Conference Schedule: 26 June 2017 

08:00 – 09:00: Registration

09:00 – 09:20: World Youth Forum Introduction

09:20 – 10:20: Keynote Panel: ‘Ethics’ and ‘Innovation’- Revisiting the Foundations

10:20 – 11:30: Panel I: Science, Ethics and Innovation: The Common Ground

11:30 – 11:45: Breathe Deep! Relaxation Quarter

11:45 – 12:00: Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:30: World Youth Forum Student Panel (I)

12:30 – 13:15: Open Floor Discussion and Q&A

13:15 – 14:15: Lunch

14:15 – 15:45: Panel II: Continuing Education for Ethics in Innovations

15:45 – 16:00: Relax! Meditation Quarter

16:00 – 16:15: Coffee/Tea Break

16:15 – 17:45: Panel III: Regulations for Ethical Innovations

17:45 – 18:00: Recap! Reflection Quarter

18:00 – 19:00: Conference Dinner (for speakers/organizers/WYF Delegates)

19:15 – 21:00: Cultural Programs & Public Talk with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar*
* (hosted by the Technical University of Munich @ TUM Audimax)

Conference Schedule: 27 June 2017

8:30 – 9:00: Registration

9:00 – 10:30: Panel IV: Ethics and Digitization

10:30 – 10:45: Breathe Deep! Relaxation Quarter

10:45 – 11:00: Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30: Panel V: Ethics, Economics and Artificial Intelligence

12:30 – 13:45: Lunch

13:45 – 15:15: Panel VI: Information, Innovation and the Internet of Things

15:15 – 15:30: Relax! Meditation Quarter

15:30 – 15:45: Tea/Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15: Panel VII: Access, Affordability & Participation: Promoting Sustainable & Inclusive Innovations

17:15 – 17:45: World Youth Forum Student Panel (II)

17:45 – 18:30: Expert Group Discussion & Conference Closing

Conference Program: 26 June 2017

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:20 Welcome & Introduction

  • Mrs. Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President, German Patent and Trade Mark Office
  • Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge, Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich
  • Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni, President, World Forum for Ethics in Business

Ethics & Innovation: What We Knew Then, What We Know Now

09:20 – 10:20 Keynote Panel

The Keynote Panel of the conference brings together some of the world’s most renowned humanitarians, academics and leaders of international institutions to share their views on fundamental human values, principles, practices and concepts that lie at the very root of the terms ‘ethics’ and ‘innovation,’ and their interface with business, economics and peaceful multi-cultural living in the 21st century global village.

  • Bishop Dr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor, Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vatican
  • Mr. Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder, Skype
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, World Forum for Ethics in Business, International Association for HumanValues and International Art of Living Foundation

10:20 – 11:30 Panel I: Science, Ethics & Innovation – The Common Ground

Panel I will look into what modern science has to say about ‘ethics’ and ‘innovation’ and what circumstances enhance or nurture these aspects of human psyche. It also seeks to understand how researchers engaged in ‘controversial’ areas of scientific research view ethical concerns of society linked to their research.

  • ‘Innovations in Information and Communication Technologies: Addressing Issues of Ethics in a Developing Country Context’ Prof. Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai)
  • ‘Can we enhance the ability to innovate? A scientific appraisal’ Prof. Dr. Fahri Saatcioglu (Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Oslo University)
  •  ‘Human Rights & Science: Council of Europe’s approach’ – Ms. Nicoletta Manzini, Project Officer for the World Forum for Democracy, Directorate of Democratic Governance of the Council of Europe
  • ‘Innovating in robotic science: science, engineering and society’ – Prof. Gordon Cheng, Professor and Chair of Cognitive Systems, Technical University Munich
  • Chair & Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth, Vice President, Max Planck Society

11:30 – 11:45 Breathe Deep! Relaxation Quarter

11:45 – 12:00 Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:30 World Youth Forum Student Panel (I)

12:30 – 13:15 Open Floor Discussion and Q&A

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:45 Panel II: Continuing Education for Ethics in Innovations

Although innovation is often a word associated with industries and corporations, at the center of any innovation is an individual person – either as an originator, developer, funder or disseminator of an idea, invention or creation. That human race is innovative is undoubtedly true, and more so today than perhaps ever before. In fact, some believe that given adequate education and opportunity, every member of society is a potential innovator. Accordingly, systems and approaches to education are being re-evaluated and re- structured acknowledging that ‘information alone is not education.’ Systems of education that are aimed at maintaining, nurturing and bringing forth the innovativeness inherent in human beings, are gaining acceptance and even popularity, not only at the level of primary education, but also in the form of continuing education in Universities and work places. The third panel of the Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovation, therefore, looks at new or evolving understanding, approaches and systems of (continuing) education, that are primarily aimed at nurturing an ethically rooted, innovative individual.

