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Artificial Intelligence – With Cognitive Technologies to Autonomous Systems

At Digicon 2019, selected experts will address the challenges and opportunities of this topic in keynote speeches, talks and dissociation rounds, and show the participants their strategies. Top-class digitization experts and decision-makers from politics and business share their experiences with you over two days and present innovative future concepts. Take the opportunity to learn from the great pioneers of digital intelligence and implement the strategies in your own working life. Do not see change as a challenge, but as an opportunity to make your business competitive! For this, the program is divided into the following parts:


Digicon Strategy Day

Wednesday, 20th November 2019 – Understanding Digitalization

from 14:30 p.m. Doors Open
15:00 – 15:15 p.m. Welcome Speech
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.
15:15 – 16:55 p.m. Welcome in the age of AI

Dr. Markus Heyn, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. Christoph Zindel, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens Healthineers
Dr. Dieter Nirschl, Managing Director, ADAC

Panel Discussion
moderated by Robert Jacobi, Managing Director, The Nunatak Group

16:55 – 17:25 p.m. Coffee Break
17:25 – 18:45 p.m. AI – From Science to Economy

Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowizc, Head of the Research Department Embedded Intelligence, DFKI
Hans-Joachim Köppen, Technical Leader, IBM
Dr. Andreas Antrup, Managing Director of Marketing and Vice President of Advertising, Zalando

18:45 – 19:00 p.m. Wrap Up
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.
19:00 – 22:00 p.m. Evening Gala,
Opening of the Marketplace of Innovation and
ISAAI’19 Poster Presentation

AI as a growth engine for German SMEs? Results of an expert survey and an outlook on the German „AI-Trainer“ program
Christian Maerkel, Iris Henseler-Unger, Martin Lundborg (all WIK GmbH, Germany)

Machine Learning Based Cost Engineering of Automotive Parts – Lessons Learned
Frank Bodendorf and Jörg Franke (all University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

Gerrymandering as a Combinatorial Optimization Problem
Sebastian Feld (LMU Munich, Germany)

How to make five billion predictions in 24 hours
Stefan Rameseder (One Logic, Germany)

Predictive Quality in Complex Production
Britta Hilt (IS Predict GmbH, Germany)

Generative Learning
Johannes Oberreuter (Data Reply, Germany)

Making AI robust and comprehensive
Theodor Schabicki (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management & BearingPoint GmbH, Germany) and Stephan Hinze (Neurocat, Germany)

22:00 – 23:00 p.m. Award Ceremony for the Marketplace of Innovation


Further information on how to present your concept at the Marketplace of Innovation can be found here. Make valuable contacts and present your digitalization ideas to the relevant decision-makers!


Digicon Best Practice Day

Thursday, 21st November 2019 – Applying Digitalization

from 08:00 a.m. Doors Open
09:00 – 09:15 a.m. Welcome Speech
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.
09:15 – 10:30 a.m. AI and Beyond

Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO
Dr. Ralf Schneider, CIO, Allianz SE
Daniel Mattes, Entrepreneur and Founder, AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Human Centred AI

Short Speaches
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
Jean-Paul Schmetz, Chief Scientist, Hubert Burda Media and CEO, Cliqz GmbH

Panel Discussion
moderated by Aleksandra Solda-Zaccaro, CMCO, Messe München GmbH and Board Member, Digitale Stadt München e.V.

12:30 – 13:30 p.m. Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 p.m. 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award: Pitch Battles and Price-Giving

Pitch battles for the 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award: Eight nominees present their ideas in pitches one-on-one. The audience elects their favorite from round to round until the overall winner is determined.

15:00 – 15:30 p.m. Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:45 p.m. AI for a Smart City

Short Speaches
Andreas Kunze, CEO and Co-Founder, KONUX
Holger Martens, Managing Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH
Benjamin Wimmer, Senior Consultant, Cassini Consulting GmbH
Thomas Bönig, CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich

Q&A with the audience
moderated by Stephan Schneider, Senior Manager Public Affairs, Vodafone Germany and CEO, Digitale Stadt Düsseldorf e.V.

