Germany & Silicon Valley: Shaping a shared digital future
Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California
October 27 - 29, 2019
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Learn from the world’s leading minds on digital technology and its impact on business, society, and politics.
Participants & Community
We want YOU to get involved!
Transatlantic Sync is an interactive 3 day conference with plenty of opportunities to create, share ideas, and meet participants from diverse backgrounds.
Meet the Organizers
We are Stanford students and young professionals in Silicon Valley. We believe in a strong Transatlantic partnership based on shared values and digital innovation.
Transatlantic Sync takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Where: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
When: October 27-29, 2019
ZEITGEIST event by KIT
To kick off the BMBF delegation trip to Silicon Valley, the KIT would like to invite you to the first ZEITGEIST event within the research marketing campaign “The Future of Work.“
When and where?
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 5:00 pm at HanaHaus in Palo Alto
We have a shared mission:
Building a new transatlantic bridge
based on shared values and cooperation in new technologies and the digital economy
Insights, deep discussions, learnings and networking
The key minds and shapers of the transatlantic future
Susan Athey, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Susan Athey’s research is in the areas of industrial organization, microeconomic theory, and applied econometrics. Her current research focuses on the design of auction-based marketplaces and the economics of the internet, primarily on online advertising and the economics of the news media. She has also studied dynamic mechanisms and games with incomplete information, comparative statics under uncertainty, and econometric methods for analyzing auction models.
Dr. Christian Bauckhage
Professor at Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS
Christian Bauckhage is professor of Computer Science at the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it) and also a scientist researching multimedia pattern recognition at the Fraunhofer IAIS. He is the author of a number of published scientific papers in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Advanced HCI and Behavior Analysis and regularly acts as an assessor for conferences and journals as well as for the European Union’s IST program.
Andreas "Andy" Bechtolsheim
Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, First Investor in Google, Chairman of Arista Networks
Andreas “Andy” Bechtolsheim is Chairman, Chief Development Officer and Co-Founder of Arista Networks, a leading vendor of cloud networking solutions.Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.
As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, and Brocade. He has served on the Board of Directors of over 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired.
Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and was a doctoral student in Computer Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a Studienstiftung scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Peter Beyer LL.M.
Special Rapporteur on Transatlantic Relations and the Western Balkans; Representative of Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas
Peter Beyer, Member of the German Bundestag is a committed Atlanticist for many years. Beyer stands out among Members of the German Bundestag and hi party as one of the most committed advocates of a strong transatlantic relationship with the United States and Canada.
He serves as parliamentary Special Rapporteur on Transatlantic Relations in the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is an active member of Atlantik-Brücke, the Aspen Institute and United Europe in addition to numerous organizations in his district. Beyer is also Executive Vice-President of the Southeast Europe Association. In April 2018, Beyer was appointed Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation.
Sociologist and University Professor
Heinz Bude holds the chair of Macrosociology at the University of Kassel. From 1997 till 2014 he headed the Department „The Society of the Federal Republic“ at Hamburg Institute for Social Research. In 2016 he received the Prize for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Public Sociology by the German Sociological Society. In 2018 two of his latest books were published in English „Society of Fear“ and „The Mood of the World“. Heinz Bude is one of the 27 co-authors of the Digital Charter initiative.
Dr. Gerhard Casper
9th President of Stanford University, Professor Emeritus of Law
Gerhard Casper is President Emeritus of Stanford University. He is also the Peter and Helen Bing Professor, Emeritus, and a Senior Fellow at both the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). He has written and taught primarily in the fields of constitutional law, constitutional history, comparative law, and jurisprudence. Mr. Casper serves as a trustee of the American Academy in Berlin as well as a trustee of the Central European University in Budapest. He is a member of international advisory councils at the Israel Democracy Institute (chairman since 2014), the European University at St. Petersburg, and Koç University, Istanbul. His most recent book, The Winds of Freedom—Addressing Challenges to the University, was published by Yale University Press in February 2014. He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and occasional papers.
