Digital Economy
Leadership Summit

Invitation Only Event

About the Summit

The top tier SUMMIT of WEBIT.FESTIVAL, Chaired by the President of Bulgaria and co-hosted by the Head of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria. The summit aims to address some of the major challenges the humankind faces in today's Digital age.

The event is invitation only highest level event gathering political leaders (e.g. Presidnets, Vice Presidents and top European political leaders,), top entrepreneurs and founders, Nobel Laureates, scientists and innovators along with top enterprise executives from Europe and rest of the world.






AUDIENCE

  • 30% Europe’s top
    Policy makers;
  • 35% Enterprise
    leaders
  • 20% Founders &
    Investors
  • 15% Scientists
  • 45% Central & Eastern Europe
  • 45% Rest of Europe
  • 06% USA
  • 02% Asia
  • 02% Rest of the World

Previous Attending Companies

Agenda
Day 1: 26 April / Policy Stage

DELS Host

Robert C. Wolcott, Founder & Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN)

Europe's Digital Transformation & Emerging Technologies

10:00 - 10:15 Opening keynote

Rosen Plevneliev President of Bulgaria (2012 – 2017)

10:15 - 10:30 Fireside chat

Plamen Russev Founder & Chairman, Webit Foundation

Martin Kern Interim Director,European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)

10:30 - 10:45 Digital innovation for health and ageing well: Turning societal challenges into opportunities

Ilias Iakovidis Adviser in DG Connect, EU Commission

10:45 - 11:00 Europe’s Innovation Ecosystem

Martina Larkin Head of Europe and Eurasia, World Economic Forum

11:00 - 11:10 Fireside Chat

Plamen Russev Founder & Chairman, Webit Foundation

Brittany Kaiser Director - Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group

11:10 - 11:25 Lessons from the Front Line: The imperative for ethical practices in AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Jason Jercinovic President & Global Brand Director, Havas Worldwide

Disruptive Legislation Session

11:25 - 11:40 Internet Freedom: Myth or An Evolving Reality?

Baglan Rhymes Chief Digital Officer, AnchorFree Inc.

11:40 - 11:55 Privacy, Security, and the Internet of Things

Travis LeBlanc Chief, Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Euro Refugee Crisis – Tech Approach

11:55 - 12:25 Euro Refugee Crisis

Marton Benedek International Coordinator, DG HOME, EU Commission

Guillaume Capelle Co-founder and director, SINGA

Boosting EU Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

12:25 - 12:40 Why being a Business Angel helps save the world

Peter E. Braun Member Board of Directors at EBAN

12:40 - 12:50 Innovation for Zero Hunger

Hila Cohen Private Sector Partnerships Lead, Innovation Accelerator at World Food Programme

12:50 - 13:00 The fast-growing CEE risk-capital ecosystem: seizing opportunities and avoiding pitfalls

Marius Ghenea Investment Director, 3TS Capital

13:00 - 13:15 The role of patents for startups

Johann Stan Patent examiner, European Patent Office

13:15 - 13:30 The Entrepreneurial Revolution in Space

Joe Landon Chairman, Space Angels Network

13:40 - 14:15 Discussion panel

Bart Becks Founder & CEO, angel.me; Chairman, EURACTIV; Partner, Venturewise investment fund

Maurizio Rossi Founder CoCEO, H-FARM

Praveen Paranjothi VC investor, European Investment Fund

Stamen Yanev CEO of InvestBulgaria Agency

Cyber Security

14:15 - 14:45 Fireside Chat: The Future of Hacking and Cyber security

Menny Barzilay CEO & Cyber Security Strategist, FortyTwo

Sergey Gribov Partner at Flint Capital





UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF


THE PRESIDENT OF BULGARIA
THE PRESIDENT OF BULGARIA
THE MAYOR OF SOFIA
THE MAYOR OF SOFIA

WITH THE SUPPORT OF


MINISTRY OF ECONOMY

MINISTRY OF ECONOMY


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