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Erlebe internationale Top-Speaker, spannende Panels sowie Keynotes und vernetze Dich vor Ort direkt mit Leuten, die den gleichen Mindset haben wie Du. Das umfangreiche Veranstaltungsprogramm der me Convention vereint inspirierende Experten und Persönlichkeiten der globalen Tech-, Wirtschafts- und Kreativbranche. Die verschiedenen Programmpunkte sind so vielfältig, wie die Convention selbst. Zentrales Thema bildet der Dialog über die Zukunft. Wie bedingen Technik und Innovation unser tägliches Leben und wie verändern sie es? Wir freuen uns auf viele spannende Anreize und Denkanstöße. Bringe Dich selbst ein und nimm an interaktiven Workshops zu verschiedenen Themen in kleiner Runde teil. Eine vorherige Anmeldung hierfür ist erforderlich – Informationen zum Anmeldeprozess und das gesamte Programm gibt’s hier!

Du willst bei der me Convention dabei sein? Dann sichere Dir Dein Ticket hier!

Bitte beachte: Die Teilnahme an den Workshops sowie an einzelnen anderen Events erfordert eine zusätzliche Anmeldung. Nähere Infos dazu sowie das gesamte Programm findest Du im Schedule.

  • 3:05PM - 11:00AM
    Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017

    lufthansa flyinglab

    Welcome to the world's highest altitude conference stage. That Lufthansa FlyingLab is set to take off from San Francisco on an Airbus A380 on September 13 - destination the me Convention at Frankfurt's Festhalle. It promises to be high in every sense: FlyingLab participants will be given a glimpse into the future of flying, while listening to inspirational speakers and testing the technology of tomorrow.

    Speakers:

    Harald Becker
    "Networked Creativity & The Future of work"

    John Cohn
    "Serious Play an engineer’s perspective on success, failure and passion at work"

    David Silver
    "Self-driving cars will change the world in ways we can’t even imagine"

    Raphael Gielgen
    "The art of constantly reinventing the personal future"

    David Denberg
    "The Spaces Between Us: Community and the reinvention of brand as platform"

    Felix Jaehn
    "Changes in the music industry"

    Alexis Rask
    "Recruiting skills required for the 21st century"

  • 10:00AM - 1:00AM
    Sep 14, 2017

    evening event

    During the day you can chill in the sun and enjoy people watching in the Bahnhofsviertel. Enjoy a freshly made coffee and some organic sandwiches or a piece of pie until you change to wine or a cocktail in the evening. In the background: beats that make you want to dance.

  • 11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sep 14, 2017

    evening event

    Whether you are hungry as a bear or just hungry as a kitten, during the me Convention you can fill up on delicious Soccas here. What does that mean? Unusual pizza variations that make you want to keep on eating and eating and eating.

  • 11:30AM - 11:00PM
    Sep 14, 2017

    evening event

    Do you feel like pizza tastes just like it did on your last vacation in Italy? Then you need to check out Montana. That’s finest Neapolitan culinary delight right in the middle of the Bahnhofsviertel.

  • 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Sep 14, 2017

    Avoid the queue on day one and get a pre-accreditation!

    On September 14th between 5 pm and 10 pm, you can get your convention badge and take part in an exclusive get-together perfect for some early networking in a chill atmosphere. Join us at the me Gate, the open-air area of the Festhalle, and enjoy cold drinks, local food trucks, as well as a small outdoor pool and the Lufthansa Travel Kiosk. For those in the mood to party, the me Convention community will move on to the Bahnhofsviertel – the place to be for Urban Hot Spots throughout the duration of the me Convention. We have some really special events for you–come along!

  • 5:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 14, 2017

    evening event

    Electronic music, drinks and a dance floor that is calling your name!

  • 7:00PM - 12:00PM
    Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    Club Michel is going to take you on a culinary journey all weekend long. What’s on the menu for Thursday? You’ll see when you get there. Make sure to give it a try, it’s worth it.

  • 8:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 14, 2017

    evening event

    This event will need a pre registration, which opens at September 10th.

    Ambient beats floating around soulful raps and melodies – that’s cloud rap. Or better call it Trap Rap? Swag Rap? Actually it is not that easy describing the sound of Yung Hurn from Vienna and the Berlin-based crew Live From Earth. But what we do know: There what they are doing is absolutely great and they are the greatest influencers shaping the genre. Yung Hurn is an artist creating his own sound and visual world, somewhere between the pompous 80s synthesizer sounds, laid-back 90s Hip Hop, and clubby electro beats of the 2000s. On Thursday, Yung Hurn and his crew, Lex Lugner, Jonny 5, Dis Fig, DJ Bangkok, Caramelo, DJ Creep, DJ Gigola and ACOID, will have everybody moving in the me Club.

    Doors open at 8 p.m.

  • 9:00AM - 2:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    During the day you can chill in the sun and enjoy people watching in the Bahnhofsviertel. Enjoy a freshly made coffee and some organic sandwiches or a piece of pie until you change to wine or a cocktail in the evening. In the background: beats that make you want to dance.

  • 9:30AM - 10:30AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    urban stage
    keynote

    On July 20, 1969, Dr. Buzz Aldrin secured his place in history when, along with Neil Armstrong, he became one of the first two humans to set foot on the moon on the Apollo 11 mission. Since retiring from NASA, Dr. Aldrin calls himself a Global Statesman for Space and has remained a tireless advocate for space exploration. He continues to chart the course for a permanent human settlement on Mars. He has kept at the forefront of developing future technologies and in March of this year released the “Cycling Pathways to Mars” VR experience in partnership and developed by 8i on the TIME LIFE VR App. Dr. Aldrin will share stories from his life and his time as an astronaut.

  • 10:30AM - 10:45AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

    The European Union’s 2017 „Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor“ places Linz in the Top 5! A staggering achievement for a city that is thoroughly contemporary despite its Baroque splendor. Creativity Leader Patrick Bartos takes you on a trip to this gem in the international tech and creativity landscape.

  • 10:45AM - 11:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 11:00AM - 11:15AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 11:00AM - 11:30AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    smart booth
    expert talk
    presented by smart

    The famous Moore’s law says that the computational power of technology doubles every 18 months. As a consequence, change becomes the only constant. We live in a world of constant hacking, rewiring and upgrading of various systems around us (cultural, political, digital).

    Same goes for the human OS. Programmed early in our development by powerful forces such as culture, religion and family, this system, more than any other, requires a continuous upgrade to reflect who we are, what we want to become and where we are heading.

    Come join us for this powerful, immersive and interactive session as we learn how to hack, rewire and upgrade the ultimate bio supercomputer between your ears - your mind.

  • 11:00AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    The world's addressing systems just aren't good enough. Despite dramatic advances in mapping and navigation in recent years, a vital part of getting from A to B - the address - hasn't really changed in centuries. what3words is the world's first universal addressing system designed for voice. Every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned an address made of just three words from the dictionary. The entrance to Frankfurt's Festhalle, for example, can be found at ///villas.lions.lizard. These 3 word addresses can be used to route cars or drones, used as an address when ordering online to make sure deliveries really come straight to your door, or simply given as a meeting point for a picnic in the park. what3words is used in 170 countries and is being adopted by governments around the world as an official addressing system. It's used in disaster response and delivering aid, and gives billions of people an address for the first time, so they can open a bank account, call the emergency services or simply order online. As we look to the future of mobility - to voice control, autonomy, and to smart, inclusive and accessible cities - it's time we had a global addressing system. Now, with what3words, everything, everywhere and everyone has an address.

  • 11:00AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum II stage
    expert talk

    As a community of designers, technologists and journalists we do a poor job of creating and communicating our collective future. We share glistening renderings of products, utopian public spaces and seamless interactions, but fail to include dongles, garbage or login screens. We excitedly gossip about the latest groundbreaking discovery, only to leave the public perpetually disappointed by the pursuant reality. This talk turns a critical eye to the status quo and illustrates its failings, introducing a more honest, pragmatic and ultimately more useful approach to the design and communication of the future.

