The 2 days of conference were great and we want to thank our speakers, panelists, participants, partners and everyone involved for the entire experience!
Along with the important knowledge and insights which were shared during the event, we are certain that this was the beginning of new collaborations and projects that will make the world of Digital Economy better and better.
About Cluj Innovation Days
Organized by ClujIT Cluster
Cluj Innovation Days (CID) is an annual event organized by Cluj IT Cluster aiming at consolidating the IT sector and creating new innovation based bridges among businesses, academia and the public sector.
CID 2017, the 5th Edition
CID 2017 was the 5th edition of the conference and is addressing the topic of Digital Economy, one of the most pressing issues of our modern society. Spreading over two days, the conference program included presentations and workshops designed to explore current trends, new approaches and innovative solutions in Digital Economy.
More than 400 participants attended the event: representatives of the Romanian Government and of the European Commission, members from the Academia, but also businesses and business organizations from Romania and abroad interested in the topics we proposed with this year’s edition of Cluj Innovation Days.
Why was this conference relevant
Digital economy is growing at a very fast pace, permeating many sectors of human activity, from transportation to agriculture, from medicine to creative industries. Yet, only two percent of European enterprises are currently taking full advantage of new digital opportunities.
There is a growing number of national digital agendas which underpin the conditions where digital economies are seen as drivers for innovation, inclusive growth and decentralization.
For all this to actually happen, a number of prerequisites are required among which: infrastructure to enable communication, accessibility and fair pricing, security and reliability, privacy, and last but not least education for needed skills to take advantage of the potential of new business models.
How should education evolve to meet the needs of the emerging digital economy?
What responsibility does the government have in ensuring that individuals are properly prepared for a new wave of jobs?
What measures should society consider as job automation continues to grow?
What new models of economy are more likely to take advantage of the ongoing technological progress?
All these topics and more were central to Cluj Innovation Days 2017 and have been approached by experienced international and national speakers from government, academia and business in an environment that encouraged debates, sharing of ideas and experiences, partnerships and new projects
Cyber Security Specialist
Executive Director, Cluj IT Cluster
CTO, Life is Hard
Ben van ‘t Ende
Community Strategist. Age of Peers
IoT Product Manager, CISCO
Lecturer / Team Leader, Antimalware Lab
OWASP Cluj Chapter Leader
Avocat and Senior Associate, Menzer & Bachmann – Noerr
Lecturer for innovation management, Head of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Executive Vice-President Retail & Private Banking
Professor of clinical cognitive science and vice-rector for research and competitiveness-excellence
Associate Professor and Associate Director – Innovation, Oxford e-Research Centre
Managing partner, E-nformation
CEO and Founder, Life Is Hard
Director (CEO), European Association of Development Agencies
President, CNA ICT
Deputy Director Industrial Innovation, ONERA
Software Engineering Manager and Brand Ambassador
Deputy Head of Unit, Innovation, European Commission
European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement
Head of Research Center
Policy Officer in charge of e-Invoicing and IT procurement
Attorney at Law, Arthur’s Legal B.V.
