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Date: 27/11/2018 (14:00-16:00)


  • Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology of Poland
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

I4MS Disruptors Awards Announcement

  • Setting the scene and presentation of finalists: Sanyu Karani, FundingBox CEO
  • The award will be handed out to the winning company by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

High-level panel discussion

The EU set out the target of having one DIHs per region by 2020, to ensure that every business in Europe can take full advantage of digital innovations. How far are we from this target and what can be done in the coming two years – by Member States, regions and the Commission – to reach this objective? How can we reduce the discrepancy between regions and help SMEs in more traditional sectors to also benefit from digital technology? High-level representatives from several Member States will discuss these and similar questions, also in the context of the new EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

  • Moderator: Lucilla Sioli, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Jan Staniłko, Director, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology,Poland
  • Gintaras Vilda, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Petr Očko, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Czechia
  • Ēriks Eglītis, State Secretary of Ministry of Economics, Latvia
  • Andreas Goerdeler, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
  • Jordi Llinares Sanjuan, Deputy Director for Industry Digitalization and Collaborative Environments, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Spain
  • Signe Ratso, Deputy Director General, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
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