Digital Festival 2017

Programme

Please note that the provisional programme below is indicative and subject to change. We are adding sessions, talks and performances regularly.
Please contact Michela Zamuner for more information on +44 (0)29 2078 3029 / michela.zamuner@forum-europe.com

Click on individual programme sessions for more information

10:00 Digital For Development

11:15 Our Children Online: Extremism and Education Smart Society

11:15 Digital For Life Smart Society

11:15 How the Cloud is Revolutionising the World Smart Working

11:15 Digital Health Lab Smart Living

11:15 Coffee & Coding Smart Living

12:30 Announcing DigitYser, the Digital Flagship of Brussels Smart Working

12:30 The Next Frontier of Internet Search Smart Working

12:30 Set Phasers to Stun - Innovating from Space to Earth Smart Society

13:00 Designing Smart Cities Smart Living

13:30 Fake News or True Story? Whatever... Smart Society

13:40 How Game Systems Can Help Improve the Value Chain Smart Society

13:45 Planes, Trains & Automobiles Smart Living

14:10 The Future Human: Love, Life and Death Smart Society

14:15 Invest in Europe! Smart Working

14:45 Digital For Social Good Smart Society

14:50 3D Scanning and the Ghosts of Cities' Past Smart Living

15:00 The Future of Connectivity - HAPS, Satellite, WiGig Smart Living

15:30 The People's NSA! Smart Society

15:30 Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy? Smart Society

15:50 In Defence of Data: What role for data in a post-truth world? Smart Society

16:10 A Conversation on Data & Journalism Smart Society


The timing of the sessions below will be confirmed shortly. Click on the individual session for more information.

TBC Government as a Platform Smart Society

TBC Digital Against Crime Smart Society

TBC When Devices Attack - Security in IoT Smart Working

TBC Digital Tech in Financial Services Smart Working

TBC The European VR Eco-System Smart Working

TBC A Strategic Vision for AI in Europe Smart Working

TBC Future Workforce Scenarios - What will work look like 10 years from now? Smart Working

TBC Crowdsourcing Solutions: Building communities and partnerships in the digital eco-system Smart Working

Smart Society

TBC

Government as a Platform

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Society

TBC

Digital Against Crime

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Working

TBC

When Devices Attack - Security in IoT

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Working

TBC

Digital Tech in Financial Services

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Working

TBC

The European VR Eco-System

A description will be available shortly.

Leen Segers

Co-Founder & CEO, LucidWeb

Smart Working

TBC

A Strategic Vision for AI in Europe

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Working

TBC

Future Workforce Scenarios - What will work look like 10 years from now?

There continues to be much debate around what the impact of the ongoing digital transformation will be on jobs in Europe and globally. This session will seek to provide some clarity (and perhaps even add to the confusion!), by looking at both what we can and indeed should expect from the nature of our future work. How will our relationships with employers change and what might this mean for employee rights and tax regimes, for instance?  How can we ensure the future of work has diversity built in, enabling a much improved level of participation from currently underrepresented groups?

Cheryl Miller

Founder & Executive Director, Digital Leadership Institute

Smart Working

TBC

Crowdsourcing Solutions: Building communities and partnerships in the digital eco-system

A description will be available shortly.

 

10:00 – 11:00

Digital For Development

Digital now touches all areas of our lives. The innovation and creativity in the digital sector has the potential to impact positively on work to improve both European and global citizens’ lives, particularly those in developing countries. How is digital being used to boost the prospects and opportunities of society’s less well off? How is digital interacting with the education, skills, cultural and creative sectors in Europe? What digital tools are being deployed in developing countries and how do we ensure that nobody is left behind as our global societies shift to digital?  

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Government of Belgium

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Our Children Online: Extremism and Education

The debate around how we should be educating our children around digital, who are growing up in an exciting yet often daunting world of innovation and technological progress, has been going on for some time. New challenges are emerging with increasing regularity and this panel will look to shed light on the latest thinking around how society needs to react to ensure that the internet is a safe and exciting place for children to be.

Janice Richardson

International Advisor, Literacy, Rights & Democracy

Martin Schmalzried

Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, COFACE - Families Europe

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Digital For Life

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:15

How the Cloud is Revolutionising the World

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:35

Digital Health Lab

Discover how healthcare will change in the future thanks to new tech products, digital innovations, VR and much more. 