  • 11:00AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    In today’s world, digital technologies steer our information intake, our consumption choices, and our decision-making processes. Intelligent machines have transformed large swaths of the economy, disrupting established industries and converting our actions and emotions into data. This fourth industrial revolution has the potential to be hugely enriching to our lives. But has it been successfully tamed and managed in our daily lives? In many cases, digitalization has actually compounded today’s economic inequality, unemployment crisis, and cultural anomie. We will discuss these challenges and what legislative, economic, educational, and ethical reforms might be needed to help prepare us for a future enhanced, not enslaved, by the powers of digital.

  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    In this workshop, Paul Boross, aka The Pitch Doctor, shares his tips and tactics for “squeezing value out of every second in ​Frankfurt​” by understanding, and harnessing, the psychology of pitching and learning the art and science of changing minds.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 30 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    Whether you are hungry as a bear or just hungry as a kitten, during the me Convention you can fill up on delicious Soccas here. What does that mean? Unusual pizza variations that make you want to keep on eating and eating and eating.

  • 11:15AM - 11:30AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 11:30AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 11:30AM - 3:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    From Thursday to Saturday Pracht will present itself as we know as love it. In the daytime you can enjoy coffee and delicious snacks, in the evening DJ-sets and drinks at the bar.

  • 11:30AM - 11:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    Do you feel like pizza tastes just like it did on your last vacation in Italy? Then you need to check out Montana. That’s finest Neapolitan culinary delight right in the middle of the Bahnhofsviertel.

  • 12:45PM - 1:15PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum I & II stage
    expert talk
  • 1:00PM - 12:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    hackathon space
    hackathon
    presented by digitallife@daimler

    Witness ideas come to reality within only 24hours. Check out Hack.IAA @ me Convention!

    The internationally successful hackathon series “DigitalLife Campus” continues its cycle of hackathons right here in Frankfurt at the world’s biggest automotive fair with Hack.IAA @ me Convention. In line with the motto of me Convention #createthenew, international student teams will code, build, and develop creative ideas and prototypes around the topics of “Artificial Intelligence & Car-2-X-Technology”.

    Epic conclusion of the 24 hour hackathon will be the live pitches.
    - Semi-Finals will be at the smart stage on Saturday, September 16 starting at 2:00 pm
    - The Top 3 teams will pitch for the crown on the Urban Stage, September 16 starting at 4:30 pm

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

  • 1:45PM - 2:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    insight stage
    inspiration talk

    What are infrastructures for machine building and automation? This talk will explore how modular hardware can be used for the rapid prototyping of rapid prototyping machines.
    Digital fabrication machines such as 3D printers or laser cutters have captured the imaginations of makers worldwide. But current practices don't quite deliver on the promises of a digital fabrication revolution - everyone is not yet making almost everything. I argue we need to move from rapid prototyping to rapid prototyping of rapid prototyping machines, a move which transcends the discussion of additive versus subtractive manufacturing.
    Existing digital fabrication tools enable repeatability and precision by using codes to describe machine actions. But the infrastructure used for digital fabrication machines is difficult to extend, modify, and customize. It is very difficult for the end-user to incorporate more forms of control into the workflow. Machine building today is largely the same as it was 50 years ago, despite decades of progress in other fields such as computer science or network engineering.
    In this talk, I will present modular hardware, software, and networking protocols I have developed to enable the quick construction of application-specific machines. Machine infrastructure consists of the universal components from which machine builders can construct rapid automation.

  • 1:45PM - 2:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk
  • 1:45PM - 2:45PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    Nine-to-fivers are a dying breed. Young people want flexibility, variety and control over their time. The paradox is: the dissolution of work-life boundaries magnifies the importance of work-life balance--but it’s the routes to achieving it that are part of a new paradigm, from VR-commuting to the gig economy. At the same time, workers are drawn to new business models based around collaboration and cooperation, finding motivation via a stake in the business rather than merely a monthly pay packet. Companies are under great pressure to respond, whether that’s by shifting expectations and management structures, or making real estate decisions that answer demand for walkability. This panel draws expertise from across a range of sectors and examples to examine how companies can respond dynamically to the needs of today’s workers, while preparing for the changes that the future delivers at a rapid rate.

    These trends also feed into the panel "recruiting the skills required for the 21st century" (16 September, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm), where we address them from a different perspective.

  • 1:45PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    smart booth
    startup pitch
    presented by smart

    Help us make cities even more livable.

    This section is all about vital tricks and tweaks that improve life in the city. From novel communication solutions, digital education upgrades, and ingenious future lifestyle advances all the way down to smart home implementations that make the most of the space we call our own.

    Topics include New Communications, Future Lifestyle and Connected Home.

    Startups:
    - Boni
    - PACE Telematics GmbH
    - predict.io GmbH
    - Breeze GbR

  • 1:45PM - 3:45PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    Image classification with DIGITS.
    Learn how to leverage deep neural networks (DNN) within the deep learning workflow to solve a real-world image classification problem using NVIDIA DIGITS. You will walk through the process of data preparation, model definition, model training and troubleshooting. You will use validation data to test and try different strategies for improving model performance using GPUs. On completion of this lab, you will be able to use DIGITS to train a DNN on your own image classification application.

    Level: Beginner
    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Specials: Frameworks "Caffe"
    Capacity: Max. 30 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

    Please bring along your own laptop!

  • 2:15PM - 2:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 2:30PM - 2:45PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 2:45PM - 3:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 2:45PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    In the past you got fired if you didn’t have the data, in the future you’re going to lose your job if you don’t have intuition. As machines take our jobs and do them more efficiently, soon, the only work we humans will thrive in will be the kind of work that must be done *beautifully*, rather than *efficiently*: emotional labor, craftsmanship, inquiry, art. In his talk, Tim Leberecht argues that embracing our full humanity is not just a moral responsibility but has become a key factor for success in the age of AI and automation. He makes a passionate case for combining exponential technology with new, radical humanism, and proposes three surprising principles that you can use to live, lead, and work beautifully.

  • 2:45PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    We’re in an era of limitless information - and yet facts are strangely elusive. The algorithmic feeds that shape the way we consume information are dividing us politically. Trust in institutions like the free press and parliamentary representation is eroding. How do we reverse the trend? Will artificial intelligence and other technologies help, or make things worse? And what is the future of entrepreneurialism and creativity in a world without strong institutions? Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia, explains how the world’s free encyclopedia has built trust on the divided internet, and what lessons we might be able to carry forward in rebuilding for our future and the trends in technology, information, and access that lie ahead.

  • 3:00PM - 3:15PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 3:00PM - 4:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    Machines have conquered the easier aspects of driving, such as on highways and city streets in sunny climates. But the devil is in the details: negotiating complex situations like adverse weather and understanding other drivers’ gestures or a pedestrian’s body language. That’s why automakers are pouring billions into artificial intelligence, and why self-driving cars will have to become more human before full autonomy can be realized. How can we teach them to make ethical decisions? We speak with experts on the cutting-edge of autonomous technology to learn more.

  • 3:03PM - 7:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017
    presented by warsteiner

    Friday, open beer seminar between 15.30 and 19.00 at me Gate!
    Beer - Enjoy and experience. Holger Hahn (managing director Bierakademie and beer sommelier) explains fundamental beer know-how and styles in an informal atmosphere. He uses a wide range of products to give a better understanding of the different types of German “Braukunst”.

  • 3:15PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

    Dublin is a diverse, open and creative city. It’s also a globally connected tech hub that’s fast and energetic with a can-do attitude and a strong sense of community. Sarah Leahy will talk to us about Dublin’s award winning tech and what is unique about Dublin’s thriving startup ecosystem.

