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Digitale Leute – Build Better Products

Cologne - November 15 + 16, 2021
1000+ Attendees
40+ Speakers
35+ 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 cross-functional 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.

The team of Digitale Leute is aware that we are still living and working in mid-pandemic COVID-19 times. Therefore, persons will only be admitted to the DL Summit if they can show a complete vaccination or proof of recovery. Please read here for more information about our strategy and what we do to bring our Digitale Leute experience to you in a safe and healthy way.

November 15th – Pre-Conference Day

  • 4 hands-on full-day Expert Workshops
  • Digital Executive Dinner (invite-only)
  • Official DL Summit Reception for all Summit ticket holders

November 16th – Conference Day

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

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Day 1 – November 15th – Multiple Locations


10:00AM to 5:00PM @Startplatz, MediaPark

Our workshops are hands-on expert sessions with a high degree of interaction. We are planning 5 parallel running workshops, covering topics relevant for all digital professionals working in cross-functional teams, i.e. Design Sprints, Product Discovery or OKRs in Agile Development.

Digital Executive Dinner

7:00PM to 9:00PM @Restaurant, Carlswerke

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

7:00PM to 12:00PM Location: Club Volta

On the evening before our conference, we invite all ticket holders to our reception at Club Volta in Cologne’s vibrant quarter Schanzenviertel. There will be music, food and drinks to network and dance all night long. ART@TECH brings together artists, technologists and anyone who is curious to connect and show the blurry lines between various kinds of art and technology. http://www.club-volta.de/ Schanzenstraße 6 2 10/20 Gebäude 51063 Köln


Day 2 – November 16th – 10AM to 9PM @ 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.

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.


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.


Daria Tarawneh

Head of User Experience at Amazon Web Services.

Working Backwards: Amazon’s Culture of Innovation

Robert Stephenson

Senior Product Manager at Spotify. Former Software Developer at LinkedIn.

Making data collection at Spotify a solved problem

Nesrine Changuel

Product Manager at Google Meet. Held product roles at Spotify & Skype.

PM for audio and video products at Microsoft, Spotify and Google

Anne Tempelmeier

UX Designer at HubSpot.

Data-driven redesign of the HubSpot sign-up funnel

Ralf-Dieter Wagner

Lead Go-to-Market AI ML at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Rapid deployment of AI/ML Powered Products

Fabian Wesner

Founder at ROQ Technology. Held CTO roles at Spryker & Project A.

”Feature-as-a-Service” - A new approach how to develop large-scale web applications

Lucia Terrenghi

Director of UX at Google Travel.

Learnings about building a career in UX in Europe

Dr. Mikio Braun

Independent Consultant and former AI Architect at Zalando.

How to Build Machine Learning Products for E-Commerce

Laïla von Alvensleben

Head of Culture & Collaboration at Mural.

Adapting to thrive: Designing unforgettable virtual retreats

Peter Grahle

Head of DesignLab at Der Spiegel.

DesignLab: Product development processes at Der Spiegel

Gerrit Schumann

Co-Founder & CEO at mogenius.

Set up, deploy and run microservices for rapid prototyping and scaling up

Benedikt Stemmildt

CIO at Blume2000.

How Blume2000 performs with good old HTML and macro services

Jutta Horstmann

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer at eyeo.

The pleasures and pitfalls of scaling an industry disruptor

Dr. Lars Hupel

Senior Consultant at INNOQ.

How to develop offline-capable products with the help of CRDTs

Sven Christian Andrä

Managing Director & CDO at Klingel Gruppe.

Why guiding principles are key for product development in large corporations

Romina Chitic

Product Designer at Scout24.

Good product decisions vs cognitive biases

Oliver Thylmann

Serial Entrepreneur and co-founder at Giant Swarm.

Live Podcast: What to know when getting into Crypto Development

Sandra Hinz

Managing Partner and Co-founder at Value Rebels.

Set up an experimentation culture to create measurable business value

Jens Echterling

Chief Product Officer at Greator. Former MD at dgroup & Focus Online.

How to scale a mobile app team from 5 to 30 team members

Alexandra Lung

CPO at Signaturit.

Good product decisions vs cognitive biases


Partnership Opportunities
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Palladium, Cologne

In 2024, we will again welcome you to the Palladium in Cologne for the 7th Digitale Leute Summit. Located in Cologne’s upcoming tech hub, „Schanzenviertel“, this iconic industrial building will invite you to enjoy a unique and vibrant DL Summit atmosphere — On roundabout 3.500 m², you can immerse yourself in our stages, including our Conference Stages and the Tech Demo Stage in the gallery. Additionally, we will integrate a Talent Stage where you can meet our official partners and learn about their job vacancies. Do you want to make contact with interesting companies and your potential future employers at the conference? No problem! Visit our partner booths in the Lounge Area and enjoy friendly conversations with fellow attendees.

Schanzenstraße 36