HHIS with successful jump over the Elbe river

The fourth Hamburg Innovation Summit (HHIS) took place for the first time with beyourpilot. The summit also took place for the first time over the Elbe, but in the opposite direction: two meetings were held in Harburg and one in Finkenwerder. This time, the organisers succeeded in bringing together Hamburg's innovation drivers on 23 May in the Altona Fish Auction Hall in a cross-sector and interdisciplinary manner. The 74 exhibitors and exciting lectures turned the approximately 1,200 visitors into an innovative "transfer platform" throughout the day.

For one day, everything in the historic fish auction hall at the harbour revolved around Future City, New Work and Deep Tech, innovations and the future of technology. At the HHIS Expo, visitors were able to try out technologies for themselves and experience them up close. beyourpilot was on site with the MACH-BAR and helped to ensure that the audience was supplied with drinks and snacks without a hitch. Naturally sustainable, regional and healthy. This gave the interested audience the opportunity to get to know their own range of services: Numerous questions were answered and support offered in a relaxed atmosphere. 

In his opening speech, Hamburg's First Mayor Peter Tschentscher declared Hamburg to be a city of the future: "The great challenges facing modern metropolises in the 21st century - climate protection, mobility and digital change - require new technologies and creative solutions. These arise when politics, business and science work together. Hamburg has good prerequisites for innovative companies: Outstanding universities and research institutions, innovation parks in which knowledge transfer is promoted, and support for start-ups by the Investment and Promotion Bank. The Hamburg Innovation Summit offers a special forum for the exchange of actors and new impulses for joint work".

In addition to the Innovation Fair, the HHIS also featured three Future Talks on topics that move the industry. The conference programme concluded with an exciting keynote "Transfer Innovation" by Frank Salzgeber, Head of Innovation and Venture Offices of the European Space Agency (ESA), before the finale in the form of a festive award ceremony of the Hamburg Innovation Awards in the categories IDEE, START and WACHSTUM by Second Mayor and Senator of Science Katharina Fegebank, who was enthusiastic: "The Innovation Awards recognise curiosity, creativity and the courage to dare something new. They encourage people who want to push the boundaries of what has been possible so far. We need such people! Because: Hamburg's future lies in research and innovation. Events such as the Innovation Summit offer an excellent opportunity to network interested visionaries, founders and future designers from politics, business and science. This exchange is of central importance in order to quickly translate innovative ideas into new products, services and business ideas - and thus continue to secure jobs, growth and prosperity for all Hamburg residents.

And the winner is...
The Hamburg Startup Flugilo won the Hamburg Innovation Award in the IDEE category. To prevent damage when manoeuvring on the ground, Fugilo is developing a temporary parking aid for aircraft.

In the START category, the Hamburg Innovation Award was presented to Jetlite. The startup Jetlite has developed an algorithm that optimally adapts the lighting of aircraft cabins on long-haul flights to the human biorhythm and thus reduces the feeling of jet lag.

acCELLerate is the name of the company that won the Hamburg Innovation Award in the GROWTH category. By gently freezing cells, acCELLerate enables their direct use in biological tests.

The evening of this successful day ended in a relaxed Hamburg atmosphere with networking with unconventional food truck offers, handmade music and a wonderful view of Hamburg and the Elbe.