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Leading edge technologies in Corporate innovation Projects
Learn from the experiences of passionate intrapreneurs presenting their successful corporate innovation projects. Together with our partner KPMG we selected outstanding projects that use leading edge technologies to drive corporate innovation. Learn how these companies dared to challenge the status quo and how they overcame arising obstacles.
Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data and the Internet of Things
These are the technologies that will be covered in 1-on-1 interviews, diving deep into the details of each project. Interviewers will challenge our speakers to guarantee you a maximum of insights and learnings from the sessions.
If you want to know how you can use technology to bring your company forward and how collaboration with startups can help to achieve this goal, your time at the corporate innovation stage will be well spent.
presenting partner
KPMG is one of the leading audit and advisory firms in Germany. Our ambition is to explore new and innovative paths together with our clients. Our objective is to make valuable solutions for tomorrow available today. Our approach is driven, passionate and totally committed.
Stage host and curator
Niels Dörje
Niels serves as active chairman and supervisory board director in various tech companies boards. Amongst others, he is founder of Ryte GmbH and HolidayInsider AG with 4 exits. He became a product geek as EMEA  Google Product Partnership Manager and was awarded his MBA at the age of 23. Niels has received many awards, amongst others an OC Award from Google (for innovation at Google), „Finalist Entrepreneur of the Year“ from Ernst & Young, „Top 3 Finalist Deutscher Gründerpreis“ from ZDF, Porsche Consulting and Sparkassen Verband and Top 3 Finalist of „Deloitte Fast 50“.
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Data-driven ranging in sportswear retail
Dr. Lydia Mammen
Director Data Science Hub
adidas AG

Lydia was one of the data science pioneers in adidas. She joined the company as a data scientist shortly after the role had been declared ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’, and she had just finished her PhD in statistics. With a successful evolution of data applications,she is now heading up the company’s data science team and is dedicated to drive business through data in the sportswear industry.

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Turning data from insights into value – The role of AI in Data Analytics
Ushananthan Ganeshananthan
Head of KPMG Ligthouse Germany

With over 12 years of experience in digital corporate development and building data-driven companies in the fields of digital advertising, news recommendation and fraud analytics. Ushan offers strong expertise across new digital business development, data science and AI. He was the CEO of KIANA Systems, a spin-off of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, acquired by KPMG in 2018.

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Smart data – creating confidence for smart decisions
Zeynep Balioglu
Digital Transformation Lead
Giesecke+Derivent advance52 GmbH

Zeynep started early on in the digital industry. Her early experiences in the silicon valley shaped her path in a substantial way. As a computer scientist she developed applications. She lead a global online communication department at an international semiconductor company. Today she is planning and developing new digital business models at G+D’s accelerator advance52.

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How OSRAM is transforming from a LED component player to a full-stack solution provider for Smart Farming
Timo Bongartz
Business Field Head – Smart Farming

Timo is responsible for smart farming at OSRAM focusing on light, sensor and software solutions for high-tech greenhouses, vertical farms and along the food supply chain. He is also Advisory Board Member at the Association for Vertical Farming and mentor at Startupbootcamp FoodTech

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Building Blocks: trialling blockchain for cash transfers to relieve hunger
Bernhard Kowatsch
Head of Innovation Accelerator
United Nations World Food Programme

Bernhard Kowatsch is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales disruptive startups and entrepreneurs that accelerate progress towards zero hunger. Innovations include fintech (e.g. blockchain), agri-tech, UAVs, mobile technology and Artificial Intelligence and working with the private sector.

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Find & Engage: The Art and Science of Successful Recruitment
Stephan Rathgeber
Head of Innovation & Digitization
Hays AG

Stephan (34) is Head of Innovation & Digitization at Hays Germany, enabling digital Transformation of the market leader in expert recruiting. He is passionate about Social Media, Millennials, Sports and Society. Stephan holds degrees of FAU Erlangen Nuremberg, EBS, HBX, INSEAD and (soon) Stanford/HPI.

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Digitalisation Hub in Asia-Pacific to leverage innovation globally
Philipp Karmires
Linde AG

I love to build: teams, products & partnerships. I am leading the global digitalisation efforts for Linde with dedicated teams in Singapore and Munich. I care about 3 pillars at Linde: Accelerating and building ideas into products; Driving digital transformation of the workforce; Building strategic partnerships & new commercialisation approaches

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Inspiring Keynote: Sustainable living through technological advancement
Vasilis Koulolias
Director, Acting Head of Open Data Innovation, Advisory Member of the WEF

A social entrepreneur, technologist and mentor. Vasilis has dedicated over two decades to enhance public services and the democratic process while bridging the gap between citizens and policy makers. His success to date is based on building strong relationships between the public sector, industry, civil society and the research community shifting government transformation towards inclusion, transparency and efficiency in developed and developing nations.