Innovation for Jobs

April 9th -10th, 2018

All over the world, scientists, politicians, and company executives are thinking about how digitalization will affect the labor market. How fast and in what form will technological innovations, such as artificial intelligence, become part of daily working life? How will they affect our work? What other competencies than those now in demand will be expected by colleagues and managers in the future? And what strategies and best-practice examples can guide companies and employees successfully in this transformation?

Join us at the Innovation for Jobs conference - April 9th - 10th, 2018 at the Hasso Plattner Institut (Picture: HPI/K. Herschelmann)

Innovation for Jobs 2018

The discussion, which began in 2016 at Hasso Plattner Institute with the “German i4j Summit – Innovation for Jobs” will resume on April 9th and 10th, 2018. Experts from the arenas of politics, science and business will then focus on “Innovation for Jobs – Die Zukunft der Arbeit”.

During the conference and the HPI Global Design Thinking Week (March 22nd - 23rd and March 26th - 28th, 2018) professionals and students will design ideas and solutions for the posed questions using the innovative Design Thinking methodology. These will be incorporated into the “Innovation for Jobs” conference.


  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger Ph.D.
    President, WZB - Berlin Social Science Center
  • Prof. Dr. Helge Braun*
    Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor
  • Volkhard Bregulla
    VP for Automotive, Manufacturing and IoT, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Michael Fischer
    Head of Politics and Planning, ver.di
  • Dr. Elke Frank
    Senior Vice President HR Development, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Dr. Florian Heinemann
    Founding Partner, Project A Services GmbH & Co. KG
  • Valerie Holsboer
    Member of the Executive Board, Finances and Human Resources, Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency)
  • Winfried Holz
    Chief Executive Officer, Atos Germany
  • Thomas Jarzombek, MdB*
    CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag
  • Norbert Janzen
    Director of Human Resources DACH IMT, IBM Germany
  • Anna Kaiser
    Founder & CEO, Tandemploy GmbH
  • Elke Manjet
    SVP HR Products & Innovations, SAP SE
  • Rosa Riera
    VP Employer Branding and Social Innovation, Siemens AG
  • Dr. Norbert Sack
    Dean of Executive Education, ESMT Berlin
  • Ina Schlie
    Senior Vice President Digital Government - Head of Government Relations MEE, SAP SE
  • Kurt Schöffer
    Group CEO, auticon GmbH
  • Frank Sitta, MdB
    Vice Parliamentary Chairman of the FDP Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag
  • Prof. Dr. Toby Walsh
    Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Fabian Westerheide
    Managing Director, Asgard - human VC for AI
  • *invited