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23 / 11 / 17
Square 500 (KVADRAT 500), Sofia

About

International conference organized by MOVE.BG and EDIT in partnership with the Ministry of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and Google

Innovation is fundamental for our economic development, where digital technologies and the internet play a transformational role. Creating a stimulating environment that enables the digital economy to thrive and expand the opportunities for the internet companies and startups, as well as for the business and society is a joint effort, both at national and European levels.

Edit4tomorrow will provide a forum for a high-level discussion on the role of Bulgaria in Europe’s digital transformation and the relevant national and EU policies with their practical implications for the Bulgarian digital ecosystem. The conference will bring together the pioneer startup leaders from Bulgaria and the Balkans, high-level government and EU decision-makers with the special participation of the Bulgarian Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel.

Organised in the context of the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in January 2018, the conference will serve as a platform for an important dialogue about the future direction of EU’s digital development and the role of all the relevant stakeholders in this process. In line with the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency, Edit4tomorrow aims to encourage a conversation on the regional impact of digital economy and explore the opportunities for partnership and cooperation on the Balkans, highlighting the potential of regional startup ecosystems and networks for collaboration.

The conference is organised as part of the EDIT on the ROAD initiative, a three-month project, organised in partnership with Google spanning over seven key Bulgarian cities, with the purpose of stimulating the Bulgarian economy through innovation and digitalization.

Sessions

Accelerating the Leocorn ecosystem

The conference will open the discussion by recognizing the Bulgarian digital pioneers that have laid the foundations for a transformational change, their commitment to keep improving the local environment and their efforts to accelerate the process of strengthening the national startup ecosystem. As a conclusion to the EDIT on the ROAD project, in this first part the conference will also serve as a venue to present the results of an extensive research project, mapping and examining the Bulgarian start-up ecosystem. The results will emphasize the achievements and challenges in building the ecosystem as well as the benefits resulting from the relevant European funds and programmes so far. The findings and conclusions will be at the heart of a panel discussion that will aim to formulate specific recommendations on how to further unlock the potential for innovation of the Bulgarian economy through digital technologies and its alignment with European digital priorities.

Elevating the European Digital Market

The Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies of the Council of the EU have identified as a common priority to accelerate the process of completing a competitive and fair Digital Single Market as a source of growth and competitiveness that will secure better access to digital tools and a rapid penetration of information and communication technologies across all sectors of the economy. This panel will encourage a dialogue between EU decision-makers about the progress on the DSM main pillars, namely the access to digital goods and services, the creation of an enabling environment with the appropriate legal framework and maximizing the growth and potential of EU’s digital economy. A special focus will be put on how innovation and entrepreneurship can contribute to the successful implementation of the DSM initiatives.

Balkan Startup Horizons

In line with the priorities of the Presidency to accelerate the completion of the Digital Single Market, but also to deliver a tangible perspective for the Western Balkans, the third session of the conference will be a venue to discuss the potential for regional collaboration and digital connectivity. Building upon the previous panels, this part will offer highlights from the experience of the Western Balkans digital pioneers in driving technological change. It will ultimately seek to map out possibilities for collaboration and experience-sharing across the regional startup communities, and examine the ways in which Bulgaria can become a key partner for digital innovation and economic growth in the region.

Security challenges and solutions in the digital era

The final panel discussion will focus on some of the main challenges facing the development of the digital economy. By engaging different stakeholders and experts in the area of security and privacy, this discussion will seek to identify methods and solutions for the management and regulation of data, as well as how to better address the privacy concerns and security needs of businesses, citizens and governments alike. Finally, the panel will aim to draw conclusions and offer recommendations for collaboration in tackling these challenges via innovation and technology.

Speakers

  • Mariya Gabriel
    Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
  • Matt Brittin
    Matt Brittin President, EMEA Business & Operations, Google
  • Sasha Bezuhanova
    Sasha Bezuhanova Founder and Board chair of MOVE.BG & initiator of EDIT
  • Lilyana Pavlova
    Lilyana Pavlova Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Ognyan Zlatev
    Ognyan Zlatev Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria
  • Eva Maydell
    Eva Maydell MEP, Bulgaria, EPP
  • Isidro Laso
    Isidro Laso Head of Startup Europe, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Paul Rübig
    Paul Rübig MEP, Austria, EPP
  • Vihar Georgiev
    Vihar Georgiev Assistant Professor, Department of European Studies, Sofia University
  • Dimitar Vuchev
    Dimitar Vuchev Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria
  • Jean-Pierre Nordvik
    Jean-Pierre Nordvik Head of Unit, Cyber and Digital Citizens’ Security, Joint Research Centre
  • Ivo Spigel
    Ivo Spigel Co-Founder, Tech.eu
  • Luukas Ilves
    Luukas Ilves Counsellor for Digital Affairs, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
  • Ivo Vasilev
    Ivo Vasilev Co-founder, EDIT & CEO, Reloyalty
  • Hristo Hristov
    Hristo Hristov CEO, Netinfo
  • Ivaylo Hristov
    Ivaylo Hristov Founder, DEV.BG & StartUP Foundation
  • Chris Georgiev
    Chris Georgiev Growth engineer, Imagga
  • Stanislav Sirakov
    Stanislav Sirakov Partner, LAUNCHub Ventures
  • Svetozar Georgiev
    Svetozar Georgiev Angel Investor & Founder, Telerik Academy
  • Martin Danovski
    Martin Danovski Chairperson, Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria
  • Alexandra Kozbunarova
    Alexandra Kozbunarova EDIT Program Coordinator, MOVE.BG
  • Janet Todorova
    Janet Todorova Product owner and Director, Founder Institute Bulgaria
  • Grigoris Chatzikostas
    Grigoris Chatzikostas Head of Business Development Department, BioSense Institute
  • Vele Samak
    Vele Samak Former Minister for Foreign Investments, Republic of Macedonia
  • Velizar Shalamanov
    Velizar Shalamanov Associate Professor, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Milos Lazovic
    Milos Lazovic Ecosystem Facilitator/MRM, SECO Entrepreneurship Program, Swisscontact worldwide
  • Ali Pirzada
    Ali Pirzada Fraud, Investigation and Dispute Services Leader, EY Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo.
  • Filip Genov
    Filip Genov Vice President & Head of Special Projects, UniCredit Bulbank
  • Vladan Todorovic
    Vladan Todorovic Cyber Security Senior Professional, Advanced Security Technologies
  • Georgi Dimitrov
    Georgi Dimitrov Chairperson, Law and Internet Foundation
  • Nikola Yanev
    Nikola Yanev President, Start It Smart

