THE ETENGO SYMPOSIUM

THE FUTURE THROUGH IT

The Etengo Symposium is a top-class series of events aimed exclusively at a select circle of Etengo customers and business partners.

It focuses on the challenges and trends in information technology. Two exciting and inspiring keynote speeches are followed by a professionally moderated panel discussion, which also actively involves the audience. It provides participants with interesting and important food for thought and broadens their views of their areas of expertise. Together, we examine and discuss how information technology influences the economy, society and politics now and in future, and what the subsequent opportunities and challenges for you and your company will be. 

The topic of the last
event

BIG DATA VS PRIVACY -

SQUARING THE CIRCLE?

THE TOPIC OF THE LAST EVENT

BIG DATA VS PRIVACY -

DIE QUADRATUR DES KREISES?

Many disruptive business models, several new technological approaches and practically all innovative products and services are based on the collection, storage and analysis of large volumes of data with the aim to derive valuable knowledge and in turn generate added value. For this purpose, the data is generally stored permanently, frequently linked to other existing external or internal data sources, and consequently increasingly enhanced and refined with time. The data produces patterns, which in turn generate customer typologies or predictions on the likelihood of their future behaviour, for instance. Transparent customers, employees and citizens are the logical consequence of these developments.

Machine learning, artificial intelligence, the IoT, autonomous cars and Industry 4.0 are just a few of the major IT topics. However, all these approaches are essentially based on data being the hard currency of the future. In contrast, the EU General Data Protection Regulation has become considerably more stringent, while increasingly more customers and consumers are taking a critical view of habitual data collection and want to regain control of their data. This conflict of interest presents great opportunities but also considerable challenges.

Speaker

Dr. Hans Joachim PoppPrincipal BW Consulting GmbH

Dr. Hans-Joachim Popp has worked in IT since 1988. He studied electrical engineering, software ergonomics and medical engineering in Hanover, Aachen and Boston. Throughout his career, he held a wide variety of exciting positions, including as product manager at Dräger in medical IT, as CIO International of TÜV Product Service GmbH and as manager of the data centre at TÜV’s branch in Southern Germany. From 2000 to 2006, he was also a professor of Software Technology at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. From 2005 until 2018, he was CIO of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Since May 1, 2018, he has been Principal of BwConsulting GmbH where he is in charge of all topics concerning IT management. The core issues of digitisation are clear to Hans-Joachim Popp: "Digitisation bears such an infinite potential for our economy and society that we need to urgently resolve the apparent contradiction between data protection and big data. And as a matter of fact, we can! However, to accompany this resolution, we need corresponding regulations that have already worked well in the analogue world." Popp is convinced that secure systems can only be established if the overall design process consistently considers the system as comprising man and machine.

Photo credit: German Aerospace Centre

Sascha LoboAuthor and strategy consultant

Sascha Lobo is Germany's "Internet explainer". He works as author and strategy consultant with a focus on the internet and brand communication, and he gives lectures on the digital world, ranging from social media to digital work processes. Since January 2011, he has been writing the weekly column "Mensch-Maschine" (Man-Machine) on Spiegel Online and he has received several awards for the collaborative blog Riesenmaschine.de such as the Grimme Online Award in 2006. In times of extremely efficient, powerful machines and intense discussions about big data, he has established the concept of Magical Digitalism. With this concept, he ascribes "magical abilities to machines and algorithms." Lobo is convinced: Companies often start solving "the problems they want rather than the actually existing problems, owing to ignorance. In the realm of politics, Magical Digitalism tends to solve problems that only appear to exist, which is not only dangerous but also a gateway for influences of all kinds."

Photo credit: Reto Klar

Sascha PallenbergHead of Digital Content at Daimler & tech blogger

Sascha Pallenberg, thus far known as one of the most popular German tech bloggers and as a digital entrepreneur, has been the Head of Digital Content in corporate communications at Daimler since the beginning of 2017. His blog netbooknews.de was nominated one of the best IT blogs by Computerwoche magazine in 2010. Like its current successor, MobileGeeks, the blog covered the latest developments in the mobile computing market. By the way, Pallenberg presents an example of the discussion about big data vs. data protection in an exciting self-experiment: With an RFID chip implanted in his left hand, he does not only open his apartment door in Taipei, he's also always got his business card right ‘at his fingertips’.

Dr. Dirk SiegelPartner & Leader Deloitte Blockchain Institute

Dr. Dirk Siegel is a partner at Deloitte and head of the Deloitte Blockchain Institute. After he graduated from Cambridge University in 1992, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on a topic in Applied Mathematics, he spent more than 25 years in business consulting—15 thereof as partner of well-known international consulting firms. At Deloitte, his current work focuses on international transformation projects in the field of financial services, especially for insurances. He mostly works at the interface of business processes and information technology—thus, he takes great interest in topics such as Blockchain, analytics and digital transformation. The Blockchain is particularly fascinating to him: "It has the potential of affecting a lasting change in the world."