  • 3:30PM - 3:45PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 3:45PM - 4:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 3:45PM - 4:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    Quantum computing is coming. After decades of this amazing technology being relegated to laboratories and universities quantum computing is getting read for prime time. In this talk Whurley discusses the coming age of quantum computing and its effects on virtually every aspect of our life. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or engineer, business leader or IT professional, you need to be prepared for one of the greatest paradigm shifts in the history of computing.

  • 3:45PM - 4:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    AI is already deeply embedded in our economic infrastructure, and the applications seem endless: Financial institutions rely on it for stock trading and fraud prevention; doctors and hospitals depend on it for diagnoses; it's what makes driverless cars get where they're going. AR started having an impact more recently but is already changing the way marketers reach consumers, the way consumers shop and fans engage with their favorite artists. This session will explore what's next for Computer Vision (AI) and AR and the many benefits they present.

  • 4:00PM - 4:15PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 4:15PM - 6:15PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    We will explore the organizing, advocacy, and design Justice work tied to racial, social, and cultural equity around the world. Design Justice advocates for the dismantling of privilege and power structures that use architecture and planning to create systems of injustice throughout the built environment. Like all institutions, Design imposes its power through policies, procedures and practice and is subject to its own inherited biases. The lasting permanence of our professional decisions, requires us to pay particular attention to the injustices that result from our work and to seek Design Justice wherever possible.

    Architecture has the power to speak to the language of the people it serves, we as designers, are at our best when we are willing to serve the people without power.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 30 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 4:30PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    When we think of food, many of us all have a notion of yesterday’s farms and what crops should be grown - but in a rapidly changing world, do those assumptions still serve us? Can we rethink how, where and who makes crops? How we produce meat? Everything we know about feeding ourselves is being turned on its head by new technologies, changing environmental conditions, and a new class of non-traditional innovators. What should we expect from this high-velocity evolution, and what other assumptions do we need to uproot in our quest to feed 9+billion people? How can you get involved? Join us to explore how the new food movements as told by four very different perspectives, from next-gen innovation and cellular agriculture, to genetic engineering and hi-tech precision farming.

  • 4:30PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    makers’ spot
    workshop

    Microdosing psychedelics is challenging old notions about the exploration of consciousness and its effect on ourselves and society. Regular consumption of small amounts of LSD shows promise for accelerating leadership development, initiating flow states, and improving general well-being in the workplace. In this workshop, participants will focus on understanding the intersection of microdosing psychedelics and 21st century leadership.

    Discussion points will include:
    - What makes a 21st century leader?
    - What are the effects of psychedelics - both in microdoses and higher doses?
    - How does structured, responsible psychedelic use accelerate the maturation process for 21st century leaders and organizations?

    Other topics to be broached include basic education about psychedelics, the utility of flow states, and changing norms around previously illicit substances, such as cannabis.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 70 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 4:45PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    We talk a big game and take on a lot of responsibility, but bacteria run the show here on Earth. They are integrated, thanklessly making the bodies of every animal and plant work. They are necessary, processing our food and waste alike so that we can ignore the details of both. They are ubiquitous, deployed even in modern industry making things you use daily but might not give them credit for. They are inescapable - seamlessly and inextricably woven into the fabric of the planet. And unfortunately, we can't do much with them right now but watch them work! The more we learn about bacteria, the clearer it becomes that we are mere (and sometimes quite sorry) apprentices of biology and biochemistry. The visions we have of a clean future bio-economy depend entirely on us learning their language and trying things their way, so they can teach us how to be half the stewards of the planet that they are.

  • 4:45PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    insight stage
    inspiration talk

    The poetic collision of human desire and cutting-edge technology illustrates our present age with digital harmony and voltaic friction. To uncover the aesthetics of this encounter, Christian "Mio" Loclair, art director at Waltz Binaire, will lead us on a journey from urban street art to new media design. What do computer code and breakdancing have in common? Is there an invisible bond between every form of expression that can be explored and used to communicate new ideas? Let’s moonwalk on motherboards to discover the dichotomy between man and machine, enrich the perception of digital phenomena, and rethink digital poetry.

  • 5:00PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    smart booth
    expert talk
    presented by smart
  • 5:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    The evening program starts at 09:00 p.m. Exciting drink concoctions and bumping DJs are waiting for you on Friday and Saturday night at AMP. On top of that, we have a secret live show for you in store. Stay tuned.

  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017
    presented by frankfurtrheinmain

    On Friday afternoon at 5:30 the city and region of Frankfurt would like to welcome the guests of me Convention. Eric Menges, President and CEO of FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH, will address the crowd over drinks. Subsequently there will be plenty of opportunity to mix and mingle, to enjoy impressions of the greater Frankfurt region or to discuss the convention’s inspiring first day.

    Starting 5:30pm. This event is open to all guests of me Convention and does not require prior registration.

  • 5:45PM - 6:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum I stage
    inspiration talk

    Inspiration is nothing if you can’t bring your ideas to life. In turn, inspiration helps us find new and creative ways to achieve our goals. For modern-day explorer, Mike Horn, the combination of inspiration and motivation is essential in the undertaking of his wildest dreams. When crafting his expeditions, Mike never limits himself: An open mind and a little self-belief can go a long way. But what use is a clever idea without the desire to make it happen? When Mike first dreamt of attempting the longest solo crossing of Antarctica, he knew that there was no other option for him than to try. In his talk, Mike shares how to master the inspiration and motivation to achieve things you never thought possible. Whether your goals are professional or personal, his experiences and life-lessons will awaken you and push you to go beyond.

  • 5:45PM - 6:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    One day soon, we might talk to our devices the way we talk to our friends. And the devices will talk back. This fundamentally changes our relationship with technology and opens up for some very important questions. SPACE10, IKEA’s external future living lab, are curious to learn how the many people feel about Artificial Intelligence. That is why we have launched a worldwide survey called Do You Speak Human? — encouraging people to share how they would like their future AI to be.

  • 5:45PM - 6:30PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    forum II stage
    expert talk
  • 6:00PM - 12:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    Pastrami sandwiches, Mexican food and mighty fine drink compositions. To kick off the me Convention weekend, you can get your fill of Frankfurt’s nightlife at Maxie Eisen. Feel like a local and take a seat.

  • 6:00PM - 12:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    What began with the IMA Multibar in 2003 continues at the CHEZ IMA. Oriental cuisine and finely attuned taste components - that’s the idea behind the concept. “The feel good option“ is what the website rightly promises. The menu features special dishes such as tepid pulpo salad, roasted lamb shanks and broad beans with cognac gravy or Libanese orange cake with pistachio ice cream. The place also offers the probably most famous appetizer plate of Frankfurt. It includes couscous, raita, humus and potato thalers, continuing and old family recipe. The location is also quite special: the 25hours Hotel by Levi’s at Niddastrasse is not only one of the most salient hotels of the city but especially the quiet backyard offers a great contrast to the hectic trouble of the Bahnhofsviertel. In addition to this the IMA Rooftop offers a very special skyline view.

  • 6:00PM - 4:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    From Thursday to Saturday Pracht will present itself as we know as love it. In the daytime you can enjoy coffee and delicious snacks, in the evening DJ-sets and drinks at the bar.

  • 7:00PM - 12:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    Friday is pasta day. Pasta Ottimo is already an integral part of Club Michel—for a good reason, because al dente is a principle here and the pasta dishes would stand their own in Bella Italia. To round off the menu, delicious antipasti, salata mista and, of course, tiramisu can’t be missing. Dinner starts at 07:00 p.m.

  • 7:30PM - 10:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    This event will need a pre registration, which opens at September 14th.

