Digital Life Design
Digital Life Design (DLD) is a global conference network, organized by the Munich based DLD Media, a company of Burda Digital. DLD acts as a platform for an exchange of future visions and experiences, driven by the mission to create a network of innovation, digital prospects, science and culture.
In 2005, Stephanie Czerny and Marcel Reichart founded DLD as an annual conference scheme. Main purpose is to connect business, creative and social leaders, opinion formers and investors for crossover conversation and inspiration. Since its first gathering, DLD hosted events in New York, Beijing, San Francisco, London, Moscow, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Munich.(e.g. DLD Global Conference)
Chaired by Hubert Burda and Yossi Vardi the DLD conference held in Munich hosts over 800 creative international leaders, disruptors and thinkers from digital and consumer markets, media, technology, design, science, politics, social, arts and culture from around the globe. The three-day event always takes place in late January before the WEF. At this time, DLD also offers live streaming and blogging. Speakers present their ideas in thematically assembled panels or in key speeches. Alongside DLD guests, speakers shed light on the developments in our markets, society and lifestyles through central innovation paradigms.
Since 2005 the conference is held in Munich, Germany, where the DLD headquarters are located. Each year the slogan of the conference accordingly changes to the dominant theme.
|DLD 2006||No specific theme|
|DLD 2007||No specific theme|
|DLD 2008||Uploading the 21st century|
|DLD 2009||New Realities|
|DLD 2010||Map your Future|
|DLD 2011||Update your Reality|
|DLD 2012||All you need is ... Data?|
|DLD 2013||Patterns That Connect|
The conference is an invitation-only event, but there is an open application process on the DLD Conference web page. Successful applicants will receive an invitation. It then includes the main event and normally several other activities around it. Moreover, videos of the conference are available on the DLD website. The complete online content is free of charge. Additionally, DLD content is also available via YouTube, iTunes, Sevenload, Flickr, Yassu and many more.
DLD 2011 Update Your Reality was held in Munich, Germany, from 23 to 25 January 2011. The accompanying closing event, DLD Night Cap, was held on 26 January in Davos, Switzerland.
In 2012, DLD will take place in Munich for the seventh time from 22–24 January, followed by a DLD Nightcap at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 25 January.
Amongst previous speakers of the DLD Conference have been:
Key digital players like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt as well as Marissa Mayer and Nikesh Arora, YouTube founder Chad Hurley, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, Demand Media co-founder Shawn Colo, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley
Business leaders like WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell and BBDO CEO Andrew Robertson, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners and Yuri Milner of Digital Sky Technologies, CEO Deutsche Post AG Frank Appel, space industry’s Eric Anderson
Thinkers and scientists like trend researcher Lidewij Edelkoort, biologists Craig Venter and Richard Dawkins, authors Nassim Taleb and Paulo Coelho, Nobel Laureates Martti Ahtisaari, Muhammad Yunus and Daniel Kahneman, explorers Bertrand Piccard and David Rothschild
Media agenda setters like The New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Newscorp’s James Murdoch, Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer, entrepreneurs Martha Stewart and Arianna Huffington, senior writers Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and Matthew Bishop of the Economist
Social and political representatives like German politicians Ursula von der Leyen and Peer Steinbrück, EU commissioner for Information, Society and Media Viviane Reding, executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth and co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders Laura Liswood
Artists, designers and musicians like curators Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery) and Paula Antonelli (MoMA), film director Luc Besson and Simpsons director David Silverman, architects Lord Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid, designers Constantin Gricic, Yves Behar and M&M, as well as artists Ai Weiwei, Kevin Abosch and Olafur Eliasson. Performing live at DLD have been Lady Gaga and Cheryl Cole, jazz trumpeter Till Brönner as well as violinists Hillary Hahn and David Garrett.
DLD is providing a limited number of free conference tickets for creative youngsters, students, scientists and NGOs.
The first DLDwomen Conference in 2010 launched under the slogan The Female Decade, has become an annual outlet conference, also held in Munich, Germany. It is chaired by Maria Furtwängler and is focusing on the gender debate. DLDwomen is a platform for discussions, case studies and lectures and brings together a group of over 100 international high profile speakers and more than 800 opinion-forming participants. They are both women and men from business, media, technology, society, health, education, politics, and science. Previous speakers include: Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Facebook Joanna Shields, Facebook Chief of Staff to COO Libby Leffler (Chief of Staff to Sheryl Sandberg), Google’s Megan Smith, President of the Global Summit of Women Irene Natividad, co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders Laura Liswood, filmmaker Abigail Disney, President and Founder of the Arts in Marrakech (AiM) Biennale Vanessa Branson, trend researcher Li Edelkoort, Market Development for IBM Corporation Vice President Marilyn D. Johnson, designer and former international model Bibi Russell, psychologist and writer Susie Orbach and German politician Ursula von der Leyen.
