ZEIT meets Austin

For the third time, ZEIT ONLINE and Convent are inviting professionals from around the world to join us for an enlightening weekend on digital transformation in Austin, Texas, from 8 to 9 March.

On the opening weekend of SxSW, we are offering two sessions: “Talk & Tacos” on Friday night, 8 March, with Markus Beckedahl, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of netzpolitik.org; and an Executive Talk on Saturday, 9 March, on “The Rise of Platform Business Models: Can Europe Compete?” in cooperation with the “German Haus”, featuring speakers such as Dr. Markus Pertlwieser, Chief Digital Officer, Private & Commercial Bank of Deutsche Bank AG, and Geoffrey Parker, a professor at Dartmouth College. We are also looking forward to a discussion with Dorothee Bär, MP, Minister of State for Digitization at the Federal Chancellery, about the digital future of Germany.

Come join us in Austin and get connected to the future!

Speakers

Dorothee Bär, MP

Dorothee Bär, MP

Minister of State for Digitization, Federal Chancellery of Germany

Markus Beckedahl

Markus Beckedahl

Markus Beckedahl

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, netzpolitik.org

Markus Beckedahl is the founder and chief-editor of netzpolitik.org, german’s most-influential political blog covering everything on digital policy and digital rights. He is the co-founder of the re:publica, europe’s leading conference on internet & society and a co-founder and partner of newthinking, an agency working on open source strategies.

Between 2010-2013 Markus Beckedahl was a member of the inquiery commitee on internet and digital society by the Deutsche Bundestag. Since 2010 he is a board-member of the state media authority Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg. He is author and publisher of several books regarding topics of internet and society.

Sebastian Horn

Sebastian Horn

Sebastian Horn

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, ZEIT ONLINE

Sebastian Horn is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at ZEIT ONLINE, one of Germany’s leading quality news sites. He previously launched ze.tt, a new online news outlet for young audiences, and worked as Head of Business Development for Berlin- and Prague-based software start-up Sourcefabric.

Prof. Geoffrey Parker

Prof. Geoffrey Parker

Prof. Geoffrey Parker

Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Geoffrey Parker is a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College where he also serves as Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program. In addition, he is a research fellow at MIT’s Initiative for the Digital Economy where he leads platform industry research studies and co-chairs the annual MIT Platform Strategy Summit. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton and M.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. Parker has made significant contributions to the field of network economics and strategy as co-developer of the theory of “two-sided” markets. He is co-author of the book “Platform Revolution.” His current research includes studies of platform business strategy, data governance, distributed energy resource integration, and electronic healthcare record systems. Parker’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the states of Louisiana and New York, and numerous corporations.  He serves or has served as department editor and associate editor at multiple journals and as a National Science Foundation panelist. Parker is a frequent keynote speaker and advises senior leaders on their organizations’ platform strategies. Before attending MIT, he held positions in engineering and finance at GE.

Markus Pertlwieser

Dr. Markus Pertlwieser

Dr. Markus Pertlwieser

Chief Digital Officer, Private & Commercial Bank, Deutsche Bank AG

Member of the Management Board of DB Privat- und Firmenkundenbank AG (DB PFK AG), Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the Private & Commercial Bank (PCB) corporate division and member of the PCB Executive Committee. After graduating in industrial engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in 2000, he obtained his doctorate at the University of Kassel in 2004. From 2001 until 2008 he worked for the management consultants McKinsey in the Financials and Services segment. Since 2008, Pertlwieser has held a variety of management positions at Deutsche Bank. These include Head of Sales and Customer Service, Chief Operating Officer for the Private and Commercial Clients business as well as Head of Direct Channels and the Brokerage business. He has been CDO since the end of 2015: He is responsible for the global digital strategy of PCB, the digital transformation of core business model and Digital Ventures to retain existing clients and attract new client groups (e.g. digital platform offerings). In addition to his duties as CDO he is also Chairman of the meeting of shareholders of Verimi, the across-industry Identity- and Payment-Platform.

Jochen Wegner

Jochen Wegner

Jochen Wegner

Editor-in-Chief, ZEIT ONLINE; Member of the Editorial Board, ZEIT Publishing Group

Jochen is Editor-in-chief of ZEIT ONLINE, Germany’s most popular premium news site, and editorial board member of DIE ZEIT, Germany’s most widely read weekly newspaper.

He is the recipient of several awards, including Germany’s most prestigious honor, the Grimme Online Award. He has also been named the German Editor-in-Chief of the Year and Digital Leader in Gold in addition to receiving the Scoop Award for excellence in digital journalism.

