Following the annual theme "What the World Needs Now," Burda's innovation conference is launching a new online format in February with prominent speakers.
After last year’s successful première, DLD – the international innovation conference of Hubert Burda Media – will hold its second DLD Europe conference in Brussels on 4 September. DLD founder Steffi Czerny and Bavarian State Minister Beate Merk will once again invite around 300 participants to the one-day conference at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU.
“The European idea needs optimism! So I’m delighted to bring our DLD conference to Brussels for the second time. We want to help present Europe as an opportunity and a key strategic direction for the 21st century. I believe that digitality will play an essential role in overcoming the challenges that lie ahead for our continent.”
Steffi Czerny, DLD founder
Data, data, data
Brussels is Europe’s centre of power, the hub of European politics. Reason enough for Czerny to add the city to the DLD conference series in 2016 and to focus on the topics currently concerning Europe. This year, European data protection will play a major role. Speakers on this topic will include Martin Selmayr (lawyer and head of cabinet to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission), who will take to the DLD stage to discuss Europe’s competitive advantage in today’s data economy.
The dragon slayer from Silicon Valley
In June of this year, the EU Commission set an example when it imposed the highest antitrust fine in EU history on Google, which must pay back 2.4 billion euros for allegedly abusing its market power. Lawyer Gary Reback (Carr & Ferrell LLP) represented one of the companies that filed a complaint against Google. Back in the 90s, Reback played a key role in the antitrust proceedings against Microsoft. Known as the “dragon slayer of Silicon Valley”, he will offer insights into the current case.
Brexit and its consequences
DLD Europe will also welcome investor Klaus Hommels (Lakestar), who will talk about digitalisation and geopolitics, and Taavet Hinrikus, successful founder of the online money transfer service Transferwise. Taavet will join Ryan Heath, EU Correspondent at Politico, to discuss entrepreneurship and the influence of Brexit. Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, and Helga Schmid, one of the most important female diplomats in Brussels will also be speaking at DLD Europe.
On 4 September, Burda will invite representatives from politics, economics, media and society to Kwint restaurant for an evening of relaxed networking at the fifth Burda SummerNight.
For further information about the speakers and the DLD Europe programme, visit: http://www.dld-conference.com/DLDBrussels17. Attendance of the conference and Burda SummerNight is by invitation only.