Silicon Saxony: Generational change in Saxony's high-tech network

The gradual rejuvenation of Silicon Saxony e. V. board was continued at the general meeting  on November 28th.. With Frank Bösenberg, a well-known face of the industry network moves into the newly elected board. Raik Brettschneider (Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG) was officially elected to the board by the members following his co-option last year. Furthermore, the members of the Saxon high-tech industry association Heinz Martin Esser (managing director Fabmatics GmbH) confirmed as spokesman of the board and Prof. Dr. Frank Schönefeld (Member of the Management Board of T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH) with a large majority. In addition, Prof. Dr. Frank HP Fitzek as a new member of the scientific advisory board of Silicon Saxony e. V. be won. Frank Fitzek is Professor and Head of the "Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks" at the Technical University of Dresden, he coordinates the 5G Lab Germany and is speaker of the DFG Cluster of Excellence CeTI at the TU Dresden. With his expertise in mobile data communication, he stands for the specialist focus "connectivity" in the high-tech network.

At the same time, an era came to an end yesterday: Executive board member of the first hour and long-time managing director of Silicon Saxony e. V. Gitta Haupold did not stand for re-election. After 18 successful years, she hands over the baton to the younger generation. The graduated physicist is considered a co-founder of the industry network. In nearly 20 years Silicon Saxony e. V., Gitta Haupold, with her great commitment, significantly shaped the development and the external impact of the association. As "Woman in Semiconductors" she set groundbreaking impulses in a male-dominated industry with her persistence. Her calm, considered industry communication was a sovereign antipode in times of crisis, the effects of which also hit Europe's leading semiconductor location. Under her leadership, Silicon Saxony e. V. as a "brand" as a globally respected industry association. Her merit is the development and professionalization of self-supporting Silicon Saxony e. V. Office. Under her leadership, the 10-member team was certified according to the European "Gold Label: Cluster Management Excellence".

In addition, Gitta Haupold successfully promoted, among others, the Saxon cross-cluster innovation project C3-Saxony, the future project "Healthy Work in Pioneering Industries" as well as a number of European specialist congresses such as apc / m Conference. In addition, as part of the internationalization of the association, it has organized more than 100 joint stands and trade fair appearances worldwide for companies in the high-tech network. "We are very grateful to her for her continued quest for networking among members and for sharing with other high-tech clusters worldwide, delivering a top-notch association with solid finances, a professionally-based team at the office and one sustainable strategy for the work of the high-tech network, "says Heinz Martin Esser, CEO of Silicon Saxony.

In addition to his executive mandate, Frank Bösenberg will take over the management of Silicon Saxony e. V. on 1 January 2019. Bösenberg has been managing director of Silicon Saxony Management GmbH since 2013. In the future, he combines both positions in personal union. The graduate civil engineer holds an MBA in Business Administration from the TU Dresden. As an expert in technology transfer and project finance, in 2009 he founded Eurogrant GmbH, which he developed into a leading professional consultancy and management services company for projects of all kinds, but especially for projects financed by the European Commission. In 2014, he took over the cluster administration of the leading-edge cluster "Cool Silicon". From 2012 to 2016, he was coordinator of the "Silicon Europe" initiative, which represents the interests of the leading European high-tech sites in Brussels vis-à-vis the European Commission and organizes joint collaborative work between companies and research institutions. In addition, he will chair the "Silicon Europe Alliance" in 2018 as Chairman. "We are looking forward to working with Frank Bösenberg," says Heinz Martin Esser. "As a new member of the board and managing director of the association, he will be working on the interface between strategy development and its implementation," explains Esser, adding: "The location is undergoing a phase of upheaval. This is important, among other things, for the "Smart Systems Hub" to develop its full potential, with the aim of providing nationally and internationally recognized, marketable solutions for the Internet of Things with the help of Saxon companies and research institutes (IoT), "says Heinz Martin Esser. At the same time, the successful network work of recent years will be continued and expanded with valuable offers for the benefit of the members. Other strategic areas of action include initiatives to safeguard the growing need for skilled labor, targeted support for business succession, the promotion of innovation, and internationalization.

In addition to the election of the new board, the focus for the year 2019 was presented at the general meeting. Key topics for next year are software, artificial intelligence and sensor technology. In 2019, the Technical University of Dresden celebrates 50 years of "computer science" and the beginning of computer science education at the Department of Computer Science at the TU Dresden. "Half a century of computer science does not only mean looking back on inventions, innovations and the further development of one's own discipline, but at the same time it also gives rise to a reflection on social effects," says Prof. Dr. Frank Schönefeld (Member of the Executive Board Silicon Saxony e.V and member of the Management of T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH). Only computer science has opened the door to the age of digitization. "Whether artificial intelligence, self-learning machines, the Internet of Things or quantum computers, computer science is driving digitalization and its innovations have a decisive impact on the social development of people in the 21st century. As an industry, we are aware that software is not a purely technical but a social issue with enormous consequences for democratic decision-making, the working environment, social cohesion, social security systems and the restructuring of the education system, "adds Schönefeld. The association will use the anniversary "50 years of computer science" and invite together with its members and partners to interesting, target group-specific dialogue formats on various facets of the topic of software.

Finally, the Silicon Saxony team presented the new annual magazine "NEXT". Top topic of the magazine is "Artificial Intelligence - Key Technology of the Digital Era". In addition to the thematic special, NEXT provides an entertaining overview of the most important minds, projects and initiatives of the past fiscal year. Interested parties can download the annual report on the website of Silicon Saxony for free. 

The Silicon Saxony e. V. is the largest industry association for micro- and nanoelectronics, photovoltaics, software, smart systems and applications in Europe. The club was founded in December 2000 as a network of the semiconductor, electronics and microsystems industry. It connects manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, universities, research institutes and public institutions in Saxony as a business location. Its 342 member companies, which generate annual sales of more than 4.5 billion euros, currently employ around 20,000 people.

Pictures: Silicon Saxony und Georg Roske (Photo: Prof. Dr. Frank Fitzek)