InnovationFestival 2020

Aftermovie 2020

Three top-class keynotes, 16 exciting keynote speeches from business, science and administration, 2,000 viewers from 16 countries in the livestream – that was the first InnovationFestival on October 16, 2020!

Program 2020


Keynotes 2020

The InnovationFestival 2020 was enriched by the following top-class keynotes on digital innovations, challenges and opportunities:


Digital sovereignty in Europe and fair software

Martin Hubschneider

Founder of CAS Software AG

Managing Director of the Hightech.Unternehmer.Netzwerk CyberForum

Chairman of the initiative and idea generator of the InnovationFestival

Europe’s dependence on the major players in the digital economy is enormous. The platform economy threatens both our market economy as we know it and our society. In addition to solutions on how we can prevent this dependency and achieve Europe’s digital sovereignty by 2030, you will experience a world premiere on trustworthy and fair IT products at the InnovationFestival. Be curious!


The pandemic situation: a catalyst for digitalization

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka

President of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Digitalization is changing us. Our everyday life, habits, living together, working, teaching and learning – in short, our society. Not all innovations are immediately perceived as enriching. Sometimes we need impulses from outside. The coronavirus was and is certainly one of the driving forces behind this. The new requirements resulting from the pandemic situation – especially in terms of infrastructure – offer great opportunities for change and the advancement of digitalization in companies in the region, in public administration, everywhere in the world of work, globally … and also at KIT.


From Karlsruhe to the world – digital innovation for a bright future

Prof. Dr. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl

Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Chair of Innovation and Technology Management iTM at the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The digital transformation is urgent! We have known this since before corona. Today, digital innovations are a decisive competitive factor worldwide. But it’s not just about developing technological innovations. Rather, innovations must solve real-world problems and bring added value to our living and working environment. In order to strengthen our innovative power and pave the way for digital innovations, we need three key levers in addition to digital expertise: networking with one another, experimenting more and taking bold risks.

Keynote speeches 2020

The InnovationFestival jury selected the best 15 digital innovations from around 60 applications. The following keynote speeches on digital transformation projects from business, science and administration in Karlsruhe and the TechnologyRegion were presented at the InnovationFestival on October 16, 2020:

Keynote speech

Smart demo lab of Stadtwerke KA – a hands-on smart city

Dana Schindler

Project Manager Smart City, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe GmbH

Stadtwerke KA is building a smart demo lab on its premises under the motto “Smart City you can touch” to create a basis for the use of various smart solutions. Smart City applications will be demonstrated live and tangible. The concept envisages equipping the lab with a wide range of technologies in various application areas and sectors in order to create as complete an image of a smart city as possible. The implementation of Demolab is designed with a view to the future and allows flexible expansion and continuous further development.

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Digital sovereignty and the common good in the smart city

Markus Losert

CIO / CDO of the City of Karlsruhe

Director, Office for Information Technology and Digitization of the City of Karlsruhe

Shaping digital transformation sustainably. This is the guiding principle of the federal government’s Smart City Charter. The necessary infrastructure and data platforms often cannot be financed from public funds alone. Public-private partnerships must be designed in such a way that all partners benefit from the collaboration. The economic interests of the private sector currently dominate in many cities. What options do local authorities have to maintain digital sovereignty?

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Palim! Palim!

Eduard Itrich

Head of Department DIGIT & Digitization Officer, City of Bühl

Palim! Palim! is an open source video conferencing platform operated by the Bühl city administration that enables the city community to get in touch free of charge, securely, without registration and therefore with a low threshold. The platform meets all data protection requirements and is operated on a German server. No more data is collected than is absolutely necessary for the technical realization. We now also provide the service for other municipalities in the region, such as Ettlingen, Stutensee and Bretten.

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Green urban logistics: from the idea to the finished product – everything from a single source

Annabelle Stößer

Project Manager & UX/UI Designer, EXXETA AG

Together with Zukunftsangelegenheiten GmbH, EXXETA has developed a sustainable transport solution for the Green City Logistics network, which connects shippers, bicycle logistics companies and inner-city distribution centers. The solution designed by EXXETA automates the coordination of stakeholders via a central platform. This also supports the scheduling and departure of tours, for example in the form of route optimization. The software accompanies the entire delivery process and ensures efficient and emission-free delivery of the goods.