16:45 – 17:00 p.m. Wrap Up
Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien,
LMU Munich and CEO Digitale Stadt München e.V.


Further information on how to apply for the 4th Munich Digital Innovation Award and the Digital Image can be found here.



Thursday, 21st November 2019 – Symposium

from 08:00 a.m. Doors Open
09:00 – 09:15 a.m. Welcome Speech
Thomy Phan and Sebastian Feld,LMU Munich, Germany
09:15 – 10:30 a.m. Deep Learning & Natural Language Processing

Extracting Keywords from Publication Abstracts for an Automated Researcher Recommendation System
Marco Kretschmann, Andreas Fischer and Benedikt Elser (Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany)

Speech Emotion Recognition using None-Attention 1D CNN
Yulan Li, Charlesetta Baidoo and Ting Cai (University of Electronic Science and Technology, P.R. China)

Input Encodings for Character Level Convolutional Neural Networks
Andrei Karpau (SAP SE, Germany) and Markus Hofmann (TU Dublin, Ireland)

Unsupervised, Non-centralized, Upstream Fusion of Multiple Modalities Using Deep Directional-Unit Networks
Denis Garagic (BAE Systems – FAST Labs, USA)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pattern Recognition & Medical Applications

Fast Online Learning in the Presence of Latent Variables
Durdane Kocacoban and James Cussens (University of York, UK)

Automatic Detecting Inconsistency between Diagnosis and Chief Complaint in Electronic Medical Records
Lufei Huang (The Third People’s Hospital of Chengdu, P.R. China), Wei Yang, Ting Jiang, Li Tang, Fei Teng, Zheng Ma (Southwest JiaotongUniversity, P.R. China), and Xuan Li (The Third People’s Hospital of Chengdu, P.R. China)

Statistical Multiframes Accuracy Methodology For Attendance Marking System
Kuan Heng Lee (Intel Microelectronics Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia), Addicam V Sanjay (Intel Arizona, USA), Ilya Krylov, Sergei Nosov (Intel Corporation, Russia), Mee Lai, Zhan Lee and Chung Chai (Intel Microelectronics Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia)

KI-SIGS: Artificial Intelligence for the Northern German Health Ecosystem
Stefan Fischer, Thomas Martinetz, Martin Leucker (University of Lübeck, Germany), DirkNowotka (University of Kiel, Germany), Christoph Lueth (DFKI, Germany), Frank Steinicke (University of Hamburg, Germany) and Raimund Mildner (UniTransferKlinik, Germany)

Trust in Numbers: An Ethical (and Practical) Standard for Identity-Driven Algorithms
Mike Kiser (Senior Security Strategist and Evangelist at SailPoint Technologies, USA)

12:30 – 13:30 p.m. Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 p.m. Industrial Session, IBM
14:00 – 15:00 p.m. Autonomous Agents

Using Existing Reinforcement Learning Libraries in Multi-Agent Scenarios
Carsten Hahn and Markus Friedrich (LMU Munich, Germany)

Towards a Semantics of Intentional Silence in Omissive Implicature
Alfonso Garcés Báez (INAOE & BUAP, Mexico) and Aurelio López López (INAOE, Mexico)

Uncertainty-Based Out-of-Distribution Detection in Deep Reinforcement Learning
Andreas Sedlmeier, Thomas Gabor, Thomy Phan (LMU Munich, Germany) and Lenz Belzner (MaibornWolff, Germany)

Joint Action Learning for Multi-Agent Cooperation using Recurrent Reinforcement Learning
Jorrit Enzio Posor (University of Augsburg & MaibornWolff, Germany), Lenz Belzner (MaibornWolff, Germany) and Alexander Knapp (Augsburg University, Germany)

15:00 – 15:30 p.m. Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 p.m. Quantum Computing – Accelerating AI

Distance-based classifier on the Quantum Inspire
Robert Wezeman, Niels Neumann and Frank Phillipson (TNO, The Netherlands)

