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Asia-Pacific Week Berlin – Conferences on Digitalization (April 24)

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ESMT Berlin

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Building on the guiding principles of the APW since 2013 – smart cities, startup ecosystems, innovation and digitalization – the Asia-Pacific Week Berlin 2018 deepens the subject of DIGITALIZATION – the global megatrend of the 21st century, that affects and permeates all aspects of life: Society, economics, politics and culture. Digitalization brings great opportunities but also 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.

During the Conferences on Digitalization 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.


9:30AM–1:00PM: Digital Health Asia - The Future Transformation (Auditorium 1, 2nd Floor)

The conference explores the current state and the future of healthcare digitalization in Asian countries. Will healthcare digitalization 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 healtcare transformation? These and other questions should be of interest to a broader audience, and also to medical device, pharma, and health IT companies as the upcoming changes will also impact the respective market eco system in Asia.

Organizers: BGM Associates, German Healthcare Partnership, Health Capital, BPWT (Berlin Partner for Business and Technology)

9:30AM–3:30PM: FinTech Summit AsiaBerlin (Auditorium 4, 1st Floor)

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 Fintechs 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'.

Organizers: OAV, Christian Trumm

09:30 AM–11:00 AM: Cybersecurity in the Euro-Asian Context
Organizer: ESMT
Speaker: Dr. Sandro Gaycken, Director of the Digital Society Institute

11:30AM–1:00PM: Smart Cities - Innovative Projects in Asia and Berlin (Auditorium 2, 1st Floor)

Smart Cities – as promises they are synonymous to the development of high-performance, efficient, sustainable, and liveable cities. Critics see them more as uniform habitats, whose daily life is defined by sensors, algorithms, and technology companies. Around the world, planners, researchers, politicians, entrepreneurs, companies, and civil society lively debate different ideas on cities and their innumerable facets and odds, but also potential challenges and risks. Although there is no universal definition of a Smart City, attempts to explain it are often predominated by digital environments and built urban spaces – with all their everyday places and routines. Those discussions are characterised by diverse perceptions of technological developments. The conference tries to reveal these different perspectives and facilitate the dialogue on urban challenges between Indian and German scientists, practitioners and further experts from architecture and sustainable urban development.

Keynotes by: Christian Rickerts, State secretary for Energy and Digital Affairs in the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Entreprises / Dr. Chen-Yu Lee, Director Taipei Smart City Project Management Office / Nicolas Zimmer, CEO Technologiestiftung Berlin / Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, Director National Innovation Agency (NIA) Thailand
Followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Claudia Pelzer

Organizer: Technologie Stiftung Berlin

2:00PM–3:30PM: Connecting Asia and Europe - Visions for a Digitalized Energy & Climate Sector (Auditorium 1, 2nd Floor)

Topics & Speakers:
Vision of a global super grid - SGCC's idea, research results and future outlook - Professor Dr. Xianzhang Lei, Managing Director of State Grid Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute (GEIRI) Europe
Blockchain in the energy sector - Dr. Ana S. Trbovich, Co-Founder and Business Development Grid Singularity
Digitalization – A matter of security - Jan-Ole Malchow, Researcher FU Berlin / Co-Founder SCADACS (Secure Identity Research Group (AGSI))
Panel discussion: opportunities, international transferability and limits of digitalization in the energy sector

Organizer: Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e.V., Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and EIT Climate KIC

2:00PM–3:30PM: Digital Transformation in the Public Sector: Best Practices, Trends & Principles

The possibilities of the digital transformation are - undeniably - also in the public sector a main driver for new thinking about the implementation of better government processes. We want to have a look at both sides, Europe and Asia, and how in different societies similar problems in the public secotr 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.

Organizer: SIBB Forum Public Sector

4:00PM–5:30PM: Bees & Digitalization - Does that match?

Bees play a key role in the preservation of our ecosystem, the global fight against hunger and in ensuring our existence - but how do we deal with the high mortality rate of bees? Are digital tools, introduced by development cooperation projects, able to contribute with sustainable and economically 'friendly' solutions for the bee keepers?
The Indonesian partners of the EU Grant projet Smart Apiculture Management Services (SAMS) will give you an insight into their expertise and explain the methodological approach and implementation strategy. They will offer a discussion about first results as well as a potential failure and risks in an interactive way.

Organizer: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH - Project "Innovation Factory" on behalf of Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)

4:00PM–5:30PM: Nothing to hide? The Nexus of Politics, Data and Civil Society in China and India (Auditorium 1, 2nd Floor)

George Orwell and his "1984" dystopia are often qouted as discussing privacy and surveillance issues. Here in Berlin, the test of faical recognition software at Südkreuz station has recently provoked protest and resistane, especially from civil society. The press reported it and it ws being discussed. The specter of the glassy citizen seems to come closer.
What's the situation in other parts of the world? For example, how is the right of citizens to exercise their own right to self-determination in Asia? In India, the Aadhaar project already has a comprehensive database that stores biometric data of 99% of the adult population. In the People's Republic of China, a rating system for citizens and businesses is planned - who behaves "correctly" gets points, who behaves "wrong" receives deduction points.
How do these and other states deal with contradictions? What is the role of civil society in such situations? What options does each individual citizen have to decide on their own data?

Organizer: Friedrich-Naumann Foundation

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