SVP Global Public Policy Officer for LiveRamp (NYSE: RAMP)
Colclasure has extensive knowledge of laws governing the collection and use of information worldwide, and is regularly sought out by policy makers, regulators and government agencies for her views on the ethical use of data. She is recognized as a global authority on applied data ethics, consumer advocacy and information policy, and participates in numerous domestic and international efforts to help develop effective data policy, establish industry best practices and achieve maximum harmonization of information policy across the world.Colclasure is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar and was recognized by CSO as one of “12 amazing women in security.” Colclasure serves on the advisory boards of the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF).Prior to joining LiveRamp, Colclasure was the Global Chief Data Ethics Officer at Acxiom and previously worked for both the U.S. Senate and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Washington, D.C.
Prof. Dr. Michael Göring
CEO of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
Since 1997 Prof. Dr. Michael Göring has been executive member of the board and since 2005 CEO of the Hamburg-based foundation ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of the largest foundations in Germany. Central to its mission is the commitment to invigorate civil society in Germany and Europe and to promote innovative transatlantic programs, exchanges and perspectives. The foundation established the first private law school in Germany, the Bucerius Law School, in 2000. The Digital Charter is another initiative under the umbrella of the ZEIT-foundation.
Michael Göring received his Ph.D. in English Literature and started his career as assistant professor in English Literature at the University of Munich. Since 2000, he has taught as honorary professor at the Cultural and Media Management Institute at the Hamburg School of Music and Drama. He is the author of various publications and has published four novels. As one of Germany’s philanthropic leaders, he is involved with numerous foundations and private organizations.
John Hennessy, Ph.D.
Chairman of Alphabet & Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford
John L. Hennessy is the James F. and Mary Lynn Gibbons Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the Stanford School of Engineering, and the Shriram Family Director of Stanford’s Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the largest fully endowed graduate-level scholarship program in the world. He is chairman of Alphabet and serves as a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Formerly the tenth president of Stanford, he is also a computer scientist who co-founded MIPS Computer Systems and Atheros Communications. John is the coauthor (with David Patterson) of two internationally used textbooks in computer architecture. His honors include the 2012 Medal of Honor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award (jointly with David Patterson). John earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the Stony Brook University.
Dr. Jeanette Hofmann
Professor & Director at the Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society & Co-Founder of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society
Jeanette Hofmann's research focuses on Internet governance and regulation. Her current research areas concern digital democracy and the development of digital platforms. She teaches at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Free University Berlin and she heads a research group on 'Politics of Digitalization' at the Berlin Social Science Center. Jeanette is a co-director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and Prinicipal Investigator at the recently founded Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin.
In addition to her academic work, Jeanette is a member of the expert group to the EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy. She also heads two national academic expert commissions on 'digitalization and democracy' (Leopoldina, National Academy of the Sciences) and on 'Young Engagement in the Digital Age' (Federal Government). Jeanette is one of the 27 co-authors of the Digital Charter Initiative.
CEO of Axel Springer hy GmbH
Christoph Keese is one of Germany's best-known thought leaders on digital transformation. He is a passionate innovator, serial entrepreneur, business angel, and keynote speaker. In addition, he authored bestselling books on digitization and economic policy ("Silicon Valley", "Silicon Germany", and "Disrupt Yourself"). As editor-in-chief and manager, he drove digital transformation at leading German newspapers (e.g., Financial Times and WELT) as well as at Axel Springer SE. Today he is CEO of Axel Springer hy, a digital consultancy in Berlin. Christoph Keese is one of the 27 co-authors of the Digital Charter Initiative.
Dr. Gottfried Ludewig
Director General Digitalisation and Innovation Federal Ministry of Health Germany
Dr. Ludewig is a German Politician and since April 2018 Director General Digitalisation and Innovation of the German Federal Ministry of Health. Between 2011-2018 he has been member of the Berlin Parliament. There he served as speaker for health policy with focus on digitalisation in healthcare. With his current position at the German Federal Ministry of Health he aims to promote digitalisation and innovation in healthcare for a better and more efficient health care for patients in Germany.
Lloyd B. Minor, MD
Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine
Lloyd B. Minor, MD, is the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. With his leadership, Stanford Medicine has established a strategic vision to lead the biomedical revolution in Precision Health, a fundamental shift to more proactive and personalized health care that empowers people to lead healthy lives. Dr. Minor is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University. With more than 140 published articles and chapters, Dr. Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. In 2012, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Head of Bucerius Lab, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
Daniel Opper is head of the Bucerius Lab of the Germany based ZEIT-Foundation, which deals with current issues of societal change — such as the effects of digitization on politics, civil rights, work and culture. Daniel studied politics, sociology and journalism in Göttingen, Germany and Berkeley, CA, and worked for various media. Recently, he co-curated the exhibition “Out of Office” about the future of work in the digital age. Daniel Opper is one of the 27 co-authors of the Digital Charter initiative.
CEO of Signal 2 Health
Beth Rogozinski is the founder and CEO of Signal 2 Health, a digital health strategy and production company located in SF. Beth is a serial entrepreneur, technology professional, and business strategist who has spent the last several years focused on digital medicine.
Beth was a founding member of the internationally renowned Multimedia Studies Program at SFSU where she taught and published a book on multimedia. Beth was on the founding team at Pear Therapeutics, where she served as Chief Product and Content Officer and helped build the product and development teams and successfully led the design, development and commercialization of six sub-clinical products. She also led the development of Pear’s first clinical product, reSET, and the product team submission of the De Novo 510k to the FDA. reSET was cleared by the FDA on September 14, 2017 as the first ever prescription digital therapeutic.
Dr. Peter Schardt
CTO of Siemens Healthineers
Dr. Peter Schardt has been Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Healthineers since October 01, 2018. The doctor of physics joined Siemens in 1995 as a project manager for X-ray tubes. There he developed high-performance tubes for computed tomography before taking over the management of the entire predevelopment for X-ray tubes in 2002. In 2009, Schardt assumed business responsibility for the Mechatronics Competence Center in Kemnath. This is one of the largest integrated development and manufacturing sites of Siemens Healthineers worldwide.In 2011, he moved to the Laboratory Diagnostics business unit as program manager for the Atellica Solution product family. In this role, he played a key role in the final development and market launch of the new system, which is a trend-setter in laboratory diagnostics. On January 1,2018, Schardt took over worldwide management of the X-ray Technology product division.
Siegbert Schefke is a German journalist and author of the book “Als die Angst die Seite wechselte”. He is famous in Germany for having secretly filmed the demonstrations in Leipzig 1989, where for the first time, the East German police did not intervene in open anti-government protests. With his friend he smuggled the film to the West, where it was broadcast the next day under the headline, "The beginning of the end of the Communist regime". It was activities like this that made him a prime target of the dreaded Stasi secret police.
Dr. Hauke Schmidt
Vice President, Research and Technology Center, Robert Bosch North America
Dr. Hauke Schmidt leads Corporate Research for Robert Bosch in North America. Since June 2017, he is vice president of the Bosch Research and Technology Center with locations in Sunnyvale, California; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Schmidt, who is located in Sunnyvale, oversees the overall strategy, planning, operations and research direction of the three Research and Technology (RTC) locations in the United States.
Prior to his current assignment, Schmidt founded the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence with locations in Bangalore, Sunnyvale and Stuttgart. He has held various leadership positions dedicated to developing artificial intelligence solutions for integration into Bosch products in areas such as user interaction and natural language understanding, service robotics, automated driving and data mining.
Secretary General of the German Society for Civil Rights
Malte Spitz, *1984, is a German activist, author, politician and Secretary General of the German NGO Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (Society for Civil Rights). He deals with the topics of future regulation in the digital age and focuses on data protection and civil rights. In 2014 and 2017 his books on data protection and digital regulation "What are you doing with my data?" and "Data - The Oil of the 21st Century? Sustainability in the Digital Age" were published. His lawsuit against Deutsche Telekom and the subsequent publication of the metadata of his mobil communications caused an international attention.
