Building on the guiding principles of the APW since 2013 – smart cities, startup ecosystems, innovation and digitalization – the Asia-Pacific Week Berlin (APW) 2018 is deepening the subject of DIGITALIZATION – the global megatrend of the 21st century, the 4th Industrial Revolution that affects and permeates all aspects of life: Society, economics, politics and culture. Digitalization brings great opportunities and challenges.
Of particular importance is the dialogue with Asia, the world region, where the greatest dynamics and social acceptance in the development of digital technologies prevail. In an exchange between startups, industry and SMEs, the most important trends will be discussed in order to develop collaborative projects and partnerships.
In addition to the conferences, Berlin cultural institutions will complement and enrich the APW program by presenting specific aspects of the Asia-Pacific region in terms of culture and society. Organizers include museums, galleries, Asian cultural centers in Berlin, foundations and associations, and science and education institutions. For more information please refer to the Cultural Program of the APW.
For more detailed information on the APW, please see our presentation (PDF).
April 23: Embassy Day/ Opening
Monday | ESMT European School for Management and Technology, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
6th Embassy Day Asia-Pacific
The annual and very successful Embassy Day started in 2013. The embassies host their own events, mostly business seminars, with participating delegations from Asia. According to the main theme of the APW, seminars will address topics around digitalization.
Opening Asia-Pacific Week Berlin 2018
High-ranking representatives of the Federal Government, the Berlin Senate and high-ranking representatives from Asia will be present. An excellent and innovative cultural program of Asian and Berlin artists contributes to the special experience of this evening event.
April 24: Conferences on Digitalization
Tuesday | ESMT European School for Management and Technology, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
On the 2nd day at ESMT we will explore the many facets of digitalization in various conferences hosted by our partner institutions. Prominent representatives from Asia and Berlin will debate future technological progress and economic opportunities. The importance of digitalization for economic sectors such as health, energy and smart cities will be addressed, as well as the political and societal challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Subsequent to the conferences, from 6 PM the Asia Briefing by Bertelsmann Stiftung featuring the speaker Ramachandra Guha with the topic India’s Modernization Journey: Complexities and Contradictions will take place.
09:30-16:00 Fintech Summit AsiaBerlin
Organizers: OAV, Christian Trumm
In 2017 German Fintech start-ups gathered record investments of 716 million Euros and continued the growth of the recent years. Still, the German Fintech sector is being dwarfed by the Asian market for Financial Technology, especially in India and China. What are the lessons to be learned from these two countries and what are the perspectives of Fintech in Germany? The focus of the Fintech Summit AsiaBerlin are “Open Infrastructure and Ecosystems as Groundwork for Innovation and Global Collaboration”, “Customer Centricity as a Driving Force in Fintech” and “Blockchain Technology”.
09:30-13:00 Digital Health Asia – The Future Transformation
Organizers: BGM Associates/ German Healthcare Partnership/ Health Capital (Berlin Partner for Business and Technology)
The conference explores the current state and the future of healthcare digitalisation in Asian countries. Will healthcare digitalisation in Asia’s emerging markets help to cope with the rapid increase of ‘life style diseases’ and the corresponding cost explosion? Will the massive investment in artificial intelligence in some Asian countries and Asia’s high mobile penetration and affinity along with a more flexible handling of data privacy issues lead to a particular ‘Asian Way’ of the digital healthcare transformation? These and other question should be of interest to a broader interested audience, and also to medical device, pharma, and health IT companies as the upcoming changes will also impact the respective market eco-systems in Asia.
09:30-11:00 Cybersecurity in the Euro-Asian Context
Speaker: Dr. Sandro Gaycken, Director of the Digital Society Institute
11:30-13:00 Smart Cities – Innovative Projects in Asia and Berlin
Organizer: Technologiestiftung Berlin
Following the keynote of Dr. Chen-Yu Lee, Director Taipei Smart City Project Management Office, we would like to exchange ideas about innovative smart city applications with representatives from Berlin (Christian Rickerts, state secretary for Energy and Digital Affairs in the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises; Nicolas Zimmer, CEO Technologiestiftung Berlin) and other countries.
14:00-15:30 Connecting Asia and Europe – Visions for a Digitalized Energy & Climate Sector
Organizer: Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e.V., Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and EIT Climate KIC
14:00-15:30 Digital Transformation in the Public Sector: Best Practices, Trends and
Organizers: SIBB Forum Public Sector
The possibilities of the digital transformation are – undeniably – also in the public sector a main driver for new thinking about the implementation of better governmental processes. We want to have a look at both sides, Europe and Asia, and how in different societies similar problems in the public sector can be solved by using new technologies. Even blockchain projects in the public sector are visible at the horizon. The SIBB Forum Public Sector is looking forward to have a vibrant discussion with our experts from Germany and Japan.