Tobias Gantner

Founder, HealthCare Futurists

Juma El-Awaisi

CEO & Co-Founder, Braci

Anna Sort

CEO & Founder, PlayBenefit

Isabel Van De Keere

CEO & Founder, Immersive Rehab

Sara Colantonio

Researcher & Project Coordinator, Semeoticons / ISTI-CNR

Smart Living

11:15 – 17:00

Coffee & Coding

Learn, practice and work with new technologies during our Coding Workshop! No matter your level or job title, you are most welcome to join at any point during the day and stay as long or as little as you wish.

All levels are welcome. Laptops will be provided, but you can bring your own laptop if you prefer.

Roman Miletitch

Founder, OpenTechSchool Brussels

Smart Working

12:30 – 13:00

Announcing DigitYser, the Digital Flagship of Brussels

DigitYser is the brand new digital flagship of Brussels where communities gather to learn, create and implement digital solutions focused on Data & AI, IoT and VR.

Come along to discover the details of this unique private/public project that will transform Brussels into the capital of Data Science, VR and IoT.

Philippe Van Impe

Founder, Brussels Data Science Community

Smart Society

12:30 – 13:30

Set Phasers to Stun - Innovating from Space to Earth

A description will be available shortly.

Andrew Faiola

Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat

Michel Frezet

Head of On-Orbit Servicing, Airbus Defence and Space

Smart Living

13:00 – 14:00

Designing Smart Cities

The concept of the smart city has been around for a significant period of time. Indeed, the 1960’s US kids’ cartoon The Jestsons portrayed a utopian future city with flying cars, space-age living accommodation and automation on an often comedic and obstructive scale. There is increasingly a narrative developing around the smarter design of the smarter city, one where the Jestsons-like clamour for the future city is dampened and a more considered, sober but no less exciting approach is advocated. How will digital interact with our future urban environments and how do we make sure to learn from the urban planning mistakes of the past?  

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts

Chief Strategy Officer, City of Ghent

Long Pham

Researcher, International Energy Research Centre, University College of Cork

Marten Kaevats

Digital Advisor, Government Office of Estonia

Smart Society

13:30 – 14:30

Fake News or True Story? Whatever...

Understanding the 21st century news-making context and the challenges it poses for western democracy is more important than ever for policymakers and government affairs professionals. In this session, we explore how the public, the press, companies and other bodies can tune into what’s real and what’s not – is “fake news” really fake? How is propaganda and astroturfing now being employed and where? Utilising innovative data analytics tools to deliver new insights, this session will debate whether it is indeed possible to determine news fact from fiction in the digital age.

Alexandre Alaphilippe

Co-Founder, Saper Vedere

Nicolas Vanderbiest

Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate, Université Catholique de Louvain

Smart Society

13:40 – 14:00

How Game Systems Can Help Improve the Value Chain

Based on studies in the video game industry, Anna Sort will show in 3 easy steps how game mechanisms and solutions can be applied to healthcare. The objectives are widespread and connected to having patients and communities more committed to their health, ameliorate recovery and adherence to treatments.

Anna Sort

CEO & Founder, PlayBenefit

Smart Living

13:45 – 14:45

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Society

14:10 – 14:40

The Future Human: Love, Life and Death

A description will be available shortly.

Lisa Talia Moretti

Digital Sociologist & Strategist

Smart Working

14:15 – 15:15

Invest in Europe!

Europe is ripe with entrepreneurial talent and nurturing the environment in which tech businesses can be launched and grown is key for Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. This session will highlight examples of great European businesses who are scaling up, and analyse the investment climate in which they and others are operating. Is Europe an attractive place to invest in digital and e- commerce businesses? What are the EU institutions doing to support the European digital eco-system and investment environment? 

Smart Society

14:45 – 15:30

Digital For Social Good

A description will be available shortly.

Saf Nazeer

Co-Founder & CEO, Helpfulpeeps

Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Founder, Be My Eyes

Smart Living

14:50 – 15:20

3D Scanning and the Ghosts of Cities' Past

What if there was a forum where past, present and future versions of a city exist simultaneously? Where visions for the future could be experienced at a 1:1 scale and discussed publicly, letting people confront, understand, and contribute to changes in their communities? What if this was possible with a device you are already carrying in your pocket?

For designers, low-cost 3D technology is a powerful tool. For the public, it means proposals for urban development can be assessed as intuitively as the real world. This talk explores how technology can make urban development more inclusive.

