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Freelance Unlocked 2024

Speakers

Meet our speakers

Connect with over 40 industry thought leaders who are actively shaping the Future of Work, contributing their expertise to forge a brighter collective future. 
Stay tuned for the upcoming release of the full speaker list.

Christian Weber

Christian Weber

Consultant & Managing Owner at dnext

Florian Alexander Hähnel

Florian Alexander

Freelance Product Owner & IT Project Lead

Ulrich Watermann

Ulrich Watermann

Co-Founder at zwischen#räume
& Lecturer at INeKO

Karolin Ruehlmann

Karolin Ruehlmann

General Management & Interim CEO/COO

Thomas Marbella

Thomas Marbella

Managing Director at OneCode

Peter Balog

Peter Balog

Founder of Freelance Pizza

Fabian Rossbacher

Fabian Rossbacher

Chief Marketing Officer at SEODAY

Natalia Nestrowicz

Natalia Nestrowicz

Talent Acquisition Specialist at virtual7

Nicolas Kopp

Nicolas Kopp

Co-Founder & CEO at digital essence

Simone Harter

Simone Harter

Senior Workforce Manager at virtual7

Tomas Renner

Tomas Renner

Head of Growth at eRecht24

Glen Hodgson

Glen Hodgson

Founder & CEO of Freelance Movement

Nicole Krenz

Nicole Krenz

Founder of Digitales Coworking

Magdalena Ziomek

Magdalena Ziomek

Founder & Managing Director of SMartDe eG

Melanie Schröder

Melanie Schröder

Business Mentoring & LinkedIn Storyteller

Michael Bender

Michael Bender

Managing Partner at Thalent.com

Christian Pyrros

Christian Pyrros

Managing Partner at erfolk.com

2024 Conference program

Check the speaking sessions

If you have any suggestions or wishes for next year’s event, please let us know here.

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Bias now, Pay later – how to Overcome Bias

Have you ever unconsciously focused on data that highlights your hypothesis? Or continued to push a project forward, even though you knew it wouldn’t succeed? Well, you’re not alone. Almost every design decision is fueled with bias.

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Design for everyone

Every little thing we do in the interface has an impact and so does everything we don’t do. Inclusive design is about building the right thing.

Time - TBA soon

Redesigning core experience

How do you redesign one of the most wildly contested, highly debated, most viewed parts of a product? In her talk, Meylin will give you insights into how Wise redesigned their homepage and restructured information architecture.

Day 2

Time - TBA soon

Bias now, Pay later – how to Overcome Bias

Have you ever unconsciously focused on data that highlights your hypothesis? Or continued to push a project forward, even though you knew it wouldn’t succeed? Well, you’re not alone. Almost every design decision is fueled with bias.

Time - TBA soon

Design for everyone

Every little thing we do in the interface has an impact and so does everything we don’t do. Inclusive design is about building the right thing.

Time - TBA soon

Redesigning core experience

How do you redesign one of the most wildly contested, highly debated, most viewed parts of a product? In her talk, Meylin will give you insights into how Wise redesigned their homepage and restructured information architecture.

08:15 - 09:00

Registration

09:00 - 09:15
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
09:15 - 09:45
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Matthew Mottola-2

Sales & Marketing
Freelance 2.0: How the freelance economy is transforming from a transactional gig economy to the future of work

Matthew Mottola-2
09:45 - 10:25
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢

Sales & Marketing
Where is the freelance economy heading?

Jon Younger
HR tech thought-leader
Manuel Meurer
Founder of Uplink
Jon Younger
HR tech thought-leader
Manuel Meurer
Founder of Uplink
10:30 - 11:30
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Dr. Rolf Schmachtenberg

Admin & Legal
Selbständige in die Rentenversicherung? Die aktuellen Pläne der Bundesregierung

Dr. Rolf Schmachtenberg
State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Dr. Rolf Schmachtenberg
10:30 - 11:10
Language:
English
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Peter Balog

Sales & Marketing
Using events to acquire customers and show your expertise

Peter Balog
10:30 - 11:10
Language:
English
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Julia Gertz - IT Lawyer

