Master Product Complexity in the Automotive Industry

November 25 – 27, 2018 |  Crowne Plaza Berlin, Germany

The Smart Automotive Variant CON is the leading European event on complexity and variant management for the automotive industry and the meeting point for more than 150 experts to exchange knowledge and experience, to network and discuss key industry topics while creating new partnerships. It’s Multi Touchpoint! - Since 5 years, the Smart Automotive Variant CON offers in 2.5 days intense networking and private discussion rounds, inspirational expert keynotes as well as interactive and well moderated World Café round tables – the most interactive live event concept worldwide!

Until the most interactive and senior level complexity & variant management
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Speaker Highlights in 2017


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Key Topics in 2017

Product Configuration on the Internet of Things

  • With the Internet of Things (IoT), the configuration record is going to be a lot more dynamic. How are we to handle that?
  • Defining the challenges IoT is posing on defining and managing configuration of products
  • Considering how the configuration record  of the product is designed and managed
  • Engineering change management

Challenges of a sustainable implementation of modular toolkits

  • Implications of modular product architectures on the organisational structure
  • Realignment of processes to the toolkit
  • Impact of the specific targets linked to the toolkit introduction
  • Importance of a “Modular Thinking Organisation” and how transparent targets and success management help

The impact of agile development on variant management

  • Software configuration management
  • Current state of agile software development methods
  • Adaptive software development

Tool based variant analysis and complexity forecast

  • Planning and Mastering Product Variation: What is possible? What makes Sense?
  • Simulation of dffects
  • Optimisation of Product Configuration

Modularisation for successful product-service-systems engineering

  • Service-Systems Engineering
  • Systematic Design and Modularisation of Complex Product-Service-Systems in Times of Digital Transformations
  • Service Systems Engineering for Customer-Centric Product Solutions
  • Design of Solutions in Multi-Stakeholder Environments
  • Interfaces of Products and Services as well as Digital and Non-Digital Offerings

The myth of system analysis - How model based system engineering methods help to control complexity

  • Overview of the conceptual modeling process
  • Guiding principles, Reusable, repeatable, generic processes and products
  • Iterative, agile-informed development
  • Decomposition to primitive elements , Conceptual modelling process elements
  • Consistency, standardisation, traceability, and organisation

Movers & Shakers in 2017

  • "The networking was better than on any other event!"
    Lena Hoffmann, Zühlke Engineering

  • "
    Engaging key stakeholders in open discusions."
    Hendrik Frank, VW AG

  • "Just a great event!"
    Milos Purkert, ŠKODA AUTO a.s

  • "
    Perfect mixture of companies, people and responsibilities. The voting system was very valuable"
    Thorsten Köhler, Continental

  • "
    Great conference with interesting presentations and great community."
    Luis Barbarro Gil, PSA

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It’s a Multi-touchpoint Concept

The most effective and most informal networking hub to reach a maximum of ROI ‒ personal dialogue, direct exchange and numerous opportunities to get meetings with top executives!

6+ Icebreaker

Round tables on the evening prior to the first conference day. The Icebreaker is a first informal networking.

6+ Challenge your Peers

Parallel round table discussions offer the delegates the possibility to talk about their own challenges.

Automotive App Lounge

Have you developed an app suitable for the automotive environment? Are you working on an app right now? we.CONECT gives you the opportunity to showcase your work and ideas.

6+ World Café Session

Be part of several thematic conversation rounds with changing topics and team constellations.

Training Session

An environment that allows participants to be guided through specific topics from experts in small groups.

Keynotes & Best Practices

Top speakers, trendsetters, evangelists and experts in the field share their personal experience.

Panel Discussion

A moderated conversation where hand-picked industry experts discuss current and future issues from different perspectives.

Tweetback & Connect

The unique interactive live feedback system! Note down your thoughts on comment cards which will be pinned on walls in the networking area for further discussion.

Live Tech Take

Delegates and solution providers have the chance to actively participate in product and service demos on the expo floor.

More than 30+ hours of networking and exchange. Projects, concepts and solutions - 360°.

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