DLD
04/10/2017

Berlin calling

DLD première in Berlin: On 26 and 27 October, DLD founder Steffi Czerny and her team will hold the first DLD conference in the German capital. Lasting a day and a half, the conference will be packed with fascinating speakers from a wide range of industries as entrepreneurs, politicians, designers and artists take to the DLD stage for surprising panel discussions.


“As the founder of DLD, I am always looking for exciting ecosystems. With its great innovative prowess and interesting mix of art, culture and politics, Berlin fits perfectly with our leitmotif of ‘Connect the Unexpected’. After all, DLD conferences stand out for their varied topics and interdisciplinarity, factors also reflected in the programme for DLD Berlin. I am delighted to be visiting the capital with our international DLD network, friends and partners for the first time and look forward to learning from the Berliners!”                                            

DLD founder Steffi Czerny


Chatbots, pitches and fashion

From Silicon Valley to Berlin: Slack founder Stewart Butterfield made his DLD début back in 2005 at the very first DLD conference together with his wife, with whom he co-founded the photo portal Flickr. Butterfield’s appearance at the first DLD Berlin event is highly anticipated; the messaging service Slack recently raised $250 million in a new funding round and is now valued at $5.1 billion. California will also be represented by Ben Parr, co-founder of the chatbot company Octane AI and former editor-at-large for Mashable, who will discuss the hot topic of chatbots.

The SevenVentures Pitch Day (7VPD) also promises to be exciting, as the four finalists in the start-up competition go head to head on stage to pitch for a media package worth 3 million euros. The winner will be chosen by the audience and an expert jury including presenter and investor Joko Winterscheidt.

Alongside investors, entrepreneurs and politicians such as Jens Spahn (CDU), DLD Berlin will also welcome international artists: star pianist Igor Levit, fashion designers Marina Hoermanseder and Leyla Piedayesh (Lala Berlin) and Chinese artist Aaajiao will attend.

Trained for the future

Speakers such as Telefónica CEO Markus Haas and Elisabeth Denison (Deloitte) will discuss the challenges facing managers in the digital world. Leading a company through digital transformation requires a totally new approach and largely depends on innovative employees and recruiting new talent.

Thomas Bachem of the Code University knows how to train and nurture up-and-company tech workers. From October, the state-recognised university founded just this year will be offering three Bachelor’s programs focusing on coding. Bachem describes coding as creative problem-solving. Instead of teacher-centred training and abstract concepts, students will gain practical knowledge and implement it through creative means. Bill Aulet of the MIT Sloan School also knows how to deal with young talent: A successful businessman, he will explain how he trains young entrepreneurs as an MIT professor and what he passes on to his students.

If you would like to get a DLD Berlin conference ticket, please apply here. In order to get a press accreditation, please contact dldpress@burda.com before October 16th. For further information about the speakers and the DLD Berlin programme, please visit: http://www.dld-conference.com/DLDBerlin

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