The Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2014 BERLIN took place on October 15 at the iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski next to the Brandenburg Gate, which was fitting as Europe celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berlin is also where the concept of Industry 4.0 was born, and a deeply fascinating keynote speech about this new approach to revolutionising industry was delivered by Prof. Dr. Ing. Günther Schuh, representing Acatech, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. Frost & Sullivan presented on their mega trends – the 12 global trends that will shape society over the next 20 years, and the other panel discussions, debates and keynote speeches during the day tackled the wider themes of Social Innovation. The heads of global and local companies, government leaders and authorities together sought the answers to today's challenges across multiple industries, including Healthcare, Energy, Transportation and ICT.