Russell Beaumont

Architectural Designer, The Palimpsest / Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

Smart Living

15:00 – 16:00

The Future of Connectivity - HAPS, Satellite, WiGig

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Society

15:30 – 15:50

The People's NSA!

The standard quip is that people don't lack information - they have too much. But with fake news, propaganda, and misinformation being propagated around the world by governments, movements and businesses, it is harder than ever to find the truth. Our traditional gatekeeper, media, has lost its economic model at the same time it is being dragged into the political process some say because it has failed to address the needs of whole classes of voters. A new group of non-profit investigative organizations are seeking to fill the void with credible, non-political information but they face many technical and financial problems. A growing chasm is spreading between governments and wealthy businesses which have lots of sophisticated information tools and the public which have few. Where is this all going? What is the future of information for the people? OCCRP, a pioneering investigative reporting organization, sees challenging times ahead but proposes a creative solution to the problem: ‘The People's NSA.’

Drew Sullivan

Editor & Co-Founder, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Smart Society

15:30 – 17:00

Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy?

Law and policy are often portrayed in the media as an obstacle to the digital revolution. While regulators might struggle to grasp and adapt to the information society, it is time to start looking at the interaction between those spheres from a more creative perspective. Instead of looking at how regulation affects technology, why don't we ask what regulation can learn from technology? Imagine a society where lawyers learn from developers and start working in an open and collaborative way, where regulators learn from innovators and use technological tools to improve transparency or where judges are assisted by artificial intelligence to improve the speed of judicial proceedings.

In this workshop, we will show how to leverage technology to improve law and policy.

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This workshop is hosted by Brussels Legal Hackers.

The Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics spread over more than 50 cities around the world. We explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. In the other words, we ask how we can apply the hacker ethic to the conservative legal field.

Join us to discover the potential of this new perspective and the legal hackathons which have been organized all over the world in the past years. These deal with a wide range of issues from privacy by design to access to justice, from publication of local laws to legal software without forgetting citizens and refugees' rights. Blockchain has even been applied to the old-fashioned contracts!

We are doers and this will be reflected in our session by helping you to try "hacking" the law for yourself in jam sessions. We will tackle what you care most about whether that is parking tickets, direct democracy, consumer rights, the use of emojis in court, free access to legal information, the contracts of tomorrow or an issue that crosses your mind a few seconds before we start. No prior knowledge required, ideas and an open-mind is all you need.

Caroline Calomme

Founder, Brussels Legal Hackers

Tommy Vandepitte

Lawyer, Brussels Legal Hackers

Smart Society

15:50 – 16:10

In Defence of Data: What role for data in a post-truth world?

Can everything really be subjective? Is it now impossible to separate facts from propaganda? And where might we find ourselves challenged and our opinions shifted? It would appear that while we now have the possibility to access more information than ever before, we are arguably becoming more entrenched in existing views and positions. From a position of strength only a few years ago, data and data driven decision-making is perhaps now in need of a renaissance. In this post-truth, post-expert world, how might hard data and the insights it leads to be re-centred?

John Burn-Murdoch

Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist, The Financial Times

Smart Society

16:10 – 16:30

A Conversation on Data & Journalism

John Burn-Murdoch and Drew Sullivan will explore how digital is changing how they work, both positively and negatively. They will also explore in more detail some of the themes from their individual talks.

John Burn-Murdoch

Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist, The Financial Times

Drew Sullivan

Editor & Co-Founder, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

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Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Government of Belgium

Alexander De Croo is Deputy Prime Minister for Open VLD and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services in the Michel I Government.
As Minister of Development Cooperation, he focuses on strengthening human rights and promoting local economic growth in the partner countries.
The Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services portfolio focuses on the maximisation of the economic potential of the digital economy.

 

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Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission

Tibor Navracsics holds degrees in law from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Budapest's ELTE University and a PhD in political sciences. In 1999 he became an Associate professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, ELTE. Between 1997–2000, he assumed the position of the Secretary-General of the Hungarian Political Science Association and he was also Head of the Department of the Prime-Minister's Office until 2002. In 2003 he became Chef de Cabinet to the President of the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union and between 2006–2010 he was an elected Member of Parliament as well as a Member of the Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional, Judicial and Procedural Affairs. He also served as Fidesz National Assembly representative from 2006 until October 2014.

