Knowledge clusters Munich

IT and communication

Of the European locations for information and communication technology, Munich is number one, ahead of metropolises like Paris and London.

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  • many major international companies have chosen Munich as a location (for example Microsoft Germany, Google Germany, IBM, Apple GmbH)
  • Munich is number one of the European locations for information and communication technology


Isar Valley over Silicon Valley - IT Knowledge Cluster in Munich

Information and communication technology is one of the main pillars of the Munich economy. In 2017, over 77,000 employees liable to social security contributions were working in this sector in Munich, and the trend is growing. Of the European locations for information and communication technology, Munich is number one, ahead of metropolises like Paris and London.

This enviable position is due to various factors, primarily the extraordinary concentration of excellent universities and research institutes. Major international companies have chosen Munich including Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Google Germany, IBM, the Chinese Alibaba Group, Apple GmbH, Capgemini Technology Services, Cisco Systems, NTT DoCoMo, Telefónica Germany and Huawei Technologies.

Alongside the market leaders many start-ups, innovative small and medium-sized businesses and a creative digital scene have made the Isar metropolis their home. Public and private initiatives drive the digitisation and networking of the players. These include the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern initiated by the Free State of Bavaria, as well as associations like Isarnetz e.V., Digitale Stadt München e.V. and Münchner UnternehmerKreis IT.

Top-level conferences, e-commerce trade fairs and start-up events also demonstrate just how much know-how and expertise Munich has to offer. Every year in January the DLD (Digital Life Design) Conference draws representatives from business and science, founders, investors as well as politicians and artists to discuss the digital future. The Munich Web Week from 16th-25th May 2019 was also dedicated to the digital future at various locations throughout the city. Lectures, workshops and a BarCamp bring career starters, founders, bloggers and politicians together.

During the Tech Days event representatives of start-ups, business and research get together at the Muffatwerk. On 2nd and 3rd May 2019, under the motto of "Digital Innovation", discussions were held on topics such as Deep Learning, Mobility/Smart City, Robotics, Information Security and many more. 48forward has grown from a one-day conference in 2015 into a festival with platforms for international guests and public to discuss technological, cultural and social developments. The next date is scheduled for 7th-8th February 2019.

Messe München, with its top locations like the exhibition grounds, ICM, MOC and the new Conference Center Nord, provides optimum settings for major events of the IT and communication sector and has made a prominent name for itself with outstanding organisation and facilities.

Internet World EXPO, the largest e-commerce event in Europe, was held from 6th-7th March 2018 at Messe München and celebrated its 20th anniversary by setting new records in exhibitor and visitor numbers. Since 1997, the leading trade fair for online business has been exhibiting the constantly changing e-commerce sector. The next Internet World EXPO will take place on 12th and 13th March 2019, once again in Munich.

In April 2019, the ICM (Munich's international congress centre) hosts the All Facebook Marketing Conference and the All Influencer Marketing Conference. From 29th September to 1st October 2019 entrepreneurs, founders and investors will be meeting at the ICM for Bits & Pretzels, the world's biggest "founders breakfast". The MOC Veranstaltungscenter will once again be staging the AWE EU (Augmented World Expo) from in October 2019. This follows on from the world's largest event on the topic of Augmented and Virtual Reality which Munich was able to take on board in 2017 and 2018.

Other interesting dates in the Munich event calendar include the BE5 Hackdays from 1st-3rd February 2019, the Online B2B Conference from 4th-5th June 2019 and the Data Driven Marketing Conference from 26th-27th November 2018. The next MobileTech Conference, the leading conference for mobile technology in the German-speaking region, will be taking place from 25th-27th March 2019.

Past Congresses:

OOP | Internet World | IM. TOP | TDWI München | Command Control | DLD Conference | Big Data Marketing Day | MobileTech Conference | All Facebook Marketing Conference | All Influencer Marketing Conference | Bits & Pretzels | Web Developer Conference | Data Driven Marketing Conference | AWE Europe AR+VR Conference & Expo | ISPO Digitize Summit



Photo: Christian Kasper

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