The IFA+ Summit is IFA’s dedicated digital future think- tank. With everything from big data to blockchain and AI to 5G on the agenda, delegates at the 2019 edition were treated to exceptional insights from leading thinkers, global trendsetters and creative visionaries across various disciplines.

Examples of dynamic speakers included Dr Shermin Voshmgir, director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics at the Vienna University of Economics, who discussed why tokens, as an application of blockchain, might be as revolutionary as the emergence of WWW as an application of the internet.

Also on the IFA+ Summit stage was Qualcomm Europe’s VP of Technology Dino Flore, who discussed how a combination of “5G connectivity and computing capabilities will bring about new levels of performance and efficiencies, enabling benefits such as exible manufacturing and predictive maintenance.”

There was also an absorbing talk by Parham Eftekhari, Executive Director, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) about the role of cyber security. Eftekhari’s focus was “the importance of prioritising security in a world where functionality, design and profitability drive decision-making.”

Day One’s tracks were entitled “A Social Contract for the Digital Age” and “Smart Connectivity, Blockchain and a New Era of Autonomy”. Day Two’s focal points were “Learning Machines and Smart Robots” and “New Experience Spaces and Smart Design”.

Another exciting element of IFA+ Summit is that it provides an opportunity to meet speakers off- stage in a relaxed atmosphere. At the aptly-named “All You Can Meet” at the Marshall-House, visionaries and visitors came together to exchange ideas over drinks and dinner. The event was organised by the Berlin Music Commission, German Startups Association and Berlinale.

Photo: Dr Shermin Voshmgir, Director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics at the Vienna University of Economics