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DHL Innovation Day 2013 - Impressions

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DHL Innovation Day 2013 - Impressions

At the DHL Innovation Day 2013, innovative minds from all industries and areas came together under the motto “Reaching for the sky”. Here are some of the highlights. Please click here

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Is the future just around the corner – or is it really now? At the 5th annual DHL Innovation Day, a gala event held at the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf, Germany, attendees and prize winners talked about how logistics, and our lives, are likely to change in years to come.

In an opening evening ceremony on April 24 with the motto “Reaching for the Sky,” the DHL Innovation Awards were given in four categories to honor the pioneering concepts and solutions that will influence the future of logistics, and shape our lives.

On April 25, DHL Chief Commercial Officer Bill Meahl welcomed some 200 attendees and speakers from the worlds of science, industry and media to the Innovation Center for a day of discussions on trends around the future of logistics. Talks and panel discussions focused on topics including ‘big data,’ the meaning of being `always on`, cloud computing, and ‘vertical logistics’.
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DHL Innovation Center ready for the DHL Innovation Day

DHL Innovation Center ready for the DHL Innovation Day

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Networking sessions

Networking sessions

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Facing the sun and reaching for the sky

Facing the sun and reaching for the sky

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Martin Wegner officially opens the new Hands on Lab

Martin Wegner officially opens the new Hands on Lab

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Volvo, represented by Erik J. Andersson, is awarded for the Most Innovative Customer Solution, MoDE

Volvo, represented by Erik J. Andersson, is awarded for the Most Innovative Customer Solution, MoDE

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Angela Titzrath hands over the Most Innovative Employee award to Harald Lemke for his work at DocWallet

Angela Titzrath hands over the Most Innovative Employee award to Harald Lemke for his work at DocWallet

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From left to right: Prof. Dr.-Ing Christof Paar, Prof. Dr. Axel Poschmann, Prof. Dr. Gregor Leander, winners of the Most Innovative Scientist/Entrepreneur award for their solution 'PRESENT'; To the far right Mark Sieberger their laudator

From left to right: Prof. Dr.-Ing Christof Paar, Prof. Dr. Axel Poschmann, Prof. Dr. Gregor Leander, winners of the Most Innovative Scientist/Entrepreneur award for their solution 'PRESENT'; To the far right Mark Sieberger their laudator

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From left to right: Prof. Dr. Ehrhart (laudator), Constantin Gillies winner of the German Award for Innovative Journalism/Trade Press for his article 'Erste Hilfe' (First Aid), Prof. Dr. Giso Deussen (laudator)

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Ehrhart (laudator), Constantin Gillies winner of the German Award for Innovative Journalism/Trade Press for his article 'Erste Hilfe' (First Aid), Prof. Dr. Giso Deussen (laudator)

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From left to right: Prof. Dr. Ehrhart (laudator), Thomas Wendel winner of the German Award for Innovative Journalism/Mass Media for his article 'Steaks without Sin' (First Aid), Prof. Dr. Giso Deussen (laudator)

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Ehrhart (laudator), Thomas Wendel winner of the German Award for Innovative Journalism/Mass Media for his article 'Steaks without Sin' (First Aid), Prof. Dr. Giso Deussen (laudator)

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From left to right: Prof. Dr. Ehrhart, Prof. Dr. Axel Poschmann, Prof. Dr. Gregor Leander , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Paar, Constantin Gillies, Harald Lemke, Thomas Wendel, Erik J. Andersson, Prof. Dr. Giso Deussen, Angela Titzrath, Bill Meahl

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Ehrhart, Prof. Dr. Axel Poschmann, Prof. Dr. Gregor Leander , Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Paar, Constantin Gillies, Harald Lemke, Thomas Wendel, Erik J. Andersson, Prof. Dr. Giso Deussen, Angela Titzrath, Bill Meahl

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Networking sessions

Networking sessions

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Networking sessions

Networking sessions

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Alistair Croll gives his key note speech on cloud computing

Alistair Croll gives his key note speech on cloud computing

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The audience

The audience

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Big Data - panel discussion

Big Data - panel discussion

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The audience

The audience

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Asking questions...

Asking questions...

