Cologne, 9. & 10. November 2020

Build better digital products.

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1000+ Attendees
40+ Top Speakers
25+ Sessions
2 Days

Germany’s leading conference at the intersection of Tech, UX & Product

We believe that software product people are the ones that create the future. Successful digital products are developed by teams at the intersection of tech, design & business. Digitale Leute Summit is the only networking- and professional education event for Software Engineers, Designers, Product- and Digital Managers that focuses on the crossfunctional aspects of digital product development. In two days, you learn from top-notch international speakers how to successfully build better digital products. Get deep insights into the tools, tactics, and methods of professionals developing digital products in large scale environments. Learn how these individuals and organizations find unique solutions to their digital challenges and get pragmatic advice for your daily work.

9. November – Pre-Conference Day

• Different locations in Cologne
• 6 hands-on full-day Expert Workshops
• Masterclasses & side events at local tech companies
• Digital Executive Dinner (invite-only)
• Official DL Summit Reception for all Summit ticket holders

10. November – Conference Day

• Palladium Cologne
• 50+ top-notch international speakers
• Interviews, Talks, Panels, Masterclasses
• 30+ exhibitors at DL Expo
• Social Hours & Evening Drinks

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Pre-Conference Day

Day 1 – November 9th – Multiple Locations


10:00-17:00 @tbd, MediaPark

Our full-day workshops are hands-on expert sessions with a high degree of interaction. We are planning 6-8 parallel running workshops, covering topics that are relevant for everyone working in cross-functional teams, i.e. Design Sprints, Product Discovery or OKRs in Agile Development.

Masterclass Rally

10:00-17:00 @Multiple Locations at Schanzenviertel

Companies who would like to expand their employer branding strategy and get to know a wide range of talents open their doors to enable a peek “behind the scenes” for potential new employees and at the same time, prove their expertise in building successful digital products.

Digital Executive Dinner

18:30-20:30 @ Offenbach am Carlsgarten, Schanzenviertel

We will host a networking event exclusively for selected CPOs, CTOs, CIOs and CDOs of large tech teams. The event is free of charge on an invite-only basis.

Official DL Summit Reception

19:00-24:00 @ tbd, Schanzenviertel

On the evening before our main conference, we invite all participants of both days to extend their network, review the highlights of the day and connect with other attendees and company representatives in a relaxed atmosphere. Live music and a digital art exhibition will form the program of the evening.

Conference Day

Day 2 – November 10th – 10:00-21:00 @ Palladium

Talks & Interviews

In talks and interviews, international experts give insights of their everyday work in interdisciplinary teams. The audience will learn first hand about tools and tactics to build better digital products.


In 45 minutes long masterclasses, the participants have the chance to take a deeper dive into the speaker’s discipline and get answers to more complex challenges.


In a dedicated and prominent area of the event location, companies can present their product, service or job possibilities at their own booth. Attendees can stroll through the area and discover new interesting companies or make an appointment in advance with our conference app.

Tech Demos

The tool stack for people from product, software development and UX Design has grown exponentially. In a dedicated 45-minute Tech Demo Masterclass, you can show your target group how to efficiently use your software tool in their daily workflows.

Social Hours & Evening Drinks

To round off a perfect day, we offer all attendees the possibility to network and connect over drinks and snacks in a laid-back atmosphere after the official program has ended.

Confirmed Speaker

Jan Hegewald

Head of Engineering at Zalando. Former Head of Technology at idealo.

Curtis Stanier

Senior Product Manager at DeliveryHero.

Jan Kiekeben

Senior Product Designer at XING.

Nikki Anderson

User Research Specialist at From AtoB.

Matthias Streitz

Entwicklungschef at DER SPIEGEL.

Jens Echterling

CPO at Gedankentanken. Former MD at Focus Online.

Gabrielle Bufrem

Product Manager at Pivotal.

Steffen Heilmann

CTO at Aroundhome. Held roles at Mytoys and Allianz.

Puja Abbassi

Developer Advocate at Giant Swarm.

Jane Austin

Product Design Research at Babylon Health.

Ruppert Bodmeier

CEO at Disrooptive. Former Director of Service Design & UX at dgroup.

Thorsten Lünborg

Core team member at vue.js

Michał Kułakowski

Solutions Architect at GitLab.

Our Pre-Conference Workshops

Marc Abraham (ASOS)

10:00-17:00 @ Startplatz, MediaPark

How to become a good product manager // Whether you are completely new to product management or just starting out, in this interactive workshop, we will explore both what it means to be a product person and provide you with some valuable tools and techniques to apply.


Gabrielle Bufrem (PIVOTAL)

10:00 - 17:00 @Startplatz, MediaPark

Prioritizing for Impact // Prioritization is hard and it’s also what makes excellent product managers. Product strategy is about deciding what not to do, but it’s hard to know when or what to say “no” to. Prioritization becomes even harder as companies evolve, grow, and form more product teams since teams lack a common language to make systematic decisions.


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Schanzenstraße 40
51063 Köln – Germany



The Summit will take place in the historic mechanical engineering factory in Cologne’s vibrant quarter Schanzenviertel.




Schanzenstraße 40, 51063 Köln

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