  • ‘Synergize’: Maximizing the Innovative Potential of Teams Working in High Impact Institutions and Firms’ Mr. Christoph Glaser, CEO, Transformative Leadership for Excellence/World Bank Trainer
  • ‘Possibilities of Training the Mind: Meditation at University? The Munich Model’ Prof. Dr. Andreas de Bruin, University of Applied Sciences, Munich/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
  • ‘Fair Play and ethical choices in the innovation and education of international elite sports’ Mr. Inge Andersen, Senior Consultant and former Secretary General, Norwegian NOC
  •  ‘Education for Societal Change: The Case of Social Entrepreneurship’ – Dr. Pascal Schneider, Head of Qualification, Social Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Chair & Moderator: Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni, President, World Forum for Ethics in Business

15:45 – 16:00 Relax! Meditation Quarter

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee/Tea Break

16:15 – 17:45 Panel III: Regulations for Ethical Innovations

As the concept of ethics and innovation changes within plural, global societies and economy, the legal and regulatory environment which may often be slower in acknowledging, and therefore responding to these changes, needs also to be continually revised and re-assessed. In this process, each of the considerations discussed in the previous panels need to be taken into account, along with practical economic considerations. The final panel of the first day will bring together speakers engaged actively in government or legal/ economic policy research to understand current and emerging frameworks for governance and regulation in the field of ethics and innovation.

  • ‘Innovations in the ICT Sector: Chances and challenges for women) Ms. Yvonne Feri (Member, Swiss National Parliament)
  • ‘European Patent Law & the UPC: Balancing Ethical Concerns and Economic Rights of In­novators’ Prof. Dr. Christoph Ann (Chair, Business Law & Intellectual Property Law, Technical University of Munich)
  • ‘Regulating Innovations in the ICT Sector: Towards a Greener & More Sustainable Europe’ Mr. Jo Leinen (Member, European Parliament)
  • Chair & Moderator: Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl (Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)

17:45 – 18:00 Recap! Reflection Quarter     



Ethics & Innovation in the 21st Century ICT Sector

While seeking to expand the discourse and dialogue pertaining to innovation to include a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural understanding of ethics within its rubric, it is necessary to also bear in mind that ethics should not be seen as a ‘brake’, as something to slow down innovation. Ethics should also be seen as promoting both entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the spread of new ideas, each of which is in the interest of companies. In fact, in the globalized world, ethics in business has acquired proportions larger than personal ethos or virtues, in part

due to changing laws and regulations (as discussed in Panel III), and in part, as a response to societal awakening and corresponding change in public expectations and demands.

Day 2 of the Conference seeks to highlight issues of ethics that uniquely underly the present day information and communication technologies, including the manner in which the present day socio-cultural and political environment influences, and in turn is influenced by, these technologies. While some of these issues are already commonly known and discussed, others are either ‘hidden’ or ‘unknown’ or are so recent in their origin that they are yet to become part of mainstream media or academic discourse. The panels of Day 2 of the conference invite speaker-experts from the government, industry and academia who are most informed about the current and emerging ethical issues underlying the creation, use and dissemination of the latest information and communication technologies.

09:00 – 10:30 Panel IV: Ethics and Digitization

The internet has made innovation and creativity a household name in the 21st century. It has also made knowledge, information and innovations accessible from all corners of the globe, irrespective of the place of their origin. Needless to say, this free flow of information and innovations has changed the way we relate with one another on a daily basis. It has also broadened our perspectives and horizons like never before: We not only know more about how people live, think and feel in the remotest regions of the world, but are also able to access products and services from these regions on the click of a mouse. At the same time, as digital innovation responds to increasingly diverse demand sets, including, particularly, the demand for knowledge and information, it also influences broader social and political goals such as democracy, secular outlook, inter-cultural harmony and diversity. The issue of regulating the digital environment, by balancing the interest of diverse interest groups and cultures on the one hand, and larger goals of social harmony and inclusive growth on the other, becomes a delicate, yet urgent matter. Panel IV looks into legal and regulatory concerns associated with these issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

  • ‘How to regulate the Internet? The lesson of the Italian Boldrini Commission’Prof. Dr. Giovanna De Minico, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Naples Federico II
  • ‘Ethical Issues of Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology’, Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge (Peter Löscher Chair, Department of Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich)
  • ‘Regulating Digital Markets in Times of Post-Truth Politics’, Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl (Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)
  • ‘Ethical Aspects of ICT Patents: A Review of the Literature and a Summary of Expert Interviews’ Prof. Dr. Knut Blind (Technische Universität Berlin, Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Chair & Moderator: Mr. Jo Leinen, Member of European Parliament

10:30 – 10:45 Breathe Deep! Relaxation Quarter

10:45 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel V: Ethics, Economics and Artificial Intelligence

Going deeper into specific issues that challenge our current understanding of ethics and of the type of innovations that we, as a global society ‘desire’ or aspire towards, the fifth panel considers the interface of ethics, economics and legal instruments available, inter alia, to regulate innovations in the field of artificial intelligence. It further looks into, what, if any, are the ‘common minimum standards’ of ethics that can and are being imbibed into instruments and technologies employing artificial intelligence. Which laws and regulations, if any, guide the adoption of these common minimum standards and what modifications may be necessary in these laws and regulations?

