DLDwomen 2011: Second Innovation Conference a Great Success

By Hubert Burda Media, PRNE
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

MUNICH, July 6, 2011 -


Over 70 international speakers from 20 countries and more
than 500 guests discussed the topic of “Innovation and
Authenticity” in the
Bavarian National

“Inspiring and memorable days and a phenomenal bunch of guests,”
David Rowan, chief editor of British “Wired” tweeted today about
the DLDwomen 2011. This is already the second time the chairwomen,
Dr. Maria Furtwängler-Burda, and the two DLD-founders, Steffi
Czerny and Dr. Marcel Reichart, have put out an invitation to an
innovation conference for and about women. 70 speakers and over 600
“role models” came to Munich on the 29th and
30th of June: successful and influential entrepreneurs,
politicians, visionaries, pioneers, media professionals and artists
from a total of 20 countries.

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Responding to the invitation to DLDwomen 2011 was, among others,
Ursula von der Leyen (Federal Minister for Labour and Social
Affairs), who, together with Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
(Malaysian Minister for Family, Women and Social Development) and
Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi (Botswanian cabinet), spoke about the
necessity of a legally regulated quota of women and called for more
women in political and economic leadership positions. In her
presentation, Laura Liswood (Council of Women World Leaders)
appealed to women to have greater confidence in their own
qualifications. Angela Rittig (XING) encouraged her
listeners to network and to help one another more and Libby
(Facebook) expressed the wish that more women be
willing to take risks. Daniela Hinrichs (XING, Yellowdine)
explained how she supports even young entrepreneurs as a business
angel. The participants unanimously regarded as exemplary the role
of speaker Kasper Rorsted (CEO of Henkel), who has increased
the quota of women in the management of his company to 30%.

The fact that women can and must help other women was the topic
of a roundtable discussion entitled “Violence Against Women” with
Somaly Mam (Somaly Mam Foundation). The panel “Call to
Action” also took place against this backdrop, where chief editor
of IHT, Alison Smale, delivered a presentation on Liberian
female peace activists and the power of nonviolent activism
together with the highest ranking woman in NATO, Stefanie
, CISCO’s Zika Abzuk and filmmaker Abigail Disney,
who also presented her documentary film, “Women, War and

Business and media were also topics: Sabine Anger
(Vivendi Mobile Entertainment), Jane Gilson (Microsoft),
Franziska von Lewinski (Interone), Rebecca
(The Daily) and Christine Aylward
(MakingOf) discussed the manifold channels of communication in the
digital age and the consequences of this for the market, the media,
technological companies and advertisers in the panel, “The 360°
Consumer”. In the digital Music-Panel Soundcloud, Soundhound,
and Spotify presented their products as the future
of music consumption.  

Within a focal point of education, Sugata Mitra and
Asha Jadeja, Michal Segalov (Google) and the Israeli,
Idit Harel Caperton (World Wide Workshop), among others,
presented the newest initiatives for getting young women excited
about a technical career. The generational dialogues, which were a
highlight on both conference days, were also exciting: The new
business experts met, among others, everyone from Megan Smith
(Google) and tech icon Candace Johnson to social media expert
Joanna Shields (Facebook) and the well-known trend researcher
Lidewij Edelkoort.  While Shields spoke about the fact that,
in the fully networked world of digital natives, it is essential to
help children become the authors of their own life story, Lidewij
Edelkoort predicted that Do it Yourself would become the new
megatrend and that people would again start to work more in groups
or work together in more or less binding networks. At the end of
the second conference day, the patron spoke with author Patrick
and screenplay writer Shamim Sarif on the topic of

Highlights in the area of design sessions included presentations
by Hans Ulrich Obrist, both directors of the Serpentine
Gallery in London, by the American photographer Taryn Simon,
as well as the director of the Bavarian National Museum, Renate

The two-day conference was surrounded by an entertaining program
with many international artists as well as numerous side events.
The publisher, Hubert Burda, among others, gave out an invitation
to the publisher’s dinner in honour of the Israeli delegation. On
the eve of the conference, chairwomen Dr. Maria Furtwängler-Burda,
greeted her guests at the Chairwoman’s Dinner at the Schumann’s. In
addition, the singer Leonie Casanova, the Austrian pop-rock singer
Anna F., as well as the Swiss alphornist, Eliana
, performed.

800 guests attended the “Women’s World Cup Night” on Thursday
evening; almost all observing the dress code of black-red-gold.
After the roundtable discussion led by the chief editor of BUNTE,
Patricia Riekel, with business consultant, Susanne
, Peter Löscher (CEO Siemens) and Uli Hoeneß
on the topic of “Frauen am Ball - Global Diversity als Chance”
(Women on the Ball - Global Diversity as an Opportunity), there was
a charity goal-shooting match by the Burda Style Group on behalf of
the charity, “Gemeinsam für Afrika” (Together for Africa). The
proceeds will allow approximately 50 African children to attend
school. Afterwards the guests cheered at the screening of the World
Cup group match between Germany and Nigeria with the women
footballers, which ended with a victory of 1:0 for the German
national team. The last highlight of the evening was the appearance
of the New Zealand electro-pop group, The Naked and Famous,
who really got things cooking in the courtyard tent of the Bavarian
National Museum.

The two-day conference was attended and reflected upon in the
media by numerous leading economic and trade media and newspapers
as well as by many bloggers and Twitter fans.


DLD is the international conference and innovation platform of
Burda Digital. DLD Media organises Europe’s leading digital
conference DLD and the women’s conference DLDwomen, as well as
network events at locations such as Palo Alto, Tel Aviv, Rio de
and Beijing. DLD Ventures invests in Internet growth
companies, networks them with partners and actively assists them.
The Directors are Stephanie Czerny and Dr. Marcel Reichart, who
together founded the DLD Conference in 2005.

Additional Information:
Michael A. Pries
PR Manager
Hubert Burda Media
Tel.: +49(89)9250-3784


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