In 2015, he co-founded the Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (Society for Civil Rights), which works for fundamental and human rights through strategic litigation. From 2006 to 2013, he was one of six members of the Federal Executive Board of the Green Party in Germany and has been a member of the Federal Board since 2013. Malte Spitz is one of the 27 co-authors of the Digital Charter initiative.
German Consul General in San Francisco
Before becoming Consul General of San Francisco Mr. Suedbeck was Head of the Western Balkans Division at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany. Prior posts had brought him to Afghanistan, Serbia, Ukraine, Brussels, and The Hague in the Netherlands.
Dr. Hinrich Thoelken
Special Representative for International Digitalization Policy and Digital Transformation of the German Federal Foreign Office
Ambassador Hinrich Thoelken was appointed Special Representative for International Digitalization Policy and Digital Transformation of the German Federal Foreign Office in August 2018. In this position he is tasked to analyze the effects of digital transformation in economy, society and on an international level with a view to developing a strategy for the German Federal Foreign Office.
Hinrich Thoelken is a career diplomat with a strong scientific background. On his previous posting as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Rome based UN Agencies he oversaw a trebling of Germany’s contribution to the World Food Programme and was instrumental in establishing the WFP Innovation Accelerator in Munich.
Founder of X, CEO of Kitty Hawk
Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. Sebastian is the CEO of Kitty Hawk, whose vision is to free people from traffic. He is also the founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education.
Sebastian was the founder of X (previously Google X), where he led the development of the self-driving car, Google Glass, and other projects. He spent several years as a professor at Stanford University where he led the Stanford Racing Team, whose “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Stanley is now on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Hal Varian, Ph.D.
Economist at Google & Professor at University of California, Berkeley
Hal R. Varian is the chief economist at Google. Since 2002 he has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.
Hal also holds academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management.Hal is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was co-editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Dr. Heinrich Wefing
Head of the Political Department of the German weekly DIE ZEIT
Heinrich Wefing was born in Hamburg in 1965. He studied History of Art and Law in Bonn and Freiburg and finished his studies with a dissertation in 1992. From 1995 on he volunteered at DIE ZEIT and FAZ, becoming feuilleton editor with the FAZ in 1996, first in Frankfurt, then Berlin, from 2001 to 2004 in San Francisco. From 2008 on he was editor at the political desk of the German weekly DIE ZEIT in Hamburg, in 2010 he became Deputy Head of the Political Department, in January 2018 Head of the Political Department. Heinrich Wefing is one of the 27 co-authors of the Digital Charter initiative.
Former Chief Scientist, Amazon; Member, Digital Council to the German Government
Dr. Andreas Weigend’s expertise is to turn data into decisions. He was the chief scientist at Amazon where he worked with Jeff Bezos on the company's data strategy. In 2018, Angela Merkel appointed him to Germany’s Digital Council ("Digitalrat") to help create a positive mindset towards digital transformation ("Digitalisierung").
Andreas studied electrical engineering, physics and philosophy in Karlsruhe, Cambridge and Bonn, before moving to Stanford for his Ph.D. in neural networks. His book “Data for the People” (2017) has been translated into eight languages. He has taught at NYU/Stern, Stanford, UC Berkeley and in China. He lives in San Francisco, Bangkok and on http://aweigend.com.
Other speakers and workshop leaders:
John Markoff, Science & Technology Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner
Olaf Groth, Ph.D.; Professor, Hult Business School
Simon Schumacher, Research Scientist, Fraunhofer IPA
Ali Sunyaev, Ph.D., Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Asher Synensky, Ph.D.; Leadership Team, Palantir Technologies
Markus Dicks, Ph.D.; Digital Idea Factory, German Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
Pavlos Tsantilas, Ph.D.; Resident, University Hospital Munich
More speakers announced shortly!
Participants and Community
Become part of a community that is passionate about shaping our shared digital future through building new bridges across the Atlantic
Who participates in Transatlantic Sync?
Scientists and Students
Young and established scientists as well as graduate students from leading universities and research institutes:
German and American policy makers, policy researchers and politicians, e.g.:
Startup founders and business leaders from big industry players to successful high-tech SMEs, e.g.:
Other participants include journalists, media professionals, venture capitalists,..
