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Wed, 13.09.17

Andrew Keen

Author and entrepreneur


How to fix the future

So how do we fix the future? After the huge changes of the Industrial Revolution, civilized societies remade nineteenth-century capitalism into a more humane version of itself. In his keynote, ...
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So how do we fix the future? After the huge changes of the Industrial Revolution, civilized societies remade nineteenth-century capitalism into a more humane version of itself. In his keynote, Andrew Keen will shed light on how to solve the problems of surveillance capitalism, big data monopolists, irresponsible Silicon Valley billionaires, fake news, online anger and loneliness, mass technological unemployment, digital addiction and the existential risk of smart algorithms.

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Andrew Keen's Bio'

Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a ‘powerful, frightening read’ and the Washington Post called ‘an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn’t as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe’.

He is Executive Director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon Futurecast, the host of the popular Internet chat show ‘Keen On’, a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list ‘100 Most Connected Men’.

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Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Wed, 13.09.17

Daniel Sennheiser

CEO Sennheiser electronic


The future of audio: Immersive sound experiences with AMBEO®

In the future, our way of experiencing sound and music will undergo a fundamental change: 3D audio technology will revolutionize the quality and emotional intensity of sound. It will provide ...
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In the future, our way of experiencing sound and music will undergo a fundamental change: 3D audio technology will revolutionize the quality and emotional intensity of sound. It will provide a sense of deep immersion for users in various fields, from audio recording and music reproduction to broadcasting and augmented reality applications. Sennheiser is driving this evolution with AMBEO®, a technology programme that develops solutions which will transform the audio market by creating a “being there” experience for the listener.

In his speech, Daniel Sennheiser, CEO of Sennheiser, will share insights on the history and changing industry and on how the family-owned company uses its innovative power and agility to develop products and services, which shape the future of audio, both in the private and in the professional sector.

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Daniel Sennheiser's Bio'

In 2013, Daniel Sennheiser and his brother Andreas Sennheiser took over responsibility of the family business of Sennheiser electronic as CEOs. Together they drive the strategy of creating innovative audio products and remarkable sound experiences for the end user. Their vision to actively participate in creating the future of audio is based on the 70-year history of Sennheiser, a distinct culture of innovation and a mutual passion for excellence.

Daniel Sennheiser joined Sennheiser electronic in 2008, where he created the Strategic Innovation department and focused on the long-term strategic orientation of the company. As President of Strategy and Finance, he was responsible for Strategic Marketing, Strategic Innovation, Technology and Innovation, Corporate Controlling, and Corporate Finance.

Daniel Sennheiser was born in Zurich. After studying product design at the ArtCenter College of Design in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland, and Pasadena in the US state of California, he founded the Munich-based agency Digani. Between 1999 and 2002, Daniel Sennheiser worked for various communications agencies in Munich and Zurich, including Pixelpark, Concept! and Ogilvy Interactive. In 2003, he joined Procter & Gamble, most recently, in the role of Associate Director of Design & Innovation, EMEA.

Sennheiser

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Wed, 13.09.17

Martin Eberhard

Entrepreneur and Occasional Visionary


Entrepreneurs Chat - The Future of Mobility and Automation and the Impact on Society, Individuals, and the Economy

In this exclusive Entrepreneurs Chat, Martin Eberhard is going to share insights and experiences from his entrepreneurial journey starting with the co-founding and running of Network Computing Devices (IPO in 1992), ...
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In this exclusive Entrepreneurs Chat, Martin Eberhard is going to share insights and experiences from his entrepreneurial journey starting with the co-founding and running of Network Computing Devices (IPO in 1992), NuvoMedia (exit for $187mio) and Tesla Motors. Learn proven methods and best practices of how to develop new ideas and how to make them successful. Take this unique opportunity to benefit from Martin' Eberhard’s s wealth of experience in the fields of mobility (both public and private), and more. Join in on the discussion of the effects of future technological developments in mobility, automation, etc. at the societal, economic, and individual level.

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Martin Eberhard's Bio'

Martin Eberhard is an engineer, a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and inventor on at least 22 granted patents. He received a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982 and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the same school in 1984. Recently, he was inducted into the University of Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame.

