Future Cloud Symposium - 2014

Future Cloud Symposium - 2014

Transitioning from Research to Business: Opportunities in Cloud Business in Europe

June 23 & 24, 2014 in Rennes, INRIA Conference Center, France.

An international symposium on the future of Cloud Computing featuring world-class speakers and guests

Cloud Computing began as a disruption in the marketplace only five short years ago. Since then, it has become a game-changer in terms of how businesses manage the flow of information, how we distribute software and data and how people connect to one another. With Cloud, the industry has the potential to significantly contribute to European growth while offering many opportunities to new ventures and established global players.

The Symposium is your opportunity to take a closer look at the future of Cloud Computing, providing a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, industry representatives, decision-makers, venture capitalists, academics, researchers and Cloud professionals to:

  • Meet some of the key players responsible for shaping the future of Cloud Computing.
  • Discover some of the most promising new ventures in Cloud from across Europe.
  • Participate in the prestigious EIT Digital Challenge Finals in Cloud Computing and the award ceremomy, where successful and winning ideas will be awarded.

The Symposium will cover a variety of topics addressing the future of Cloud Computing in the E.U. with perspectives from those shaping the Cloud ecosystem in Europe and in the rest of the world. Expert speakers will converge including representatives from EIT Digital, by leading academics from INRIA, IRISA, TU Berlin, U Neuchatel, entrepreneurs from Europe and the USA and industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Thales, and more.

The EIT Digital Challenge is a European contest for startups & students with innovative ideas around eight topics, including Future Cloud. Winners not only get up to 40,000 Euro cash, but also coaching and mentoring from experts of the EIT Digital Business Development Accelerator and office space for six months. The application period is open until 20 April and the Future Cloud final pitches and award ceremony takes place at the Symposium.


Programme Monday 23rd June, 2014

13:00 - 13:30Welcome, Coffee
13:30 - 13:45Bertrand Braunschweig,
Jean-Marc Jezequel
Welcome word (INRIA Rennes, IRISA)
13:45 - 14:15Willem Jonker
Opening Symposium
14:15 - 14:30Stephane Amarger
EIT ICT Labs Paris Node director
Opening Day 1
14:30 - 15:00Anne-Marie Kermarrec
INRIA, Allyours startup
Scalable Personalization
15:00 - 16:00Coffee Break & Bazaar EIT ICT Labs PhD Students & results (poster session)
16:00 - 17:00Peter Dickman
Google Zurich
Why Clouds aren't interesting (especially w.r.t security)
17:00 - 17:15Björn Hovstadius
From Research to Business: the EIT ICT Labs New ventures BD Accelerator
17:15 - 18:45Cloud Computing Idea Challenge finals- Introduction
- Pitch + questions
19:30 - 22:00Reception

Programme Tuesday 24th June, 2014

8:00 - 8:45Coffee
8:45 - 9:00Tua Huomo
EIT ICT Labs Action Line Leader, Future Cloud
Opening Day 2
9:00 - 10:00Ant Rowstron
Microsoft Research
Rack-scale computing: opportunity or curse for applications?
10:00 - 10:30AsparuhKoev
CEO of Transmetrics, EIT ICT Labs Future Cloud Competition winner 2013
Big data for cargo transport: an entrepreneurship journey
10:30 - 11:00Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45Pascal Felber
Univ. Neufchatel
Research Challenges for Data Privacy in the Cloud
11:45 - 12:30Kostas TZOUMAS
Big Data looks tiny from Stratosphere
12:30 - 13:30Buffet lunchand demo / exhibition / poster session
13:30 - 14:00Janne Järvinen
Director of F-Secure
Cloud and Business Transformation
14:00 - 14:30Georges Le Pallec
Thales: Cloud Computing Challenges and Position
14:30 - 15:00Pascale Vicat Blanc
Lyatiss, former INRIA
The Network as a first class citizen of the Cloud : challenges and opportunities
15:00 - 15:30Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00David Pointcheval
Privacy for the Cloud
16:00 - 16:30Christine MORIN
Contrail: towards a trusted cloud market place
16:30 - 17.15Joseph Weinman
Senior Vice President, Telx
Digital Disciplines: Competing via the Cloud
17:15 - 17:45Future Cloud Idea Challenge awards ceremony
17:45 - 18:00Tua Huomo
EIT ICT Labs Action Line Leader, Future Cloud


  • 250 attendees from big and small companies, startups and researchers.
  • Speakers included representatives from EIT Digital, leading academics from INRIA, IRISA, TU Berlin and U Neuchatel, entrepreneurs from Europe and the USA, and industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google and Thales.
  • Three talented companies awarded at the Future cloud Idea Challenge Finale:

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