Nash embedding: a road map to realizing quantum hardware
Faisal S Khan (Khalifa University of Science and Technology & Center on Cyber-Physical Systems, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates)

Implementation of a Variational Quantum Circuit for Machine Learning with Compact Data Representation
Nicholas Meinhardt (TNO & ETH Zürich, The Netherlands), Bastiaan Dekker, Niels Neumann (TNO – The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, The Netherlands) and  Frank Phillipson (TNO, The Netherlands)

Quantum Humanities: A First Use Case for Quantum-ML in Media Science
Johanna Barzen and Frank Leymann (Universität Stuttgart, Germany)

Towards Understanding Approximation Complexity on a Quantum Annealer
Irmi Sax (Technical University of Applied Science Regensburg, Germany), Sebastian Feld, Sebastian Zielinski, Thomas Gabor, Claudia Linnhoff-Popien (LMU Munich, Germany) and Wolfgang Maurer (Technical University of Applied Science Regensburg, Siemens AG, Germany)

Our Speakers and Jurors at DIGICON 2019

Again in 2019: Curtain up for our top-class speakers. Both decision-makers from politics and top companies as well as innovators and technology experts share the stage and convince with knowledge and creative approaches.

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André, Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Augsburg University

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André

Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Augsburg University


Elisabeth André is a full professor of Computer Science and Founding Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia at Augsburg University in Germany. She has a long track record in multimodal human-machine interaction, embodied conversational agents, social robotics, affective computing, and social signal processing. Drawing on the concept of computer-based role play with virtual characters, she has promoted a novel form of experience-based learning, for example, to help children and young people cope with bullying at school, develop intercultural sensitivity or master socially challenging situations, such as job interviews. Elisabeth André has served as a General and Program Co-Chair of major international conferences including ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI) or International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). In 2010, Elisabeth André was elected a member of the prestigious Academy of Europe, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and AcademiaNet. To honor her achievements in bringing Artificial Intelligence techniques to HCI, she was awarded a EurAI fellowship (European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence) in 2013. Most recently, she was elected to the CHI Academy, an honorary group of leaders in the field of human-computer interaction. Since 2019, she is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.

Managing Director of Marketing and Vice President of Advertising, Zalando

Dr. Andreas Antrup

Managing Director of Marketing and Vice President of Advertising, Zalando


Dr. Andreas Antrup is Managing Director of Zalando’s 360° marketing unit Zalando Marketing Services (ZMS) with products like Collabary, creative.lab or Consumer Insights. He is also Vice President Advertising at Zalando SE. Before he started at Zalando in 2011, Andreas previously worked in banking and entrepreneurship as well as studying business administration at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Edinburgh (2011).

Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO

Dr. Stephanie Babst

Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO


Dr. Stefanie Babst has been a member of NATO’s International Staff since 1998.  She is currently the Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability for the NATO Secretary General and for the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.  In this capacity, she is responsible for preparing comprehensive assessments on potential upcoming crisis situations in geographical and functional areas of relevance and concern to NATO, as well as on their implications for the Alliance. Prior to joining SAC in 2012, she occupied various posts in NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, including that of NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy.

She began her career in 1991 as Assistant Professor for International Security Policy at the Institute of Political Science/Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, moving on to become Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the Federal Armed Forces Command & General Staff College in Hamburg.

Stefanie is an internationally renowned publisher and speaker of international security issues. She is a member of a number of policy groups and security networks, including Women in International Security (WIIS) and the World Economic Forum. In recognition of her professional achievements, she has received several awards.

Thomas Bönig, CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich

Thomas Bönig

CDO and Head of IT, City of Munich


Thomas Bönig, born on the 08th November 1961 in Stuttgart, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) of Computer Engineering. After studying and working for a mechanical engineering company, he moved to a management consultancy in the cooperative banking sector, where he set up an IT department.

After the spin-off of IT into an independent GmbH, he developed the company into a market leader for call and service centers in the banking environment. In 2008, he moved to an IT subsidiary of VBL and took over the management of the subsidiary and the internal IT department in 2010.