Dr. Hans-Joachim Popp has worked in IT since 1988. He studied electrical engineering, software ergonomics and medical engineering in Hanover, Aachen and Boston. Throughout his career, he held a wide variety of exciting positions, including as product manager at Dräger in medical IT, as CIO International of TÜV Product Service GmbH and as manager of the data centre at TÜV’s branch in Southern Germany. From 2000 to 2006, he was also a professor of Software Technology at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. From 2005 until 2018, he was CIO of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Since May 1, 2018, he has been Principal of BwConsulting GmbH where he is in charge of all topics concerning IT management. The core issues of digitisation are clear to Hans-Joachim Popp: "Digitisation bears such an infinite potential for our economy and society that we need to urgently resolve the apparent contradiction between data protection and big data. And as a matter of fact, we can! However, to accompany this resolution, we need corresponding regulations that have already worked well in the analogue world." Popp is convinced that secure systems can only be established if the overall design process consistently considers the system as comprising man and machine.

Photo credit: German Aerospace Centre

Sascha Lobo is Germany's "Internet explainer". He works as author and strategy consultant with a focus on the internet and brand communication, and he gives lectures on the digital world, ranging from social media to digital work processes. Since January 2011, he has been writing the weekly column "Mensch-Maschine" (Man-Machine) on Spiegel Online and he has received several awards for the collaborative blog Riesenmaschine.de such as the Grimme Online Award in 2006. In times of extremely efficient, powerful machines and intense discussions about big data, he has established the concept of Magical Digitalism. With this concept, he ascribes "magical abilities to machines and algorithms." Lobo is convinced: Companies often start solving "the problems they want rather than the actually existing problems, owing to ignorance. In the realm of politics, Magical Digitalism tends to solve problems that only appear to exist, which is not only dangerous but also a gateway for influences of all kinds."

Photo credit: Reto Klar

Sascha Pallenberg, thus far known as one of the most popular German tech bloggers and as a digital entrepreneur, has been the Head of Digital Content in corporate communications at Daimler since the beginning of 2017. His blog netbooknews.de was nominated one of the best IT blogs by Computerwoche magazine in 2010. Like its current successor, MobileGeeks, the blog covered the latest developments in the mobile computing market. By the way, Pallenberg presents an example of the discussion about big data vs. data protection in an exciting self-experiment: With an RFID chip implanted in his left hand, he does not only open his apartment door in Taipei, he's also always got his business card right ‘at his fingertips’.

Dr. Dirk Siegel is a partner at Deloitte and head of the Deloitte Blockchain Institute. After he graduated from Cambridge University in 1992, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on a topic in Applied Mathematics, he spent more than 25 years in business consulting—15 thereof as partner of well-known international consulting firms. At Deloitte, his current work focuses on international transformation projects in the field of financial services, especially for insurances. He mostly works at the interface of business processes and information technology—thus, he takes great interest in topics such as Blockchain, analytics and digital transformation. The Blockchain is particularly fascinating to him: "It has the potential of affecting a lasting change in the world."

Moderator

Sven AstheimerJournalist (FAZ)

Sven Astheimer, FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) business editor, reports on topics such as the labour market, migration and demography on a daily basis. In these times of digitisation, Astheimer regularly reports on changes in the working world, its challenges as well as Work 4.0. He is primarily concerned with a courageous commitment in politics that emphasizes the opportunities of digitisation rather than putting its risks front and centre. Astheimer is deeply engaged in economic policy and not least because of that he is the ideal candidate to carry out the task of savvy and critical moderation during this high-profile event.

Programme for 7 June 2018

15:45
Welcome speech

Nikolaus Reuter | CEO and Chairman of the Board, Etengo

Sven Astheimer | Business Editor (FAZ), moderator

16:00
Keynote speech: Sascha Lobo

16:30
Keynote speech: Dr. Hans-Joachim Popp

17:00
Break

17:30
Panel discussion

Dr. Hans-Joachim Popp | Sascha Lobo | Dr. Dirk Siegel | Sascha Pallenberg

Moderator: Sven Astheimer

18:00
Informal conclusion

Personal discussion, networking and light refreshments

20:00
End of the event

Place & Time

Thu, 7.6.201815:45 onwards

WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-ArenaDietmar-Hopp-Straße 174889 Sinsheim

›I perceived the event at Etengo as really special because it is a great pleasure to speak to experts, and thus not having to explain each pixel individually (…)‹


Sascha Lobo (Speaker Etengo Symposium 2018)

›I would recommend participating in the symposium, simply to expand the scope of what is considered a normal, every-day matter.‹


Kai-Uwe Daum (Participant Etengo Symposium 2018)

›I like it when people are focused. When you single out a thematic block and discuss it with various experts, consolidate various perspectives and ultimately still have a controversial debate.‹ 


Sascha Pallenberg (Speaker Etengo Symposium 2018)

›Short, succinct lectures and appealing guest speakers!‹


Michael Dallmann (Participant Etengo Symposium 2018)

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