Agenda

(08:00- 09:00) Registration

(09:00- 09:15) Welcome Address

  • Lilyana Pavlova – Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Ognyan Zlatev – Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria

(09:15- 09:30) Keynote: Who is Leocorn?

  • Sasha Bezuhanova – Founder and Board chair of MOVE.BG & initiator of EDIT

Session 1: Accelerating the Leocorn ecosystem

(09:30 – 09:50) Presenting Innovationship Bulgaria – a data-driven update of the ecosystem map

  • Ivo Vasilev – Co-founder, EDIT & CEO, Reloyalty

(09:50 -10:30) Panel Discussion

  • Ivaylo Hristov – Founder, DEV.BG & StartUP Foundation
  • Stanislav Sirakov – Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures
  • Svetozar Georgiev – Angel Investor & Founder, Telerik Academy
  • Martin Danovski – Chairperson, Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria

Moderator: Alexandra Kozbunarova – EDIT Program Coordinator, MOVE.BG

(10:30 – 10:50) Fireside Chat: Scaling up Europe

Host: Hristo Hristov, CEO, Netinfo

  • Isidro Laso – Head of Startup Europe, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Chris Georgiev – Growth engineer, Imagga

(10:50 – 11:10) Coffee break

(11:10 – 11:50) Keynote Panel

  • Mariya Gabriel – European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

  • Matt Brittin – President, EMEA Business & Operations, Google

Moderator: Sasha Bezuhanova – Founder and Board chair of MOVE.BG

Session 2: Elevating the European Digital Market

(11:50 – 12:05) Pitch me your Policy

  • Luukas Ilves – Counsellor for Digital Affairs, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
  • Eva Maydell – MEP, Bulgaria, EPP
  • Paul Rübig – MEP, Austria, EPP

(12:05 – 12:30) Discussion & Audience Q&A

The expert view: Vihar Georgiev – Assistant Professor, Department of European Studies, Sofia University

Moderator: Dimitar Vuchev – Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria

(12:30 – 13:30) Lunch

Session 3: Balkan Startup Horizons

(13:30 – 13:50) Keynote: No Startup without Network

  • Ivo Spigel – Co-Founder, Tech.eu

(13:50 – 14:30) Panel Discussion

  • Grigoris Chatzikostas – Head of Business Development Department, BioSense Institute
  • Vele Samak – Former Minister for Foreign Investments, Republic of Macedonia
  • Milos Lazovic – Ecosystem Facilitator/MRM, SECO Entrepreneurship Program, Swisscontact worldwide

Moderator: Janet Todorova – Product owner and Director, Founder Institute Bulgaria

(14:30 – 14:45) Coffee Break

Session 4: Security challenges and solutions in the digital era

(14:45 – 15:00) Hack the system – Live Demonstration

(15:00 – 15:20) Keynote

  • Jean-Pierre Nordvik – Head of Unit, Cyber and Digital Citizens’ Security, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

(15:20 – 16:00) Panel Discussion

  • Vladan Todorovic – Cyber Security Senior Professional, Advanced Security Technologies
  • Georgi Dimitrov – Chairperson, Law and Internet Foundation
  • Velizar Shalamanov – Associate Professor, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Filip Genov – Vice President & Head of Special Projects, UniCredit Bulbank

Moderator: Ali Pirzada – Fraud, Investigation and Dispute Services Leader, EY Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo

Venue

Square 500 (KVADRAT 500)

Kvadrat 500, the newest and largest building of the National Gallery, opened on 25 May 2015. The architectural complex includs the former National Gallery of Foreign art and theTechnical University. Some 1,700 artworks from the gallery’s rich fund of over 42,000 museum pieces by Bulgarian and foreign artists are exhibited in 28 halls on four levels. The exposition features works tracing the path of Bulgarian art from the mid-19th century to the present day, European art from the 15th–19th centuries, artworks from Asia, Africa, and America.

 

The conference will be held in the Panoramic Hall at the top floor of Kvadrat 500, and the exposition hall on the floor below will be exclusively open to guests of the conference during the entire day.

1, 19th February St., St Alexander Nevsky Sq., Sofia

Entrance for the conference: from Vasil Levski Blvd.


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