Langenburg Forum 2017

Transforming Megacities – How Digitisation Can Help Create Sustainable Living Environments for 9bn People

The fourth Langenburg Forum is entitled “Transforming Megacities – How Digitisation Can Help Create Sustainable Living Environments for 9bn People“. The Forum will take place from June 8th to 9th 2017 in Langenburg, Germany and will bring together approximately 120 selected guests from politics, business, academia and civil society. The conference will be kicked-off with a keynote speech held by our guest of honor, Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The focal point of 2017 is the role digital technologies play in innovating the areas of transportation and urban planning. A special panel will highlight regional expertise concerning the relationship between Stuttgart and the Ländle as a metropolitan area.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

12:00 Flying Lunch Buffet

13:00 Welcome remarks
Video Message from HRH The Prince of Wales (confirmed)
Philipp Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (confirmed)
Joschka Fischer, Managing Partner Joschka Fischer & Company; former Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany (confirmed)

Opening Speech: What kind of world will we leave for our grandchildren? How cities will shape and will be shaped by urban societies!
Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize (confirmed)

14:00 Rapidly growing urban spaces: How governments can employ digital technologies to shape social cohesion and reduce environmental impacts
Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director of Intelligence, Greater London Authority
Pierfrancesco Maran, Deputy Mayor City Planning, City of Milan (confirmed)
Dr. Michael Münter, Head of Strategic Planning and Sustainable Mobility, City of Stuttgart (confirmed)
Moderator – Dr. Melinda Crane, Deutsche Welle (confirmed)

15:30 Coffee-break

16:15 Parallel Workshops 

How do Stuttgart and the Ländle depend on each other – economically and regarding liveability? (in German language)
Gerhard Bauer, District Administrator, Landratsamt Schwäbisch-Hall (confirmed)
Stefan Brandl, CEO, ebm-papst Gruppe (confirmed)
Claus-Peter Hutter, Director Academy for Nature Preservation & Environment Protection of Baden-Württemberg (confirmed)
Cem Özdemir, Federal Chairman of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN and Member of the German Bundestag (confirmed)
Carmen Vogt, Head of GIZ Programme Sustainable Development of Metrop. Regions (confirmed)
Moderator – Dr. Melinda Crane, Deutsche Welle (confirmed)

How can data help to improve transport in megacities? 
Dr. Nikolai Horn, Expert for Fundamental Issues, German Foundation for Privacy and Data Protection (confirmed)
Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Vice-President Traffic and Travel Information, TomTom (confirmed)
Philipp von Schierstaedt, Vice-President & General Manager Radio & Sensors, Infineon Technologies AG (confirmed)
Dr. Despina Spanou, Director Consumers, DG Justice and Consumers at the European Commission
Moderator – Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (confirmed) 

17:45 Summing Up: Is digitization the main driver for a sustainable development of mega cities or are other trends more decisive?
Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former German Federal Minister for the Environment and former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

18:30 Reception and Networking

19:00 Hohenlohe Dinner
Dinner Speech: Nick Leake, Counsellor and Head of the EU & Economic Section at the British Embassy Berlin (confirmed)

Friday, 9 June 2017

09:00 Coffee

09:30 How cities will decide upon the sustainable development of our world
Dr. Ingolf Dietrich, Commissioner 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development/SDGs, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (confirmed)

10:00 Parallel Workshops

How can big data help to support smart urban planning?
Prof. Steffen Lehmann, University of Portsmouth, UK (confirmed) 
Martin Powell
, Head of Urban Development, Siemens AG
Katherina Reiche, Chief Executive Officer, Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU – German Association of Local Utilities) (confirmed)
Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch, Director, HPC Center Stuttgart (HLRS) (confirmed) 
Dr. Markus Schlaepfer
, Principal Investigator, ETH Zurich/Future Cities Laboratory (confirmed)
Volker Tripp, Political Director, Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. (confirmed)
Moderator – Dr. Melinda Crane (confirmed) 

How will digitalized services drive integration of businesses in megacities?
Alex Diehl, Strategist Digital Disruption and Founder, KKLD*
Gregor Gerlach, 
Managing Director, Seaside Hotels (confirmed)
Wolfgang Gründinger
Expert for Digital Transformation, Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft e.V. (confirmed)
Prof. Vili Lehdonvirta, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford (confirmed)
Alexander Schwarz, General Manager DACH, Airbnb (confirmed)
Moderator – Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (confirmed)

11:45 Closing Remarks
Philipp Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (confirmed)

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