… what’s the plan?


On 15 – 17 January 2017, DLD (Digital, Life, Design), Europe’s most important innovation conference run by Hubert Burda Media, returns to the Alte Bayerische Staatsbank (formerly the HVB Forum). Around 150 international speakers and 1,000 participants are expected in Munich for the two-and-a-half-day event – the 13th January conference – entitled “… what’s the plan?”

Entering the cognitive era

There is no doubt that dramatic changes await as we enter the “cognitive era”: Robots and artificial intelligence are ready to take over our routine activities not just on conveyor belts, but in offices and traffic situations too. How will the working world of the future change when many human workers become superfluous? Which ethical questions will we face in the age of artificial intelligence? And which new business models will be opened up by machine learning? These and other topics will be addressed by speakers such as Demis Hassabis, software developer and CEO of DeepMind, Cardinal Reinhard Marx and renowned neuroscientist Wolf Singer. DLD17 will also look at how the education system needs to change to keep pace with rapid technologisation.

The future of mobility and cities

BMW will bring an autonomous test fleet into the centre of Munich in 2017, and Google’s driverless cars are already cruising through Silicon Valley: Autonomous driving has gone from a wild idea to a true vision for the near future. Participants such as Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Klaus Fröhlich, BMW board member and head of research and development, and Amnon Shahua, CTO of Israeli start-up Mobileye, will explain how safe autonomous driving will become a reality.

Economic leaders and scientists

To address the huge upheaval currently taking place throughout the world, DLD17 will welcome the up-and-coming scientific elite to take a specific look at the future with the latest research and study results. These include Michele Mosca (Institute for Quantum Computing), Lisa Randall (Harvard University), Pierre Depaz (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Carl Benedikt Frey (Oxford Martin School). Managers of major German DAX companies will also be represented by Timotheus Höttges (Deutsche Telekom), Carsten Spohr (Lufthansa), BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer and Tom Enders (Airbus). Oliver Samwer, head of Rocket Internet, will also be there.

“By choosing ‘… what’s the plan?’ as the overall theme for DLD17, we want to discuss the massive changes currently taking place. Artificial intelligence, robots, virtual reality, chatbots – in all these technologies, our economy and our everyday lives are being rethought and redesigned. At DLD17, we will place possible solutions, attitudes, scientific findings and ideas in the context of these changes. We will ask pioneers, visionaries, artists and pragmatists about their plans for the future. We can only help to shape this new world if we understand what is coming.”

Steffi Czerny, DLD founder and managing director

International media partners increasing

The successful collaboration with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which published the first eight-page special for DLD16, will continue at the upcoming DLD17 conference and has been expanded to include the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). CNN and Bloomberg are also on board as DLD17 international media partners.

“I am delighted that the number of international DLD media partners is growing and that we will expand our collaboration with FAZ – which was a great financial and journalistic success – to include NZZ and CNN International at DLD17. Combining journalistic substance with digital excellence, they are our dream partners. The only way for us to grasp the numerous and complex aspects of the future is to make these topics understandable and to translate them for the general public. The presence of outstanding journalists is just as important to the DLD conference as a range of top-class speakers and guests.”

Dominik Wichmann, DLD editor-in-chief and managing director

DLD17 event dates:

Venue: Alte Bayerische Staatsbank, Prannerstraße 2, 80333 Munich

Sunday, 15 January 2017: 9.30 – 18.30

Monday, 16 January 2017: 8.30 – 19.30

Tuesday, 17 January 2017: 9.00 – 12.00


To apply for free press tickets, contact dldpress@burda.com by 2 January 2017.


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