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Evening Event: me Convention x Frankfurter Buchmesse

After an inspiring day at the Messe, it’s time to head to the city for a fun-filled evening! Located in a historic villa next to the Main River, the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum is the perfect backdrop for two special evenings of guest speakers, discussions and interactive experiences.

This program is made possible thanks to an exclusive collaboration with the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the support of FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH. Stop by to grab a drink, hang out with new friends and expand your mind, all at the same time!

September 12: Living with Machines: Why Humanity Matters in a World of Thinking Machines

Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and humanoid robots – the proliferation of new technologies is being met with both fascination and fear. Have we already reached the point in time when technological growth is becoming uncontrollable and irreversible? And how can we shape and define the interaction between humans and machines? On Thursday, authors and experts from the realm of arts and technology who discuss and debate our inevitable future of living with machines.

Program overview Thursday

  • 6:30 pm Doors open
  • 7:00 pm Welcome speeches
  • 7:10 pm Seda Röder: Embracing our Humanity. Embracing Creativity.
  • 7:20 pm Kathleen Richardson: The Ethics of Robots
  • 7:35 pm Nathalie Weidenfeld: Exploring the Intersection of Reality and Fantasy – A Look at the Big Screen
  • 8:05 pm Johannes Grenzfurthner: Art, Technology & Humanity
  • 8:20 pm: Panel discussion with all of the evening’s featured speakers

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September 13: Diversity: Why does it matter?

When we hear the word ‘diversity,’ we often assume it’s about human ethnicity or multicultural societies. But the concept of diversity encompasses a far wider range of issues, from diversity of life forms and languages to diversity of religions and cultures. On Friday, our experts and authors will explore diversity from all the most important angles under the theme of Diversity: Why does it matter?.

Program overview Friday

  • 6:30 pm Doors open
  • 7:00 pm Welcome speeches
  • 7:20 pm Dr Fabian Feutlinske: Biomimicry: Learning from Nature
  • 7:40 pm Marit de Hoog: Jimmy Nelson: Homage to Humanity
  • 8:05 pm Eric Freedman J.D.: Why Covering the Environment is One of the Most Dangerous Beats in Journalism
  • 8:20 pm: Panel discussion with Gemma Milne, Mirko Whitfield, Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Laura Hildebrandt, Jessica Cheam and Kai Kupferschmidt

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VR experience and Digital Revolution exhibition

But it’s not just about the expert speakers! Be sure to explore all four floors of the DFF for informative and playful experiences that highlight the best of cinema and cutting-edge viewing experiences. For example, take a trip through 50 years of digital history by visiting “Digital Revolution,” a special temporary exhibition brought over from the Barbican Centre in London and curated by the DFF. And make sure to sign up to see the three best VR projects that were recently shown at the NewImages Festival in Paris. Finally, head to the top floor to pose for some silly snapshots in front of the blue screen. (And yes, they have costumes!).

RSVP to save your spot

Don’t miss out! Space is limited, so if you want to join us on Thursday or Friday, be sure to save your spot in advance. RSVP using the me Convention app. We can’t wait to see you there.

View the full evening program For more information about the program, including the activities and speakers featured during the Buchmesse evening events, download the program PDF.

Disclaimer: The views of me Convention speakers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of either Mercedes-Benz and/or SXSW.