In 1996, Eberhard founded NuvoMedia with his colleague, Marc Tarpenning, where they developed the Rocket eBook, the first e-book with secure Internet delivery of content. Eberhard served as Chairman and CEO until NuvoMedia’s acquisition by Gemstar in 2000.
In 2002, Eberhard and Tarpenning founded Tesla Motors, where Eberhard served as its CEO until November 2007. Eberhard and his team reinvented the electric car, changing public perception of electric cars to fast, sexy, desirable cars that will obviously become the future of transportation.
In 2007, Eberhard left Tesla Motors with a fair bit of press drama, as his largest investor took control of the company. Despite the drama, Eberhard is very pleased to watch Tesla succeed in the trajectory that he first envisioned.

After leaving Tesla Motors, Eberhard served for two years as Director of EV Development at Volkswagen. He has lectured around the world on reasons for reducing the use of carbon fuels, on the advantages of electric drive over other automotive technologies, and on entrepreneurship and the need for more young people to pursue degrees and careers in science and engineering.

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Thu, 14.09.17

Bracken Darrell

CEO Logitech

Bracken Darrell joined Logitech as President in 2012 and became CEO a year later. In this role he has led a transformation of Logitech. He is a proponent of the importance ...
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Bracken Darrell's Bio'

Bracken Darrell joined Logitech as President in 2012 and became CEO a year later. In this role he has led a transformation of Logitech. He is a proponent of the importance of the liberal arts and design in business, especially of their role in innovating product experiences for consumers. He is an English major from Hendrix College.

Bracken brings to Logitech experience in product and brand building through design. He has worked around the world on iconic brands like Old Spice, Gillette and Braun, for which he was president. He has spent time at Procter & Gamble, GE, Gillette, and Whirlpool. Since he took over three years ago, Logitech has been a top performer on the SIX Swiss Exchange and in the top 10% of the NASDAQ. The company’s stock price and profits have almost tripled in the same period.

Logitech

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Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Thu, 14.09.17

Prof. Carlo Ratti

Director MIT SENSEable City Lab


Senseable Cities

The increasing deployment of sensors and handheld electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities ...
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The increasing deployment of sensors and handheld electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed – alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

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Prof. Carlo Ratti's Bio'

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the MIT, where he directs the SENSEable City Lab. Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum.

Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Blueprint magazine’s ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 People Who Will Change the World’. He was curator for the “Future Food District” at Expo Milano 2015, and is currently serving as Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Future Cities.

Senseable

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Thu, 14.09.17

Max Stossel

poet & filmmaker


The Internet vs. humanity: When everyone profits from our attention, we all lose.

The Internet vs. humanity keynote is an interweaving of nine years of media expertise and poetic storytelling. A talk on how the forces that shape our digital world are steering ...
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The Internet vs. humanity keynote is an interweaving of nine years of media expertise and poetic storytelling. A talk on how the forces that shape our digital world are steering the future of our species, and how we can build an attention economy that values our humanity more than our screen time.

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Max Stossel's Bio'

Max Stossel is an award-winning poet and filmmaker, and one of the leaders of Time Well Spent, a movement to align technology with our humanity. His work consistently goes viral, has spanned across 14 languages, won multiple film festivals and influenced the way digital media organizations tell the stories of mass murder in the news.

Before entering the worlds of poetry, film and digital activism, Max was a media strategist with an extensive background in the social field. The merging of these fields allows him to provide a fascinating perspective on the state of modern culture and the digital world.

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Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Thu, 14.09.17

Ben Narasin

Partner Canvas Ventures

Ben Narasin is a partner at Canvas, focused on early-stage venture investments in mobile, fintech and marketplaces/e-commerce as well as exciting new categories. Ben was an active institutional seed ...
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Ben Narasin's Bio'

Ben Narasin is a partner at Canvas, focused on early-stage venture investments in mobile, fintech and marketplaces/e-commerce as well as exciting new categories. Ben was an active institutional seed investor for eight years before joining Canvas, during which he personally invested in 75 companies including Lending Club, Check, Kabbage, Realty Mogul, Dropcam, Zenefits, and many more world-class start-ups. Half of the companies he seeded went on to raise follow-on venture capital.

