2016 has brought the record number of attendees to hub Conference in Berlin, thus establishing the event as a premium international conference in tech. The demonstrative statistics shows: 2000+ participants, 400+ startups, 130+ speakers – here is the general recap. Digitalization challenges, innovative business ideas, and new tech applications – this is what made the hub conference vibes.
“The hub conference straddles boundaries and brings together the people who are shaping the digital transformation: managers and politicians, scientists and IT experts, established companies and start-ups,” says Bitkom’s Managing Director Dr. Bernhard Rohleder. “The digital transformation of the economy can only be successful if the people involved join forces and work on solutions for the future together.” The hub conference is the best forum for doing this, he adds.
The six conference stages covered such “hot” issues as intelligent mobility, bio-informatics in medicine and the latest areas of application for 3D printing methods. One of the key topics for discussion was the application of new technologies in labor management, which was deservedly supported by the latest breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence. As the tech future is actively evolving, humans will soon perform totally different tasks at work.
Another exciting discussion took place in one of the panels dedicated to fintech and blockchain. In fact, these utmost technologies are very likely to revolutionize the whole financial industry and related areas in the nearest years. Luckily, hub conference provided opportunities to demonstrate this potential in live at one of the conference sections called Market Place, where over 30 companies exhibited various prototypes, research results and even working products, all based on robotics and VR technologies.
Traditionally, startuppers contributed to the promotion of progressive ideas. Over 400 early-stage companies attended the hub and some of them tried themselves at Innovators’ Pitch. This year the Innovators’ Pitch focused on three industries: the Internet of Things, Digital Health and Mobility. More than 100 startups from 15 countries applied for the competition. Nine finalists presented their company to the jury and a huge audience live on stage. One winner for each category was defined: Skysense (automated drone inspections as a service that does not require any human intervention, Germany&Italy), Medicus (an app that displays blood test results in a simple way, clear for all patients, Austria) and Synfioo (provides complete transport monitoring to minimise the impact of disturbances such as traffic jams, strikes or blockades, Germany).
Policy makers also contributed a lot to the hub conference drive and suggested certain initiatives. Jens Spahn (CDU), a parliamentary undersecretary at the German Ministry of Finance, presented a recent study on the fintech scene at the hub. On the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Thomas Silberhorn, an undersecretary of state from that ministry signed a “Joint Declaration of Intent” with international companies, industry associations and NGOs, with a view to setting up a “Make-IT Alliance”. This initiative is supposed to promote startups and tech entrepreneurship in developing countries.
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