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Preamble

With the following privacy policy we would like to inform you which types of your personal data (hereinafter also abbreviated as ” data”) we process for which purposes and in which scope. The privacy statement applies to all processing of personal data carried out by us, both in the context of providing our services and in particular on our websites, in mobile applications and within external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter collectively referred to as “online services”).

The terms used are not gender-specific.

Last Update: 5. May 2020

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Controller

Ragnar Kruse
Schöne Aussicht 28
22085 Hamburg, Germany

Authorised Representatives: Ragnar Kruse and Ingo Hoffmann

E-mail address: datenschutz@ai.hamburg

Legal Notice: ai.hamburg/impressum

Contact information of the data protection officer

datenschutz@ai.hamburg

Overview of processing operations

The following table summarises the types of data processed, the purposes for which they are processed and the concerned data subjects.

Categories of Processed Data

Special Categories of Data

Categories of Data Subjects

Purposes of Processing

Legal Bases for the Processing

In the following we inform you about the legal basis of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on the basis of which we process personal data. Please note that, in addition to the regulations of the GDPR, the national data protection regulations may apply in your country or in our country of residence or domicile. If, in addition, more specific legal bases are applicable in individual cases, we will inform you of these in the data protection declaration.

National data protection regulations in Germany: In addition to the data protection regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation, national regulations apply to data protection in Germany. This includes in particular the Law on Protection against Misuse of Personal Data in Data Processing (Federal Data Protection Act – BDSG). In particular, the BDSG contains special provisions on the right to access, the right to erase, the right to object, the processing of special categories of personal data, processing for other purposes and transmission as well as automated individual decision-making, including profiling. Furthermore, it regulates data processing for the purposes of the employment relationship (§ 26 BDSG), in particular with regard to the establishment, execution or termination of employment relationships as well as the consent of employees. Furthermore, data protection laws of the individual federal states may apply.

Security Precautions

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures in accordance with the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, in order to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk.

The measures include, in particular, safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical and electronic access to the data as well as access to, input, transmission, securing and separation of the data. In addition, we have established procedures to ensure that data subjects’ rights are respected, that data is erased, and that we are prepared to respond to data threats rapidly. Furthermore, we take the protection of personal data into account as early as the development or selection of hardware, software and service providers, in accordance with the principle of privacy by design and privacy by default.

SSL encryption (https): In order to protect your data transmitted via our online services in the best possible way, we use SSL encryption. You can recognize such encrypted connections by the prefix https:// in the address bar of your browser.

Transmission and Disclosure of Personal Data

In the context of our processing of personal data, it may happen that the data is transferred to other places, companies or persons or that it is disclosed to them. Recipients of this data may include, for example, payment institutions within the context of payment transactions, service providers commissioned with IT tasks or providers of services and content that are embedded in a website. In such a case, the legal requirements will be respected and in particular corresponding contracts or agreements, which serve the protection of your data, will be concluded with the recipients of your data.

Data Transmission within the Group of Companies: We may transfer personal data to other companies within our group of companies or otherwise grant them access to this data. Insofar as this disclosure is for administrative purposes, the disclosure of the data is based on our legitimate business and economic interests or otherwise, if it is necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations or if the consent of the data subjects or otherwise a legal permission is present.

Data Transfer within the Organization: We may transfer or otherwise provide access to personal information to other locations within our organization. Insofar as this disclosure is for administrative purposes, the disclosure of the data is based on our legitimate business and economic interests or otherwise, if it is necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations or if the consent of those concerned or otherwise a legal permission is present.

Data Processing in Third Countries

If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA)) or the processing takes place in the context of the use of third party services or disclosure or transfer of data to other persons, bodies or companies, this will only take place in accordance with the legal requirements.

Subject to express consent or transfer required by contract or law, we process or have processed the data only in third countries with a recognised level of data protection, which includes US processors certified under the “Privacy Shield” or on the basis of special guarantees, such as a contractual obligation through so-called standard protection clauses of the EU Commission, the existence of certifications or binding internal data protection regulations (Article 44 to 49 GDPR, information page of the EU Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/international-dimension-data-protection_en).

Use of Cookies

Cookies are text files that contain data from visited websites or domains and are stored by a browser on the user’s computer. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user during or after his visit within an online service. The information stored can include, for example, the language settings on a website, the login status, a shopping basket or the location where a video was viewed. The term “cookies” also includes other technologies that fulfil the same functions as cookies (e.g. if user information is stored using pseudonymous online identifiers, also referred to as “user IDs”).

The following types and functions of cookies are distinguished:

Information on legal basis: The legal basis on which we process your personal data with the help of cookies depends on whether we ask you for your consent. If this applies and you consent to the use of cookies, the legal basis for processing your data is your declared consent. Otherwise, the data processed with the help of cookies will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. in a business operation of our online service and its improvement) or, if the use of cookies is necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations.

General information on Withdrawal of consent and objection (Opt-Out): Respective of whether processing is based on consent or legal permission, you have the option at any time to object to the processing of your data using cookie technologies or to revoke consent (collectively referred to as “opt-out”). You can initially explain your objection using the settings of your browser, e.g. by deactivating the use of cookies (which may also restrict the functionality of our online services). An objection to the use of cookies for online marketing purposes can be raised for a large number of services, especially in the case of tracking, via the websites https://www.aboutads.info/choices/ and https://www.youronlinechoices.com. In addition, you can receive further information on objections in the context of the information on the used service providers and cookies.

Processing Cookie Data on the Basis of Consent: Before we process or have processed data within the context of the usage of cookies, we ask the users for their consent, which can be revoked at any time. Before the consent has not been given, we may use cookies that are necessary for the operation of our online services. Their use is based on our interest and the user’s interest in the expected functionality of our online services.

Commercial Services

We process data of our contractual and business partners, e.g. customers and interested parties (collectively referred to as “contractual partners”) within the context of contractual and comparable legal relationships as well as associated actions and communication with the contractual partners or pre-contractually, e.g. to answer inquiries.

We process this data in order to fulfil our contractual obligations, safeguard our rights and for the purposes of the administrative tasks associated with this data and the business-related organisation. We will only pass on the data of the contractual partners within the scope of the applicable law to third parties insofar as this is necessary for the aforementioned purposes or for the fulfilment of legal obligations or with the consent of the contractual partners (e.g. telecommunications, transport and other auxiliary services as well as subcontractors, banks, tax and legal advisors, payment service providers or tax authorities). The contractual partners will be informed about further processing, e.g. for marketing purposes, as part of this privacy policy.

Which data are necessary for the aforementioned purposes, we inform the contracting partners before or in the context of the data collection, e.g. in on-line forms by special marking (e.g. colors), and/or symbols (e.g. asterisks or the like), or personally.

We delete the data after expiry of statutory warranty and comparable obligations, i.e. in principle after expiry of 4 years, unless the data is stored in a customer account or must be kept for legal reasons of archiving (e.g., as a rule 10 years for tax purposes). In the case of data disclosed to us by the contractual partner within the context of an assignment, we delete the data in accordance with the specifications of the assignment, in general after the end of the assignment.

If we use third-party providers or platforms to provide our services, the terms and conditions and privacy policies of the respective third-party providers or platforms shall apply in the relationship between the users and the providers.

Economic Analyses and Market Research: For economic reasons and in order to be able to recognise market trends, wishes of contractual partners and users, we analyse the data available to us on business transactions, contracts, enquiries, etc., whereby the persons concerned may include contractual partners, interested parties, customers, visitors and users of our online service.

The analyses are carried out for the purpose of business evaluations, marketing and market research (for example, to determine customer groups with different characteristics). If available, we can take into account the profiles of registered users with information, e.g. on the services they have used. The analyses serve us alone and are not disclosed externally unless they are anonymous analyses with summarised, i.e. anonymised values. Furthermore, we respect the privacy of the users and process the data for analysis purposes as pseudonymously as possible and if possible anonymously (e.g. as summarized data).

Education and Training Services: We process the data of the participants of our education and training programmes (uniformly referred to as ” students”) in order to provide them with our educational and training services. The data processed, the type, scope and purpose of the processing and the necessity of its processing are determined by the underlying contractual and educational relationship. The processing also includes the performance evaluation and evaluation of our services and the teachers and instructors.

As part of our activities, we may also process special categories of data, in particular information on the health of persons undergoing training or further training and data revealing ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical convictions. To this end, we obtain, if necessary, the express consent of the students to be trained and further educated and process the special categories of data otherwise only if it is necessary for the provision of training services, for purposes of health care, social protection or protection of vital interests of the students to be trained and further educated.

Insofar as it is necessary for the fulfilment of our contract, for the protection of vital interests or by law, or with the consent of the trainees, we disclose or transfer the data of the students to third parties or agents, e.g. public authorities or in the field of IT, office or comparable services, in compliance with the requirements of professional law.

Provision of online services and web hosting

In order to provide our online services securely and efficiently, we use the services of one or more web hosting providers from whose servers (or servers they manage) the online services can be accessed. For these purposes, we may use infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, as well as security and technical maintenance services.

The data processed within the framework of the provision of the hosting services may include all information relating to the users of our online services that is collected in the course of use and communication. This regularly includes the IP address, which is necessary to be able to deliver the contents of online services to browsers, and all entries made within our online services or from websites.

E-mail Sending and Hosting: The web hosting services we use also include sending, receiving and storing e-mails. For these purposes, the addresses of the recipients and senders, as well as other information relating to the sending of e-mails (e.g. the providers involved) and the contents of the respective e-mails are processed. The above data may also be processed for SPAM detection purposes. Please note that e-mails on the Internet are generally not sent in encrypted form. As a rule, e-mails are encrypted during transport, but not on the servers from which they are sent and received (unless a so-called end-to-end encryption method is used). We can therefore accept no responsibility for the transmission path of e-mails between the sender and reception on our server.

Collection of Access Data and Log Files: We, ourselves or our web hosting provider, collect data on the basis of each access to the server (so-called server log files). Server log files may include the address and name of the web pages and files accessed, the date and time of access, data volumes transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page) and, as a general rule, IP addresses and the requesting provider.

The server log files can be used for security purposes, e.g. to avoid overloading the servers (especially in the case of abusive attacks, so-called DDoS attacks) and to ensure the stability and optimal load balancing of the servers .

Registration, Login and User Account

Users can create a user account. Within the scope of registration, the required mandatory information is communicated to the users and processed for the purposes of providing the user account on the basis of contractual fulfilment of obligations. The processed data includes in particular the login information (name, password and an e-mail address). The data entered during registration will be used for the purposes of using the user account and its purpose.

Users may be informed by e-mail of information relevant to their user account, such as technical changes. If users have terminated their user account, their data will be deleted with regard to the user account, subject to a statutory retention obligation. It is the responsibility of the users to secure their data before the end of the contract in the event of termination. We are entitled to irretrievably delete all user data stored during the term of the contract.

Within the scope of using our registration and login functions as well as the use of the user account, we store the IP address and the time of the respective user action. The storage is based on our legitimate interests, as well as the user’s protection against misuse and other unauthorized use. This data will not be passed on to third parties unless it is necessary to pursue our claims or there is a legal obligation to do so.

Discussion Board: Participation in the discussion board requires a registration, in which a pseudonym as name, a password and the e-mail address, to which the access data are sent, must be indicated, subject to other information in the registration form. For security reasons, the password should be as complicated as possible (users will be notified of this during registration if necessary) and should not be used elsewhere.

Forum posts are visible to the public unless their visibility is limited to specific member or member groups. The contributions of the authors are stored with their names, if registered or indicated, the time and the entry content. In the case of registrations and the creation of entries, the IP addresses of the users are also stored if the entries have an inadmissible content and the IP addresses could be used for legal prosecution. The person responsible reserves the right to delete registrations and entries on the basis of an appropriate assessment.

Blogs and publication media

We use blogos or comparable means of online communication and publication (hereinafter “publication medium”). Readers’ data will only be processed for the purposes of the publication medium to the extent necessary for its presentation and communication between authors and readers or for security reasons. For the rest, we refer to the information on the processing of visitors to our publication medium within the scope of this privacy policy.

Comment subscriptions: When users leave comments or other contributions, their IP addresses may be stored based on our legitimate interests. This is done for our safety, if someone leaves illegal contents (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.) in comments and contributions. In this case, we ourselves can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the author’s identity.

Furthermore, we reserve the right to process user data for the purpose of spam detection on the basis of our legitimate interests.

On the same legal basis, in the case of surveys, we reserve the right to store the IP addresses of users for the duration of the surveys and to use cookies in order to avoid multiple votes.

The personal information provided in the course of comments and contributions, any contact and website information as well as the content information will be stored permanently by us until the user objects.

Contacting us

When contacting us (e.g. by contact form, e-mail, telephone or via social media), the data of the inquiring persons are processed insofar as this is necessary to answer the contact enquiries and any requested activities.

The response to contact enquiries within the framework of contractual or pre-contractual relationships is made in order to fulfil our contractual obligations or to respond to (pre)contractual enquiries and otherwise on the basis of the legitimate interests in responding to the enquiries.

Communication via Messenger

We use messenger services for communication purposes and therefore ask you to observe the following information regarding the functionality of the messenger services, encryption, use of the metadata of the communication and your objection options.

You can also contact us by alternative means, e.g. telephone or e-mail. Please use the contact options provided to you or use the contact options provided within our online services.