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...and giving answers

...and giving answers

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Will logistics become vertical? - panel discussion

Will logistics become vertical? - panel discussion

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Volvo employees enjoying the weather

Volvo employees enjoying the weather

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Delightful discussion

“The drive for innovation and finding solutions for today’s problems is a key element to overcoming obstacles and establishing future growth,” Meahl told the assembly. “As a global player, DPDHL is committed to finding innovative logistics solutions. We are delighted to discuss trends and ideas together with our customers, employees and external partners.”
In line with this, DHL has published the new ‘Trend Radar’ at the event. The Trend Radar was created to identify and deep dive into societal, technological and business trends that have the power to influence the way we live, work or play.

The event was moderated by Graeme Codrington, a professional public speaker and an expert on the future of work. Summing up the day, Codrington noted that the future appears to be a world where people will increasingly be responsible for controlling and customizing their own, individualized data flows. Like it or not, technology and social media will grow to be even more prevalent than they are today, affecting us in ways we cannot yet foresee. Yet even as we connect more digitally, people will continue wanting to live in close physical proximity, largely in urban settings. All these factors will shape how, and why, goods are moved in the future.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 220 persons attended the DHL Innovation Day 2013
  • 2008 was the first year the group ran the DHL Innovation Day
Award winners:
  • Most Innovative Customer Solution – Volvo Trucks for “MoDe”
  • Most Innovative Scientist / Entrepreneur – Prof. Dr. Christof Paar / Prof. Gregor Leander / Prof. Dr. Poschmann for “PRESENT”
  • Most Innovative Employee – Harald Lemke for “Doc Wallet”
  • Deutscher Preis für Innovationsjournalismus Publikumsmedien – Thomas Wendel
  • Deutscher Preis für Innovationsjournalismus Fachmedien – Constantin Gillies
3 panel discussions explored different topics:
  • Big Data
  • Always On
  • Vertical Logistics

Panel Discussions

Key Note Speech

Key Note Speech “Up in the sky- where is the cloud coming from?”

Guest speaker Alistair Croll gave a lively talk on how cloud computing is changing the world of IT.
According to Croll, our current logistics and supply chain systems are bound to change thanks to the prevalence and accessibility of cloud computing. “The evolution of logistics is a move towards the open platform,” he said. “There will no longer be one big supply chain. There will be a million tiny ones.”

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DHL Innovation Day 2013 – Keynote Speech
Topic: Up in the sky - where is the cloud coming from?
Speaker: Alistair Croll

Keynote Speech: Up in the sky – where is the cloud coming from?

Big Data

1st panel: “Big Data- Stairway to heaven, or bubble to burst?”

A panel discussion on Big Data considered the effect that our increasing ability to gather and track information is changing how business and industry work. But participants agreed that just gathering massive amounts of data isn’t enough; success in business will mean asking the right questions in the face of that mountain of information.

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DHL Innovation Day 2013 – 1st Panel Discussion
Topic: Big Data- Stairway to heaven or bubble to burst?
Participants: Mark Sieberger, Val Stoyanov, Alistair Croll, Markus Voss

Panel Discussion: Big Data- Stairway to heaven or bubble to burst?

Always on

2nd panel: “Always on”

The second panel discussion dealt with the pros and cons of the modern condition of constantly being connected to the Internet and social media in terms of its impact on business. The six expert panelists agreed that the notion of controlling the flow of information by controlling workplace devices is outdated. In a ‘bring your own device’ world, companies need to embrace the change – and educate employees as much as possible.

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DHL Innovation Day 2013 – 2nd Panel Discussion
Topic: Always On
Participants: Ron Totton, Jörg Schiemann, Tim Flachsbarth, Mahendar Singh, Prof. Ian Graham

Panel Discussion: Always On

Vertical logistics

3rd panel: “Vertical logistics- will lives become vertical?”

The day’s final panel afforded participants a deep dive into the role urbanization and ‘vertical’ cities will play in the future of logistics. The wide-ranging talk included the fanciful topic of drone deliveries to the pros and cons of guerilla gardening. Rounding out the panel was a discussion on repurposing disused tunnels into logistics-delivery networks.

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DHL Innovation Day 2013 – 3rd Panel Discussion
Topic: Will Logistics become vertical?
Participants: Heinz Grüne, Richard Reynolds, Prof.Dr. Barbara Lenz, Darren Briggs, Nicholas Brill

Panel Discussion: Will logistics become vertical?