Admin & Legal
Compliance Success for Freelancers in Germany

Tia Hardy Robinson
Co-Founder & CEO of Expath
Julia Gertz - IT Lawyer
11:15 - 12:15
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
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Professional Development & Wellbeing
Freiberufliche IT-Projekte im Public Sector: Wie Du die digitale Zukunft Deutschlands gestaltest

Natalia Nestrowicz
Talent Acquisition Specialist at virtual7
Simone Harter
Senior Workforce Manager at virtual7
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11:15 - 12:45
Language:
English
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
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Sales & Marketing
Freelancer First: How Innovative Platforms Are Prioritizing Freelancer Success

Jon Younger
HR tech thought-leader
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11:35 - 12:15
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Katja Vandebosch

Sales & Marketing
So bringst Du deine LinkedIn Präsenz auf das nächste Level

Katja Vandebosch
Learning & Engagement DACH at LinkedIn
Katja Vandebosch
12:15 - 13:30
Where:
Main Stage 🟢

Lunch - Main Stage

12:15 - 13:30
Where:
Second Stage 🟠

Lunch - Second Stage

12:45 - 13:30
Where:
Workshop room 🟣

Lunch - Workshop room

13:30 - 14:10
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Alexander Keck

Admin & Legal
Wann sollte man als Freelancer eine GmbH gründen?

Alexander Keck
13:30 - 14:10
Language:
English
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Alessandro Pedori

Professional Development & Wellbeing
How will AI influence my future of work?

Alessandro Pedori
13:30 - 14:30
Language:
German
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Bjoern Brand - Hays

Sales & Marketing
Freelance Marketing Blueprint: Projektakquise, Personal Branding & Community Building

Bjoern Brand
Digital Marketing Consultant & SEO Manager at Hays
Bjoern Brand - Hays
14:15 - 14:55
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Tino Keller headshot - Accountable

Admin & Legal
Finanzen als Freiberufler: So meisterst du deine Steuern mit Leichtigkeit

Tino Keller
Head of Marketing at Accountable
Tino Keller headshot - Accountable
14:15 - 14:55
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Pavlos Batziakas

Admin & Legal
IT Hub Zypern: Einblicke in eine IT Gemeinschaft am Rande der EU

Pavlos Batziakas
14:35 - 15:15
Language:
German
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Benjamin Walker - nemensis

Admin & Legal
Zusammenarbeit mit Dienstleistern (PDL)

Benjamin Walker - nemensis
15:00 - 15:40
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Ralph Günther - exali

Sales & Marketing
Wie definiere ich meinen persönlichen USP?

Ralph Günther - exali
15:00 - 15:40
Language:
English
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Antonia Landi-1

Professional Development & Wellbeing
(Re)Defining success: Forging your own path in a world of advice

Antonia Landi
Product Operations Consultant & Coach
Antonia Landi-1
15:20 - 16:20
Language:
German
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Sandra Loehning

Sales & Marketing
Unlocking Success: Als Freelancer souverän Einwände überwinden

Sandra Loehning
Senior Partner Manager Europe bei exali AG
Sandra Loehning
15:50 - 16:30
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Dr Benno Grunewald

Admin & Legal
Scheinselbständigkeit, Rentenversicherungspflicht und Verträge für Selbständige

Dr Benno Grunewald
15:50 - 16:30
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Nadia Harris

Admin & Legal
Rechtliche Aspekte von digitalen Nomaden

Nadia Harris
Head of HR at receeve & Founder at Remote Work Advocate
Nadia Harris
16:25 - 17:05
Language:
German
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Nicolas Kopp

Sales & Marketing
Wie man seinen CV in einen Recruiter-Magneten verwandelt!

