Following the annual theme "What the World Needs Now," Burda's innovation conference is launching a new online format in February with prominent speakers.
DLD (Digital, Life, Design), Hubert Burda Media's major European innovation conference, will once again bring together visionaries, digital entrepreneurs and masterminds at the Alte Bayerische Staatsbank (formerly HVB Forum) in Munich from 20th to 22nd January 2018. Under this year's motto "Reconquer!", the successful format will open its doors to around 150 international speakers and 1000 participants for the 14th time.
Society and the economy are under constant pressure to change due to the technological transformation and the progressing digitalisation. As a result of the rapid development, legal framework conditions have become obsolete, values such as trust are undermined and public and private sphere must be redefined.
“The optimistic view on the opportunities of digitally driven change has opened up many new economic and social perspectives for us. It has driven many upheavals forward or even made them possible. At the same time, this constant change process presents us with new questions and challenges. In order to be able to meet them, we should not always concentrate on looking ahead. With the motto 'Reconquer!', we call for change to be seen as an opportunity to create something new without throwing everything that is dear to us overboard. This requires a holistic, interdisciplinary view of the world that gives us new impulses."
Steffi Czerny, DLD-founder and managing director
Uber at the crossroads
For hardly any other company the motto "Reconquer!" fits better than for Uber. On the back of its rapid international expansion, the US-based start-up company had antagonized the taxi industry in particular. In addition, there were allegations of sexism and discrimination in the company, which forced Uber- founder Travis Kalanick to resign. The new boss, Dara Khosrowshahi, is to improve the tarnished reputation of Uber. On the afternoon of the second day of the conference, the Uber-CEO will explain on the DLD stage how he wants to achieve this and what changes he is striving for.
The discussion about Europe as a sustainable community with an enduring presence in the global and digital world will play a central role at DLD Munich. What cyber dangers are threatening us? Is there an end to the private sphere, because everything is hackable? What new legal framework conditions are urgently needed? Among others, the new EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Wolfgang Ischinger, President of the Munich Security Conference, Arne Schönbohm, President of the Federal Office for Information Security and Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO of the cybersecurity company Crowdstrike will address these topics.
Future of mobility
When autonomous driving has found its way into reality and the dream of a flying taxi is coming closer and closer, we are confronted with the future of mobility. Germany's pioneering role in this area will be demonstrated on the DLD stage by Flixbus CEO André Schwämmlein, Christoph Grote from BMW as well as Daniel Wiegand and Florian Reuter, CEOs of the aviation startups Lilium Aviation and Volocopter.
German Unicorns and influential investors
Robert Genz (Zalando), Niklas Östberg (Delivery Hero) and Christopher Muhr (Auto1) will demonstrate how a start-up can turn into a German Unicorn on the second day of the conference at DLD Munich. Also influential investors such as Albert Wenger (Union Square Adventures), Marc Samwer (GFC Global Founders Capital), Klaus Hommels (Lakestar) and Frank Thelen (Freigeist Capital) will be on the DLD stage.
Women's power will be represented on the DLD stage when renowned journalist Kara Swisher (Recode) will be talking to Megan Murphy (Bloomberg Businessweek) and Hilary Rosen (SKDKnickerbocker). They will discuss the #metoo movement, which was promoted by actress Rose McGowan, herself a victim of Harvey Weinstein and also a speaker at DLD Munich.
Please have a look at our preliminary speakers’ overview.
DLD Munich 2018 Event Dates:
Saturday, 20 January 2018: 17.00: Pre-Opening, Literaturhaus München
Sunday, 21 January 2018: 9.00 – 19.00: DLD conference, Alte Bayerische Staatsbank, Prannerstraße 2, 80333 München
Monday, 22 January 2018: 8.30 – 19.30: DLD conference, Alte Bayerische Staatsbank, Prannerstraße 2, 80333 München
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