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Master Product Complexity in the Automotive Industry

November 25 – 26, 2019 I H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, Germany

Smart Automotive Variant CON – Europe’s No. 1 Event on Complexity & Variant Management in Automotive Product Development
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. For over 6 years, the Smart Automotive Variant CON has been supporting OEMs, Tier 1s, automotive suppliers and solution providers with its Multi Touchpoint formats over 2.5 days to provide a platform for 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!

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Event at a glance


The Leading European Event on Complexity & Variant Management for the Automotive Industry

Smart Automotive Variant CON is the meeting point for 150+ experts in complexity and variants management to exchange knowledge and experience, to network and to discuss key industry topics and create new partnerships.

The Smart Automotive Variant CON Sessions

The 2.5-day event is a unique combination of

  • Inspirational keynotes
  • 25+ hours of trends and innovation
  • Well moderated, interactive World Café sessions
  • Challenge your peers and Icebreaker sessions
  • Tech-take live sessions
  • New product show cases
  • 2 evening events

Become a Business Partner

Where else in Europe can you find hundreds of complexity and variant management projects and technology budgets under the same roof? Our event is a one-stop-shop opportunity for you to promote thought-leadership and get face-to-face with 150 key prospects.

Smart Automotive Variant CON offers the best in class opportunity to introduce yourself as a thought leader to complexity & variant management experts.

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Master Complexity Together!


Not Sponsors. The Smart Automotive Variant CON is a unique event in the business & technology world because of our relationship with our partners. Our aim is to support them to reach their targets and inspire innovation. Position your business as a thought leader at the Smart Automotive Variant CON 2019 and join us today!

Nice setup where you get to know other participants in an easy way, mixed with many good presentations.
Mikael Gustavsson
Volvo Cars
I had great discussions and saw very insperational presentations.
Robert Landwehr
Complexity Manager and End-of-Production Manager
Good occasion to see what’s going on in the Automotive industry and have interesting discussions on variant management and PLM projects.
Mariagrazia Solda
ICT Process Specialist
Excellent presentations on the state-of-the-art of variation management in the automotive industry.
Manfred Schoelzke
Engineering Group Manager
A creative and knowledge-building event with the most professional approach I’ve seen so far.
Magnus Antonsson
Senior Systems Architect
Excellent platform for networking and assessing industry maturity in new business area and opportunities.
Dr. Tilak Raj Singh
Lead Data Scientist

Key Topics at Smart Automotive Variant CON 2019

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

Key Topics at Smart Automotive Variant CON 2019

Tool based variant analysis and complexity forecast

  • Planning and Mastering Product Variation: What is possible? What makes Sense?
  • Simulation of effects
  • 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 of our Last Event

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!


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

World Café Session

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

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Say Hello

Get the show on the road. Discover who is joining the conference and why. To warm you up for the conference we invite you to get to know your conference peers. Have your business cards ready.

Case Study

Selected brand new case studies from the industry offering insights into strategic approaches, project planning and operative realization. Learn from the most successful practices and use these real business results for benchmarking with the competition.


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

Challenge your Peers

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

Meet! Smart Automotive Variant CON

Discover who else is participating in the Smart Automotive Variant CON. Our unique Polaroid Picture Wall will help you identify who you want to meet at the conference.

Breakfast Club

Start the conference with coffee and… NETWORKING! Join the we.CONECT Breakfast Club – an exclusive area in your hotel – and get into a conversation with other delegates already while having your first coffee.

Networking Dinner

Wind down, enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere to absorb all the new stimulations from the day.

Training Session

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

Live Tech Take

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

Taking Place at

Maritim proArte Berlin

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