Nicolas Kopp
Co-Founder & CEO at digital essence
Nicolas Kopp
16:35 - 17:15
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Melanie Schröder

Sales & Marketing
LinkedIn Storytelling für Freelancer

Melanie Schröder
Business Mentoring & LinkedIn Storyteller
Melanie Schröder
16:35 - 17:15
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Grazia Ravelli

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Averting Freelancer Burnout: Strategies for Self-Care and Mental Wellness

Grazia Ravelli
Growth Mental Coach at Grazia.Coach
Grazia Ravelli
17:10 - 17:50
Language:
German
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Dominik Florschuetz

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Skills that convert – Choosing the right tech stack

Dominik Florschütz
BI & Data Science at Piton
Dominik Florschuetz
17:20 - 18:00
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Mateo Cassese

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Why you struggle with self-promotion and what to do about it

Matteo Cassese
Business Storytelling Coach at La Fabbrica della Realtà
Mateo Cassese
17:20 - 18:00
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Michael Bender

Admin & Legal
Die Herausforderungen der länderübergreifenden Arbeit als Freelancer (mit Fokus auf Frankreich, Deutschland und Großbritannien)

Michael Bender
Managing Partner at Thalent.com
Michael Bender
18:00 - 22:00

Networking Party

09:00 - 09:40
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Ryan Bettencourt

Sales & Marketing
The unique ingredients in "launch marketing"

Ryan Bettencourt
09:30 - 10:10
Language:
German
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Ulrich Watermann

Sales & Marketing
Effektive Kundenkommunikation

Ulrich Watermann
Co-Founder at zwischen#räume & Lecturer at INeKO
Ulrich Watermann
09:45 - 10:25
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Maruan Faraj-1

Sales & Marketing
Preisstrategien: Wie und wann Du am besten deinen Preis erhöhen solltest

Maruan Faraj-1
09:45 - 10:25
Language:
English
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Irina Rokosz

Professional Development & Wellbeing
The Freelancer’s Evolution: Steps You Go Through On The Freedom’s Path

Irina Rokosz
Management Consultant
Irina Rokosz
10:15 - 10:55
Language:
German
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Marco Janck

Sales & Marketing
SEO weapons for freelancers: How to get clients from Google

Marco Janck
SEO and Content Marketing Expert
Marco Janck
10:30 - 11:00
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Tino Schmutzler

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Freelancer to Founder: From initial idea to the first investment

Tino Schmutzler
10:30 - 11:10
Language:
English
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Magdalena Ziomek

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Empowering Freelancers with Security and Solidarity through Cooperatives

Magdalena Ziomek
Founder & Managing Director of SMartDe eG
Magdalena Ziomek
11:00 - 11:40
Language:
English
Where:
Workshop room 🟣
Matthias Frank-1

Sales & Marketing
How To Build Your Freelance OS in 30 Minutes in Notion

Matthias Frank
Notion Consultant
Matthias Frank-1
11:05 - 11:50
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢

Admin & Legal
Politisches Panel zu Scheinselbstständigkeit und der Zukunft von Freelancing in Deutschland

Jens Teutrine
German politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
Marc Biadacz
German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
Dr. Andreas Lutz
President at VGSD
11:15 - 11:55
Language:
English
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Karolin Ruehlmann

Sales & Marketing
Lessons learned : What freelancers should know about collaboration with companies

Karolin Ruehlmann
General Management & Interim CEO/COO
Karolin Ruehlmann
11:50 - 13:00
Where:
Main Stage 🟢

Lunch - Main Stage

12:00 - 13:00
Where:
Second Stage 🟠

Lunch - Second Stage

12:00 - 13:00
Where:
Workshop room 🟣

Lunch - Workshop room

13:00 - 13:40
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Wie Sideprojekte das Freelancing wirklich frei machen können

13:00 - 13:40
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Florian Alexander Hähnel

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Freiberuflicher Product Owner: Herausforderungen & Lösungen meistern

Florian Alexander
Freelance Product Owner & IT Project Lead
Florian Alexander Hähnel
13:45 - 14:15
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Glen Hodgson

Admin & Legal
EU regulatory framework and the Platform Worker Rights Directive

Glen Hodgson
13:45 - 14:25
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Tomas Renner

Admin & Legal
Freelancer & DSGVO - Richtiger Umgang mit Datenschutz macht Spaß!

