24.10.2023, Rostock

Conference Day

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The Rostock City Hall as German-American meeting point

Feel the spirit of optimism and learn about current trends in blue economy, expansion of start-ups and smart solutions. Listen and explore cooperation opportunities with the USA. Use this thrilling stage for the exchange of ideas, the presentation of innovative projects and the promotion of partnerships between blue economy players, startups and smart city initiatives.

program Conference Day

Guests from all over the world with topics for the future of our oceans.

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Registration

Venue: Rostock City Hall

9:30 - 10:00 AM

Coffee Networking

Venue: Rostock City Hall

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Opening

Venue: Ceremonial Hall

Moderators:

  • Cornelia Zielke, Senior Manager, PD 
  • Michael Van Ter Sluis, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Entrepreneurship, New Jersey Innovation Institute 

Opening speeches: 

  • Mayor of the City of Rostock, Eva-Maria Kröger 
  • Rector of the University of Rostock, Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer 
  • State Secretary for Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Jochen Schulte
  • Consul General, US-Consulate General Hamburg, Jason Chue

  

speaker-1

Cornelia Zielke

speaker-2

Michael Van Ter Sluis

10:30 - 10:50 AM

Key note: Entrepreneurship in the Era of Civic Innovation

Venue: Ceremonial Hall

speaker-1

Xavier Hughes

10:50 - 10:55 AM

Video Message: Greetings from New Jersey!

Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey and former US Ambassador to Germany

11:00 - 11:40 AM

Panel 1 - Blue Economy

Venue: City Council Hall

THE OCEAN CONNECTS

The ocean connects, sustains and supports us all. In this panel current trends and projects in the blue economy focusing on off-shore, ports and ocean technology in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and New Jersey, USA, will be presented, with an invitation to intensify business cooperation between both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

speaker-1

Michael Van Ter Sluis

speaker-2

Sebastian Gerlach

speaker-3

Jens Aurel Scharner

speaker-4

Christopher Rieß

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

Venue: Rathaushalle

1:00 - 1:40 PM

Panel 2 - Smart City

Venue: City Council Hall

A LOOK FROM ABOVE

In this panel innovative solutions to data management and its application in the cities will be presented. We will explore the magic of geodata. From deeper insight into geospatial data, through digital city maps and smart cadastre to gps systems and radars which facilitate driverless buses. Let´s get smart!

 

speaker-1

Cornelia Zielke

speaker-2

Sebastian Gutzeit

speaker-3

Johann Heller

speaker-4

Het Patel

1:40 - 2:00 PM

Coffee break

2:00 - 2:40 PM

Panel 3 - Startups

Venue: City Council Hall

READY, STEADY, GO!

In this panel the focus will be on launching and developing startups. We will discuss general conditions and challenges, differences in their development in Germany and USA and opportunities for expansion. We will talk about Rostock as a business location, Life Sciences and investment possibilities.

 

speaker-1

Xavier Hughes

speaker-2

Kim Stratton

speaker-3

Hanna Bachmann

speaker-4

Jan Klaiber

2:45 - 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Venue: City Council Hall

speaker-1

Michael Van Ter Sluis

speaker-2

Cornelia Zielke

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Networking

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Reception of the Mayor of Rostock (invitation only)

Free Time Program

25 October, 10:00am -11:00am Wedding Crane

Bridal couples will soon be able to say “I do” 30 meters above the ground in the portal luffing crane built in 1976 on the site of the former Neptun shipyard near the city harbour. A glass elevator will bring you up to the former engine room which is now decorated as a wedding hall. The room measures about 50 square meters and is able to accommodate up to 30 persons. Say I do, and enjoy the spectacular view of Rostock from above.

25 October, 10:00am -11:30am City Tour

On this discovery tour through the City of Rostock, you will follow the footsteps of more than 800-year-old history. During the guided tour you will learn about important buildings, streets, squares and interesting anecdotes about the city. Language: English 

25 October,10:00am -12:00am Start-ups Tour

Ready, steady, go! Let´s discover together the most interesting and successful start-ups in Rostock and the surrounding area. Learn that everything is possible if you have a good idea. Even make protein bars from insects. Join us on this interesting tour! Language: English 

Information booth

Choose New Jersey and Jobs Ohio will be presenting their services at the conference day.

LISTEN TO THE Event Speakers

Michael Van Ter Sluis

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Entrepreneurship at the New Jersey Innovation Institute

Xavier Hughes

CEO, Prokur, Inc., Senior Innovation Fellow, State of New Jersey

Sebastian Gerlach

Director – Choose New Jersey Europe Center

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