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Thought leader online session series

Thought leader online session series

BCW.on consists of complimentary, 45-minute-long online sessions. Started in 2021, the successful series will now be continued in 2022.

Listen to Volkmar Denner, Michael Bolle, and Tanja Rückert in conversation with Claudia Nemat (Deutsche Telekom), Stefan Dohler (EWE), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Michael Dell (Dell Technologies), Sebastian Thrun (Udacity), Christian Klein (SAP), Cedrik Neike (Siemens), and Adrian Stoica (NASA/Caltech) on the most important topics: digital transformation, AI, IoT, digital trust, and sustainability.

Learn from these world-leading companies, explore new trends, ask your most important questions, and discover the visions they have in store for us – all from the comfort of your own computer. 

BCW.on consists of complimentary, 45-minute-long online sessions. Started in 2021, the successful series will now be continued in 2022.

Listen to Volkmar Denner, Michael Bolle, and Tanja Rückert in conversation with Claudia Nemat (Deutsche Telekom), Stefan Dohler (EWE), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Michael Dell (Dell Technologies), Sebastian Thrun (Udacity), Christian Klein (SAP), and Cedrik Neike (Siemens) on the most important topics: digital transformation, AI, IoT, digital trust, and sustainability.

Learn from these world-leading companies, explore new trends, ask your most important questions, and discover the visions they have in store for us – all from the comfort of your own computer.

Session overview

The digital future is now – let’s shape it 

48 min | available on-demand

2020 was a challenging year. Industries and our (work) lives changed. Digital transformation was accelerated. How can industries use the crisis for positive change? What role do technologies such as 5G, AI, and IoT play? And how can we implement digital ethics to make sure that technology is used for good? This session provides insights and answers to these very questions, and will motivate us to shape our future. 

Claudia Nemat

Deutsche Telekom
Member of the Board of Management, Technology and Innovation

Claudia Nemat has been a member of Deutsche Telekom‘s Management Board since 2011. Until end of 2016 she led the European businessSince January 2017 she has been responsible for the Board area „Technology and Innovation“. Before joining Deutsche Telekom AG, Claudia Nemat was Senior Partner („Director“) at McKinsey & Company, working for the company for more than 17 years. She focuses on digital transformation, the impact of new technologies, IT transformation, security and crisis management. 

Michael Bolle

Bosch
Former CDO & CTO

Michael Bolle has been a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH since July 1, 2018. As former chief digital officer and chief technology officer, he was responsible for the corporate sector for research and advance engineering as well as for the internet of things and digitalization (ID) and data processing (IT). His responsibilities also included the Bosch.IO GmbH subsidiary and the corporate departments for technology, intellectual property, and quality management. Following decades of successful work for the company, Michael Bolle is leaving the board of management on June 30, 2021 in order to pursue opportunities in the high-tech and startup sectors.

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 4 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

Digital leadership in disruptive times

59 min | available on-demand

The recent tectonic shift – across industries, companies, and society – affects us all. So how can digital leaders navigate through such eventful times? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner share their vision on the “new normal” in a pre-recorded video conversation. How can AIoT enable new business models in different industries? How many digital platforms does the automotive industry need? Far-reaching questions such as these will be also be answered as part of this interview.

Following the exchange between the two executives, experts from Microsoft and Bosch will pick up the conversation in a live discussion, focusing on key areas of AIoT as the foundation for smart, connected products. Microsoft’s Ulrich Homann, Corporate VP Cloud & AI, together with Bosch’s Christoph Hartung, President & CEO ETAS, and Katja Laurischkat, VP Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, will discuss concrete AIoT use cases and platform requirements as well as required skills and capabilities.

Speakers (pre-recorded)

Satya Nadella

Microsoft
CEO

Before being named CEO in February 2014, Satya Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Volkmar Denner

Bosch
Chairman of the Board of Management 

Volkmar Denner has been chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and a limited partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG since July 1, 2012. His responsibilities include corporate strategy, corporate communications and governmental affairs, and real estate and facilities. He is also responsible for the Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH subsidiary. 

Speakers (live)

Ulrich Homann

Microsoft
Corporate VP Cloud and AI

Ulrich Homann is Corporate Vice President and Distinguished Architect for Cloud and AI at Microsoft. As part of the senior engineering leadership team, he is responsible for customer-led innovation efforts across the cloud and enterprise platform portfolio. With 25+ years global experience in development, design and large-scale deployment of software systems and solutions, Ulrich Homann is a solutions architect with a wide range of hands-on know-how about architecture and assembly of solutions from originating components to complete products and operational solutions.

Christoph Hartung

ETAS
President and CEO

Christoph Hartung took over as Chairman of the Board of Management of ETAS GmbH on January 1, 2021. He has been with Bosch since January 2020 and prior to his current position, he was Executive Vice President Connected Mobility Solutions. He holds an academic degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science and a Master of Science in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He started his career with various automakers, including Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz.