Since March 2018, Thomas Bönig has been head of the newly established IT department of the City of Munich and was appointed CDO shortly afterwards.

Dr.-Ing. Markus Heyn, Geschäftsführer, Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Markus Heyn

Member of the Board of Management, Robert Busch GmbH


Dr. Markus Heyn has been a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH since April 2015. He bears responsibility for mobility solutions sales and marketing worldwide. Dr. Heyn is also responsible for the Automotive Aftermarket and Connected Mobility Solutions divisions, as well as the subsidiaries ETAS GmbH and Bosch Engineering GmbH, which includes the cross-divisional Commercial Vehicle & Off-Road organization. In addition, he bears regional responsibility for North and South America.

Born in Aachen on December 9, 1964, Markus Heyn is married and has four children. He studied at RWTH Aachen University, and also completed a doctorate there in mechanical engineering.

Robert Jacobi, Managing Director, The Nunatak Group

Robert Jacobi

Managing Director, The Nunatak Group


Robert Jacobi is Managing Partner of The Nunatak Group, a digital strategy consultancy based in Munich. He has been in the consulting business for over ten years. After training at the German School of Journalism and studying at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Jacobi began his career as an editor and correspondent at Süddeutsche Zeitung. He later earned a Master’s degree from Harvard University and then moved to Solon Management Consulting, where he advised media companies on digitization at an early stage. At the same time involved he participated in several start-up start-ups and wrote travel books. In 2011 he founded he with his business partner Rupert Schäfer The Nunatak Group, whose customers include from the media, automotive and financial sectors. Topics there are
Transformation of all core areas of large companies, plus M&A support as well as data strategies and the digitalization of marketing and communication.

Hans-Joachim Köppen, Technical Leader, IBM

Hans-Joachim Köppen

Technical Leader, IBM


Hans-Joachim Köppen is technical leader for digitization and modern technologies in IBM and entrepreneur. He is further committed as an ambassador for digital transformation and gives lecturers at a college in Stuttgart. He drives innovation with customers based on IoT, AI, Blockchain to enable and sustain customers economic success.

Hans-Joachim holds leadership position for more than 20 years and worked many years in international assignments. He is experienced to set up and work in networked organizations, he leads agile teams, moderated design thinking workshops and pursues knowledge work. Hans-Joachim is a committed speaker and actively contributes to an initiative for future-proof leadership.

From 2006 to 2015 Hans-Joachim led SW Architects and IT Specialist and delivered many projects to help customers in different industries to improve their business. In 1985 he joined IBM as an electronics engineer in R&D for Financial Systems.

Andreas Kunze, KONUX GmbH, CEO and Co-Founder

Andreas Kunze

CEO and Co-Founder, KONUX


Andreas Kunze is the CEO and Co-Founder of KONUX. He studied Information Systems at TUM and Stanford University. In 2016, Andreas was the youngest CEO to be on the “40 under 40 entrepreneurs“; list by Capital Magazine. In early 2017, he got selected among Forbes‘ “Top 30 under 30 – Europe” and 2018 selected in the MIT Technology Review list of „Top Innovators under 35 Germany“ and became part of the „European Digital Leaders“ of the World Economic Forum.

His industrial AI company KONUX has raised +$50 million with leading Silicon Valley investors such as NEA and Andy Bechtolsheim. They won the national mobility award „Deutscher Mobilitätspreis“ and the German digital award „The Spark“ in 2016 and was selected into the WEF’s prestigious group of „Technology Pioneers“ one year later. They are one of the fastest growing companies in Europe.

Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, Lehrstuhl für Mobile und Verteilte Systeme, LMU München

Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff Popien

Mobile and Distributed Systems Chair, LMU Munich and CEO, Digitale Stadt München e.V.


Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien holds the Mobile and Distributed Systems Chair at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. After her doctorate at the RWTH Aachen, she worked at the Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri, USA, before she was appointed to the LMU in 1998. She is a board member of the Institute of Computer Science, a member of the Munich Circle Research Committee and co-founder of ALOQA GmbH, which was sold to Motorola Mobility in 2010 with one million users – one of the largest exits in the start-up history of German universities. She is also head of the lead project „Mobile Internet Innovation Center“ of the Center for Digitization Bavaria (ZD.B), which is funded by the State of Bavaria. It also provides scientific advice to VIRALITY GmbH. She is author and editor of 14 books and has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and conference contributions. She is a member of 139 program committees of international workshops and conferences organized by IFIP, ACM, IEEE, Gesellschaft für Informatik and other organizations. Furthermore, she is a consultant for several national scientific institutions and has already led numerous research projects of industry and the State of Bavaria to great success.

Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz, Head of Research, Department for Embedded Intelligence, DFKI

Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowizc

Head of the Research Department Embedded Intelligence, DFKI


Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz has been Scientific Director and Head of the Embedded Intelligence Research Unit at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) since 2012 and at the same time holds a chair in the Department of Computer Science at the TU Kaiserslautern. From 2006 to 2012 he was Head of the Chair of Applied Computer Science with a focus on Embedded Systems and Pervasive Computing at the University of Passau and from 2003-2006 he was Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Institute of Computer Engineering and Communication Technology at the Private University of Health Sciences, Medical Computer Science and Technology in Innsbruck. His research focuses mainly on context-specific and portable recognition systems, including pattern recognition, system architectures, models, large self-organizing systems and their applications.

Holger Martens, Managing Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH

Holger Martens

Managing Partner, DOCUBYTE HM GmbH


Holger Martens, born on 11.05.1958 in Frankfurt. After training as a commercial specialist, he worked in various companies as a key account manager in sales. In 2002 he founded the company DIGI-TEXX, which is specialized in data acquisition services. In 2009 the company name was changed to DOCUBYTE. Since then, digitization projects have been carried out for large companies in a wide variety of industries. In 2013 DOCUBYTE received the FAST FIFTY AWARD from Deloitte for place 48 among the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Germany. His vision is to „rid companies of paper“ by implementing document management processes „digitally“ in the future.

Andrea Martin, Leader, IBM Watson IoT Center Munich

Andrea Martin

Leader, IBM Watson IoT Center Munich


Andrea Martin is leader of the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich and is responsible for its scope and market relevance. Before taking over this role in July 2019, she was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM Germany, Austria and Switzerland and President, IBM Academy of Technology. In her role, Andrea Martin uses her experience and global network from more than 25 years in the international services business, which also provides valuable input for her activities as an expert in the Commission for AI of the German Parliament (initiated in September 2018). Andrea Martin has started her career at IBM in 1992 after earning her Master’s degree (diploma) in Applied Mathematics from the University in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Daniel Mattes, Founder of AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.

Daniel Mattes

Entrepreneur and Founder, AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd.


Daniel Mattes is a serial Internet entrepreneur and Founder of AI-42 Market Intelligence Ltd. (42.cx) based in London. Prior to that he founded Jumio, the leading online ID verification platform and Jajah, an IP telephony company that was acquired by Telefonica in 2009. Daniel is an expert in AI and a regular keynote speaker.


Dr. Dieter Nirschl

Managing Director, ADAC


Dr. Dieter Nirschl was born in Landshut and holds a doctorate in law. In ADAC e.V. he is responsible for the management areas of membership, tourism and consumer protection.

Dr. Nirschl has more than 25 years of professional experience in the travel, transport and aviation industries. After successfully completing his studies, Dr. Nirschl initially worked for LTU GmbH in Düsseldorf as head of labour law and human resources. In 2001, he moved to the TUI Group in Hanover, where he held various top management positions until 2016, most recently as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of TUIfly GmbH. He was also a member of the Executive Board of TUI Central Europe. In recent years, Dr Nirschl has worked for the international consulting firm Arthur D. Little. He is married and has two children.

