Schedule in 2016

40 speakers in 12 hours – check out our schedule!

08:30 – 09:00


We are looking forward to your arrival at Freiheiz. Grab yourself a coffee after checking in and look for a nice spot in our conference hall.

09:00 – 09:30


It’s time to officially welcome you at this year’s 48forward. We want to thank you for joining us and tell you a bit more about what to expect during the next hours. Hannah Klose and Christoph Bauer will be joined by Kurt Kapp and Daniel Fürg.

09:30 – 10:30

The Future of Work

What will the future of work look like? How will office and working culture change in the next years and which impact do technological innovations have on that development? Dr. Claus Boyens will give an opening speech on this topic and will joined by Marina Treude, Hanna Drabon, Stefan Pfeiffer and Michael Praetorius for a panel discussion afterwards.

10:30 – 11:30

How to Become an Innovative Company

Manfred Tropper, Marc Frey, Oliver T. Hellriegel and Linda Lichel will give some exciting insights in how to become an innovative company.

11:30 – 12:30

Lunch Break

Time for lunch! We told some food trucks to stop by and offer delicious food. Additionally there is a Dean & David in the building next to our conference location.

12:30 – 13:00

Creativity and Empathy in the Age of AI

Jeremy Tai Abbett gives interesting insights on how creativity and empathy have to develop for the upcoming age of artificial intelligence.

13:00 – 13:20

Talking about our Society…

Every year Nico Lumma joins 48forward on stage to talk about his personal and very interesting sight on the technological state of our society.

13:20 – 14:00

Entrepreneurship in a Fast Developing and Ever Changing World

Freya Oehle, Pia Poppenreiter, Veronika Leitermann and Yacine Coco are perfect role models when it comes to entrepreneurship – and Dieter Heidemann has a lot of questions for them. How to build up your own business?

14:00 – 14:20

An Entrepreneurial Life

Marcus Wolsdorf, Co-Founder of Finanztip, will give some interesting insights into his impressive entrepreneurial track record.

14:20 – 14:40

Facing Challenges – and Changing the World.

Paula Schwarz founded and tries to develop entrepreneurial ways to help refugees in an innovative and disruptive way.

14:40 – 15:00

Coffee Break

Grab yourself another coffee and use the time for networking with around 400 exciting attendees and 30 speakers.

15:00 – 15:40

Break the Media

Francesco Marconi will give exciting insights in how virtual reality and other new media formats might change the way journalists and media companies tell stories – and why this could be interesting for all of us.

15:40 – 16:00

From Transformation to Innovation

Oliver von Wersch will give interesting insights in how digital pureplay startups can develop into important growth drivers for media companies.

16:00 – 16:20

The Future of Media/Journalism

Kilian Müller, Mustafa Isik, Oliver von Wersch, Richard Gutjahr and Lina Timm will discuss the future of media and journalism. How will it change within the next years?

16:20 – 16:40

How AI will Change Journalism

David Llorente is a true expert when it comes to AI and journalism. He will show which impact artificial intelligence might have on media within the next years.

16:40 – 17:00

How to Finance Media

Laura-Sophie Dornheim and Sebastiaan Lemmens will discuss how media and journalism can be financed nowadays – and what readers are accepting.

17:00 – 17:20

How to Become an Influencer

Farina Opoku alias NovaLanaLove is one of the most known social media influencers in Germany. Together with Ann-Katrin Schmitz, her manager, she will give interesting insights in her story.

17:20 – 18:00


Time for a beer! Visit one of our bars within the location, order a beer and use the time for even more networking!

18:00 – 18:20

The Future of Travel

How are innovations and new technologies going to change the way we travel? Maximilian Waldmann is going to give some interesting insights.

18:20 – 18:50

Talking about Google Tango

Bernhard Zeisl will give some deep insights in what the innovative Google Tango project is capable to do. After his talk he will also do a live demonstration of the technology.

18:50 – 19:50

The Future of Health

How can medical innovations improve our lifes? What role plays digitalization in this context? Dr. Thomas Rudolf will give interesting insights in his keynote which will be followed by a high-class panel with Dr. Josef Scheiber and Dr. Steffen Schmidt.

19:50 – 20:10

Advancing into the Era of Cognitive IoT

Dirk Muehlenweg will give exciting overview on what IBM’s AI platform Watson is able to do and how it can improve our lifes.

20:10 – 20:40

How IoT will Change Our World

Christian Ehl, Dirk-Wilhelm Muehlenweg, Sebastian Jagsch, Ilja Klemm and Christian Gleich are going to discuss how IoT is going to change (and improve) our world.

22:00 – 04:00

After Show Party

Are you ready for the best party in town? Don’t miss the chance for networking with our attendees and speakers, for drinking even more beer or other drinks – and for dancing!

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