A new alliance called “The Interface Society (ThIS!)” consisting of reputable, north German companies, institutions and people with close ties to digitalisation was founded in Hamburg Wednesday (February 21, 2018). The network will focus on the effects and ways of shaping digitalisation and act as independent platform for discourse. Speaking during the founding ceremony, Dr. Sebastian Saxe, CEO of ThIS!, said: “We want to put key people in contact with each other and stimulate a multifaceted discourse.”
Researching digital transformation
By linking up key, interdisciplinary players, ThIS! hopes to combine technical expertise in commerce and research with socially-responsible digitalisation. The initiative is also promoting research into digital transformation i.e. expert reports, position papers as well as research and development assignments. The results will be published and inputted into discussions.
Hamburg as hub of digitalisation
Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “We need new centres of discourse that go beyond the ‘now’ and keep discussions about digitalisatoin at a high level. Hamburg is a hub of digitalisation and innovation. And ‘The Interface Society’ is yet another good Hamburg address for that.”
The Board of Executives includes Dr. Sebastian Saxe, CDO of the Hamburg Port Authority and the Ministry of Economics, Traffic and Innovation, Dr. Michael Müller-Wünsch, CIO at OTTO, Raphael Vaino, Managing Director of Senacor Technologies AG, Bernhard Fischer-Appelt, founder of fischerAppelt agency and Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann, Head of IT at the University of Hamburg.
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