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Industry Days: The Future Code - 24th June

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Day 24 Jun 2020  Download
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Experience the Transformation of Industry
Empowering Industry Leaders to transform their Business

THE FUTURE CODE is a unique event platform with lasting impact in the digital transformation in the industry.

In 2019 we had a phenomenal premiere with The Future Code - thanks to you and our partners who have once again placed their trust in us for 2020.

Have a look at the event's agenda
We see the current situation as a catalyst for what we believe the future transformation will bring, and we are setting course for new digital platforms and hybrid event formats.

THE FUTURE CODE 2020 will take place as a digital event in a special format as a live broadcast on 23/24 June 2020 and will subsequently be available online on-demand via our Industrial Generation Network platform.

You can be excited: It will be different, it will be purely digital, it will be new!

What can you expect at THE FUTURE CODE Digital?

The virtual conference will have TV format character! We want to continue to hold on to our interactive sessions. Not just webinars and PowerPoint presentations, but effective, interesting and entertaining formats on a digital basis.
  • Exciting national and international entrepreneurs and forward thinkers
  • Best cases, strategy know-how, innovation forums and tech news
  • national and international experts from the industry (managing directors, CxOs, digital experts, ltd. management)
  • direct and virtual exchange among speakers and users
Why you should be involved?
  • Get further inspiration and practical approaches for your business strategy #beyond2020
  • Learn in interactive sessions about the immediate use of digital tools and technologies in your company #connectit
  • Take the information with you that is relevant for you - live and on-demand
  • Wherever you are - log in comfortably;
  • It becomes interactive - with feedback functions and direct exchange with the speakers
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KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Let everyone see... it works! Digitization and Service Leader (Part 1)

Customer centricity, is that just a buzzword? As a service leader, we are one of the most successful hardware specialists for electronic and electromechanical components on the market. What drives us is the success of the customer, for whom we are always ready to go the extra mile. So our motto "more than you expect" is not just a slogan, but a promise that we keep every day.

Customer Centricity, ist das nur ein Buzzword? Als Serviceleader sind wir einer der erfolgreichsten Hardware Spezialisten für elektronische und elektromechanische Komponenten am Markt. Was uns treibt ist der Erfolg des Kunden, für den wir immer die Extrameile bereit sind zu gehen. So ist unser Leitspruch „more than you expect“ nicht nur ein Slogan, sondern ein Versprechen, dass wir täglich einlösen.

Johann Wiesböck

Interview partner:
Alexander Gerfer


<a href=",a3127287"target="blank">Norbert Gierlich</a>

Norbert Gierlich

Moderator of The Future Code

Norbert Gierlich is an expert in communication, digital marketing and moderator of various conferences. He lives with his children in Munich, loves old Vespa scooters and has a passion for mechanical watches.
<a href=",a3111108"target="blank">Philipp Uhl</a>

Philipp Uhl

Mastermind and Host of The Future Code
Chief editor of Next Industry

Philipp Uhl is responsible for the editorial team of Next Industry and has been on the core team of the media brand since its launch in 2018. Since the conception phase, he has been the personal interface to the more than 100 trade media of the Vogel Communications Group. He is a key expert of Digital Transformation in Industry with a broad network to Thought Leaders in the B2B Industry.

Barbara Lutz

Founder and managing partner, Frauen-Karriere-Index (FKi)

The founder and managing partner of the Women's Career Index (FKi) provides organisations with important impulses for innovative processes, modern corporate cultures and the concrete design of culture-changing measures.
Before founding her own company, Barbara Lutz worked for over 20 years in the management of American, French and German listed companies and has experienced the different cultures and opportunities for women in leadership in top management positions.
Today, with the Women's Career Index, which was first used in 2013, the business economist is considered an important thought leader for structured change processes to achieve more diversity in companies, universities and organizations.
She is editor of the book Frauen in Führung: Modernität und Agilität - wie die Veränderung der Unternehmensprozesse und Kultur fördern Innovation and is a sought-after key note speaker.
In 2018, Barbara Lutz was honored by the media houses Edition F, Handelsblatt and Zeit as one of the five women in Germany who are revolutionizing the economy.


