway at the OTH Regensburg.

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“Art for All, Open to Everyone.” Meet London’s Serpentine Galleries

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Portrait photo of investor Lexi Novitske, general partner at Norrsken22, in front of a lush green background.

“Africa is Gearing up for Growth”

Find out why DLD24 speaker Lexi Novitske is confident that Africa will become a global leader in tech, overcome its challenges – and where the continent’s super powers lie.
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House of Communication Munich
Friedenstr. 24
81671 Munich
Germany

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August-Everding-Straße 25
81671 Munich

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