Between 2010 and 2014 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice. In 2014 he also assumed the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In November 2014, Tibor Navracsics became European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

 

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Anna Sort

CEO & Founder, PlayBenefit

A nurse with a mission: Make health fun. Passionate about video games and engagement design. Entrepreneur, blogger and lecturer. Nurse by profession, and a Master’s graduate on Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media with a singular ICT-Health specialisation. Currently leading engagement design projects in a wide range of industries, working as a professor in several international universities (Stanford, Universitat de Barcelona, UAB) and collaborating in Serious Gaming projects and congresses. In 2016 Anna was chosen to be one of the 10 founding members of the Women of Health IT Community, created by HIMSS Europe to empower women in the health IT sector.

 

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Karl-Filip Coenegrachts

Chief Strategy Officer, City of Ghent

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts is Master of Laws, specialized in European Law. From 1997 to 2000 he worked for the Belgian Ministry of Justice as co-ordinator for the European Union and Schengen.

In 2001 he started in Ghent as advisor to the Vice Mayor responsible for personnel and IT. In that capacity he co-founded Digipolis, the intermunicipal organisation for ICT for the cities of Ghent and Antwerp, and Gentinfo, the first local citizen service centre in Europe.

In 2004 he became head of Department of Strategy and International Relations of the City of Ghent and Chief Strategy Officer in 2015. His responsibilities include the long term strategy of Ghent including the implementation of horizontal policies, smart city/citizen strategy, data and information management, international relations, policy participation and European funding programmes.

He is currently also Ghent representative and President of the Executive Committee of Eurocities.

 

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Isabel Van De Keere

CEO & Founder, Immersive Rehab

Dr Isabel Van De Keere is the CEO and Founder of Immersive Rehab, a Virtual Reality healthtech startup that focuses on the creation and development of interactive environments & games in Virtual Reality that improve the effectiveness of physical & neuro-rehabilitation. Following a long physical rehab period Isabel went through herself due to a work accident, she decided to start Immersive Rehab in September 2016. 

With a background in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and as a Biomedical Engineering Scientist, Isabel is passionate about healthcare technologies, digital health, immersive technologies (VR/AR) and its applications in healthcare, using tech for good, social entrepreneurship, and promoting women in tech.

 

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Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe

Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world.

He is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank, He is a member of the advisory groups of the European Institute in Washington DC and the Washington European Society.  He is also on the advisory group of the EU chapter of Women in International Security (WiiS).

Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

 He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List. In 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

 

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Leen Segers

Co-Founder & CEO, LucidWeb

Leen has helped build startups in technology and media for almost ten years. From evangelising social media to monetising online video, she has experienced the frontlines of the startup world. As the COO of Tech.eu, she helped the company turn a profit within her first year there. In 2015 she enjoyed her first VR experience and was immediately enchanted by the prospect of a new venture. Convinced that the future of mobile video will be virtual, she founded LucidWeb, a VR and WeBVR consulting and software development company.

 

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Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Founder, Be My Eyes

Hans Jørgen Wiberg is the founder of Be My Eyes. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired people with sighted volunteers from around the world via live video connection. This means Be My Eyes can provide a friendly pair of eyes at anytime through your smartphone.
Be My Eyes is a worldwide service helping 33000 blind and visually impaired people in 80 different languages, and close to 500000 volunteers signed up to help.
Be My Eyes strives to keep the app accessible, so also new smartphones users are able to use the service. Be My Eyes  is an exponential organization with a very small team. This is a key aspect in the way the team use social media and have created their development strategy. 
For Hans Jørgen as a non-tech, visually impaired founder, it has been an exiting journey and learning experience to see Be My Eyes develop and spread all over the world, helping real people solve real issues.

 

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John Burn-Murdoch

Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist, The Financial Times

A biography will appear here shortly.

 

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Lisa Talia Moretti

Digital Sociologist & Strategist

Lisa Talia Moretti is an award-winning digital sociologist and strategist with 10 years experience based in London. Over the last decade, she's worked across the entire content lifecycle studying the relationship between technology, brand and audiences for brands like Adobe, IpSoft, Hyatt Hotels, Dulux, Starwood Hotels, IKEA, seventeen magazine and National Geographic. During this time, Lisa has also presented keynotes and run workshops to audiences from a wide range of business backgrounds on the impact, opportunities and challenges of digital technology. Lisa is an Associate Lecturer in the Institute of Management Studies department at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a visiting teacher at Cardiff University and Plymouth University. Her teaching area of expertise is Digital Research Methods. Lisa's research collaborations with Goldsmiths College and IpSoft, Adobe, Mindshare and Rackspace on virtual reality, augmented reality, wearable technology and virtual assistants have gained international coverage with CNN, BBC, Fast Company, Campaign, Techcrunch, Forbes and others.  

