18.- 19.09.2024 at Darmstadt

The first event for the future of IT/OT

The digital world of IT and the real world of operational technology – how can we ideally connect people, technologies and data in the future? We are inviting experts from leading companies in Germany to share their visions and experiences with us.

In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the IT/OT Convergence Summit 2024 also offers an evening event and, of course, space for successful networking. You will also gain an exclusive insight into the results of a brand new survey on IT/OT convergence and have the opportunity to contribute to its further development.

Participants at the event come from the following sectors Automotive, machinery and plant engineering, food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and plastics, energy and infrastructure.

The language of the summit is English.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
Professor of Computer Science at the TU Darmstadt
Mr. Sadeghi is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt, where he heads the System Security Lab. Since 2012 Prof. Sadeghi has established a long-term cooperation with Intel. It has already emerged in several Collaborative Research Centers on various topics, such as Secure Computing in Mobile and Embedded Systems, Autonomous and Resilient Systems, and Private AI.

Ingo Sawilla
Head of Manufacturing-X, TRUMPF

Head of Manufacturing-X, international implementation of the data room initiatives.
Project partner Catena-X, consortium leader XForge, Manufacturing-X and Factory-X initiator and on various advisory boards as Coordinator Datagovernance+Datasecurity. Member of the Standardisation Council 4.0, author of various publications.

Stefan Hoppe
President of OPC Foundation

Stefan Hoppe is the OPC Foundation President since end 2018 coordinating the OPC expansion into the Internet of Things & Industrie4.0. Stefan has been the Global Vice President since 2014 and the President of the OPC Europe organization since 2010 being the catalyst for initiating liaisons with other industrial consortiums that has resulted in OPC working groups developing companion specifications for the organizations respective information models. Stefan Hoppe studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. Since 1995 he has worked for BECKHOFF Automation, starting as a software developer later as a lead Product Manager with focus on PC based Automation, connectivity and embedded software products.

Frank Polky
Director OT Security, Mars

Frank started his career in OT technology many years ago, starting from the sensor level up to PLC´s and HMI technology.

He was involved in several engineering activities around the globe building new lines and factories as well as system and technology standardization and optimization workstreams.

Holding an Engineering degree in OT&IT technology and more than 20 experience in FMCG / CPG business he is now acting as the Director OT security for MARS incorporate. Working with a powerful team he is supporting all factories globally to help them securing operations.

Grischa Jacobs
Founder & CEO, AONIC

Grischa has been an entrepreneur and digitalisation expert for over 15 years. He has been a co-founder of AONIC GmbH since 2012 and is primarily involved in consulting in the field of digital transformation and innovation strategies.

Previously, Grischa worked as a researcher for high-performance computing and machine learning at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at Microsoft Deutschland.

Topics of the summit


What is the target picture of cooperation between IT, OT, production and information security?

IIoT Daten

How can we gain valuable information from production data? What opportunities do digital twins offer?

Cyber Security

From BCM to OT security: Which process model promises security and enables innovation?


How do we manage the organisational changes that go hand in hand with the convergence of IT and OT?


European Space Agency – Guided Tour

The tour includes a short introductory film and a visit to ESOC’s operational facilities, such as the Main Control Room (MCR).

Participants can also take a look at the Rosetta engineering model and other mission-specific control rooms.


Wednesday 18.09.2024

08:00 – 09:00: Registration

09:00 – 09:15: Opening moderation

09:15- 10:15: Prof. Dr.-Ing Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi: Research in cyber security for critical infrastructure

10:15 – 11:15: ESA/ESOC: Presentation by ESA on the subject of IT/OT

11:15 – 11:30: Break

11:30 – 12:00: Ingo Sawilla: Manufacturing-X, Booster of IT/OT convergence

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch break and networking

13:30 – 14:30: Frank Polky: A journey into the IT/OT world at Mars

14:30 – 15:00: Coffee break and networking

15:00 – 16:00: Stefan Hoppe: Key factors for successful IT/OT solutions in cross-domain industries

16:00 – 17:00: Martin Haupt: IT/OT convergence at Merck

17:00 – 17:15: Closing and summary session

17:30: Networking and Come together Barbecue

Thursday 19.09.2024

9:30:  Breakfast and coffee

10:30:  Guided tour of the European Space Agency (ESA / ESOC) in Darmstadt

12:30: Break & Lunch

13:30: Final presentation

Goals and benefits of the Summit

We really get to the bottom of the issues

The presentations by the experts and the topics of the panel discussion will cover a wide range of current IT/OT topics such as service design, governance and cyber security.

Identify and solve challenges and problems

The various challenges offer the opportunity to reflect on one's own weaknesses, but also to utilise experience and newly acquired knowledge.

Exchange of experience from different sectors

We offer you the ideal opportunity to exchange ideas with experts and other interested parties.

First insights into the brand new IT/OT Survey 2024

Be one of the first to find out what's on the industry's mind and take part in version 2.0 of the survey yourself!

Relaxed atmosphere in well-located surroundings

AONIC's central office near Darmstadt's main railway station with spacious premises and the cool evening location round off the Summit perfectly.

No advertising event, no intrusive sponsors

There are no advertising stands or salespeople chasing customers here, just an honest exchange of knowledge on one of the most exciting topics of 2024.

Summit Survey

IT/OT Convergence

Take part now in our annual, anonymous survey on IT/OT convergence. The published results will enable you to benchmark your company against the competition.

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Register for free

Participation by employees from consultancies and software companies is excluded.


AONIC Office - Darmstadt

Marie-Curie-Str 1, 64293 Darmstadt
5. Obergeschoss



Rheinstraße 105, 64295 Darmstadt
+49 6151 878-0

10 min entfernt

Welcome Hotel Darmstadt

Karolinenplatz 4, 64289 Darmstadt

20 min entfernt


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Transformation der IT-Infrastruktur in der produzierenden Industrie

Optimierung einer IT-OT-Integration bei Merck

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Cybersicherheit für OT Umgebungen durch Einführung von Endpoint Protection

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Zukunftssichere Produktion: Die Rolle der IT-Modernisierung