CODE_n new.New Festival: Meet our inspiring speakers!

08/29/2016  |  CODE_n16 Startup CONTEST, new.New Festival

Needless to say, a conference program lives and dies with the quality of speakers, which is why we made sure to bring you the best of the best. We proudly present our inspiring thought leaders! Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our 65 experts from various fields, starting now!

13891869_1277581888926116_3830363214716681425_nEntrepreneuer Armin Pohl, who has already won an Emmy Award for his company’s visual effects in Game of Thrones, usually counts creating digital worlds for Mercedes Benz to his every day work tasks as CEO of Mackevision. During his keynote, he will take you into the colourful world of 3D-visualizations and digital effects and explain how these pictures that are being created change our perception of reality.

13906788_1286804218003883_3521143008399265468_nNeuro, Science, Entertainment – no one knows better how to link these three elements, than Dr. Henning Beck. As experienced neuroscientist and published author he usually supports business to use brain-based approaches in order to develop innovative and efficient workflows. Interested in how to “Brain the information”? Come join Henning’s session and find out more about deep understanding vs. deep learning.

13924810_1285939741423664_4015528905281743244_nHannes Sjoblad is co-founder of the Sweden-based biohacker network Bionyfiken – and as a bodyhacker himself, he does not step back from experimenting with technology on his own body. That’s why we’re very excited to bring him live on stage to talk about the connected body and how to make humans a part of the Internet of Things.

13892139_1280428458641459_2338026545172668346_nExecutive Vice President of Axel Springer – Christoph Keese – is leading one of Europe’s largest publishing group and knows that transforming a traditional publishing company into a digital one is not an easy task. Yet, Axel Springer is industry leader in digitalization. Exploring investment opportunities, Christoph Keese has spent 6 months in Palo Alto and will bring us a Report from Silicon Valley to Karlsruhe.

14064294_1302547916429513_9215165594842403293_nRavi Kurani joined Earlybird in 2016 and is currently an Associate at the Munich office. Prior to that, he was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he mainly worked in the financial services and provate equity industry. He’s an absolute expert in the world of finance and will join us for two sessions, discussing “How FinTech can work with Investors” and how startups can “Convince a VC“.

14064209_1302552043095767_3839850740487115251_nWithout creativity, the world would stand still. But how can you fuel your inventiveness? Our speaker Jonathan Tilley, a personal brand stategist who has been featue in Feelancers Union, New Media Europe, The Husqvarna Group and many more helps people shing online, will take you on a journey through the process of creativity. Check out his viral TEDx talk and more importantly visit his keynote “What Creativity is Trying to Tell You” to become a visionary.

Complete list of all confirmed speakers (updated permanently):