 

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Tobias Gantner

Founder, HealthCare Futurists

Tobias is a restless resident of different worlds, a roaming renaissance man: A medical doctor by training, a health economist and jurist by education, a philosophy aficionado by academic passion and curious by default. He has worked in a number of leading positions in patient care and major industry companies such as Siemens, Novartis, Bayer Healthcare and J&J. He is the founder of the HealthCare Futurists network and the Director of the European Center for Patient Centric Innovation and Medical Entrepreneurship which is affiliated with UNU MERIT.

The HealthCare Futurists is an international and independent network, think tank, incubator and catalyst for innovation in health-care, life sciences and medicine. The HCFs consist of renowned experts and thriving professionals of diverse disciplines with a persistent passion for patients.

The HCFs have successfully completed innovation labs with major health-care industry companies and health-care providers alike. They provide guidance to startups and are engaged in medical enlightenment to the public. The HCFs are initiators and home to the innovate.healthcare hackathon.

 

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Saf Nazeer

Co-Founder & CEO, Helpfulpeeps

Saf Nazeer is co-founder and CEO of Helpfulpeeps, a new social network built on the principles of ‘paying it forward’ where people share their time, energy, skills and knowledge to help each other for free. He believes in harnessing the power of technology to make a positive impact and is on a mission to bring back community spirit in an increasingly disconnected world.

 

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Juma El-Awaisi

CEO & Co-Founder, Braci

Juma El-Awaisi is a Pharmacist and HCP with a vast experience in business and management. After graduating from the school of pharmacy at the age of 20, Juma took a different path and moved towards business and marketing. He is currently CEO of Braci and has led the company to a valuation of over £4 million.

 

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Caroline Calomme

Founder, Brussels Legal Hackers

Originally from Brussels, Caroline studied at the European Law School in Maastricht before obtaining her graduate law degree from the University of Oxford. She worked as a Blue Book trainee for the European Data Protection Supervisor and as a private law lecturer for Maastricht University. She is now pursuing her passion for law and technology in Brussels.

 

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Andrew Faiola

Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat

Andrew leads the Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe. If it floats, flies, or rolls, we’ve got it covered. Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high-performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for more than 50 years. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

 

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Drew Sullivan

Editor & Co-Founder, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Drew Sullivan is the Editor and Co-Founder of OCCRP and served as its first director. He founded and is Executive Director of the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. He has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Prior to establishing OCCRP, he founded the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and served as its director and editor. As a journalist and editor, his teams have been awarded the European Press Prize, Global Shining Light Awards, Daniel Pearl Awards; the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting; the Tom Renner Award recognising outstanding crime and corruption reporting and many other international awards. He has spearheaded investment in technology as a means to innovate and revolutionize investigative journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems.

 

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Alexandre Alaphilippe

Co-Founder, Saper Vedere

Co-Founder of Saper Vedere. Former digital consultant in EU Public Affairs working with European associations to improve their advocacy through digital communications.

 

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Nicolas Vanderbiest

Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate, Université Catholique de Louvain

Nicolas Vanderbiest is a teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His thesis subject is "Reputation crises of organisations on social media. A systemic approach". He is the author of the blog Reputatio Lab, which gathers a database of more than 450 social media crises. He also analyses crises, astroturfing and social media phenomena for Rue 89, France Culture / La Première (Radio) and RTBF (TV/Web).

 

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Tommy Vandepitte

Lawyer, Brussels Legal Hackers

Tommy is a self-employed in-house lawyer with a keen interest in technology and financial law. An alumnus of the KULeuven, he started as a trainee attorney. Attracted to the early implementation of the law rather than litigation, he soon switched to in-house. His longest employment was with KBC where he first worked in the legal department and then as (first) data protection officer in the compliance department. Nowadays he freelances, generally in the financial sector.

 

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Gianpiero Lotito

Founder & CEO, FacilityLive

Since 2010 Gianpiero Lotito has been the founder, with Mariuccia Teroni, of FacilityLive, the Italian startup that develops a platform for information management driven by a next generation search engine with patents granted in 44 countries worldwide (including Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, Israel South Africa and Australia).
Gianpiero is a technologist, with a musical career behind, who has been working for over twenty years on innovative projects in the publishing world and on technologies applied to content with Mariuccia Teroni. He taught Multimedia Publishing at the University of Milan and wrote books and articles on technology for major Italian editors like Bruno Mondadori and Gruppo Espresso.