Foto: Meiko Herrmann/ZEIT ONLINE

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Kevin Ashton

Kevin Ashton

Kevin Ashton

Co-Founder & CEO, Zensi; Inventor of the “Internet of Things”

Kevin Ashton is a visionary technologist and an expert in digital transformation. He coined the term “the Internet of Things.” The European Commission, the Chinese government, and the US National Intelligence
Council all describe the Internet of Things as one of the major technologies of the 21st Century. In in 2013, the term was added to the Oxford Dictionaries. Kevin Ashton is the author of the How To Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, which was described by the Toronto Post as “the last book about creativity you’ll ever need to read,” and named 2015 Business Book of the Year by 800-CEO-READ. His writing about innovation and technology has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, and Quartz. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and took it from a converted broom closet to a global organization with six labs around the world, 103 corporate sponsors, and over a hundred researchers. And he has led three highly successful tech start-ups, most recently Zensi, which he co-founded and sold to
Belkin in 2010. As a result, Kevin has a unique, real-world perspective on what it takes to build organizations that are innovative and how to be an innovator in organizations that aren’t. He has been called “the father of the Internet of Things” by Newsweek; “a modern-day Johnny Appleseed” by Wired and “a man who will change the world” by RFID Journal. He makes the complicated clear and simple using compelling, engaging true stories and case studies; always makes his audience laugh; and is always willing to tailor his lively, practical lectures to the specific needs of his audience.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Businessman, investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks

Since the age of 12, Mark has been a natural businessman. Selling garbage bags door to door, the seed was planted early on for what would eventually become long-term success. After graduating from Indiana University – where he briefly owned the most popular bar in town – Mark moved to Dallas. After a dispute with an employer who wanted him to clean instead of closing an important sale, Mark created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service. He went on to later sell MicroSolutions in 1990 to CompuServe.

In 1995, Mark and long-time friend Todd Wagner came up with an internet based solution to not being able to listen to Hoosiers Basketball games out in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com – streaming audio over the internet. In just four short years, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars.

Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he has overseen the Mavs competing in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2006 – and becoming NBA World Champions in 2011. They are currently listed as one of Forbes’ most valuable franchises in sports.

In addition to the Mavs, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC’s “Sharks” on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. He lives in Dallas with wife Tiffany, daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and son Jake.

Babak Hodjat

Babak Hodjat

Babak Hodjat

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sentient Technologies Holdings Limited

Babak Hodjat is a Co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Sentient. A serial entrepreneur, Babak has started numerous Silicon Valley companies as main inventor and technologist.
Prior to co-founding Sentient, he was senior director of engineering at Sybase iAnywhere, where he led mobile solutions engineering. Babak was also a co-founder, CTO and board member of Dejima Inc., which was acquired by Sybase in April 2004. He is the primary inventor of Dejima’s patented, agent-oriented technology applied to intelligent interfaces for mobile and enterprise computing – the technology behind Apple’s Siri.
Babak is a published scholar in various fields, including Artificial Life, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence. He has 31 granted or pending patents to his name and holds a PhD in Machine Intelligence from Kyushu University, in Fukuoka, Japan.

Charles Ortiz

Dr. Charlie Ortiz

Dr. Charlie Ortiz

Director Laboratory for AI and Natural Language Processing, Nuance

Charles Ortiz is Director of the AI and Reasoning Group at the Nuance Natural Language and AI Laboratory in Sunnyvale, CA.
Prior to joining Nuance, Charlie Ortiz was the director of research in collaborative multi-agent systems at the AI Center at SRI International. His research interests and contributions are in multiagent systems (collaborative dialog-structured assistants, collaborative work environments, negotiation protocols, and logic-based BDI theories), knowledge representation and reasoning (causation, counterfactuals, and commonsense reasoning), and robotics (cognitive robotics, team-based robotics, and dialog-based human-robot interaction). He has approximately 20 years of technical leadership and management experience in leading major projects and setting strategic directions. He holds an S.B. in Physics from MIT, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wilko Stark

Wilko Stark

Wilko Stark

Leiter Strategie, Daimler und Mercedes-Benz Cars & CASE

Wilko Stark leitet seit 2013 die Daimler und Mercedes-Benz Cars Strategie und verantwortet seit Mitte 2017 ebenfalls den Bereich CASE in der Daimler AG. CASE steht für die die vier Trends Connectivity, Autonomes Fahren, Shared & Services und Elektromobilität, die die Automobilindustrie fundamental verändern werden. Starks Aufgabe ist es, das Kerngeschäft von Mercedes-Benz Cars mit einem herausragenden Produkt- und Technologieportfolio weiter profitabel und wettbewerbsfähig aufzustellen sowie die einzelnen C.A.S.E.-Themen und deren intelligente Verknüpfung hin zu neuen innovativen, kundenorientierten Geschäftsmodellen voranzutreiben. Zur Schaffung einer durchgängigen Strategie und Implementierung verantwortet Stark, im Rahmen der Mercedes-Benz Cars Strategie, die Planung, Entwicklung und Produktion von Elektrofahrzeugen und steuert die Verzahnung der CASE-Themen.
Seine berufliche Karriere startete er bei dem Beratungsunternehmen Boston Consulting Group, in welchem er 8 Jahre für die Automobilbranche tätig war. 2007 wechselte er zur Volkswagen AG, wo er als Leiter Produktstrategie VW Konzern und VW Pkw und als Leiter Produkte für eine Marke der Volkswagen AG tätig war. 2012 wechselte Wilko Stark zur Daimler AG. Hier war er vor seiner jetzigen Aufgabe verantwortlich für das Thema Produkte & Module Daimler Trucks.