<a href=",a3149247"target="blank">Alexander Gerfer</a>

Alexander Gerfer

CEO and CTO, Würth Elektronik eiSos

Alexander Gerfer is Chief Technology Officer of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group, one of the largest European manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components with a workforce of around 7,300. The company is based in Waldenburg, Munich, Berlin and Barcelona and operates research and development sites in Silicon Valley, Dallas and Shenzhen.
The graduate engineer (FH) in electrical engineering learned his trade from scratch as a radio and television technician. Alexander Gerfer completed his studies as a graduate engineer (FH) at the Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne. He is also the author of many technical articles and publications in the field of industrial electronics, author of the technical book "Trilogy of Inductors" and co-author of various other technical books and holds numerous patents.
In the company Würth Elektronik eiSos he is a man of the first hour, founded the product development as well as the quality management. His claim is to communicate technical contents to the user of electronic components in an understandable way and without unnecessary ballast. Numerous new products and innovations are based on his constant search for more efficient components.
Today, the Rhinelander is responsible for the product strategy of Würth Elektronik eiSos and thus for product management, quality control, supply chain management, research and development. Alexander Gerfer also travels internationally as a sought-after key speaker, lecturer and promoter of innovative start-ups.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kaupp

Research Professor "Digital Production and Robotics", University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS)

At the FHWS, he works with robot-supported assembly workstations and driverless transport systems for the intralogistics of a smart factory. Significantly involved in the development of the new bachelor degree course in robotics. Before that he was managing director and co-founder of a mobile robotics company in Australia for 10 years. In 2008 he received his doctorate at the University of Sydney in the field of "Human-Robot Collaboration". He received his Master of Science and Diploma (FH) at the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie

Political scientist at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and lecturer at the Technical University (TU) Berlin

Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie is a political scientist at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and university lecturer at the Technical University (TU) Berlin. At the WZB, he is head of the Department of Political Science together with Dr. habil. Weert Canzler, he heads the research group "Digital Mobility" at the WZB. Before that, he was head of the research group "Science Policy". In June 2018 he took over the position of Head of Scientific Development (CSO) at Choice GmbH. In 2006 Andreas Knie founded the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Social Change GmbH (InnoZ). From 2001 to 2016, he was also divisional director for Intermodal Services and Business Development at Deutsche Bahn AG.

Michael Hog

Global Vice President Vehicle, FEV Group GmbH

  • 1986-1992: Diplom-Ingenieur Aerospace Engineering
  • University Stuttgart, Germany
Professional experience:
  • Since 2018: CEO Share2drive GmbH
  • Since 2018: CEO B&W Fahrzeugentwicklung GmbH
  • Since 2016: FEV Group GmbH, Aachen, Global VP Vehicle
  • 2006 - 2016: EDAG Germany, Fulda; Director Vehicle Integration (CAE, Test and Validation, Vehicle Attributes, Chassis and Powertrain Integration, Tol. Simulation, Prototype Shop, etc.)
  • 2002 - 2006: EDAG Germany, Sindelfingen, Department Manager Vehicle Integration (CAE, Safety, Test Validation, Tolerance Sim., etc)
  • 1998 - 2002: EDAG Germany, Sindelfingen, Team Manager CAE
  • 1996 - 1998: EDAG Germany, Sindelfingen, CAE Engineer
  • 1993 - 1996: Ingenieurgesellschaft Lasso, CAE Engineer
<a href=",a3146355"target="blank">Sonja Diekmann</a>

Sonja Diekmann

Management, Business Coaching & Consulting

Dr. Sonja Diekmann is a consultant and business coach with a focus on change and transformation. Her work focuses on strengthening the personal responsibility of teams, employees and managers. In addition to a deep expertise in the area of business excellence, Dr. Diekmann has many years of experience in managing complex projects in a corporate environment and as a manager.
<a href=",a3149079"target="blank">Nadja Töpper</a>

Nadja Töpper

Management, Töpper Consulting

As a transformation expert, Nadja Töpper has accompanied various projects with a focus on transformation, for example at Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Airbus and other well-known companies.

Nadja Töpper is a professional coach and trainer for executives. She founded her own consultancy in 2015. Before that she spent more than 10 years in management jobs in the media industry and in agencies. Her work focuses on accompanying and supporting executives and teams in change processes. Her most important insight: Transformation stands and falls with the team and corporate culture and the resulting attitude. She knows the working worlds of her various clients well: Nadja has gained years of experience in managing major projects in corporate and multi-stakeholder structures, working with her clients in training and coaching sessions and as an interim executive.
<a href=",a3138270"target="blank">Georg Steinberger</a>

Georg Steinberger

Vice President Marketing & Communications, AVNET EMG GmbH

For over 30 years in the industry, first as a journalist and later in marketing, Georg Steinberger has always been interested in innovation that does NOT drive the world to the wall, but rather contributes to the benefit of all. Technologies such as IOT and AI are an opportunity to do things better than before, but to do this you have to find the commercial twist. Why do many IOT projects fail before realization? How do we deal with AI in terms of application technology but also morally. And how and where can we be economically successful with it? These are topics and questions that Steinberger is concerned with. His critical enthusiasm, his commitment, his T-shirt collection and his differently coloured shoes are well known in the industry.
<a href=",a3151188"target="blank">Rouven Spinner</a>