André M. Bajorat, CEO figo GmbH
Andrea Pfundmeier, Founder & CEO, Secomba GmbH
Andrew Scotland, Head of Agile & Continuous Delivery Practice, GFT UK
Armin Pohl, CEO, Mackevision Medien Design GmbH
Arnab Chakraborty, Managing Director Accenture Digital / Analytics, Accenture
Bernd Gill, Head of Service Innovation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Bruno Ginnuth, Co-founder &CEO, CelverShuttle
Christof Siebert, Head of Technology and Innovation Management, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
Christoph Keese, Executive Vice President, Axel Springer
Christopher Coenen, Senior Researcher, KIT-ITAS
Daniela Schiffer, Co-Founder & COO,
Dr. Christoph Glingener, CTO/COO, Adva Optical Networking
Dr. Henning Beck, Neuroscientist and Author
Dr. Ignasi Barri, Innovation Manager and Head of GFT Digital Banking Lab, GFT Spain
Dr. Michael Raschke, Co-Founder, TTI GmbH, TGU blickshift
Dr. Svenja Falk, Managing Director Accenture & Research Vorstand Accenture-Stiftung, Accenture
Dr. Ulrich Simon, Senior Vice President Corporate Research & Technology, Carl Zeiss AG
Dr.-Ing. Christoph Deutskens, M. Eng, Chief Engineer, Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components
Dr.-Ing. Peter Leibinger, Managing Partner & President Laser and Electronics Division, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
Florian Weigmann, CEO, Axoom GmbH
Frank Boberach, Head of Product Management, ReiseBank AG
Frank Riemensperger, Senior Managing Director, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Accenture
Franz Lehmann, Investment Manager, TRUMPF Venture GmbH
Friederike Stradtmann, Expert Digital Business Models, Accenture
Gareth Richardson, Managing Director Atlantic Region, GFT UK
Gitte Bedford, Vice President, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH
Hannes Sjoblad, Founder, BioNyfiken
Holger Löbel, CMO/Co-Founder, Baselabs GmbH
Jan Ising, Managing Director & Head of Strategy – Life Science, Accenture
Jen Brajer, Vice President Digital Processes and Systems, Carl Zeiss AG
Jeremy Taylor, Strategy Owner, Capital Markets, GFT UK
Joachim Dorfs, Editor in chief, Stuttgarter Zeitung Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Jörn Menninger, Founder and Host,,
Jonathan Tilley, Personal Brand Strategist
Julie Lake, Founder, FinTechCity
Lothar Meenen, Head of Trade Finance & Cash Management Corporates, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank AG
Maks Giordano, Digital Strategist & Senior Expert, Wired Consulting
Manuel Meyer, Business Innovation Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Marco Faulhammer, Senior Manager, Strategy Innovation, Commercial Development, Vodafone GmbH
Marika Lulay, Chief Operating Officer, GFT Technologies SE
Martin Schell, Director, Fraunhofer HHI, TU Berlin
Martina Merz, Non-Executive Director in companies listed in Sweden, Belgium and Germany
Matthias Hornberger, CFO Kizoo, Technology Capital and CEO CyberForum e.V.
Matthias Weis, Head of Sm!GHT
Michael Jakob Reinartz, Director Innovation, Vodafone GmbH
Michael Lauk, Geschäftsführer/CEO, neuroloop GmbH
Michael Schimmel
Michal Urbaniak
Mohanad Fors
Oliver Naegele, Founder Blockchain Helix AG, FinTech Headquarter
Pascal Kerhervé, Digital Strategy Director, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications
Patricia Catellon, Global Segment Marketing Manager, Retail Banking & Insurance, GFT Spain
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza, Head of the Institute, wbk Insitut für Produktionstechnik, Karlsruher Insitut für Technologie (KIT)
Prof. Dr. Peter Weibel, Chairman and CEO, ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Prof. Ulrich Weinberg, Director School of Design Thinking, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
Philipp Edward Krönecke, Business Development Manager IoT & Industry, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Philippe Gelis, CEO & CO-Founder, Kantox
Pierre Suhrcke, Director, Acorus Capital
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp, University Professor & Scientific Director, Leibniz Institure of Photonic Technology
Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf, Chair of Information Systems and New Media, Managing Director of the School of Media and Information (iSchool), University Siegen
Rainer Thieringer, Head of Software Development Department, TRUMPF Laser GmbH
Ralf Eichhorn, Head of Unit, SmarterCity Karlsruhe, Economic Development and Innovation
Ralph Beckmann, Exectuive Consultant Blockchain Technology, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ravi Kurani, Associate, Earlybird Venture Capital
Robert Thielicke, Editor in Chief Technology Review, Heise Medien GmbH
Susanna Hertich, Artist and Researcher
Sven Rens, Founder, Mr Beam Lasers
Swen Postels, Strategist and Chief Technologist Automotive, Hwelett Packard Enterprise
Teja Philipp, Founder, Mr Beam Lasers
Timo Sillober, Director Products & Services and Digitization, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Tony Sodhi, Head of Legal, Regulatory & Compliance, GFT UK
Uli Huener, Head of Innovation Management, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Ulrich Dietz, Initiator of CODE_n and CEO, GFT Technologies SE
Umberto Zanchi, Insurance Market Director, GFT Italy
Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg
Wolfgang Beeck, Chief Technical Officer /CTO) DACH, Software AG
Wolfgang Huhn, Head of Lighting Development, Audi AG
Yannick Hausmann, Business Innovation Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise