23. August 2016

Making Big Data a success in Bavaria – Conference in Munich

On July 18, 2016, the vbw Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy organized a special conference in Munich to launch its new report on the opportunities and challenges for Big Data in Bavaria. See the following article in this newsletter for its main recommendations.

More than 500 guests attended the conference in the MOC event center to discuss the potential of Big Data with the experts of the Council for the Future of the Bavarian Economy.

A driver for future growth

Alfred Gaffal, the President of the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) and Chairman of the Council for the Future, called on Bavaria to become a “global leader for Big Data”. Gaffal stressed that “the only way to safeguard our wealth and employment is to support innovation and technology leadership”. Big Data, he concluded, “can be a real driver for Bavaria’s future economic success”.

He was joined by Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann, President of the Technical University Munich and joint Chairman of the Council for the Future, who championed an “optimistic entrepreneurial agenda for the Big Data era”. Herrmann predicted that Big Data technologies, such as intelligently networked factories or energy-efficient planning, will lead to a fundamental process of change.

Ilse Aigner, Bavaria’s Minister for Economics and a member of the Council for the Future, said it was vital for Bavaria “to make the most of this opportunity”. She expressed the intention of the Bavarian state government to support the development of new technologies and business models in this sector. “Making Bavaria a pioneer in Big Data”, she said, “will bring added value and employment opportunities to the entire region”.

Ilse Aigner, Bavaria’s Minister for Economics and member of the Council for the Future

Big Data in Bavaria’s key technologies

The potential of Big Data in Bavaria’s key technologies was not only emphasized by the speakers, but also made tangible in so-called “FutureCubes” displayed around the event center. Dancing robots and video-assisted mood-analysis were only two of the impressive applications on display.

Finally, the visitors could address all their questions about Big Data directly to the experts of the Council for the Future during the “Ask the Council” segment which concluded the event.

The responses by the Council for the Future as well as further information about its activities can be found on the following website: www.vbw-zukunftsrat.de (German only).


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