LabCampus Goes ExpoReal

LabCampus takes part as official exhibition partner at ExpoReal from 7th to 9th of October 2019. In the course of the new Intelligent Urbanization (IU) Forum (Hall C1) LabCampus presents its ideas and concepts regarding smart and intelligent ways of urbanization in exciting panel discussions and on its own booth .

Here are the four main topics LabCampus is focusing on:

- Future Economy: Standort Deutschland in the Digital Age

- Smart City: Confronting the Urbanization Challenge

- Work-Life Fusion: The Role of the Space Between

- Campus Culture: From Innovative Thinking to Innovative Doing

One of the key topics during ExpoReal is the attractiveness of "Standort Deutschland" in the digital age. Dr. Marc Wagener, Managing Director of LabCampus GmbH, shared his thoughts with us in a blog article.

“Standort Deutschland”: How Building a Smarter Community Can Raise the Profile of a Nation. 

Germany has the largest national economy in Europe. But recent figures reveal that „Made in Germany“ is losing appeal. “Standort Deutschland”—or the attractiveness of Germany as an economically strong location—is declining. Foreign direct investment is lower. And countries like the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden now all rank above Germany as the most innovative in the world.

Concerningly, a more closed culture appears to be taking root. Positive images of German and foreign fans celebrating the World Cup in 2006 are reminiscent of a significant time: One when not only Germany’s image became international—but the country’s outlook.

Economic success, innovation and internationalization are three elements of “Standort Deutschland” needing a revival. And “stadiums” all over Germany can play host.

Take Bavaria: Of the 400 world-market leading German companies, 101 of them come from this region. But there are many more that remain “unseen”. At a metropolitan level, Munich is an undisputed powerhouse. But it shows signs of friction like any other. The start-up culture could be more vibrant. And there’s an estimated skills shortage of over 100,000 workers. Even some of the well established companies are profiting from previous cycles of investment. And delaying defining their digital strategies.

Cultivating a new way of thinking - in smarter communities

Cities can rise to these challenges—using space strategically. They must be inviting, offer quality of life, be modern and digital and enable companies to stay competitive. This isn’t achieved through co-working models. It’s about building smarter communities—at scale. Spaces that act as a role models for other cities by cultivating a new way of thinking. Where international collaboration and clustering helps companies secure their market positions. Where companies are enabled to grow their innovative systems and culture, attract the foreign talent they need, and ensure the next generation of home-grown talent stays. Multiply the model, and this could truly shape an entire nation’s economic destiny.

LabCampus creates synergies between industries, technologies, creative spaces – and people

This is exactly what LabCampus—the new innovation cosmos being built at the site of Munich Airport—is taking the first step towards. On a site the size of 70 soccer fields, or 500,000m², it’s literally breaking new ground. Over the years to follow—fresh, smart ways of collaborating between businesses and across industries will start to redefine how and with what reach, successful innovation happens. It will offer the right mix of people, industries, trends, creative spaces, amenities, technologies, partners and services. The perfect conditions for innovation. And with excellent international connections on the site’s doorstep, including access to 150,000 international visitors daily, LabCampus puts “Destination Innovation” on the European map.

From a city administrator’s perspective, smart urbanization is about using data-driven intelligence to improve livability for residents. But for economists, we open that up to include helping cities to create the right environments where companies and people can grow. Yes—this will be a smart city concept—already being built with partner MIT Senseable City Lab. But it’s the smarter community within it that may be the key to the attractiveness of Germany as a whole.   


Managing Director LabCampus

In April 2018 Dr. Marc Wagener joined LabCampus GmbH, the newly established subsidiary of Flughafen München GmbH (Munich Airport), with the mission of building, promoting and driving a future-oriented, cross-industry campus for innovators.

With a background of studies in electrical engineering at the Technical University in Aachen and a PHD in business from the Technical University of Chemnitz, Dr. Marc Wagener started his career in the field of IT project management and later moved to management consulting. In 2006 he joined Carl Zeiss AG where he was in charge of strategic business development. He served as Director Marketing, Business Strategy and Communications of Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology from 2008 - 2013. Following that, Wagener became the CEO of Siemens Novel Businesses where he was responsible for identifying and developing disruptive business opportunities, creating and financing start-ups relevant to specific fields of the Siemens AG.

Panel: October 7th, 11-11.50 am


Wojciech Czaja, Journalist


Kees Verschoor, City of Utrecht

Marc Wagener, LabCampus GmbH

Miquel Pybus Oliveras, Barcelona Regional

Gerd Krohn, Smartvillage GmbH

Jürgen Enninger , Landeshauptstadt München, Kompetenzteam Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft 

Panel: October 7th, 4-4.50 pm


Sarah Lorenz, German Entrepreneurship GmbH


Sarah Wittlieb, LabCampus GmbH

Barbara Thiel, Kienbaum Consulting

Christos Chantzaras, TUM

Michael Ulmer, Querfeld.Design // Querfeld Netzwerkgesellschaft mbH & Co KG 

Presentation: October 8th, 4-4.50 pm


Rolf Klingenschmidt, FMG

Marc Wagener, LabCampus GmbH