In the case of encryption of content (i.e. the content of your message and attachments), we point out that the communication content (i.e. the content of the message and attachments) is encrypted end-to-end. This means that the content of the messages is not visible, not even by the messenger service providers themselves. You should always use a current version of the messenger service with activated encryption, so that the encryption of the message contents is guaranteed.

However, we would like to point out to our communication partners that although messenger service providers do not see the content, they can find out that and when communication partners communicate with us and process technical information on the communication partner’s device used and, depending on the settings of their device, also location information (so-called metadata).

Information on Legal basis: If we ask communication partners for permission before communicating with them via messenger services, the legal basis of our processing of their data is their consent. Otherwise, if we do not request consent and you contact us, for example, voluntarily, we use messenger services in our dealings with our contractual partners and as part of the contract initiation process as a contractual measure and in the case of other interested parties and communication partners on the basis of our legitimate interests in fast and efficient communication and meeting the needs of our communication partners for communication via messenger services. We would also like to point out that we do not transmit the contact data provided to us to the messenger service providers for the first time without your consent.

Withdrawal, objection and deletion: You can withdraw your consent or object to communication with us via messenger services at any time.In the case of communication via messenger services, we delete the messages in accordance with our general data retention policy (i.e. as described above after the end of contractual relationships, archiving requirements, etc.) and otherwise as soon as we can assume that we have answered any information provided by the communication partners, if no reference to a previous conversation is to be expected and there are no legal obligations to store the messages to prevent their deletion.

Reservation of reference to other means of communication: Finally, we would like to point out that we reserve the right, for reasons of your safety, not to answer inquiries about messenger services. This is the case if, for example, internal contractual matters require special secrecy or if an answer via the messenger services does not meet the formal requirements. In such cases we refer you to more appropriate communication channels.

Skype: The end-to-end encryption of Skype requires its activation (unless it is enabled by default).

Services and service providers being used:

Chatbots and chat functions

We provide online chats and chatbot functions as a means of communication (together referred to as “Chat Services”). A chat is an online conversation that is conducted with a certain degree of immediacy. A chatbot is software that answers users’ questions or informs them about messages. If you use our chat functions, we may process your personal data.

If you use our Chat Services within an online platform, your identification number is also stored within the respective platform. We may also collect information about which users interact with our Chat Services and when. Furthermore, we store the content of your conversations via the Chat Services and log registration and consent processes in order to be able to prove these in accordance with legal requirements.

We would like to inform users that the respective platform provider can find out that and when users communicate with our Chat Services and can collect technical information about the user’s device used and, depending on the settings of their device, also location information (so-called metadata) for the purpose of optimising the respective services and for security purposes. Likewise, the metadata of communication via Chat Services (i.e., information about who has communicated with whom) could be used by the respective platform providers for marketing purposes or to display advertising tailored to users in accordance with their regulations, to which we refer for further information.

If users agree to activate information with regular messages to a chatbot, they have the possibility to unsubscribe from the information for the future at any time. The chatbot points out to users how and with which terms they can unsubscribe the messages. By unsubscribing from the chatbot messages, Users’ data is deleted from the directory of message recipients.

We use the aforementioned information to operate our Chat Services, e.g. to address users personally, to answer their inquiries, to transmit any requested content and also to improve our Chat Services (e.g. to “teach” chatbots answers to frequently asked questions or to identify unanswered inquiries).

Information on Legal basis: We use the Chat Services on the basis of a consent if we first obtain the permission of the users to process their data by the Chat Services (this applies in cases where users are asked for consent, e.g. so that a chatbot regularly sends them messages). If we use Chat Services to answer user queries about our services or our company, this is done for contractual and pre-contractual communication. In addition, we use Chat Services based on our legitimate interests in optimizing the Chat Services, its operating efficiency and enhancing the positive user experience.

Withdrawal, objection and deletion: You can revoke a given consent at any time or contradict the processing of your data in the context of our hatbot use.

Services and service providers being used:

Video Conferences, Online Meetings, Webinars and Screen-Sharing

We use third-party platforms and applications (hereinafter referred to as “third party providers”) for the purposes of conducting video and audio conferences, webinars and other types of video and audio meetings. When selecting third-party providers and their services, we observe the legal requirements.

In this context, data of the communication participants will be processed and stored on the servers of third parties, as far as these are part of communication processes with us. This data may include, but is not limited to, registration and contact details, visual and voice contributions, chat entries and shared screen content.

If users are referred to the third-party providers or their software or platforms in the context of communication, business or other relationships with us, the third-party provider processing may process usage data and metadata that can be processed by them for security purposes, service optimisation or marketing purposes. We therefore ask you to observe the data protection information of the respective third party providers.

Information on legal basis: If we ask the users for their consent to the use of third party providers or certain functions (e.g. permission to record conversations), the legal basis of the processing is consent. Furthermore, the processing can be a component of our (pre)contractual services, provided that the use of the third party was agreed within this context. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interest in efficient and secure communication with our communication partners. In this context, we would also like to refer you to the information on the use of cookies in this privacy policy.

Services and service providers being used:

Cloud Services

We use Internet-accessible software services (so-called “cloud services”, also referred to as “Software as a Service”) provided on the servers of its providers for the following purposes: document storage and administration, calendar management, e-mail delivery, spreadsheets and presentations, exchange of documents, content and information with specific recipients or publication of websites, forms or other content and information, as well as chats and participation in audio and video conferences.

Within this framework, personal data may be processed and stored on the provider’s servers insofar as this data is part of communication processes with us or is otherwise processed by us in accordance with this privacy policy. This data may include in particular master data and contact data of data subjects, data on processes, contracts, other proceedings and their contents. Cloud service providers also process usage data and metadata that they use for security and service optimization purposes.

If we use cloud services to provide documents and content to other users or publicly accessible websites, forms, etc., providers may store cookies on users’ devices for web analysis or to remember user settings (e.g. in the case of media control).

Information on legal basis – If we ask for permission to use cloud services, the legal basis for processing data is consent. Furthermore, their use can be a component of our (pre)contractual services, provided that the use of cloud services has been agreed in this context. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in efficient and secure administrative and collaboration processes).

Services and service providers being used:

Newsletter and Broadcast Communication

We send newsletters, e-mails and other electronic communications (hereinafter referred to as “newsletters”) only with the consent of the recipient or a legal permission. Insofar as the contents of the newsletter are specifically described within the framework of registration, they are decisive for the consent of the user. Otherwise, our newsletters contain information about our services and us.

In order to subscribe to our newsletters, it is generally sufficient to enter your e-mail address. We may, however, ask you to provide a name for the purpose of contacting you personally in the newsletter or to provide further information if this is required for the purposes of the newsletter.

Double opt-in procedure: The registration to our newsletter takes place in general in a so-called Double-Opt-In procedure. This means that you will receive an e-mail after registration asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can register with external e-mail addresses.

The registrations for the newsletter are logged in order to be able to prove the registration process according to the legal requirements. This includes storing the login and confirmation times as well as the IP address. Likewise the changes of your data stored with the dispatch service provider are logged.

Deletion and restriction of processing: We may store the unsubscribed email addresses for up to three years based on our legitimate interests before deleting them to provide evidence of prior consent. The processing of these data is limited to the purpose of a possible defense against claims. An individual deletion request is possible at any time, provided that the former existence of a consent is confirmed at the same time. In the case of an obligation to permanently observe an objection, we reserve the right to store the e-mail address solely for this purpose in a blacklist.

Information on legal bases: The sending of the newsletter is based on the consent of the recipients or, if consent is not required, on the basis of our legitimate interests in direct marketing. Insofar as we engage a service provider for sending e-mails, this is done on the basis of our legitimate interests. The registration procedure is recorded on the basis of our legitimate interests for the purpose of demonstrating that it has been conducted in accordance with the law.

Contents: Information about us, our services, promotions and offers.

Analysis and performance measurement: The newsletters contain a so-called “web-beacon”, i.e. a pixel-sized file, which is retrieved from our server when the newsletter is opened or, if we use a mailing service provider, from its server. Within the scope of this retrieval, technical information such as information about the browser and your system, as well as your IP address and time of retrieval are first collected.

This information is used for the technical improvement of our newsletter on the basis of technical data or target groups and their reading behaviour on the basis of their retrieval points (which can be determined with the help of the IP address) or access times. This analysis also includes determining whether newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked. For technical reasons, this information can be assigned to the individual newsletter recipients. It is, however, neither our endeavour nor, if used, that of the shipping service provider to observe individual users. The evaluations serve us much more to recognize the reading habits of our users and to adapt our content to them or to send different content according to the interests of our users.

The evaluation of the newsletter and the measurement of success is carried out, subject to the express consent of the user, on the basis of our legitimate interests for the purposes of using a user-friendly and secure newsletter system which serves both our business interests and the expectations of the user.

A separate objection to the performance measurement is unfortunately not possible, in this case the entire newsletter subscription must be cancelled or objected to.

Services and service providers being used:

Commercial communication by E-Mail, Postal Mail, Fax or Telephone

We process personal data for the purposes of promotional communication, which may be carried out via various channels, such as e-mail, telephone, post or fax, in accordance with the legal requirements.

The recipients have the right to withdraw their consent at any time or to object to the advertising communication at any time.

After withdrawal or objection, we may store the data required to prove consent for up to three years on the basis of our legitimate interests before we delete them. The processing of these data is limited to the purpose of a possible defense against claims. An individual deletion request is possible at any time, provided that the former existence of a consent is affirmed.

Surveys and Questionnaires

The surveys and questionnaires (“surveys”) carried out by us are evaluated anonymously. Personal data is only processed insofar as this is necessary for the provision and technical execution of the survey (e.g. processing the IP address to display the survey in the user’s browser or to enable a resumption of the survey with the aid of a temporary cookie (session cookie)) or participants have consented.

Information on legal basis: If we ask the participants for their consent to the processing of their data, this is the legal basis for the processing, otherwise the processing of the participants’ data is based on our legitimate interests in conducting an objective survey.

Services and service providers being used:

Web Analysis and Optimization

Web analysis is used to evaluate the visitor traffic on our website and may include the behaviour, interests or demographic information of users, such as age or gender, as pseudonymous values. With the help of web analysis we can e.g. recognize, at which time our online services or their functions or contents are most frequently used or requested for repeatedly, as well as which areas require optimization.

In addition to web analysis, we can also use test procedures, e.g. to test and optimize different versions of our online services or their components.

For these purposes, so-called user profiles can be created and stored in a file (so-called “cookie”) or similar procedures in which the relevant user information for the aforementioned analyses is stored. This information may include, for example, content viewed, web pages visited and elements and technical data used there, such as the browser used, computer system used and information on times of use. If users have consented to the collection of their location data, these may also be processed, depending on the provider.

The IP addresses of the users are also stored. However, we use any existing IP masking procedure (i.e. pseudonymisation by shortening the IP address) to protect the user. In general, within the framework of web analysis, A/B testing and optimisation, no user data (such as e-mail addresses or names) is stored, but pseudonyms. This means that we, as well as the providers of the software used, do not know the actual identity of the users, but only the information stored in their profiles for the purposes of the respective processes.

Information on legal basis: If we ask the users for their consent to the use of third party providers, the legal basis of the processing is consent. Furthermore, the processing can be a component of our (pre)contractual services, provided that the use of the third party was agreed within this context. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in efficient, economic and recipient friendly services). In this context, we would also like to refer you to the information on the use of cookies in this privacy policy.

Services and service providers being used:

Onlinemarketing

We process personal data for the purposes of online marketing, which may include in particular the marketing of advertising space or the display of advertising and other content (collectively referred to as “Content”) based on the potential interests of users and the measurement of their effectiveness.

For these purposes, so-called user profiles are created and stored in a file (so-called “cookie”) or similar procedure in which the relevant user information for the display of the aforementioned content is stored. This information may include, for example, content viewed, websites visited, online networks used, communication partners and technical information such as the browser used, computer system used and information on usage times. If users have consented to the collection of their sideline data, these can also be processed.

The IP addresses of the users are also stored. However, we use provided IP masking procedures (i.e. pseudonymisation by shortening the IP address) to ensure the protection of the user’s by using a pseudonym. In general, within the framework of the online marketing process, no clear user data (such as e-mail addresses or names) is secured, but pseudonyms. This means that we, as well as the providers of online marketing procedures, do not know the actual identity of the users, but only the information stored in their profiles.

The information in the profiles is usually stored in the cookies or similar memorizing procedures. These cookies can later, generally also on other websites that use the same online marketing technology, be read and analyzed for purposes of content display, as well as supplemented with other data and stored on the server of the online marketing technology provider.

Exceptionally, clear data can be assigned to the profiles. This is the case, for example, if the users are members of a social network whose online marketing technology we use and the network links the profiles of the users in the aforementioned data. Please note that users may enter into additional agreements with the social network providers or other service providers, e.g. by consenting as part of a registration process.

As a matter of principle, we only gain access to summarised information about the performance of our advertisements. However, within the framework of so-called conversion measurement, we can check which of our online marketing processes have led to a so-called conversion, i.e. to the conclusion of a contract with us. The conversion measurement is used alone for the performance analysis of our marketing activities.

Unless otherwise stated, we kindly ask you to consider that cookies used will be stored for a period of two years.

Information on legal basis: If we ask users for their consent (e.g. in the context of a so-called “cookie banner consent”), the legal basis for processing data for online marketing purposes is this consent. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online services. In this context, we would also like to refer you to the information on the use of cookies in this privacy policy.

