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External Speaker


Dan Ram

Managing Director


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you name it – we put it up

Event MC| 5x TEDx Speaker | Executive Coach ** ** DanRam ignites the stage as an Event MC & Speaker at over 100 events a year. Hosting changemakers like President Barack Obama, billionaire founders like Sir Richard Branson, record breaking athletes like F1 champion Nico Rosberg, Grammy-winning artists and celebrities, he works on 4 continents from college campuses to parliaments to in-house corporate innovation days for Fortune 500 Companies to the biggest tech conferences in the world. His passion is to inspire people with his motto 'Start Now Start Simple' in building a future we all want to live in.

Dan Ram on air

A sneak peak of the agenda. Find out more on the comprehensive overview.

September 23rd, 2020 – Wednesday

2:00 PM (UTC)

0:15 h

STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play Day I – Grand Opening Ceremony

Meet STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play: all 30 Partners Champions, the Plug and Play Team, as well the Board Members of the Partners, what STARTUP AUTOBAHN is.


Founders Talk



Learn what this Open Innovation Platform is all about from our 30 Partners, Champions, the Plug and Play Team, as well the Board Members of the Partners. Plus, meet our representation of the Founding Team, speaking with our Moderator DanRam about the WHY.

  • Sascha Karimpour, Managing Director at Plug & Play Germany GmbH
  • Philipp Gneiting, Head of Open Innovation at Mercedes-Benz AG

Speakers of this Session

Sascha Karimpour

Managing Director

Plug and Play

Dr. Philipp Gneiting

Head of Open Innovation and STARTUP AUTOBAHN


2:25 PM (UTC)

0:10 h

Open Innovation reimagined in 2020. A birds-eye view on emerging technologies and shifting trends.

Saeed AmidiPlug and Play


Thought-Leader Voice

Saeed will share his view on the latest development of Innovation on a global scale, covering VC activities and global emerging trends in various industries. 

2:35 PM (UTC)

0:10 h

The Developments in the Automotive Industry

Hildegard MüllerGerman Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)


Thought-Leader Voice


3:05 PM (UTC)

0:20 h

Meet Four Program 8 Startups and four Pilot Projects

Get a sneak peek in four Pilot Project Documentation in Mobility, Production, Sustainability and Enterprise.


Pilot Videos





We give the stage to the most successful, innovative and game-changing startups and business units of our current Program 8. On September 24th you can watch all 27 Projects, today we will give you a sneak peek in 4 Projects.

Pilot Project Mobility: "Speech Recognition – Understood by Your Car"

  • Hi Auto – Roy Baharav, CEO & Co-Founder
  • Porsche – Marius Schach, Development Engineer; Hadar Pode, Director Porsche Digital Israel

Pilot Project Production: "Pioneering a Connected & Wireless Transmission Infrastructure for Meters inside Industrial Buildings"

  • Nexmachina – Silvia Montoya, CTO
  • Daimler – Juan Jose Vitoria, Engineer at facility management

Pilot Project Enterprise: "Everybody Can Speak Chinese"

  • Synthesia – Nadia Eslami, VP Business Development & Patrnerships
  • TüV – Phillip Meyers, Head of Innovation Academy & LifeCare

Pilot Project Sustainability: Surprise

3:50 PM (UTC)

0:15 h

“Why Innovate?” Perspective From a Guy that Turned Down Steve Jobs

Guy KawasakiCanva


Thought-Leader Voice

Guy possesses an extensive knowledge of innovation, entrepreneurship, social media, and marketing.

First and foremost, he is an evangelist. The term comes from a Greek word that means "bringing the good news."

That's what he does--whether it was the good news of Macintosh or currently the good news of Canva, an online graphics-design firm.

He aligns with companies and causes that empower people, foster democracy, and make the world a meritocracy.

In addition to his work at Canva, he is the creator of the Remarkable People podcast where he interviews people such as Jane Goodall, Woz, Stephen Wolfram, Arianna Huffington, and Kristi Yamaguchi.

Specialties: innovation, entrepreneurship, podcasting, marketing, podcasting, and social media. 

September 24th, 2020 – Thursday

10:00 AM (UTC)

0:05 h

STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play Day II – Grand Opening Ceremony


10:45 AM (UTC)

0:10 h

New Dimensions of Urban Mobility

Christian BauerVolocopter GmbH


The general interview topic will be on the Future of Urban Mobility and how it will take on new Dimensions. Additionally, we will focus our questions around current topics and most importantly on the importance of Open Innovation Platforms. Plenty of new innovations have emerged reimagining urban mobility. People are migrating into cities, creating a higher demand for new mobility solutions. Volocopter is a great example and frontrunner in taking urban mobility into the skies.  Under our current circumstances many questions have created new concerns how urban mobility will be shaped in the future. Especially, as people have been leaving New York like never before. Will this happen in other megacities as well? Will aerial urban mobility still be necessary? Or are our concerns incorrect and we will be convinced otherwise?

3:30 PM (UTC)

0:10 h

Driving Forces Behind Innovation: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Catherine GaudryScholz & Friends


Thought-Leader Voice

Inclusion and diversity go hand in hand with open innovation. It is the different cultures, experiences, perspectives, that enable progress to be made within any organization. Catherine will talk together with Dan Ram on the importance of creating and nurturing more diverse and inclusive workspaces.

3:55 PM (UTC)

0:25 h

New Ventures with familiar faces, Joko Winterscheid and Andy Weinzierl – Let's Talk About Sushi

Joko WinterscheidtEntertainer & Entrepreneur, Andy WeinzierlSUSHI Bikes




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