12:30 Registration & Networking 

13:25 Conference Opening


Andreas Weiss
Managing Director, eco – Association of the Internet Industry

13:30 Opening Panel: What impact does Gaia-X have on boosting the European digital economy?    

A lot has happened in the Gaia-X environment since the inception of the initiative in 2019. Our panelists look at where Gaia-X stands in 2023 and what impact Gaia-X has in a fast-advancing digital ecosystem. This session will further highlight how Gaia-X can serve as a basis for boosting the European digital economy. 


Ernst Stöckl-Pukall
Head of Division for Digitalisation and Industry 4.0, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Andreas Weiss
Managing Director, eco – Association of the Internet Industry

Roland Fadrany
Chief Operating Officer, Gaia-X AISBL

Susanne Dehmel
Member of the Executive Board Legal & Security, Bitkom & VC Legal AISBL

14:15 Deep dive into the GXFS world – what do GXFS components offer for building Gaia-X ecosystems?

In this panel, the GXFS experts will give insights into which GXFS components are available and what added value they offer for building Gaia-X ecosystems. How is the architecture design developing in the FOSS approach?  


Lauresha Memeti
GXFS-DE Technical Project Manager

Thomas Niessen
Managing Director, Kompetenznetzwerk Trusted Cloud

Berthold Maier
Chief Architect, T-Systems International GmbH

Christoph Lange-Bever
Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Fraunhofer FIT

14:45 Networking Coffee Break 

15:15 Pitches


Lena Sauermann
Pitch: A GXFS-based Catalogue Implementation for GAIA-X 4 PLC-AAD
Business Consultant, msg systems ag

Sven Loeffler
Pitch: T-Systems – Digital.ID – Trust and compliance for dataspaces
Tribe & Chapter Lead, Telekom Data Intelligence Hub (DIH)

Friederike Zelke
Pitch: Smart Cloud Grid – Network for sovereign cloud infrastructure
Community Manager, Sovereign Cloud Stack

Arian Firouzbakhsh
Pitch: Technical Convergence: Connecting the Dots
Data Space Solution Architect, IONOS

Alexander Diab
Pitch: Smart Cloud Grid – Network for sovereign cloud infrastructure
Ecosystem Manager, Sovereign Cloud Stack

16:00 Panel: How does the operation of large, federated data ecosystems work?  

With Gaia-X, a huge industrial policy initiative has been launched. In addition to concrete use cases, there are also new initiatives such as IPCEI-CIS and Manufacturing-X ready to launch to secure the basis for data-based value creation in Germany and Europe. What is needed to launch large data ecosystems and how can they become successful? 


Harald Summa
Member of the Supervisory Board, DE-CIX

Christian Schmitz

Director OpenSource, Plusserver

Maria Barros Weiss

VP of Digital Ecosystems Solutions, IONOS

Catherine Simonnin

Tech Lead Trust, Orange Business

16:45 Update from the FOSS community: who is driving Gaia-X on a technical level? 

FOSS approaches are becoming increasingly relevant in the growing data economy. Why are these approaches especially relevant? What FOSS projects exist in the Gaia-X ecosystem and who is driving their technical development?  What role does the Gaia-X FOSS community play now that the first federations are operational? 


Steffen Schulze
XFSC Eclipse Lead, GXFS-DE/T-Systems

Kai Meinke
Gaia-X OSS Community & Co-Founder, deltaDAO AG

Cristina Pauna
Community Manager, Gaia-X AISBL

Boris Baldassari
Senior Software Engineer, Eclipse Foundation

17:30 Summary and wrap up day 1 

18:00 Networking event hosted by eco

On the evening of the first day of the conference, eco – Association of the Internet Industry invites you to a networking event with finger food and drinks.

With kind support by our networking partners