Innovation 4.0: Shaping a humane fourth digital revolution  


Redefining the place for ethics in the 4.0. era: The World Forum for Ethics in Business and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition team up or a conference series to facilitate the urgent need for a multi-stakeholder debate on ethics in innovation. The first conference of this kind will be held from 26-27 June 2017 in Munich.

We are global, we are fast, we are digital. And as the world we know is changing at an incredible pace, there are predictions that 40% of the world’s leading companies will not exist in a meaningful way after the next decade if they do not adequately prepare themselves for this era. Undoubtedly, the fourth industrial revolution is about to create a world in which virtual and physical systems cooperate with each other in a flexible way. It is changing how we work, live and relate to one another – and the very essence of what it means to be humane.

Recognizing this imperative need to discuss and redefine ethical standards and regulations in innovation and the leadership styles required across all sectors, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and the World Forum for Ethics in Business in partnership with the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office and the Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics at the Technical University of Munich are organizing a series of conferences titled the ‘Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovation.’ The first conference in this series will take place from 26-27 June 2017 at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in Munich and will focus on Information and Communication Technologies with special emphasis on innovations in the digital age, including artificial intelligence, internet of things and big data.

The conference will bring together 300 global thinkers and leading experts from academics, business, politics and NGOs and will address central questions such as:

  • Innovation 4.0: Can growth really be the main guiding principle of the fourth digital revolution? How can we ensure that this revolution is empowering and human-centred, rather than divisive and dehumanizing?
  • Leadership 4.0: What type of leadership is needed for organizations to be able to innovate and transform in the speed needed?
  • Education 4.0: Can value-based education be an answer to the need for adequate leadership?
  • CSR 4.0: How can we assure that the fourth industrial revolution does not devour its own children but actually creates shared value?

Confirmed speakers include amongst others Prof. Ferdi Schüth, Vice President, Max Planck Society, Prof. Josef Drexl, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge, Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics at Technical University of Munich, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, World Forum for Ethics in Business, Jo Leinen, Member of European Parliament, Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder of Skype, Robert Hansor, Director of Global Sustainability Policy and Systems at Huawei Technologies, and Prof. Dr. Luciano Floridi from the University of Oxford.

The Ethics in Innovation Conference will also see selected students and young professionals leading a session on “Call of the Youth”. The participating youth leaders will have an opportunity to undergo holistic leadership training along with interactions with global leaders three days prior to the conference at the ‘World Youth Forum”. Over 350 youth leaders from more than 30 countries have already participated in the World Youth Forum in the past few years.

The conference is open to the public. For further information, registration and the complete speakers lists visit


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