Transatlantic Sync is not only about listening to top speakers on stage. True to Silicon Valley spirit, the goal of the conference is for you, our participants, to share your ideas, ask questions, connect over topics you care about and to inspire each other. The result is a new dynamic transatlantic community for technology collaboration - made by you!
Interactive formats include:
Targeted networking and match-making
Collaborative breakout sessions and interactive Q&A sessions
Innovation exhibition: Startups and industry leaders showcase the latest digital prototypes
Student researchers’ poster exhibition and start-up prototype presentation (apply below): Up-and-coming talents present projects in AI/ CS and related fields, and on their impact on society
Fun evening events
If your organization, business or university wants to sent a delegation to Transatlantic Sync to be part of our dynamic community, we would offer you a ticket package and other logistical help. Contact us by clicking the button below.
If you are a professional or graduate student researcher and want to present a research project in the area of AI/ digital technology and/ or its impact on the economy, business, and society, contact us by clicking the button below!
If you are an early-stage start-up founder with a prototype, also click the button below!
If you are a later-stage startup or company working on cutting-edge digital tech, you have the opportunity to exhibit your prototypes and projects during the innovation exhibition! For more information on booths and pricing, contact us by clicking the button below.
Do you or your company want to see more of Silicon Valley?
Through a partner, we offer a one day to multiple day's tours of Silicon Valley. In combination with Transatlantic Sync, this allows you to gain a holistic perspective into the Silicon Valley and a deep-dive into its famous entrepreneurial mindset. Send us a message, if you or your company are interested.
Conference and International Travel Scholarships for Students
Transatlantic Sync Student and Young Professional Travel Stipends
Deadline to apply is August 27th, 2019
Transatlantic Sync brings together the world's leading digital minds with young movers and shakers who are passionate about the intersection of technology, business, and society. As the conference organizers, it is important to us to make the conference accessible to as many talented students and young professionals as possible. This is why we are offering travel stipends to top qualified students, postdocs and young professionals based in the USA, Canada, and Europe.
To apply for a travel stipend, please follow the application and CV upload process here. The deadline to apply is August 27th. Successful applicants will be notified by September 3rd.*
Travel stipend amounts per person for students/ young professionals based on current location of study/ work:
Germany/ Europe: $250
US West Coast (not Bay Area): $75
US East Coast: $175
US Midwest/Southwest: $125
Canada West Coast: $195
Canada East Coast: $95
Canada Mid: $145
This travel stipend is open to everyone (one exception below) and is aimed at students and young professionals. Our goal is to invite students and young professionals from many different backgrounds.
NOTE FOR MEMBERS OF THE STUDIENSTIFTUNG DES DEUTSCHEN VOLKES: Members of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes currently studying in Germany/ Europe are eligible for the Transatlantic Sync Student and Young Professionals Travel Stipend listed above. The application is also open to non-members of the Studienstiftung. Members of the Studienstiftung currently studying in the US or Canada are NOT eligible for the Transatlantic Sync Student and Young Professionals Travel Stipend listed above. However, members of the Studienstiftung currently studying in the US or Canada are eligible for eligible for Studienstiftung-sponsored travel stipends listed below.
Conference Scholarships for students currently in North America
If you are a member of the Studienstiftung, who is studying in North America, you are eligible for a travel stipend by the Studienstiftung to attend Transatlantic Sync. The Studienstiftung has sent out emails to the students with further information. The standard rates for travel within the US apply.
Deadline to apply is July 15th, 2019
The deadline to apply for a QuantCo Scholarship has passed. Thank you for all the applications and congratulations to the successful applicants!
If you are a student in Germany and are in the top 5% of your class and/ or a member of the Studienstiftung, you can apply for a full stipend to attend Transatlantic Sync (flights, accommodation and conference tickets included).
QuantCo, a Boston-based Machine Learning company founded by alumni of the Studienstiftung, Harvard and Stanford, is offering travel stipends to cover travel and lodging.
Eligible to apply are students from all disciplines, who are currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD program, and who are members of the Studienstiftung and/ or in the top 5% of their class. To apply, please send a 100-word statement on why you would like to attend as well as a current resumé to email@example.com.
