All done! After more than 80 exciting sessions and endless hours of networking and inspiring discussions the Industry of Things World 2016 ended yesterday afternoon. Like on the first conference day we experienced plenty of informative presentations and case studies by executives from different industries that are all facing similar challenges whilst driving the 4th Industrial Revolution. Let’s have a look at the highlights provided by our attendees on Day 2.
For the early bird.
The morning keynote held by Frithjof Netzer from BASF was a must-attend event for all attendees seeking to unlock the full potential of Industrie 4.0. Frithjof set out his plans for systematically merging digital technologies with value chain components and introduced augmented reality as the technology to make operations faster and safer at the same time.
The whole morning was packed with keynotes from our partners such as Wind River, Teradata and GE Power. Latter particularly challenged their audience to look beyond the borders of their everyday business during the presentation from their Chief Digital Officer Ganesh Bell. He presented the Digital Twin to show how digital solutions can turn data into insights that drive relevant outcomes in the face of volatile fuel prices, environmental pressures, and increasing demand for sustainable, reliable power.
After a morning refreshment and the first networking break the congress took a more interactive direction with the start of the first World Café Sessions. The delegates split up in more than 20 interactively moderated discussion rounds where they got the chance to address, debate and discover areas common issues, challenges but also their solutions. The World Café topics reached from innovation acceleration strategies and smart device security to IoT data analytics, IoT value creation and business model innovations in the context of industrial internet.
From startups to plenaries.
Before, during and after the World Cafés conferences attendees had also the chance to visit the Startup Lounge where the top 15 startups active in the IIoT field showcased their services, products and innovations. Our partner and startup accelerator AtomLeap guided the participants through an exciting program with pitching and networking sessions to uncover how the startups and their new ideas can make a difference in the different industries.
In the afternoon the Industry of Things World 2016 slowly turned into the home stretch with two last presentations from Jörg Diederichs, Huawei Technologies Europe and Rolf Riemenschneider from the European Commission. While Mr Diederichs went into new ICT Technologies like loT and Cloud Enable Enterprise Digitalization in Huawei’s practice, Rolf Riemenschneider offered a European wide perspective of the stage of Industrial IoT.
At 5 PM the conference came to a climax with a plenary panel on IoT’s Impact on the EU Digital Single Market. The panel’s participants were:
Head of Sector Focus Area IoT, European Commission
Dr. Lina Huertas
Technology Manager, Manufacturing Technology Centre
General Secretary, Plattform Industrie 4.0
Head of Government Relations, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The discussion was moderated by our congress chairwoman Dr Melinda Crane who afterwards briefly wrapped up these 2 exciting days and released the attendees to enjoy a well-earned rest. At this point the Industry of Things World team bows out with a warm thank you to all our guests and people who made this event possible.