Back to the future: Under the headline “The Future of”, the conference programme of the INTERACTIVE COLOGNE festival 2015 started a journey through space and time, into the future of the digital healthcare industry and into the present of innovative research projects. Alongside insights into current developments from the areas of sports, medicine, music and science, the start-up programme of the festival offered a platform for hidden champions, newcomers and aspiring talents. A 4 hour venture for developers and exciting networking and entertainment events offered opportunities to structure the future here and now.