- their experiences with how culture plays a role in data privacy and protection in Australia and Germany
- what are the opportunities and challenges they foresee with digitalisation in their sector
- what they felt were the best innovation/inventions in Germany and Australia
Bridging that cultural gap was a hard task. I had to came up with a creative icebreaker for the panel that was also intended to connect the speakers with the audience and with the secret hope it would get some laughs.
I skilfully extracted some hilarious “digital confessions and mistakes” from these digital gurus and it really did have the audience in stitches. Darren Y from Lakeba talked about the early days of coding and how he loved setting off security alarms through computers in the gadget store at his local shopping mall. Nick Love from Google confessed that he couldn’t beat his teenage son at World of Warcraft. Andre K from Schaeffler talked about the beginnings of coding using basic equipment as a child growing up in the former East Germany and the changes as Germany reunified. Bruce M from SAP talked about how he didn’t understand the language of emojis.
It was a great day, tiring but rewarding.
And oh, there was a sigh at leaving Melbourne !