Frankfurt 2019 Ola Källenius and Robert Habeck

frankfurt 2019

Get ready to #createthenew

What does the future hold? This question has fascinated us since the dawn of mankind – because if we know what lies ahead, we might be able to control it. But what if we flipped that question around and asked: What do we want our future to look like? And what can we do to make it happen? At the 2019 me Convention, we examined the current state of the world, created a vision for a better future and uncovered how to bridge the gap. 

We welcomed over 140 speakers and 2,200 participants from across the globe for 58 talks and 52 interactive/mentor sessions. We also drank 426 liters of coffee and danced for 17 hours to some of the hottest DJs around.

exploration day

discover frankfurt’s urban hotspots.

From arts and culture to shopping and tasty eats, we selected some of the city’s best urban hotspots to help our attendees discover Frankfurt in style. 

From art and culture Galerie Anita Beckers and Galerie Maurer to shopping at Kaufhaus im ORT or Affentor and snacks at Tachelesz, all participants had the possibility to design their ideal city experience by visiting some of our recommended hotspots – plus take advantage of special offers just for me Convention participants.

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casual kick-off at wework

After spending the day exploring the city, the participants headed over to the WeWork office for a special kick-off session. There you could join us for some laid-back networking and a cold beverage and find out more about the upcoming conference highlights from the me Convention team.

conference Days

session talk lewis hamilton and imafidon festhalle

sessions: inspiration

Three days and nights filled with thought-provoking talks and mentor sessions, hands-on labs and interactive experiences.

For our very first session of the 2019 me Convention, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton joined computing, mathematics and language prodigy Anne-Marie Imafidon on stage to discuss how to tap into your strengths and understand where you can make the most impact.

Robert Habeck, Chairman of Germany’s Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party, and Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, discussed sustainability strategies, the mobility of the future and the challenges of balancing environmental protection and economic growth. The conversation was moderated by journalist Dunja Hayali. 

workshops: learning by doing

Everyone had tons of fun rolling up their sleeves and building new skills. Fixing electronics, learning to code, brushing up on public speaking, using design thinking for agroforestry, taking time for self care and visualizing data. 

Mentor Sessions are one-on-one coaching with professionals from a variety of industries. There are four one-on-one meetings during the one-hour mentor sessions.

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esports gaming coworking wework conference

interactive installations at the me Base

The me Base was  just the right place for coworking, networking and getting inspired by engaging activities, like: 

  • discovering your own digital transformation and a multilingual conversation between two chatbots by two installations from ZKM Karlsruhe
  • a stylish workspace by wework
  • the future of beauty and body which has been translated into art objects and installations by students from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, presented by Cosnova 
  • the project IF booth where you could gain inspiration from the visions of four experts and create your own by building a city model
  • an eSports Arena 
  • rotating exhibitions from up-and-coming mobility startups curated by STARTUP AUTOBAHN and powered by Plug and Play
  • the scribit wall: a unique art work done by the world’s first write and erase robot

evening events: party like a rockstar

When the sun goes down at the me Convention, it’s time to raise a glass and get your groove on! At this year’s event, we’ve had three nights of fantastic DJs and parties for an experience we won’t soon forget.

September 11: opening night 

The historic Festhalle was the perfect backdrop for our opening night! Global DJ phenomenon and new European brand ambassador for smart Alan Walker headlined the party, with Konstantin Sibold warming up the crowd with his mind-bending beats. 

September 12: me Convention night

For Thursday’s party, we took the me Convention participants to a top-secret location near the main me Convention venue. The night kicked off with a local act to get everyone warmed up, followed by the irresistible sounds of Moodymann. Straight outta Detroit, he brings his distinctive point of view to the electronic dance scene, blending reworked riffs with classic soul and jazz gems.

September 13: closing party 

The final festivities of the me Convention started at the Festhalle ,where we welcomed dynamic duo Âme for a live set of forward-looking house and techno sounds. Next up was Ruede Hagelstein, with deep roots in the Berlin scene. After the Festhalle closed its doors we kept the party going at our off-site location with a DJ set from Âme. 

highlight video

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