Gianpiero is CEO and CTO of FacilityLive, and Ambassador of e-Skills for Jobs (a project under the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs of the European Commission).

 

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Sara Colantonio

Researcher & Project Coordinator, Semeoticons / ISTI-CNR

Sara Colantonio is currently a Researcher at the Institute of Information Science and Technology “A. Faedo” of the Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR) in Pisa, as a member of the “Signals and Images” Lab. Her academic career started with a M.Sc. degree (Hons.) in Computer Science and a Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering, both from the University of Pisa. In 2008 and 2009, she received a grant funded by FINMECCANICA for investigation in the field of diagnostic imaging. Her research interests also include machine learning, image understanding, decision support theory, and personal informatics. She has co-authored over 70 scientific papers, and worked in several national and international projects. She conceived and coordinated the EU FP7 Project SEMEOTICONS, whose main outcome is a smart mirror, called Wize Mirror, for self-monitoring individuals’ risk of cardio-metabolic diseases.

 

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Russell Beaumont

Architectural Designer, The Palimpsest / Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

J. Russell Beaumont is an architectural designer with a focus on socially engaged architecture and interactive design. His research focuses on the intersection of social justice, dignity, beauty, and the built environment. He currently lives in NYC and works for an architecture firm that specialises in affordable housing.

 

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Cheryl Miller

Founder & Executive Director, Digital Leadership Institute

Cheryl Miller is CEO of Zen Digital Europe and Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute, a Brussels-based, international NGO whose global mission is to bridge the gender gap and digital divide worldwide by educating and empowering digital leaders of today and tomorrow.

Cheryl is a serial social entrepreneur with twenty years of international experience in the tech and ICT sectors, and her work to promote ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics) and leadership to youth and women has been recognised by the United Nations, European Parliament and European Commission. She is consulted worldwide as an expert on topics related to digital inclusion, digital literacy, gender equality, youth and female leadership, and education and entrepreneurship, particularly in STEM fields.

 

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Philippe Van Impe

Founder, Brussels Data Science Community

Philippe Van Impe is a Founding Partner of the Brussels Data Science Community, a large open community of specialists in data and business. The community's activities aim to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, through regular meetups, training and ‘Data for Good’ projects, where members contribute their skills to work on projects with NGO’s, public institutions and start-ups.


Philippe is also the Founder of the European Data Innovation Hub, which connects and supports data professionals throughout Europe to share and discuss best practices in open data, big data and data innovation.


Philippe is a Social Entrepreneur simultaneously pursuing both a financial & a social return on investment.

 

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Roman Miletitch

Founder, OpenTechSchool Brussels

PhD student in Artificial Intelligence, award winning digital artist, community manager and event planner: Roman is a Jack of all trades and thrives on applying what he learned from one field to another. Coding from roofs, subways or abandoned buildings, he’s always eager to explore the creative possibilities of this digital medium.

 

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Michel Frezet

Head of On-Orbit Servicing, Airbus Defence and Space

Michel Frezet is currently responsible of the On-Orbit Servicing Division within the Program Line On-Orbit Services and Exploration since April 2015.
He has a strong background in Automatic & Control, space mechanics and GNC for Rendezvous, as well as in avionics for all type of space vehicles.
Michel Frezet started his career in 1982 at Matra Espace in Toulouse in the field of models and simulations, then continuing in space mechanics and GNC for Rendezvous for the programs Hermes and ATV.
He then successively was Head of the Space Mechanics, AOCS & GNC Department, the Data Handling, On-board software and dependability Division and the Functional & Electrical Check-out Sub-directorate in the different Space Systems industrial organizations.
Michel Frezet is graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris (1981), with focus on Systems and Control.

