Program March 10, 2018

  • 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
    Opening & welcome to the German Haus


    Prof. Dieter Gorny (Chairman Advisory Board, Initiative Musik)

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    German Lab
    German Lab

    Join our "Try It Out" lab at German Haus and experience the latest technology and hardware trends from Germany.


    Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany & fischerAppelt

  • 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
    Connected Mobility


    Detlef Braun (CEO Messe Frankfurt) & Dr. Mark Schiffhauer (CEO Convent)
    by  Messe Frankfurt & ZEIT ONLINE 

    Computers and artificial intelligence will revolutionize the mobility sector. What are the main challenges for the connected car? Who will be in the lead, the old automotive industry or the valley? When will autonomous driving become reality? Join our discussion on connected mobility and the various applications for AI presented by Messe Frankfurt and ZEIT ONLINE


    Kevin Ashton (Zensi) 
    Babak Hodjat (Sentient Technologies) 
    Wilko Stark (Daimler & Mercedes-Benz Cars Strategy // CASE)

    Jochen Wegner (ZEIT ONLINE)

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Lunch Break
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Talks & Networking
    Beyond Energy

    Presented by innogy

    innogy is at the interface of digitalization and electrification and want to share their vision of the future 

    In an electrified future our lives will change – driven by digitalization, decarbonization, and decentralization. What role will traditional commodities play? As one of Europe’s leading energy companies, innogy combines the expertise of energy technicians and engineers with digital technology partners. They're at the interface of digitalization and electrification and sharing their vision.


    Patrick Lammers (CEO Essent NL)
    Kuldip Singh (Digital Director Retail International innogy)
    Dr. Klaus Grellmann (Managing Director innogy Consulting)
    Lukas Winter (Senior Consultant innogy Consulting)
    Andre Richter (Managing Consultant innogy Consulting)
    Thomas Birr (Senior Vice President Innovation & Business Transformation)
    Florian Kolb (Managing Director innogy LLC)
    Stefan von Dobschütz (Senior Vice President eMobility)
    Cameron Funk (CEO innogy eMobility US)
    Parsia Tavvebi Azad (Managing Director innogy Garage)
    Anna-Christina Komp (Senior Brand Manager innogy)

  • 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
    Changing Societies & Changing Cities

    The power of startups in solving the world’s biggest challenges 

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as ending poverty, ending hunger, empowering women and healthy lives for all, can only be achieved by the best innovations that scale for good. This session highlights the power of startups and entrepreneurs in solving the world’s biggest challenges. It brings together a diverse group of impact pioneers to share how innovators can work with corporates, multi-national foundations, and global aid organizations.


    Frank Leyhausen (Medcom)
    Bernhard Kowatsch (WFP Innovation Accelerator)
    Christian Hanke (EdenSpiekerman), Sophia Swire (Future Brilliance)

    Harald Neidhardt (MLOVE) 

  • 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
    K.I.T.T. is Real

    Voice Car Assistants 

    This panel discusses why AVs simply aren't enough to solve the growing problem of Distracted Driving, and how conversational AI interfaces change the way we drive and stay connected (not only for Knight Rider).


    Holger G. Weiss (German Autolabs)
    Stuti Pandey (Moia)
    Helmut Scherer (Futurice)
    Marcel Thiemann (Xapix)

    Dirk O. Evenson (New Mobility World)

  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Smart Cities & Mobility Startup Pitches

    Meet this year´s Top German Startups at SXSW 

    This pitching session features the top mobility startups from Germany at SXSW in the media sector.


    German Auto Labs
    Naise Solutions
    SNTRI Technologies

    Stuti Pandey (Moia)
    Stephan Dörner (Editor-in-Chief) 
    Dr. Eric Weber (SpinLab)  
    Bernhard Kowatsch (WFP Innovation Accelerator)

  • 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
    German Haus Interactive Opening Party

    presented by Baden-Wuerttemberg & Hessen

    Start off right by connecting, enjoying drinks, discovery and more at the German Haus Interactive Opening Party by Baden-Wuerttemberg & Hessen.


    Live on stage: 
    Emma Elisabeth
    Sea Moya
    HearDis! DJs
    Elias Agogo