Tomas Renner
Head of Growth at eRecht24
Tomas Renner
14:20 - 15:00
Language:
English
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Karla Schonicke

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Product Management Anti-Patterns

Karla Schönicke
Interim Product Lead
Karla Schonicke
14:30 - 15:10
Language:
German
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Nicole Krenz

Professional Development & Wellbeing
Die Kraft des Netzwerkens für Freelancer

Nicole Krenz
15:05 - 15:45
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Melinda Braunke-2

Admin & Legal
Freiberufliche Tätigkeit in der Schweiz. Wie funktioniert das?

Melinda Braunke
Senior Consultant & Head Temp at Rockstar Recruiting
Melinda Braunke-2
15:15 - 15:55
Language:
English
Where:
Second Stage 🟠
Irene Yu-1

Professional Development & Wellbeing
From Conflict to Collaboration: Leveraging PCM for Effective Teamwork in Freelance Projects

Irene Yu
Founder, Leadership and Business Coach
Irene Yu-1
15:50 - 16:30
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Thomas Marbella (2)

Sales & Marketing
Akquise trotz Krise: verlässlich gute Projekte bekommen

Thomas Marbella
Managing Director at OneCode
Thomas Marbella (2)
16:30 - 16:45
Language:
German
Where:
Main Stage 🟢
Date & time (TBA)
Matthew Mottola-2

Keynote Speaker Opening - Freelance 2.0: How the freelance economy is transforming from a transactional gig economy to the future of work

(This session will be in English)
Matthew Mottola-2
Matthew Mottola
CEO at The Human Cloud
Date & time (TBA)
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Panel Discussion - Where is the freelance economy heading?

(This session will be in English)
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Jon Younger
HR tech thought-leader, author, and advisor. Forbes contributor.
Date & time (TBA)
Katja Vandebosch

So bringst Du deine LinkedIn Präsenz auf das nächste Level

(This session will be in German)
Katja Vandebosch
Katja Vandebosch
Senior Account Executive, Learning & Engagement DACH at LinkedIn
Date & time (TBA)
Benjamin Walker - nemensis

Zusammenarbeit mit Dienstleistern (PDL)

(This session will be in German)
Benjamin Walker - nemensis
Benjamin Walker
Co-CEO at Nemensis
Date & time (TBA)
Melanie Schröder

LinkedIn Storytelling für Freelancer

(This session will be in German)
Melanie Schröder
Melanie Schröder
Business Mentoring & LinkedIn Storyteller
Date & time (TBA)

How to calculate freelance rates

Date & time (TBA)

Moving towards starting your own agency

Date & time (TBA)
Ryan Bettencourt

The unique ingredients in "launch marketing"

(This session will be in English)
Ryan Bettencourt
Ryan Bettencourt
Co-Founder at Growth Collective
Date & time (TBA)

How to build a customer base as a freelancer?

Date & time (TBA)
Ulrich Watermann

Effektive Kundenkommunikation

(This session will be in German)
Ulrich Watermann
Ulrich Watermann
Co-Founder at zwischen#räume & Lecturer at INeKO
Date & time (TBA)
Bjoern Brand - Hays

Beyond the Gig: Personal Branding, Lead Generation und Strategien zum Aufbau von Communities

(This session will be in German)
Bjoern Brand - Hays
Björn Brand
Digital Marketing Consultant & SEO Manager at Hays
Date & time (TBA)
Nicolas Kopp

Wie man seinen CV in einen Recruiter-Magneten verwandelt!

(This session will be in German)
Nicolas Kopp
Nicolas Kopp
Co-Founder & CEO at digital essence
Date & time (TBA)

How to convert more of your deals or applications?