Katja Laurischkat

Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI)
VP Applied ML, Data and Software Engineering, VP AI Product Marketing

A recipient of several awards, including the Otto-Kienzle Commemorative Medal, Dr. Laurischkat held a professorship in transformation of tech companies from 2012 to 2017 at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Her career at Bosch started in 2017 as the global lead for digital transformation and service excellence of Bosch’s industry sector. In January 2020, she joined BCAI as Vice President Digital Transformation. Since October 2020, she leads BCAI’s German and Chinese locations for applied machine learning and data and software engineering. In February 2021, she additionally took over as global lead for product marketing at BCAI.

Moderator (pre-recorded & live)

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 4 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

Leveraging the power of digitalization for a better climate

52 min | available on-demand

Digitalization is not an end in itself but can serve as a powerful means of bringing together the at times contradictory objectives of climate protection, progress, affordability, and comfort. So how can we leverage the benefits of smart energy and telecommunications technologies for the climate while also assuming responsibility for both the environment and future generations? To this end, EWE, as an energy and telecommunications provider with strong regional roots, has committed to climate neutrality by 2035 and wants to take people and companies along on its journey toward a smarter, greener future.

Stefan Dohler 

EWE
CEO

Stefan Dohler is Member of the Board of Management of EWE since January 2018. He started his career in 1998 at the Hamburg energy supplier HEW, one of the predecessor companies of Vattenfall. Since then, he has held a number of leadership positions in the areas of finance, networks, products and markets. In 2012 he became a member of the Executive Management Team of the Vattenfall Group. Most recently he was CFO of Vattenfall AB in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Tanja Rückert

Bosch
CDO 

As chief digital officer of the Bosch group, Tanja is responsible for digital transformation and scalable business. Before this, she has been President of the Board of Management for Bosch Building Technologies since 2018. Before joining Bosch, Tanja was President of the IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit at SAP SE. She holds a PhD in chemistry and has more than 20 years of experience in the software and building industry.

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 4 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

Challenges and opportunities of digital transformation

30 min | available on-demand

In this pre-recorded conversation, Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, provides insights into the defining moments and lessons learned from his successful career building up Dell Technologies since its founding in 1984. Together with Tanja Rückert, CDO of Bosch, they talk about the challenges digital transformation pose, the opportunities technological innovations such as edge computing and AIoT offer, and the role digital trust plays as a business value driver.

Michael Dell

Dell Technologies
Chairman & CEO 

Michael Dell founded Dell with $1000 in 1984 and in 1992 was the youngest CEO to earn a Fortune 500 ranking. Michael took Dell Technologies private in 2013, architected the largest tech deal in history combining Dell-EMC-VMware in 2016 and subsequently relisted Dell Technologies on the public markets in 2018. Dell Technologies is an innovative tech leader providing essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information.

Tanja Rückert

Bosch
CDO 

As chief digital officer of the Bosch group, Tanja is responsible for digital transformation and scalable business. Before this, she has been President of the Board of Management for Bosch Building Technologies since 2018. Before joining Bosch, Tanja was President of the IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit at SAP SE. She holds a PhD in chemistry and has more than 20 years of experience in the software and building industry.

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 4 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

AIoT: When Artificial Intelligence meets the Internet of Things 

48 min | available on-demand

In this keynote, Sebastian Thrun will explain how AI can help harnessing the full potential of the Internet of Things. Starting with a discussion on “What AI is – and isn`t”, he will then explore best ways for AI and IoT to work well together – for example in health care and transportation. 

Sebastian Thrun

Udacity
Founder, President & Executive Chairman 

Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. As the founder, president and executive chairman of Udacity, Sebastian’s mission is to power careers through tech education. Today, the company has over 11.5 million students worldwide and more than 200 global industry partners including IBM, Google, and Mercedes-Benz to close talent gaps. 

Tanja Rückert

Bosch
CDO 

As chief digital officer of the Bosch group, Tanja is responsible for digital transformation and scalable business. Before this, she has been President of the Board of Management for Bosch Building Technologies since 2018. Before joining Bosch, Tanja was President of the IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit at SAP SE. She holds a PhD in chemistry and has more than 20 years of experience in the software and building industry.

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 4 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

Enabling smart connected products with intelligent enterprises

45 min | available on-demand

How can we use intelligent technologies to compete and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world? How are intelligent enterprises succeeding with smart connected products? And how do we scale up and successfully monetize these new opportunities? Join this session with Christian Klein and Tanja Rückert to hear how SAP and Bosch are working closely together on these critical topics. 

Christian Klein

SAP
CEO

Christian Klein is CEO, COO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. In his role as COO, he leads SAP’s transformation into an Intelligent Enterprise by focusing on business process simplification, global IT, product and services quality, portfolio and investment strategy, intelligent data and analytics, and value achievement through digital innovation adoption to the benefit of both customers and employees. Prior to becoming CEO, Christian Klein was heading the Intelligent Enterprise Group, driving SAP’s digital core development functions and product management.