    In 2010 Prof. Heiner Blum from the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach together with Ata Macias, who runs one of the most famous techno clubs in Germany, founded the Robert Johnson Theory format. Famous guests including sound specialists, musicians, authors, and DJs are set to talk about club culture, production, and the electronic music space. me Convention, will bring Robert Johnson into the exhibition hall — with special guests Stephan Plank, Heiner Blum, Ata and Roman Flügel. We will kick the evening off with the world premier of “Conny Plank - The Potential of Noise,” an homage to the one of the greatest German electronic producers and sound engineers, whose studio in Wolperath near Cologne birthed albums from Kraftwerk, Eurythmics, Brian Eno, Devo, and Ultravox. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Conny’s son Stephan Plank and Heiner Blum. The evening ends with the sounds of Ata and one of the biggest names in the German electronic music, Robert Johnson resident Roman Flügel. The space will come alive with a unique LED installation by artist Artist Holger Wüst. Celebrate the best of German electronic music with us Friday, September 15!

    Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
    Film screening: 8.30 p.m.

  • 8:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    This event will need a pre registration, which opens at September 14th.

    Her voice is unique, so is her style. We are thrilled to announce that the one and only Beth Ditto will perform live at the me Convention. Related to a special night hosted by She’s Mercedes, the singer and songwriter will perform live and exclusively at the me Club on Friday, September 15th. Related to the idea of the She’s Mercedes initiative Beth Ditto is what we call a real power lady. She was the lead singer of the award-winning band Gossip for more than 17 years and testimonial for a number of influencing fashion, music and lifestyle magazines. She has also launched her own fashion collection and strongly engages for LGBT rights. Even an institution like Karl Lagerfeld has fallen for her charm. After the band split up in 2016 Beth returned to the stage as a solo artist – and her sound is as fantastic than ever. Maybe even better! Her debut solo LP “Fake Sugar“, which was released in June 2017, is the proof for it.

    Doors open at 8 p.m.

  • 8:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL join forces to provide a completely new music experience, which launches with TIDAL hosting a very special night at the me Convention. On Friday, September 15th, four-time Grammy nominated and multi-platinum Australian rapper, Iggy Azaela will be performing live on stage at me Convention.

    Doors open at 8 p.m. Register now!

  • 10:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 15, 2017

    evening event

    This event will need a pre registration, which opens at September 14th.

    In the second part of the evening, the atmosphere will shift to party mode as the Robert Johnson Club takes over the Urban Stage. DJ Roman Flügel will provide music to get people dancing and visuals from artist Holger Wüst will be projected on the LED screens behind the stage. It’s going to be an epic night, so come ready to party and have a great time!

    From 10 p.m. Party and DJ.

  • 12:00AM - 1:00PM
    Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

    hackathon space
    hackathon
    presented by digitallife@daimler

    Witness ideas come to reality within only 24hours. Check out Hack.IAA @ me Convention!

    The internationally successful hackathon series “DigitalLife Campus” continues its cycle of hackathons right here in Frankfurt at the world’s biggest automotive fair with Hack.IAA @ me Convention. In line with the motto of me Convention #createthenew, international student teams will code, build, and develop creative ideas and prototypes around the topics of “Artificial Intelligence & Car-2-X-Technology”.

    Epic conclusion of the 24 hour hackathon will be the live pitches.
    - Semi-Finals will be at the smart stage on Saturday, September 16 starting at 2:00 pm
    - The Top 3 teams will pitch for the crown on the Urban Stage, September 16 starting at 4:30 pm

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

  • 9:30AM - 10:30AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    In an age of digital ubiquity and short attention spans, museums are far from obsolete. On the contrary, savvy institutions are drawing more visitors than ever. Museums have become secular places of worship, a shift reflected in investments in grand architecture that reflect this new status. In many ways, the museum is the perfect testing ground for cutting-edge immersive experiences. The objects and narratives are already there, and the challenge is about coming up with new ways to tell these timeless stories. As digital and physical experiences fuse, the lines between curator and audience blur. Will museums continue their trajectory into other markets? How and where will content be consumed? Contemporary definitions of time and space are shifting. In a sense, digitization turns our entire world into a potential museum, with opportunities for engagement and education at every corner. What are the implication of this warping of space-time definitions, and how can it be put to use in different sectors and to new and unique ends? What kind of new collaborations does the situation foster, and how can we, as society and as businesses, benefit?

  • 10:00AM - 10:45AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    A growing world population and a changing climate is challenging the global community’s ability to feed the world. Business as usual is not an option. The world requires more and more nutritious food while using less land, water and other inputs. Agriculture is probably facing its biggest challenge ever. We need to fundamentally change our approach to agriculture, and the diversity contained within plant genetic resources provides a universe of untapped possibilities.

    Despite their relative size, the millions of varieties of seeds that exist in the world hold the variability needed for adaptation. This material has the potential to serve as a key element in maintaining food production under novel temperature, precipitation, pest and disease conditions. This diversity, however, is increasingly threatened. There is an urgent need to collect and secure plant genetic resources for the global community. The Crop Trust is working to build a global system to guarantee the conservation and availability of the genetic diversity of all major agricultural food crops in seed banks, thus unleashing their potential and promoting their use, forever.

  • 10:00AM - 10:45AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    The way that people communicate has undergone a seismic shift – from text to visual; from staged to in the moment. Communication has never been more human and intimate, more immersive and expressive. This reframes the challenge for businesses and brands creating content for today’s audiences. Do the same rules apply when crafting content that will be consumed in real-time, or that won't exist in 24 hours?

  • 10:00AM - 1:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    During the day you can chill in the sun and enjoy people watching in the Bahnhofsviertel. Enjoy a freshly made coffee and some organic sandwiches or a piece of pie until you change to wine or a cocktail in the evening. In the background: beats that make you want to dance.

  • 10:45AM - 11:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

    New Dutch Wave is on a collective mission to make some serious waves.

    New Dutch Wave is a public private partnership of - amongst others - the City of Amsterdam, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Startup Delta and several creative companies and branch organizations. Their aim is to promote and reinforce the creative Industries based in the Netherlands.

    At the me Convention the startup ecosystem of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be highlighted by their program manager Mir Wermuth.

  • 10:45AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are among the Silicon Valley moguls who have recently committed funding to projects or entire new companies devoted to brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). These endeavors fall into several categories. Facebook, for example, is working on a system that will let people type straight from their brain at a rate “5 times faster than you can type on your phone today,” says CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Musk, meanwhile, has announced a new company, called Neuralink, that is reportedly working on a medical device designed to help people with brain injuries caused by strokes or other trauma. Yet another new company, called Kernel, is building an implanted brain prosthetic that would help people with failing memories. The possible rewards for success in this burgeoning area are very great, as rapidly aging populations in much of the developed world deal with brain-related difficulties. However, the challenges of building such machines are very great, and some neuroscientists have already criticized some of the proposals, such as Musk’s, as being naïve about the medical hurdles involved. Nevertheless, the weight of funding and influence being expended suggests that significant advances are in the near future. Moreover, the backers of these projects have all declared that their long-term goals are straight out of science fiction: augmenting and enhancing the cognitive capabilities of ordinary people, giving them stupendous powers of memory, reason, or calculation, for example.

  • 10:45AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    Technology and culture have never changed faster than right now, and this acceleration of change has had a huge impact on both society and identity. We live differently, act differently, and importantly, see ourselves differently. These are all deeply interconnected, and viewing any of them in isolation will prove problematic for organizations. As an industry we need to move beyond behavior change starting with nudges and choice architecture, and instead start with the broader cultural pre-triggers that are changing how we behave. In this session we will unpick these links between identity, culture, and long-term behavior change, and provide a roadmap for how organizations can use leverage these cultural pre-triggers to effectively create change.

  • 11:00AM - 11:15AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 11:00AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk
    presented by handelsblatt publishing group

    The brain is no longer a secret space. It becomes a playing field, workbench, and production plant for the dreams of unlimited self-expansion and -improvement. Using pills, electrodes, and implants, a new industry is trying to seize the brain as a resource for the next level of progress. We are witnessing the beginning of neurocapitalism, which focuses on the continuous self-optimization of the individual. This is paralleled by increasingly blurring borders between the real and the artificial, between humans and machines. These developments considerably influence the nature of work in organizations. How can leaders and followers adapt to this new reality? What are the leadership implications? How could a suitable leadership style look like in times in which the brain is the main production factor to be optimized?

