Connect with the brightest digital minds.

Wondering who you’ll meet at NEXT? Every year, the carefully selected NEXT crowd brings together thought leaders from many different countries, industries, disciplines and departments – all driven by the big digital questions of our time. Join marketing and product leaders, digital economy executives, innovative corporations and start-ups for inspiration and networking in several unique venues along Hamburg’s world-famous ‘Reeperbahn’.

Meet some people who attended NEXT in the past:

  • Matthias Schrader

    Accenture Interactive Lead ASGR

  • Volker Martens


  • Marc Opelt

    OTTO, Chairman of the Management Board and Management Board for Marketing

  • Cindy Walter

    REWE Group, Lead Digital Media

  • Jasmin Quellmann

    Beiersdorf Ag, Head of Studio NX

  • Vincent Raciti

    TRO GmbH, Music and Sound Strategy

  • Holger Schellkopf

    W&V, Chief Editor

  • Peter Dlugosch

    evomate GmbH, Managing Partner / Senior Digital Advisor & Agile Coach

  • Nicolai Andersen

    Deloitte, Partner, EMEA Lead Innovation & Head of the Deloitte Garage

  • Felix van de Sand

    COBE, Co-Founder / Managing Director

  • Daniel Ackermann

    Unitymedia, Director Sales Management

  • Christoph Meurer

    Home Shopping Europe GmbH, Team Leader Content Project Management

  • Christian Peters

    Philips, Online Specialist

  • Andreas Weitkämper

    Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH, Managing Director Domestic

  • Michael Adolf

    Audi, Head of Digital Content & VR

  • Petra Raddatz

    Red Bull Media House, Head of Innovation Management

  • Maria von Scheel-Plessen

    Montblanc, Global Media Manager

  • Ole Keding

    pilot Group, Director Strategy & Innovation

  • Uwe Knaus

    Daimler AG, Manager Corporate Website & Daimler Blog

  • Thomas Voigt

    Otto, Group Vice President Corporate Communications

  • Sanja Stankovic

    Hamburg Startups, Founder

  • Rainer Balensiefer

    Accenture Interactive, Managing Director

  • Philip Seitz

    Tchibo GmbH, General Counsel

  • Nina Kirst

    PAGE, Managing Editor

  • Nicolai Johannsen

    Otto, Sales Director

  • Magnus Thure Nilsson

    Media Evolution & Media Evolution City, CEO

  • Kerstin Hartmann

    Deutsche Bahn, Director Mobility Lab (d.Lab)

  • Johannes Haus

    Haspa Next GmbH, Managing Director

  • Joachim Seyther

    NDR, Editor NonlinearTV

  • Jan-Erik Schwitters

    Telefónica Germany, Head of Portalmanagement

  • Gerrit Schumann

    Handelsblatt Media Group, Managing Director

  • Erik Laser

    Universal Music Publishing, Co Publisher

  • Dorothee Appel

    Zurich Gruppe Deutschland, CIO

  • Dierk Hagedorn

    Lufthansa Industry Solutions, Designer: UI, UX & Corporate

  • Benjamin Werner

    fischerAppelt, Head of Group Marketing

  • Anita Böhm

    Wingmen Online Marketing GmbH, Consultant

  • Andreas Homolla

    Dräger, CIO

  • Alex Kluwe

    Futurice, Consultant

  • Anja Hendel

    diconium, Managing Director

  • Christian Sallach

    WAGO Group, CMO & CDO

  • Christiane Gillissen

    Christiane Gillissen, Brand Experience Manager

  • Johanna Tjaden

    Commerzbank AG, Managing Director

  • Daniel Hölzer

    Wunder Mobility, Head of Communications & PR

  • Ulrich Coenen

    Commerzbank AG, EVP Marketing & Digital Banking

  • Martin Bardeleben

    Google, Head of Hardware, Retail & Stadia Marketing Germany

  • Peter Diekmann

    Bertelsmann Stiftung, Digital Communication Manager

  • Dr. Ayesha Khanna

    CEO, ADDO AI, Founder, 21C Girls

  • Marco Börries

    NumberFour AG, Founder & CEO

  • Holley M. Murchison

    Oratory Glory, Founder

  • Pip Jamieson

    The Dots, Founder & CEO

  • Zach Pentel

    Spotify, Global Director of Brand Strategy

  • Sören Stamer

    CoreMedia AG, CEO & Co-Founder

  • Katharina von Sohlern

    Redesign Democracy, Co-Founder

  • Claudia Pelzer

    Ströer Digital Media, Lead Manager Cross Channel Strategy

  • Lily Kollé

    Raft Collective, Senior Designer

  • Thomas Meyer

    Adobe, Director Digital Strategy Group

  • Antje Kruse-Schomaker

    IBM, Practice Leader

  • Jenni Schwanenberg

    mantro GmbH, Innovation Evangelist

  • Andreas Bodmann

    DNVGL SE., Vice President

  • Axel Neuhaus

    Volkswagen AG, Head of Digital Marketing - Germany

  • Christian Garrels

    ADAC, Head of Brand, Marketing & Communication

  • Nils Wollny

    Holoride, CEO & Co-founder

  • Henning Dorstewitz

    Netflix, Director Communications DACH & CEE

  • Sven Wiesner

    Neon Gold Innovations GmbH, CEO

  • Karin Libowitzky

    Vizeum, CEO

Become a partner

As well as attending, you can also play a more significant role as a NEXT20 partner. Since the beginning, international corporations, start-ups and media companies have helped shape NEXT, delivering unique topics, people and experiences. Become a partner and position your brand as a digital leader using the NEXT platform.

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