Keynote: Dirk Didascalou

What Do Farming, Steel, and Space Have in Common?

Abstract: Well, it’s the digital transformation that makes you healthy by eating freshly grown food, takes you to new destinations while relaxing in an autonomous vehicle, and lets you reach for the stars thanks to emission-free space travels.

It may sound too good to be true, but it’s already reality. Digitalization has transformed the everyday: The way we live, communicate, travel, and work. Now it’s time to turn dreams into reality for a better tomorrow. And we know, chips are the heart of today’s digital transformation.

With examples from Space Perspective, 80 Acres Farms, and others, we will show you how the new wave of digitalization is driving huge transformations and can be an inspiration for every industry.

It’s about connecting the real and the digital worlds to help everyone innovate faster and adapt to the world better than ever before by turning complexity into competitive advantage. You dream it – let’s make it together.


Dirk Didascalou, Chief Technology Officer Siemens Digital Industries

As CTO, Dirk is responsible for the overall technology and architecture strategy for Siemens Digital Industries. He oversees strategic industrial engagements with partners and joint customer initiatives. Additionally, Dirk takes a leading role in the company wide IoT board and is driving digital transformation across all Siemens divisions.

Dirk has two decades of experience in R&D, deep technology expertise in mobile communications, cloud computing and hyperscale architecture, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and IoT solutions. Dr. Didascalou joined Siemens from Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he was Vice President for the Internet of Things, based in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Prior to his time at AWS, Dr. Didascalou worked for Microsoft as Corporate Vice President Technology. He moved to Microsoft with that company’s acquisition of Nokia Corp.’s Mobile Phones entity, where he held various leadership positions in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Beijing, China – most recently as the Senior Vice President R&D responsible for worldwide engineering. Dirk holds a Bachelor of Science degree and masters of science degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering, with a Ph.D. in Communications & RF from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.