Services and service providers being used:

Rating Platforms

We participate in rating procedures to evaluate, optimise and advertise our performance. If users rate us via the participating rating platforms or methods or otherwise provide feedback, the General Terms and Conditions of Business or Use and the data protection information of the providers also apply. As a rule, the rating also requires registration with the respective provider.

In order to ensure that the evaluators have actually made use of our services, we transmit, with the consent of the customer, the necessary data relating to the customer and the service or products used to the respective rating platform (this includes the name, e-mail address, order number or article number). This data is used solely to verify the authenticity of the user.

Profiles in Social Networks

We maintain online presences within social networks and process user data in this context in order to communicate with the users active there or to offer information about us.

We would like to point out that user data may be processed outside the European Union. This may entail risks for users, e.g. by making it more difficult to enforce users’ rights. With regard to US providers certified under the Privacy Shield or offering comparable guarantees of a secure level of data protection, we would like to point out that they thereby commit themselves to comply with EU data protection standards.

In addition, user data is usually processed within social networks for market research and advertising purposes. For example, user profiles can be created on the basis of user behaviour and the associated interests of users. The user profiles can then be used, for example, to place advertisements within and outside the networks which are presumed to correspond to the interests of the users. For these purposes, cookies are usually stored on the user’s computer, in which the user’s usage behaviour and interests are stored. Furthermore, data can be stored in the user profiles independently of the devices used by the users (especially if the users are members of the respective networs or will become members later on).

For a detailed description of the respective processing operations and the opt-out options, please refer to the respective data protection declarations and information provided by the providers of the respective networks.

Also in the case of requests for information and the exercise of rights of data subjects, we point out that these can be most effectively pursued with the providers. Only the providers have access to the data of the users and can directly take appropriate measures and provide information. If you still need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Services and service providers being used:

Plugins and embedded functions and content

Within our online services, we integrate functional and content elements that are obtained from the servers of their respective providers (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”). These may, for example, be graphics, videos or social media buttons as well as contributions (hereinafter uniformly referred to as “Content”).

The integration always presupposes that the third-party providers of this content process the IP address of the user, since they could not send the content to their browser without the IP address. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of these contents or functions. We strive to use only those contents, whose respective offerers use the IP address only for the distribution of the contents. Third parties may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also known as “web beacons”) for statistical or marketing purposes. The “pixel tags” can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and may include technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, visit times and other information about the use of our website, as well as may be linked to such information from other sources.

Information on legal basis: If we ask users for their consent (e.g. in the context of a so-called “cookie banner consent”), the legal basis for processing is this consent. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online services. We refer you to the note on the use of cookies in this privacy policy.

Services and service providers being used:

Planning, Organization and Utilities

We use services, platforms and software from other providers (hereinafter referred to as ” third-party providers”) for the purposes of organizing, administering, planning and providing our services. When selecting third-party providers and their services, we comply with the legal requirements.

Within this context, personal data may be processed and stored on the servers of third-party providers. This may include various data that we process in accordance with this privacy policy. This data may include in particular master data and contact data of users, data on processes, contracts, other processes and their contents.

If users are referred to the third-party providers or their software or platforms in the context of communication, business or other relationships with us, the third-party provider processing may process usage data and metadata that can be processed by them for security purposes, service optimisation or marketing purposes. We therefore ask you to read the data protection notices of the respective third party providers.

Information on legal basis: If we ask the users for their consent to the use of third party providers, the legal basis of the processing is consent. Furthermore, the processing can be a component of our (pre)contractual services, provided that the use of the third party was agreed within this context. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in efficient, economic and recipient friendly services). In this context, we would also like to refer you to the information on the use of cookies in this privacy policy.

Services and service providers being used:

Erasure of data

The data processed by us will be erased in accordance with the statutory provisions as soon as their processing is revoked or other permissions no longer apply (e.g. if the purpose of processing this data no longer applies or they are not required for the purpose).

If the data is not deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their processing is limited to these purposes. This means that the data will be restricted and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be stored for commercial or tax reasons or for which storage is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or to protect the rights of another natural or legal person.

Further information on the erasure of personal data can also be found in the individual data protection notices of this privacy policy.

Changes and Updates to the Privacy Policy

We kindly ask you to inform yourself regularly about the contents of our data protection declaration. We will adjust the privacy policy as changes in our data processing practices make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require your cooperation (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.

If we provide addresses and contact information of companies and organizations in this privacy policy, we ask you to note that addresses may change over time and to verify the information before contacting us.

Terminology and Definitions

This section provides an overview of the terms used in this privacy policy. Many of the terms are drawn from the law and defined mainly in Article 4 GDPR. The legal definitions are binding. The following explanations, on the other hand, are intended above all for the purpose of comprehension. The terms are sorted alphabetically.

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AI Courses

AI for everyone – the basics of AI (English)

Video course by Andrew Ng at coursera.

This video training is designed for executives and managers – and for everyone who wants to better understand what AI means for companies.

In this course you will learn:

  • The meaning behind general AI terminology, including neural networks, machine learning, deep learning and data science.
  • What AI can realistically do – and what it can’t do –
  • How to identify opportunities to apply AI to problems in your own organization
  • What it feels like to set up machine learning and data science projects
  • How to work with an AI team and build an AI strategy in your company
  • How to find your way in ethical and social discussions around AI

Although this course is largely non-technical, engineers can also take this course to learn the business aspects of AI.

Link

Free


Elements of AI (German / English)

The Elements of AI” is a series of free online courses developed by the Finnish consultancy Reaktor and the University of Helsinki. The aim is to bring the topic of AI closer to as many people as possible: What is AI? What can AI do (and what not)? And how are AI methods developed?

The courses combine theoretical knowledge transfer with practical exercises, and the participants can determine their own learning pace.

A basic knowledge of mathematics is helpful, but not absolutely necessary. The course can be held in 2-3 days (with previous knowledge) or over a few weeks.

Link


KI Course of the Federal Competition KI (German)

The national AI competition is aimed at pupils from the 8th grade upwards who are interested in the topic of AI. This year it will be held for the second time (https://bw-ki.de/ ).

To learn the basics of AI programming, there is a free online course for students, teachers and all interested people. The course includes a tutorial that enables the programming of an own AI. Social AI topics such as surveillance, autonomous cars and the transformation in health care are also covered. Programming skills (ideally in Python) are helpful.

Link


Books and Reports

AI Transformation Playbook – How to lead your company into the AI era (English)

Good summary of the most important steps to an AI strategy and its implementation in companies by Andrew Ng.

Contents:

  • Execute pilot projects to gain momentum
  • Build an in-house AI team
  • Provide broad AI training
  • Develop an AI strategy
  • Develop internal and external communications

Link


The Essential AI Handbook for Leaders (English)

Compact introduction to the topic AI in companies. Provides the basics and instructions for defining and implementing an AI strategy. Includes a checklist.

Contents:

  • The Potential of AI
  • Understanding AI
  • Applying AI

Link


New business models with artificial intelligence (German)

Report of the Learning Systems Platform on AI, how business models are changing. Including some case studies.

Link


Movies and Films

Machine Learning: Living in the Age of AI (English)

“Machine Learning: Living in the Age of AI” examines the extraordinary way in which people interact with artificial intelligence today. Hobbyists and teenagers are now developing technology driven by machine learning, and WIRED shows the impact of AI on school children, farmers and seniors and explores the impact that rapidly accelerating technology can have. The film was made by filmmaker Chris Cannucciari, produced by WIRED and supported by the McCann Worldgroup.

Link


Deepmind AlphaGo – The Movie (English)

The Netflix documentary about the creation of Deepmind AlphaGo and the historic victory over Go World Champion Lee Sedol. Absolutely recommendable.

Link


Petra Vorsteher & Ragnar Kruse

AI for Hamburg (AI.HAMBURG) was founded in 2019 by the Smaato founders Petra Vorsteher & Ragnar Kruse.

Smaato, Inc. was founded in 2005 in Silicon Valley by Ragnar Kruse and Petra Vorsteher in their living room in San Mateo, CA. From San Francisco, they built the company over the years into a globally successful IT company with 240 employees and locations in the USA, Europe and Asia. The privately managed company opened its first German location in Hamburg in 2006. They sold Smaato in 2016 and left the company in July 2019 to dedicate themselves to AI.HAMBURG.

Petra Vorsteher

Petra Vorsteher

Founder of AI.HAMBURG and Smaato
Vorstand International | Hamburg@work

Ragnar Kruse

Ragnar Kruse

Founder of AI.HAMBURG and Smaato
Advisory board for AI at Hamburg@Work


Hamburg@Work | DigitalCluster.Hamburg

Hamburg@work is the digital cluster in the north of Germany. With around 75 events a year, 1,500 members from 600 member companies and a network of 9,000 digital makers and opinion leaders in the metropolitan region, the organization has become an institution.

Hamburg@work understands digitization not only as a technical process, but also as a motor for transformation with significant changes for economy, state and society.

In this sense, Hamburg@work also promotes networking within the AI Eco-System and brings together the participating companies, organisations and institutions in an AI focus group. A specific programme of events complements the range of workshops and training courses.

Founded in 1997 as one of the first digital networks in Germany, Hamburg@work received the European Union’s “GOLD Label Cluster” award in August 2019. With this quality label, the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) has attested Hamburg@work a high level of excellence in the field of cluster management. In contrast to municipal or national cluster support programmes, the “Cluster Organisation Management Excellence Label (Quality Label) GOLD” is an independent and voluntary mark of excellence in cluster management that is recognised throughout Europe.

Uwe Jens Neumann

Uwe Jens Neumann

Chairman & CEO at Hamburg@Work | Co-founder of AI.HAMBURG


Tutech & Hamburg Innovation

Tutech Innovation GmbH is a privately organised subsidiary of the Technical University of Hamburg and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Together with its sister company Hamburg Innovation, the two companies connect all public universities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and numerous research institutions in the metropolitan region.

Tutech and Hamburg Innovation speak both languages – that of science and that of business – and have been successfully combining entrepreneurial and scientific potential for 25 years. They are active as consultants, brokers, initiators and coordinators in knowledge and technology transfer on a national and international level. And all this with the clear objective of creating sustainable values by applying the latest research results and inventions. With people and for people.

Martin Mahn

Martin Mahn

Managing directors Tutech Innovation GmbH and Hamburg Innovation GmbH


TUHH Hamburg University of Technology

The TUHH is an innovative and growing technical university, strong in engineering methods, new materials and digitization for the competence fields of Green Technologies, Life Science Technologies, and Aviation and Maritime Systems. The TUHH sees itself as a socially anchored university that meets the challenges of the present and the future with technical solutions.

Thanks to the high level of interdisciplinarity in research and teaching at TUHH, it is particularly successful in transferring disruptive technologies such as data science, artificial intelligence, digital twin, new materials or 3D printing into transfer and application. Artificial Intelligence is a key competence that is applied at the TUHH, for example in mechanical engineering, materials science, aircraft and shipbuilding, process engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering. AI is used and further developed in cooperation with the mathematics and computer science departments at the TUHH as well as in cooperation with the University of Hamburg and the Hamburg computer science platform ahoi.digital, which spans all universities.

The TUHH contributes to the development of the technical-scientific competence of society by training the next generation of engineers with modern teaching and learning methods and by promoting technology transfer and the establishment of companies.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Timm-Giel

Prof. Dr. Andreas Timm-Giel

President TUHH, Head of the Institute for Communication Networks


Hamburg Invest and Business Development Agency

Hamburg Invest is the One Stop Agency for investments in Hamburg. It is the central point of contact for all companies wishing to invest, expand, restructure, relocate or found a company in the Hamburg economic region. Under the umbrella brand Hamburg Invest, Hamburg proactively promotes Hamburg as an investment location both nationally and internationally. The SME pilot helps with complex approval procedures and, if necessary, mediates between companies and the administration.

Hamburg Invest offers a wide range of services for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. There are specialised contacts for the areas of services & tourism, digital economy & e-commerce, industry & trade and research & innovation.

Hamburg is a hotspot of the German start-up scene. The strong and diversified economic structure as well as a lively start-up ecosystem form a good basis for successfully implementing ideas. The result is a growing and well-connected start-up scene. The Startup Unit is the first point of contact for young, innovative companies and offers support in the areas of growth, networking and internationalisation.

Dr. Rolf Strittmatter

Dr. Rolf Strittmatter

CEO of HIW Hamburg Invest and Business Development


Ahoi digital

The University of Hamburg, TU Hamburg, HAW Hamburg, HafenCity University Hamburg and the Ministry of Science, Research and Equal Opportunities set up “ahoi.digital” as a joint project at the beginning of 2017. The aim is to develop information technology at a top level and to establish Hamburg as a top information technology location. The holistic concept of the IT platform is unique in Germany: the platform is based on the three pillars “education”, “research” and “transfer”. It serves as a catalyst by strengthening education and research and, as a centre of competence and network, provides impulses for start-ups and innovation.

In addition, it is intended to strengthen cooperation with urban clusters and expand the links between science and business. In terms of content, the “ahoi.digital” concept focuses on four core topics in computer science: “Cross-Modal Learning”, “Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Smart Systems”, “Information Governance Technologies” and “Data Science”.

Dr. Martin Semmann , M.Sc.

Dr. Martin Semmann , M.Sc.

Managing Director Allianz Hamburg University of Computer Science (ahoi.digital)


Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC)

The AI Competence Center Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC) e.V. bundles in the metropolitan region the know-how in the field of Artificial Intelligence & convergent technologies in economy and science (private and public institutions) and makes it available as a real platform via different formats. A large cooperation network integrates the Hamburg innovation ecosystem and enables a mutual knowledge transfer. The centre will establish national and international cooperations and will strive for an exchange with the worldwide AI hotspots.

