Breaking Boundaries: AI Trends, Innovations and Use Cases


With generative AI and ChatGPT leading the charge, AI is breaking into the mainstream. The attention will inevitably lead to greater adoption.

Tech startups and innovators are now finding an environment hungry for practical solutions across industries. At the same time, new generations of breakthrough innovations are emerging in research labs, waiting to be successfully commercialized.

Location: CCH – Congress Center Hamburg

As AI pushes boundaries, regulation is picking up steam, with the European AI Act likely to set a global benchmark and heralding new requirements for governance and oversight.

Companies that want to take advantage of these current and future opportunities must now find ways to responsibly deploy AI across the board. We are beyond the experimental stage – speed, scale and responsible use are now of the essence to seize the opportunity. The AI.SUMMIT 2023 partnered with the BLOCKCHANCE conference.


Join thought leaders, innovators and investors at the AI.SUMMIT Hamburg 2023, partnered with the BLOCKCHANCE Conference 23, to uncover the latest trends, innovations and use cases, and explore what it takes to lead the future with AI. Get ready for an exciting journey of keynotes, use case presentations, panel discussions and networking possibilities!

Dr. Peter Tschentscher

President of the Bundesrat and First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Jason Chue

U.S. Consul General to Northern Germany

Dr. Thomas Sattelberger

Member of German Bundestag 2017-2022; State Secretary for Research at the Ministry for Education and Research (until June 2022)

Roxane Stelzel

Senior Consultant Data Science & AI at Deloitte GmbH

Olga Heuser

Co-Founder & CEO at DialogShift

Alexander Weltzsch

Co-Founder & CEO of Dealcode GmbH

Cyrus Hodes

Co-Founder of AIGC Chain

Jasvin Bhasin

Founder & CEO at bridge.the.NEXT()

Hans Kleemann, Ph.D

Research Group Leader at Institute for Applied Physics, TU Dresden

Daniel Luecht

Founder & CEO at NASH Renewables GmbH

Mark Anderson

Founder & CEO at Pattern Computer; CEO at Strategic News Service

Kate Hach

Head of Program at Intel Ignite

Olly Salzmann

Partner at Deloitte Consulting and Chief Strategy & Growth Officer KI Park eV

Tobias Straube

Partner & VP Analysis at Cambrian, Board Member at Digital Waves

Dr. David Pervan

Co-Founder & VP at Yoko Village

Tanju Bulut

Industry Architect at Google Cloud

Karsten Ramm

Director Digital Products & Innovation at Hapag-Lloyd AG


Dr. Ralph Grothman

Principal Key Expert Consultant at Siemens Data Lab Deutschland

David Patrician


Daniel Szabo

CEO at Körber Digital GmbH

Felix Broßmann

Director Intelligent Automation at SKAD GmbH

Dr. Julia Imlauer

Roboticist | ML Expert | AI Enthusiast

Hendrik A. Reese

Partner at PwC

Kirsten Rulf

Partner & Associate Director; Tech Policy Fellow at UC Berkeley Tech

Julia Reinhardt

Senior Fellow Stiftung Mercator at AI Campus Berlin

Prof. Georg Ringe

Professor of Law & Finance at University Hamburg

Pauline Lux

Product Group Architect at Basler AG

Christopher Obereder

Fund Manager

Blockchance Speakers - Open Stage - June 28th, 2023

Thomas Heinrich

Director Data Driven Organizations | Generative AI Lead | Deloitte Risk Advisory

Kristiina Coenen

TheGarage | Innovation, Transformation & Tax Tech Specialist

Ragnar Kruse

Founder & CEO AI.FUND

Dr. Matthias Mörch

Senior Manager | Data Driven Organizations | Deloitte Risk Advisory

Expected Highlights

Dive into the latest trends, AI innovations and use cases – presented through keynotes, pitches and panel discussions from thought leaders, startups and industry leaders – and immerse yourself in an international ecosystem at the intersection of AI and Blockchain at the Hamburg AI SUMMIT.

Key Topics


Examining ChatGPT, Bard and Generative AI at large

What is the breakthrough behind generative AI and ChatGPT, and what industry applications, business models, and cybersecurity implications will we see emerge? Which Industries will be disrupted (and when)? What will be the impact on skills and jobs?

Intersection of AI and Web3, the next growth horizon?


