I don’t even know where to start. Maybe I should begin by telling you about the wild percussion solos, played on an e-drum set made out of plastic buckets, at the opening of the GREEN LEADERS CONFERENCE on the 23rd of May? Or should I rather paint the scene with the “UUUHUHUHUHH” viking style battle cries erupting from the hundreds of guests roaring through the grand halls of Tempelhof Airport? Stop! Wait. There was also the incredible performance from NENA at the GREEN AWARDS, which received multiple standing ovations. And there was even a real prince in attendance. The smart and wonderful Crown Prince Haakon, who was there representing Norway, the partner country of the festival. Oh and the FORMULA E also took place at the beginning. A proper E-Prix with a winner and clean air. And of course, there was the many exhibitors like Calida, Ehang, Harley-Davidson and Automobili Pininfarina. And yet everything had structure and just flowed.

POWER PREMIERE –
ALL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GREENTECH FESTIVAL

Category: Innovation     Text: Angela Peltner

Photo: Getty Images for GREENTECH FESTIVAL
I don’t even know where to start. Maybe I should begin by telling you about the wild percussion solos, played on an e-drum set made out of plastic buckets, at the opening of the GREEN LEADERS CONFERENCE on the 23rd of May? Or should I rather paint the scene with the “UUUHUHUHUHH” viking style battle cries erupting from the hundreds of guests roaring through the grand halls of Tempelhof Airport? Stop! Wait. There was also the incredible performance from NENA at the GREEN AWARDS, which received multiple standing ovations. And there was even a real prince in attendance. The smart and wonderful Crown Prince Haakon, who was there representing Norway, the partner country of the festival. Oh and the FORMULA E also took place at the beginning. A proper E-Prix with a winner and clean air. And of course, there was the many exhibitors like Calida, Ehang, Harley-Davidson and Automobili Pininfarina. And yet everything had structure and just flowed.
THE GREEN LEADERS CONFERENCE
The conference took place on May 23rd and 24th in Hangar 6 and had such an immense effect that it was impossible to resist the many interesting people from all kinds of fields like business, science and politics. Our co-founder Nico Rosberg also defined the general message of the festival right at the beginning: “We have to inspire as many people as possible and get them involved.” So that’s exactly what the 65 speakers from all over the world did over the course of the festival. CEO’s of ALLIANZ, TÜV NORD, scientists like the resilience researcher Dr. Rockström and activists like Asher Jay, all gave passionate speeches about the catastrophic consequences of our environmental pollution. There was also an inspiring keynote speech from the 21 year old Ann Makosinski, who received the GREEN AWARD in the category “Rising Star of the Year” shortly after.
I was particularly impressed by the speech of Dr. Rockström, who has been head of the Institute for Climate Impact Research in Potsdam since September last year. He made it clear that now was the time to act. His most crucial objective is to preserve the quality of the biosphere. His biggest goal is to reduce the carbon balance by 50 percent every year and to enforce zero carbon tolerance by 2050.
THE GREENTECH EXHIBITION
Co-founder Marco Voigt’s main goal for the festival, which was to unite all the players in one place, has definitely paid off. Everyone from start-ups to the big leagues, environmental activists to politicians, researchers to CEOs and even the crown prince to the average consumer was united here with a common goal. There were camera teams, people in suits and children who refused to get off the exhibited electric Harley Davidson. Even grandpa, a die hard Harley rider, had to admit that the motorcycle of the future looked pretty cool. The mood was consistently positive. Exhibitors visited other exhibitors. Politicians like the mayor of Berlin, Martin Schulz also mingled with the visitors. And although there were also plenty of exhibitors in the fields of nutrition, leisure, entertainment, family and fashion, the focus was clearly on innovative and sustainable mobility. In addition to various e-scooter models, you could check out the ‘Idea Train’ by the Deutsche Bahn. Many e- or hydrogen cars from Tesla, Porsche, Hyundai or Byton could be inspected in detail. Byton’s futuristic cockpit gave a great glimpse into today’s possibilities in terms of safe, economical and driver-free cruising. Particularly exciting was that most mobility companies rely on the sharing concept. You could really feel the buzz around the air taxi manufacturers of VOLOCOPTER and EHANG (Allianz). While VOLOCOPTER created the Multicopter and EHANG made a passenger drone, both have successfully completed several practical, manned test flights.

