2017 Berlin & Hamburg Session

The second round of the Transatlantic Digital Debates launched with a week-long session that included meetings with variety of experts, internal workshops, and cultural activities. From May 29 to June 2, the 18 TDD 2017 fellows met in Berlin and Hamburg for discussions on cybersecurity, innovation, and the digital economy.  

Please find the full agenda of the session here.

In late May 2017, the fellows and the organizing team of the second round of the Transatlantic Digital Debates met for the first time in Berlin.

During the week, TDD fellows met with a experts from different sectors. Here, The Nunatak Group’s Robert Jacobi gave an introduction to challenges that arise for the private sector thanks to increasing digitization. He then led the group through a workshop and different case studies. Learn more about the experts in our agenda.

Based on Robert Jacobi’s input, the fellows worked in small groups to put together solutions for businesses seeking to gain traction in the digital economy. Building on a hypothetical business model, Laura Krause presents her group’s ideas for personalizing car sharing.

Throughout the week, the fellows not only met with external experts. They engaged each other in small small breakout sessions, for example to discuss Germany’s new social media law. Here, Johanna Hartung leads a discussion on potential approaches on governing algorithmic decision-making.

Other discussions and workshops included the development of norms for cyberspace, meetings with government officials on Germany’s digital agenda, and a brainstorming of the most contentious issues arising on the digital transatlantic digital agenda in the next three years.

During the visit in Hamburg, the group met with Ulrich Baldauf, head of innovation and IT at the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), to discuss the steps the HPA is taking to digitize its operations.

Despite a packed schedule, there was enough time to unwind and get to know one another at dinners or cultural activities. After a full week of debates, the TDD fellows enjoyed views of Hamburg from a boat cruise through the city.