An entrepreneur since the age of twelve, Ben ran start-ups through high school and college before founding Boston Preparatory Company, a menswear company. He then founded Fashionmall.com in 1993, one of the first e-commerce companies on the Web and the first cost-per-click-based business, which he took public in 1999 on the NASDAQ.
In the moments when Ben is not spending time with his entrepreneurs and family, he is also a professional freelance writer on food and wine for various print publications as well as writing online about technology and entrepreneurship.


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Fri, 15.09.17

Dr. Martin Hofmann

Group CIO Volkswagen AG


How artificial intelligence is affecting the automotive industry

In his keynote address, Dr. Martin Hofmann will outline the implications of artificial intelligence for the automotive sector. Volkswagen Group’s IT function operates several labs, in cities like Berlin, Mu...
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In his keynote address, Dr. Martin Hofmann will outline the implications of artificial intelligence for the automotive sector. Volkswagen Group’s IT function operates several labs, in cities like Berlin, Munich and San Francisco, where programmers, data analysts and innovation specialists develop new technologies, products and services. Against this backdrop, Dr. Hofmann will share experiences and best practices, discussing how the Volkswagen Group deals with new trends in technology and how it can take a leading role with a variety of partners in addressing future mobility.

Dr. Martin Hofmann's Bio'

Dr Martin Hofmann is the General Representative of Volkswagen AG, and has been Head of IT within the Volkswagen Group since December 2011. The task of IT in the Group is to safeguard the digital future of the Volkswagen Group, based on the exponential development in the field of information technologies.

Examples of this include the IT Labs in San Francisco, Berlin and Munich, which rank among the leaders in the automotive industry in the areas of data science and machine learning. Hofmann started his managerial career in the Volkswagen Group in 2001 as Head of Process and Information Management in Group Procurement. Before joining the Volkswagen Group, he worked for the international IT company Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS). His last position at the company was as Head of the Digital Supply Chain division in the US.

Hofmann completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, holds a PhD in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and a degree in Business Informatics and Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. His major focus is to create a link between engineering and computer science.

Volkswagen

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Fri, 15.09.17

Marty Weiner

Founding Engineer at Pinterest and former CTO @Reddit


Scaling Tech Start-ups from 0 to 300

Based on his experience growing Pinterest and Reddit, he will go through some key learnings he wished he had many years ago that would have helped through rapid growth phases. ...
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Based on his experience growing Pinterest and Reddit, he will go through some key learnings he wished he had many years ago that would have helped through rapid growth phases. He will dig into what it looks like to scale a company through traction and some lessons for choosing appropriate technology, how to think about and build a successful culture, and how to evolve your organization.

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Marty Weiner's Bio'

Marty Weiner was the CTO at Reddit for two years, and is now advising while on sabbatical writing a book about building great engineering organizations. Before this, he was a founding engineer at Pinterest where he got to be part of building the company from the founder's apartment to an 800+ international team.

Marty Weiner also enjoys advising rapidly growing tech companies on how to scale culturally and technically through traction based on his experience building Pinterest and Reddit. On the side he writes video games, makes full-scale droids, and is trying to find time to finish up an animatronic parrot and a new input device prototype for the wrist.

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Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Fri, 15.09.17

Gisbert Rühl

CEO Klöckner & Co


From steel trader to platform operator

In his keynote speech, Gisbert Rühl made clear that a company can only successfully implement a digital transformation if it is willing to change its culture as well. Using i...
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In his keynote speech, Gisbert Rühl made clear that a company can only successfully implement a digital transformation if it is willing to change its culture as well. Using innovative channels, he describes how the social networking service Yammer has changed how his employees interact and collaborate. This shift is paying off: Klöckner & Co is currently considered a pioneer of digitalisation in the steel industry and already generates a two-digit share of its revenue via digital channels.

Gisbert Rühl's Bio'

Gisbert Rühl, after occupying several senior positions in industry and consulting, has been on the Management Board of the Klöckner & Co Group since 2005 – initially as CFO, and since 2009 as Chairman of the Management Board. He is also responsible for the M&A, Group HR, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications and Legal & Compliance areas. Currently, Rühl is vigorously promoting the digital transformation of Klöckner & Co, which has seen the company become one of the leading names in the steel industry.

Klöckner & Co

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

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