Berlin Urban Tech Summit 2019 is being held under the motto “Industry in the City”. Hosted by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and Investitionsbank Berlin, the Summit offers top-ranking keynotes and renowned speakers from the areas of industry, business, science and politics, as well as regional, national and international institutions. A range of dialogue-oriented formats encourage in-depth discussion and encourage analysis of key topics including location factors and potentials, sustainable ideas for logistics in urban quarters and opportunities for additive manufacturing in urban space.
INDUSTRY IN THE CITY
25 September 2019 in Radialsystem V, Berlin.
Ramona Pop, Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and patron of the Berlin Urban Tech Summit 2019, spoke in her opening speech about the opportunities that the fusion of production, research and digitisation in urban areas offers Berlin-based companies.
Diverse Topics and Dialogue-oriented Formats
This year the Berlin Urban Tech Summit offered numerous stimuli and highlights.
2 panels and 2 keynotes
World Café – Interactive dialogue format
Talents in Tech – Young talents present innovative business models
Impulse – DIW study “Industry in the City”
Fireside Chat – Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science
Politics for the Future
Economics Senator Ramona Pop in conversation with Dr. Jürgen Varnhorn from the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. On this day, the Berlin Senate Department showed great interest in innovative solutions and synergies that will continue the city’s journey towards becoming a smart city.
Impetus from the USA
David Ehrenberg, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) gave the keynote speech on “The New Urban Manufacturing – Challenges and Lessons from the Brooklyn Navy Yard” and presented solutions for the integration of industry in the city. In doing so he provided strong impetus for Berlin as an industrial location and city of the future.
Reaction to the Keynote
The front runners were Economics Senator Ramona Pop, Dr. Jürgen Allerkamp, Chairman of the IBB Executive Board, Jan Eder, Chief Executive Officer of the IHK Berlin, Christian Hoßbach, Chairman of the DGB Berlin-Brandenburg District and Angeliki Krisilion, Member of the IBB Executive Board. David Ehrenberg’s solution approaches met with great interest
A Lively Exchange
Numerous contributions, questions and ideas from the audience ensured a fascinating exchange between participants, speakers and Talents in Tech.
Business Meets Politics
Economics Senator Ramona Pop met many representatives from research and business and held interesting talks on the subject of “Industry in the City”. She also exchanged ideas with panel speaker Larissa Zeichhardt, Managing Director of LAT-Funkanlagen-Service GmbH, who actively promotes modern urban production with efficient logistics solutions in various areas.
Panel: Renaissance of the City as an Industrial Location
CEO, LAT Funkanlagen- Service GmbH Reinhard Müller,
Chairman of the Board, EUREF AG Lee Wellington,
Executive Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance Lukas André, Technologiecluster Zug, Metall Zug AG
Prof. Dr. Jan Schaaf, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Industrial Engineering
Timon Meyer, Moderator
At the Information Booth, Investitionsbank Berlin presented the funding opportunities for SME projects. This enabled participants to find inspiration and advice for planned projects.
Talents in Tech
In timeslots of four minutes each, up-and-coming talents inspired the audience with their innovative business models and answered questions from the audience. These are the Talents in Tech 2019 and their projects:
JOBAI, Markus Wilk
ENERGINIOUS, Daniele Berardo
TICE, Andreas Ganske
URBAN:EDEN, Paulina Grebenstein
KRENU, Gerald Kremer
NEUFORM, Jonas Harning
AISIGHT, Maximilian von Düring
PROMETRONICS, Dr. André Kempe
REACHTAG, Benjamin Gareis
New Contacts and Exciting Discussions
A lively exchange took place on and in front of the stage between the experts and the technically experienced and interested audience. The conference offered space for questions, discussions and dialogues and there was an atmosphere of enthusiasm for innovations and visions.
At the World Café, participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas with speakers of the conference and enter into discussion for the first time. The following questions were examined:
Change in industry
Competition for space
Logistics and mobility
On a day full of burning questions and heated debates, Florida Eis, partner of the Industry Master Plan, helped to cool things down. The State of Berlin and its partners from the Industrial Policy Network are developing the third version of the Berlin Industrial City Master Plan for 2018 – 2021. The Florida Eis manufactory has been based in Spandau for 90 years, representing traditional and at the same time future-oriented production in the city.
The Keynote Speech on Innovations in Logistics
Stefanie Brickwede, Managing Director of Mobility goes Additive e.V. and Head of Additive Manufacturing, Deutsche Bahn AG gave an inspiring keynote on the opportunities offered by additive manufacturing. This includes, for example, the potential shortening of the lead time for new products. More than 70 companies from all over Europe are part of the Berlin network “Mobility goes Additive”. In the future, they will move to a new location in the Marienpark business district in the south of the city.
Urban Industries Produce Innovative Logistics Solutions
Nicolas Leschke, Founder and CEO, ECF Farmsystems GmbH
Klaus-Günter Lichtfuß, Head of Logistics
, BEHALA mbH Holger Hochgürtel, Director Sales, INRIX Europe GmbH
CEO, Mobility goes Additive e.V. Ulrich Misgeld,
Chairman of the corporate network Motzener Straße e.V. Ilka Groenewold, Moderator
Prof. Dr. Ingomar Kelbassa, head of development of the production technology “Gas and Power” and Company Core Technology Additive Manufacturing, Siemens AG, talked to presenter and journalist Christiane Stein about the current Siemensstadt project “Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science”. On the Siemens Campus, synergies are created through the interaction of research and industry, which will play an important role in the area of innovation and key technologies for both Siemens and the city of Berlin in the future.
Strengthening Berlin as an Industrial Location
In his closing remarks, Christian Rickerts, State Secretary of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, thanked the participants for the exciting discussions and the professional exchange. Rickerts emphasized the potential and synergies that arise from the interaction of science and industry in Berlin.
After the conference, all the participants had the opportunity to intensify their discussions. Panel speaker Ulrich Misgeld (Chairman of UnternehmensNetzwerk Motzener Straße e.V.) also took advantage of the relaxed setting to exchange ideas with the participants.
The inspiring lectures provided an opportunity for many exciting discussions at the get-together. This resulted in new stimuli and promising contacts.
In an informal atmosphere, participants, Talents in Tech and speakers concluded a successful and productive day with a get-together. Plans for next year have also been discussed. Then, at the Berlin Business Conference, the latest developments and innovations at the interface between research, business and politics in Berlin will again be examined together with experts.
Within the government of Berlin, the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises is responsible for economic policy and the settling of companies in the capital, as well as for promoting energy and for public enterprises and structural policy. The head of the department is Senator Ramona Pop.
The Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development bank for the State of Berlin. With its support of the local economy, it actively contributes to the development of Berlin as a business centre. In the field of real-estate development, the IBB is an expert consultant for all financing questions concerning real estate.
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