Hamburg wants to become Germany’s IT metropolis. This is not only the vision of the Senate’s policy, but increasingly becoming a reality. According to the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, more than 50,000 people were employed by the city’s 10,000 IT companies by the end of 2014. Furthermore, additional 1,000 companies are indirectly linked to the IT industry. Also other industry sectors, universities, and startups from the old and new economy increasingly start to network and to invest in industry 4.0 projects and the digital transformation.
More than Ten Important Events
“The fact that Hamburg is a leading location of digital industry is not only confirmed by the presence of important digital companies such as Xing, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, and Hootsuite, but also by numerous industry-related events”, states Dr. Carsten Brosda, Media Representative for the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. “Until mid-November alone, more than ten important industry events will be taking place in Hamburg, which will reflect the bandwidth and the potentials of Hamburg’s digital economy. One of these events will be NEXT. We are glad the digital conference is returning to Hamburg this year!”
Year of the Goat & solutions.hamburg
In the Chinese calendar, 2015 ist the year of the goat, which is regarded as being particularly stubborn. The organisers of the “Year of the Goat Festival” also see this stubbornness in humans when it comes to digital change. To overcome the “inner goat”, the visitors attending the event on 8 September 2015 at Markthalle Hamburg will be given information and insight on changes, innovations, and transformations of the digital era in lectures and workshops.
From 9-11 September, a new congress with the claim “solutions.hamburg – building the digital future” will strive to better integrate old and new economy. Taking place at the Kampnagel cultural centre for three days, the congress will invite participants to share knowledge, work out concrete solutions, and to establish contacts for a stable network, standing for development and digitisation. The network meeting is supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg with its cluster nextmedia.Hamburg and the Software Alliance Hamburg. Hamburg’s first mayor Olaf Scholz will officially open the congress on 9 September
Indie Gameleon in Hamburg for the First Time
Indie Gameleon is a festival organised by indie game developers for indie game developers, game design students and indie game enthusiast, which previously has been held in the Dutch city of Groningen. Including lectures, indie game showcase, game jam and a chip tune dance party, the four-day festival will take place at the HAW – Kunst and Medien Campus in Hamburg from 11-15 September 2015 in co-operation with the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences. 60 experienced developers and insiders will be sharing their expertise and experiences at HAW Hamburg’s department of design, media and information.
NEXT Back in Hamburg
After six years of absence, the highly reputed digital conference NEXT will be returning to Hamburg 24-25 September as part of Reeperbahn Festival, expanding the profile of Germany’s largest club festival by exciting digital topics.
With more than 10,000 visitors from 40 countries, NEXT established as a leading conference of the digital industry in Germany. Founded in Hamburg in 2006, the event has been held in Berlin since 2010. Now, NEXT is returning to its roots. “The return of the digital conference NEXT to Hamburg is a very positive development for our city, which also confirms Hamburg as an exceptionally attractive destination for conventions,” said Thorsten Kausch, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau and the Hamburg Marketing GmbH.