Bavaria's High-Tech Vision: Markus Söder Welcomes BigTech Companies and Academic Leaders

A Future-Focused Reception in Munich

June 19th, 2024
Snejana Melnic, News from Berlin
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Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, along with Science Minister Markus Blume, welcomed representatives from BigTech companies and esteemed professors involved in the High-Tech Agenda at a special reception held in the Kaiseraal of the Munich Residence. This event highlighted Bavaria's commitment to fostering a future driven by optimism, research, and technology, embodying the essence of modern Bavaria.

In his welcoming address, Söder emphasized Bavaria's historical strength in art, culture, and science, likening the region to the "California of Germany" due to its superior lifestyle and quality of life. However, he stressed that Bavaria is not content with resting on its laurels. The state is actively pushing forward to secure its future through substantial investments in knowledge, research, and innovation.

The High-Tech Agenda, Bavaria's ambitious plan for the future, serves as a testament to this commitment. With an investment of approximately 5.5 billion Euros, the agenda focuses on key technologies that are set to shape the future, including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, and aerospace. This initiative also includes the creation of 1,000 new professorships, 3,800 new jobs, and the establishment of 15 new technology transfer centers.

Söder highlighted the vital role of intellectual curiosity and innovation in driving human development, progress, freedom, and democracy. By fostering a culture of inquiry and creativity, Bavaria aims to create an ideal ecosystem for science, large corporations, and start-ups alike.

The reception underscored the state's dedication to maintaining its position at the forefront of technological and scientific advancement. By attracting and nurturing the best minds and leading companies, Bavaria continues to pave the way for groundbreaking discoveries and advancements.

Söder emphasized the need for continued investment in high-tech industries to unleash creativity and innovation. The High-Tech Agenda is not only a financial commitment but a strategic initiative aimed at driving Bavaria towards a prosperous and innovative future. The event at the Munich Residence reaffirmed Bavaria's position as a pioneer in research, technology, and quality of life.


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