ppi Media is premium partner of the Digital Week Kiel 2018


After a successful premiere in 2017, attended by more than 20,000 visitors, the capital of Schleswig- Holstein is once again hosting the Digital Week Kiel, from 8-15 September this year. During this time, the city will have the chance to participate in a wide range of events dealing with all aspects and topics surrounding the digitization of society. Individual events are hosted by key figures from business, science, politics and society. As an expert for digital services and solutions, ppi Media will support the infrastructure of the event with the ‘Digital Week Kiel App’. The app is based on the company’s location-based solution ‘thanks’ and will bring visitors all the relevant information on the events of ‘diwokiel’.

Event to strengthen local presence

ppi already took part in last year’s Digital Week, hosting a fully booked workshop on Design Thinking. Lord Mayor Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, together with Kathrin Reinicke, who works for Kiel’s business development program and is head of the Digital Week office, and ppi Media’s CEO, Dr. Hauke Berndt, announced the new premium partnership during a press conference on the diwokiel program. “The cooperation with ppi Media, a pioneer in the field of digitization, shows how well the event is received by Kiel-based businesses,” says Jörn Genoux, head of the department for business development at Kiel City Council.

Dr. Berndt, sees future potential in the partnership, “The Digital Week Kiel is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our local presence and cooperate with the city of Kiel. Interacting with other companies and interested visitors will increase our visibility throughout the region. We can win qualified employees and tap into new business areas. In turn, the event benefits from our experience in the field of digitization and our international network.”

The diwokiel app

The diwokiel app is based on the ‘thanks’ technology, which comes from ppi Media’s business innovation department. The department has been in existence for two years and is using modern start-up methods to develop digital services, solutions and business models that will help companies to tackle the challenges posed by the digital transformation. Here, ppi Media can look back on more than 30 years of experience in developing software for media companies.

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