A successful applicant has demonstrated his/her interest and eligibility through the essay and resumé and shows a deep interest in the topics covered at Transatlantic Sync, such as Big Data and Machine Learning.
Our Sponsors and Partners
Thank you to our sponsors
Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 117,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.7 billion in the 2018 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.
The most important institutions in the world don't just protect public safety or provide vital goods and services — they also deal with astonishing amounts of data. At Palantir, we build software that lets these organizations safely integrate and analyze their data to combat terrorism, uncover fraud, develop new medicines, build safer airplanes, and more.
QuantCo leverages expertise in data science, engineering, and economics to help organizations turn data into decisions. Headquartered in Boston, QuantCo has offices in Berlin, San Francisco, Cologne, and Zurich.A team of more than seventy economists, data scientists, software engineers, and machine learning experts creates tangible economic impact by pairing state-of-the-art data expertise with business acumen.
From October 2018 until the end of 2019, Germany and its deep ties to the U.S. will be on display all across the United States. The campaign “Deutschlandjahr USA” will travel across the entire U.S., bringing with it a collection of events and exhibits revolving around business and industry, politics, education, culture, and science, to highlight the importance of transatlantic relations.
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Thank you to our other partners
The Representative of German Business for the Western United States (GACC West)
The Representative of German Business for the Western United States (GACC West), located in San Francisco in direct proximity to Silicon Valley, acts as a link between German and American companies and organizations.
Berkeley based Cambrian Group is an advisory think-tank for human-centric deep-tech in the global economy. The team at Cambrian exercise foresight and analyze rapidly evolving disruption trends and futures from technological, political and economic angles, crafts deep-tech business strategies and policies that integrate human values and strengths, designs AI solutions, and identifies complementary resources and partners. Its clients include global corporations, startups, foundations, think-tanks, public entities and educational institutions.
Campus Founders gGmbH is a start-up centre at the Bildungscampus of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation in Heilbronn. Founded in 2018, it sees itself as a platform for university-related start-up support and growth assistance for spin-off foundations. Its primary focus is to inspire students in terms of entrepreneurial thinking and spark their interest in founding their own start-up businesses.
Fraunhofer-Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS
Fraunhofer IAIS is a leading scientific institute specializing in applied research into intelligent data and knowledge analysis. More than 250 data scientists and IT experts support companies and organizations putting intelligent information management into practice.
Future of Work Initiative
by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
In its current High-Tech Strategy 2025, the German Federal Government has defined “Economy and Work 4.0” as one of six priority topics for the promotion of research and innovation. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is taking this goal to an inter- national level with its current campaign “The Future of Work”.
Kiel University (also referred to as the CAU) uses research, teaching and the transfer of science to address the great challenges of our time in health, environmental and cultural change, nutrition and energy. In doing so, it ensures peace and preserves livelihoods for future generations. The CAU uses responsible actions to make sure that scientific discoveries are transferred into all sectors of our society by interdisciplinary thought - regardless of short-lived trends - where they are incorporated into political, economic and social decisions aimed at securing peace and prosperity.
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Germany's largest, oldest and most prestigious scholarship foundation. It supports "the university education of young people who, on account of their exceptional academic or artistic talents and their personalities, can be expected to make an outstanding contribution to society as a whole.
Technical University of Munich
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.
Hamburg's liberal spirit and Gerd Bucerius' open-minded way of thinking are the two sources of inspiration that have made the ZEIT-Stifung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius what it is today. The foundation promotes research and scholarship, art and culture, as well as education and training. It also initiates debates on political and social topics and provides forums for digital development.
Become a partner
GABA is a member-driven non-profit organization that fosters transatlantic knowledgesharing and networking among German-American and Californian business and techcommunities. The GABA programs address critical business, technical and leadershipissues, with specific industry programs text here.
Share knowledge. Gain insight. Expand connections.
