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09/01/2023

DLD Munich 23: Launching into the future

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At the start of the new year, DLD continues to look to the future with optimism. DLD Managing Director, Steffi Czerny, invites leading CEOs, founders and investors, physicists, politicians and artists from around the world to the ‚House of Communication‘, in Munich from January 12 to 14. The range of topics on this year´s innovation conference’s agenda have now been announced.


“Our Motto ’Beyond NOW‘ is synonymous with change! Rapid technological progress is changing all aspects of our lives, the economy and society. This provides us with a lot of opportunities but equally presents us with challenges. We will be discussing and reflecting on these issues with experts from all over the world – consciously with an interdisciplinary approach and breaking through old thought patterns. We will be generating new ideas, finding new approaches and looking to positively change and shape our world in the future.”  

Steffi Czerny, DLD Managing Director


Artificial Intelligence as a driver of universal change

Health, food, energy, media, mobility, industry: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving unforeseen change across all these sectors. Generative AI, which generates images, text and software, amongst other things, is building on the widely used machine learning applications that are already in place. The central question being raised here is how this developmental leap can be made without losing sight of the human-centric and ethical issues involved. This topic will be discussed by renowned experts including Stanford professor James Landay, a specialist in human-computer interaction, AI entrepreneurs including Richard Socher, You.com, and Jonas Andrulis, Aleph Alpha, and long-time experts of AI research such as MIT's John Clippinger. Investor Jim Breyer and Sandbox AQ CEO Jack Hidary will be focusing on AI in conjunction with health applications. The ethical aspects and the all-important question of how to reconcile AI with the sanctity of human values will be addressed by Stanford professor, Mehran Sahami and Navrina Singh, founder of Credo AI.

New approaches in energy, food and biotechnology

How can new technologies support the challenges we face with limited energy resources, food security and our dependency on fossil fuel resources? Heike Freund, COO of Munich-based nuclear fusion company Marvel Fusion and E.ON executive Victoria Ossadnik, will be talking about the energy of the future. Victoria Ossadnik will also be outlining strategies and solutions on making a success of energy transition. In the field of food, David Bucca, the founder of Change Foods, will be reporting on the production of animal-free dairy. US Investor Robert Carlson will also be presenting on the DLD 23 stage and talking about his predictions for the biotech sector: how the use of biotechnology will enable a shift away from petrochemicals in the years to come.

Looking into space

Andreas Burkert and Barbara Ercolano from the Ludwig-Maximillian-University will be focusing on space and the question of life existing elsewhere. Bülent Altan will speak about the potential and possibilities of space exploration. The former SpaceX manager is CEO of the Munich-based company Mynaric, which is advancing the construction of space lasers. Will Marshall, CEO of satellite company Planet, will talk about the new way of looking at the world.

Europe and its competitive position in the world

As always, European competitiveness is part of the program at DLD Munich 23. The Directors General of the European Commission, Mario Nava and Roberto Viola, will speak on this topic. In addition, investor, author and 10xDNA CEO Frank Thelen and Hanno Renner, CEO of the Software-Unicorn Personio, will talk in an interview about the European ecosystem.

How music will be played in the future

Musical Entertainment is a feature of every DLD, and not only will this play a part at the conference, but TikTok Global Head of Music Ole Obermann, ABBA singer and music producer Björn Ulvæus and Soundcloud CEO Mike Weissman will look behind the scenes and show the impact of recent developments on the music business.

Experts from politics, sustainability and sport

Minister President of Bavaria, Markus Söder and Head of the Chancellor's Office Wolfgang Schmidt will attend DLD Munich. Sustainability expert Maja Göpel will explain her demands for systematic business and innovation management. Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome, and Australian start-up founder Guy Hudson will speak on the topic of regenerative agriculture, an important contributor in reducing CO2. With his start-up Loam Bio, Hudson wants to increase the take up of CO2 in soils through microbial enrichment. And Joana Andrade, will also be at DLD Munich 23. She is the only woman to surf the world's biggest waves in Portugal.

You can find the program here: DLD Munich 23 partners include Mastercard, E.ON, BMW, Telefónica and the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation SPRIND.

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