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IFA+ Summit: PLUG-INspiration

IFA+Summit 2017_Call for Papers

We want your ideas and projects for the IFA+ Summit stage: submit your innovative solutions until 23 July 2017 and be a part of this year’s Innovation Slam. Check the Call for Papers for more information.

Call for Papers (PDF, 496.3 kB)

Welcome to the next level of thinking:

IFA+ Summit offers an exclusive platform for leading thinkers, global trendsetters and creative visionaries.

Together, we discover the future of high-tech, new forms of connectivity and innovative business models.

Use this unique opportunity and take part in your most valuable conference of the year.

During the leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA, you'll meet with scientists, artist, developers and researchers. Berlin, one of the world's most inspirational cities, is looking forward to you.

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Summit 2017 The next level of interaction

Cluster #1

The next level of Interaction

Mobility and connectivity in the digital age are a matter of course. With the Internet of Things, wearables and digital healthcare, both our bodies and minds are permanently online. What are the chances, what are the risks? Let’s discuss business opportunities and innovative mobile solutions for an interconnected world.

Summit 2017 The next level of Intelligence

Cluster #2

The next level of Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, learning devices, self-driving cars: is our world getting smarter every day? And where is all this taking us? Let’s see how technological progress is changing our lives and the way we see the world in the time of bots, M2M, Big Data, and smart homes.

Summit 2017 The next level of experiences

Cluster #3

The next level of Experiences

„Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?“ Digitalization has not only blurred the lines between reality and fiction. It has created new categories of experience, such as virtual and augmented and mixed reality. How does gamification change our cognition? Explore the latest developments and take a look into the future.

Summit 2017 The next level of society

Cluster #4

The next level of Society

Online learning, social networks, virtual working, digital cities, telemedicine: digitalization has a huge impact on human interaction and on how we experience our social lives. What are the consequences of the evolution of a society that is connected 24/7? Let’s find some answers, together.

First Confirmed Speakers

Amber Case

Cyborg anthropologist

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Stefan Gotthardt

Digital:Lab Berlin, Volkswagen

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Ramzi Rizk


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André Sommer

CEO, HiDoc Technologies

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Erica Warp

Vice President Product, EMOTIV

Erica Warp_EMOTIV

IFA+ Summit is a great initiative that provides for both the sharing of new ground breaking insights as well as the opportunity to discuss and understand them.

Hannes Sjöblad, Speaker of session “Smart World“, Tech Activist & Bodyhacker, BioNyfiken (Sweden)

These types of meetings that bring together so many people, so many technologies, that are all forward looking, all digital, is absolutely crucial for understanding where the world is going today.

Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Research Specialist Bio/Nano Research Group, Audodesk (USA)

Bionics are really taking inspiration from art for the first time. Traditionally bionics are sterile and medical devices, they don't really have personality. But now bionics van have function, they can change people's lives, they can help in everyday ways, but they can also be really impressive, they can have a personality, so I find that very exciting.

Samantha Payne,Co-Founder & COO Open Bionics (UK)

(…) we really have to look: how can we protect data from our customers, how do we assure ownership of our, of the data of our customers, so I think it's really important to have these kind of discussions to better understand, to help organizations understand what they can do to ensure privacy and security.

Mark van Rijmenan, Big Data Strategist & Founder Datafloq (Australia)

IFA+ Summit is a great platform not only to think into the future but also to learn about what's already existing, what's happening, some of the things you might not necessarily find in other sessions, so I'm really having a good time and I'm learning a lot. It's a great place to network and also to connect to people who are doing wonderful things.

Seth Akumani, Director Business Development GenKey (Africa)

We actually heard from the CEO of Messe Berlin what's so unique about the IFA+ Summit: it's the fact that we don't just look at next year, we don't just look at products, we're really about a decade from now and more, into the future, we're doing it in an interdisciplinary way, going across all the different fields in which consumer electronics and smart appliances are available and really asking: what is going to change about people's lives, about the way people work and we get a lot of inspiring and really insightful answers.

