The Hansgrohe Water Symposium on 8 June 2016: How can the flood of digital data be turned into groundbreaking solutions for the future?
“Water in the Net” was the title of the 2016 Hansgrohe Water Symposium held by Hansgrohe SE on 8 June in Schiltach. The presentations and discussions focused on how digitalisation has become a pervading influence on our personal everyday life, workplace and the global business environment, and in what direction this increasingly networked world is taking us. “No life without water – no survival without digitalisation” – Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hansgrohe SE used this comparison between the precious source of life and the challenge of digitalisation in the modern world to sum up the topic of the symposium in his welcoming speech to the 250 guests.
Five highly distinguished experts from business, politics, research and architecture talked about big data and smart data. Blogger, author and TV celebrity Sascha Lobo from Berlin introduced the topic “Big Data & Society”. Dr. Alexander Rieck of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart provided insights into the new living and working environment. Dr. Eberhard Veit, advisor to the German government and member of the governing body of “Plattform Industrie 4.0”, talked with Ulrich Dietz, CEO of GFT Technologies SE, about “People and Work 4.0”. The EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther H. Oettinger, was invited as the keynote speaker. He advocated in his speech: „We need a single European market for digital affairs, not 28 national markets.”