Rouven Spinner

Venture Capital Partner, Continental AG

Sport-mad venture capitalist who has had an unusual training as a large corporation for this industry. I have been working for 8 years in corporate VC (E.ON, Siemens and now Continental) where I have experienced several significant industrial transformations (energy, industry and now mobility). It is a big challenge for young disruptive entrepreneurs and companies to work with traditional large corporations (and vice versa), but I am convinced that in the age of digitalization and machine learning, both the companies and the whole economy needs these interactions. This is exactly my passion and what fascinates me about VC. To help the start-up companies/entrepreneurs to interact together and/or in collaboration with the existing players in the market to create added value for both parties.

"If we Corproate VCs do our job well, we create a win-win-win scenario for start-ups, corporates and us as investors, which in turn creates value for the economy".
<a href=",a3145224"target="blank">Andy Goldstein</a>

Andy Goldstein

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Deloitte Digital GmbH & Co-Founder & Executive Director, LMU Entrepreneurship Center

Andy is a partner at Deloitte Consulting, co-founder and managing director of Deloitte Digital GmbH and jointly heads the Digital Ventures service division. He is also co-founder and managing director of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center, which has founded over 225 companies in 10 years, and the German Accelerator, a federal government project that has produced over 100 companies in five years. Andy is a serial entrepreneur with 34 years of experience in founding, building and scaling companies. Previously, in 2003, he sold his software publishing company to the publicly traded Avanquest Software, where he served as COO for 5 years and as a member of the board for 12 years.
<a href=",a3150672"target="blank">Stefan Weiss</a>

Stefan Weiss

Partner, Head of Manufacturing Industry, MHP Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH

Stefan Weiss is Head of Manufacturing Industry at MHP - Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH. For more than 20 years, he has been working in management, process and IT consulting and supports companies from the mechanical and plant engineering, high-tech/electronics and aerospace industries in relevant issues of digital transformation and the development of new business models around the topic of IIOT.
<a href=",a3145128"target="blank">Prof. Dr. Hannes Huttelmaier</a>

Prof. Dr. Hannes Huttelmaier

Professor for Business Administration and Technical Sales, FHWS - University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Hannes Huttelmaier is Professor for Business Administration and Technical Sales at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt. As owner of Aggredi Consulting, he advises companies on digitalisation, business models, product management, marketing and sales. He previously held various positions in industrial companies, most recently as Head of Global Product Management Lifecycle of a world market leader in mechanical and plant engineering.

Prof. Dr. Jean Meyer

Head of Robotics, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS)

Prof. Dr. Jean Meyer has been teaching at the HaW Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) in the fields of robotics and machine learning since 2016. He is head of the Robotics course of studies, which is geared to the challenges of intelligent robotics and will start in the winter semester 2020 at the FHWS.
In addition, Prof. Meyer is involved in setting up the FHWS "Competence Center for Artificial Intelligence" (CAIRO), which is part of the node for Data Science, one of the four nodes in the Bavarian AI network.
 <a href=",a3148329"target="blank">Sebastian Schaal</a>

Sebastian Schaal

Founder & CEO, Luminovo GmbH

Sebastian is the Founder of Luminovo, where he is responsible for Sales and Product. Luminovo focuses on automating repetitive workflows as classifying images or documents by combining human and artificial intelligence. Sebastian graduated top of his class from TU Munich and the CDTM. During his second MSc at Stanford he focused on management science and machine learning. Before founding Luminovo, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey and in engineering at Intel and deep tech startups.

"I am a strong believer that artificial intelligence while be used to augment human intelligence, will not replace it. The narrow AI systems of today are well-equipped to handle very specific tasks, but lack the human ability of reasoning about the unknown and connecting the dots between more distant disciplines. Mastering the interface to combine the best of human and artificial intelligence will probably be the biggest leap forward for mankind, unlocking unseen potential."

Dr. Nicole Meier

Plant Manager, Operations Aroma Ingredients, BASF

I am the plant manager of a production and logistics operation at BASF and head of 102 men and 5 women. My main job is to make our company fit for the future and to prepare it for the challenges of the future - whether it is making plants more flexible or, for example, responding appropriately to the demographic curve.

I am also a co-founder of the WIP (women in production) network and am committed to getting more girls interested in MINT professions, to ensuring that fewer women leave MINT professions and that more women take the lead in production and technology.

