Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Opening Plenary

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Nearly 6000 participants are registered to attend ICT2013, including 80 acclaimed global speakers. Nearly 200 exhibitions, including the Lithuanian village are open for the visitors. Participants can join over 180 networking sessions scheduled for the next 3 days. Almost 4.000 people are following the conference online, via social media. Appetite for getting to know more, meet new people and exchange ideas is in here!
Nearly 6000 participants are registered to attend ICT2013, including 80 acclaimed global speakers. Nearly 200 exhibitions, including the Lithuanian village are open for the visitors. Participants can join over 180 networking sessions scheduled for the next 3 days. Almost 4.000 people are following the conference online, via social media. Appetite for getting to know more, meet new people and exchange ideas is in here!

A massive inspiration booster has been seeing three outstanding women opening the event. Those include the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite as well as the  Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes. The opening speeches stressed the potential of digital economy in boosting the competitiveness of Europe and increasing overall employability.

The experts’ panel brought together the tech-savvy entrepreneurs, innovators, writers. One of them, Emma Mulqueeny, has emphasised the importance to reach out to the young people, empower them with the ICT entrepreneurial skills. Ilja Laurs, the well-known Lithuanian app designer spoke about the conditions for innovation and what the role of regulatory authorities should be. The founder of the Angry Birds, the European success story in tech, expressed his expectation for Horizon2020 to keep up the innovative spirit and keep away overburdening with the implementation rules.

David Brin, the famous futurologist drew his vision for the global economic and social development, where ICT could bring more transparency. Transparency comes on the cost of privacy however.

The panel has concluded with the heated discussion on the environment for boosting innovation, the level of governmental involvement. On the line of general recommendations, importance of investing in relevant skills and knowledge among young people, mainstreaming entrepreneurial education in traditional curricula has been emphasized.
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