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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 Open
08:45 ‑ 09:15 Press Conference
09:30 ‑ 09:45 Opening: For a Strong Digital Europe

Willem Jonker, EIT Digital, CEO
09:45 ‑ 10:05 Keynote 1: We, the makers, the power of ecosystems.

Andreas Kunze
, Konux CEO
10:05 ‑ 10:25 Keynote 2: Future of education.

Nuria Oliver
, Vodafone Institute, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Business to Government Data Sharing
10:25 - 10:45 Keynote 3: How to set the frame for a strong digital Europe?

Eva Kaili
, Member of the European Parliament
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

Baher Al Hakim,, CEO

Isabel Tejero, Enerbrain, Country Manager Iberia & Business Development Director France

Blanca Martinez de Aragon, PwC, Data analyst

Balázs Horváth
, Co-founder and business coach at Kimitisik
12:15 ‑ 14:15 Networking Lunch
  The Digital Talks discuss digital topics of global relevance in form of a dialogue between a representative of business & industry (the Maker) and a policymaker (the Shaper). Each dialogue is inspired by an introductory speech.
14:15 ‑ 15:30 Digital Talk #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

Yves Lostanlen -Managing Director & Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Element Ai

This Digital Talk will address the question how the EU can turn its value-driven approach to tech challenges into a resource, to provide economic advantages and to create European added value on the global market.

14:15 ‑ 15:30

Digital Talk #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

William Echikson - Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of Digital Forum, CEPS

This Digital Talk will debate whether EU regulation and open innovation can complement each other and if a new approach to regulation is needed that can adapt to the fast-changing digital environment, while at the same safeguarding European innovation and upholding the rights of citizens.

14:15 ‑ 15:30

Digital Talk #3. Challenges of Higher Education for a Strong Digital Europe

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

Hilligje van't Land - Secretary General, International Association of Universities

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 ‑ 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 ‑ 17:00 AMA (Ask Me Anything) Hanno Renner, Founder and CEO of Personio
17:00 ‑ 19:30 Wrap-up & Networking reception

EIT Digital Partner Event, 11 September 2019

08:00 ‑ 08:20 Welcome Coffee & Registration
08:30 ‑ 15:00 Innovators Village Open
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 Jeroen Van Lent, EIT Digital Alumni, President
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 ‑ 12:00 General Assembly

Raymond Freymann, EIT Digital, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
10:30 - 11:15 Panel Session - The Quest for Open Innovation
12:00 ‑ 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Industry
13:30 - 14:30 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Wellbeing
13:30 - 14:30 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Tech
13:30 - 14:30 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Finance
13:30 - 14:30 Innovation & Education workshop: Digital Cities
14:30 - 15:00 Farewell Coffee & Refreshments

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