Alois Krtil

Alois Krtil

Artificial Intelligence Center (ARIC) Hamburg

AI.Hamburg Events

Virtual AI Happy Hour
AI Happy Hour

Mittwoch, 16. Juni 2021, 18:00 – 19:00 Uhr

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Venture Capital funding for AI Start-ups: Challenges & Opportunities in Germany and the US

Dienstag, 22. Juni 2021, 19:00 – 20:00 Uhr (CEST)

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AI Happy Hour

Mittwoch, 30. Juni 2021, 18:00 – 19:00 Uhr

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AI for Hamburg Event Formats

Together with our partners, AI for Hamburg offers events about the adoption of AI in companies.

In the events, workshops and training offered by AI for Hamburg, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is brought closer to as many companies as possible. This helps the companies to recognize and use the potentials of AI.

The events apply to:

Executive Management, who is given examples from different industries, cost-benefit relations are shown, so that AI/ML become part of an overall strategy. On the one hand, to improve the performance of one’s own company, but also to recognise that constant investment in AI and ML is necessary to maintain competitiveness in the long term.

Decision-makers who, in addition to the above-mentioned topics, are also taught “how to implement”. Further contents are the basics of an AI strategy, the available AI/ML tools and the estimation of costs and implementation times.

Employees who are entrusted with the implementation get to know and learn about AI strategy and AI tools, and how they can implement or use them.

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AI For Hamburg

When a machine or computer solves problems or makes automatic decisions on tasks that normally require human intelligence, we are talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The strength of AI lies in its ability to learn from (large amounts of) data. Companies can increase their added value and efficiency by using AI.

AI.HAMBURG promotes the knowledge and widespread use of artificial intelligence and especially machine learning in companies in the region. Smart companies benefit the Hamburg economy and have a positive impact on the competitiveness of the entire metropolitan region.

AI.Hamburg is a founding member of the AI4Germany Initiative, which brings together leading initiatives in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) to actively support the local economy and society in Germany in the application of artificial intelligence – and thus accompanying Germany into the age of AI.

“Artificial intelligence automates thought and decision processes. This is power that brings with it an enormous potential for positive, economic and social change for a region like Hamburg. Companies must work together with science and politics, and initiatives such as AI.HAMBURG, to ensure the responsible and profitable design of both AI-controlled data trading and the symbiosis between AI and humans. Those who start too late to master both, leave their competitors and especially the global digital platforms in the USA and China important room for manoeuvre and growth and ultimately their existence.”

Prof. Dr. Olaf Groth

Founder of Cambrian.ai, Professor @ Hult International Business School, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

AI for Hamburg Focuses on the Following Tasks

Workshops on AI technologies, AI strategy and AI implementation.


Assistance with implementation, support with staff training and search for new AI employees, support with the selection of service providers who can help with implementation.


 

Hamburg universities such as the TU Hamburg will also offer an AI Academy with advanced training courses for company employees, so that employees with programming experience can be introduced to AI and ML and learn how to use the relevant tools.


With its DigitalCluster.Hamburg, Hamburg@work promotes networking within the AI Eco system in the metropolitan region and brings together the participating companies,
organisations and institutions in an AI focus group. An additional programme of events complements the range of workshops and training courses on offer.


 

Networking industry, universities, politics and associations on the subject of AI.


“The AI community in the Hamburg’s metropolitan region is lively and has huge potential. As a certified European Excellence Cluster, Hamburg@work is predestined to drive the development of a network of digital leaders for relevant application areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning. We know that this task is so enormous that it can only be mastered together.”

Uwe Jens Neumann

Hamburg@Work

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Hamburg Metropolitan Region AI Ecosystem

This is an overview of companies that currently offer AI Technology and AI solutions or act as service providers to help companies with implementation:

German Startup Landscape

The AI Startup Landscape contains private start-ups with their headquarters in Germany, which were founded after 2009. These companies all make significant use of machine learning (ML).

Source: appliedAI

Download the AI Startup Landscape 2021 in a larger format.

Roland Gerhards

Roland Gerhards
ZAL Centre for Applied Aviation Research GmbH

CEO

Prof. Dr. Ed Brinksma

Prof. Dr. Ed Brinksma
Erasmus University Rotterdam

President

Prof. Dr. Michael Beetz , Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Michael Beetz , Ph.D.
University of Bremen

Head of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI)

Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann

Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann
University of Hamburg, Department of Computer Science

Deputy Head of IT department, board of HITeC e.V.

Roland Becker

Roland Becker
JUST ADD AI GmbH

CEO

Henrik Falk

Henrik Falk
Hamburger Hochbahn AG

CEO

Prof. Dr. Olaf Groth

Prof. Dr. Olaf Groth
UC Berkeley

Founder of Cambrian.ai, Professor @ Hult Intl. Business School, Haas School of Business

Dr. Wolfgang Hildesheim

Dr. Wolfgang Hildesheim
IBM Deutschland GmbH

Director Watson, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence DACH

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos Jahn

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos Jahn
Fraunhofer Centers for Maritime Logistics

Head of the Institute for Maritime Logistics at the Technical University of Hamburg

Ingo Hoffmann

Ingo Hoffmann
AI for Hamburg GmbH

Managing Director, AI for Hamburg

Dr. John Lange

Dr. John Lange
Axel Springer hy GmbH

Senior Advisor, Corporate Venture Capital Manager

Ragnar Kruse

Prof. Peter Kabel
Professor at HAW Hamburg for Interaction Design

Serial Entrepreneur and Professor at HAW Hamburg for Interaction Design

Ragnar Kruse

Ragnar Kruse
Founder of AI.HAMBURG and Smaato

Advisory board for AI at Hamburg@Work | Founder of AI.HAMBURG and Smaato

Nico Lumma

Nico Lumma
next media accelerator GmbH

Managing Partner

Gerry Louw

Gerry Louw
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Head of WW Solutions Architecture – Advertising and Marketing

Martin Mahn

Martin Mahn
Tutech Innovation

Managing Director Tutech Innovation GmbH and Hamburg Innovation GmbH

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Jens Meier
Hamburg Port Authority

Chairman of the Management Board Hamburg Port Authority

Dr. Michael Müller-Wünsch

Dr. Michael Müller-Wünsch
OTTO Group

Head of Technology (CIO) at OTTO

Thomas Neubert

Thomas Neubert
Intel Corporation

Executive Director OpenVINO and Vision Accelerators GTM

Uwe Jens Neumann

Uwe Jens Neumann
Hamburg@Work

Chairman & CEO Hamburg@Work | Co-founder AI.HAMBURG

Dr. Uve Samuels

Dr. Uve Samuels
SQUARE Innovation HUB

CEO

Dr. Sebastian Saxe

Dr. Sebastian Saxe
Hamburg Port Authority, BWVI

CDO of the BWVI and CDO and member of the management board of the HPA, founder and chairman of the ThIS association

Matthias Steffen

Matthias Steffen
Fuse-AI

CEO

Dr. Rolf Strittmatter

Dr. Rolf Strittmatter
Hamburg Invest

CEO of HIW Hamburg Invest and Business Development

Prof. Dr. Andreas Timm-Giel

Prof. Dr. Andreas Timm-Giel
Hamburg University of Technology

President TUHH, Head of the Institute for Communication Networks

Dr. Volkmar Uhlig

Dr. Volkmar Uhlig
Ghost Locomotion, Autonomous Driving USA

Founder & CTO

Prof. Dr. Henning Vöpel

Prof. Dr. Henning Vöpel
Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsInstitut

Managing Director HWWI | Professor of Economics HSBA | Scientific Advisory Board | Hamburg@Work

Petra Vorsteher

Petra Vorsteher
Founder of AI.HAMBURG and Smaato

Deputy Chairman, Vorstand International | Hamburg@Work

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber
InnoScience, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD

Deputy Chairman ESMC, VP ISES, former Dir. Fraunhofer Institute f. Solar energy systems ISE, Prof. emeritus, Dept. Mat. Sci, …

Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer

Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer
HafenCity University, Hamburg

Professor of Cultural Theory | Head of the CityScienceLab (HCU Hamburg) | UN Technology Innovation Lab Germany

Prof. Dr. Andreas Moring

Prof. Dr. Andreas Moring
ISM International School of Management

Managing Director ISM International School of Management, Professor for the Digital Economics and Innovation

Achim Tappe

Achim Tappe
Fehrmann GmbH

Chief Digital Officer

Steffen Maas

Steffen Maas
Ginkgo Analytics

Founder and CEO of Ginkgo Analytics

Dr. Vanessa Just

Dr. Vanessa Just
wtsAI

CEO of wtsAI

China aims to become the leading nation in research and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2030. To achieve this, China is investing more than 150 billion US$ to bring AI into their companies, administration, universities and educational institutions.

The U.S. has large digital companies like Google, Facebook, IBM, Amazon/AWS, Microsoft, Adobe, Nvidia and many others that invest billions of US$ each year in research and adaptation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

Hamburg, Germany and Europe are falling behind. The developments in China and the USA must be seen as inspiration and combined with European know-how.

European companies can remain competitive through increased collaboration and cooperation, an intensive exchange of experience, the targeted bundling of know-how from companies and science, and jointly operated further developments.

“AI is a key technology in all technical disciplines, which we at the Hamburg University of Technology are already applying and developing excellently. Bringing together the individual experts and exchanging information about the solutions developed is necessary in order to survive in international competition.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Timm-Giel

President TUHH, head of the Institute for Communication Networks

Artificial intelligence and machine learning offer possibilities today that were not imaginable 5-10 years ago. Due to exponential growth of cloud computing power and available data, edge computing and standard open source software tools and more and more standard solutions, the application of AI is more accessible today than ever before.

For the history of mankind, this is a unique opportunity to take huge steps forward very quickly. For this purpose, it is necessary to recognize the chances to make AI an integral part of corporate strategy and to constantly implement and further develop these technologies.

For this it is crucial to look ahead responsibly and sustainably and to include important topics such as ethics, security, data protection and equality on the basis of European standards from the outset, without getting lost in discussions about the dangers of AI and automation.

“Hamburg’s economy has always been at the forefront of exploiting the technical possibilities to develop new processes and products. This is still true today. Especially in the fields of aviation, life science, renewable energies, maritime economy and logistics, artificial intelligence will soon change the entire production process. In Hamburg the future builds on tradition.”

Dr. Rolf Strittmatter

Hamburg Invest

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“AI will profoundly change all technologies and verticals over the next 10+ years because it will permeate all industries like the PC, the Internet and the smartphone. It is our concern with AI.HAMBURG to bring this closer to companies in the metropolitan region of Hamburg, so that they implement AI to become more competitive and efficient, which will have a positive impact on our society and location! We would be happy to shape this together with you!”

Ragnar Kruse & Petra Vorsteher

Founders of AI.HAMBURG and Smaato.

AI.HAMBURG, together with its founding partners and AI experts, has set itself the goal of making the region a beacon in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. In the free AI Community in Slack, it is possible to directly exchange and network with members on topics related to artificial intelligence. This includes the extensive and growing AI Ecosystem, which gives visibility to Hamburg’s AI players and offers networking opportunities.

In the newsletter, current AI news and developments are collected, AI job offers and applications are published, and current events on AI topics are pointed out. The AI.Hamburg event formats AI Info Breakfast, AI Happy Hour and AI Strategy Workshop as well as the AI Summit, as part of Blockchance 2021, are aimed at the various AI stakeholders. The aim is to support SMEs in particular to learn from AI use cases and implement smart solution concepts.

After all, smart companies will benefit the Hamburg economy and positively influence the competitiveness of the entire metropolitan region.

About AI.HAMBURG

AI.HAMBURG is a not-for-profit-initiative initiated by the Smaato founders Petra Vorsteher & Ragnar Kruse and launched together with the Excellence Cluster Hamburg@work, Tutech Innovation, TUHH, Hamburg Invest, Ahoi Digital, ARIC Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg, and other Hamburg universities and municipal partners.


The goal of AI.HAMBURG is to accelerate the adoption of AI in companies and start-ups, to promote education and training and to build a leading ecosystem for the application of artificial intelligence.


AI.HAMBURG has an international network of advisors and AI experts who provide their knowledge and experience from various industries.


AI.Hamburg is a founding member of the AI4Germany Initiative, which brings together leading initiatives in the field of AI to actively support the local economy and society in Germany in the application of artificial intelligence.


These Are Some of Our Founding Partners.

Dienstag, 22. Juni 2021, 19:00 – 20:00 Uhr (CEST)

Venture Capital funding for AI Start-ups: Challenges & Opportunities in Germany and the US

This event will help to promote VC investments into AI start-ups by sharing lessons from the US & Germany: Established Silicon Valley/German Venture Capital investors, successful entrepreneurs and a US government official with Investment Banking experience (connecting VC’s and start-ups) will share their expertise about how to identify investment opportunities, how to attract Venture Capital as an AI-driven company and how to scale a business by taking advantage of transatlantic business connections.

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Roland Gerhards ist seit Mai 2012 Geschäftsführer der ZAL GmbH und hat in dieser Zeit den Bau und die Startphase des ZAL TechCenters maßgeblich gestaltet. Gerhards ist diplomierter Luft- und Raumfahrtingenieur und hält darüber hinaus einen MBA der US-amerikanischen Purdue University. Vor seiner Tätigkeit als ZAL-Geschäftsführer war er 15 Jahre in verschiedenen Positionen bei Airbus in Hamburg und Toulouse tätig, zuletzt als Leiter der Rumpfentwicklung für die A330. Auch privat ist er der Luftfahrt eng verbunden und besitzt unter anderem eine Ausbilderlizenz für Kunstflugpiloten.