"Do not be a copy, be the original! I experience many women in male domains who seem or act more masculine than their male colleagues. It's time for us women to remain feminine and woman."
<a href=",a3147609"target="blank">Ulrike Meyer</a>

Ulrike Meyer

CIDO, Willenbrock GmbH

Ulrike Meyer knows the core business. Like all other employees of the Bremen-based medium-sized company, she has had a forklift truck driver's license since joining the company in 2012. Even today, the trained foreign trade specialist still places customer benefit at the centre of her digitalisation initiatives. Whereby the customers can now also be her own colleagues - because since the end of 2018 she has also been responsible for internal Willenbrock IT. Since the beginning of 2015, she has already been in charge of the "Digital Solutions" division, which develops digital business models and customer-oriented software offerings. Since February 2019, she has borne the title CIDO - a combination of CDO and CIO.
<a href=",a3144615"target="blank">Larissa Zeichhardt</a>

Larissa Zeichhardt

Managing Director, LAT Funkanlagen- Service GmbH

37 years old, engineer & #workingmom

After founding an IT company (2006) and a corporate career (2010-2016), Larissa Zeichhardt now runs the family business LAT together with her sister. The electrical company is active around the track, from "working under rolling wheels" to "certified video surveillance systems". As her successor, Zeichhardt manages the balancing act between love of tradition and euphoria for progress: Administration is now paperless, the foremen use digital clipboards, site managers a construction site app. As a member of the executive committee of the Gütegemeinschaft Leitungstiefbau, she is committed to high quality in broadband expansion. Zeichhardt relies on cooperations with start-ups such as JobUfo to defy the shortage of skilled workers. In addition, she has developed a trainee learning app for technical apprenticeships with the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the youtube stars SimpleClub, thus reviving the department's recommendation marketing. With the publication of the Top 100 women in the transport industry and the corresponding network event Women in Mobility Luncheon (ERA, IHK, shift2rail, BerlinPartner, VdU, DB..), she is pursuing one goal: the proportion of women in the transport industry should increase from the current 22% to 40% by 2020.

Larissa was awarded the title Young Elite / Top 40 under 40 by the business magazine CAPITAL 2019 and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the University of Applied Sciences by the governing mayor. She is also vice-chairwoman IHK Berlin: Committee on Urban Development and Infrastructure and vice-chairwoman IHK Berlin: Committee on Education, Specialists and the Labour Market

Statement #Women@Engineering:
"The male-industrial growth model has reached its limits, in the future only those companies will be successful which already now adapt framework conditions in the sense of compatibility and dissolve traditional behaviour patterns with all their might".
<a href=",a3149985"target="blank">Sarna Röser</a>

Sarna Röser

Federal Chairman of the association DIE JUNGEN UNTERNEHMER

Sarna Röser is the designated successor of a family business managed in the third generation with a tradition of almost 100 years. She is a member of the management and authorized signatory of Röser FAM GmbH & Co. KG, a company belonging to the family group. Since March 2018, she has also been the national chairperson of the association DIE JUNGEN UNTERNEHMER.

As the voice of young entrepreneurship, Sarna Röser represents the interests of over 1,500 young family and owner-operated entrepreneurs up to 40 years of age in Germany. She speaks from the perspective of her generation about the future of the economy and advocates better framework conditions for young entrepreneurs.

In addition to typical successor topics, Sarna Röser also brings start-up and start-up experience. As initiator and co-founder of Beamcoo and Healthcare Innovations, she deals with the topics of demography, cross-company peer-to-peer competence exchange and digitization.

Sarna Röser is a welcome guest speaker, at panel discussions, in expert circles and in the media. Recently she can be seen on the covers of Focus Business Magazine and DIE ZEIT for entrepreneurs.
<a href=",a3118821"target="blank">Prof. Dr. Christoph Fasel</a>

Prof. Dr. Christoph Fasel

fasel & fasel / Reporter for Stern and Editor-in-Chief of the German Reader's Digest

Reporter for Stern and editor-in-chief of the German Reader's Digest. Graduate and former head of the Henri Nannen School in Hamburg and Professor for Media and Communication at the SRH University of Applied Sciences in Calw. Spiegel bestseller author with the biography of Samuel Koch and founder of the Institute for Consumer Journalism. Over the past 40 years, Christoph Fasel has helped shape the media landscape and journalism training in Germany. Good language is his life topic.

Steffen Cords

Steffen Cords, Associated Partner, Mobility Services & Strategy, MHP Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH

Steffen Cords is Associated Partner Mobility Services & Strategy (MSS) at MHP - Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH. In his career to date, he has gained experience in three key product success factors. His areas of expertise include Viability (business model development and building a digital unit), Feasibility (naval architect and maker) and Desirability (UX lead and responsible for discovery phases). Due to his previous work in large corporations, consulting and medium-sized businesses, he brings a lot of understanding and experience for the respective actors.




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