16:00-17:30 Digitalization of Agriculture (tbd)
Organizer: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
16:00-17:30 Nothing to hide? The Nexus of Politics, Data and Civil Society in China and India
Organizer: Friedrich Naumann Foundation
April 25 - 26: Connecting Startup Cities
Wednesday & Thursday | Haus Ungarn, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 9, 10178 Berlin
The Connecting Startup Cities Conference addresses startups with an international scope, established companies, innovation labs, VCs, accelerators, science partners, political decision-makers, and institutional actors from Germany and Asia. More than 80 speakers, 45 different sessions and more than 1.300 visitors have turned the last edition in 2017 into a complete success.
The Connecting Startup Cities conference offers a platform for dialogue, knowledge exchanges, networking and matchmaking, as well as being an interface for the initiation and development of international relations – Asia meets Europe.A great variety of innovation and international subjects will be focused on and discussed in panels, keynotes, ignite talks and interactive formats like workshops or pitch sessions.
We are looking at questions like: How are digitalization and tech but also entrepreneurship itself perceived on different continents, within different cultures? Which kind of impression do stakeholders in the ecosystem make on one another and how active are science, society, and politics in the digitalization sector?
Conference Day 1 | Wednesday, April 25
10 AM – 11 AM: Welcome Panel
11 AM – 3:30 PM: Asia Meets Europe | Internationalization
2 PM – 3:30 PM: FinTech
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Blockchain
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Social Entrepreneurship
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Pitch Session
Conference Day 2 | Thursday, April 26
9:30 AM – 11 AM: Artificial Intelligence
11:30 AM – 1 PM: Green Tech | Energy
2 PM – 3:30 PM: Health Tech
2 PM – 3:30 PM: Mobility
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Smart Cities | Smart Home
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Pitch Session
The nance sector is in a state of total disruption – new business models bring quicker, more intuitive and more individual solutions to a new generation of users. Which challenges have to be surmounted? When it comes to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, we’re also facing a game-changing development these days: What started as drug money in 2015 and became a so-called bubble in 2017 has now ended up as a decent new way of organising humans and our activities.
Healthcare is an industry laden with bureaucratic nightmares. How does one change an industry that everyone needs but which might seem immune to disruption? Simple: It is an industry reliant on outdated methods of working, threatening human lives. With the surge in technology entering care management, everyone from hospitals and practitioners to insurance companies, consumer services, pharmaceuticals, and governments are now boosting this trillion dollar industry.
An open, decentralised, merit-based protocol. Blockchain seems to be THE dominant topic of the past 2 years, with no end in sight due to everyone from Merck to Kodak and Toyota using blockchain technology to how their businesses work. Hence we’re looking into proper use cases and possible applications to visualise the power of blockchain (like cryptocurrencies, registries, smart identity and contracts etc) and the technology behind it.
SMART CITIES – SMART HOME
The smart city. Holistic development concepts that make cities more e cient, technologically advanced, greener, and more socially inclusive. Technological, economic and social innovations play a role when cities and living spaces become smart.
IMPACT | SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
What can we do with tech and innovation that goes beyond founding the next gaming or food-delivery startup? With the help of the internet and social media, social entrepreneurs can reach a large audience all across the planet to work together in order to make the world a better place. But how does one set up a business that isn’t in it for the money? And how does grow a company that doesn’t produce a countable pro t?
GREEN TECH | ENERGY
As we enter an age of increasing awareness around our planet’s health and what our habits are costing it, so is a growing insistence on using renewable resources to fuel them. With renewable energy set to be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020,
this becomes a smart economic choice, too. What are the green products, processes, and services that are helping the transformation to a green economy? And how are green markets establishing themselves as an important branch of industry?
Shaping future mobility – How will we move from A to B in 20 years from now? What are the challenges faced by startups disrupting a sector whose potential appears limitless? There are few industries facing such a tremendous change in dynamics as the mobility sector does.
From SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is developing rapidly. While science fiction often portrays AI as robots with human-like characteristics, AI can include anything from Google’s search algorithms to autonomous weapons. What benefits does it bring? And what would happen if an AI system became better than humans at cognitive tasks?
The conference Connecting Startup Cities is associated with the StartUp AsiaBerlin project. The aim is to establish a transnational startup city network consisting of German and Asian players who are responsible for the development of a productive startup ecosystem. These include startups, corporates, coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators, and VC funds. The partners in Asia are Bangalore, Jakarta (twin city of Berlin) and Manila, and the network is to be further expanded in the future.
April 27: Satellite Events
Friday | Various locations in Berlin
Satellite events on the topics of digitalization and startups will be organized by our partner institutions across Berlin:
09:00-12:30 Asia-Berlin Policy Dialogue on E-Mobility
Organizer: IHK Berlin and partners
Location: EUREF Campus
The Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Berlin) and partners invite politicians, experts and innovators to discuss the potential of e-mobility for our global cities. Keynote speakers from China share expertise, ideas and possibilities how to use and work with e-mobility. Includes a guided tour.