The conference had a record participation with over 400 participants and over 40 speakers. The conference was opened by key-note speaker Daniel Garcia Guelbenzu, GE Regional VP Western Europe, highlighting the role of established corporations in the area. It was closed by a round-table discussion that gave answers as well as new questions for the coming 2009 conference on the question,” Is Capitalism Evolving?”. For the first time in the DGDW history, the CleanTech Venture Seminar was set up to facilitate investments in start-ups that improve the productive use of natural resources. In addition a separate Responsible Careers Forum was held for prospective employers and employees.