hub.conference: Two days of inspiration
This week the hub.berlin 2023 business festival took place, with two full days of insights, thought-provoking discussions, and immersive experiences around tech and the future. On Day 1, our business festival was kicked off by Bitkom CEO Bernhard Rohleder and Tim Höttges, CEO Deutsche Telekom.
The importance of digitalization for companies and the traits to cultivate while facing challenges in our turbulent times were some of the topics addressed on stage. Jonas Andrulis, CEO & Founder Aleph Alpha, followed with a talk that shed light on the expectations we can have on a technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) when intelligence knows no upward boundaries.
The following panel discussions focused on topics such as digital sovereignty, with experts like Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf, Board Member & CTO ZEISS Group, Niklas Hellemann, CEO SoSafe and Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General DIGITALEUROPE discussing the capabilities and power of Europe to unleash its digital potential.
One of the highlights of the day was the Innovators’ Pitch with six finalists and two winners in the categories AI und Edtech: KNOWBODY and myScribe GmbH. The former is working on revolutionizing sex education in schools and creating a safe, fun learning environment for students, while myScribe is offering medical documentation software that uses AI to fully automate the creation of doctor's notes during inpatient hospital stays.
Day 2 was all about sustainability, future mobility, energy and tech for good. Anna Christmann, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Startups at the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz emphasized in her opening keynote how important it should be for Europe to show that democracy and technology can go hand in hand. Later, Niklas Huppmann from Kayrros spoke about the added value of satellite data to fight climate change while Martin Frick, Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Global Office Germany, presented how innovation can reduce pressure on food markets.
The experts on mobility Daniel Krauss (CIO and Co-Founder of Flix), Oliver Mackprang (CEO of MILES), Mike Hyde (Chief Data Officer of Trainline) and Christine Wenzel (Director Public Sector of TIER Mobility) discussed the role of data and how user behavior is the only way to design customised and convincing mobility solutions. Dr. Daniela Gerd tom Markotten, Member of the Management Board for Digitalization & Technology at Deutsche Bahn, also shared her valuable input on autonomous driving with us.
Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport at the Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr, promised in his closing keynote to work for better framework conditions for the digital economy: "Developers need easy access to data, clarity on future standards and no excessive bureaucracy. "