  • 11:00AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    insight stage
    inspiration talk

    As we generally experience on earth, there is no space without sound and there is no sound without space. Building on the understanding of music and architecture as creators of spatial experience, this talk presents a novel way of unfolding music’s spatial qualities in the physical world. Spaces That Perform Themselves exposes an innovative response to the current relationship between sound and space: where we build static spaces to contain dynamic sounds. What if we change the static parameter of the spaces and start building dynamic spaces to contain dynamic sounds?
    A multi-sensory kinetic architectural system is built in order to augment our sonic perception through a cross-modal spatial choreography that combines sound, movement, light, color and vibration. By breaking down boundaries between music and architecture, possibilities of a new type of typology that morphs responsively with a musical piece can be explored. As a result spatial and musical composition can exist as one synchronous entity.
    This talk seeks to contribute a novel perspective of leveraging technology, science and art to provide a setting to enrich and augment the way we relate with the built environment and non-human agents. The objective is to enhance our perception and challenge models of thinking by presenting a post-humanistic phenomenological encounter of the world.

  • 11:00AM - 12:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    smart booth
    startup pitch
    presented by smart

    Electrify our lives with your bright spark.

    Unless you’ve opted for a Thoreau-like existence in the woods, your life is likely to be buzzing with electrical helpers. How do we make sure gadgets don’t rule our existence? How can we electrify our lives with intelligent tech, next-gen grid solutions, or big data apps that work to our advantage?

    Topics include New Technologies, Big Data and Urban Grid.

    Startups:
    - Ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH
    - Tretbox GmbH
    - Flyte Technologies
    - eMovements GmbH

  • 11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    Whether you are hungry as a bear or just hungry as a kitten, during the me Convention you can fill up on delicious Soccas here. What does that mean? Unusual pizza variations that make you want to keep on eating and eating and eating.

  • 11:00AM - 12:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 11:15AM - 11:30AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 11:30AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 12:00PM - 1:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I & II stage
    keynote

    For the me Convention’s keynote address, Serpentine Galleries artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist will present “Curating Beyond Art,” addressing the cultural phenomenon of curating and how it is a creative act that entails so much more than simply choosing. Taking a brief history of contemporary art curating as a jumping off point, Obrist will explain how everything is and can be curated, from architecture and philosophy to ecology and technology; how an Instagram account and a museum are alike, and not alike; and how the craft of curating demands a revolutionary mastery of time management and adaptability, which anyone can learn and apply to their own professional and creative goals.

    Photo credit: POST_ message by Rirkrit Tiravanija

  • 12:00PM - 11:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    Do you feel like pizza tastes just like it did on your last vacation in Italy? Then you need to check out Montana. That’s finest Neapolitan culinary delight right in the middle of the Bahnhofsviertel.

  • 1:15PM - 2:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    What do Wifi, bluetooth, Bulletproof vests and the eBook have in common? When we think of the word Innovation, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths, known collectively as STEM come to mind. The current crop of STEM Leaders, and our joint memory of past inventors, give the impression that Innovative Leaders have to be "pale, male and stale". In a large experiment to test this hypothesis - a six week period where 115 young women from across Europe spent 24/7 under one roof interacted with current STEM industry leaders & innovators - we've learnt what the future will look like. Join us to see what we learnt and what the future holds. Spoiler alert: it looks a lot like parts of the forgotten past.

  • 1:15PM - 2:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    Vandana Hart is the creator and host of Netflix docu series, We Speak Dance. In this unique session, Vandana reveals how to align creativity, passion and purpose on a global scale, and activate your own talents and purpose for social impact.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 30 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 1:30PM - 2:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I stage
    inspiration talk

    As Founder and Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation, Dr. Auma Obama and her team seek to give a voice to financially and socially disadvantaged children and youth. Sauti Kuu – Kiswahili for ‘Powerful Voices’ – is a foundation that seeks to give disadvantaged children and youth opportunities to help them unlock their potential. It creates enabling structures to help them become self-reliant – mentally, socially and financially. Because, as Dr. Auma Obama says; 'Opportunities are unlimited and poverty is no excuse!' It is time to stop promoting a victim mentality. Come hear her talk at the me Convention.

  • 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    As technology renders the physical office obsolete and business cycles continue to gain pace, project-based work by remote independent teams is becoming more productive than in-house departments. Companies are increasingly valued by the strength of their talent, and competition is fierce. What can companies do do attract and keep talent? What perks are worth investing in? In turn, these interconnected trends tie into the rise of new job titles that shift over time based on the evolving needs of a company or department. The speed of change is now so fast that workers need to retrain multiple times over the course of their career in order to keep up.
    Employers are thus cast in a new role: That of educator. Employees become lifelong learners. From either side of the fence, dynamism is the key to survival and success.
    What resources are available to companies and workers to help them adapt to this new environment? How can AI improve efficiency and decision-making, and reduce unconscious bias? What are the favorable characteristics, and what are the rewards? How important is an educational program in the quest to find and keep hold of talent?

    To contextualize this topic and explore new mindsets feeding into the trend, check out the panel "how the next generation is changing corporate culture" (September 15; 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm).

  • 2:00PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    smart booth
    hackathon
    presented by digitallife@daimler
  • 2:15PM - 2:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 2:15PM - 3:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    insight stage
    inspiration talk

    As music becomes more intangible is it losing its art and ability to imprint? By exploring the bridge between the tangible and digital we can see how to get the best of both worlds and create meaningful experiences around music which impact on the audience in profound new ways, whether that’s using music to reanimate people living with dementia - taking music into the furthest reaches of both science and technology - or having music exhibited and celebrated as art in some of the world’s leading museums and institutes. Either way, in this streaming age, it is time to redefine music’s relationship to us going forward and celebrate its unique ability to move, restore, connect, inspire in ways that are essential to our humanity.

  • 2:30PM - 2:45PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 2:30PM - 3:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    Neil Harbisson is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an organization that promotes the use of cybernetics as a body part to extend human senses and perception. Harbisson has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to perceive colours that are outside human vision such as infrareds and ultraviolets. This talk will explore how taking an active part in our own biological evolution is no longer a theory, but an option. Becoming technology, instead of using or wearing technology, opens up the possibility of having additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species. By merging ourselves with technology we can become the designers of our own body and perception; and we can increase our survival possibilities in earth and in outer space. Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?

  • 2:45PM - 3:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 3:00PM - 3:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 3:15PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

    The idea that the UK's tech scene starts and ends in the area around London is outdated. Manchester, in the North of England, has become a thriving hub of startup activity in recent years, even if it's currently better known internationally for its football clubs. Martin Bryant will explain why you should pay attention to what's happening in the city's tech sector.

  • 3:15PM - 4:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    Throughout history, the city has been the sum of human activity with all its flaws and successes. Today, however, it could be said that there are certain urgencies prevailing. Stable social equality is one. For political regimes, safeguarding education becomes essential, as knowledge is a prerequisite for creating better cities. Climate change is another increasingly important factor. Snøhetta’s vision for a new urbanism is a just city, pluralistic in content, hybrid in function and clean in operations. The role of architecture in that sense is to create strong and sustainable identities for cities and their communities. Well-conceived design we can help things run more fluidly, improve people’s well-being, and make life more enjoyable. Every project is a unique expression of the ethos of its users, climate, and context. A built environment can be seen as a point of departure: it is where the architecture starts to communicate, the point from where it starts to interact with the public.
    Learn about Snøhetta’s integrated trans-disciplinary practice and commitment to shaping the built environment both in the service of humanism and the longevity of our planet through their unique approach derived from long standing Nordic traditions of humanistic values and social grounds.