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Routago – Smart Navigation

Gerd Güldenpfennig

Founder and CEO, Routago GmbH

Routago is our AI-based technology platform for intelligent navigation. On this basis, we have developed Routago Assist: a comprehensive digital assistance system for barrier-free navigation for blind and visually impaired people. Routago is a product of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion through and through: developed from the results of a research project with the KIT and also at home as a product in the region.

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Digital travel assistance promotes accessibility in public transport

Andrea Mohr-Braun

Marketing Director, INIT GmbH

Making it easier for passengers with physical disabilities to use local public transport: this is the aim of the ASSISTIVEtravel travel assistance system from Karlsruhe-based company INIT. An app and other aids provide passengers with visual, hearing and mobility impairments with exactly the support they need to use public transport independently and thus actively participate in social life.

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Betelgeuse NOVA Rollout

Edvardas Bulovas

2nd Executive Board, KaMaRo Engineering e. V .

KaMaRo Engineering e. V. is a university group at KIT that develops autonomous field robots for sustainable agriculture. A particular challenge is the cabling of mechatronic components and their connection to the software. The electrical engineering team’s NOVA project aims to design modular robots with RODOS (Realtime Onboard Dependable Operating System) whose components can be easily integrated into the ROS (Robot Operating System). NOVA was implemented on the Betelgeuse robot, which we are presenting to the public for the first time at this event.

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Virtual test field for the verification of connected and autonomous driving functions

Daniel Baumann

Research Associate, Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT )

Head of the sub-project ‘Virtual test field for the verification of networked and autonomous driving functions’ of the High-Performance Center Profile Region Mobility Systems Karlsruhe In the future, the gradual automation of vehicles will see the transfer of control and responsibility from the driver to the vehicle. Both functional safety and IT security are of central importance. The virtual test field is a development tool for making early statements about the maturity level of automated driving functions on the basis of simulations. It enables virtual testing even before the first prototypes are realized and makes an important contribution to the efficient development of safe automated vehicles.

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Strong together – Successful digitalization in mechanical engineering

Rico Knapper

Managing Director and Chief Data Scientist, anacision GmbH

The collection, storage and use of data poses major challenges for many companies – particularly in mechanical and plant engineering and production. In addition to technical complexity, this is also due to factors such as historically grown silo thinking. We present a tried-and-tested solution that is already in use, enabling mechanical engineering companies and their customers to digitize their manufacturing machines and optimize their production. Its success is based on the cooperation of three (regional) companies with different areas of expertise.

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Attention people – crane automation on inland terminals

David Bauer

Software Developer, synyx GmbH & Co. KG

The Automodal project is dedicated to the automation of a gantry crane, which is being converted into a prototype under the premise of “people at the terminal”. It should be able to carry out independent, automated processes while ensuring the safety of people at all times. At the same time, CO2 emissions are reduced, resulting in more sustainable logistics.

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The Karlsruhe research factory for AI-integrated production

Dr.-Ing. Olaf Sauer

Deputy Director of the Institute, Fraunhofer IOSB

In the Karlsruhe Research Factory, the Fraunhofer Institutes IOSB and ICT, together with the Institute of Production Technology at KIT, are developing processes, methods and tools for the production of tomorrow in collaboration with industrial partners. The aim is no longer to fully specify new manufacturing processes as before, but to produce high-quality new products while the manufacturing processes are still being developed. The market can then be served much earlier with the new products because ‘immature’ processes can be industrialized more quickly.

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Data protection and artificial intelligence: is that even possible?

Dr.-Ing. Robin Hirt

Managing Director and Founder, prenode GmbH

Artificial intelligence – “AI” for short – is revolutionizing every area of our lives. But AI needs data, and lots of it. This is why companies are collecting as much information as possible to develop even better AI. So is the AI trend inevitably leading to the birth of huge centralized data octopuses? Fortunately, there are technologies that enable the development of outstanding AI despite decentralized data storage. This presentation is therefore intended to illustrate the tension between AI and data protection on the one hand, and to present innovative techniques for finding a solution on the other.

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When dolphins trick the smart home

Maximilian Stauß

Consultant for information security, aramido GmbH

Voice assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa have become increasingly popular in recent years. While there is a lot of talk about data protection and the transmission of voice recordings, the vulnerability of the devices often remains hidden – or unheard, as in the case of the Dolphin Attack. We will use sounds in the ultrasonic range to address a smart home device without people being aware of it and consider which protective measures can make the use of voice assistants safer.

