Langenburg Forum 2017

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


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The fourth Langenburg Forum is entitled “Transforming Megacities – How Digitisation Can Help Create Sustainable Living Environments for 9bn People“. The Forum took place from June 8th to 9th 2017 in Langenburg, Germany and brought together 120 selected guests from politics, business, academia and civil society. The conference has been 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 highlighted regional expertise concerning the relationship between Stuttgart and the Ländle as a metropolitan area.

Documentation of the Langenburg Forum 2017

Video message from HRH The Prince of Wales




Thursday, 8 June 2017

12:00 Flying Lunch Buffet

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

Opening Speech: Make or break: How our future will be shaped by the city of tomorrow.
Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize

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
Dr. Michael Münter, Head of Strategic Planning and Sustainable Mobility, City of Stuttgart
Moderator – Dr. Melinda Crane, Deutsche Welle

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
Stefan Brandl, CEO, ebm-papst Gruppe
Claus-Peter Hutter, Director Academy for Nature Preservation & Environment Protection of Baden-Württemberg
Cem Özdemir, Federal Chairman of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN and Member of the German Bundestag
Carmen Vogt, Head of GIZ Programme Sustainable Development of Metrop. Regions
Moderator – Dr. Melinda Crane, Deutsche Welle

How can data help to improve transport in megacities? 
Dr. Nikolai Horn, Expert for Fundamental Issues, German Foundation for Privacy and Data Protection
Florian Lennert, Director, Intelligent City, Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), London School of Economics (LSE)
Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Vice-President Traffic and Travel Information, TomTom
Philipp von Schierstaedt, Vice-President & General Manager Radio & Sensors, Infineon Technologies AG

17:45 Ultra-efficiency – How digitization and sustainable development can help to maintain industrial production in urban areas
Helmfried Meinel, General Director, Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg

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

Friday, 9 June 2017

09:00 Coffee

09:30 How cities will decide upon the sustainable development of our world
Prof. Günter Meinert, Programme Manager Policy Advice for Urban Development and Urban Energies, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

10:00 Parallel Workshops

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

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

11:45 Closing Remarks
Philipp Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

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