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01: Digital Future Game: Requirements for a digital society

Breakout / Simulation
in deutscher Sprache

Slip into the roles of states, corporations and citizens. Design the future of a digital society with us. What abilities and competences will be needed to succeed in the future? Learn how to account for different perspectives and how to make the right decisions.

Executive Director,, Vienna
Country General Manager, IBM Austria, Vienna
Director, Digital Transformation Middle Market Europe, PwC, Frankfurt
Author, Business Consultant and Education Activist, Vienna
Partner and Digital Leader, PwC Austria, Vienna Chair


Executive Director,, Vienna

 Thomas Lohninger is Executive Director of the digital rights NGO in Vienna, Austria. He is Senior Fellow of the Mozilla Foundation working on Net Neutrality in the European Union. The Center of Internet and Society of the Stanford Law School holds him as a non-residential Fellow. He worked in Brussels on the European Net Neutrality regulation as Policy Advisor for European Digital Rights. His background is in IT and Cultural- and Social Anthropology.

Patricia NEUMANN

Country General Manager, IBM Austria, Vienna

 Patricia Neumann has worked for IBM in various functions and management positions since 1995. She began her career as a specialist in global financing and then moved to sales. Soon after taking over the management of IBM Global Financing Austria she started an international career. After more than 10 years of international assignments, which led her to London, Milan and Germany she held several positions for IBM DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) as Vice President for Business Customer Sales and most recently as Vice President for the IBM Systems Hardware Sales Team. Since October 1, 2017, she has been Country General Manager of IBM Austria.


Director, Digital Transformation Middle Market Europe, PwC, Frankfurt

 Michael is a Director at PwC and responsible for the firm’s digital transformation practice with a particular focus on the Family Business and Medium-Sized Companies segment. He has extensive experience in management and technology consulting (Accenture, Infosys) as well as in industry (T-Systems). Michael‘s vision is to successfully lead the way for medium sized- and family-owned businesses to enter into the digital age. His approach consists of combining all aspects of culture-change with technology-change. He is change manager, technology-savvy, designer, communicator and team player. He is also a lecturer at Goethe Business School for master of digital transformation management (Executive MBA) and recently co-authored the book "d.quarks - The Path to Digital Business" (Management book of the Year 2016, getAbstract International Book Award 2017).

Dr. Andreas SALCHER

Author, Business Consultant and Education Activist, Vienna

 Dr. Andreas Salcher is a business consultant, best-selling author and critical pioneer on educational issues. In 1987 his political career began as the then youngest member of the Vienna City Council and State Parliament on which he served altogether 12 years.
 He is co-founder of the "Sir Karl Popper School" for highly gifted children. In 2004 he launched the "Waldzell Meetings" at Melk Abbey, whose list of speakers included seven Nobel laureates and the Dalai Lama. Since 2008 Andreas Salcher has been advocating the improvement of schools with his "CURRICULUM PROJECT".
 His first book THE TALENTED KID AND HIS ENEMIES was published in March 2008 and became an immediate #1 bestseller.


Partner and Digital Leader, PwC Austria, Vienna

1995-2000 Business Administration, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
1996-2002 Law studies, University of Vienna
 Since 2003 PwC Austria
 Since 2016 Partner, Tax Technology, PwC Austria, Vienna
 Since 2017 Digital Leader, PwC Austria, Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30“I have a dream”: I dream of a diverse and resilient EuropePlenary
14:00 - 15:30The future of data economyPlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 19:30Innovation 101: The “diversity” factorPlenary


06:00 - 07:00Europe BreakfastPartner
06:00 - 07:00Swiss Country Breakfast: RicolaPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Swiss Country Breakfast: logitechPlenary
06:30 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain – Diversity: A moral responsibility or a tool to maximise profitsPartner
07:00 - 08:30Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexityPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Digital Future Game: Requirements for a digital societyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: An unpredictable future – Digitalisation in individual trafficBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Digital leadership – How states and businesses lead through the digital transformation successfullyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Demographic change and its effects on the future working lifeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Republic of fake news – How civil society and businesses become resilient to manipulationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Class conflict or social partnership in wage negotiations: What guarantees stability and flexibility?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: On the green grass and in business: If you don’t shoot, you will not score.Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Specialisation and diversification – What businesses can learn from natural sciencesBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: The rising of “TECHNIUM”: Is it real, fantasy or artificial?Breakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch receptionSocial
11:30 - 12:45WERIETY LUNCH LAB: Innovate diversity and co-create new concepts for resiliencePartner
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 10: Playmaker or match ball – Resilience in times of disruptionBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: Challenges of the digital economy: Pioneer or fast followerBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: Transparency instead of discretion? HR as a key for equal payBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Strategic big data management: How to deal with the “new oil”?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: We don’t need no education! Economic education as a business-location factorBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Blockchain and the new cryptoeconomics: Are economy and society facing the next revolution?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Cyber security – Is resilience an utopia in a digital economy?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Differences that make a difference: Cooperatives vs. PLCsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: Start-up spirit @ big corporation – how much is too much?Breakout
15:30 - 17:30WU CryptonightPartner
16:00 - 20:00Vienna Wednesday society of trade – Alpbach edition: How digital is our work?Partner
16:15 - 17:45Working in the age of overload – Better thrive than survivePlenary


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:30New mobility: Electric, shared or autonomous?Plenary
09:00 - 10:30Shock resistance: Downfall, intervention, resurrection?Plenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner