Innowave pre summit 2018
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The event will take place on 11-12 may 2018
University of economics - Varna, hall 1
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About Innowave Pre Summit 2018
Innowave Pre Summit 2018 (11-12.05.2018) is one of the main events of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the digital field to develop the vision for digital transformation of the region. The conference will establish at regional level and with the participation of key stakeholders. The focus then will be how Innowave Summit 2018 (19-20.10.2018) can help accelerate the digitization of the European economy and similar regions – the Danube and the Black Sea region and the Western Balkans.
The purpose of the May session (in the spirit of the best current world practice) is in a broad partnership of local stakeholders from the industry, academic society, government, local institutions and NGOs as well as citizens, especially the start-up ecosystem in the city (about 60 participants in 4 working groups) to strengthen the vision of Varna to become a national pioneer of the digital transformation of low-tech industries such as transport, construction and tourism, along with accelerating digital entrepreneurship in the region. The representativeness of the event will give a discussion about the strategy of how Varna (and other cities in a similar economic situation in the region) to become an important pillar for the digitization of the industry in the region, where companies (especially those from traditional industrial sectors and SMEs) invest less in digital technology than in other parts of Europe. The documents and the good practices that will result from these two days of Innowave Pre-Summit 2018 will contribute to Bulgaria’s efforts during the presidency. During Innowave Pre-Summit 2018, as a preparatory session for Innowave Summit 2018 with a focus on digitization, innovation and new technologies to help the competitiveness of Bulgarian companies, we will give an example of how a modern and an innovative non-urban city can be placed on the map of the technology centers in Europe. This will send an important messages from Bulgaria’s Presidency being part of the Council of the European Union after the formal conclusion of the Presidency on 30.06.2018 related to youth and security issues as horizontal priorities in view of the complex nature of the challenges facing young people and the modern security environment. The inclusion of the Conference, part the event calendar as an annual measure contributing to the rapid penetration of information and communication technologies in all sectors of the economy will also support Bulgaria’s willingness to work at different levels to strengthen the Unified market which one of the most important goals of the EU building a stronger European economy.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & MODERATORS
Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society
Minister of Economy
Mayor of Varna
Head of Varna Regional Government
Member of European Parliament
Varna Municipality representative at EU parliament
Dr. Emilija Stojmenova Duh
DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB SLOVENIA
Prof. Andrej Kos
DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB SLOVENIA
Digital Innovation Hub, Ireland
Business agency association
Chairman of Management Board at Bulgarian Business Forums
European Startup Network
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