Nina Ruge - Moderation der DIGICON 2019

Nina Ruge



Studied biology and German language and literature for a higher teaching position in Braunschweig; member of the board of students at a grammar school in Wolfsburg. In 1987 she gave up teaching, worked in film productions and at the SFB, from 1988 at RIAS TV in Berlin as an editor and presenter. From 1989 co-presenter on ZDF „heute journal“, from 1994 presenter of the ZDF news programme „heute Nacht“, from 1997 to 2007 presenter of „Leute heute“ and in 2007 the talk show „Alles wird gut“. At the same time various other formats on ZDF and 3sat, also on PHOENIX „Wissenschaftsforum Petersberg“, „Forum Manager“. Various individual projects at ARD. 2007 to 2017 moderation of the talk show „Unter4Augen“ on Bayerischer Fernsehen. Nina Ruge has published 24 books so far. In 2017 she published „Sei du der Leuchtturm deines Lebens. Selbstbestimmt und frei durch innere Führung“.

Nina Ruge’s moderation focuses today on congresses and discussion events in the fields of politics, business and technology.

Jean-Paul Schmetz, Founder and CEO of Cliqz GmbH, Chief Scientist of Hubert Burda Media

Jean-Paul Schmetz

Chief Scientist, Hubert Burda Media and CEO, Cliqz GmbH


Jean-Paul is the Chief Scientist of Hubert Burda Media – a global media company. He is the founder and CEO of Cliqz GmbH. He also serves on different board most notably on the Board of Directors of XING AG – a leading online professional network.

He was the CTO and CEO of Burda Digital from 1996 to 2003. Jean-Paul received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Louvain, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Ralf Schneider - CIO Allianz SE

Dr. Ralf Schneider

CIO, Allianz SE


Dr. Ralf Schneider is Group CIO of Allianz SE and Board Member of Allianz Managed Operations and Services SE. He has been with Allianz for 20 years and is an absolute IT expert who is constantly and innovatively driving digitization in the insurance industry. In 2008, he received the „IT Strategy Award“ from Handelsblatt for his exemplary IT management.

Ralf Schneider studied mathematics and received his doctorate in computer science from Ludwig Maximilian University in 1992. After joining the insurance group, he worked there for two years in sales. This was followed by various positions in the IT business until he was appointed CIO of Allianz Deutschland AG in 2006 and Group CIO of Allianz SE in 2010.


Stephan Schneider

Senior Manager Public Affairs, Vodafone Germany and CEO, Digitale Stadt Düsseldorf e.V.


Stephan Schneider is active in the enterprise segment of Vodafone GmbH and is responsible for business development. The focus here is on the branches of the entire public sector, the health sector, the energy industry, public transport, railways, airports and the media. After studying engineering at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, he worked as a consultant for Hewlett Packard, then at ISIS MultimediaNet GmbH he was responsible for TOC and the solutions business before moving to Vodafone. In addition, he is CEO of the Digitale Stadt Düsseldorf e.V., the leading business network in the IT and media sector with over 260 member companies and is responsible for various projects in the „Smart City“ sector.

Aleksandra Solda-Zaccaro

Aleksandra Solda-Zaccaro

CMCO, Messe München GmbH and Board Member, Digitale Stadt München e.V.


The Munich manager brings with her both corporate and agency experience. She comes from the content marketing agency Territory Content to Results, whose Munich office she founded in 2012 and established as a major player in the field of content marketing. Aleksandra Solda-Zaccaro and her teams have received numerous international awards for international magazines, products and services in digital channels, augmented reality and design (Red Dot Award, Mercury Grand Award, ASTRID Award, GALAXY Grand Award, FOX Award, BCM Best of Content Marketing Award). Prior to this, the business economist held various positions at the international media group Hubert Burda Media. As Corporate Communications Director, she was responsible for the internal and external communications of the company before, as Managing Director of Burda Publishing Center GmbH, she led several service units of Hubert Burda Media through the digital transformation at five locations (Germany, USA, Great Britain, France, Italy). Born in Munich and mother of a 9-year-old daughter, she has been Deputy Chairman of the Board of Initiative Digitale Stadt München e.V. since 2016.

