This was DIGICON 2019

A completely sold out house with 368 participants from 222 companies, visionary and lively lectures, an exciting race for the 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award and trend-setting ideas on the marketplace of innovations for cocktails and culinary delicacies – that was DIGICON 2019.

Below you will find the highlights of the event in our photo galleries. Furthermore you can give us your personal feedback.

Strategy Day

Wednesday, 20th November 2019 – Understanding Digitalization

In the first session, keynotes were held by Dr. Volker Wetekam (Corporate Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Robert Bosch GmbH), Dr. Christoph Zindel (Member of the Managing Board, Siemens Healthineers) and Dr. Dieter Nirschl (Managing Director, ADAC), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robert Jacobi (Managing Director, The Nunatak Group).

In the second session, Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowizc (Head of the Research Department Embedded Intelligence, DFKI) and Hans-Joachim Köppen (Technical Leader, IBM) outlined AI both from scientific and economic view and answered audience questions, moderated by Nina Ruge.

Evening Gala and Marketplace of Innovation

Wednesday, 20th November 2019 Experience Digitalization

The guests were able to exchange ideas, make valuable contacts and vote for their favourites on the innovation marketplace while enjoying culinary delights, good wine and other refreshments. The prize for the best market stand went to Tawny GmbH, a subsidiary of HYVE AG, with their innovation AI-powered Emotion Analytics for Eyeryone.

Best Practice Day

Thursday, 21st November 2019 – Applying Digitalization

The second day started with Dr. Stefanie Babst (Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO), Dr. Ralf Schneider (CIO, Allianz SE) and Daniel Mattes (Entrepreneur and Founder, AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.) sharing their knowledge on risks and chances of AI.

In the next session, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André (Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Augsburg University), Andrea Martin (Leader, IBM Watson IoT Center Munich), Michał Sztanga (Managing Director, Future Processing) and Jean-Paul Schmetz (Chief Scientist, Hubert Burda Media and CEO, Cliqz GmbH) gave exciting insights on human centered AI and answered audience questions.

After lunch, Pitch Battles for the 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award took place. Winner of the trophy is deepc with the The End to End Guardian AI for Healthcare. The prize for the Digital Picture went to Vodafone GmbH with their contribution Fusion of the real and digital world.

Finally, Holger Martens (Managing Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH), Benjamin Wimmer (Senior Consultant, Cassini Consulting AG) and Thomas Bönig (CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich) held impulse talks and rounded up the day with an excited panel discussion, special guest Stefan Rauch (Digital Innovation Officer, Iteratec GmbH) and host Nina Ruge.

ISAAI’19

Thursday, 21st November 2019 – Enhancing Digitalization

The first edition of the „International Symposium on Applied Artificial Intelligence“ (ISAAI’19) was held in conjunction with DIGICON, where 17 papers about AI methods and applications were presented by experts from science and industry in various sessions about Machine Learning, Autonomous Agents, and Quantum Computing for AI.

These papers were selected out of 35 submissions from 14 countries coming from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe in a strict review process conducted by the organizers Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, Thomy Phan, and Sebastian Feld as well as a top-class program committee.

In addition, there was an Industrial Session held by IBM about preparing innovations for the market.

We want your feedback

We are looking forward to hearing your opinion about Digicon 2019:


Dr. Volker Wetekam (Corporate Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Robert Bosch GmbH): Future Mobility – will sensors, software, cloud services and AI become the world’s best driver?Dr. Christoph Zindel (Member of the Managing Board, Siemens Healthineers) - AI – Relieving physicians, humanizing medicineDr. Dieter Nirschl (Managing Director, ADAC) - Automatisiertes und vernetztes Fahren – schöne neue Welt?Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowizc (Head of the Research Department Embedded Intelligence, DFKI) - Artificial IntelligenceHans-Joachim Köppen (Technical Leader, IBM) - AI on it’s way to becoming a competitive advantageDr. Stefanie Babst (Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO) - Technical Innovation and Change – A NATO perspectiveDr. Ralf Schneider (CIO, Allianz SE) - Beyond AI… there will be Cyber RisksDaniel Mattes (Entrepreneur and Founder, AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.) - IP Assets: An Awakening in the Market? Using Artificial Intelligence to exploit stock market inefficiencies.Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André (Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Augsburg University) - Show me what you have learnt: Towards transparent behavior analysisAndrea Martin (Leader, IBM Watson IoT Center Munich) - AI and social responsibilityMichał Sztanga (Managing Director, Future Processing) - Do you really need AI?Jean-Paul Schmetz (Chief Scientist, Hubert Burda Media and CEO, Cliqz GmbH) - The hidden role of humans in AI (data collection, guinea pigs, manipulation, …)Holger Martens (anaging Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH) - Verwaltung 4.0 – Digitale DokumentenprozesseBenjamin Wimmer (Senior Consultant, Cassini Consulting AG) - „Smart City“ AGThomas Bönig (CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich) - Digitale Metropole Landeshauptstadt München


My ticket purchase went smoothly and I received all the necessary information in advance.Registration for DIGICON 2019 was quick and easy.The ambience and the premises of the Palais Lenbach were fantastic.The catering at the Palais Lenbach was great.The premises in the bar of the Palais Lenbach were perfect for the market place of innovations.


I've learned something for myself and gained some interesting insights into digitization.The attendance of the lectures was extremely valuable.I was inspired by the innovation marketplace.I found the pitch battles and the award very enriching.I was able to make valuable new contacts.I met friends and partners from my personal network again.


Strategy Day and Marketplace of Innovation, Wednesday 20. November 2019Best Practice Day, Thursday 21. November 2019