Tanja Rückert

Bosch
CDO 

As chief digital officer of the Bosch group, Tanja is responsible for digital transformation and scalable business. Before this, she has been President of the Board of Management for Bosch Building Technologies since 2018. Before joining Bosch, Tanja was President of the IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit at SAP SE. She holds a PhD in chemistry and has more than 20 years of experience in the software and building industry.

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 4 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

Co-innovate, build, and trust: how new digital business models are changing today’s industrial landscape 

60 min | available on-demand

Join Siemens Digital Industries CEO Cedrik Neike and Bosch CDO Tanja Rückert to learn how the newly evolving digital enterprise is changing the face of industry and creating new opportunities for stakeholders in multiple sectors, including mobility, smart infrastructures, and buildings, among others. The following key areas will be covered: What are the lessons learned along the digital transformation journey so far? Which examples of world-class digital use case benchmarks should be considered, and ultimately, beaten? How can digitalization make industrial production not just more efficient, but also more sustainable?

Following their discussion, Natalia Oropeza, Global Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Siemens, along with Christoph Peylo, Senior VP for Digital Trust at Bosch, will then take a deep dive into the topic of digital trust and how it is enabled. They will discuss how to build, strengthen, and sustain trust in the digital world – from cybersecurity to AI ethics.

Part 1: Keynote

Cedrik Neike

Siemens
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Digital Industries

Cedrik Neike was appointed to the managing board of Siemens AG in April 2017. In addition, he took over as CEO of Digital Industries on October 1, 2020. Cedrik is also responsible for the IoT business, Cybersecurity, and IT. He holds an MBA from the INSEAD Business School as well as a Bachelor (Honors) in Engineering and Business Finance. He started his career at Siemens as a product line manager for Wireless Internet. In 2001, he joined Cisco Systems, where he held several management positions, before returning to Siemens in 2017.

Tanja Rückert

Bosch
CDO 

As chief digital officer of the Bosch group, Tanja is responsible for digital transformation and scalable business. Before this, she has been President of the Board of Management for Bosch Building Technologies since 2018. Before joining Bosch, Tanja was President of the IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit at SAP SE. She holds a PhD in chemistry and has more than 20 years of experience in the software and building industry.

Part 2: Deep dive

Natalia Oropeza

Siemens
Global Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Chief Diversity Officer

Natalia Oropeza has more than 27 years of experience in information technology and holds several academic qualifications, including an electronic engineering degree and an MBA in Finance. Natalia has vast international experience and alongside her role as Global Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Siemens, she also holds the position of Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer.

Christoph Peylo

Bosch
Senior VP Digital Trust

Christoph Peylo leads the Digital Trust project in Bosch’s CDO organization. Before that, he established and led Bosch’s Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI). Christoph was also a member of the European Commission’s high-level expert group on AI. Prior to joining Robert Bosch GmbH in 2017, he worked at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin in the areas of AI, Cybersecurity, Industry 4.0, and IoT.

Moderator

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 5 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

From space exploration to earthly applications 

45 min | available on-demand

Space exploration is intimately linked with hightech, enabling autonomous driving and autonomous flight on Mars and spacecraft travel beyond the limits of our solar system. Developed by necessity in the case of space programs, a number of technologies mean economic advantages and increased quality of life on Earth as well.

Learn more about the opportunities and challenges of technology used in space: What problems do autonomous systems, AI, and Digital Twins solve in space? And what can we learn from it for earthly applications in various industries such as manufacturing, transportation, mobility, and health care?

Join Adrian Stoica, Senior Research Scientist and Program Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory operated by Caltech, and Bosch CDO Tanja Rückert to infinity and beyond.

Adrian Stoica

NASA/Caltech
Senior Research Scientist and Program Manager

Adrian Stoica manages blue skies research and strategic studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory operated by Caltech. He has over 25 years of experience in artificial intelligence, robotics, human-machine collaboration, and space systems. He is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellow and Chair of the IEEE Future Directions Project on Telepresence.

Tanja Rückert

Bosch
CDO 

As chief digital officer of the Bosch group, Tanja is responsible for digital transformation and scalable business. Before this, she has been President of the Board of Management for Bosch Building Technologies since 2018. Before joining Bosch, Tanja was President of the IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit at SAP SE. She holds a PhD in chemistry and has more than 20 years of experience in the software and building industry.

Moderator

Dirk Slama

Bosch
VP Co-Innovation and IT/IoT Alliances

Dirk Slama is Vice President Co-innovation and IT/IoT Alliances at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld. Dirk has 25 years experience in the industry. He is author of 5 successful books and holds a PhD in Information Systems, an MBA, and a Diploma in Computer Science.

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