Michal Sztanga, Manager, Future Processing

Michal Sztanga

Managing Director, Future Processing


Michal is in the IT industry for over 12 years. Starting as software engineer, he then took  leadership positions designing, growing and running core business functions, making them ready to handle increased scale of operations and elevating their maturity level in order to improve delivered business outcomes.

Today, Michal manages Future Processing, where he focuses on bring the best out of software technology, keeping in mind that clients‘ business strategy and objectives come first. In his work, Michal bases his ability to deliver results on being attentive to people, as to him it has always proven to be a vital factor of a success.

Benjamin Wimmer, Senior Consultant, Cassini Consulting AG

Benjamin Wimmer

Senior Consultant, Cassini Consultant AG


As Senior Consultant at Cassini Consulting AG, Benjamin Wimmer is also responsible for the Smart City area and in this role advises the public sector as well as trade and the energy industry.
Cassini Consulting currently advises the City of Munich in several areas within the framework of the implementation of its digitalization strategy, such as the digital twin, the innovation area as well as in associated topics such as the promotion of acceptance of new technologies on the part of the citizens. Benjamin Wimmer leads the Smart City working group at the Digital City of Munich.
Dr. Christoph Zindel, Member of the Management Board, Siemens Healthineers

Dr. Christoph Zindel

Member of the Managing Board, Siemens Healthineers


Christoph Zindel, M.D., has been a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens Healthineers since October 2019. As of March 2018, Siemens Healthineers AG (SHL) is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Three months after its stock market debut, Siemens Healthineers entered the technology index TecDAX and in September that year Deutsche Börse also included the company in the mid-cap index MDAX.

Christoph Zindel joined the healthcare business in 1998 as Segment Manager and served in diverse management positions with increasing responsibility within the Magnetic Resonance Business Unit. From 2012 on he served as Senior Vice President of PETNET Solutions based in Knoxville, TN, United States before joining Beckman Coulter to head the Hematology and Urinanalysis Business Unit as Senior Vice President, based in Miami, FL, United States. After he returned to Siemens Healthineers in 2015, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Magnetic Resonance Business Line and became President of the Diagnostic Imaging business in 2018.

Christoph Zindel holds a Doctor of Medicine M.D. (Dr.) from the J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1961.

Our Topics at DIGICON 2019

Our world constantly changes. In addition to megatrends such as urbanization and globalization, digitalization also permeates all areas of our lives. Companies must face up to this change and see digital transformation as an opportunity. Clear strategies, new competencies and innovative technologies are required. Only in this way is it possible to respond to the new demands of customers. But it requires courage to think differently and to embrace change. New digital technologies present users with great challenges, but also open up diverse growth opportunities: companies respond more individually to customers, reaction times are shortened. Autonomous systems and the use of independent algorithms in combination with machine intelligence are revolutionizing work processes, products and services. Face up to this change and learn today how to shape the future!


An autonomous system is a program or machine capable of solving problems independently and without the supervision of a human supervisor. Questions of security and legal consequences play a central role here alongside the technical implementation. In addition, DIGICON also deals with the integration of such new technologies into today’s business environment in order to give an outlook on tomorrow’s work.


Machine Learning is a basic component of artificial intelligence and enables the use of algorithms that have not been explicitly programmed. Instead, statistical and data mining methods are used, which make it possible to learn from information. Especially due to groundbreaking developments in the field of deep learning and the use of neural networks, both complex and intelligent applications such as autonomous driving are now within reach for the first time.


The vision of Reinforcement Learning is the creation of autonomous systems that independently learn to cope with challenging tasks in different areas, for example in the context of Industry 4.0.


Quantum Computing is a completely new approach to calculating results. Effects of quantum mechanics are used to solve certain classes of problems much more efficiently and quickly than with classical computers. Especially the combination of computing-intensive applications of machine learning with the innovative approaches of quantum computing is a relevant and innovative topic in science, which promises undreamt-of potentials in future applications.