Merkel opens Vodafone Institute’s Digitizing Europe Summit in Berlin

Under the motto ‘The Future of Made in Europe’, high-ranking thought leaders from politics, business and science will discuss the shaping of digital change in Europe at the E-Werk Berlin, including Nick Read (Vodafone), Tom Enders (Airbus), Alex Karp (Palantir), Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford), and others.

Düsseldorf/Berlin 28 January 2019: Under the motto ‘The Future of Made in Europe’, the Vodafone Institute will assemble international business executives, tech start-up founders, scientists in Berlin on 19 February. They will be joined by experts from the digital scene and civil society to discuss their vision for a digital Europe. With the Digitising Europe Summit, the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications, the European think tank of the Vodafone Group, aims to provide a platform in the run-up to the European elections to debate the opportunities and challenges of digitization for business, society, and politics. Chancellor Angela Merkel will open the Summit with a political keynote address. 350 guests from politics, business, science, and civil society are invited. The speakers will include:

  • Nick Read, CEO, Vodafone Group Plc.
  • Philippe Donnet, Managing Director & Group CEO, Generali
  • Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus SE
  • Prof. Luciano Floridi, Professor for Philosophy und Ethics, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Sami Haddadin, Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence
  • Reiner Hoffmann, President, German Trade Union Confederation
  • Alex Karp, Co-Founder & CEO, Palantir Technologies Inc.
  • Prof. Dennis J. Snower, Ph.D., President, Global Solutions Initiative
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Schleicher, OECD, Head of Directorate of Education and Skills
  • Margarethe Schramböck, Austrian Minister for Economy and Digitisation

The Vodafone Institute organizes the Digitising Europe Summit together with renowned partners from its international network, including United Europe e.V., the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, and Deutsche Welle as official media partner.

Representative study on behalf of the Vodafone Institute to compare technology acceptance in Europe, Asia, and the USA At the Digitising Europe Summit, the Vodafone Institute will publish the third part of its study “The Tech Divide”, with a focus on “Governance”. The background to the study, which was conducted by the opinion research institute Ipsos, is the increasing discrepancy in the acceptance of new technologies between Europe, and the USA and China, respectively. The study examines whether these differences also correlate with the actual attitudes of representative parts of the population. More than 9,000 people in nine countries were surveyed online.