Visionaries, leaders of the most successful digital business companies, representatives of the European governments, EU institutions, and Lithuanian experts will discuss European and global ICT trends. We will hold practical workshops orientated towards businesses that want to learn about digital business opportunities, successfull growth in the digital world, or would like to digitalise their traditional business.
This year we will focus again on the Digital Single Market review and drawing guidelines for national and EU policy makers. Topics will include: practical application of Blockchain technology, ICOs, development of the financial services market (fintech), cyber security, artificial inteligence, online platforms, and more…
Professional’s program – for whom?
The Professional Program is designed for business and policy makers, visionaries, community leaders, technology experts, public sector representatives and those who:
- want to learn about the latest trends in global technology and innovation,
- to establish contacts with local or foreign investors;
- to expand the network of professional contacts;
- meet and discuss technological development with high-level foreign and Lithuanian business giants, the most promising representatives of the blockchain industry and policy makers from the institutions of the European Union, the governments of various continents;
- to hear practical advice, arguments on implementation of modern technologies in business or in the public sector.
More about the #SWITCH! 2018 program:
- Practical application of Blockchain technology in the logistics sector. How does blockchain technology help boost sector efficiency and transparency? What added value will the technology provide to the services and goods industry? Practical examples will be shared by companies already using the technology in the logistics sector.
- Crypto and ICOs Start-ups projects raised $4.2 billion in 2017 through ICOs. One could say that ICOs have been so instrumental to crowd funding that about 30% of all funding last year at the early stage came from ICOs. However, the ugly side of ICOs has already showed up – once you own a token, there is no accountability that it will do what was promised, or that the company will use the money to create a product. How can we distinguish between start-ups who are trustworthy and intend to carry out their business plan and create added value, and those which are potentially of poor reputation or at risk of disappearing? Is legal regulation of ICOs necessary in order to increase trust between start-ups and consumers who invest?
- The future of financial technologies (fintech) and Lithuania’s potential in this field.The digitization of financial services is growing rapidly. Technological opportunities are improving every day. How do the latest technologies, such as artificial intelligence or blockchain, change the face of the fintech sector? Do traditional banks go in hand with this progress.
- Cybersecurity. Europe places great trust in new opportunities brought forward by the Digital Single Market (DSM). However, it also brings new challenges. Last year, there were more than 4,000 ransom ware attacks per day and 80% of European companies experienced at least one cyber security incident. In 2017 European Commission released the cyber security package in order to strengthen cyber resilience. Will it help European regulators to solve the problem of cyber resilience? Are the new technologies like AI and blockchain the key to an effective response against cyber threats? Which cutting-edge technology solutions could help businesses or governments to strengthen cyber resistance?
- Artificial Intelligence, IoT. From SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly. While there may be debate whether AI will transform our world in good or evil ways, something we can all agree on is that AI would be nothing without big data. Even though AI technologies have existed for several decades, its’ “the explosion” of data that has allowed it to advance at incredible speeds. What are the major hurdles for AI to use big data in Europe? Will the EC proposed draft regulation on free flow of non-personal data help to boost AI in Europe? What impact will it have on AI and the possible frontrunner role of Europe in this area?
- Online platforms. Online platforms are strong drivers of innovation and play an important part of thriving Europe’s digital economy. They increase consumer choice, improve efficiency and competitiveness of industry. At the moment, online platforms are not comprehensively covered by EU legislation. Is there a necessity to create a regulatory framework or it is rather wise for platforms economy to adjust themselves?
The tickets for the Professional’s program are sold here.
Tickets for Professional’s Program and VIP Party:
“Early bird” – July 25th – September 9th
● Entrance to the Professional Program – EUR 35
● Entrance to the Professional Program + VIP Party – EUR 100
“Late” – September 10th – 20th
● Entrance to the Professional Program – EUR 45
● Entrance to the Professional Program + VIP Party – EUR 110
Check the agenda here. All speaches and discussions will be held only in English language.