I am so happy to welcome your again this year to our Net Futures annual conference. Join us at Net Futures 2016 to discover together policy aspects, policy recommendations, current technological achievements and future visions for the next generation Internet. With a strong start-up track, let’s contribute together to the creation of new business models and boost entrepreneurship. Whether you come from the research or industry sector, public administrations or policy influencers, the entrepreneurship or the startup community, we have a debate, and hopefully some answers for you.
5G was a major topic during this year's Mobile World Congress and it remains a hot topic at Net Futures 2016. We'll discuss the vision and roadmap for key standards development for 5G networks. The case of mmWaves bands use will be highlighted. Speakers working with ETSI, ITU and research projects will show the way from science and standards to products and services.
The most practical track of the conference is perhaps democratising society through the internet. You will learn here about the success stories of FIWARE, an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of smart applications in any business sector. With various commercialised applications and devices using this technology, FIWARE has been so successful that big European industry players like ATOS, Engineering, Orange and Telefonica have taken it up to launch the FIWARE foundation. The foundation will promote the trend towards open service platforms by ensuring the long-term availability of FIWARE technology to users, for free, forever.
I encourage you to attend the two plenary sessions in which key inspirational speakers will put together the research and industrial communities in our aim to build a Digital Single Market. Our keynote plenary speakers are European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther H. Oettinger, as well as Willem Jonker, CEO at EIT Digital, Lise Fuhr, Director-General of ETNO, Jim Kurose, Assistant Director of National Science Foundation , Manoel de Fonseca, Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO Ericsson and Eduardo Navarro, CCDO Telefónica.
Susana Sargento of Veniam, who is the Women Innovators Prize Winner of 2016 will be joining us on the final plenary on 21 April. For a preview into her inspiring work, read her guest blog post on Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger's website.
If you are interested in a more hands-on approach, you will have the opportunity to take part in in a game storm for coding (even if you are not a student!) and to attend the Startup Europe Village: Matching Event.
Finally, our cross-cutting sessions will have explore next generation Internet. Within this discussion let's talk about how to develop standards and Interoperability, let's make the most of Data Economy and, let's pave the way to democratise the Internet. Find out more in the programme prepared for you.
I am sure that thanks to you, this year's Net Futures conference will be again a great success but, don't forget to register early enough to be sure to get your entrance ticket.
See you there!