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    program 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’ll examine the current state of the world, create a vision for a better future and uncover how to bridge the gap. We won’t settle for one-size-fits-all solutions, but instead look at different perspectives, approaches and dilemmas in an attempt to foresee the unforeseen. Designed as a ‘future lab’, we won’t just talk about the future – we’ll explore, experiment and learn from each other to go home with the skills, optimism and sense of urgency to start creating the world we want to see.

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Topics

To frame our exploration of the future, we’re taking a deep dive into four domains that will significantly impact the world as we know it.

Planet

Our little blue planet will be home to up to 11 billion people in just a few decades. We’ll need to find a way to provide food, housing, transport and more to meet the demands of our growing population, all while respecting nature’s limitations. Looking into exciting technologies, scientific insights and adopting a new mindset to approach the challenges, we’ll explore ways to take care of both people and the planet.

Science

CRISPR, printed organs, big data, artificial intelligence… Science is on a roll! But who gets to decide how new breakthroughs should be used? How can we avoid unintentional consequences? And which developments offer the most promise for creating healthier lives, sufficient food supplies and reversing environmental destruction? Together, we’ll examine ethical questions, experiment with the latest developments and demonstrate how science can help create a better future.

Society

We live in an era of contradictions: we’re more connected than ever, but we’ve never felt more isolated and lonely. We can access all the information we need, but feel insecure about what we actually know. Our health has never been better, at the same time new epidemics like obesity and mental health issues are soaring. Human rights and other social movements have empowered millions, while at the same time inequality seems to be an increasingly bigger challenge. Our industries are cleaner and more efficient than ever in history, while its impact on our climate and environment is devastating. Technology and science have brought about unimaginable progress, but it is time to critically review the results, adopt a long-term view and consider how we can design our systems, regulations and governance to create communities that benefit everyone. From (mental) health and economic equality, to pollution and access to resources, we’ll discuss and devise clever ways to overcome our current and impending social challenges.

Business

In a time of huge social, environmental and economic challenges, business practices are coming under increasing scrutiny. At the same time, people are looking towards CEOs to lead the change that they feel is necessary. But what happens when companies take over roles traditionally held by governments? Can they pave the way to a better, more sustainable world, and move us closer to a circular economy? Is it really possible to effectively combine people, planet and profit? We’ll dive deep into this changing landscape and take a hands-on approach to creating the companies of the future.

Who attends the me Convention?

The me Convention is designed for anyone and everyone who wants to be part of shaping our future. But it’s especially relevant for intrapreneurs, creatives, startups and students.

all inclusive

  • conference talks
  • interactive sessions
  • frankfurt exploration day
  • urban hotspots
  • parties & DJs
  • snacks & drinks
  • access to the IAA on Sep. 12 & 13
  • free public transport in frankfurt

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