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Thought Leaders Forum: April 27th


Our stage program at Hannover Messe

Digitalization is fundamentally reshaping business models. It is also responsible for the transformation of our lives, industries, and their manufacturing processes. We discussed what exactly that means at the fair and we presented the latest trends and solutions, new technologies and innovations – discover the value of the Digital Enterprise! More than 20 agenda items each day awaited visitors in our Thought Leaders Forum, with exciting topics chosen by our experts along with new perspectives in the daily panel discussions.

Theme of the day: Innovation and next47

Innovation was the central topic on Thursday. In his presentation, writer and Internet businessman Dr. Jens-Uwe Meyer showed how changes in the digital world are impacting markets and companies. Further presentations by next47 focused on the innovative strength of startups and their involvement with larger companies, and the financing of innovative technologies and digital business models.   

Specialist presentations on digitalization and other current business topics, including Industrial IT Security, SIVACON goes Digital, Electrification meets Automation and Blockchain, rounded out the day’s program. 

All presentations in the livestream
Livestream on YouTube

Event schedule: Thursday, April 27th

Presentations at our booth

We held various presentations and expert talks at Hannover Messe 2017, and every day had its own theme. Selected events in our Thought Leaders Forum were shared via livestream.

09:45 - 10:00 | Corporate Technology – The global Siemens R&D department

Language: English

Presenter: Dr. Michael May, Head of Technology Field Business Analytics and Monitoring, Siemens Corporate Technology

10:00 - 10:15 | Why next47? Main tasks and strategic fit into Siemens

Language: English

Presenter: Dr. Ralf Schnell, Partner next47

10:15 - 10:45 | Panel discussion: next47 as a catalyst towards startups

Language: German

Participants: Dr. Ralf Schnell, Partner next47 & Brian Parsonnet, CTO and Co-Founder SEEQ Corporation

Moderation: Magnus zu Wied, Communications next47

10:45 - 11:00 | Driving the Digital Enterprise for discrete industries

The Digital Enterprise Suite offers integrated software and hardware solutions to seamlessly integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. The result of  this is a perfect digital copy of the value chain – the digital twin.


Language: English

Presenter: Magnus Edholm, Head of Marketing Digital Enterprise for discrete industries


Topics: Digitalization, Discrete Industries, Machine Building

11:00 - 11:30 | Digital Disruption – How the next evolutionary stage of the internet changes markets and companies

Digital transformation is slowly but surely entering it’s next evolutionary stage: Digital disruption. The logic behind current markets and business models is changing radically. In this keynote you will learn about the key principles of disruption.


Language: English

Presenter: Dr. Jens-Uwe Meyer, Autor “Digitale Disruption” und Internet-Unternehmer

11:30 - 12:15 | Panel discussion: Finanzierung von innovativen Technologien und digitalen Geschäftsmodellen

Language: German


  • Dr. Jens-Uwe Meyer, Autor und Internet-Unternehmer
  • Horst Fittler, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Bundesverbandes Deutscher Leasing-Unternehmen, Berlin
  • Peter Welp, Experte für Digitalisierung und Senior Manager Captive Development, Siemens Financial Services in Deutschland
  • Dr. Ralf Schnell, Partner next47


Moderation: Horst Dernai, Siemens Financial Services, Strategic Development, Head of Marketing Solutions 

12:15 - 12:30 | Additive manufacturing reshapes everything

Language: English

Presenter: Aaron Frankel, Senior Director Marketing of Manufacturing Engineering Software


Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Machine Building

12:30 - 12:45 | Towards industrial machine intelligence

Language: English

Presenter: Dr. Michael May, Head of Technology Field Business Analytics and Monitoring, Siemens Corporate Technology


Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Digitalization

12:45 - 13:00 | Digital Tool Chain for electrical engineering

Language: English

Presenter: Gerhard Flierl, Head of Integrated Control Panel


Topics: Energy for Industry, Machine Building

13:00 - 13:15 | TechStars Partnership to incubate ideas of Siemens Employees: Foster ownership culture and entrepreneurship in Siemens

Language: English

Presenter: Heiko Huber, Program Manager for Techstars partnership, Principal next47

13:15 - 13:30 | Digitalize your engineering with TIA Portal Openness

Language: German

Presenter: Marcel Roske, Marketing Manager SIMATIC HMI & Oliver Narr, Marketing Manager Industrial Security


Topics: Discrete Industries, Food and Beverage, Machine Building

13:30 - 13:45| Industrial IT Security – Cybersecurity in the context of Industrie 4.0 and digitalization

Language: English

Presenter: Dr. Rolf Reinema, Head of Technology Field IT-Security, Siemens Corporate Technology

13:45 - 14:00 | Electrification meets Automation

Electrical power distribution in interaction with industry automation – for more productivity, energy transparency and efficiency in production processes.