Date & time (TBA)
Karolin Ruehlmann

Lessons learned : What freelancers should know about collaboration with companies

Karolin Ruehlmann
Karolin Ruehlmann
General Management & Interim CEO/COO
Date & time (TBA)
Maruan Faraj-1

Preisstrategien: Wie und wann Du am besten deinen Preis erhöhen solltest

(This session will be in German)
Maruan Faraj-1
Maruan Faraj
Founder & CEO at Finally Freelancing
Date & time (TBA)

Storytelling for solopreneurs

Date & time (TBA)
Fabian Rossbacher

SEO weapons for freelancers: How to get clients from Google

(This session will be in German)
Fabian Rossbacher
Fabian Rossbacher
Chief Marketing Officer at SEODAY
Date & time (TBA)

A successful freelancer’s guide to finding long-term clients

Date & time (TBA)
Thomas Marbella (2)

Akquise trotz Krise: verlässlich gute Projekte bekommen

(This session will be in German)
Thomas Marbella (2)
Thomas Marbella
Managing Director at OneCode
Date & time (TBA)

How to move from billing per hour to product-based pricing

Date & time (TBA)
Peter Balog

Using events to acquire customers and show your expertise

(This session will be in English)
Peter Balog
Peter Balog
Founder of Freelance Pizza
Date & time (TBA)
Ralph Günther - exali

Wie definiere ich meinen persönlichen USP?

(This session will be in German)
Ralph Günther - exali
Ralph Günther
CEO at exali AG
Date & time (TBA)

Freelancer referral programs: Building a network of advocates

Date & time (TBA)

Social selling as a freelancer

Date & time (TBA)
Christian Pyrros

Strategic Approach to Marketing in the Age of AI

Christian Pyrros
Christian Pyrros
Managing Partner at erfolk.com
Date & time (TBA)
Alexander Keck

Wann sollte man als Freiberufler eine GmbH gründen?

(This session will be in German)
Alexander Keck
Alexander Keck
Founder of Unternehmergold
Date & time (TBA)
Tia Hardy Robinson

Top 10 compliance mistakes freelancers make in Germany

(This session will be in English)
Tia Hardy Robinson
Tia Hardy Robinson
Co-Founder & CEO of Expath
Date & time (TBA)
Michael Bender

Challenges of cross border working as a freelancer (focus on France, Germany, UK)

(This session will be in German)
Michael Bender
Michael Bender
Managing Partner at Thalent.com
Date & time (TBA)

Freelancing vs Employment: Which one is better?

Date & time (TBA)
Nadia Harris

Rechtliche Aspekte von digitalen Nomaden

(This session will be in German)
Nadia Harris
Nadia Harris
Head of HR at receeve & Founder at Remote Work Advocate
Date & time (TBA)
Justus Spengler

Freiberufliche Tätigkeit in der Schweiz. Wie funktioniert das?

(This session will be in German)
Justus Spengler
Justus Spengler
Founder & CEO at Rockstar Recruiting
Date & time (TBA)
Tomas Renner

Freelancer GDPR Compliance: Navigating data protection regulations

(This session will be in German)
Tomas Renner
Tomas Renner
Head of Growth at eRecht24
Date & time (TBA)

Efficient Invoicing Practices for Freelancers

Date & time (TBA)
Dr Benno Grunewald

Scheinselbständigkeit, Rentenversicherungspflicht und Verträge für Selbständige

(This session will be in German)
Dr Benno Grunewald
Dr. Benno Grunewald
Founder of Unternehmergold
Date & time (TBA)

Mastering bookkeeping for freelancers

Date & time (TBA)

How to open an EU business for freelancers and self-employed professionals

Date & time (TBA)
Julia Gertz - IT Lawyer-1

Erfolgreiche Vertragsgestaltung: Do's & Don'ts

(This session will be in German)
Julia Gertz - IT Lawyer-1
Julia Gertz
Specialist IT Lawyer
Date & time (TBA)

How to plan your financials as a freelancer

Date & time (TBA)

Reimbursable expenses for freelancers

Date & time (TBA)
Pavlos Batziakas

IT Hub Zypern: Einblicke in eine IT Gemeinschaft am Rande der EU

(This session will be in German)
Pavlos Batziakas
Pavlos Batziakas
CEO at CYPREC IT Solutions
Date & time (TBA)
Glen Hodgson

EU regulatory framework and the Platform Worker Rights Directive

(This session will be in English)
Glen Hodgson
Glen Hodgson
Founder & CEO at Freelance Movement
Date & time (TBA)
Mina Bastawros

Freelancing in the Aerospace Industry

(This session will be in English)
Mina Bastawros