  • 3:15PM - 4:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    Deliveroo, Uber, Amazon Prime Now...the age of instant gratification ​​is well and truly upon us. We can have whatever we want, whenever we want it — and for the companies that can make it happen, business is booming. This panel tackles some of the biggest talking points of the moment, taking a solutions-based approach without shying away from ethical questions. What does this demand say about us as a society, and does the constant feeding of our desires simply compound and intensify them? Companies are using AI-powered chatbots to answer demand for instantaneous customer service — and the technology is getting better all the time. But as chatbots get more humanlike, do we have a right to be told when we’re talking to a bot, and should it change the way we behave? Are chatbots there to replace humans, and if so, how do we rewrite the social contract? At the same time, we have become sucked into an ever-shorter news cycle, facilitated by social media. To what extend is this fueling anxieties and preventing us from taking a step back and getting a more nuanced, big-picture perspective? How can we take the long view - and why should we endeavor to do so? When we take a breath and zoom out, it can be conducive to problem-solving and calm.

  • 3:30PM - 3:45PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

    With its forest of skyscrapers Frankfurt is known as a city of financiers. But scratch beneath the surface, Frankfurt presents itself as a city of poets & thinkers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. Sebastian takes us on a tour of Frankfurt, beyond its financial district and uncovers the in-cider secrets of Frankfurt's up-and-coming startup scene.

  • 3:30PM - 4:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    Join this candid discussion about the challenges and opportunities we face ahead, and how design must evolve from focusing on beautification to becoming a core strategy of innovation. Discover how design can be a powerful tool in regards to sustainability, Internet of Things, and Design Automation moving forward.

  • 3:30PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    In this interactive workshop you will learn and apply the principles of humanitarian design to create real things that reduce suffering and save lives. This intense workshop is led by the founders of Outside, a new kind of design agency focused entirely on social good, who have launched award-winning humanitarian design projects with Google, United Nations, and others.

    From refugee camps in Europe to hurricanes across the United States, design thinking can make a difference in the most critical situations. This workshop will teach you the fundamentals and then task you with rapidly designing a response to a real world crisis scenario. The goal is to exercise the principles of humanitarian design in a risk-free environment with experienced, real-world practitioners.

    No specialized knowledge is needed so if you're interested, join us. This workshop is for everyone: whether you're a humanitarian field worker, designer, engineer, or simply interested in how design can save real lives.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 30 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 3:45PM - 4:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 4:00PM - 4:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    startup city pitch

    Startup Cities: Twenty-four cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be explaining why their city is a serious player in the global startup economy. What makes their city such a special place for startups and entrepreneurs?

    These presentations will be fast moving, with each speaker limited to 10 minutes plus five minutes for Q&A. Check the schedule for details.

  • 4:00PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    smart booth
    startup pitch
    presented by smart

    Make urban life more sustainable (and fun).

    Does eco-friendly have to equal sacrifice? Calling all lateral thinkers and tinkerers with solutions that promise a brighter, more sustainable future: from e-mobility and sharing economy approaches to new takes on food production or waste innovations.

    Topics include New Services, Urban Resources and Supply & Disposal.

    Startups:
    - ResQ Club Oy
    - Growee
    - WiseTown
    - NÜWIEL GmbH

  • 4:15PM - 5:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    insight stage
    inspiration talk

    What if you could answer a 400-year-old burning question by playing a musical instrument? Latin for “harmony,” Concordia is a virtual immersive experience that uses advanced Virtual and Augmented Reality that turns solar systems into musical instruments, allowing you to hear and play the music of the spheres. Players are in their own personal spaceships exploring space, seeing and hearing not only the celestial bodies themselves, but intriguing complex geometric shapes and patterns that emerge when they choose which planetary relationships to explore. Music can be controlled both gesturally, using the mi.mu gloves or Leap Motion, and through a cockpit of physical controls. Each planet will have its own panel of controls, customized by the player. Concordia obliterates the lines between art, science, and play, reviving and celebrating the work of Johannes Kepler on the 400th anniversary of his world-changing 1619 book, Harmonies of the World. On the occasion of the launch in 2019, musicians will be commissioned to write and perform compositions in Concordia, which will be streamed live to audiences around the world.

  • 4:30PM - 4:50PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I stage
    inspiration talk

    Join us to learn how mindfulness can transform stress and optimize mental potential. We will explore some of the neuroscience of meditation and how it improves both brain activity and body chemistry. Mindfulness can also be practiced in micro-moments throughout the day, and we will look at how to integrate this into our working lives to creates a deeper sense of peace and joy. Happiness becomes a choice rather than just the result of our experiences.

  • 4:30PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    Synthetic biology is not a futuristic technology, it shapes our daily lives today. However, this technology is undeniably poised to take on a bigger role in society, yet who decides how this powerful technology should be applied is less clear.

    Growth of the biotech industry outpaces that of the economy as a whole; biotech is big business, but regulations and ethical questions about privacy, surveillance and intent move slowly. Who should be practicing biotechnology? Should it be the realm of highly trained specialists, or should access be democratized to empower a new generation of DIY scientists?

    Creating new realities by engineering advanced capabilities in plants and even humans, allowing us to sculpt evolution on a radically accelerated time scale, is a big responsibility. Hear from three experts in the field of synthetic biology to understand the latest research, opportunities, and give your take on the difficult questions that will shape your future.

  • 4:30PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    makers’ spot
    workshop
    presented by wanderlust

    “Prana” is the life force that flows through every living being. And like a yogic cup of coffee, Adam’s “PurePrana” session will wake up your body, mind and soul with a challenging, dynamic and powerful Vinyasa yoga class. Expect Indian tribal beats, coupled with a flowing asana practice that will take you to new levels. Find your focus. Find your power. Feel your Prana.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 25 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

    Please bring your own clothing and dress comfortably to move freely.
    Yoga mats will be available on site.

  • 4:30PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    workshop

    A visioning workshop for the future of relationships.

    The world is changing, our lives are changing, and as a result, our relationships are changing. While we can sift through the past, examine the present, analyze the psyche, or monitor our biometrics, none of these provide a roadmap for what love will look like in the years to come.

    You can either sit back and watch as the future unfolds, or choose your own adventure. Join this visioning workshop for an open and honest discussion with your peers about what the future holds for relationships. Collaborate to unlock your personal vision for love, challenge yourself, and meet others with similar ideals.

    Annie Forrest - serial soloist and relationship futurist - brings a deep value in the individualist experience of relationships. With a deep seeded belief that moderation is the best policy, she will moderate this session with the same care and consideration as she would any fleeting romance.

  • 4:50PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    One year turns into the next in the blink of an eye. We're constantly busy, succeeding and getting things done, but time still seems to slip through our fingers. How can we stop and take a breath? When we learn the skills and techniques to help us be present in the moment, we find we can also deepen our focus, travel experiences and relationships, and find joy in the everyday. In this session, the speakers discuss the application of mindfulness to leadership, and how this, in turn, affects so many other interconnected aspects of life.

  • 5:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    The evening program starts at 09:00 p.m. Exciting drink concoctions and bumping DJs are waiting for you on Friday and Saturday night at AMP. On top of that, we have a secret live show for you in store. Stay tuned.

  • 5:15PM - 5:45PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    insight stage
    hackathon
    presented by digitallife@daimler
  • 5:30PM - 12:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017
    presented by techquartier

    On Saturday afternoon Frankfurt startup hub TechQuartier open their doors to fellow founders and startuppers. Located within walking distance from Frankfurt’s fairground, TechQuartier provides the guests of me Convention with the unique opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs, to network, and to share experiences over a drink or two.

    This event starts at 5-30pm. It is open to all guests of me Convention involved with startups and does not require prior registration.

  • 5:45PM - 6:15PM
    Sep 16, 2017

    smart booth
    expert talk
    presented by smart

    Cities are home to the majority of the worldwide population; they have to evolve to face the challenges of global warming, reduced natural resources and energy demand. Citizens are an active part of a new concept of urbanism, which requires not only adaptation to climate change, but also a proactive approach to the mitigation of its effects.

