Systems & Components Future Lounge: Keynote Speakers

As always, the technical forum of Systems & Components is a meeting place for professionals and encourages the exchange of a high level of technological knowledge while looking towards the future. This year, the Future Lounge at Systems & Components will host a unique keynote speaker daily from 14.00 to 14.45 in Hall 17 G02.

Tuesday, November 13th: Matthias Horx

Matthias Horx is an established trend researcher in the German-speaking world whose brilliant lectures impress and inspire both young and old alike. Horx studied sociology in the 1970s and founded “ZUKUNFTSINSTITUT” in 1996, a company that has set the stage for the presentation and analysis of fundamental future developments in everyday culture, business and society gained. His future institute in Frankfurt has become the most renowned think tank in German trend and future research. Since 2007, Matthias Horx has been teaching scientific research on the trend and future as a registered lecturer at the Zeppelin University on Lake Constance in Germany.

Wednesday, November 16th: Kishor Sridhar

Kishor H. Sridhar is a German bestseller-author and management consultant as well as the managing director of Verum Consulting. As an engineer and economical psychologist, he also teaches at the Higher School of Wismar and the International School of Management in Munich.

Customers buy more than just a technical component. At the Future Lounge, Kishor Sridhar will show how emotional solution selling and the effects of behavioral economics can change the customer approach and significantly increase sales in a technologically driven environment.

Thursday, November 15th: Horst Draudt

Ever since early school age, Horst Draudt has had a love for science fiction. There wasn´t a book too thick for him because he could travel into distant worlds or learn how authors shape the future of man. After studying economics, Draudt worked in the automotive industry as well as in the consulting and security industry. In 2014, he met the founder of the Fantastic Library in Wetzlar, who introduced him to the “Future Life” project. The Fantastic Library manages and maintains the world’s largest publicly accessible collection of fantastic literature with a book stock of over 270,000 titles. In “Future Life”, experts are taking advantage from the treasury of ideas in science fiction. Future Life chooses a different approach from conventional research or trend research – instead of pursuing development paths or describing the latest developments, Future Life focuses on the author’s anticipated scenario and its impact on humans. This can lead to alternative scenarios for future business developments – it´s thinking of the impossible and finding a way to get there. Horst Draudt focuses on topics like mobility in the future, digital change and virtual worlds, autonomous systems, banking and the money of tomorrow.

Friday, November 16th: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter

After studying physics, Prof. Ulrich Walter answered a call in 1987 of the German Aerospace Center for an astronaut. Professor Walter ultimately flew into space onboard the Orbiter Columbia in 1993. After the mission, Walter returned to Germany and from 1994 onwards, he was responsible for the development of the “German Satellite Image Data Archive” of the DLR in Bavaria, Oberpfaffenhofen, for four years. There he built a central office for satellite imagery for the general public. After a visit to the industry, he has been the chair for space technology at the Technical University of Munich since 2003. Not only his students listen to his lectures in which he describes what techniques were transferred from space to earth and his very entertaining stories about how confusing space travel calculations at NASA can be. As one of the few Germans to go to space, he is highly regarded and a competent guest in talk shows or interviews on the subject of “Space”. In the Future Lounge, Prof. Walter will encourage his audience to think out of the box to develop new strategies for engineering, to leave the beaten paths of research and development.


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