Accelerating the Cognitive Economy

Join the AI.SUMMIT to network and explore Hamburg’s AI ecosystem and international partnerships to accelerate the cognitive economy.

The AI.SUMMIT with 21 international AI champions, 6 AI local heros at the Start-Up Pitch Competition, and nearly 300 attendees at the Emporio Tower in Hamburg and virtually, the first international AI.SUMMIT in Hamburg has been a great success.

A huge THANK YOU to all participants!

Find the first impressions in the Photo Gallery and watch this space for the event recordings and updates about the next AI.SUMMIT 2022.

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The AI.SUMMIT, as the pre-event of BLOCKCHANCE EUROPE 2021, took place on December 1st, 2021 on top of Hamburg, at the Emporio Tower.

The AI.SUMMIT is the platform to explore the next frontier of this increasingly cognitive economy in Hamburg and the world. Champions of AI and the cognitive revolution explore trends, present use cases and analyse challenges for applying and scaling the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other cognitive technologies in healthcare, logistics, business, climate and sustainability during the one-day event.

Come network and explore Hamburg’s AI ecosystem and international partnerships to accelerate the cognitive economy.

Why AI?

Artificial intelligence and the autonomous systems that embed it have become the brains of the modern data economy. As such, they have started to reshape human values, trust, and power around the world. Whether in medicine, money, or love, technologies powered by forms of artificial intelligence are playing an increasingly prominent role in our lives. New AI technologies can drive cars, treat damaged brains and nudge workers to be more productive, but they also can threaten, manipulate, and alienate us from others. We need to understand its potentials as well as threats and address them to design AI systems and a digital economy that is truly human-centered.

Why Hamburg?

Few AI champions are to be found in Germany’s traditional economy. A nascent but vibrant AI ecosystem is emerging in Hamburg. Like the city itself, Hamburg’s AI ecosystem is hanseatic and hence oriented towards the global economy. This is evident in the ecosystem’s focus on logistics as well as the fact that Hamburg as well as Schleswig Holstein are increasingly becoming the bridgehead of growing transatlantic AI partnerships. What is emerging is therefore a reason for hope and an impetus to further develop both the city’s and the country’s AI ecosystems. This is all the more important as both sides of the Atlantic face critical post-pandemic uncertainties for national economic development and therefore increasingly see AI as a policy priority to address these uncertainties.

Our Mission

In line with the vision of AI.HAMBURG to promote the knowledge and broad application of artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning, in companies for the benefit of the economy at large, the AI.SUMMIT pursues the following objectives:


“Wake up” the German economy as well as businesses about the potential of AI and make it to a more cognitive future more tangible for German SMEs.


Accelerate Hamburg’s AI Excellence Hub by making better use of the existing AI ecosystem and Champion local AI talent and business use cases in selected industry verticals.


Agitate for much faster application experimentation and scale-out execution.


Advance the discourse on future AI trends and promote global perspectives and partnerships.


Stimulate networking between startups, established companies, academia, research & policy makers.


The AI.SUMMIT brings together large enterprises, SME companies, startups, researchers, students, policymakers, public servants, and international partners of AI.Hamburg.


December 1, 2021


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Olaf Groth, Ph.D.

CEO Cambrian Futures, Inc., Faculty at Hult International Business School and Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

Olaf Groth is founder and managing partner of Cambrian Futures. He is also the Co-author of Solomon’s Code, professor of strategy and economics at Hult International Business School, professional faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and an executive for the evolving global innovation economy with 20 years of experience in corporations, consulting firms, and academia. Olaf Groth has helped build new ventures and change management initiatives for employers and clients in the energy, technology, aerospace and transportation sectors in 30+ countries.



Local AI Champions: The AI.SUMMIT wants YOU!

We would like to give a stage to AI startups based in Hamburg and surrounding areas (Northern Germany) and hold a Start-up pitch for this purpose, where local (Northern German) talent will have the opportunity to present themselves and their AI-based solutions. A great prize awaits the winner!

Thank you to our partners and jury members:

Sponsors & Mediapartner



The initiators and hosts of the AI.SUMMIT are Petra Vorsteher, who is Hamburg’s Silicon Valley Ambassador and one of the best networked women in the world and Ragnar Kruse, a very successful entrepreneur who has built and exited one of the most successful mobile companies worldwide – made in Hamburg – and who is founder and CEO at AI Invest GmbH and AI for Hamburg GmbH.


BLOCKCHANCE is Germany’s leading AI, blockchain and sustainability conference and trade fair. It is envisaged to take place between 2 and 4 December. A business-to-business and community network event for these trending topics. It is local and international. The mission is to educate about economic perspectives and social changes and chances brought to us by AI blockchain and sustainability technologies.


Hamburg@work is the largest cross-industry network in Germany that deals with digitalization. Also known as DigitalCluster.Hamburg the network offers a platform to exchange and discuss experiences, objectives and problems during the digitalization of core business processes. The right people are brought together here, online and onsite at inspiring events. In this way, the network offers its members clear orientation and expertise for their entrepreneurial activities in the context of digitalization and uses the collective thought leadership for extensive knowledge transfer.



Emporio, 23rd Floor, Dammtorwall 15, 20355 Hamburg

The AI.SUMMIT will be held as a 2G plan event. Learn more about Hygiene measurements during the AI.SUMMIT.