For this series of events, NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management invites entrepreneurs and managers from small and medium-sized enterprises to speak about challenges such as industry 4.0, 3D printing, and IT security. Speakers from science, industry, and politics provide the ideas and discussion. This networking meeting requires companies and their managers to stay focused on the big picture when facing disruptive changes in order to recognize and seize opportunities. The goal is to have an inspiring dialog regarding the keynote presentation on best practices for success between the speaker and participants alike. The Hamburg Economic Dialogue takes place once every quarter.


3D Printing - how New Technologies change entire Industries 

Most Economists agree: 3D printing will be the next big thing. Currently the technology is still expensive and complex. But in the next twelve years the market volume of this technology could increase tenfold, predicts a study by Strategy&, the strategy consulting firm of PwC. According to this study, the global market for 3D printing products in industry will grow by an average of between 13 and 23 percent per year to a market volume of 22.6 billion euros by 2030.

No wonder: the method, in which lasers melt metal and plastic powders and form new products from them, can be used in many different ways. Whether accelerator pedals for Formula 1 racing cars, drilling heads for oil platforms, prostheses or entire spinal columns - the range of applications is endless. This is precisely why 3D printing offers countless possibilities and at the same time represents a competition for many manufacturing companies.

Experts will be discussing the topic of 3D printing and the enormous effects that new technologies can have on entire industries at the next Hamburg Economic Dialog on April 16,2018 at 6 p. m.. We cordially invite you to bring your perspectives and questions to the round table.


Prof.Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann

Director of Fraunhofer IAPT

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Claus Emmelmann has more than 30 years of research and teaching experience as an author of more than 500 national and international publications.
With his appointment as a university professor at the Hamburg University of Technology, he founded the Institute for Laser and System Technology in 2001 and initiated the foundation of LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH in 2009. As a pioneering scientist for the industrial transfer of 3D printing technology, he has received numerous prizes in scientific and industrial associations.


Peter Pirklbauer

Innovation Cell Manager at Airbus

Peter Pirklbauer has been a manager in the Emerging Technologies & Concepts division since 2012, helping to shape the future of travel at Airbus. His mission is to address and develop disruptive technologies, processes and business models for future product and service generations.
He previously studied innovation and product management and product design engineering in Austria and Groningen. In 2009, he moved to Böblingen and worked in the innovation workshop of Daimler AG.

Moritz Avenarius

Innovation Consultant „Zukunftslotse“

Moritz Avenarius is an independent systemic innovation consultant for analog change processes into the digital future.
His main focus is the conception, planning, and moderation of workshops and large group events with a high degree of interaction and self-responsible action of the participants. Since 2008, he has been organizing and moderating design thinking and LEGO SERIOUS PLAY workshops as well as BarCamps, future workshops, and world cafés.

5th Hamburg Economic Dialog on April 16, 2018

Fraunhofer IAPT
Am Schleusengraben 14

The Event language is German. 

Verena Fritzsche, CEO of NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management gGmbH, will lead the evening.

4.30 pm – behind-the-scenes tour at Frauenhofer IAPT (optional, please note in the comment field when registering)

5:45 p.m. Admission to the discussion
6:00 p.m. Welcome by the hosts
6:10 p.m. Impulse Lecture Prof. Dr.-Ing. Emmelmann: 3D Printing - Change for the Industrial Future
6:30 p.m. Discussion 
8:00 p.m. Closing & Networking

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  • Work 4.0 - Humans or Machines? (January 26, 2017)
  • Hamburg – Capital of Digitization? (April 27, 2017)
  • Digital Leadership – Chances, Visions and Everyday Life (September 28, 2017)
  • 4th Hamburg Economic Dialog "The Magic of Start-ups" on 29 January 2018 at 7 pm
  • 3D Printing - how New Technologies change entire Industries (April 2018)



The magic of start-ups - why companies scrape for founders

At the end of January, representatives from industry and science met to discuss the start-up trend at the fourth Hamburg Economic Dialog. More specifically, the topic was "The magic of start-ups - why companies scrape for founders" about individual departments of a company that work fast, agile and "start-up-like" on new products.

Jens Uehlecke, Managing Director at the Greenhouse Innovation Lab and Jonas Thiemann, Managing Director of AppLike, gave a first-hand account of how it feels to work in such a department. Nele Schön, head of the management development and training team at Gruner + Jahr, explained why the publishing house founded the Green Innovation Lab. Prof. Christian Lüthje explained with academic background knowledge when this strategy was successful. The evening was led by Verena Fritzsche, Managing Director of NIT.

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Digital Leadership - Opportunities, Visions and Everyday Life

In cooperation with DIVSI Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet. Hosted by Bucerius Law School.
Everything is becoming digital and put into the network. The influence of the digitization increases and affects our everyday life, both professionally and personally. How shall we handle this challenge in our work environment? Do these new processes have an impact on the leading culture of top managers in Germany?

What is the right way to get all stakeholder, including the chairmen, on board? And: What are the differences between the leading culture in a traditional company in contrast to a start-up? We will answer these and other questions during the 3rd Hamburg Economic Dialog.

Teilnehmer des 3. Hamburger Wirtschaftsdialogs


Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or burden?

“Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or Liability?” was 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 will society develop if work is to be considered differently? SMB entrepreneurs and executives from Hamburg discussed these topics with startups and politicians.

Christian Günner, head of the customer service and systems development at Hamburg Wasser, revealed in a keynote speech what potential a big infrastructure company can offer to a digital city. Daniel Rebhorn, a managing partner of e-commerce service provider diconium Group, looked at Hamburg’s potential using various perspectives and case studies.

Einblicke in den Hamburger Wirtschaftsdialog

Graphic Recording of the Second Hamburg Economic Dialog

This graphic recording was made by the graphic recorder Anna Stania during the Second Hamburg Economic Dialog. More infomation about live visualization of events and conferences at


Work 4.0–Human or Machine?

NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management presented the first Hamburg Economic Dialog on January 26, 2017 at 6.00 pm. Entrepreneurs and managers from Hamburg's SME sector came together at NIT to jointly discuss the challenges of digitization. The theme of the first event was: Work 4.0 - Humans or Machines?

Two short keynote speeches given by NIT CEO Verena Fritzsche and by Kristina Lohse-Thiele, Head of Customers and Process Development at Hamburg Wasser, were followed by an open panel discussion with representatives of business, science, politics and start-ups. On the panel: Verena Fritzsche (CEO NIT), Kristina Lohse-Thiele, Carmen Möller (Grüne Fraktion Hamburg-Nord), Tobias Hagenau (Startup HQ Labs).



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