DLD Munich 23
16/01/2023

„Align with friends who empower you!”

„You have to trust in yourself, go your own way and follow your own personal goals. But when you really want to go beyond what you think is possible, then you need people around you, who will encourage you to do this.” Steffi Czerny touched the hearts of the DLD community with these last reflections on Saturday afternoon as she brought Burda´s innovation conference DLD Munich 23 to a close. The DLD-Managing Director said goodbye with the words: „It is essential that you are part of a community!” And DLD really is a community – one that lives and grows thanks to its unique DLD spirit, really bringing everyone who experiences it together.

Innovation conference covers a wide range of topics

Over three days and on three stages, Steffi Czerny and her team brought a multitude of topics to this most modern of locations – the “House of Communication.” The topics covered by the global interdisciplinary experts were characteristically diverse. Artificial Intelligence (AI) was clearly the main topic of the conference.

In the panel on the future of the media industry, Burda CEO Martin Weiss predicts the following on how AI will affect journalism: “AI will not kill off journalism. It is a tremendous opportunity to enhance journalism and we need to delve into it. For me, that’s a great perspective for 2023.” 

Musixmatch founder Max Ciociola, Ole Obermann, Global Head of Music at TikTok and Bytedance, and music producer and ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus were amongst those who tackled the question: will AI one day be able to write better music than humans do? The consensus being that the lines between what humans can create and what AI can create will become increasingly blurred.

Live Podcast Session and the Aenne Burda Award Presentation

Scott Galloway, marketing professor at NYU Stern School of Business, and tech journalist Kara Swisher created a special highlight on the first day of DLD Munich 23: The two came together on stage for a live session of their podcast "Pivot". Topics included EU regulations in the technology sector and the future of OpenAI in Microsoft products.

A final conference highlight and an emotional one was the traditional presentation of the Aenne Burda Award. This annual award, in memory of the late Aenne Burda, honours women who have made a significant impact to society with their outstanding entrepreneurial and creative achievements. This year, the award went to the Turkish social entrepreneur Ebru Baybara Demir: The chef stands out in more ways than one. Not only does she have exceptional culinary skills, but she is also the driving force behind significant social and sustainability projects. She was visibly touched by this recognition – and the audience in turn with her moving acceptance speech.

Impressions of these and further DLD Munich 23 highlights can be viewed in the picture gallery. You can download more pictures on from our Flickr Account.

The Highights of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and selected panels can be viewed on the Youtube Channel

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Steffi Czerny, founder of DLD, welcomed together with Yossi Vardi, DLD Chairman, over 200 renowned speakers and over 1,000 guests at the start of this year's DLD on January 12 © Daniel Grund for DLD/HBM

Serviceplan CEO Florian Haller on the 'House of Communication', where DLD Munich 23 was held for the first time: "This house is designed to allow ideas to flow freely and creativity to flourish." © Elias Hassos for DLD/HBM

Dr. Florian Herrmann, Bavarian Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs and Media, described the conference as a "seismograph for the most important issues of the future." © Daniel Grund for DLD / HBM

Oliver Zipse, CEO BMW Group, spoke about the role of technology for future mobility © Daniel Grund for DLD / HBM

Roberto Viola, European Commission DG CONNECT, emphasized the relevance of digital transformation in the face of a changing world order © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Experts discussed the role of companies and business leaders for climate neutrality: Andreas Urschitz, Infineon Technologies AG, Anne Kawalerski, Bloomberg Media, and David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

"We are the ones who pose the greatest risk to the climate, but we are also the ones who can change it for the better," said Maja Göpel, transformation researcher © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Recorded a podcast episode live on stage: Kara Swisher, New York Magazine and Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Philipp Gerbert, TUM Venture Labs, Heike Freund, Marvel Fusion, Christian Hartel, Wacker Chemie AG, and Philipp Schröder, 1KOMMA5°, discussed the here and now and the future prospects of the energy transition © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Surfing the Big One: Passionate surfer Joana Andrade in conversation with Benjamin Habbel of Limestone Capital © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Mary Lou Jepsen, Openwater and Howard Morgan, B Capital Group / First Round Capital discussed recent advances in the field of neuroscience © Daniel Grund for DLD / HBM

Marc Al-Hames, Board of Directors Hubert Burda Media, exchanged views on the future of the travel industry with Kathrin Anselm, Airbnb, and Marcy Simon, Agent of Change © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Top female managers, politicians, artists, founders, investors, journalists and scientists from 14 different countries met at the Female Leadership Lunch © Dominik Gigler for DLD / HBM

A warm embrace at the Female Leadership Lunch © Dominik Gigler for DLD / HBM

Burda trainees participated in a workshop with Andrew A. Rosen, PARQOR LLC © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Five key insights for green transformation from Felicitas von Peter, Active Philanthropy and Florian Hoffmann, The Do © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Frank Schmidt, neOM Consult, Marc Al-Hames, HBM Board of Directors, Martin Weiss, CEO HBM (l.t.r.) © Daniel Grund for DLD / HBM

