Work 4.0 – The digital workplace


Increasing the efficiency of standardization is not a well-worn phrase but a crucial requirement. Successful and competitive work results are distinctly marked by their effectiveness and efficiency.

Both appear hand in glove, but they are obviously not cut from the same cloth.

Effectiveness entails getting the right things done whereas efficiency focusses on how the right things are getting done. While a tailor might be successful in effectively cutting his cloths, he is only competitive when doing so efficiently.

Standardization is covering a wide range of different technologies and solutions, hence the working process has to be flexible and adjustable to its respective project challenges and requirements.

Monday’s Work 4.0 session will provide you with valuable insights on how reinventing standardization ensures future success and competitiveness. Moderated by our seasoned standardization experts Dominik Nied and Karsten Hunger, the session exemplifies how tomorrow’s work will look like.

Just like any other craft and trade, standardization has its recognizable working tools, enabling us to transfer our collective conceptual work effort into a deliverable product. In the case of the tailor those tools are needle and thread, in the case of standardization it is writing a document.

Improving the tools and methods at hand therefore means directly improving the efficiency – and there is a plethora of improved tools out there already, ready for the taking!

Starting with an engaging keynote, the Work 4.0 sessions enables you to dive into today’s and tomorrow’s toolbox and discover where those tools are useful and applicable in our daily work.

Just as the power loom changed the methods of production in the industrial age – consequently forcing needle and thread out of the tailor’s toolkit, the ripple-effect of yesterday’s disruptive innovations has to be caught today to benefit tomorrow’s work.

Witness and participate in the moderated discussion of standardization experts who were already able to experience the future first-hand by compiling their recent standardization projects with the aid of collaborative writing tools and learn more about trying them out yourselves!


Karsten Hunger

Standardization Manager
VDE/DKE, German National Committee of IEC

Karsten Hunger is standardization manager at DKE since 4 years and responsible for the German mirror committees for “Electrical equipment and systems for railways” and “Lightning protection”.
He is Head of the VDE Competence Center Smart Cities and furthermore organizes the German mirror committees for this topic.

Kim Ihlow

Regulations and Standards Manager
Bombardier Transportation

Mr Kim Ihlow is a standardization expert for the aerospace, valves and rail industry. Prior to joining Bombardier Transportation in Germany, he worked for the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and organized various European and International Technical Committees and Working Groups.

Christian Marchsreiter

Founder & CEO
smartwork solutions GmbH

Christian Marchsreiter is a successful IT-businessman and serial-entrepreneur.  In May 2013 he founded the smartwork solutions GmbH, developing a web-based intelligent word processing platform which facilitates online collaboration on documents, by allowing the user concurrent writing, editing and reviewing. Prior to stirring up the market of traditional word processing solutions such as Word and GoogleDocs, he founded several other successful IT business, including the online platform for deposit guarantees Deutsche Kautionskasse, the world first collaboration platform for the industrial insurance branch inex24 AG and the Institute for Payment Security (IZS).

Dominik Nied

Technical Manager Standards
VDE/DKE, German National Committee of IEC

Dominik Nied is technical manager standards at DKE since 2 years and elaborate new methods of standardization and commentation. He is responsible for the German mirror committee for “Operation of electrical installations” and is member of the IEC SMB / ahG 67 “TC/SC Minutes Trial”.

Michaela Wullinger

Semiconductor engineer
Ingenieurbüro für Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement

Mrs Michaela Wullinger has been a semiconductor engineer for more than 20 years, with profound experience in production and individual processes, integration of MEMS, reticle and semiconductor chips. Driven by her strong passion for innovation management, idea generation and implementation, she offers various workshops on these topics, such as for innovative methodical expertise. In her adoptive home Dresden, the native Bavarian runs the regional group of the German Association of Women Engineers, dib e.V.

Location: Kap Europa

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