Language: English

Presenter: Helmut Ketterer, Head of Business Development Energy Management & Edwin Shirzad, Industrial Energy Management Specialist


Topics: Energy for Industry, Machine Building, MindSphere

14:00 - 14:15 | SIVACON goes digital

Besides a high level of safety and flexibility, the SIVACON S8 switchboard and the SIVACON 8PS busbar trunking systems support, with e.g. BIM data and SIMARIS planning tools or the SIMARIS control diagnostics station, the digitalization process.


Language: English

Presenter: Johann Braid, Product Manager & Pierre Wohlgemuth, Product Manager


Topics: Energy for Industry, Machine Building

14:15 - 14:30 | Blockchain: Application scenarios and security

This presentation gives an overview about Blockchain application scenarios, which can be divided into Digital Registry, Crypto-currency, Smart contracts. Building blocks of Blockchain based systems are investigated with respect to their security and trust properties.


Language: English

Presenter: Dr. Uwe Blöcher, Senior Principal IT-Security

14:30 - 14:45 | Additive manufacturing reshapes everything

Reimagine products. Retool manufacturing – Rethink business


Language: German

Presenter: Dr. Karsten Heuser, Head of Additive Manufacturing


Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Machine Building

14:45 - 15:00 | Mehr Produktivität und Effizienz in der Prozessindustrie mit Digitalisierung

Kürzere Engineering Zeiten, reibungslose Inbetriebnahme und effizientere Durchführung von Wartungsarbeiten mit Digitalisierung. Erleben Sie unser durchgängiges Portfolio für den ganzen Lebenszyklus Ihrer Anlage.


Language: German

Presenter: Petra Geiss, Marketing Manager Digitalization & Maria Mülbaier, Marketing Manager Water & Wastewater


Topics: Digitalization, Process Industry

15:00 - 15:15 | SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0 – Room for new perspectives in Process Automation

Language: English

Presenter: Manuel Keldenich, Portfolio Marketing Manager Automation & Engineering


Topics: Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

15:15 - 15:30 | Digitalize your engineering with TIA Portal Openness

Language: English

Presenter: Annemarie Lötzsch, Marketing Manager STEP 7 & Virtual Commissioning & Oliver Narr, Marketing Manager Industrial Security


Topics: Discrete Industries, Food and Beverage, Machine Building

15:30 - 15:45 | Digitalization of drive systems

This presentation will describe, which answers our drive system have in the digital world.


Language: English

Presenter: Thomas Kühnrich, Promotion Manager


Topics: Discrete Industries, Machine Building, Process Industry

15:45 - 16:00 | Indoor Positioning: an innovative business idea

Innovation Management in practice: from the idea to realization of a new business idea.


Language: English

Presenter: Oliver Zechlin,  Innovation Analyst, Siemens Building Technologies

16:00 - 16:15 | Energy systems 2.0

Energy Systems are undergoing drastic changes. The presentation will discuss the share of renewables in an energy system that give rise to new technologies needed to compensate the fluctuating generation and maintain high security of supply.


Language: English

Presenter: Dr. Stefan Nießen, Head of Technology Field Energy Systems, Siemens Corporate Technology


Topics: Digitalization, Energy for Industry

16:15 - 16:30 | COMOS and Bentley OpenPlant: An innovative plant engineering approach for modernization and retrofits

Language: English

Presenter: Mareike Blettner, Head of Marketing Automation and Engineering


Topics: Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

16:30 - 16:45 | Boost productivity and efficiency in process industries with digitalization

Realize shorter engineering time, fast and smooth commissioning  and ensure more efficiency in maintenance with digitalization. Experience our seamless portfolio through the entire lifecycle of your plant


Language: English

Presenter: Petra Geiss, Marketing Manager Digitalization & Maria Muelbaier, Marketing Manager Water & Wastewater


Topics: Digitalization, Process Industry

16:45 - 17:00 | The evolution of integrated engineering: SIMATIC PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator

Language: English

Presenter: Thomas Bell, Product Manager


Topics: Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

17:00 - 17:15 | Digitalization initiatives in the pharmaceutical industry

Language: English

Presenter: Andrew Whytock, Global Account Development, Pharma


Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry, Process Industry

17:15 - 17:30 | Digitalization ensures more flexibility for the dairy industry

Language: English

Presenter: Rajarshi Shome Account Developer Dairy & Andreas Zintel, Portfolio Manager Food & Beverage


Topics: Discrete Industries, Food and Beverage, Machine Building, Process Industry

17:30 - 17:45 | MindSphere – The cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens

Language: English

Presenter: Sebastian Wolf, Marketing Manager MindSphere & Matthias Lutz, Business Development MindSphere


Topics: Digitalization, MindSphere


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