2 May 2018 / Sofia, Bulgaria

Agenda

The event agenda's time zone is EEST.

Wed
2 May 2018
13:00 – 13:30
Registration & welcome coffee
13:30 – 14:10
Opening session

Host | Ian Andersen, Participatory Leadership Adviser, European Commission


Welcome address

Malina Edreva, Chair of the Committee on Education, Culture, Science and Cultural Diversity in Sofia Council, and Vice-President of the Bureau of the European Committee of the Regions 


Reflection on the Watify initiative, its activities and its place in the greater context and in the digital & industrial agenda.

Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission


Regions as driving forces of  the technological transformation in Europe

Mr. Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the EU Committee of the Regions 


Super stories: WATIFY Award Finalists

PechaKucha 20 x20 visual presentations by the WATIFY Award Finalists, selected among 100 European stories of successful technological transformation. 

  • Stijn Switten,  CEO of De Trog             
  • Nerea Sopelana, Industrial Engineer atTrimek
  • Michael Behr, Technical Director of Bächer Bergmann
14:10 – 16:25
WATIFY TRANSFORM

Host | Ian Andersen, Participatory Leadership Adviser, European Commission


#1 Show & tell

Brainstorming sessions in different technology domains coupled with story-telling in small groups to project the future of innovation through technological transformation. Focus on innovations in manufacturing and mechanical engineering, healthcare, finance, creative industries, construction, tourism, agro-food, and retail.


#2 Co-create

Pitch your idea or a project and collaborate on an opportunity or find solution to a challenge. Participants will be invited to think of new and innovative ways, activities, tools, partnerships, etc. to technologically transform.

16:25 – 16:50
Coffee break | TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Immersive and interactive demonstrations of disruptive technologies. 

  • Smartfablab | SmartFabLab is the first digital fabrication laboratory in Bulgaria.
  • VR Express | VR Express is a virtual reality service provider creating custom VR content ranging from 360 degree videos and VR animations to interactive experiences.
  • Elektrick.me | Elektrick.me is a force of talented artists who create extraordinary experiences such as video shows, 3D mapping and motion graphics.
  • Cupffee | Recyclable coffee cups made out of cookies. 


16:50 – 17:20
WATIFY INSPIRE

Host| Ian Andersen, Participatory Leadership Adviser, European Commission

Keynote

Sasha Bezuhanova, Founder and chairperson of MOVE.BG 

Live Q&A with Sasha Bezuhanova
An interactive session is organised for all participants before they break out in the match making session.

17:20 – 18:05
TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Immersive and interactive demonstrations of disruptive technologies. 

  • Smartfablab
  • VR Express
  • Elektrick.me       
  • Cupffee 
17:20 – 18:05
WATIFY CONNECT

B2B meetings powered by B2MATCH. Learn how to get the most out of bilateral WATIFY matchmaking meetings here.

18:05 – 18:15
WATIFY Award ceremony

Natalia Martinez Páramo, Head of the COSME Unit, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)


Keynote

WATIFY Award Winner


Closing  Address

Michael Berz, Policy Officer for Digital Transformation, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission

 

18:15 – 21:00
Walking Dinner @Peroto