Prof. Dr.; Director of the Dept. of Genomics and Immunoregulation
Innovation Lead in Central and Eastern Europe, EIT Digital / ARISE Europe
Professor of Mechanisms of Inflammatory Diseases
Project Director, Romanian Institute of Science and Technology
Executive Manager / Senior Consultant, Smart HR
Senior Urban Development Specialist, World Bank
Marius Leonard Motofei-Radu
Head of CEE B2B Products, UPC
Mihai G. Netea
Professor of Experimental Medicine
Senior Consultant, Printec Group of Companies
Founder & Coordinator, Cluj Startups
Communication & Web Marketing Specialist
President of the European DIGITAL SME Alliance
PhD, Associate Professor, Technical University Cluj-Napoca
Partner, Noerr LLP
Technical Evangelism Manager, Microsoft
President, Romanian Institute of Science and Technology
Senior Research Scientist, DeepMind
Co-Founder, Age of Peers
Professor, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, UASMV Cluj-Napoca
Partnership Development Manager
Stefan Harsan Farr
Member of the Board of Cluj-Napoca Chapter, OWASP
President, Cluj IT Cluster
Executive Manager, Avaelgo
Trans Sped, Managing Director
|17:00 – 20:00||Digital SME Alliance, Board of Directors Meeting|
|Venue: Hotel Univers T (TBC)|
|(followed by dinner, details to be confirmed)|
|08:00 – 09:00||Registration and welcome coffee (foyer, first floor)|
|09:00 – 10:00||Plenary with Welcome speeches (Aula, first floor) – Moderator: Mr. Andrei KELEMEN, Executive Director, Cluj IT Cluster|
|Mr. Stelian BRAD – President, Cluj IT Cluster|
|Mrs. Mihaela Lutas, Vice-Rector Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca|
|Mr. Emil Boc – Mayor, Cluj-Napoca|
|Mr. Istvan Vakar, Vicepresident, Cluj County Council|
|Mrs. Carmen Marcus, European Commission – Romanian Representation Office|
|Mrs. Helen Köpman, Deputy Head of Unit of “Startups and Innovation”, European Commission|
|10:00 – 10:30||Ms. Dana Demetrian, Executive Vice-President Retail & Private Banking, Banca Comerciala Romana|
|10:30 – 11:00||Mr. Radu Stefan, Technical Evangelism Manager, Microsoft – Key note speech on Digital Transformation|
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee Break & Networking (foyer, first floor)||11:00 – 11:30||Coffee Break & Networking (foyer, first floor)|
|11:30 – 12:00||The age of Digitization || Mr. Bogdan Doinea CISCO||11:30 – 13:00||Watify campaign: spread the word about digital transformation and SMEs’ opportunities with Esteban Pelayo (Room 118, first floor)|
|12:00 – 12:30||New business models || Mr. Florin Paun, Innovation Director, ONERA (Paris, France)|
|12:30 – 13:00||Presentation Digital Transformation || Mr. Oliver Grün, President of European Digital SME Alliance (Bruxelles, Belgium)|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch Break & Networking (foyer, first floor)||13:00 – 14:00||Lunch Break & Networking (foyer, first floor)|
|14:00 – 14:30||Presentation Artificial Intelligence || Mr. Razvan Pascanu, Deep Mind (London, UK)||14:00 – 15:30||Rise of the Communities with Ben van’t Ende (Age of Peers) (Room 118, first floor) – requires separate prior registration|
|14:30 – 15:00||Trust and cloud computing, removing the need to trust your cloud provider || Mr. David Wallom, Oxford eResearch Centre, Oxford University (Oxford, UK)|
|15:00 – 15:30||Presentation Bio-informatics || Mr. Joachim Schultze, Head of Life and Medical Institute, University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany)|
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break & Networking (foyer, first floor)||15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break & Networking (foyer, first floor)|
|16:00 – 16:30||Hightech based entrepreneurship || Mr. Dan Kaufmann, Ben-Gurion University (Be’er Sheva, Israel)||16:00 – 17:30||Digital Economy with Varujan Pambuccian (Room 118, first floor) – requires separate prior registration
Workshop language: Romanian (translation will not be provided)
|16:30 – 17:00||Personal Data Protection and Security is a solution, not a problem || Mrs. Janneke Breeuwsma, Arthur’s Legal (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)|
|20:00 – 23:00||Cocktail Reception (invitation based only)|