With the conference motto "Beyond NOW", DLD directed the view from the here and now to the opportunities and challenges of the future © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Guests from the world's most important innovation hubs listened intently to the discussion panels © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

The new location offers a modern atmosphere that stimulates innovation, inspiration, and exchange © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Interaction between a human and a robot © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Between the individual panels, the guests also found time to network © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Happy hour and speaker's meet-up accompanied by atmospheric music © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Judith Gerlach, Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Affairs "Steffi, you are our Partner in Crime at DLD and the personification of Beyond Now - the Grande Dame of Digital." © Daniel Grund for DLD / HBM

Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business, presents his predictions for 2023 with a focus on AI, and the stock performance of Tesla, Bytedance and other tech giants © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Victoria Ossadnik, E.ON, discussed what the future of our cities will look like with Coen van Oostrom, EDGE, Charles Landry, author, and John Thornhill, Financial Times © Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

How does Policy Making in Times of Epochal Change work? Wolfgang Schmidt, Head of the Federal Chancellery und Federal Minister for Special Tasks © Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Hannah Louise Brown, Organifarms, Alexander Gerfer, Würth Elektronik eiSos Group, and Aman Dogra, Financial Times, gave an insight into the new age of agriculture and presented the strawberry-picking robot "Berry" © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Will machines think like humans? Jochen Wegner, ZEIT ONLINE, and Richard Socher, You.com, talked about this © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Martin Weiss, CEO Hubert Burda Media, on the future of the media business: "The pace of change has become so fast that we have no other choice than to embrace innovation quickly. And that's also why we have DLD, because it shows us innovation where only few people expect it." © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Axel Meise, Occhio, and Steffi Czerny, founder of DLD, talked about how light impacts human life © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Time for music: Abba musician and music producer Björn Ulvaeus as speaker at DLD Munich 23 © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

All about astrobiology: Sibylle Anderl, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Barbara Ercolano, LMU, Petra Schwille, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, and Andreas Burkert, LMU, (l.t.r.) © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Michael Kingsbury and Julia Reisser, ULUU, presented to Christian Teichmann, Burda Principal Investments, and DLD guests revolutionary materials that will replace plastics © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

Hanno Renner, Personio, Peter Backenecker, Mastercard, Nicole Gerhardt, O2 Telefónica, Frank Thelen, 10xDNA, and Jennifer Schenker, The Innovator, discussed cornerstones for a successful Europe © Picture Alliance for DLD / HBM

The second day of DLD Munich 23 started with a Science Breakfast © Dominik Gigler for DLD / HBM

What's behind the buzzword metaverse? This was explained by Nina Matzat, Serviceplan DCNTRL, Katsche Platz, Serviceplan DCNTRL, and Maik Kähler, lili Studios © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

This is where it gets creative! DLD guests were able to have their own individualized perfumes created via artificial intelligence during the conference © Elias Hassos for DLD / HBM

Publisher Hubert Burda with Dr. Paul-Bernhard Kallen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of HBM (l.), and Wolfgang Schmidt, Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery (r.) © Daniel Grund for DLD / HBM

The band 'The Whiskey Foundation', here with DLD Managing Director Steffi Czerny, provided the musical background for the Chairmen's Dinner at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof © Sabine Brauer Photos /Goran Nitschke for Hubert Burda Media

<meta charset="UTF-8">Niclas Molinder, Session, in conversation with Lisa Furtwängler and Jacob Burda © Sabine Brauer Photos /Sabine Brauer for Hubert Burda Media 

Female Leadership Power: Annet Aris (INSEAD), Burda Board Member  Katharina Herrmann, BurdaCommerce CEO Aliz Tepfenhart and NEW WORK SE CEO Petra von Strombeck © Sabine Brauer Photos / Goran Nitschke for Hubert Burda Media

Burda CEO Martin Weiss together with Burda Board member Philipp Welte © Sabine Brauer Photos /Sabine Brauer for HBM

Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta performed at the DLD party in the Occhio showroom, where DLD participants partied late into the night © Daniel Grund for DLD / HBM

<meta charset="UTF-8">Is AI like an airplane without a cockpit? Vilas Dhar, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Mehran Sahami, Stanford University, Navrina Singh, Credo AI, and Laura Summers, Debias AI, talked about AI and ethics © Picture Alliance for DLD/ HBM

Talked about innovation on the African continent: Charles Murito, Google, Juliana Rotich, Safaricom PLC, Ludwig von Bayern, Startup Lions and Inya Lawal, Ascend Studios Foundation © Picture Alliance for DLD/ HBM

Ebru Baybara Demir received the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership: She is a restaurateur and fights for equal rights and environmental protection in Turkey © Daniel Grund for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

It's a wrap! Steffi Czerny finished by thanking the entire DLD team and the participants for three successful conference days in Munich © Daniel Grund for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

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