Two days with twel­ve ses­si­ons and inter­ac­tive for­mats, 25 pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, dif­fe­rent use case pit­ches and about 180 par­ti­ci­pants: the figu­res from the first IDSA sum­mit speak for them­sel­ves. The pre­mie­re in Frank­furt am Main from 22 to 23 March 2018 was a suc­cess­ful ope­ning for this inno­va­ti­ve event con­cept for Indus­tri­al Data Space.

The venue also con­tri­bu­t­ed to the suc­cess of the sum­mit. High up on the 34th floor of Germany's fourth-hig­hest buil­ding, the PwC Expe­ri­ence Cen­ter offe­red not only an impres­si­ve view over Frank­furt from floor to cei­ling pan­ora­ma win­dows but above all a crea­ti­ve, extra­or­di­na­ry ambi­ence: the right set­ting for the modern, fresh and infor­ma­ti­ve con­gress for­mat that IDSA had put tog­e­ther.

It’s all about the mix­tu­re

After the pro­duc­tive working group mee­ting and the net­wor­king din­ner the pre­vious day, the pro­gram­me offe­red a ver­sa­ti­le mix­tu­re of pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, dis­cus­sions, inter­ac­tive for­mats and oppor­tu­nities for net­wor­king. The par­ti­ci­pants at the sum­mit could lis­ten to the speakers in the Sand­box – the lec­tu­re hall –, get an over­view during the use case pit­ches on the pal­lets or in the Idea­ti­on Lounge and then vote for the best use case, while quiet sofa and sea­ting are­as pro­vi­ded an oppor­tu­ni­ty for per­so­nal exchan­ge.

Now offi­ci­al: new name for the IDSA

The event star­ted with the gene­ral assem­bly. The agen­da inclu­ded two key points: ren­aming the asso­cia­ti­on and elec­ting a new mem­ber of the board. After a short but inten­si­ve dis­cus­sion, the rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves of the mem­ber com­pa­nies, orga­ni­sa­ti­ons and insti­tu­ti­ons fol­lo­wed the recom­men­da­ti­on of the board and voted to accept Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on as the new name Dr André Nemat was elec­ted as a new mem­ber of the board. He is chief sur­ge­on at the Cli­nic for Tho­r­a­cic Sur­ge­ry in the Lung Cen­ter at Sana Hos­pi­tal Düs­sel­dorf, Mana­ging Part­ner at the Insti­tu­te for Digi­tal Trans­for­ma­ti­on in Health­ca­re and lec­tu­rer at Wit­ten-Her­de­cke Uni­ver­si­ty.

Impe­tus, dis­cus­sions and food for thought

After this offi­ci­al part, the par­ti­ci­pants at both days of the event dis­cus­sed with experts from the worlds of busi­ness and poli­tics about rele­vant aspec­ts of Indus­tri­al Data Space, deve­lo­ped approa­ches for fur­ther inter­na­tio­na­li­sa­ti­on and lear­ned about details of the IDS refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re and various use cases. Nume­rous lec­tures on pre­vai­ling IDS topics gave important impe­tus and food for both dis­cus­sion and thought.
Prof Dr Boris Otto for examp­le – taking part via video­con­fe­rence – exp­lai­ned the cur­rent sta­tus of the new refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re model and por­tray­ed the deve­lop­ment of IDS until now. “We always have to remem­ber whe­re we come from and what we want to achie­ve in order to keep sight of the big pic­tu­re”, the Depu­ty Chair­man of the IDSA and Mana­ging Direc­tor of Fraun­ho­fer ISST remin­ded the audi­ence. Lawy­er Dr Alex­an­der Duis­berg, part­ner in inter­na­tio­nal cham­bers Bird&Bird, pre­sen­ted the legal chal­len­ges and the cur­rent sta­te of affairs at European level for the issue of data sover­eig­n­ty. And the cur­rent deve­lop­ments of the European rese­arch pro­jec­ts were con­si­de­red in an indi­vi­du­al ses­si­on.

Use Case gets top gra­des

Some­thing new for the event con­cept were the use case pit­ches in which seven prac­ti­cal examp­les pre­sen­ted their objec­tives and cur­rent sta­te of deve­lop­ment to chan­ging audi­en­ces in five-minu­te pit­ches – the­se were eva­lua­ted after­wards via a smart voting tool. The clear win­ner of this inter­ac­tive pre­sen­ta­ti­on and dis­cus­sion for­mat was Medi­cal Data Space. “We are delight­ed that the use case pit­ches were accep­ted so well”, said Anke Nien­hoff who was respon­si­ble for the orga­ni­sa­ti­on of the sum­mit. “And actual­ly all the use cases are win­ners. The pit­ches enab­led them to posi­ti­on them­sel­ves qui­te dif­fer­ent­ly in the per­cep­ti­on of the par­ti­ci­pants and the inten­si­ve exchan­ge on the topics cer­tain­ly brought new inspi­ra­ti­on to all sides.” Other inter­ac­tive ses­si­ons like the “New­bie Ses­si­on“ for new IDSA mem­bers, the pre­sen­ta­ti­on of our new Deve­lo­pers Com­mu­ni­ty and a dis­cus­sion about use case deve­lop­ment or IDS cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on were all taken up and used exten­si­ve­ly.

“Feed­back from the par­ti­ci­pants is very posi­ti­ve“, Lars Nagel, Mana­ging Direc­tor of IDSA head office, is delight­ed about the suc­cess­ful sum­mit pre­mie­re. “The­se two days, with many dis­cus­sions, new con­tac­ts and insights, cer­tain­ly brought IDS and us as an asso­cia­ti­on a gre­at deal clo­ser to our goal.”