Chris Valasek

Chris Valasek

Chris Valasek

Security Lead, Uber Advanced Technologies Center

Chris Valasek, Leiter der Sicherheitsabteilung des Uber Advanced Technologies Center und bekannter Autohacker zu guten Zwecken, ist seit vielen Jahren im Bereich Fahrzeugsicherheit tätig. Er hat sich auf offensive Forschungsstrategien mit einem Schwerpunkt auf Nachkonstruktion (Reverse Engineering) und kommerzielle Auswertung spezialisiert. Sein wohl größter Coup bestand darin, einen fahrenden Jeep Cherokee des Baujahrs 2014 aus mehr als 16 Kilometern Entfernung zu manipulieren, und gemeinsam mit seinem Forschungskollegen Charlie Miller die Kontrolle über das Fahrzeug zu übernehmen. Valasek hat sich in der Autobranche dadurch einen Namen gemacht, dass er schwerwiegende Sicherheitslücken von Automobilen aufgedeckt hat. Seine Erkenntnisse haben zum Beispiel dazu geführt, dass Fiat Chrysler 1,4 Millionen Fahrzeuge zurückgerufen hat. Valasek ist einer der ersten Forscher, die sich eingehend mit dem Thema Fahrzeugsicherheit auseinandergesetzt haben, und seine Materialsammlung zu der Frage, wie man Fahrzeuge manipulieren kann, deren Steuerung auf der Netzwerktechnologie CAN (Controller Area Network) basiert, ist auf weltweites Medieninteresse gestoßen.
Valaseks Hacking-Aktion des Jeep Cherokee hat Uber dazu veranlasst, ihn zum Security Lead (Leiter der Sicherheitsabteilung) ihres Advanced Technologies Center zu machen. Für seine Verdienste um die Automobilindustrie wurde Valasek in LinkedIns Next Wave-List aufgenommen. Darin sind 150 Top-Experten im Alter von unter 36 Jahren vertreten, die verschiedene
Branchen nachhaltig geprägt haben.

Jochen Wegner

Jochen Wegner

Jochen Wegner

Chefredakteur, ZEIT ONLINE; Mitglied der Chefredaktion, DIE ZEIT

Jochen Wegner, geboren 1969 in Karlsruhe, ist seit 2013 Chefredakteur von ZEIT ONLINE und seit 2019 Mitglied der Chefredaktion der ZEIT.
Der studierte Physiker und Philosoph begann seine Laufbahn als Wissenschaftsjournalist und arbeitete für die taz, GEO, SPIEGEL Special und den WDR. 2006 wurde Jochen Wegner Chefredakteur von FOCUS Online, seit 2009 war er zudem als Geschäftsführer von TOMORROW FOCUS Media zuständig für Innovationsprojekte.
Gemeinsam mit ZEITmagazin-Chefredakteur Christoph Amend ist Jochen Wegner Gastgeber eines der populärsten deutschen Podcasts: „Alles gesagt?“ dauert genau so lange, bis der Gesprächspartner findet, nun sei alles gesagt.
Auszeichnungen: Chefredakteur des Jahres (2016, Medium Magazin), Grimme Online Award (2018), Digital Leader in Gold (Lead Awards 2018), Scoop Award (Scoopcamp 2018)

Foto: Meiko Herrmann/ZEIT ONLINE

Dieter Zetsche

Dr. Dieter Zetsche

Dr. Dieter Zetsche

Vorsitzender des Vorstands, Daimler AG

Dr. Dieter Zetsche ist seit dem 16. Dezember 1998 Vorstandsmitglied und seit dem 1. Januar 2006 Vorsitzender des Vorstands der Daimler AG. Er ist ebenfalls Leiter des Geschäftsfeldes Mercedes-Benz Cars. Davor hatte er verschiedene Positionen im Unternehmen inne, u.a. als Präsident Mercedes-Benz Argentina (1989), Präsident Freightliner Corp. (1991), Vorstandsmitglied verantwortlich für Nutzfahrzeuge (1999), CEO Chrysler Group (2000). Dr. Dieter Zetsche wurde am 5. Mai 1953 in Istanbul, Türkei, geboren. Nach der Schulzeit in Frankfurt und dem Abitur studierte er von 1971 bis 1976 Elektrotechnik an der Universität Karlsruhe mit dem Abschluss als Diplomingenieur. 1976 trat er in den Forschungsbereich der damaligen Daimler-Benz AG ein. Herr Dr. Zetsche promovierte 1982 an der Universität Paderborn zum Dr.-Ing.

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