Melinda Crane, TV anchor, chief political correspondent and host of IFA+ Summit 2016 (USA / Germany)

Speakers Contact

Jaqueline Tsang
Tel: +49 (0) 30 3038 2051

Sponsors Contact

Levke Schnock
Tel: +49 (0) 30 3038 2302

Press Contact

Nicole von der Ropp
Tel: +49 (0) 30 3038 2217

Review 2016

Opening Speech: Committing to a European Innovation Model
Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for Digital Affairs, France
Technology Panels hosted by IHS
Pioneering industry experts deepened the sessions of day 1 in the areas "Robots, Life & Realities"

Exponential Technologies - The next level of advancement

Impulse Speech: Humanoid Robotics Beyond Domestic Applications
Prof. Dr. Manfred Hild + Myon, Professor for Neurorobotics, Beuth University of Applied Sciences
Short Talk: Blurring Science Fiction and Reality, The Future of Bionics
Samantha Payne, Co-Founder & COO, Open Bionics
Short Talk: Drone Delivery - The Biggest Thing in Shipping Since the Carrier Pigeon
Lukas Wrede, Founder & CEO Skycard
Short Talk: New Developments in Exoskelleton Design and Control
Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner, Computer Scientist at University of Bremen and CEO Robotics Innovation Center

Smart World - the next level of mobility and connectivity

Impulse Speech: Human Augmentation - The Body is a Platform
Hannes Sjoblad, Tech Activist & Bodyhacker, BioNyfiken
Short Talk: The Fight for Privacy Seems to be Lost
Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure
Short Talk: Networks of Data: The Basis for the City of the Future
Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems and professor for "distributed open systems" at the Technische Universität Berlin
Short Talk: How the Internet of Somethings is Changing Consumer Behavior at Home
Jon Troutman, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Canary

Mixed Reality - the next level of experience and entertainment

Impulse Speech: The View from the Ground: Using Virtual Reality to Create Empathic Engagement
Nonny de la Peña, CEO, Emblematic Group
Short Talk: VR: Content, Rather than Technology, is Going to Provide the Crucial Development Impulses
Prof. Dieter Gorny, Media Manager & President, Bundesverband Musikindustrie e.V. (BVMI)
Short Talk: The Wild West of VR
Pietro Gagliano, Executive Creative Director & Partner, Secret Location
Short Talk: Virtual Reality 2.0 – How the Metaverse will Change Filmmaking
George Bloom, Executive Producer, CBS Digital

Intelligent Data - the next level in big data

Impulse Speech: Image Intelligence: Making Visual Content Predictive
Susan Etlinger, Industry Analyst, Altimeter
Short Talk: Privacy with Big Data?
Eric Léandri, Co-Founder & CEO, qwant
Short Talk: Building the Future; One Block at a Time
Mark van Rijmenamm, Big Data Strategist & Founder, Datafloq
Short Talk: Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Media Analytics
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS)

Future Medicine - the next level of healthcare

Impulse Speech: Connecting Us to a Healthier Future?
Jeroen Tas, CEO Connected Care & Health Informatics, Philips
Short Talk: HGP-Write: The New Human Genome Project
Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Research Scientist, Bio/Nano Research Group Autodesk
Short Talk: Tailoring Healthcare Innovations to the African Context
Seth Akumani, Director Business Development, GenKey
Short Talk: Creative Destruction: Patients Seize Healthcare Systems
Dr. Axel Wehmeier, Member of the Management Board, German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors
Short Talk: How Artificial Intelligence is Saving Lives
Sebastian Sujka, CEO & Co-Founder, xbird

Understanding Design - the next level of integration

Impulse Speech: A Place For People and Machines – Race with Robots, not against them
Yao Zhang, Founder & CEO, RoboTerra
Short Talk: Everything’s Turning Upside Down - What We Learned Designing Connected Products
Reto Wettach, Professor for Physical Interaction Design, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP)
Short Talk: The Value in Feeling-it-out: What High-Tech can Learn from Lo-Fi
Kelli Anderson, Interactive Designer
Short Talk: The New Expectation of Design
Matt Alverson, Director, IA Collaborative
Short Talk: Design as the Catalyst for Reinvention
Matt Candy, Vice President & European Leader, IBM iX

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