TechConference 2021
8. October 2021

Opening Ceremony

Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff
President @ Goethe University Frankfurt
Lukas Jürgensmeier
Board Member @ TechAcademy
Tahir Simsek
Head of Conference @ TechAcademy
09:55 - 10:15

Keynote Google

Dr. Stefan Ebener
Head of AI @ Google Cloud
10:15 - 10:35

Keynote "Acting responsible with AI"

Ralph Kink
Director of Technology and Solution Development @ Microsoft
10:35 - 10:55

Keynote Facebook

Felix Bauch
Chief of Staff for Central Europe @ Facebook Inc.

Panel: Attention Economy for Good

Dr. Angelika Schmid
Senior Data Scientist @ IBM
Nicole Formica-Schiller
CEO & Founder Pamanicor Health AG
Ilka Groenewold
Dr. Patrick Breyer
Member @ European Parliament
Prof. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer
Director @ Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the University of Potsdam

In the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” algorithms are portrayed as god-like creatures whose own purpose is to keep the users’ attention. In that regard, these creatures trigger the users’ attention by using gathered information (usage data, demographic data, etc.) and certain product design choices/mechanisms (pop-ups, notifications, followers/likes, infinity pools/endless scrolling) that have (supposedly) far-reaching consequences. The users cannot be without a phone for even a day, they highly care about how many likes they get on social media or envy the lives of other people in their network. For instance, the documentary shows a son driven to depression and radical political beliefs by a few YouTube videos. Hence, the documentary argues that the free services from companies such as Google, Facebook, and the like influence habits and mental health.

Can there be an " Attention Economy for Good"? This will be discussed by Dr. Patrick Breyer, Nicole Formica-Schiller, Dr. Angelika Schmid and Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer under the moderation of Ilka Groenewold. Tune in and find answers to cutting-edge questions that fundamentally impact our everyday lives.

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:20

Keynote Sarah Spiekermann

Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann
Chair of Institute for Information Systems & Society @ Vienna University of Economics and Business
13:30 – 13:55
8. October 2021
13:30 - 13:55

From Holistic Monitoring to Prediction

Eddie Kayiira
Product Owner Fast Data & Project Lead Predictive Monitoring @ ING Deutschland
Frank Fischer
Lead Big Data @ ING Deutschland
13:30 - 13:55

AI for Good – How technology can impact human and nature

Ekrem Namazci
Data & AI Lead @ Microsoft and Co-Founder of GDEXA

Are AI robots going to take over the world or helping us to make this world a better place? This session will take you to a journey where the hidden potential of technology will be demystified based on real use cases of AI for human, earth, health and cultural heritage.

13:30 - 13:55

Investor’s Perspective on Big Data and AI

Axel Nitsch
Principal and Senior Venture Capital Investor @ High-Tech Gründerfonds
Dominik Lohle
Investment Manager @ High-Tech Gründerfonds

Big Data and AI are playing an increasingly important role from a venture capital fund perspective. On the one hand, because startups from these areas provide numerous investment targets. On the other hand, because more and more VC funds are also using data-based approaches to search for and identify potential startups. The presentation will show what investors look for in AI startups, how they use data themselves, and highlight and Big Data and AI startup trends from the current High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) portfolio.

14:00 – 14:25
8. October 2021
14:00 - 14:25


Ivana Bartoletti
Global Privacy Officer @ Wipro
14:00 - 14:25

Data Driven Production Management within the Service Sector

Matthias Scholz
Senior Manager @ BearingPoint

Over the past few years, we experienced several trends which will impact the future of work in the financial service sector: Customers demand real-time services, employees place significantly more value on personal development, and financial institutions strive for an ever increasing degree of automation. The combination as well as the maturity of these trends consequently lead to a paradigm-shift in working patterns. To ensure a balanced business environment, it is our responsibility to design this future today. Throughout the presentation we will highlight potential cornerstones of this design.

14:00 - 14:25

Big Data in the perspective of Connectivity and Digital Twins @ Deutsche Bahn

Daniel Paz
Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures
14:30 – 14:55
8. October 2021
14:30 - 14:55

5G Data Security

Dr. Michael Lemke
Senior Technology Principal (ICT) @ Huawei
Inga Lasys
Product Developer @ TechAcademy

What happens to your mobile data when your phone talks to Huawei’s 5G receiver? Can the Chinese state read along? In a lively moderated discussion, Dr. Michael Lemke will answer questions on this controversial topic.

14:30 - 14:55


Dr. Helmut Linde
Global Head of Data Science & Analytics @ Merck KGaA
14:30 - 14:55


Dr. Armin Müller
Director of Analytics and Data Science @ Lidl
15:00 – 15:25
8. October 2021
15:00 - 15:25


Arjen Vrielink
Co-Founder @ Satelligence

With the unprecedented availability of satellite data, low-level access to unlimited computing power and AI and Machine Learning techniques, data-driven decisions have become a reality; what is often overlooked though is the (unintended?) side-effect of depoliticizing decision making. Data is declared ‘neutral’, complex human behaviour is reduced to 1-dimensional indices and solutionist, elitist attitudes lead to the illusion of being able to deliver ‘insights’. This talk gives an overview of the current status in satellite data and AI processing capabilities and investigates the fallacies that come with the introduction of every new technology.

15:00 - 15:25

TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych
Director of the Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab @ TU Darmstadt

The open-access dissemination of pretrained language models through online repositories has led to a democratization of state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) research.
This also allows people outside of NLP to use such models and adapt them to specific use-cases.
However, a certain amount of technical proficiency is still required which is an entry barrier for users who want to apply these models to a certain task but lack the necessary knowledge or resources.
In this talk, I will present the AdapterHub Playground application. It was developed to overcome this gap by providing a tool which allows researchers to conduct text classification without writing a single line of code.
It provides an intuitive interface for training, prediction, and analysis of textual data for a variety of NLP tasks.
Besides presenting the tool's architecture, I will demonstrate its advantages with a prototypical use-case, where we show that predictive performance can easily be increased in a few-shot learning scenario.


Dr. Christian Rockstroh
Lead Data Scientist @ Siemens Mindsphere Application Center for the Internet of Energy
Johanna Wendesten
Digital Business Developer @ Siemens Nordic Mindsphere Application Center for the Internet of Energy.
15:30 – 15:55
8. October 2021
15:30 - 15:55


Laura Huver
Chief Operations Officer @ Optalio GmbH
Kathrin Rose
Senior Software Developer @ Optalio GmbH
15:30 - 15:55

Data & Domain Knowledge — The Transformation of the Chemical Industry

Jörg Hellwig
Chief Digital Officer @ LANXESS

How can you be a Corporate Executive and startup founder at the same time? In his talk, Jörg will talk about his dual experience as the Chief Digital Officer of a large Corporation and a successful startup founder. He will explain how digitalization and his efforts at LANXESS and CheMondis have started to transform the Chemical Industry and why the combination of data and specific domain knowledge is key for success.

15:30 - 15:55

TechAcademy Product Development

Closing Event
8. October 2021
16:00 - 16:30

Trustworthy AI – A cross-industry overview

Aishwarya Srinivasan
AI & ML Innovation Leader @ IBM Data & AI
16:30 - 00:00

Closing Event

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