Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Conference: “German i4j-Summit - Innovation for Jobs”

Digitalization and automation are moving forward, while currently destroying more jobs than  they are creating. Against this backdrop, the Hasso Plattner Institute is holding the conference „German i4j-Summit - Innovation for Jobs” on May 11th and 12th.The conference, which is being organized by the California initiative i4j (Innovation for Jobs), focuses on the labor market of the digital future. The event is supported by well-known companies from Silicon Valley and SAP.


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If we don’t want to be overtaken by digital progress, we must play an active role in shaping  it. Through our increasingly digitalized world, traditional work is being called into question and is now a subject of re-examination. Digitalization accelerates many traditional work processes and workflows. This creates a new demand for work that has structural  and social consequences. IT’s technical capabilities help to structure the new labor market and optimally connect employee skills with the needs of businesses. The labor market of the future offers great opportunity both economically speaking, as new business  models emerge, and humanly speaking, in terms of how people work. It is essential that we use the enormous potential of productivity and growth, while at the same time not losing sight of working people.

Already i4j experts and students are creating a vision of the value of digitalization for  all people, in advance of the conference to be held during the HPI-Design Thinking Week.

The creative Design Thinking method, taught at HPI, will be implemented.
On May 11th, the day before the conference, participants can continue to work in  Design Thinking workshops on their projects with the i4j and HPI experts teams. The results of the working groups will be discussed on May 12th, the day of the conference, and presented to conference participants. The working phase of the conference  will conclude with a Network Dinner, to be opened by State Secretary of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Matthias Machnig, and i4j experts. We also welcome to the conference Dr. Christian Illek, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Human Resources at Telekom AG.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016 (Main Building)

12:30 - Design Thinking Workshop

Design Thinking workshops on the following topics:

  • Competences: Digital vs. analogue
  • New acquisition models: technology as a driver

18:00 - Keynotes                                                                

  • Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • David Nordfors, Innovation for Jobs 
  • Start-up Pitch
  • Dinner

Thursday, 12 May 2016 (Lecture Hall)

10:00 - Welcome

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, CEO Hasso-Plattner-Institut
  • David Nordfors, CEO Innovation for Jobs
  • Yasmin Fahimi, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Steven Hill, Political Writer and Holtzbrinck Fellow of the American Academy

11:30 - Break

12:00 - Competences: Digital vs. Analogue

  • Keynote: Franz-Joseph Schürmann, CEO Adecco DACH
  • Presentation of Design Thinking Workshop outcomes
  • Panel discussion
    - Franz-Joseph Schürmann, CEO Adecco DACH
    - Van Bo Le-Mentzel, Inventor of Hartz-IV designer furniture
    - Tanja Smolenski, IG Metall Board Office Berlin
    Thomas Jarzombek, Speaker of CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
    - Christopher Rheidt, CEO TA Triumph-Adler

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - „Disrupting unemployment“

  • Keynote: Monique Morrow, CTO, Cisco
  • Aleksander Kocic, Deutsche Bank
  • Panel discussion: i4j Community
    - Monique Morrow
    - Sven Littorin
    - Pat Windham
    - Aleksandar Kocic
    - Anka Wittenberg, Senior Vice President und Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP

15:00 -  Break

15:30 - New Acquisition Models: Technology as a Driver

  • Keynote: Dr. Christian P. Illek, Chief Human Resources Officer Telekom AG
  • Presentation of results from Design Thinking Workshop
  • Panel discussion
    - Dr. Christian P. Illek, Chief Human Resources Officer Telekom AG
    - Inger Paus, Microsoft, Head of Economic and Social Policy, Microsoft Deutschland
    - Dr. Stefan Heumann, Member of the Management stiftung neue verantwortung
    David Hanf, Managing Board German Start-ups Association

16:30 - Final Discussion

17:00 - End of the event