  • Using Artificial Intelligence for Law Enforcement: Current Trends and Ethical Challenges’ Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schafer (University of Edinburgh)
  • ‘The Social Contract of Patents – Can Artificial Intelligence Provide an Enabling Disclosure?’ Dr. Clara Neppel (European Patent Office)
  • ‘Implementing Ethics into Artificial Intelligence Applications’, Ms. Kay-Firth Butterfield (Vice Chair of the IEEE Industry Connections “Global Initia­tive for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems”) and Dr. Axel Walz (Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)
  •  ‘Sowing intelligent seeds for reaping collective good’ – Mr. Sridhar DP, Founder, CEO, Innovation Enabler Inc.
  • Chair & Moderator: Mr. Günter Conrad, Chairman, CON-First GmbH

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch


13:45 – 15:15 Panel VI: Information, Innovation and the Internet of Things

Technology today has not only made data, information, ideas, objects and people more accessible, but has also made it easier for them to communicate and remain in constant interaction with one another – knowingly or even unknowingly. What are the ethical implications of innovations in the age of the ‘Internet of Things’? Whither issues of data and information privacy? The 6th panel looks into these issues using an unusual and interdisciplinary approach.

  • ’Determining Inventorship in the Era of the Internet of Things: Whither Ethics, Whither Efficiency?’ Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar (Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert, Munich)
  • ‘The Ethical Use and Management of Big Data for Innovations in the Internet Age’ Prof. Dr. Luciano Floridi (Oxford University)
  • ‘Automated Processing of Personal Data for the Evaluation of Personality Traits: Legal and Ethical Issues’ Mr. Klaus Wiedemann (Doctoral Candidate, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition)
  • ‘Intellectual Property & Ethics under the 4th Industrial Revolution’, Mr. Francesco Zaccà, Director in ICT, European Patent Office
  • Chair & Moderator: Prof. Dr. Reto Hilty, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

15:15 – 15:30 Relax! Meditation Quarter

15:30 – 15:45 Tea/Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel VII: Access, Affordability & Participation: Promoting Sustainable & Inclusive Innovations

Ethics not only requires companies to rethink their innovative focus and structures, but also to introduce new policies, and to reevaluate their incentive schemes. Issues like CSR, Corporate Citizenship or Corporate Sustainability Management become central to companies’ core business, their R&D and innovation portfolios, and thus to their thriving in the future. At the same time, leading academics today recognize that the society is moving further from becoming an ‘information society’ to an ‘innovation society’. In this scenario, it is necessary to ask if every individual in society is gaining equitable access to the resources and finances necessary

to engage in the innovative process and bring innovative new products and processes to the market. Panel 7 accordingly looks into the economic and financial policies of major emerging and developed economies that are aimed at promoting sustainable and inclusive innovations, ensuring not just access and affordability, but equal opportunity of participation to all.

  • ‘Securing Access and Participation: Ethics, Human Rights and Intellectual Property’, Prof. Dr. Christophe Geiger (Director General and Director of the Research Department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg, France)
  • ‘Impact Investing: Leveraging new financial resources and stimulating innovation to tackle social challenges’, Dr. Andreas Rickert (CEO and Founder, PHINEO gAG)
  • ‘How ICT infrastructure drives progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ Mr. Robert Hansor, Director of Global Sustainability Policy and Systems, Huawei Technologies Co.
  • ‘Promoting Access and Sustainability in Africa: Lessons from the Telecommunications Sector of Uganda’ Dr. Rachel Alemu (PPD, Germany)
  • Chair & Moderator: Mr. Peter Marti, CEO, Marti Communications

17:15 – 17:45 World Youth Forum Student Panel (II)

17:45 – 18:30 Expert Group Discussion & Conference Closing

The conference finale will comprise of a Group Discussion, where panel chairs and other ex­perts will consider means of promoting ‘ethical innovations’ in the ICT sector. The discussion will also include inputs from the audience in the form of comments and Q&As.

Speakers (TBC):

  • Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl (Law/Academia)
  • Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni  (Education/NGO)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge /Prof. Dr. Luciano Floridi (Management Ethics/Academia)
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Human Values, Education / NGO)
  • Ms. Kay-Firth Butterfield

Moderator: Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)