DLD Summer 2021 Preview: Speakers and Topics
Find out what the future holds, join us for our DLD Summer online conference on July 1, 2021: Following our theme “It’s Only the Beginning…” expert speakers will give us their insights into the trends shaping technology, society, business, politics and arts.
This overview of speakers and topics will give you a general idea of what to expect. For program details please visit our conference page.
The digital revolution has only just begun. Quantum computing, health tech and blockchain are likely to bring the next wave of disruption to business and society. We’ll take a look at these technologies from different angles, but will also discuss why it’s ever more important to better explain the benefits of science and research to the general public.
Precision medicine promises a much more effective way to treat illnesses – personalized to each patient’s needs. On her first day on the job, Merck Group’s new Chief Science and Technology Officer Laura Matz will explore the many possibilities of digital health with Brainlab founder Stefan Vilsmeier, in a conversation moderated by Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick.
Technical University Munich
Institute for Advanced Study
NFTs are the newest hit in the blockchain world. These cryptographic tokens are becoming especially valuable for artists, as ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin will explain in his presentation of the recently launched platform Palm.io. TU Munich’s Ann-Kristin Achleitner, meanwhile, will discuss with Robbert Dijkgraaf (Institute for Advanced Study) how scientists can help us to better understand a complex world driven by the relentless pace of innovation.
Quantum computers derive their power from going beyond zeroes and ones. By tapping into the fundamentals of physics, tomorrow’s computers promise to speed up science and business in many ways. Leading IBM researcher Heike Riel and McKinsey Partner Niko Mohr will discuss the current state of this groundbreaking technology.
Exploring Europe’s Opportunities
The circular economy, e-mobility, IoT, renewable energy – all of these developments create new markets and new opportunities for Europe to innovate and make up for lost ground, as a number of DLD Summer sessions will illustrate.
Innovation ecosystems are key to building successful businesses. But what does it take to bring scientists, entrepreneurs and investors together in productive new ways? Helmut Schönenberger, the driving force behind Munich’s successful UnternehmerTUM accelerator, will share insights with FlixMobility founder Jochen Engert. Investor Hendrik Brandis will give us an Earlybird’s-eye view of Europe’s startup scene.
Leading the way: With its New European Bauhaus initiative, the EU Commission aims to supercharge the continent’s economy through collaboration and innovation across borders, business sectors and cultural boundaries. DLD has been supporting this effort from day one, and to kick off DLD Summer, we’re going to announce an exciting project about bringing Europe together in new ways. Tune in early to find out more.
After working at Apple and Amazon for more than 20 years, Diego Piacentini returned to his native Italy in 2016 to become the country’s Commissioner for Digital Transformation. In conversation with Burda CEO Paul-Bernhard Kallen, he will share insights about what he learned and how governments all around the world can successfully manage a digital transformation.
Europe’s hidden champions are essential to making tomorrow’s technologies a reality. Some companies are young, like Munich’s Isar Aerospace, others have been an integral part of the global economy for decades, like Würth Elektronik and Schlenk. Hear more from Daniel Metzler, Alexander Gerfer and Joachim von Schlenk-Barnsdorf about how their companies are helping to power the future.
Innovation in Motion
It’s not just electric cars that are dramatically changing the car business. The whole mobility sector is being reinvented – with vehicles becoming computers on wheels, and next-generation technologies enabling entirely new design concepts.
BMW’s MINI unit has big plans for urban mobility. DLD Summer will see the premiere of a novel concept car which aims to make the most of the available space in tight places.
German Association of the Automotive Industry
Your car may have six gears, but how about 5G? In many ways, the new telecommunications standard is key to future mobility, as car industry expert Hildegard Müller and Telefónica Germany CEO Markus Haas will discuss in conversation with moderator Fabian Billing.
Humans & Machines
Artificial intelligence and robotics have become everyday technologies, and their use has profound effects on society, business and the future of work.
University of Cambridge
Tudor Investment Group
Yes, robots can stress out, too, as Ross Anderson observed in a recent research paper. And when they do, they may become quite annoyed with humans. At DLD Summer, the University of Cambridge security expert will explain his findings further. In most cases, machines are extremely helpful to us, of course. Zayd Enam, co-founder of Cresta, discusses the potential of AI in the workplace with investor Ulrike Hoffmann-Burchardi.
China is often seen as the future superpower of AI, ahead of the United States. Oxford researcher Carl Benedikt Frey, an internationally acclaimed expert on AI, automation and future of work, will put this theory to the test in conversation with Azeem Azhar, publisher of the popular Exponential View newsletter.
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
For Amazon, Facebook, Google and many other technology platforms, machine learning algorithms have become the perfect tool to “target users” – and better understand what we like, respond to and what makes us click. The benefit to big tech is obvious, but what about society? Max Planck researcher Iyad Rahwan and journalist Andrian Kreye will discuss whether we need a new social contract for the age of surveillance capitalism. And Axel Voss, member of the European Parliament, is going to present a “European Framework for AI”.
Go Green and Prosper!
Economic growth, well-being and sustainability don’t need to be mutually exclusive. In fact, protecting resources and moving from destructive to constructive business models may well be the best strategy for future prosperity.
Companies don’t need to square the circle to become more sustainable – but they should follow certain practices and principles. Bestselling author Andrew McAfee (More from Less) and digital transformation expert Cristiana Falcone will discuss details with HypoVereinsbank CEO Michael Diederich and Lufthansa board member Christina Foerster.
Fighting climate change is a global task. On a planet with more than eight billion people every action counts, and none of us can solve the problem alone. Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, will examine the challenge of better international cooperation in protecting the environment with Hotnest co-founder Fabian von Heimburg.