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Markus Emmert


CEO / founder and innovator IPM SYSTEM GmbH

Markus Emmert is CEO and founder of IPM SYSTEM GmbH and founder of ComBInation GmbH. He holds various patents in the field of energy efficience and is regarded as one of the most innovative entrepreneurs and innovators in the energy industry. He especially focuses on photovoltaics solutions and e-mobility. Before he has been CEO, Markus Emmert worked as a banker and photovoltaics consultant.

"It's not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish. It's not enough to have knowlege, one must also apply it!"

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Jörg Grünwald

Independent Marketing & Innovation Consultant, and owner of TREIBHAUS GMBH

Managing Director

Jörg Grünwald, 50, is an expert for marketing & innovation driven growth strategies.
After studying management & economics in Stuttgart and Los Angeles, he spent more than 10 years in marketing & innovation management for consumer goods brands. He worked as brand manager at Procter & Gamble for Pampers, Ariel and Valensina, supported Reckitt-Benckiser and Schwarzkopf to expand their business in Eastern Europe, developed marketing campaigns for Bertelsmann, Coca-Cola, Pilsner Urquell etc.

Then J. Grünwald spent another 10 years in the financial services industry in leading marketing positions at UBS, Allianz Global Investors, and Dresdner Bank. He managed several business model innovations based on new internet processes, and ran award winning marketing campaigns. Since 2009 J. Grünwald works as an independent marketing & innovation consultant and runs TREIBHAUS GmbH, a small, private equity like sales & marketing "incubator" for innovative products & business models.

"I am convinced that M2M communication technologies will change our lives to the better, as mobile phones or internet already have. It's a matter of time and economies of scale, but most of all, it is a matter of finding the break-trough marketing & sales ideas for these new technologies."

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Jürgen Hase

Deutsche Telekom AG

Vice President M2M Competence Center

Jürgen Hase joined Deutsche Telekom AG in 2011 to head the M2M Competence Center. Within Deutsche Telekom he is responsible for the international M2M business. Jürgen has worked more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry and in the M2M sector. He is also Chairman of the M2M alliance.

"Open innovation is a collaborative and partnership approach. I am looking forward to a variety of innovative ideas of different participants in this idea contest. Let's make use of the latest technology to jointly develop the Internet of things!"

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Prof. Gesche Joost

University of the Arts, Berlin / Telekom Innovation Laboratories

Professor , Head of Design Research Lab

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost is Professor for Design Research at University of the Arts, Berlin, and since 2005 she has headed the Design Research Lab at Telekom Innovation Laboratories, an institute affiliated with TU Berlin. As a scientist, she is responsible for design research e.g. on human-computer interaction, social sustainability & communities and gender & diversity aspects in ICT in the central Innovation department of Deutsche Telekom. Furthermore, she leads several research projects, including projects on user groups with special needs.

"Today, it is getting more and more important to involve different people from outside the company in innovation processes for successful future products – following the idea of open innovation and user participation. We are looking forward to different perspectives and fresh ideas!"

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Steffen Legler

Deloitte Consulting GmbH

Partner TMT/Corporate & Market Strategy

Steffen Legler, German, holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration ("Diplomkaufmann") from the University of Bayreuth and has joined Deloitte Consulting in 2002. He has 15 years business consulting experience in the Technology, Media & Telecommunication industry, with special focus on telecommunication companies. Steffen has an excellent understanding of the strategic drivers, current challenges and organizational topics within the industry. Especially the areas marketing, sales, pricing and customer management reflect his fields of expertise.
In his recent projects, Steffen was focusing on Social Media strategy, customer experience management and marketing and sales strategies for telecommunications companies Steffen is a member of the German Consulting TMT-industry leadership team and responsible for all Corporate & Market Strategy related projects within the TMT industry.

"With open innovation, new ideas or methods are no longer sourced from a limited team of people; instead, innovative ideas are generated from a broad group of participants: internal constituents, partners, and customers.
The internet of things is no longer a future prospect but has become reality and I am very excited to see with what ideas the users will come up."

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Prof. Claudia Loebbecke

University of Cologne

Chair of Business, Media and Technology Management and is Director of the Department of Media and Technology Management

Claudia Loebbecke holds the Chair of Business, Media and Technology Management and is Director of the Department of Media and Technology Management at the University of Cologne. 2005-2006 she served as president of the Association for Information Systems (AIS).

Previously, she worked at BIFOA (Germany), INSEAD (France), McKinsey & Co. (Germany), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong/PRC), the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Erasmus University (Rotterdam, Netherlands), and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). Research stays brought her to INSEAD, CISR/Sloan School/MIT, Bentley University (US), London School of Economics (UK), LUISS University (Italy), and University of Paris-Dauphine (France).

She serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems (JSIS), as Advisory Board Member of Information Systems Research (ISR) and of the Journal of Information Technology (JIT), and on several Editorial Boards.
She received a Masters (1990) and a Ph.D. (1995) in Business Administration, both from the University of Cologne, Germany, and an M.B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA (1991).

In 2011, she won the prestigious global Research Competition of the 'Society for Information Management' (www.simnet.org) for her study 'Assessing Cloud Readiness' with Dr. T. Thomas and T. Ullrich (both Continental AG). Her research focus is on business models and management aspects of digital and creative goods and on the innovative use of new media, information, and telecommunication technologies..

"Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking" (Bernard Baruch, American stock-market speculator and statesman) – I‘ll be curious to see this statement challenged.

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Dr. Lothar Müller

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Vice President Sales Development

Lothar Müller studied Physics at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and did his Phd. on the topic of single-crystalline turbines at the Technical University of Berlin. Before he has been Vice President Sales Development at Telekom Deutschland, Dr. Lothar Müller worked for the public Senate for Commerce & Research, Deutsche Bank and T-Systems as the Head of ITC Strategy & Innovation. In his role as Telekom Deutschland's Vice President Sales Development,Lothar Müller aims at establishing sustainable growth by pushing innovative products and industries.

"I firmly believe that smart consumers are the most important but also the most underestimated innovation drivers. Thus, customer-oriented companies are well advised to listen very carefully to their clients. Personally, I expect intensive discussions and a frank exchange of views in order to innovate within this community."

Prof Dr. Frank T. Piller

Prof. Frank T. Piller

RWTH Aachen University

Chair professor of management and the director of the RWTH Technology & Innovation Management Group

Frank T. Piller is a professor of management and director of the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He also is an Executive Faculty Member of the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Design Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (BPS, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, 2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM Business School (1999-2004). His research focuses on innovation interfaces: How can organizations increase innovation success by designing and managing better interfaces within their organization and with external actors. This research includes topics like value co-creation between businesses and customers, open innovation, and models to cope with contingencies of the innovation process. As an advisor of DAX30 and Fortune500 companies and many innovative start-ups alike, he connects his research with practice.

For further information, please visit tim.rwth-aachen.de

"It is always amazing to observe how the creative potential of many unfold with the help of crowdsourcing. I am very curious to see the outcomes of this idea contest in the exciting field of utilizing the opportunities of high-potential technology."

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Markus Rieger

HYVE Innovation Community GmbH


Markus Rieger is CTO of HYVE's subsidiary company HYVE Innovation Community GmbH and is working for HYVE AG since 2003. From October 2004 to January 2009 he was Co-Founder and CEO of GameCreator GmbH. He gained experience in various companies during his studies in computer sciences at the Technical University, München. After his engagement with CyberSymetrix IT and the YadaYada GmbH, Markus Rieger worked for WebToGo Mobiles Internet GmbH for 3 years.

"Not all the smart people in the world work for you" (Bill Joy, co-founder, Sun MicroSystems)