Shaping a smarter future

Disruptive Technology Conference 2018

Thank you for making the inaugural edition of our Disruptive Technology Conference in Europe a great one and for traveling around the world to Berlin. We hope the conference gave you valuable insights into current developments as well as an outlook on how we can shape a smarter future.

Discover additional insights from our speakers and download their presentations and videos.

The future of mobility

Transport is getting more intelligent. In order to preserve day-to-day functionality in the population-dense future, we will have to become smarter about the way we move – from how we power vehicles to how we drive and travel in them. Smart mobility means cleaner transport, smoother and safer commutes and more conscientious use. UBS CIO estimates that by 2025, the annual addressable market of smart mobility themes will be around USD 400 billion, or 10 times today's size. Some of our speakers shared insights how they see the future of mobility.

"The technology I’m most excited about is the human mind..."

…says Kevin Czinger, Divergent 3D, one of our speakers who shared with us inspiring insights at the sidelines of the conference. During one inspirational day in Berlin, we explored how the future could look like and what we need to do to tackle the challenges ahead, answering questions such as:

How can businesses thrive through disruption?
How can we shape a smarter future?

Presentations and key insights

  • Cars are the most idle assets (at 4% utilization), are expensive and with cities become more and more modern, parking is impossible to find
  • The car as we know it today is also responsible for significant pollution, crashes and congestion
  • Zoox is targeting all of these problems with one solution: a self-driving Robo-taxi built from the ground-up able to self-drive with level 5 autonomy and 24 hour electric autonomy
  • With recent trends in self-driving technologies and electrification, government regulation and involvement in the automotive industry has never been this high
  • Automotive manufacturers have historically struggled with the need for capital deployment over various cycles for automotive manufacturing plants
  • With complex software-hardware 3D printing solutions from design to assembly, Divergent 3D is able to reduce factory capital costs by >10x, tooling costs by >10x, massively reduce risk on capital deployed and cut automotive product cycles by >50%
  • Data today is still seen by many companies as a cost factor. Here has mapped over 200 countries with 28TB worth of data and has been one of the first companies to leverage data in the automotive space (created over 30 years ago)
  • Using data derived from location based inputs, Here is able to power 4/5 cars and in the future will be at the forefront of powering autonomous driving
  • Here is the #1 ranked location platform harnessing modern data technologies to enable the autonomous world
  • Healthcare has always been one of the more innovative sectors and there have been tremendous improvements in life quality due to healthcare (e.g. in the early 1900s the average life expectancy at birth in India was c. 24 years vs. 64 years in 2000)
  • The 1980s was a revolutionary era for healthcare, where plenty of players focused on protein drugs. Many companies have also focused on DNA. Few companies, however, have focused on mRNA, which is the data carrier of code between DNA and proteins
  • CureVac received the largest ever investment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is now focusing on printing drugs and finding ways to make vaccines more affordable (e.g. <$1 per person per shot)