Hamburg Innovation Summit 2021 to go hybrid in May

Meeting of Hamburg's innovators becomes face-to-face and live stream event
19 February 2021
Hamburg's skyline

This year's "Hamburg Innovation Summit goes hybrid" on May 20 combines a face-to-face event in the Altonaer Kaispeicher with the live stream established in 2020, organisers said. The cross-sector, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas will see Hamburg's innovators generate plenty of new ideas. The conference also aims to link up research, business, politics and society. The highlights include a virtual trade fair and "Waterkant Talks" with Hamburg's senators in a free livestream. Limited tickets for part of the event are available from March 15, 2021.

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Event as an interface 

Anette Eberhardt, co-ordinator of HHIS, remarked: "Innovation is far more than a bridge between technological research and economic exploitation. It must be geared towards the needs of society and involve politics in the exchange of current challenges." The social media campaign hightlights real labs or living labs to promote co-operation between science and society.

Free livestream

The Hamburg Innovation Summit is organised by the Ministry of Economics and Innovation (BWI), the Hamburg Investment and Development Bank (IFB Hamburg) and Hamburg Innovation GmbH. Andreas Richter, Head of the Innovation, Technology and Clusters Department at BWI, has termed HHIS "part of a bold culture of innovation that whets the appetite for new things, for change and for creative design". A free live stream allows delegates to attend this year's event. The summit consists of a conference with workshops in the academy and an exhibition. An Awards Ceremony (HHIA) is held every second year. The annual event attracts around 1,500 visitors.

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IFB Hamburg

The Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank (IFB Hamburg) supports housing and economic development as well as environmental protection and innovation projects. IFB Hamburg is the main point of contact for private individuals, companies and institutions in Hamburg and advises about all of Hamburg's funding offers and those of the German government and the European Union. More information can be found on: www.ifbhh.de