  • 6:00PM - 12:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    Pastrami sandwiches, Mexican food and mighty fine drink compositions. To kick off the me Convention weekend, you can get your fill of Frankfurt’s nightlife at Maxie Eisen. Feel like a local and take a seat.

  • 6:00PM - 6:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

    evening event

    From Thursday to Saturday Pracht will present itself as we know as love it. In the daytime you can enjoy coffee and delicious snacks, in the evening DJ-sets and drinks at the bar.

  • 7:00PM - 12:00PM
    Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

    evening event

    Livesaver Kitchen is a Saturday tradition at Club Michel and means vegetarian dishes served in small bowls and pots perfect for sharing. On the menu: hummus, olives, baba ghanoush and all kinds of oriental staples are ready for you to try. Why the name Livesaver though? Well, because everything is vegetarian.

  • 8:00PM - 1:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017

    evening event

    This event will need a pre registration, which opens at September 15th.

    Join us in the me Club for something extremely special.
    Hamburg and Hip Hop go hand in hand with Beginner–no one has influenced German rap as much as these three guys from Hamburg City: Eizi Eiz (Jan Delay), Denyo and DJ MAD. With thirteen years in-between their classic album “Blast Action Heroes” and the current “Advanced Chemistry”, their witty lyrics and fresh sounds have kept them at the top of the German rap game. If you’ve seen them on stage before, you know that a Beginner show is a high-energy performance. Expect to hear bangers including evergreens like “Hammerhart” or “Liebeslied” and new ones like “Ahnma” or “Meine Posse”. This will make you bounce for sure, don’t miss it!
    On Saturday, the 16th, Beginner perform an exclusive VIP gig for about 400-500 me Convention visitors in the me Club.

    Doors open at 8 p.m.

  • 8:00PM - 4:00AM
    Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

    evening event
    presented by smart

    smart is bringing the festival vibes to Frankfurt for a special party on Saturday, September 16th. #construction#smart will take place in a unique setting at the 25hours Hotel by Levi’s. The party kicks off at 10 p.m. with smart offering an impressive urban space for pioneers in the fields of gastronomy, art and music to gather together. The construction site of the hotel becomes a venue of improvisation, exchange and the unexpected for one night. Plus, all the way from Austin, TX, DJ Buck Rodgers will be spinning alongside Frankfurt’s own Dario Scenario – don’t miss it!

    8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. pre-party (invite-only) // 10:00 p.m. til late (open to all me Convention guests)

  • 9:45AM - 10:45AM
    Sep 17, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    Microdosing psychedelics is challenging old notions about the exploration of consciousness and its effect on ourselves and society. Regular consumption of small amounts of LSD shows promise for accelerating leadership development, initiating flow states, and improving general well-being in the workplace. In this workshop, participants will focus on understanding the intersection of microdosing psychedelics and 21st century leadership.

    Discussion points will include:
    - What makes a 21st century leader?
    - What are the effects of psychedelics - both in microdoses and higher doses?
    - How does structured, responsible psychedelic use accelerate the maturation process for 21st century leaders and organizations?

    Other topics to be broached include basic education about psychedelics, the utility of flow states, and changing norms around previously illicit substances, such as cannabis.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 70 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 9:45AM - 10:45AM
    Sep 17, 2017

    makers’ spot
    workshop

    Short intro into the Design Thinking Process with focus on the problem space. You will experience how to apply great interview technique for gathering deep customer insight and you will learn that empathy makes a difference in gathering great results on clients perspective in order to be able to create your POV. The session will be a mixture of real practice and experience exchange.

  • 10:00AM - 10:45AM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    Social networks and big data analytics have shifted the channels and speed of political messaging, public discourse, and policy-making. At a time when tweets turn into presidential announcements, live videos spark global mass protests, and manufactured information rattle the news ecosystem, the influence of technology on politics cannot be overlooked. In this conversation with political strategist and communication expert Symone D. Sanders, we will discuss behavioral insights to predict political preferences and electoral behavior, social platforms that enable silenced voices to affect policy, and how various technologies have changed control and credibility in the political process.

  • 10:00AM - 10:45AM
    Sep 17, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    Fusion is the energy that powers the sun and the stars. Imagine we manage to harness this energy down here on Earth? With the ITER project 35 nations have joined their forces to form the world’s largest international scientific collaboration. These nations have come together to prove that fusion energy is feasible, that we have the knowledge, the technologies and the materials to deliver fusion energy to the grid. Attend this session to learn more about nuclear fusion, and the technologies at the core of the transition to a post-carbon economy.

  • 11:00AM - 11:30AM
    Sep 17, 2017

    smart booth
    expert talk
    presented by smart
  • 11:00AM - 11:45AM
    Sep 17, 2017

    insight stage
    inspiration talk

    People have more ways than ever to connect with each other, but paradoxically increasingly more opportunities not to. With increasing numbers of single households, cities will need to deliver new forms of living such as co-living to counteract the co-isolation. Building for the future means understanding the mega-trends, and in particular the needs of an ageing individualistic society. The real smart city is a mindful city - driven by connectivity to people, not simply technology. Join Oona Horx-Strathern to explore some of these mega-trends and re-imagine the future of our cities.

  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    The fashion industry, the second largest polluting in the world, is at a crossroads. Brands are able to produce fashion quickly through cheap petroleum-based fabrics and questionable labor standards, yet there is also a compelling movement driving big industry-wide changes - from biodegradable materials and ethical labor agreements to systemic shifts in how we value materials at every stage. Creating clothing through a circular economy has been a goal for many years - but how close are we? How are new manufacturing technologies and processes changing the game and getting us closer to a closed loop system? What can consumers do to drive change?

  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    makers’ spot
    workshop
    presented by wanderlust

    Wake up the parts of you that have fallen asleep! Be reintroduced to your own limitless potential through energizing movement, breath work and centering of your mind. Begin grounding your intention with slow meditative movement to link your body with your breath. Continue with a dynamic intermediate flow of poses that will activate your glutes and deactivate your lower back. Conclude with supine opening poses, allowing yourself to be fully present with an open heart. Walk away feeling more expansive and truly awake then ever before.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 25 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

    Please bring your own clothing and dress comfortably to move freely.
    Yoga mats will be available on site.

  • 11:00AM - 1:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    Cognitive computing (AI) is promising to make our work & life better and easier - in this workshop we give you some inspirations, where cognitive services expand human expertise and judgement to improve and accelerate people's impact. Discover how IBM is bringing Watson services into different solutions like collaboration-, career- or analytic-tools. However, generic cognitive capabilities are not enough, so join us for this hands-on session on how you can train Watson individually. Robot "Quinn Nao" will demonstrate how structured & unstructured data can be used for specific scenarios and workshopparticipants will learn how cognitive computing can be used for daily work & life.

    If you would like to explore these ideas in advance of the session, you can register for an IBM ID at https://www.ibm.com/account/profile/tr?page=reg. This will allow you to use IBM bluemix (https://console.ng.bluemix.net) and IBM Watson workspace (https://workspace.ibm.com - contact workshop instructor Arnd Layer for more info).

    No developer skills are required for the workshop although if you are a programmer, you can start coding immediately. Bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop to try cognitive computing live in Frankfurt.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 30 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 11:15AM - 12:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum I stage
    inspiration talk

    How we use the tools we have today will determine what the world looks like, tomorrow. Consumer technologies like smartphones have given us superpowers, and emergent tools like artificial intelligence and the blockchain have the potential to amplify those powers by an order of magnitude. How intentional we are in using these powers will determine whether we build a more capable and inclusive society, or one that merely amplifies what's already there. This is a talk for anyone who wants to understand how technology shapes society, and how we, through our purposefulness or lack thereof, decide on that shape.

