mercedes-benz and sxsw #createthenew: me convention
The me Convention will take place during the International Motor Show (IAA), the world’s leading international trade show for mobility, transportation and logistics.
Over the course of three days, we will be featuring a mixture of inspiring keynotes and panel sessions with speakers from around the world. There will be interactive labs with futuristic technology, co-working spaces, art installations and a great program of evening events that will be held throughout the historic city center.
The me Convention will tap into the Zeitgeist of the near future, and will examine how innovation, inspiration, and creativity can help guide the direction we are travelling in. Our focus will be on:
New Creation, New Leadership, New Realities, New Urbanism and New Velocity.
Manufacturing and distribution used to be the biggest barriers to creation. New technologies enable artists, designers, citizens and entrepreneurs to create on demand, but time and attention have become scarce resources. Storytelling becomes more visual, news is constant, and people are increasingly asked to make snap judgements and take immediate action, which shapes our reality in the physical world. What are the opportunities and consequences of new methods of production? What are the business opportunities and responsibilities within this new system?
Traditional leadership and business models are rapidly evolving. Employees create, organize and lead actively while leaders - to a greater extent - involve their personnel into decisions and processes. Increased latitude, exchange and trust leads to more productivity, efficiency, flexibility and innovational drive within companies. What are the most effective strategies, technologies and possibilities within this new relationship to work and leadership?
We are creating new realities by seamlessly blending analogue and digital technologies. Artificial Intelligence now makes decisions about who we hire, how we police communities, and will increasingly shape how we interact with each other. At the same time, bioscience and genetic engineering allow us to literally shape evolution in a few years, as opposed to generations. What will we gain by blurring the borders between real and artificial, human and machine, natural and man-made? How can we adapt to these new realities, what are the ethical implications, and how will the realities we create today shape our collective future?
The evolution of our living environments from housing as a service to smart, connected homes and the expansion of urban centers around the world is now underway. This developing infrastructure has implications for the environment, human health and society that we’re just beginning to understand. How do we intentionally shape our cities and surrounding areas to create safe, affordable, convenient, engaging, equitable and healthy communities?
These days we expect services and products to be available on demand. We have now accelerated things which a few decades ago required long and complex processes: societies transform quickly, technological innovations spring up daily, cities change their faces overnight. Following generations will become faster, more dynamic and adaptive, quickly - but how does that affect our wellbeing and environment? What are the benefits or the consequences of this rapidly changing world and how can we ensure that the future is evenly and equitably distributed? Is it possible for humans to keep up with the exponential rate of change?
Hear from experts and add your voice to the mix. Sit in on talks, listen to keynotes, observe panels and take part in workshops as thought leaders tackle conference topics with an interactive and inspiring cross-genre format.