Ed Brinksma ist seit September 2020 Präsident der Erasmus University. Davor war er über zwei Jahre Präsident der Technischen Universität Hamburg. Er hat außerdem eine ordentliche Professur für Informatik (Formale Methoden eingebetteter Systeme) an der Universität Twente (UT) in den Niederlanden inne. In den Jahren 2009-2016 war Ed Rektor Magnificus der Universität Twente. Während seines Rektorats war Ed unter anderem für die Gründung des Twente Design Lab verantwortlich, einer multidisziplinären Meeting-Plattform für Studenten, Mitarbeiter und Unternehmer zur Wertschöpfung. Auf der Bildungsseite betreute er die Konzeption und Umsetzung des Twente-Bildungsmodells und führte studentenzentriertes Lernen durch projektbasierte, thematische Module als Bausteine für die UT-Studiengänge ein. Ed studierte Mathematik an der Universität Groningen (1982) und promovierte in Informatik an der UT (1988). Er war Dekan der Fakultät für Informatik an der UT (1995-1997), wissenschaftlicher Direktor des Embedded Systems Institute und Professor für Informatik an der Technischen Universität Eindhoven (2005-2008). Ed hatte auch eine Position als Adjoint Professor an der Universität Aalborg inne. Als Forscher hat Ed ausführlich über die Theorie und Anwendung formaler Methoden gearbeitet und veröffentlicht, von der Spezifikation und Analyse von Netzwerkprotokollen und -diensten bis hin zu modellbasierten Tests, Verifikationen und Leistungsanalysen kritischer Infrastrukturen und eingebetteter Systeme. Er war der (Mit-)Initiator von Konferenzen wie FORTE, QEST und TACAS.


Ed Brinksma has been President of the Erasmus University since September 2020. Before he was the President of the Technical University of Hamburg. He also holds a full professorship in Computer Science (Formal Methods of Embedded Systems) at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands. In the years 2009-2016 Ed was Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente. During his rectorate, Ed was responsible, among other things, for founding the Twente Design Lab, a multidisciplinary meeting platform for students, staff and entrepreneurs to create value. On the education side, he supervised the design and implementation of the Twente educational model and introduced student-centred learning through project-based, thematic modules as building blocks for the UT courses. Ed studied mathematics at the University of Groningen (1982) and received his doctorate in computer science from the UT (1988). He was Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at UT (1995-1997), Scientific Director of the Embedded Systems Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (2005-2008). Ed also held an Adjoint Professor position at the University of Aalborg. As a researcher, Ed has worked and published extensively on the theory and application of formal methods, from the specification and analysis of network protocols and services to model-based testing, verification and performance analysis of critical infrastructures and embedded systems. He was the (co-)initiator of conferences such as FORTE, QEST and TACAS.

Michael Beetz ist Professor für Informatik an der Fakultät für Mathematik & Informatik der Universität Bremen und Leiter des Instituts für Künstliche Intelligenz (IAI). Das IAI untersucht KI-basierte Kontrollmethoden für Roboter-Agenten, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf alltäglichen Manipulationsaufgaben im menschlichen Maßstab liegt. Mit openEASE, einem webbasierten Wissensdienst zur Bereitstellung von Roboter- und Aktivitätsdaten, will Michael Beetz die Interoperabilität in der Robotik verbessern und die Barrieren für die Roboterprogrammierung verringern. Aus diesem Grund stellt die IAI-Gruppe die meisten ihrer Ergebnisse als Open-Source-Software zur Verfügung, vor allem in der ROS-Softwarebibliothek.


Michael Beetz is Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Mathematics & Computer Science at the University of Bremen and Director of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI). The IAI investigates KI-based control methods for robotic agents, focusing on everyday human-scale manipulation tasks. With openEASE, a web-based knowledge service for the provision of robot and activity data, Michael Beetz wants to improve the interoperability in robotics and reduce the barriers for robot programming. For this reason, the IAI group makes most of its results available as open source software, especially in the ROS software library.

Tilo Böhmann ist Mitglied im Vorstand von HITeC e.V., dem Hamburger Informatik-Technologiecentrum und leitet die Forschungsgruppe IT-Management und -Consulting am Fachbereich Informatik der Universität Hamburg. Er ist stellvertretender Leiter des Fachbereichs. Tilo Böhmann ist Mitinitiator von ahoi.digital, dem Kooperations- und Wachstumsprogramm für Informatik in der Digitalisierung in Hamburg und des Forschungsschwerpunkts Information Governance Technologies, in dem Wissenschaftler*innen aus Informatik, Rechtswissenschaft und Ethik zusammenarbeiten, um die menschenzentrierten technischen Möglichkeiten für den verantwortlichen Umgang mit Daten und KI in der digitalen Gesellschaft erforschen. Seine Forschungsinteressen gelten dem IT Management, der digitalen Transformation sowie der Gestaltung digitaler, lernender Dienstleistungssysteme (Service Systems Engineering). Er ist Autor zahlreicher internationaler und nationaler Fachpublikationen zu diesen Themen. Tilo Böhmann hat sich an der Technischen Universität München habilitiert, wurde an der Universität Hohenheim (Stuttgart) promoviert und hat einen Masterabschluss der London School of Economics and Political Science.


Tilo Böhmann is a member of the board of HITeC e.V., the Hamburg Computer Science Technology Center, and heads the research group IT Management and Consulting at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hamburg. He is deputy head of the department. Tilo Böhmann is co-initiator of ahoi.digital, the cooperation and growth program for computer science in digitization in Hamburg and the research focus Information Governance Technologies, in which scientists from computer science, law and ethics work together to explore the human-centered technical possibilities for the responsible handling of data and AI in the digital society. His research interests include IT management, digital transformation and the design of digital, learning service systems (Service Systems Engineering). He is the author of numerous international and national publications on these topics. Tilo Böhmann habilitated at the Technical University of Munich, received his doctorate at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) and holds a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Roland Becker ist Geschäftsführer der auf Künstliche Intelligenz spezialisierten JUST ADD AI GmbH (JAAI). Die Mission von JAAI lautet „Unlock Human Talent“: Die KI-Experten von JAAI helfen Unternehmen dabei, den aktuellsten Stand der KI Technologie zu verstehen und in ihre Geschäftsprozesse zu integrieren. Roland ist außerdem Geschäftsführer des Chatbot-Startups botario GmbH und der Scouting-Plattform SCOUTASTIC. Als Initiator von BREMEN.AI, dem Cluster für künstliche Intelligenz in Bremen, engagiert er sich im Beirat von bremen digitalmedia für die Vernetzung der KI-Szene in Bremen und im Nordwesten Deutschlands und für einen besseren Transfer von KI Know-how zwischen Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.


Roland Becker is managing director of JUST ADD AI GmbH (JAAI), a company specializing in artificial intelligence. JAAI's mission is "Unlock Human Talent": JAAI's AI experts help companies to understand the latest AI technology and integrate it into their business processes. Roland is also managing director of the chatbot startup botario GmbH and the scouting platform SCOUTASTIC. As initiator of BREMEN.AI, the cluster for artificial intelligence in Bremen, he is involved in the advisory board of bremen digitalmedia for the networking of the AI scene in Bremen and in the Northwest of Germany and for a better transfer of AI know-how between science, economy and society.

Seit dem 1. Januar 2016 ist Henrik Falk Mitglied des Vorstandes der Hamburger Hochbahn AG, seit dem 1. Februar 2016 Vorstandsvorsitzender. Herr Falk ist zudem u.a. Mitglied der Nationalen Plattform Zukunft der Mobilität der Bundesregierung, im Policy Board UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics), dem Präsidium des Verbands Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (VDV) und im Board of Innovators bei SQUARE/Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA). Zuvor führte Henrik Falk vom 01.11.2008 bis 31.12.2015 den Vorstandsbereich Finanzen und Vertrieb der Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). Ab 1999 arbeitete er als Rechtsanwalt mit Schwerpunkt Wirtschaftsrecht in Berlin und wurde 2001 Partner einer Anwaltssozietät. Zum 1. April 2004 wechselte Henrik Falk zur BVG als Chefsyndikus und Leiter des Gremienbereiches. Ab 2007 war er Geschäftsführer der BVG-Beteiligungsholding. Er studierte Rechtswissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin. Die betriebswirtschaftliche Ausbildung erfolgte in St. Gallen/Schweiz. Nach einer Tätigkeit als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Sozialrecht in München absolvierte er sein Referendariat in Paris und Berlin.


Henrik Falk has been a member of the Management Board of Hamburger Hochbahn AG since 1 January 2016 and Chairman of the Management Board since 1 February 2016. Mr. Falk is also a member of the National Platform Future of Mobility of the Federal Government, the Policy Board UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics), the Presidium of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and the Board of Innovators of SQUARE/Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA). Previously, Henrik Falk headed the Finance and Sales Division of Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) from 01.11.2008 to 31.12.2015. From 1999 he worked as a lawyer specialising in commercial law in Berlin and became a partner in a law firm in 2001. On 1 April 2004, Henrik Falk joined BVG as General Counsel and Head of the Board Division. From 2007 he was managing director of BVG-Beteiligungsholding. He studied law at the Free University of Berlin. His business administration training took place in St. Gallen/Switzerland. After working as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law in Munich, he completed his legal clerkship in Paris and Berlin.

Olaf Groth ist Professor, Berater und Führungskraft für die sich entwickelnde globale Innovationsökonomie mit 20 Jahren Erfahrung in Unternehmen, Beratungsunternehmen und der Wissenschaft. Er hat geholfen, neue Projekte und Initiativen zum Veränderungsmanagement für Arbeitgeber und Kunden in den Bereichen Energie, Technologie, Telekommunikation, Luft- und Raumfahrt und Verkehr in über 30 Ländern aufzubauen.


Olaf Groth is a professor, consultant and executive for the evolving global innovation economy with 20 years of experience in business, consulting and science. He has helped build new change management projects and initiatives for employers and clients in the energy, technology, telecommunications, aerospace and transportation industries in over 30 countries.

Wolfgang Hildesheim leitet den Bereich AI und IBM Watson in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. In dieser Position entwickelte er gemeinsam mit internationalen Teams industriespezifische Big Data Analytics sowie Cognitive Computing-Konzepte und Lösungen für Kunden in ganz Europa. In 1997 begann seine Karriere bei IBM im Bereich Automotive, Aerospace und Hitech Practice. Seit 2012 ist Wolfgang Hildesheim verantwortlich für das Wachstum des IBM Watson Geschäfts in Europa mit Fokus auf den deutschsprachigen Raum.


Wolfgang Hildesheim heads the AI and IBM Watson division in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In this position, he worked with international teams to develop industry-specific big data analytics and cognitive computing concepts and solutions for customers throughout Europe. In 1997, he began his career at IBM in the Automotive, Aerospace and Hitech Practice divisions. Since 2012, Wolfgang Hildesheim has been responsible for the growth of IBM Watson's business in Europe with a focus on the German-speaking region.

Carlos Jahn, Jahrgang 1966, ist Leiter des Instituts für Maritime Logistik der Technischen Universität Hamburg und in Personalunion Leiter des Fraunhofer-Centers für Maritime Logistik und Dienstleistungen in Hamburg. Seinen beruflichen Werdegang begann Carlos Jahn als Matrose und später als Offizier in der Bundesmarine. Er studierte Maschinenbau an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität in Hamburg und Wirtschaftswissenschaften an der Fernuniversität Hagen. Anschließend promovierte er als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter des Fraunhofer IFF an der Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg. Carlos Jahn war in unterschiedlichen Führungs- und Stabsfunktionen in Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft tätig, bevor er 2009 den Ruf zum Professor und Leiter des Instituts für Maritime Logistik der Technischen Universität Hamburg-Harburg annahm. Im Jahr 2010 erfolgte die Gründung des Fraunhofer-Centers für Maritime Logistik und Dienstleistungen.


Carlos Jahn, born in 1966, is head of the Institute for Maritime Logistics at the Technical University of Hamburg and at the same time head of the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services in Hamburg. Carlos Jahn began his professional career as a sailor and later as an officer in the German Navy. He studied mechanical engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and economics at the Fernuniversität Hagen. He then earned his doctorate as a research assistant at the Fraunhofer IFF at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg. Carlos Jahn held various management and staff positions in science and industry before being appointed Professor and Head of the Institute for Maritime Logistics at the Technical University of Hamburg in 2009. The Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services was founded in 2010.

Ingo Hoffmann ist ein erfolgreicher Senior Manager mit 30 Jahren Erfahrung in verschiedenen Managementpositionen bei Global Software und Technologieunternehmen. Er kombiniert Wissen aus der Verantwortung für ein globale Software Geschäft mit dem Auf- und Ausbau strategischer Partnerschaften. In den letzten Jahren hat sich Herr Hoffmann intensiv mit den Themenbereichen digitale Transformation und dem Einsatz künstlicher Intelligenz in der Industrie beschäftigt. Er hat 5 Jahre bei IBM im Bereich Watson Health gearbeitet und in den letzten Jahren die CyberValley Initiative (cyber-valley.de) ind die appliedAI Initiative (appliedai.de) aktiv unterstützt. Als Vorstand der ADI Innovation AG berät er Gründer, Manager, Finanzinvestoren und öffentliche Institutionen im Bereich neuer Technologien und künstlicher Intelligenz. Als Geschäftsführer von AI.Hamburg bringt er das Thema KI in die norddeutsche Wirtschaft. Ingo Hoffmann ist auch ein leidenschaftlicher Fotograf und Blogger zu Themen rund um Innovation und künstliche Intelligenz.


