In that one region of Germany where the towns’ zip codes all begin with the numbers “56,” opportunities abound and the cast of characters and institutions are colorful and diverse. That fact has, once again, been made poignantly clear at the Innovations-Campus (Campus of Innovation), put on by regional marketing initiative Region56+. On September 15, 2023, at the historical Sayner Hütte in Bendorf-Sayn, brilliant minds from the local business scene and academia met to exchange ideas on how to make life, studying, and working in the region even more attractive to potential newcomers.
Keynote speaker at the event was Anders Indset, a Spiegel-bestelling author and economics theorist. Hailing from Norway and now based in Frankfurt am Main, Indset called for new solutions and gave his audience some food for thought: “Take an interest in new things and in new people, because that will make you interesting to others. And interesting people leave the table with everything!” The Campus of Innovation, emceed this year by comedian Klaus-Jürgen “Knacki” Deuser, also offered tag team champion sessions, an “idea slam,” panel discussions, and many networking opportunities.