- eco://kongress on 21 November in Cologne: three focal themes
- Who’ll be there? Amongst others: Andreas Pinkwart, North-Rhine Westphalia Digital Minister, Stefan Stroh, CDO of Deutsche Bahn AG and Inger Paus, Chair of the Management Board of the Vodafone Foundation
- Application deadline for eco://awards: 2 September 2019
The Association of the Internet Industry will host the eco://kongress on 21 November, focusing on 3 top themes. Under the banner of “Forward Thinking for Society”, experts will discuss visions for our increasingly digitalized living and working environments. The topic “City, Country, Future” will cover new developments for smart city ecosystems and connected mobility of the future. “Industry 4.0 with AI – Industry is Getting Smart” is concerned with how IoT and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing industrial production facilities and processes.
The three focal themes form the framework for the discussions in which leading minds of the IT and digital industry will take part in the Cologne Wolkenburg venue. Among others, Saskia Steinacker, Global Head Digital Transformation at Bayer and Stefan Stroh, CDO Deutsche Bahn AG have already confirmed their participation. Carsten Kestermann, Principal Amazon Web Services (AWS), and North-Rhine Westphalia Digital Minister Prof. Andreas Pinkwart will also be present at the event.
As Pinkwart commented in advance of the event, “Every year, the eco://kongress and eco://award bring together the ‘Who’s Who’ of the digital industry in Cologne. I’m already looking forward to the event in November.”
AI paves the way for tomorrow’s opportunities
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology for tomorrow’s digital markets and, at the same time, is an important interdisciplinary topic. Which is the thinking behind the event’s motto of: “FAST. FORWARD. FUTURE. Shape the Internet of the Future with Artificial Intelligence”.
“AI enables innovative value-added processes and is ushering in extensive changes, whether it be for educational requirements, workplace set-up, or industrial production processes,” says Alexander Rabe, Managing Director of eco Association. “At the eco://kongress, we want to promote the acceptance of AI by transparently showing how artificial intelligence works, why the systems make a recommendation or decision in a certain situation and in a particular way, and which data may be generated and processed.”
On the evening of 21 November, leading figures from the Internet industry, visionaries and driving forces from politics, industry, and society, as well as operators of digital infrastructures, will meet for the award ceremony.
For the 18th time, eco will present visionary and innovative business models with the eco://award. Companies can apply until 2 September with initiatives, projects, products, and services which are based on the Internet, or which use the Internet as an intelligent extension. Information on how to take part in the application procedure is available for download.