next. is a progression of the YOUNG LEADER IN SPORTS SUMMIT (YLS) and is founded on the belief that change is only sustainable if today’s decision makers enter a constructive dialogue with the next leadership generation. next. is designed as an idea incubator: It opens up CAMP BECKENBAUER to the ideas and points of view of young opinion leaders from sports business and prepares topics to be placed on the agenda of the CAMP BECKENBAUER Global Summit.

2016: “The Future of Sports in China”

next. as the Sports Future Lab of CAMP BECKENBAUER is an integral part of the year-round continual exchange of ideas and takes place every year in spring. The agenda of the event is centered on CAMP BECKENBAUER’s guiding theme. At the event on May 9th 2016 in Rust, Germany, the next. delegates of CAMP BECKENBAUER partners, with selected guests from sport, business, and academia, discussed several aspects of the guiding theme “The Future of Sports in China”. The next. nominees then discussed and rated a selection of sports innovations for a potential presentation at the Innovation Slam of CAMP BECKENBAUER’s Global Summit in Shanghai 2016. Moreover, the winner of franz., the global student competition, was awarded at next.



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