Ingo Hoffmann is a successful senior manager with 30 years of experience in various management positions at global software and technology companies. He combines knowledge from responsibility for global business and the establishment and expansion of strategic partnerships. In recent years, Mr. Hoffmann has worked intensively on digital transformation and the use of artificial intelligence in industry and the public sector. He worked 5 years at IBM Watson and last worked as a strategic consultant for the KI-Zentrum Tübingen (tuebingen.ai) and the Cybertal Initiative (cyber-valley.de). As Managing Director of ADI Innovation AG he advises founders, managers, financial investors and public institutions in this field of new technologies and artificial intelligence. He supports the applied AI initiative as head of the AI ecosystem. Ingo Hoffmann is also a passionate photographer and blogger for innovation and artificial intelligence.

John Lange ist ein erfahrener Investment- und Finanz-Experte für die Entwicklung von innovativen Technologieunternehmen und Konzernen im digitalen Wandel. Mit 25-jähriger Erfahrung im Digital- und Technologie-Umfeld berät er Unternehmen, wie sie erfolgreich in Startups investieren, um Innovation, digitalen Wandel und Wachstum zu fördern. Als langjähriger Geschäftsführer der Beteiligungsholding Axel Springer Digital war John Lange mitverantwortlich für den Aufbau des erfolgreichen Beteiligungsportfolios von Axel Springer, einem der Vorreiter für digitale Transformation. Zuvor unterstützte er die internationale Expansion des E-Commerce-Software-Unternehmens Intershop, dessen Börsengang er begleitete. Er promovierte über Innovations-Controlling an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.


John Lange is an experienced investment and financial expert in the development of innovative technology companies and corporations in digital change. With 25 years of experience in the digital and technology environment, he advises companies on how to successfully invest in start-ups to drive innovation, digital change and growth. As long-time managing director of the holding company Axel Springer Digital, John Lange was jointly responsible for the development of the successful investment portfolio of Axel Springer, one of the pioneers of digital transformation. Previously, he supported the international expansion of the e-commerce software company Intershop, whose IPO he accompanied. He received his doctorate in innovation controlling from Leuphana University in Lüneburg.

Peter Kabel ist Serienunternehmer und Professor an der HAW Hamburg für Interaction Design. Er ist Gründer mehrerer Unternehmen (u.a. Kabel New Media, Trendbüro, AECAL.de) und ist als Investor in Indische Startups mit Fokus auf Natural Language Processing und Buchautor intensiv den Fragen rings um Voice AI beschäftigt. In seiner Rolle als Hochschulprofessor im Design forscht er zum Einfluß von AI und selbstlernenden Algorithmen auf die Designpraxis und die Auswirkungen auf Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft.


Peter Kabel is a serial entrepreneur and professor at HAW Hamburg for Interaction Design. He is the founder of several companies (including Kabel New Media, Trendbüro, AECAL.de) and, as an investor in Indian startups with a focus on natural language processing and as a book author, is intensively involved in the issues surrounding voice AI.
In his role as a university professor in design, he researches the influence of AI and self-learning algorithms on design practice and the impact on society and business.

Ragnar ist Gründer von AI.HAMBURG und CEO von AI Invest GmbH. Zuvor war er CEO und Mitgründer von Smaato. Von 2005 bis 2019 hat er Smaato zur führenden globalen Real-Time Mobile Advertising Platform mit über 90.000 mobilen Publishern und App-Entwicklern sowie mehr als 450 Demand-Partnern entwickelt, die monatlich über eine Milliarde unique mobile User auf der ganzen Welt mit Werbung beliefert. Als Serienunternehmer mit über 30 Jahren Erfahrung im IT-Bereich kennt und versteht Ragnar Kruse die besonderen Herausforderungen bei der Markteinführung neuer Technologien. Sowohl in den USA als auch in Europa baute er mehrere Unternehmen von Beginn an bis zur Markteinführung auf.


Ragnar Kruse is founder of AI.HAMBURG, AI Invest and previously the co- founder and CEO of Smaato. From 2005 to 2019, he led the company to become the leading global real-time mobile advertising platform with over 90,000 mobile publishers and app developers and more than 450 demand partners serving more than one billion unique mobile users worldwide every month. As a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of IT experience, Ragnar Kruse understands the unique challenges of bringing new technologies to market. In the USA as well as in Europe he built up several companies from the beginning to the market launch.

Nico Lumma ist Managing Partner des next media accelerator und investiert Mediatech Startups in Europa und Israel. Lumma ist Mitgründer von D64 - Zentrum für digitalen Fortschritt e.V. und Mitglied im Landesrat für digitale Entwicklung und Kultur in Rheinland-Pfalz.


Nico Lumma is managing partner of the next media accelerator and invests Mediatech startups in Europe and Israel. Lumma is a co-founder of D64 - Center for Digital Progress e.V. and a member of the State Council for Digital Development and Culture in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Gerry ist ein erfahrener Technologieunternehmer, dessen Karriere viele Branchen umfasst, darunter Finanzen/Wall Street, Werbung sowie Medien und Unterhaltung. Durch seine früheren CTO/SVP-Engineering-Funktionen bei RhythmOne, Agency.com/Designatory, World Wrestling Entertainment und VMS führte Gerry nicht nur Start-ups von 20 bis 1.500+ Mitarbeitern, sondern brachte auch viele bedeutende branchenführende Lösungen auf den Markt und erzielte ein dreistelliges Wachstum. Vor seinem Eintritt bei Smaato war Gerry auch an mehreren Börsengängen und einer Vielzahl von Akquisitionen maßgeblich beteiligt. Als Technologe ist Gerry leidenschaftlich am Aufbau von Hochleistungsteams, Lean DevOps, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, "automated everything" und superschnellen Architekturen interessiert, die bis zu 100 Milliarden Transaktionen pro Tag ausmachen können. Der gebürtige Südafrikaner hat einen Abschluss in Informatik von der University of Stellenbosch.


Gerry is an experienced technology entrepreneur whose career spans many industries, including finance/wall street, advertising, media and entertainment. Through his former CTO/SVP engineering roles at RhythmOne, Agency.com/Designatory, World Wrestling Entertainment and VMS, Gerry not only led start-ups of 20 to 1,500+ employees, but also brought many significant industry-leading solutions to market and achieved three-figure growth. Prior to joining Smaato, Gerry was also instrumental in a number of IPOs and acquisitions. As a technologist, Gerry is passionate about building high-performance teams, Lean DevOps, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, automated everything and super-fast architectures that can account for up to 100 billion transactions per day. Born in South Africa, he holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Stellenbosch.

Martin Mahn ist Geschäftsführer der Tutech Innovation GmbH und der Hamburg Innovation GmbH. Er kam im Winter 2014 von der Spree an die Elbe, um hier den Wissenstransfer zwischen Hochschulen und Wirtschaft voranzutreiben. Martin Mahn studierte Biologie und Umweltmanagement in Berlin und Jerusalem und begeistert sich für Kreativtechniken, wie beispielsweise Design Thinking. Durch seine bisherigen Stationen, u.a. als Geschäftsführer der Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, diversen Managementfunktionen bei Osram sowie als Gründer, bringt er einen breiten Erfahrungsschatz mit. Martin Mahn engagiert sich unter anderem im Vorstand des Wirtschaftsvereins für den Hamburger Süden, im channel hamburg e.V. und im Business Angels Netzwerk Elbe-Weser e.V. (BANEW).


Martin Mahn is Managing Director of Tutech Innovation GmbH and Hamburg Innovation GmbH. He came from the Spree to the Elbe in the winter of 2014 to promote the transfer of knowledge between universities and industry. Martin Mahn studied biology and environmental management in Berlin and Jerusalem and is enthusiastic about creative techniques such as design thinking. His previous positions, including Managing Director of Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, various management functions at Osram and as a founder, have given him a wealth of experience. Martin Mahn is involved on the board of the Wirtschaftsverein für den Hamburger Süden, the channel hamburg e.V. and the Business Angels Netzwerk Elbe-Weser e.V., among others. (BANEW).

Nach dem Studium der Informatik mit dem Ergänzungsfach Wirtschaftswissenschaften begann er seine berufliche Laufbahn bei der Software Design & Management AG (Ernst & Young Gruppe), wo er seit 1997 als Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung für die Niederlassungen Hamburg und Hannover verantwortlich war. Im Jahr 2000 wurde er Bereichsvorstand der Systematics AG (später EDS). Seit Juli 2002 war Jens Meier Geschäftsführer der tts Holding GmbH & Co. KG. Mit dem Verkauf der tts-Gruppe an die Fiege-Gruppe wurde Herr Meier in den Vorstand der Fiege Holding Stiftung & Co. KG, Greven, berufen. Seit dem 1. April 2008 ist Jens Meier Geschäftsführer der HPA.


After studying computer science with a supplementary subject in economics, he began his professional career at Software Design & Management AG (Ernst & Young Group), where he was responsible for the Hamburg and Hanover branches as a member of the management board since 1997. In 2000, he was appointed Divisional Director of Systematics AG (later EDS). Since July 2002 Jens Meier has been Managing Director of tts Holding GmbH & Co. KG. With the sale of the tts Group to the Fiege Group, Mr. Meier became a member of the Executive Board of Fiege Holding Stiftung & Co. KG, Greven. Jens Meier has been Managing Director of the HPA since April 1, 2008.

Mit Dr. Michael Müller-Wünsch konnte OTTO einen erfahrenen Manager für IT-Change-Prozesse sowie IT-Entwicklungen gewinnen. Zuletzt verantwortete er als Chief Information Officer (CIO) der Lekkerland AG & Co. KG deren Restrukturierung der europäischen IT-Organisation, die Vereinheitlichung der IT-Landschaft sowie die Standardisierung der Geschäfts- und IT-Prozesse. Zuvor war Müller-Wünsch Partner der HiSolutions AG in Berlin, Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung der CEVA Logistics GmbH in Frankfurt am Main und von 2000 bis 2004 Geschäftsführer und Chief Operating Officer (COO) der myToys.de GmbH.


With Dr. Michael Müller-Wünsch, OTTO has gained an experienced manager for IT change processes and IT developments. Most recently, as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Lekkerland AG & Co. KG was responsible for the restructuring of the European IT organisation, the standardisation of the IT landscape and the standardisation of business and IT processes. Müller-Wünsch was previously a partner at HiSolutions AG in Berlin, a member of the management of CEVA Logistics GmbH in Frankfurt am Main and from 2000 to 2004 Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of myToys.de GmbH.

Thomas startete und managte verschiedene Firmen mit disruptiven Technologien, von Start-up, M&A bis IPO, in einem globalen Markt. Derzeit ist er bei Intel in den Bereichen AI- und 3D- Technologien unterwegs wie Drohnen, Robotics, A/R, V/R, Automotive und IoT. Sein Interesse, lokale und internationale Firmen zwischen USA und Deutschland aufzubauen, war seine Motivation, weshalb er aktiv ist in Organisationen wie GABA. Er ist spezialisiert darauf, globale Teams in Europa und Asien aufzubauen. Als VP/GM Deutsche Telekom war er verantwortlich für die nordamerikanischen Innovations-Partnerschaften. Davor managte er weltweite Kunden bei Logitech, zu denen alle TV-Hersteller gehörten. Über 8 Jahre war er als VP BD involviert in diverse Start-Ups, um Desktop Video Conferencing bekannt zu machen, was die Partnerschaften mit Skype und Google beinhaltete.


Thomas started and managed various companies with disruptive technologies, from start-up, M&A to IPO, in a global market. He currently works for Intel in the areas of AI and 3D technologies such as Drones, Robotics, A/R, V/R, Automotive and IoT. His interest in building local and international companies between the US and Germany was his motivation, which is why he is active in organizations such as GABA. He specializes in building global teams in Europe and Asia. As VP/GM Deutsche Telekom he was responsible for the North American Innovation Partnerships. Prior to that, he managed Logitech's global customers, including all TV manufacturers. For over 8 years as VP BD, he was involved in various start-ups to promote desktop video conferencing, including partnerships with Skype and Google.

Uwe Jens Neumann ist Co-Founder und Vorstandsvorsitzender von Hamburg@work seit Gründung des Vereins in 1997 und seit 2001 Geschäftsführer der operativen Tochtergesellschaft Hamburg@work GFM mbH. Im Team ist er insbesondere für die strategische Ausrichtung und Weiterentwicklung von Hamburg@work zum Digitalen Cluster im Norden Deutschlands verantwortlich. Nach BWL-Studium als Offizier der Bundeswehr und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeit an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität führten ihn seine beruflichen Stationen über Führungspositionen bei IBM, AT&T, BMW Softlab und VIAG Interkom in die Geschäftsführung der HWF Hamburgische Wirtschaftsförderung. Seit 2016 widmet sich Uwe Jens ganz seinen Aufgaben bei Hamburg@work.


