IFA NEXT – Welcome to the Future

IFA 2017 will feature a unique and even larger stage for innovation. IFA NEXT brings together what belongs together: global know-how for the future of technology, business and lifestyle.

With a newly designed meeting place for entrepreneurs and researchers – IFA NEXT, which is taking place in Hall 26 – will become an unparalleled hub for innovation.

As part of IFA NEXT, the IFA Keynotes and IFA+Summit will take place in Hall 26, along with an independent exhibition area entitled IFA NEXT Showcase. Accompanying this area will be the IFA NEXT Startup Days, featuring an international start-up exhibition and the presentation platform IFA NEXT Engine.

Dirk Koslowski, IFA’s Senior Executive Manager, said: “The focus of visitors and the media will be even more on the inspiration generated by a pioneering spirit and innovation which will concentrate and advance the latest trends, ideas and topics.” Research institutions, laboratories, universities and organisations will present inspirational ideas for innovative products and solutions. Over 160 startups from 20 countries, a record number, will also be represented in the exhibition area.

Confirmed exhibitors include Amazon Alexa, Bosch, digitalSTROM and IBM on the topic of smart living; Ubtech and Abilix on the latest robotics trends. The IFA NEXT Startup Days consist of six startup themed days with presentations, panel discussions, and pitches. Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V. is the official partner and organiser of this event, which will also feature 20 new start-ups each day on a different topic.


  • September 1: IoT/Wearables/Q&A
  • September 2: Smart Home;
  • September 3: Virtual Reality
  • September 4: Digital Health
  • September 5: Accelerator Day
  • September 6: Future Mobility/Use of time

IFA NEXT Engine is an accompanying program for start-ups featuring lectures, panel discussions and presentations in the centre of Hall 26. Among the topic headings will be Artificial Intelligence, Connectivity & IoT, VR and Robotics. For more information, visit: http://b2b.ifa-berlin.com/en/IFA/IFANEXT/