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Simultaneous automatic translation of lectures and presentations

Prof. Alex Waibel & Dr. Sebastian Stüker

Professor, Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Junior Research Group Leader, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Managing Director, Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions – kites GmbH

In our interconnected world, the language barrier is one of the biggest remaining obstacles to the idea of the Global Village. The KIT Lecture Translator has set out to overcome this hurdle. Based on language translation technology developed by Prof. Alex Waibel and his team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Carnegie Mellon University for more than 30 years, it is possible to automatically translate lectures and presentations simultaneously. This technology is now also available outside the KIT via kites GmbH.

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Infinity Maps – 1 million pieces of information in 1 map

Johannes Grenzemann

CEO, Infinity Maps GmbH

Today, we live in a fast-moving society full of complex issues and opaque interrelationships in business, politics, science and society. With Infinity Maps, we are working on a new type of medium that allows any topic to be broken down and made explorable and comprehensible in three dimensions using a simple navigation system. Infinity Maps is a visual tool for students, researchers, managers and anyone who needs to organize a lot of knowledge. And in this session, we want to briefly show you what you can do with Infinity Maps.

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Shaping digitalization sustainably through social IT remarketing

Johannes Eisele & Larissa Hadasch

Partner Manager, AfB gGmbH

Social Media Manager, AfB gGmbH

Illegal e-waste exports and rising CO2 emissions as well as deficits in the creation of inclusive jobs and data security: the environment, society and the economy are facing many challenges with increasing digitalization. AfB gemeinnützige GmbH recognized this years ago and developed a sustainable and economical solution: ecological & social IT remarketing.

Press release

On October 5, 2020, the three chairmen of the initiative presented the new event format at a press conference.

___ FAQ

Frequently asked questions &

  • The initiator is the initiative, an association of Karlsruhe’s business, science, administration and culture sectors. As part of the initiative, the City of Karlsruhe’s Science Office and the CyberForum are jointly organizing the event.

  • On October 13, 2023, the hybrid program will start at 2 p.m. on site at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe as well as a livestream. Both formats are free of charge and without registration, the link to the livestream can be found on our website.

  • Making digitalization in Karlsruhe visible and tangible for everyone – that is the aim of the city festival “Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung” and the InnovationFestival. Because digitalization is changing everything!

    Exciting, entertaining keynote speeches will showcase the diversity and excellence of digital innovations from business, science and culture in Karlsruhe. The focus here is on the contribution that these innovations make to society.

  • As a replacement for the city festival “Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung”, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, the InnovationFestival celebrated its premiere on 16 October 2020 with 2,000 spectators from 16 countries. This was followed by the second edition on October 8, 2021.

  • The InnovationFestival will take place in the media theater of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and will be streamed live via the website and social media channels of the initiative.

  • Travel to and from events is the biggest driver of emissions, accounting for up to 70 percent. Public transport is available to all visitors for a climate-friendly journey. In addition, the ZKM offers the option of climate-friendly car travel with Green Mobility

    Getting to the ZKM by public transport

    Due to construction work, there will be temporary changes to journey times in the Karlsruhe area. Please check the current traffic situation on the website of the Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV).

  • From “Karlsruhe Central Station”, take line 2 (in the direction of “ZKM – Siemensallee”) to the “ZKM” stop (travel time approx. 6 minutes). If you would like to travel to the ZKM from the city center, get off at the “Europaplatz -Karlstraße” stop on line 2 (in the direction of “ZKM – Hauptbahnhof”) and get off at the “ZKM” stop in about 5 minutes.

  • From Karlsruhe main station, take bus 55 (direction “Kühler Krug – Bannwaldallee”) to the bus stop “Lorenzstraße – ZKM”.

  • The “Tullastraße/Alter Schlachthof” stop is located directly at the Alter Schlachthof, just a few minutes’ walk from TOLLHAUS, and is served by numerous KVV lines:

    Streetcar lines 1, 2, 5, S2, S4, S5, S7 and S8. Line 2 takes visitors directly from the ZKM to the TOLLHAUS.

  • The event is expressly aimed at all interested parties.

    In particular, decision-makers from the private and public sectors, from science and politics, students, (potential) specialists, as well as press representatives and all interested parties should be addressed.