Uwe Jens Neumann is co-founder and chairman of the board of Hamburg@work since the foundation of the association in 1997 and managing director of the operative subsidiary Hamburg@work GFM mbH since 2001. In the team, he is responsible in particular for the strategic orientation and further development of Hamburg@work into a digital cluster in northern Germany. After studying business administration as an officer in the German Armed Forces and working as a research assistant at Helmut Schmidt University, his professional experience led him to management positions at IBM, AT&T, BMW Softlab and VIAG Interkom at HWF Hamburgische Wirtschaftsförderung. Since 2016, Uwe Jens has dedicated himself entirely to his tasks at Hamburg@work.

Uve Samuels studierte von 1989 bis 1993 Prozessautomatisierung an der Fachhochschule Ostfriesland und schloss sein Studium als Diplom-Ingenieur ab. Danach war er vier Jahre lang als Gruppen- und Projektleiter im Institut für Lasertechnik an der Fachhochschule tätig. 1997 Promotion in Mechatronik zum Doctor of Philosophy an der Loughborough University of Technology in England. Ab 1997 war Samuels zwei Jahre lang Leiter des Referats für Berufliche Bildung des Deutschen Industrie- und Handelstags. Fünf Jahre lang war er Geschäftsführer der Handelskammer. Vordem leitete er für zwei Jahre die Koordinierungsstelle Neuordnung der Industriellen Metall- und Elektroberufe des Deutschen Industrie- und Handelskammertages. Seit 2007 ist Samuels Geschäftsführer der HSBA.


Uve Samuels studied process automation at the University of Applied Sciences Ostfriesland from 1989 to 1993 and graduated as an engineer. He then worked for four years as a group and project manager at the Institute for Laser Technology at the University of Applied Sciences. In 1997 he received the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechatronics from Loughborough University of Technology, England. From 1997, Samuels was head of the Vocational Training Department of the German Association of Industry and Commerce for two years. For five years he was Managing Director of the Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, he was head of the Coordination Office for the Reorganization of Industrial Metal and Electrical Professions of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce for two years. Samuels has been Managing Director of HSBA since 2007.

Seit Januar 2009 ist Sebastian Saxe Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung der HPA. Vor seiner Doppelrolle als CDO verantwortete er u.a. als CIO den Ausbau und die Weiterentwicklung der IT-Landschaft der HPA und als Bereichsleiter Services mit den Facheinheiten Einkauf, Personal, Interne Dienste, operative IT und Recht sowie den Stabsbereichen Geschäftsprozesse, IT-Architektur und IT-Innovation, Datenschutz und -sicherheit, Intermodales Verkehrsmanagement, Gesundheitsmanagement, Wissensmanagement und Arbeitsschutz, hat Sebastian Saxe u.a, die 20 Innovationen im Themensegment „Transport und Logistik“ für die IAPH-Konferenz 2015 gemanagt und danach die weltweit beachteten smartPORT-/chainPORT-Programme der HPA gegründet. Im November 2015 wurde er als „CIO des Jahres“ der Kategorie Mittelstand in Deutschland ausgezeichnet. Vor der HPA hat der promovierte Mathematiker als Technik-Vorstand von Dataport, als Leiter des Landesamts für Informationstechnik in Hamburg, als Abteilungsleiter (CIO der Stadt) bei der Finanzbehörde usw. ein sehr breites Spektrum an Führungsfunktionen in der Verwaltung bekleidet und dabei wesentlich mit einem gesamtstädtischen Blick die technikgetriebene Zukunft der Stadt Hamburg und den dazugehörigen Transformationsprozess innovativ und steuernd gestaltet. Sein momentanes Motto „ Aus Visionen Realität machen – denn Digitalisierung in der Öffentlichen Hand schwerer geht nicht … und AI ist hier eine Schlüsseltechnologie mit riesigen Chancen aber auch Risiken im ECOsytem Verwaltung, Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft.“


Sebastian Saxe has been a member of the HPA Executive Board since January 2009. Before his dual role as CDO he was responsible for the expansion and further development of the IT landscape of the HPA as CIO and as Head of Services with the specialist units Purchasing, Human Resources, Internal Services, Operational IT and Legal as well as the staff departments Business Processes, IT Architecture and IT Innovation, Data Protection and Security, Intermodal Traffic Management, Health Management, Knowledge Management and Occupational Safety.a, who managed the 20 innovations in the "Transport and Logistics" theme segment for the IAPH Conference 2015 and then founded the HPA's smartPORT-/chainPORT programmes, which are highly regarded worldwide. In November 2015, he was named "CIO of the Year" in the category medium-sized businesses in Germany. Prior to the HPA, the mathematician with a doctorate in technology was Dataport's Chief Technology Officer, Head of the State Office for Information Technology in Hamburg, Head of Department (CIO of the City of Hamburg) at the Tax Authorities, etc., where he held a very broad spectrum of management functions in administration, and in doing so, he was instrumental in shaping the technology-driven future of the City of Hamburg and the associated transformation process in an innovative and controlling way with an overall view of the city. His current motto is "Turning visions into reality - because digitisation in the public sector is not more difficult ... and AI is a key technology here with huge opportunities but also risks in ECOsytem administration, business and science".

Matthias Steffen führt ein interdisziplinäres Team von Naturwissenschaftlern, AI-Experten, Designern, und Softwareentwicklern. Sie verschmelzen Branchen-Know-How mit IT- und Kommunikations-Know-How. In interdisziplinären Teams entwickeln die Berater und IT-Fachleute überzeugende Ideen und effektive Umsetzungen für die Herausforderungen in der digitalen Welt.


Matthias Steffen leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists, AI experts, designers, and software developers. They merge industry know-how with IT and communication know-how. In interdisciplinary teams, the consultants and IT specialists develop convincing ideas and effective implementations for the challenges in the digital world.

Rolf Strittmatter ist Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der Hamburg Marketing GmbH und Geschäftsführer der Hamburg Invest und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH. Zuvor arbeitete er als Geschäftsführer bei der ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg und dem Expo-Center Airport Berlin. Strittmatter studierte Volkswirtschaftlehre und promovierte 2002 zum Dr. rer. nat. in Geographie.


Rolf Strittmatter is Chairman of the Management Board of Hamburg Marketing GmbH and Managing Director of Hamburg Invest und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH. He previously worked as Managing Director at the Brandenburg Economic Development Board and the Expo-Center Airport Berlin. Strittmatter studied economics and received his doctorate in geography in 2002.

Andreas Timm-Giel ist seit September 2020 Präsident der TUHH. Seit 2009 ist er Leiter des Instituts für Kommunikationsnetze und seit 2014 Vizepräsident für Forschung und CIO an der Technischen Universität Hamburg. Er promovierte 1999 in der Hochfrequenztechnik und war von 2000-2002 in einem Startup für Satellitenkommunikation tätig. Danach wechselte er zurück an die Universität Bremen, wo er in den Kommunikationsnetzen in verantwortlichen Positionen u.a. im TZI, forschte. An der TUHH sind Mobil- und Fahrzeugkommunikation, das Internet der Dinge und zukünftige Netzarchitekturen seine Forschungsschwerpunkte. Als Vizepräsident der TUHH gestaltet er den Wachstumsprozess der TUHH aktiv mit, wobei die Interdisziplinarität und die Digitalisierung in den Ingenieurswissenschaften zentrale Themen sind; das betrifft sowohl die Forschungsinhalte, die Forschungsmethoden und –tools als auch die Lehre zur Ausbildung verantwortlicher Ingenieure.


Andreas Timm-Giel is since September 2020, the President of the TUHH. Andreas Timm-Giel has been Head of the Institute for Communication Networks at the TUHH since 2009 and Vice President for Research and CIO since 2014. He received his doctorate in radio frequency technology in 1999 and worked in a satellite communications start-up from 2000-2002. He then moved back to the University of Bremen, where he researched in important positions in the communication networks, among others at the TZI. At the TUHH his research focuses on mobile and vehicle communication, the Internet of Things and future network architectures. As Vice President of the TUHH he actively contributes to the growth process of the TUHH, whereby interdisciplinary and digitization in the engineering sciences are central topics; this concerns research contents, research methods and tools as well as the training of responsible engineers.

Volkmar Uhlig ist Gründer und CTO von Ghost Locomotion (Mountain View, CA, USA) die ein autonomes Fahrsystem für Autobahnen entwickelt. Vorher war er Gründer und CTO von Adello, einem AI-basierten Ad-Tech DSP und Softwarearchitekt in einer High-Frequency Trading Firma. Ein von Volkmar entwickeltes Betriebssystem ist auf über 3 Milliarden mobilen Telefonen im Einsatz inklusive iPhone und vielen Android Geräten.


Volkmar Uhlig is founder and CTO of Ghost Locomotion (Mountain View, CA, USA) which develops an autonomous driving system for motorways. Previously, he was founder and CTO of Adello, an AI-based Ad-Tech DSP and software architect in a high-frequency trading company. An operating system developed by Volkmar is in use on over 3 billion mobile phones including iPhone and many Android devices.

Henning Vöpel ist seit 2014 Direktor des Hamburgischen WeltWirtschaftsInstitut (HWWI). Im Jahr 2010 wurde Vöpel als Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre an die HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration berufen. Seine Forschungs- und Themenschwerpunkte sind Konjunkturanalyse, Geld- und Währungspolitik, Finanzmärkte und Digitalökonomie. Nach seinem Studium der Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Universität Hamburg promovierte Prof. Vöpel 2004 mit einer Arbeit über die „Stabilisierungswirkungen der Geldpolitik“. Im Jahr 2009 verbrachte er auf Einladung des US Department of State im Rahmen des International Leadership Program einen Forschungsaufenthalt unter anderem in Washington D.C., San Francisco und Boston. Sein Modell der Diagonalisierung der Wirtschaft bildet den wissenschaftlichen Kern der Arbeit von Hamburg@work.


Henning Vöpel has been Director of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) since 2014. In 2010, Vöpel was appointed Professor of Economics at the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration. His research and topics are business cycle analysis, monetary policy, financial markets and digital economics. After studying economics at the University of Hamburg, Prof. Vöpel received his doctorate in 2004 with a thesis on the "Stabilization Effects of Monetary Policy". In 2009, at the invitation of the US Department of State, he spent a research stay in Washington D.C., San Francisco and Boston as part of the International Leadership Program. His model of the diagonalization of the economy forms the scientific core of Hamburg@work's work.

Petra ist Gründerin von AI.HAMBURG und stellvertretende Vorsitzende von Hamburg@work, verantwortlich für internationale Aktivitäten. Zuvor war sie Mitgründerin und CAO von Smaato. Petra ist eine Pionierin in der Mobileindustrie. Sie ist eine der ersten Frauen weltweit, die 2005 eine Mobilefirma gegründet und es geschafft hat, Smaato zu einem der größten unabhängigen Mobile Companies der Welt und der größten unabhängigen Global Mobile Ad und RTB Exchanges mit Hauptsitz in San Francisco und Büros in New York, Hamburg, Singapur und Shanghai, auszubauen. Vor ihrer Karriere im Bereich Mobile war sie eine Pionierin im E-Commerce. Als Gründungsmitglied von Intershop im Jahre 1996 war Petra maßgeblich daran beteiligt, das Unternehmen von einem Start-up zu einem börsennotierten Unternehmen mit einer Marktkapitalisierung von 12 Milliarden US-Dollar auszubauen. Als VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances hatte Petra die globale Verantwortung für alle strategischen, geschäftlichen und technischen Partnerschaften. Vor ihrer Tätigkeit bei Intershop war sie für Markteintrittsstrategien von Unternehmen in den USA und Europa zuständig. Petra hat über 30 Jahre Geschäftserfahrung in den USA, Europa und Asien. Sie ist seit 1981 Veteranin im Silicon Valley und eine der besten global vernetzten weiblichen Führungskräfte. Sie ist in mehreren Gremien tätig und wurde in internationale Ehrenämter berufen. Sie war Mitglied des Global Leadership Teams von Women in Wireless, wo sie die globale Expansion der Organisation unterstützte. Sie ist Mobile Chair bei GABA, dem Deutsch-Amerikanischen Wirtschaftsverband. Petra wurde vom Ministerpräsidenten und Ersten Bürgermeister von Hamburg zum Hamburg Ambassador in San Francisco ernannt. Vom Präsidenten der Technischen Universität Hamburg (TUHH) wurde sie zur Internationalen Botschafterin der Universität ernannt. Sie ist Mitglied des Vorstands der ECIU University des European Consortium of Innovative Universities. Petra wurde von Mobile Marketer als Mobile Women to Watch ernannt, Top Female Executive von Mobile Entertainment, Women Entrepreneur who Launched a Successful Mobile Startup in Forbes. und One Of The Most Powerful And Most Influential Women In The Mobile Advertising Industry von Business Insider. Im Jahr 2018 wurde sie mit dem Inspiring 50 Award ausgezeichnet, als eine der Einflussreichsten und Inspirierendsten Frauen in Tech.