DLD Global (Conference)
DLD Global is an irregular series of events devoted to expand the network throughout the world. In 2011 these special gatherings took place in Beijing, China; in Palo Alto, United States of America and São Paulo, Brazil.
DLD Tel Aviv (Summit/Festival)
The summit took place the very first time on 1–3 November 2011 as part of the Tel Aviv Festival. It targets to bring together Israel’s digital media representatives and internationally renowned industry figures.
Aenne Burda Award
Since 2006 the prize, inspired by the achievements and life of Aenne Burda, has been awarded at the DLD Conference. The prize aims to inspire women to realize their dreams.
DLD is widely distributed via its own website (dld-conference.com), blog (dld.tumblr.com) and video network (youtube.com/dldconference).
- DLD Media (2010): “Map Your Future – The DLD10 Book” Munich: DLD Media GmbH
- DLD Media (2010): “The Female Decade” Munich: DLD Media GmbH
- DLD Media (2011): “Update Your Reality – The DLD11 Book” Munich: DLD Media GmbH
- DLD Media (2011): “Innovation and Authenticity” Munich: DLD Media GmbH
External Links/Media Coverage
DLD is covered and attended every year by over 180 international journalists from opinion forming media such as New York Times, IHT, Economist, Guardian, Fast Company, Fortune, Financial Times, FAZ, FOCUS, Spiegel, CNBC, Wallstreet Journal, Thomson Reuters, Getty, Deutsche Welle, AllThingsD, HuffingtonPost or TechCrunch.
- “There aren't many conferences in the world where you can run into The New York Times publisher at breakfast, have lunch with a Russian internet multimillionaire, hear the Icelandic president talk at dinner, and be bought a late-night drink by Facebook’s first president, Sean Parker. Add a keynote speech by departing Google CEO Eric Schmidt, stage interviews with James Murdoch and Groupon’s Andrew Mason, as well as a music set by Duffy, and you can understand why Germany's Burda media empire has made its DLD conference the hottest by-invitation ticket in Europe.” – wired.co.uk (2 February 2011)
- %erence scheme. Main purposn conference this week was dominated by U.S. and European speakers —but some of the biggest buzz in Munich was around how much the future of the tech and media sectors is shifting to China.” – wsj.com (27 January 2011)
- “Technology and media moguls gathered in snowy Munich this week for the DLD (Digital – Life – Design) conference. The aim: To discuss the impact of the digital world on our society. “ – mashable.com (26 January 2011)
- “Everybody cut footloose at DLD (Tech celebs dance, pretend to sing) – Not only was it a great opportunity (…), but it was also outright fun to be there.” – techcrunch.com (26 January 2011)
- “With their special mix of guests Burda DLD Nightcap established itself close by the World Economic Formum in Davos.” – focus.de (28 January 2010)
- “Where the future has already arrived.” – stern.de (27 January 2010)
- “As the speakers list shows, the conference is one of the most widely attended in Europe” – guardian.co.uk (10.12.2009)
- "DLD Conference". DLD-conference.com.
- David Rowan (2 February 2011). "Why DLD is Europe’s hottest conference invitation". Wired.co.uk
- "Europe's tech entrepreneurs - Blooming". Economist.com. 10 June 2010.
- "DLD Presents "The New Picture of the World"". Hubert Burda Media. 17 January 2008. via PRNewsWire.
- "DLD New Realities Aid". 25 January 2009. Hubert Burda Media.
- Bernd Hölzner. "DLD New Realities". Huburt Burda Media. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012.
- "DLD Conference presents programme entitled "Map Your Future"" (Press release). Hubert-burda-media.com. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "DLD11 connects arts, technology, urbanism and sustainability" (Press release). Hubert-burda-media.com. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- David Rowan (2 February 2011). "Why DLD is Europe’s hottest conference invitation". Wired.co.uk.
- "China Generates The Buzz At DLD - China Real Time Report - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- Pete Cashmore (26 January 2011). "Tech & Media Elite Gather for DLD 2011". Mashable.com. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "Lip Dub Video: Everybody Cut Footloose At DLD (Tech Celebs Dance, Pretend To Sing)". TechCrunch. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "Burda DLD Nightcap: Treffpunkt der Entscheider und Visionäre" (in German). Focus.de. 28 January 2010.
- "Wo die Zukunft schon da ist" (in German). Stern.de. 27 January 2010.
- Mercedes Bunz (10 December 2009). "Key figures at the DLD conference". Guardian.co.uk.