  • 12:00PM - 12:45PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    From a personal tour of one of the world’s most captivating natural history museums, to the icy moons of Saturn, art helps enhance the story that science cannot tell on its own. In this talk, you’ll learn about new immersive storytelling tools that allow you to travel to previously unexplored worlds and spaces. Sasha will explain her path to creating films for science and her current work at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She will showcase new tools in virtual reality technologies as well as describe the resources available for you to make your own VR and 360 content. The future is bold, bright and virtual.

  • 12:15PM - 1:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    Everyone knows that it takes a good deal of hard work to be successful. John Cohn believes that it also requires a good dose of play. With four decades of experience in engineering John has learned that play not only keeps us satisfied, engaged and productive, but it is crucial for fostering creativity. In this talk, John will discuss how his own passion for play and an engineering degree has taken him from the workbench to corporate boardrooms and ultimately to eating rats on a reality TV show.

  • 12:15PM - 1:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum II stage
    expert talk

    As the boundaries between product and experience blur, the brand becomes platform: a dynamic network of products, services and experiences. A sense of emotional attachment has always been key to building brand identity, but in the digital age, community plays an ever-more important role. Interactions - the spaces between us - take on a new significance. So how do we, as businesses and individuals, create and maintain the kind of ecosystems to propel us into the future? What are the steps involved in moving from tangible products to abstract concepts? With our increasingly multifaceted identities, how can we create meaningful communities - both virtual and real-world - and use platforms to leverage their inherent value to brands?

    What role do our increasingly pluralized identities play as we strive to create meaning from virtual communities while tapping into their inherent value - and where does the platform intersect? In this discussion, we break down complex processes to answer such questions - as well as pose new ones.

  • 12:45PM - 1:45PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    makers’ spot
    workshop

    Things right now feel fucked. But what can we do? It's time for a new form of business--not social, not venture-based, but supported by the world's strongest and securest investors: people. At Einhorn, we don't yet know exactly how to build the company of the future, but we've been doing some serious experimenting--and already have some really exciting results. Ask me anything!

  • 1:00PM - 1:45PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    The feasibility of economically viable vertical indoor farming companies operating within mega-cities is at constant pressure voiced by industry critics. Reflecting a significant movement driven by consumers worldwide, who expect more transparency and better quality food from their suppliers, requires a valid business model, a potent financial foundation and a scalable innovative technology. Ever growing value is being placed on knowing how food is grown and consumers are looking to support a food system that not only sustains but also nurtures the environment, all at affordable prices. So how can retailers, supermarkets, hotels, schools and hospitals participate in a seemingly expensive trend?

    Martin will speak about the challenges that need to be tackled in order to crack the nut of economical practicability and sustainability. He'll share his experience of defining a functioning and validated business model for Infarm, a company that distributes smart modular farms throughout the urban environment to grow fresh produce for city dwellers and hence, contributing to an emerging urban food system that is resilient and transparent.

  • 1:30PM - 2:15PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum I stage
    inspiration talk

    Taylor has founded 5 companies: One made him a millionaire at 26, another bankrupted him completely, and all together those companies are credited with building over 500 impact projects (schools, libraries, homes, and more) in 15 countries, impacting 250,000 people. In this exciting and raw talk, Taylor shares the ups, the downs, and the crazy involved in building companies that change the world. And how you can use your calling to make impact and money at the same time.

  • 1:30PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    creators’ spot
    workshop

    In Europe, undocumented migrants from economically weaker countries are concentrating in cities as the only environment where survival is possible. An unprecedented increase in real estate prices recently has further fueled urban inequity, making the city core no longer affordable for the low and middle income groups, particularly younger households and immigrants.

    Despite the efforts of Global programs, such as UN and BID, local governments and communities, most urban patterns are conceived unevenly and can negatively impact the living conditions of people inhabiting these territories.

    To design the city of the future, we must take a look to Inequity and its various manifestations around the world. It is fundamental to study wellness in space in order to design more resilient environments capable of adapting themselves to new social and economic circumstances.

    In two hours, hear the latest research on Inequity in Bogotá, Baltimore and Rotterdam, followed by an interactive discussion on these common themes and how they relate to the city of Frankfurt (refugees and immigration, spatial safety, transportation, public spaces, access to technology, citizens participation in decision making, ...). This discussion will open up the group to a brainstorming session on spatial and social strategies aiming at (re-)balancing local inequity here in Frankfurt.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 30 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum II stage
    panel

    In 2007, biologists at the J. Craig Venter Research Institute reached a milestone when they took the entire genome of one species of bacterium and inserted it into the cytoplasm of another. The new bacteria took on all the characteristics of the donor bacteria. Now, 10 years later, an entirely new industry is being born based on the practice of constructing new pieces of DNA and using them to alter an organism’s genome. The resulting new organism, such as a bacterium or strain of yeast, performs a useful function, such as breaking down pollution, or it may manufacture a substance such as ethanol or a valuable drug. New companies are now springing up that are using synthetic biology to manufacture yeast for brewing perfume ingredients or heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These startups are using software, such as BioStudio, that partly automates the process of designing DNA strands, as well as photolithography techniques borrowed from the semiconductor industry to manufacture that DNA. The new field is dealing with intriguing controversies, such as the question of whether the techniques could someday be used to create more sophisticated life forms, such as new kinds of mammals — or even engineered people.

    IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.

  • 2:00PM - 3:30PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    smart booth
    startup pitch
    presented by smart

    Expect an intense competition and event: the three category winners will meet for a final pitch on the smart booth, streamed live on social media. All the buzz and excitement is more than worth it: the winners can expect a prize of EUR 5.000, EUR 10.000 or EUR 20.000 respectively plus a year’s worth of valuable expert advice as part of the smart urban pioneers support program for the top project.

    The award ceremony will take place from 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm on the smart booth.

  • 2:15PM - 3:00PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    insight stage
    expert talk

    Design Thinking and Agile Development methodologies have been around for decades. But if we have all the answers for successful innovation processes, why do we still struggle to innovate? Every organization has its unique methods for collecting, sharing and acting on new opportunities. But focusing on information sharing and hoping design methodologies simply lead to innovative ‘collaboration’ is actually leading to organizational paralysis and resistance to collective innovation. Alissia will share recent case studies from her work in the VR, AR, AI, and Connected Car space and present how companies can create cultural movements around learning and sharing that result in innovation outputs unique to each organizational culture.

  • 2:15PM - 3:15PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    makers’ spot
    workshop

    This workshop offers an in-depth class on how to practice mindfulness. There will be a combination of teaching and guided practice, with time for questions. We will explore how to meditate at home, as well as how to bring mindfulness into the workplace through practising small moments even during busy activities, thus enhancing productivity and efficiency, dealing better with stress and difficult relationships, as well as living one’s highest potential.

    Prerequisites: None
    Industry: All
    Capacity: Max. 70 participants (registration via me Convention app necessary)

  • 2:30PM - 3:15PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum I stage
    expert talk

    Welcome to the age of brain hacking. Kei will share real life examples of how brands are utilizing neuroscience to gain deeper consumer insight and how it is used by clients in their communication with consumers. See what you need to know about how future tech will impact your brand.

  • 3:30PM - 4:15PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    forum I & II stage
    keynote

    A$AP Rocky is a cultural beacon that continues to move past the status quo and lead the pack by continuing to evolve, innovate and disrupt the industry. With several accolades under his belt including being the first black male to ever be named the face of Dior Homme, having his sophomore studio album, At.Long.Last.A$AP go platinum at 1.4M units, a top 5 spot on opening weekend for his starring role in the critically-acclaimed and indie daring film Dope, and becoming a Creative Director for MTV and Viacom Velocity, he continues to prove that he's creative force to be reckoned with. A$AP Rocky will give us a look into his creative mind and share how he views the convergence of industries influencing his entrepreneurial endeavors, revitalizing legacy brands, and creating amazing work that continues to push boundaries.

  • 5:00PM - 5:30PM
    Sep 17, 2017

    smart booth
    expert talk
    presented by smart