In a nutshell:
How can IT change life and work in the future? With this question in mind, the Digital Summit 2023, the annual event of the 'IT-Achse' network, took place at our Innovation Center last Wednesday. Around 170 IT enthusiasts from the 'Ems-Achse' region came together in the late afternoon and evening to exchange ideas on topics such as digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI).
"ROSEN has been an active network partner of the 'IT-Achse' since the very beginning. We are pleased to strengthen the regional IT economy from the inside with our contribution, to inspire young professionals for IT topics and to promote the dialog with other companies and institutions. The exchange is a great benefit for all participants and a driver for innovative ideas, true to the mission statement of our competence network: Moving forward together!", says ROSEN colleague Ingo Beimdiek (Head of Company Digital Transformation) as spokesman of the 'IT-Achse' steering group.
In line with this, the agenda included short presentations by various network partners of the 'IT-Achse'. Among others, our colleague Benjamin Wolters (Head of Artificial Intelligence Platform) gave an overview of the use of artificial intelligence at ROSEN. Klaus Albers, ROSEN colleague in the area of Business Software, reported on the conversion to SAP S/4 HANA in our company. Representatives from 'Krone', 'Orgadata', 'Bünting' and 'Diepenbrock' also spoke about digitalization in their organizations.
One of the highlights of the event was a gripping keynote. In his speech, futurologist David Borst gave an outlook on how IT could change life and work in the future and thus clarified the theme of the event. The impulses he set here provided diverse food for thought and raised a few questions in the subsequent panel discussion.
On the occasion of the event, Patrik Rosen, as local representative of the owner family, said: "The future will be determined by technological progress. After all, this will play a key role in overcoming the greatest challenges of our time. As a high-tech company, we are therefore particularly interested in the latest technical developments in the fields of digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence and already in the field of quantum computing. The new opportunities also bring new challenges, but we wouldn't be technology leader if we didn't meet them with curiosity and ambition."
The official part of the event was concluded with the award ceremony for the 'IT-ACHSE-CARES.AWARD' and the 'IT-ACHSE-FOUNDING.AWARD'. The first IT-ACHSE-CARES.AWARD with prize money of € 2,500 was won by the initiative 'EasySnacks' from Lingen (Ems). The group of students has set itself the task of minimizing food waste in schools and thus promoting sustainability. Second prize with financial support of €1,500 went to the 'Robotics Technology Lab' initiative with the 'Pimp my Pencil' project from Nordhorn. The IT-ACHSE-FOUNDING.AWARD, endowed with € 2,000, was awarded to the initiative of the 'Heinrich-Middendorf-Oberschule Aschendorf' from Papenburg. The aim of the funding is to provide sustainable support for initiatives and projects that introduce young people to the topic of IT in a special way.
In addition to interesting impulses, the Digital Summit provided an opportunity for networking and exchange. The participants ended the evening in a relaxed atmosphere in our Rotrium – with live music, finger food and lively conversations.
About the IT-ACHSE-CARES.AWARD
The award was presented for the second time this year. The aim is to promote voluntary initiatives from the regions of East Frisia, Grafschaft Bentheim and Emsland that introduce young people to the subject of IT in a special way.
About the IT-ACHSE-FOUNDING.AWARD
This year, not only organizations that have been in existence for a long time should be promoted, but also voluntary initiatives that are in their start-up phase and deal with IT topics. With this award, the 'IT-Achse' supports the start-up of initiatives that need further seed capital for their projects.
About the 'IT-Achse'
The 'IT-Achse' is the competence network IT in the Ems-Achse region. As a network of IT companies, institutions, research and educational facilities from East Frisia, Emsland and Grafschaft Bentheim, it focuses on the issues of the regional economy. The network is supported by the district of Leer, the city of Lingen and the district of Emsland.
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