|09:00 – 09:30||Registration and welcome coffee|
|Track 1 – for the techies
BLUE Library room, ground floor
|Track 2 – for the business minded
GREEN Library room, ground floor
|Track 3 – for the social minded
ORANGE Library room, ground floor
|09:30 – 11:00||Title: What Can be the impact of new European scale regulation on Cloud Computing Security? Moderator: David Wallom (Oxford University). Panelists: Radu Stefan (Microsoft), Gelu Vac (Crossover), Tudor Damian (Avaelgo), Marius Motofei (UPC)||09:30 – 11:00||Title: SMEs and e-readiness. Moderator: Andrei Kelemen (Cluj IT). Panelists: Florin Paun (ONERA France), Dan Kaufmann (Ben-Gurion University), Ioan Baciu (European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement)||09:30 – 11:00||Title: Social media and digital marketing – daring beyond the truth? Moderator: Ovidiu Matan (TSM). Panelists: George Ioannidis (IN2), Laszlo Gulyas (EIT Digital), Mircea Vadan (Cluj StartUps), Adrian Costina (FSPAC)|
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee Break & Networking||11:00 – 11:30||Coffee Break & Networking||11:00 – 11:30||Coffee Break & Networking|
|11:30 – 13:00||Cyber security. Moderator: Ciprian Oprisa (UTCN). Panelists: Adrian Aron (CISCO), Stefan Harsan Farr (OWASP), Cristian Serban (OWASP), Niccolo Zazzeri (WISER)||11:30 – 13:00||Title: ICT standards for SMEs: e-invoicing and e-identification. Moderator: Sebastiano Toffaletti (Digital SME Alliance). Panelists: Andrea Caccia (eIDAS), Erik Barna (Life is Hard), Vicky Manaila (Trans Sped), Irena Rivière (European Commission), Fabio Massimo (CNA ICT Association)||11:30 – 13:00||Title: The AI is coming. Moderator: Razvan Florian (RIST). Panelists: Luigi Malago (RIST), Daniel David (UBB), Gheorghe Cosmin Silaghi (UBB), Marcel Heroiu (World Bank), George Ciobanu (Zimilar)|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch Break & Networking||13:00 – 14:00||Lunch Break & Networking||13:00 – 14:00||Lunch Break & Networking|
|14:00 – 15:30||Bio-informatics. Moderator: Ioana Neagoe (UMF Cluj-Napoca). Panelists: Joachim Schultze (University of Bonn), Leo Joosten (Radboud University of Nijmegen), Mihai Netea (Radboud University of Nijmegen)||14:00 – 15:30||Title: Digitalization, Blockchain and the Law. Moderator: Mircea Vadan (Cluj Startups). Content Partner: Noerr Group. Panelists: Peter Brautigam (Noerr), Cristiana Fernbach (Noerr), Istvan Miklos (Bitconcept), Vlad Nistor (Coinflux)||14:00 – 15:30||Title: Smart Cities and Communities. Moderator: Paulina Mitrea (Cluj IT). Panelists: David Walom (Oxford University), Miklos Farkas (Printec Group), Daniel Homorodean (Arxia), Ovidiu Pintea (Optima), Cristian Ureche (ParkingPlus), Andrei Kovacs (Life is Hard)|
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break & Networking||15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break & Networking||15:30 – 16:00||Coffee Break & Networking|
|16:00 – 17:30||Title: IoT in Agriculture. Moderator: Stelian Brad (Cluj IT). Panelists: Rory MacDonald (Age of Peers), Roxana Vidican (USAMV), Bogdan Doinea (CISCO)||16:00 – 17:30||Title: Digital Economy, the economy of trust. Moderator: Dacian Dragos (UBB). Panelists: Janneke Breeuwsma (Arthur’s Legal), Cristiana Fernbach (Noerr Group), Daniel Homorodean (Arxia)||16:00 – 17:30||Title: Key sectors for digitization – focus on education. Moderator: Magnoliu Stan (Smart HR). Panelists: Cosmin Porumb (Hypermedia), Dorin Brindescu (e-nformation), Laszlo Gulyas (EIT Digital), Sergiu Penciu (BCR)|
|18:00 – 20:00||Wine and chocolate bar (foyer, first floor)|
FSEGA, Babes-Bolyai University
Teodor Mihali Street number 58-60
Babes-Bolyai University is the oldest, most comprehensive and largest public institution of higher education in Romania (www.ubbcluj.ro). Its mission and policies are focused towards the further development of multiculturalism and the University’s integration into the international education and research and innovation systems across Europe.
This year, the main location of the event will be at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (www.econ.ubbcluj.ro).
Important announcement for hotel reservations