Germany – Land of Ideas supports DLD Campus conference series
Since its founding in 2005, the DLD (Digital Life Design) conference series has become firmly established in the international event calendar. Previously held in cities such as New York, London, and Tel Aviv, it is now taking new paths. With the DLD Campus format, the concept is being brought to a German university town. “Germany – Land of Ideas” is happy to be on board as a partner.
Kick-off in the region of hidden champions
The new DLD Campus conference series began on 21 June at the University of Bayreuth. The location was not chosen by chance, because the Upper Franconia region has many other attractions besides its outstanding university. The second-highest industrial density in Europe, four times as many hidden champions as other regions in Germany on average, and twice as many patent registrations as the average in the Federal Republic, speak in favour of the region’s innovative prowess. The DLD Campus picks up on this. The aim is to bring together small and medium-sized businesses with digital start-ups, to push forward interdisciplinary exchange, and to sustainably network the region. The main theme is digitisation, which so far has been dealt with primarily in big cities. But, according to Ute. E. Weiland, Managing Director of the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative: “We shouldn’t always have our sights set on Silicon Valley. Germany has a great deal of potential even outside of its large cities – our hidden champions."
Inspiration, interdisciplinarity, and innovation
Around 500 participants from the region and experts on digitisation exchanged ideas and answered key questions at the location. The event’s highlights included many international speakers, as well as panel discussions and lectures.
DLD Campus relies on interdisciplinary exchange and networking in the region. As a key issue for the future, digitisation is a particularly good way to strengthen Germany as a business and digital location due to its interdisciplinarity. “We are very proud to have gained “Land of Ideas” as a strategic partner for our new DLD Campus series. The initiative is one of the most exciting network organisations because it shows Germany’s ideas for the future. We are convinced that the two communities complement one another ideally and that we can provide important impulses together,” said Steffi Czerny, Managing Director and founder of DLD.
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Further information at http://dld-conference.com/dldcampus17.