Non-profit organization, founded in 2003
The Volunteer Team: The Young Professionals at GABA
We are a group of digital enthusiasts
Transatlantic Sync is a grassroots project initiated and lead by YoungAcademics and Professionals: Our motivation and drive will ensure qualityand success
Katharina is a Ph.D. Candidate in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford focusing on Computational Social Science. She works with several industry partners to study team interactions using Artificial Intelligence.
Lars Thorben Neustock
Lars is a Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford, where he works on computer-aided design for additive manufacturing of charged particle device. Moreover, he teaches creativity in research at Stanford's d.school and is an ERP scholar.
Director: Content Integration
Vincent is a Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford working on Computer Vision and a Fulbright Scholar. His passion is to connect modern Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with Imaging.
Director: Co-Head of Workshops
Richard works as an Autonomous Driving Engineer for Mercedes-Benz in the Bay Area. His work focuses on machine learning based techniques and robotics for self-driving cars.
Nikolaus is the tech lead of UMI.systems, an early stage AI mobility startup. Prior to that, he graduated with a Master's Degree in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University and worked as a Machine Learning Software Engineer at Uber.
Dr. Henrike Steimer
Director: Future of Work
Henrike is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Susan Athey's lab at the Stanford University. In her research, she is interested in the economics of digitization and the intersection of machine learning and causal inference.
Director: Policymaker Bootcamp
Jonas is a Ph.D. Student in Economics at Stanford University. He is interested in econometrics, game theory and reinforcement learning. He holds a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Robert is a Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering at Stanford University. His research interest are smart cities. He worked as a consultant for Bain&Company after the completion of his Master's Degree in Management Science & Engineering and before starting his Ph.D.
Dr. Pavlos Tsantilas
Director: Future of Health
Pavlos is a postdoctoral scholar at the Division of Vascular Surgery, School of Medicine, Stanford University focusing on atherosclerotic disease. He strives to bring innovative and meaningful technologies to healthcare.
Director: Co-Head of Marketing
Lars is a M.Sc. candidate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He is specializing in signal processing for computer vision. Prior to Stanford, he studied at the RWTH Aachen.
Carolin is a Visiting Student Researcher at the Graduate School of Business. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics.
Director: Mobility & Urban Living Panel
Maximilian is an MBA candidate at Stanford Universities Business school. He is interested in the intersection of tech and clean energy and has worked as the Managing Director of Thermondo Energy prior to his time at Stanford.
Marc is an MBA candidate at Stanford Universities Graduate School of Business. His interest is the future of the automotive industry. Prior to his MBA, he worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and co-founded an Ed Tech start-up.
Dr. Christoph Leuze
Director: Digital Human Rights & Future Human
Christoph is the instructor for Rad206 , the Mixed Reality in Medicine bei Stanford University where he works on the visualization of MRI data using virtual and augmented reality devices.
Director: Finance & Social Experience
Jana is a Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry at Stanford University. Her research is in the Dynamics of Photon-Catalyzed Reactions. Prior to Stanford, she studied and worked at the Leibniz University in Hannover.
Mathias is the Co-Founder of Passbase, an identity verification start-up. He obtained a Master's degree from the Technical University of Munich and was a Visiting Student Researcher at Stanford.
Steffen studies Economic Geography at the Leibniz University in Hannover, focusing on start-up and innovation ecosystems. He currently works as Marketing & Operations Manager at German Silicon Valley Innovators.
Samuel is a medical student at the Heidelberg University. He pursued his doctoral research in Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) at the Stanford University Medical School.
Dr. Caroline Zeisbrich
Caroline is the Medical Director at Vave Health, a start up for connected and personal assessment tools.
Dr. Christoph Olivier
Christoph is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Center for Clinical Research.
Jan Felix Heyse
Jan is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, doing his research in the Flow Physics and Computational Engineering group. Prior to his graduate studies, he received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University.
Dr. Lisa K. Simon
Future of Work
Lisa is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics at Stanford GSB working at Susan Athey's lab. Her current research looks at the impact of automation and AI on labor markets and the future of work.
Philipp is a Ph.D. candidate in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Before arriving at Stanford, he worked at INSEAD France and studied at the London School of Economics.
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