 

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Khadijat Zahrah Abdulkadir

Founder & Executive Director, Digital African Woman

Khadijat Abdulkadir is the Founder and Executive Director of Digital African Woman, a social enterprise focused on developing tech startups across Africa and Diaspora. Currently a Master candidate in Business Engineering and Management Science from Solvay Brussels school of Economics and Management, Khadijat also holds a double Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Environmental Science. A certified SAP Business Consultant and ABAP programmer with experiences from corporations such as Aramark, Accenture and Microsoft USA. She has held several positions including, Environmental Program Analyst, IT Program Manager and SAP Business Analyst. In her Passion for Business development, Khadijat has acquired experiences training over 600 hundred startups across Africa and Europe, equipping them with specialized training to build and scale sustainably across various markets especially within Africa. She is most passionate about empowering young women with the technology skills and tools necessary to be fully active innovators and entrepreneurs in the 21st century. She focuses her projects on entrepreneurship, innovation and access for women especially in Sub-Sahara Africa. Through Digital African Woman, Khadijat serves as the country manager and Belgian representative for the Startup Europe Awards. Her work has been featured in Forbes USA, Tropics Magazine SA, and People Centered Internet- Silicon Valley.

 

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Long Pham

Researcher, International Energy Research Centre, University College of Cork

Long Pham is a researcher of the International Energy Research Centre, University College Cork since January 2014, after spending more than five years with IBM in Vietnam. Her focus is on resident engagement for smart city programs, local policy development and regulation for technology adoption. Apart from her research work, Long works on UCC’s internationalisation strategy, bringing the educational institutions in Vietnam and Ireland closer in research collaboration and student recruitment. She utilises her strong and well-connected networks with Vietnamese country leaders to meet goals for UCC and Ireland as a whole, especially in the education sector.

Long was an executive at IBM’s Governmental Programs for over five years and worked closely with Vietnamese and American governments on technology and free trade policies at all stages, including the formation of policies, drafting legal documents, and revising and evaluating the final documents. While being in Ireland, she still works closely with many ministries including the Office of Government, the Ministry of Education and Training, The Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. She holds in-depth understanding of the governmental and sectorial strategies in Vietnam and aligns them well in the context of the bilateral relation with Ireland for strategic engagements.

She is also well connected to city and provincial leaders when she oversaw the Smarter Planet agenda and Smarter Cities cooperation programs in Vietnam with a focus on major cities Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Ha Noi. Then, she led discussions from IBM with senior government leaders at the central level and with cities’ leaders on areas of priorities, technologies, policies, funding, business models and implementation plans. She became trusted partner for the leaders when it comes to growth strategies and applicable technologies.

Prior to joining IBM, Long was a career journalist and Managing Editor for the Viet Nam News, a daily English newspaper of the Vietnam News Agency where she was in charge of the various publication channels and wrote commentaries on politics and public policies for the daily, weekly and monthly editions. She has been honoured with numerous national awards in journalism. Her journalism career started as a Fulbright Scholar, for which she earned her Masters of Journalism. Long continues to participate in Fulbright activities, including being selected as one of three speakers at a town hall on Fulbright 20th Anniversary event chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2012 visit to Vietnam.

In addition to policy advisory work and research, Long is a PhD candidate and her work focuses on resident engagement for smart city programs, local policy development and regulation for technology adoption to promote smart and sustainable city development. She is expected to complete her study by 2017.

 

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Janice Richardson

International Advisor, Literacy, Rights & Democracy

International advisor and programme coordinator in areas relating to literacy, the cyber wellbeing of children and teens and the protection of their rights, Janice is a public speaker, project innovator and author of a dozen books as well as publications for children and adults on the impact of technology on society. Creator of Safer Internet Day (in 2003), now celebrated annually by more than 50 million people in over 100 countries worldwide, she was co-founder and coordinator of the European Safer Internet network (Insafe) from 2004 to 2014. In 2014-2016 she created and led the EC-funded ENABLE initiative (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments), which aims at eliminating bullying through the development of social-emotional literacy. She is currently Senior Advisor at Telefono Azzurro (Italy) and European Schoolnet (Belgium), a member of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, works as an expert for UNICEF, and is leading missions for the Council of Europe in the MENA region. Her overriding goal: promote the wellbeing of children and young people and ensure that their rights are protected in today’s blurred on- and offline environments. Janice studied in France and Australia, and has worked extensively in more than a dozen countries worldwide.

 

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Martin Schmalzried

Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, COFACE - Families Europe

Martin Schmalzried holds a Master's Degree from the ULB (Brussels) in Political Science and is a licensed sociology teacher in upper secondary education. He has been working at COFACE (Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU) as a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for over eight years, in charge of child online safety and digitalisation. He was responsible for the content of the #DeleteCyberbullying project and provides expertise to various actors and institutions among which the OECD and the Council of Europe.

