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The countdown is on: On July 3 the premiere of DLD Campus, the regional branch of Europe's leading innovation conference DLD (Digital, Life, Design), will take place in Karlsruhe. Following the successful launch of the new format last year in Bayreuth, DLD founder Steffi Czerny is now bringing her renowned conference to the innovation location Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg.
DLD Campus: Smart minds in Karlsruhe
The one-day conference format will be hosted at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) in Karlsruhe for the first time. Following DLD's motto "connect the unexpected", DLD Campus connects the regional drivers and innovators of digitisation and focuses on the exchange between entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians and students from the region. As innovation and progress do not only take place in the metropolises, it’s even more important to offer business and politics a platform in a regional context, to bring SMEs together with the international DLD network and to strengthen local entrepreneurial spirit.
"I am particularly looking forward to the debut of DLD Campus in Karlsruhe, as the city ranks among Europe's most innovative regions. In addition to the strong triad of research, teaching and business, art and media also play an important role in Karlsruhe – an ideal starting point for interdisciplinary DLD discussions about the future of our world."
Steffi Czerny, DLD Founder and Managing Director
The conference programme includes regional and international drivers of the future, such as EU Budget Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger and speakers from the air taxi company Volocopter and the big data company BlueYonder. Overseas speakers include Kathryn Myronuk (founding member of Singularity University at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley) and Internet critic Andrew Keen ("How to Fix the Future"). Gerhard Kreß (Director Mobility Data Services, Siemens), Jivka Ovtcharova (Head of the Institute for Information Management in Engineering, KIT) and Olaf Zeitnitz (Co-Founder and CEO, VisualVest) are also among the stage guests.
Hand in hand with established players in Karlsruhe
With the internationally renowned ZKM as event partner of DLD Campus in Karlsruhe, DLD underlines its interdisciplinary character and the importance of art and culture for digital change. "DLD is the hub of the digital scene in Germany, the ZKM is a hotspot of digital culture. The international art database artfacts.net currently lists the ZKM as the fourth most important museum in the world – thus DLD and ZKM form a perfect combination and an extra-class horizon of expectation. Our current exhibition 'Open Codes. Living in digital worlds' is an excellent addition to DLD Campus: The exhibition shows highlights of digital cultural technologies," says Prof. Peter Weibel, Artistic Director of the ZKM in Karlsruhe. Weibel will also be speaking on the DLD stage on 3rd of July, highlight tours of the current exhibition will be offered as part of the conference.
In addition to the ZKM, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) stands alongside DLD as another well-known name in the city. "The transfer of knowledge in both directions – from research to industry and vice versa – is essential for solving pressing future issues. Social challenges such as the energy transition or safe and environmentally friendly mobility can only be created hand in hand with the economy. Therefore, at KIT we have firmly established innovation as the third pillar alongside research and teaching," said Prof. Holger Hanselka, President of KIT. "DLD Campus strengthens this networking like no other conference. Therefore, we are pleased to be partners this year."
Partner of DLD Campus
For the premiere of DLD Campus in Karlsruhe, DLD cooperates with a strong line-up of partners. In addition to ZKM and KIT, "Deutschland – Land der Ideen", the joint location initiative of the German government and German industry, Wirecard, VisualVest, Deloitte, Siemens, Hubert Burda Media with Burda Direct Services and BurdaSolutions as well as CyberForum support the conference in Karlsruhe.
The event data at a glance:
When: Tuesday, July 3, 9.00 am - 6.30 pm
Where: ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany
Tickets: Tickets available at: http://www.dld-conference.com/DLDCampusKarlsruhe18
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