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17 Jun 2015

Munich – Where Innovation and Technology Accelerate

Munich continues to build its outstanding reputation for technical prowess. The “Munich mix” of technology companies of all sizes has greatly contributed to Munich’s growth as an economic powerhouse and firmly branded the city as a center of expertise in tech R&D, innovation and start-ups. For meeting planners looking to address technology as a driver of change in their industry, Munich has much to offer.

Key tech-affiliated industries with Munich strongholds include information and communication technology, automotive engineering, aerospace, life sciences, finance, creative industries, nanoscience, medical engineering and environmental engineering. Large companies in the Munich area inves significantly in R&D, including BMW, General Electric, Google, Knorr-Bremse, Kraft Foods, Intel, MAN, MTU Aero Engines, Siemens and Huawei. Learning about best practices from such industry leaders is a common occurrence at meetings and conferences held in Munich.

Did you know that more than 25 percent of all German private equity investments happen in Munich? Take start-ups, for example, like MAGAZINO GmbH. The company develops, builds and sells innovative storage and dispensing machines, and caught the attention of the “High-Tech-Gründerfonds” (HTGF), Germany’s most active and leading seed stage investor. As another example, medineering GmbH develops, patents and manufactures innovative robotic systems for minimally invasive head surgery. It, too, was funded by the High-Tech Gründerfonds. The Munich-based startup Bragi developed the first wireless smart in-ear headphones - "The Dash" -- which was a huge Kickstarter crowdfunding hit.

Munich’s innovation-friendly climate encourages proactive development work and close cooperation among startups, established businesses, universities and research organizations. Public, semi-public and private institutions work very closely together. All told, the Munich area is one of the most research-intensive regions of Germany. The stature of the scientists and researchers, the facilities and the research projects un can provide excellent learning opportunities for meeting attendees.

For example, the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research is the largest applied research organization in Europe, focusing on information and communication technology and building physics. Currently operating 66 institutes and research units throughout Germany, the organization’s core task is to carry out research focusing on the needs of people in the areas of healthcare, security, communication, mobility, energy and the environment.

Additionally the Max Planck Society for the Promotion of Science consists of 80 institutes and research organizations, focusing primarily on the natural sciences, the life sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. Since its founding, no fewer than 18 Nobel Laureates have come from the Max Planck Society, and more than 15,000 highly cited research reports are generated each year.

At Munich’s Helmholtz Center for Environmental Health, researchers explore how environmental factors influence human health. The Technical University, the Ludwig-Maximilian’s University, the Center for Integrated Protein Science and the Munich Center for Advanced Protonics are just a few other examples of Munich at its research-rich best.

The city also stands out as Germany's "patent capital," with both the headquarters of the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Munich is also home to the Federal Patent Court, the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, the Chamber of Patent Lawyers and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.

With all this focus on innovation, R&D and technology, it is no wonder that Munich plays host to meetings and conferences of all sizes. Digital-Life-Design (DLD), a leading innovation, digitization and cultural organization that inspires cross-over conversations among business, creative, and social leaders and influencers, has held numerous conferences in Munich and around the world since its inception in 2005. In January 2015, its Digital-Life-Design Conference featured 150 world renowned speakers, many of whom call Munich and/or Germany home and work for such businesses as Deutsche Telekom, European Space Agency and Hubert Burda Media. More than 1000 attendees listened and debated technological transformations affecting work, home and life in general. On June 22-23 in Munich, DLD will launch yet another conference: DLD Summer, which will explore technology, lifestyle and health, and how digitization is changing our lives.

Other industry conferences in Munich this year include the European Identity and Cloud Conference, the Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Europe, Sanctions Compliance Program Europe 2015, Global Compliance Congress for Life Sciences, Open Text User Conference and IQPC Conference on Medical Devices and more.

Munich’s significant emphasis on innovation, technology and research, as well as its spirit of collaboration, openness and information-sharing, add tremendous value to the quality of life of its citizens, overnight visitors and guests. These attributes also extend the aura of Munich as the #1 tech hotspot in Europe, an accolade bestowed by the European Commission last year. Working with the Munich Convention Bureau, meeting planners will be well on their way for pleasurable, successful meetings leveraging the industry expertise, people and assets that Munich continues to invest in daily.

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