 

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Marten Kaevats

Digital Advisor, Government Office of Estonia

Marten Kaevats is the digital advisor in the Government Office of Estonia who studies the impact of various scalable technologies on the spatial behaviour of individual people and communities, as he believes that the third industrial revolution and the hyperlocal model of life will create reformatory changes to the spatial and social behaviour of people. Marten has graduated from governmental talent management programme in 2017. He is educated as architect and city planner and has been the head of TAB 2015 "Self-Driven City" curatorial team. Marten is also an active member of several civil society organisations; having among other things led the team that won second place at the design competition for the Monument to the Estonian War of Independence, he was also one of the founding members of the Uue Maailma Selts (New World Society) in 2007 and contributed to the creation of freeware community web platform Community Tools, established in 2008.

 

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Aarti Holla

Secretary General, ESOA

Aarti Holla-Maini joined ESOA in 2004. She was named one of the Faces of Satellite of 2014 by the Society of Satellite Professionals International and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Space where she served as Vice-Chair from 2013 - 2014.

Ms. Holla-Maini has nineteen years' experience in the aerospace industry, starting at Daimler-Benz Aerospace (now Airbus Defense & Space) in Germany. She moved to Brussels in 2000 to represent former Astrium in the Galileo Industries joint venture towards European institutions on the European satellite navigation system Galileo, working on the development of the public-private partnership scheme and other management aspects of the Galileo programme. Since her MBA she has organized workshops on negotiation skills for young managers and remains an active alumnus of HEC.

Ms. Holla-Maini holds a Masters of Business Administration from HEC, France & Stern Business School, NY, USA. She qualified as Solicitor of the Supreme Court in the UK in 1995, holding a LLB Hons Law with German Law degree from King's College, University of London & the University of Passau, Germany. Aarti lives in Brussels, has 3 children and speaks 5 languages.

 

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Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder & President, European Young Innovators Forum

Kumardev Chatterjee, 38, is a multi-awarded Innovation Luminary, Tech Founder, European Commission appointed expert on Innovation and expert on Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum. He has been published by the New York Times and Politico, amongst others. He is one of the 50 experts who co-wrote the book ‘Digital Minds for a New Europe’, alongside Google’s Eric Schmidt. Kumardev is Founder and CEO of Unmanned Life, the world’s first AI-driven IoT platform that uses patent pending technology to deliver Autonomous Drone-as-a-Service (A-DaaS) for Commercial purposes, using both aerial and ground drones, indoors and outdoors, disrupting human-intensive industries like logistics, surveillance and infrastructure. Kumardev also leads the European Young Innovators Forum’s board community of young innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs and led Europe’s first-ever delegation of Young Innovators on a joint US State Department-EYIF program, the InnotourUSA. Kumardev in his role as a European Commission appointed independent expert has evaluated more than €86 Million EUR of grant proposals since 2013. He has evaluated across multiple topics and calls for both FP7 and H2020 framework programmes. He is also a Eurostars Technical Expert. He holds a MSc in Computer Science, as a British Chevening Science Scholar.

 

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Matthew Vincent

Co-Founder & Developer, Rekrei

Matthew Vincent is the co-founder and developer of Rekrei (formerly Project Mosul), a project focused on the crowdsourcing of the memory of lost heritage. Matthew has been passionate about the use of technology in cultural heritage, particularly how technology can serve heritage, make it more accessible and bring it to life in new ways. Since 2004, he has been digging up the past in Jordan as an archaeologist, and in more recent years, has combined his love of archaeology and passion for technology to continue to develop new ways of enhancing the world of cultural heritage.

I don't have the outline of the talk just yet, but let me just give an idea of what it will cover, please feel free to edit this, I just haven't had time to get something put together since yesterday, sorry!

Rekrei is a platform for the digital reconstruction of lost heritage through crowdsourcing. Originally launched in 2015 as Project Mosul, the project has since expanded its focus to include global cultural heritage lost by whatever means. Founded by two archaeologists, the project combines technology and cultural heritage, with the aim of virtual interaction with cultural heritage that has been lost either through human interventions or natural means. Thanks to a collaboration with The Economist Media Lab, Rekrei was able to achieve one of its first goals: the creation of a virtual museum to give people the possibility to experience the Mosul Cultural Museum using some of the models created by the public participation. Now, Rekrei is looking forward and looking to make the retelling of cultural heritage accessible by anyone in the public.

 

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