From data processing to supply chain management and from fraud detection to process automation, the potential of AI and blockchain working together is ubiquitous. It promises to boost trust AI and provide new ways to govern human-machine interactions. But what potential does the interplay of these technologies already offer to enterprises and SMEs today? What new opportunities do they open up for innovators? And how can the technologies be used for new forms of governance?

AI Innovations, from the lab to the market



Science serves as the breeding ground for breakthrough innovations. Europe and Germany are strong in AI research but weak in commercialization. What AI advances are currently being developed in labs, and how can they be turned into viable, scalable solutions? How are companies successfully spun out of universities?

AI at the interface of Climate Change & Sustainability



AI is an important tool in the fight against climate change, for example by enabling smart grids or climate models, and at the same time it emits – whether through the power consumption of data centers or the production of semiconductors. How can we leverage AI to fight climate change? How can we make AI green?


What it takes to build an AI centered enterprise


How to successfully introduce and holistically leverage AI and robotic innovations across company functions, from HR to production and finance to marketing? How can corporates and SMEs boost their competitiveness and efficiency with the implementation of AI solutions?

The role of AI governance and regulation for innovators



What does the increasing importance of explainable, trusted and responsible AI, Privacy, AI Regulation (AI Act) mean for my business and product development? What regulatory initiatives are globally emerging and shaping markets?


9.00 – 9.05 am

Opening of the AI.SUMMIT 2023

Welcome Words

Petra Vorsteher (AI.HAMBURG), Ragnar Kruse (AI.HAMBURG)
9.05 – 9.15 am

Opening of the AI.SUMMIT 2023

Welcome Words

Jason Chue (U.S. Consul General to Northern Germany)
9.15 – 09.30 am

ChatGPT, Bard and Generative AI at large

KEYNOTE: Game Changers: Generative AI and LLM’s Impact on Industries and Societies

Tanju Bulut (Google Cloud)
9.30 – 09.45 am

ChatGPT, Bard and Generative AI at large

KEYNOTE: Unleashing AI in Sales: The Transformative Power of Generative AI and ChatGPT

Alexander Weltzsch (Dealcode GmbH)
9.45 – 10.00 am

ChatGPT, Bard and Generative AI at large

KEYNOTE: Innovative Applications of Generative AI in the Customer Service Industry: Lessons from the Hotel Sector

Olga Heuser (DialogShift)
10.00 – 10.15 am

Hamburg & AI

KEYNOTE: From Hamburg to the world: The secret sauce of Hapag-Lloyd’s AI journey

Karsten Ramm (Hapag-Lloyd)
10.15 – 10.30 am

Hamburg & AI

Welcome Words

Dr. Peter Tschentscher (President of the Bundesrat and First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg)

10.30 – 10.45 am Coffee Break  
10.45 – 11.00 am

Intersection of AI and Web3

KEYNOTE: Promise of AI & Web3: Rationale, use cases and where we are

Tobias Straube (Cambrian Futures & Digital Waves)
11.00 – 11.15 am

Intersection of AI and Web3

KEYNOTE: AI & Web3 - A match made in digital heaven?

Jasvin Bhasin (bridge.the.NEXT( ))
11.15 – 11.30 am

Intersection of AI and Web3

KEYNOTE: Blockchain as a powerful tool for responsible generative AI

Cyrus Hodes (AIGC Chain)
11.30 – 11.45 am

AI-centred enterprise

KEYNOTE: How Ecosystems influence Enterprise AI and vice versa

Olly Salzmann (Deloitte, KI Park)
11.45 – 12.30 pm

AI-centred enterprise

PANEL DISCUSSION: What it takes to build an AI centred enterprise

Dr. Ralph Grothmann (Siemens Data Lab Deutschland), Daniel Szabo (Körber Digital), Dr. Julia Imlauer (Roboticist | ML Expert | AI Enthusiast), Pauline Lux (Basler), Christopher Obereder (Fund Manager)
12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch Break  
1.30 – 2.15 pm

Startup-Pitch Competition (sponsored by AI.FUND)


JURY MEMBERS: Petra Vorsteher (AI.HAMBURG),Ragnar Kruse (AI.HAMBURG), Mathias Jäger (, Stefan Stengel (Gateway49), Prof. Dr. Ralf Möller (DFKI), Uwe Jens Neumann (Hamburg@work), May-Lena Bork (Startup City Hamburg), Nico Lumma (NMA Venture Capital), Wolfgang Hildesheim (IBM)
2.15 – 2.30 pm

AI Innovations, from the lab to the market

KEYNOTE: A Plastic Brain - Mimicking the evolution of the nervous system for advancing AI

Dr. Hans Kleemann (TU Dresden)
2.30 – 2.45 pm

AI Innovations, from the lab to the market

KEYNOTE: AI, tough regulation or freedom?

