Nachrichten Shows What ‚Digital First‘ Means

  • Dr. Bernhard Rohleder

    The interactive business festival will take place on 28 November in Berlin

  • 2,500 participants, 500 start-ups, 130 speakers, 7 stages; and for the first time with Policy Arena and Digital Arts Lab
  • From blockchain to artificial intelligence to virtual reality, provides inspiration for the business of tomorrow 

In the future, digital technologies will play a decisive role in the success of businesses in all sectors and will shape our society. But how can Big Data, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence or Virtual Reality be applied today? What will the digital cities of the future look like, how will intelligent mobility change logistics and transport and what will a fully digitalised financial or healthcare system look like? 130 top-class speakers will answer these and the many more questions of digitisation at on 28 November.

„Inspiration from digital masterminds, hands-on technology and practical advice for your own company – that’s what is all about,“ says Bitkom CEO Dr. Bernhard Rohleder. „ brings together start-ups and global players with SMEs, scientists and politicians.“

The sixth takes place in the ‚Station Berlin‘. Speakers will include Federal Minister of Economics Brigitte Zypries, Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group; Carsten Kengeter, CEO Deutsche Börse and Peter Terium, CEO Innogy SE. Exciting insights will also be provided by Miriam Wohlfarth, Founder and Managing Director RatePAY; Fabian Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Technical Development E-Mobility Deutsche Post DHL Group; John Underkoffler, Founder and CEO Oblong Industries; Sabine Eckhardt, CCO ProSiebenSat.1 Media; Dominic Eskofier, Head of Virtual Reality NVIDIA; James Hairston, Head of Public Policy Oculus and many more.

500 start-ups and 2,500 participants are expected. In addition to keynotes and discussions on seven stages, there will be two areas with practice-oriented workshops and, for the first time, a dedicated policy arena. There, topics such as digital society, democracy in the digital age and the digitization processes of globalization will be discussed with politicians from Germany and Europe. „Digital first must be the political motto for Germany and Europe in the coming years,“ says Rohleder. „We need an open and critical exchange between companies, society and politics. Digitisation is not a natural phenomenon; it is something we all shape.“

Additionally, ten artists will present their work at the newly created Digital Arts Lab of, where interaction between digitization, technology and art play a central role. The is supported by Accenture, Deutsche Telekom and KPMG.

All information online at

The path-breaking start-up competition Innovators‘ Pitch is also held at, where founders present their business ideas to a jury of experts in the categories Digital Health, Internet of Things and Travel & Tourism. All information about the competition can be found at

Bitkom represents more than 2,500 companies in the digital economy, of which 1,700 are direct members. They generate annual sales of 190 billion euros with IT and telecommunications services alone, including exports of 50 billion euros. Bitkom members employ more than 2 million people in Germany. Its members include 1,000 medium-sized companies, more than 400 start-ups and almost all global players. They offer software, IT services, telecommunications or Internet services, manufacture equipment and components, are active in the field of digital media or otherwise take part in the digital economy. 80 percent of the companies are headquartered in Germany, 8 percent come from Europe and the USA, and 4 percent from other regions. Bitkom promotes and drives the digital transformation of the German economy and advocates broad social participation in digital developments. The aim is to make Germany one of the world’s leading digital locations.

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