Photos: Stefan Kraul, Ulf Büschleb und Getty Images for GREENTECH FESTIVAL
THE GREEN VIBES CONCERT
Nena came, sang and triumphed. Her performance during the GREEN AWARDS lasted exactly 10 minutes. I remember the length of her set because it left me wanting more, it was too short! She brought an element of rock n’ roll to the prestigious and earnest atmosphere of the award show, which nobody could resist. Her charm and the absolute highlight, 99 red balloons, got everyone out of their seats and dancing. And I really mean everyone. Nico Rosberg with his wife Vivian, Prince Haakon with his bodyguards and all of the distinguished guests.
Bastille definitely manage to rock them, too. The four Londoners behind front man Dan Smith are extremely successful, and rightfully so. I had never seen the hymnal band live before, with their 9 million records sold. Picture this: Powerful vocals, symphonic melodies, driving beats and the ace up their sleeve was the LED wall. Through this composition, we all got to feel the broader message behind their music. And the rest of the world did too, by the way. The opening gig of our GREENTECH FESTIVAL was broadcast worldwide in a free live stream by MagentaMusic 360 as part of the Telekom Street Gigs.
The GREEN AWARDS featured another musical act, Nick Mulvey, the new British shooting star who came on stage “armed” only with a guitar and his voice. That was goose bump moment no. 338 of the evening. Not joking, the award show really was something to see.
THE GREEN AWARDS
The green carpet was graced by numerous guests and presenters like Didi Hallervorden, Florian David Fitz, Til Schweiger, Veronica Ferres and many, many more. The award ceremony had some of the festival’s most special moments as well. Not only did Crown Prince Haakon announce the eight award winners in the seven categories in his speech, he also emphasised that Norway will stand side by side with Germany regarding the technologies of the future and preserving our environment. Paul Polman, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, probably created the most memorable moment of the evening in the hall. The Dutchman and former CEO of Unilever gave a stirring speech that induced applause and a standing ovation. “We’re carbon junkies and we can’t be carbon junkies any longer.” I had the feeling that Paulman addressed each person in the audience individually when he said, “We, the people with good educations and a financially secure background; We, who won the lottery of life. We, the 2% must help the 98% now.” Boom. Goose bumps, again.

THE AWARD

Every idea begins with a blank sheet of paper and can change the world for the better. Because we first have to start with ourselves and do things differently, we had the courage to create the first sustainable paper award for the GREEN AWARDS. Because there’s no reason to give a trophy that just stands around in vain. Made from a thousand pages of Gmund sustainable paper, the award is given to companies and individuals who will write history – in the truest sense of the word.
THE AWARD
Every idea begins with a blank sheet of paper and can change the world for the better. Because we first have to start with ourselves and do things differently, we had the courage to create the first sustainable paper award for the GREEN AWARDS. Because there’s no reason to give a trophy that just stands around in vain. Made from a thousand pages of Gmund sustainable paper, the award is given to companies and individuals who will write history – in the truest sense of the word.
FORMULA E
I would have never thought a car race could be so cool. I’d only ever seen Formula 1 on TV. But I’m seeing now that a lot has changed since then. It’s become something like a big family celebration with clean air and quiet cars. Of course, the best part hasn’t changed at all: the fast cars. From the sidelines of the track I got really into it, happy like a child when the winner, Lucas di Grassi, did his little dance of joy. Alejandro Agag, the founder of FORMULA E, was quite right when, on the stage of the GREEN AWARDS, he said that he felt proud to be a part of what the founders Nico Rosberg, Marco Voigt and Sven Krüger had created with the GREENTECH FESTIVAL. Yeah, I think I might just leave it at that.
For more insights and videos as well as a list of all the winners please visit: greentechfestival.com.

Photos: Stefan Kraul, Ulf Büschleb und Getty Images for GREENTECH FESTIVAL

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