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10-11 SEPTEMBER 2019

The Egg, Brussels, Belgium


EIT Digital Conference, 10 September 2019

08:30 ‑ 09:30 Welcome Coffee & Registration
08:30 ‑ 16:30 Innovators Village Grand Opening
08:45 ‑ 09:15 Press Conference
09:30 ‑ 09:45 Opening: For a Strong Digital Europe, let's shape a new model.

Willem Jonker, EIT Digital, CEO
09:45 ‑ 10:05 Keynote 1: How to set the frame for a strong digital Europe?

Eva Kaili
, Member of the European Parliament
10:05 ‑ 10:25 Keynote 2: We, the makers, the power of ecosystems.

Andreas Kunze
, Konux, CEO
10:25 - 10:45 Keynote 3: Future of education.

Nuria Oliver
, Advisor of Vodafone Institute, Member of the High Level Expert Group on Business to Government Data Sharing
10:45 ‑ 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 ‑ 12:15 Panel Discussion - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education: the winning model

Chahab Nastar, EIT Digital, Chief Research and Innovation Officer

Roberto Prieto, EIT Digital, Chief Education Officer

Verena Kretschmann,, Head of European Operations

Isabel Tejero, Enerbrain, Sales Director

Blanca Martinez de Aragon, PwC, Data analyst

Balázs Horváth
, EIT Digital Doctoral School, PhD student
12:15 ‑ 14:15 Networking Lunch
14:15 ‑ 15:30 The Digital Talks feature interactive, engaging and controversial conversations of industry and high-profile startup CEOs (the Makers) alongside political leaders and prominent figures from organisations across Europe (the Shapers) about the key challenge(s) of Europe:

#1. European values for a Strong Digital Europe

Gry Hasselbalch - Researcher and independent data ethics advisor; cofounder of the politically independent thinkdotank; Member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence

Despina Spanou - Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at DG CONNECT, European Commission

This panel will have a dialogue addressing how the EU can turn the value-driven approach to tech challenges into a resource, to provide economic advantages and to create European added value on the global market.

#2. Safeguarding Openness & Innovation in Europe

Xin Hu - Co-founder MatchX and CEO MXC

Klaudia Majcher - Digital Policy Analyst, European Commission, European Political Strategy Centre

This panel will debate these concerns and highlight pressing opportunities to put in place fresh regulations which can adapt to the fast-changing digital environment, while at the same safeguarding European innovation and upholding the rights of citizens.

#3. How to adapt the Education system to the digital reality?

Milena Stoycheva - Visiting Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Trento & CEO of Junior Achievement in Bulgaria

Gyula Cserey - Deputy Head of Unit for Higher Education, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

How can the European education system be adapted to the digital reality, to equip people with the right digital skills and to deploy digital technology to support education?

15:30 ‑ 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 ‑ 17:00 AMA (Ask Me Anything) & Wrap-up
17:00 ‑ 19:30 Networking

EIT Digital Partner Event, 11 September 2019

08:00 ‑ 08:20 Welcome Coffee & Registration
08:30 ‑ 15:00 Innovators Village Grand Opening
08:20 ‑ 09:20 Pre-session: Operational Processes

Stan Smits, EIT Digital, Chief Operating Officer
09:20 ‑ 09:35 Opening Partner Event

Willem Jonker, EIT Digital, CEO
09:35 ‑ 10:05 Chahab Nastar, EIT Digital, Chief Research and Innovation Officer

Roberto Prieto, EIT Digital, Chief Education Officer
10:05 ‑ 10:15 EIT Digital Alumni, President
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 ‑ 12:15 General Assembly

Raymond Freymann, EIT Digital, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
12:15 - 13:30 Parallel session: debrief on EIT Digital 2020 outcomes
13:30 ‑ 14:30 Networking Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Industry
14:30 - 15:00 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Wellbeing
14:30 - 15:00 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Tech
14:30 - 15:00 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Finance
14:30 - 15:00 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Cities
15:00 Farewell Coffee & Refreshments

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