Topic: Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or burden?
What does the digitization of a major city like Hamburg require? Smart traffic light systems, online registration for official appointments, and a WLAN connection on public transportation are one aspect. Others are much more than the mere technical infrastructure. They include competences, education, and the fundamental mindset of the general public. Digital transformation requires a change of attitude and viewpoint.
In Hamburg the state authorities aim to establish “a climate of innovation that promotes the development of modern digital applications and facilitates networking between the enterprises and institutions involved” – as stated in the coalition agreement that the SPD and the Greens signed in 2015. The Digital City control center, set up nearly two years ago, is intended to support the process.
“Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or Liability?” is the subject of the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management’s Second Hamburg Economic Dialog. Where do we stand on the climate of innovation? What can be done politically to promote it? How is society to develop if work is to be considered differently? SMB entrepreneurs and executives from Hamburg will discuss these topics with startups and politicians. Christian Günner, head of customer service and systems development at Hamburg Wasser, will reveal in a keynote speech what potential a big infrastructure supplayer offer a digital city. Daniel Rebhorn, managing partner of e-commerce service provider diconium Group, looks at Hamburg’s potential from further afield. Moderator of the dialog is Sven Enger, a digital expert and head of the NIT’s Digital Think Tank.
Once every quarter NIT invites entrepreneurs and managers from small and medium-sized enterprises to speak about challenges such as industry 4.0, 3D printing and IT security. Ideas are provided by speakers from science, industry and politics. The aim is an inspiring dialogue on the current topics between guests and participants of the panel. The Second Hamburg Economic Dialog offers ample scope for networking. Registration is obligatory. This second event of the Hamburg Economic Dialog series is partly funded by Hamburg Wasser.