Dr. Thomas Sattelberger (Former Member of the German Bundestag & State Secretary)
2.45 – 3.00 pm

AI Innovations, from the lab to the market

KEYNOTE: Get out. How to run from the Lab and not get eaten by the Market

Kate Hach (Intel Ignite)
3.00 – 3.15 pm Coffee Break  
3.15 – 3.30 pm

AI at the interface of Climate Change & Sustainability

KEYNOTE: AI-Driven Sustainability: Detecting Wildfires for a Resilient Future

Roxane Stelzel (Deloitte)
3.30 – 3.45 pm

AI at the interface of Climate Change & Sustainability

KEYNOTE: Carbon Markets and AI – The Dynamic Duo Taking on Climate Change!

Dr. David Pervan (Yoko Village)
3.45 – 4.00 pm

AI at the interface of Climate Change & Sustainability

KEYNOTE: Towards a 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Future - accelerate the decarbonization of our electricity systems

Daniel Luecht (NASH Renewables)
4.00 – 4.15 pm

AI Governance and Regulation

KEYNOTE: No One Will Trust AI Without Explainable AI

Mark Anderson (Pattern Computer)
4.15 – 5.00 pm

AI Governance and Regulation

PANEL DISCUSSION: The AI Act and the role of AI governance for innovators

Hendrik Reese (PwC), Prof. Georg Ringe (University Hamburg), Kirsten Rulf (BCG), Julia Reinhardt (Stiftung Mercator/ AI Campus Berlin), Felix Broßmann (SKAD)
5.00 – 5.30 pm

Startup Award Ceremony

JURY MEMBERS: Petra Vorsteher (AI.HAMBURG),Ragnar Kruse (AI.HAMBURG), Mathias Jäger (, Stefan Stengel (Gateway49), Prof. Dr. Ralf Möller (DFKI), Uwe Jens Neumann (Hamburg@work), May-Lena Bork (Startup City Hamburg), Nico Lumma (NMA Venture Capital), Wolfgang Hildesheim (IBM)
5.30 pm Closing  

Calling all Northern German AI Startups: Enter our startup competition at this year's AI.SUMMIT

Are you an AI startup based in Hamburg or Northern Germany? Do you have an innovative AI-based solution that can transform industries and breaks boundaries?

Then join our startup pitch competition and showcase your talent! We are excited to provide a platform for local AI startups to showcase their ideas and compete for a grand prize. Our jury members, who are industry experts and investors, will evaluate your pitch and provide valuable feedback. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and gain exposure for your startup.

The top 5 startups will have the opportunity to present their solution live on stage at the AI.SUMMIT and answer the following questions:

  1. What problem are you addressing?
  2. How do you plan to solve it using AI?
  3. What are the results, and how are they measured?


The solution must involve artificial intelligence and the presentations will be conducted in English. Due to the limited time, no graphics, presentations, or similar aids will be allowed. Please submit your application by June 7th, 2023 to!

Jury Startup-Pitch

Prof. Dr. Ralf Möller

Professor at DFKI / The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Petra Vorsteher

Founder AI.HAMBURG, Founding Partner AI.FUND

Ragnar Kruse

Founder & CEO AI.FUND

Mathias Jäger

Senior Editor at

Uwe Jens Neumann

CEO | Cluster Manager at Hamburg@work

Stefan Stengel

Program-Manager at Gateway49

May-Lena Bork

Project Manager Startup City Hamburg

Nico Lumma

Managing Partner at NMA Venture Capital GmbH





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. This year’s AI.SUMMIT partnered with the BLOCKCHANCE conference which takes place on June 28-30, 2023. The BLOCKCHANCE is connecting and educating people, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and institutions to accelerate the positive implementation of blockchain technology. 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.


The AI.SUMMIT with 21 international AI champions, 6 AI local heroes 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. View all AI.SUMMIT 2021 speeches and panel discussions here.

A huge THANK YOU to all participants!