MUNICH, June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
How will digitalisation shape our health, medicine, fitness, etc. in the future? The first DLDsummer conference - held on 22-23 June in Munich's Allianz Auditorium - provided some answers. 500 participants took up DLD founder Steffi Czerny's invitation to Burda's new summer conference. 50 speakers - including prominent scientists, digital pioneers and athletes - tackled trends such as the Internet of Things and the mobility of the future alongside topics at the interface between technology, lifestyle and health. "At every DLD conference, we discuss topics that affect us all. Digitalisation is having a major influence on medicine and healthcare. I am therefore delighted to welcome visionaries whose innovations and products will have a crucial impact on the market of the future," said Steffi Czerny.
From big data in medicine to apps that facilitate digital communication between doctors and patients, international experts shed light on a range of topics. Controversial physician David Agus, whose book "The End of Illness" has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, talked to DLD chairman Yossi Vardi and explained how people can minimise their risk of illness. The oncologist believes that, alongside a healthy lifestyle, collecting big data for every single patient is the most important factor to detect and treat disease at an earlier stage. Former skier Maria Höfl-Riesch also took to the DLD stage to explain how she optimised her training by using wearables to collect physiological data. "Customised, data-based training is the key to success," she stated.
Mainz-based doctor Ugur Sahin, who researches individual cancer vaccinations, reported on his immunotherapy, which aims to activate the body's own defences against cancer. Stem cell researcher Eckhard Alt demonstrated how old-age diseases and cancer could be treated with a patient's own cells in future. Stem cell therapy against heart failure, liver damage and joint wear is not yet in clinical use. According to Alt, however, it is one of the best ways to fight these conditions.
Other speakers included Tony Douglas from BMW, Kerstin Günther (Telekom), Jean-Claude Biver, chairman of Hublot, the luxury watchmaker, smart home investor Lars Hinrichs, Allianz COO Christof Mascher, Benjamin Joffe (HAX), an expert on the Internet of Things, and film director Jason Wishnow. Musicians Beatie Wolfe (UK) and Pollyester (Munich) and illusionist Marco Tempest provided entertainment on the DLD stage.
DLDsummer at a glance:
- Main topics of DLDsummer: Linking technology, lifestyle and health in formats such as wearables, lifestyle apps and current medical innovations; classic DLD topics such as the Internet of Things, data storage and mobility.
- Speeches, discussions, workshops: More than 50 international trailblazers came together with over 500 attending opinion leaders - influential women and men from the economy, art, media, technology, society, politics and science.
- Patrons: Investor Dr Yossi Vardi and Board Member Dr Paul-Bernhard Kallen
- The second evening saw the first DLDacademy take place in cooperation with the Amerikahaus - an open discussion on "Education and Learning in the Digital Age" with Petra Dierkes-Thrun (Stanford University), Esther Wojcicki (author of "Moonshots in Education") and Gabriele Zedlmayer (HP).
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DLD is the international conference and innovation platform at Hubert Burda Media. DLD Media stages Europe's leading digital conference DLD in Munich, the women's conference DLDWomen, DLD New York City, and international network events in cities such as Palo Alto, New York, London, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. Stephanie Czerny, who co-founded the DLD Conference in 2005, is the organization's CEO. The speakers at its previous events have ranged from Jan Koum (WhatsApp), Travis Kalanick (Uber), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google), Sean Parker (Napster), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) and Nobel laureate Martti Ahtisaari through to Princeton Professor Dan Kahneman, best-selling authors Deepak Chopra and Paulo Coelho and the architects Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas.
About Hubert Burda Media:
Responsible for over 400 print and digital consumer brands, Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany's largest media groups. A strong focus on its digital portfolio and the international media market has been powering growth for several years. Innovation is the driving force behind the organization, which builds on its original roots and values as a family-owned company. It publishes more than 320 magazines around the globe. Burda's digital division contains successful, expanding companies that include e-commerce and marketing platforms along with rating and agency portals and holdings in social media sites. Burda has 165 million users, approximately 40 million paying consumers and 43,000 advertisers. Its commercial success is driven by some 10,000 employees around the world: Burda is active in 19 markets, above all in Germany, Europe, the United States and Asia.