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"Where vision, creativity and the ability to get things done come together, new things are created." The managing director of the Berlin-Brandenburg Business Associations (UVB), Sven Weickert, is optimistic about the digital future of Berlin as an industrial city. In our interview format "3 questions, 3 answers" we talk to him about why digital education must become a matter of course and why industry is so important for the city.

Our morning panel on 2 September will also be dealing with "Modern industry in urban space". Among other things, we want to discuss the potential of production in the city with you, as well as the role Siemensstadt 2.0 plays for Berlin as a modern and sustainable business location.

How do you see Berlin and the urban economy of tomorrow? Talk to us and our panel guests on September 2 about Berlin's future as an industrial location and take advantage of new networking opportunities – click here for the program.

Register now for the first, free, virtual Berlin Urban Tech Summit!

We are delighted that Christiane Stein will once again be moderating the Berlin Urban Tech Summit this year.

Christiane Stein is a presenter and news journalist and has worked for the news channel n-tv and ARD, among others. The qualified business economist has been leading numerous congresses and events in industry, business and politics for many years. Her focus is on digitalization and artificial intelligence.
"Modern industry in urban space"

Growing cities, the digitalization of industry and climate change present companies with great challenges, but also open up a wide range of opportunities: Siemensstadt 2.0 is an innovative and sustainable project – embedded in the 120-year-old Siemensstadt – that aims to create new connectivity between the areas living, working and culture, actively involving citizens in the planning process.

In our panel "Modern industry in urban space", which will take place from 11:00 to 12:00, Dr. Karina Rigby (Siemens AG), Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby (Berlin School of Economics and Law), Mia Rolf (Ideon Science Park, Lund, Sweden) and Arzu Tekir (Urbanite Venture) will discuss fascinating future issues:

What potential does production in the city offer? What approaches is Siemensstadt 2.0 opting for and how will they fit into the Berlin innovation landscape? What opportunities for modern concepts – from mobility management and the integration of renewable energies to the digitalization of the city – emerge as a result? And what concrete benefits does the further development of Berlin into a "smart city" have for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular?

Confederation of Employers and Business Associations of Berlin and Brandenburg

The Confederation of Employers and Business Associations Berlin-Brandenburg (UVB) is the umbrella organization of employers and business associations in the capital region. It represents the interests of around 60 member associations from industry, trade, crafts and services and deals with issues relevant to social and economic policy in the location.

To ensure that the capital region remains a competitive and attractive location in which it is worth investing and working, the UVB is committed to creating framework conditions that encourage people to come up with ideas and innovations. We regard the intensive promotion of education and research, an efficient infrastructure and a secure, competitive energy supply as important prerequisites for successful business. This also includes a social climate that provides goodwill and recognition.

In addition to its head office in Berlin, the UVB covers the entire territory of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg with its district offices in Cottbus, Frankfurt/Oder and Potsdam.

More information on the Berlin-Brandenburg Business Associations (UVB) can be found here: www.uvb-online.de

1. Why is industry so important for Berlin?

In terms of the number of industrial jobs, Berlin is the largest German industrial city. The capital benefits enormously from industry: Industrial companies make a well above-average contribution to value creation, they invest disproportionately in research and create numerous industry-related service jobs.

What does the future of production look like?

The digital economy and industry are growing together. Digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) or 3D printing are changing production fundamentally. It is becoming more efficient, flexible and resource-saving. Berlin can make its mark here as a city of "new digital production". The conditions for this are excellent: More IoT companies have their headquarters in Berlin than in any other German city, and almost a third of all German AI companies are based here. The city's scientific potential in the digital disciplines is enormous. And numerous start-ups are already working successfully on linking digital and production technologies.

3. What needs to be considered on the way to becoming the "digital industrial city of Berlin"?

Digital-based production needs digitally competent specialists. Digital education must therefore become a natural part of teaching and studying. But in-company training and further education must also become digital. Moreover, digital production can only work with an efficient digital infrastructure. This means that industrial broadband, LTE and, in future, 5G must be available at all industrial locations in the city.

In terms of innovation policy, Berlin's future locations play a central role in the digital transformation of industry. The most recent industry projects at the Werner-von-Siemens Center in Siemensstadt, the current plans on the EUREF campus, and the new dynamism at the business and science location Schöneweide all demonstrate this: Where vision, creativity and the ability to get things done come together, new things are created. With an ecosystem of this kind, the future locations will become the nuclei of the "Digital Industrial City Berlin".


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