The HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days launch on 14 July with a diverse, top-class program. The event begins with the panel discussion “Forward to the New  ‒ New Opportunities for Progress?” featuring Siemens board member Klaus Helmrich; Festo chairman Oliver Jung; BDI president Dieter Kempf; Friedhelm Loh Group owner and chairman Friedhelm Loh; Robert Bosch managing director Rolf Najork; and SAP board member Thomas Saueressig.

It continues with exciting keynotes, panel discussions, live chats, networking, and innovation presentations that cover current developments in the fields of industry, energy and logistics. The premium partners ‒ Beckhoff, Cisco, Festo, Harting, Ifm, Igus, Phoenix Contact, Rittal, Schneider Electric, and Siemens ‒ present their products and solutions in separate live sessions. The Digital Days feature four tracks on both days. In one of these virtual rooms, Sabine Bendiek, CEO of Microsoft Germany, kicks off the WomenPower congress with a keynote. In the afternoon, one of three nominees will be announced Engineer Powerwoman 2020.

The HERMES AWARD presentation marks a further highlight on the first day of the conference. The three nominees are the Friedhelm Loh Group, Schneider Electric and Trumpf. Professor Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and jury chair, announces the winner of the coveted technology prize on 14 July. The ceremony includes the premier of the HERMES Startup Award.

Professor Thomas Wimmer, CEO of the German Logistics Association, moderates the logistics session about innovation and resilience of global value chains in agricultural machinery production. His guest is Josip T. Tomasevic, senior vice president and chief procurement officer at AGCO Corporation, Duluth, Georgia, USA.

Partner Country Indonesia starts the second conference day with Arif Havas Oegroseno, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Federal Republic of Germany, providing an overview of Indonesia’s economic development and investment opportunities for industry.

Another highlight is EU Commissioner Thierry Breton’s panel discussion about EU policy after Corona. Participants include Antonio Krüger, managing director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI); Björn Rosengren, CEO of ABB; and Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric.

Thematically, the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days focus on the content of the trade fair. The conference program covers topics such as Industrie 4.0, artificial intelligence, smart energy, and Logistics 4.0. Exhibitor product and solution presentations form the second pillar of content. The networking component enables all participants to search for suitable business and cooperation partners and make contact directly via the chat function. Participation is free. More information is available at https://hannovermesse.digital.