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Digital X starts in the digital capital Berlin

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  • Over 2,000 companies are expected in Berlin on 12 March
  • Topics in focus: mobility, city of the future, structural change
  • Digital Champions Award: Digital pioneers of the region are honoured
Digital X starts in the digital capital Berlin

The Digital X East will take place on 12 March in the Arena Berlin.

Berlin is the starting point for Digital X 2020, Europe's largest initiative for digitization, which starts on March 12 in the Arena Berlin. Over 2,000 decision-makers from the region meet there. Representatives from industry, start-ups, politics and associations exchange information on digital best practices. Together, they are driving digitisation forward. At Digital X East, over 40 companies from Berlin and the region will show how digitalization is already influencing us today. Regional start-ups bring digital ideas to life. In the preliminary round of the Digital Champions Award, the best digital projects from Berlin, Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony are honoured.

At the Digital X East will speak, among other things

  • Helge Braun, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Chairman of the IT Council of the Federal Government
  • Jochen Schweizer, founder, investor and experience expert
  • Mario Ohoven, President of the Federal Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses
  • Hagen Rickmann, Managing Director Business Customers of Telekom Deutschland and patron of the Digital X Initiative
  • Matthias Patz, Chairman of the Innovation & Technology Committee, Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Vice President at DB Systel GmbH
  • Stephan Bayer, Member of the Board media:net Berlin Brandenburg e.V. & Founder and CEO sofatutor.com
  • Alexandra Horn, Head of SME Promotion at DIN
  • Jörg Dahlmann, sports journalist
  • Stefan Kretzschmar, handball legend 

Why Berlin?

Tesla has chosen Germany as the location for its new factory in Europe. Batteries and electric cars are to be produced in the southeast of Berlin as early as 2021. This is a boost for research, industry and potential suppliers in eastern Germany. The region's driving force is Berlin: around 100 companies are founded in the capital every day. In the Fraunhofer Institute's Digitization Index it occupies the top position in terms of administration or WLAN hotspots. A 3.6 km long test field for autonomous driving was opened on the Straße des 17. Berlin Mitte is Germany's largest 5G area, and expansion is continuing. The newly founded CityLab develops solutions for the city of the future. The impact that Berlin has on the region will be discussed at Digital X East.

To the background
Digital X is Europe's largest cross-industry digitisation initiative. More than 200 national and international partners are involved. It will tour six German regions in spring 2020. The grand finale of Digital X 2020 will take place on November 19 and 20 in Cologne. The concept: networking, exchanging and learning from each other in the sense of digital progress. The best companies are awarded the "Digital Champions Award". Further details on the digitisation initiative can be found here and at www.telekom.com/digital-x-special.

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About the DIGITAL X initiative: Follow the hashtag #digitalx on Twitter and LinkedIn

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