Petra is founder of AI.HAMBURG, AI Invest and vice-chairwoman of Hamburg@work, responsible for international activities. Previously she was co-founder and CAO of Smaato. Petra is a pioneer in the mobile industry. She is one of the first women in the world to establish a mobile company in 2005 and to grow Smaato into one of the largest independent mobile companies in the world and the largest independent Global Mobile Ad and RTB Exchanges with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in New York, Hamburg, Singapore and Shanghai. Prior to her mobile career, she was a pioneer in e-commerce. As a founding member of Intershop in 1996, Petra was instrumental in growing the company from a start-up to a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of $12 billion. As VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Petra had global responsibility for all strategic, business, and technical partnerships. Prior to Intershop, Petra was responsible for market entry strategies for companies in the U.S. and Europe. Petra has over 30 years of business experience in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has been a veteran in Silicon Valley since 1981 and is one of the best globally networked female executives. She serves on several boards and has been appointed to international honorary positions. She was a member of the Women in Wireless Global Leadership Team, where she supported the global expansion of the organization. She is the Mobile Chair at GABA, the German-American Business Association. Petra was appointed Hamburg Ambassador in San Francisco by the Prime Minister and First Mayor of Hamburg. She was appointed International Ambassador of the University by the President of the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH). She is a member of the board of the ECIU University of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. Petra was named Mobile Women to Watch by Mobile Marketer, Top Female Executive of Mobile Entertainment, Women Entrepreneur who Launched a Successful Mobile Startup in Forbes. and One Of The Most Powerful And Most Influential Women In The Mobile Advertising Industry by Business Insider. In 2018, she was awarded the Inspiring 50 Award for being one of the most influential and inspiring women in tech.

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber ist Vizepräsident der International Solar Energy Society ISES, sowie vorläufiger Präsident des European Solar Manufacturer Councils ESMC in Gründung. 2017/18 war er Direktor/CEO der Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS). Von 2006 bis 2017 leitete er das Fraunhofer-Instituts für Solare Energiesysteme ISE in Freiburg, und war Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Physik / Solarenergie an der Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik sowie an der Technischen Fakultät der dortigen Albert-Ludwigs-Universität. Prof. Weber beschäftigt sich als Materialforscher vorwiegend mit Defekten in Silicium und Verbund-Halbleitern wie GaAs, SiC und GaN, besonders als Material für Solarzellen. Das 1976 mit der Promotion in Köln abgeschlossene Physik-Studium setzte er mit Forschungsaufenthalten in den USA und Schweden fort, wonach er sich 1983 an seiner Heimatuniversität habilitierte. Im selben Jahr nahm er einen Ruf an das Department of Materials Science and Engineering der University of California, Berkeley, an, wo er 2004 zum Chair der interdisziplinären Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group ernannt wurde. Während seiner Zeit in Berkeley verbrachte er auch je ein Forschungssemester als ’visiting professor’ an der Tohoku University in Sendai, sowie der Kyoto University in Japan. Prof. Weber war Gründungspräsident des Berkeley Chapters der Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) und von 2001-2003 Präsident der AvHAA. Seit 2003 ist er Gründungspräsident der German Scholars Organization (GSO). Im Juli 2008 wurde er als Direktor in das SEMI International Board of Directors berufen, dem er bis 2014 angehörte. Von 2012-2016 war er Geschäftsführender Direktor des Zentrums für Erneuerbare Energien der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Von 2013 bis 2016 war er Gründungspräsident des Bundesverband Energiespeicher (BVES), Berlin, und anschließend Ehrenpräsident des BVES. Von 2015 bis 2017 war er Präsident der ’European Association of Renewable Energy Research Centers’ EUREC. 1994 erhielt Prof. Weber den Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis. 2002 wurde er zum Fellow der American Physical Society ernannt. Die Electrochemical Society ECS, San Francisco zeichnete Prof. Weber im Juni 2009 mit dem Electronics and Photonics Division Award aus. Im Oktober 2009 wurde er zum Ehrenmitglied des Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg gewählt. Prof. Weber wurde 2006 das Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande verliehen, Seit April 2010 ist er Mitglied von acatech–der Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, Berlin. Im Juni 2013 wurde Prof. Weber mit dem Einstein Award der Solarworld ausgezeichnet. Im Januar 2014 nahm er in Abu Dhabi für sein Institut den hochdotierten Zayed Future Energy Prize aus den Händen des Kronprinzen der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate entgegen. Im September 2015 wurde er von der Friedrich Naumann Stiftung mit dem Walter-Scheel Preis ausgezeichnet. Im Juni 2016 wurde ihm der Rudolf Jäckel Preis der Deutschen Vakuumgesellschaft DVG verliehen. Prof. Weber ist Mitglied von Aufsichtsräten und beratenden Gremien von Firmen und Regierungen auf dem Feld der erneuerbaren Energien und der Transformation unseres Energiesystems in Richtung 100% Erneuerbarer Energien.


Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber is Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society ISES and provisional President of the European Solar Manufacturer Councils ESMC. In 2017/18 he was Director/CEO of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS). From 2006 to 2017 he headed the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, and held the Chair of Physics / Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg. As a materials researcher, Prof. Weber mainly deals with defects in silicon and compound semiconductors such as GaAs, SiC and GaN, especially as a material for solar cells. He continued his physics studies, which he completed with a doctorate in Cologne in 1976, with research stays in the USA and Sweden, after which he habilitated at his home university in 1983. In the same year, he accepted an appointment to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was appointed Chair of the interdisciplinary Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group in 2004. During his time at Berkeley, he also spent one research semester each as a visiting professor at Tohoku University in Sendai and Kyoto University in Japan. Prof. Weber was founding president of the Berkeley Chapter of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) and president of the AvHAA from 2001-2003. He has been founding president of the German Scholars Organization (GSO) since 2003. In July 2008 he was appointed Director of the SEMI International Board of Directors, to which he belonged until 2014. From 2012-2016 he was Managing Director of the Center for Renewable Energies at the University of Freiburg. From 2013 to 2016, he was founding president of the Bundesverband Energiespeicher (BVES), Berlin, and subsequently honorary president of BVES. From 2015 to 2017 he was President of the European Association of Renewable Energy Research Centers EUREC. In 1994 Prof. Weber was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize. In 2002 he was appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society. The Electrochemical Society ECS, San Francisco awarded Prof. Weber the Electronics and Photonics Division Award in June 2009. In October 2009 he was elected honorary member of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Prof. Weber was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande in 2006 and has been a member of acatech-der Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, Berlin, since April 2010. In June 2013 Prof. Weber was awarded the Einstein Award of Solarworld. In January 2014, he accepted the highly endowed Zayed Future Energy Prize from the hands of the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on behalf of his institute. In September 2015 he was awarded the Walter Scheel Prize by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. In June 2016 he was awarded the Rudolf Jäckel Prize of the German Vacuum Society DVG. Prof. Weber is a member of supervisory boards and advisory bodies of companies and governments in the field of renewable energies and the transformation of our energy system towards 100% renewable energies.

Gesa Ziemer (Prof. Dr. phil.) ist Professorin für Kulturtheorie und Kulturpraxis und Vizepräsidentin für Forschung an der HafenCity Universität Hamburg. Sie leitet das CityScienceLab, eine Kooperation mit dem MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA, USA), das sich mit der Zukunft der Städte beschäftigt (mit Schwerpunkt Digitalisierung). Derzeit baut sie das United Nations Technology Lab Germany (UNTIL) auf. Sie ist Stipendiatin der Humboldt Foundation (Feodor-Lynen-Programm) an der Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, USA. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind: die digitale Stadt, neue Formen der Zusammenarbeit, urbanes öffentliches Leben und künstlerische Forschung. Sie ist Gastdozentin an der Hochschule für Kunst und Design Luzern in der Schweiz.


Gesa Ziemer (Prof. Dr. phil.) is Professor of Cultural Theory and Cultural Practice and Vice President for Research at HafenCity University Hamburg. She heads the CityScienceLab, a cooperation with the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA, USA), which deals with the future of cities (with a focus on digitization). She is currently setting up the United Nations Technology Lab Germany (UNTIL). She is a fellow of the Humboldt Foundation (Feodor Lynen Program) at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, USA. Her research focuses on the digital city, new forms of collaboration, urban public life and artistic research. She is a guest lecturer at the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland.

Andreas Moring ist Professor für Digital Management an der International School of Management ISM in Hamburg. Seine Schwerpunkte sind Digitale Geschäftsmodelle, Innovationsmanagement und – natürlich – Künstliche Intelligenz.

Andreas Moring ist seit rund zwei Jahrzehnten in digitalen Medien zu Hause. Er arbeitete u.a. bei Axel Springer (Bild Zeitung, der Welt und dem Hamburger Abendblatt) und entwickelte für verschiedene Medien digitale Services, Produkte und Business Development Strategien. Seine Arbeiten und Entwicklungen wurden mit verschiedenen Preisen und Awards ausgezeichnet.

Seit 2010 ist Andreas Moring als Unternehmer in der Softwareentwicklung und im Digital Publishing aktiv. Er hat mehrere Bücher und Studien zu den Themen Digitalisierung von Geschäftsmodellen, Innovation, Change und Technologie veröffentlicht. Seit 2014 ist Andreas Moring zusätzlich Professor für Innovation und Digital Business und lehrt und forscht an der International School of Management ISM in Hamburg. Aktuell entwickelt der KI Experte mit einem Team ein neues Medienformat, das unter anderem auch Artificial Storytelling nutzt.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Moring heads the Hamburg campus of the ISM International School of Management. He is Professor of Digital Economy and Innovation with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. His scientific and practical work focuses on the question of how productive and creative cooperation between man and machine must look like in the AI age and how companies must adapt their organization, processes and hierarchies to this end. In the past years, he has advised and supported many companies from various industries in the digital transformation of their business models and has also supported them in projects. In recent years, the focus has been particularly on the real estate industry, previously the financial sector and marketing and media. In 2010 and 2012 Andreas Moring and his partners founded two companies in the IT sector. Before that he worked as a consultant for digitization in Europe and at Axel Springer SE. Andreas Moring studied economics, business administration and history in Hamburg and has lived and worked in Argentina, Norway and Hungary.

Achim Tappe ist Senior Manager für Data Science und künstliche Intelligenz bei der Aurubis AG in Hamburg. Er ist ein „Analytics-Übersetzer“ mit internationaler Erfahrung in digitaler Transformation und Industrie 4.0. Seine Mission ist die Entwicklung digitaler Strategien und deren Umsetzung durch datengetriebenen Produkte & Services, um damit operativen wirtschaftlichen Mehrwert und Kundennutzen zu erzielen.

Herr Tappe erhielt sein Diplom in Chemie von der Technischen Universität Clausthal, und seinen Doktortitel in Raumfahrtwissenschaften von der Chalmers University of Technology in Schweden. Er verbrachte 10 Jahre in den USA als Forscher in der Astrophysik für das NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, und Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, sowie als selbstständiger Data Science Berater.

Herr Tappe kehrte 2014 mit seiner Familie nach Deutschland zurück, um Start-Ups und Großunternehmen bei der Realisierung der digitalen Transformation, insbesondere durch den Aufbau von Data Science Teams und die Umsetzung von digitalen Leuchtturmprojekten, zu unterstützen. Derzeit leitet er Data Science Projekte und agile Teams, die sich den Herausforderungen des digitalen Wandels mit KI und datengetriebenen Entscheidungen stellen.


Achim Tappe is Senior Manager for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Aurubis AG in Hamburg. He is an "Analytics translator" with international experience in digital transformation and Industry 4.0. His mission is the development of digital strategies and their implementation through data-driven products & services in order to achieve operational economic added value and customer benefit.

Mr. Tappe received his diploma in chemistry from Clausthal University of Technology, and his doctorate in space science from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. He spent 10 years in the United States as a researcher in astrophysics for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and as a freelance data science consultant.

Mr. Tappe returned to Germany with his family in 2014 to support start-ups and large companies in realizing the digital transformation, in particular by setting up data science teams and implementing digital lighthouse projects. He is currently leading data science projects and agile teams that face the challenges of digital change with AI and data-driven decisions.

Steffen Maas ist Gründer und Geschäftsführer von Ginkgo Analytics, einem auf Data Science spezialisierten Spin-Off einer Managementberatung. Die Mission von Ginkgo Analytics ist es, Unternehmen in datengetriebene und KI-gestützte Unternehmen zu transformieren. Die KI-Experten von Ginkgo Analytics setzen Prototypen und produktive Lösungen auf Basis von Open Source und kommerziellen Lösungen um, und beraten und schulen Unternehmen in der Anwendung von KI. Als Mitglied des KI Bundesverbands, Hamburg@Work und als Keynote Speaker und Mentor gibt Steffen sein Wissen über KI gern an Unternehmen, Wissenschaft und die Gesellschaft weiter.


Steffen Maas is the founder and managing director of Ginkgo Analytics, a spin-off of a management consultancy specializing in data science. Ginkgo Analytics' mission is to transform companies into data-driven and AI-powered companies. The AI experts at Ginkgo Analytics implement prototypes and productive solutions based on open source and commercial solutions, and advise and train companies in the use of AI. As a member of the KI Bundesverband, Hamburg@Work and as a keynote speaker and mentor, Steffen is happy to pass on his knowledge of AI to companies, science and society.

Dr. Vanessa Just arbeitet als Geschäftsführerin der wtsAI an der Weiterentwicklung von Anwendungsszenarien für KI im Steuerbereich. Des Weiteren ist sie an der Dualen Hochschule für die Fächer Controlling und Unternehmensführung und als aktives Mitglied im KI Bundesverband tätig. Ihr akademischer Hintergrund liegt im Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen – Maschinenbau, promoviert hat sie zur Automatisierung und Digitalisierung von Geschäftsprozessen. Ihr persönliches Forschungsinteresse gilt den Themen der Nachhaltigkeit und technologischen Entwicklungen.


Dr. Vanessa Just works as managing director of wtsAI on the further development of application scenarios for AI in the tax area. Furthermore, she works at the Cooperative State University for controlling and corporate management and as an active member of the KI Federal Association. Her academic background is in industrial engineering - mechanical engineering, she received her doctorate for the automation and digitization of business processes. Her personal research interest is in the areas of sustainability and technological developments.