Agenda

Note: All session timings below are in CET.

DAY 1

09:00 – 09:30

Virtual Platform, Networking and Showcases open

09:30 – 10:00

Welcome and introduction to Masters of Digital 2021

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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote Conversation

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Charles Michel
President, European Council

10:30 – 11:30

Main Stage Panel Discussion: The Digital Road to Recovery

In July 2020, European leaders struck a historic deal for €750bn to restart our continent’s economy, 20% of which must be invested in digital. This is an impressive statement of intent – Europe’s recovery will take us forward, not back. But as Member States put together their national plans, what are the digital investments that will drive our continent forward, accelerate our transition to climate neutrality, modernise our health systems, and give our citizens the tools and skills they need to thrive in the digital age?

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Moderator
Sam Fleming
Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

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Céline Gauer
Director General, Recovery and Resilience Task Force, European Commission

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Fernanda Ferreira Dias
Director General for Economic Activities, Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition, Portugal

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Norbert Lütke-Entrup
Head of Technology & Innovation Management, Siemens

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Damian Boeselager
Member, European Parliament

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Jyrki Katainen
President, Sitra

11:30 – 11:45

Networking and Showcase Break

Participants are able to browse the showcases and exhibitions, and networking with each other on the platform.

11:45 – 12:15

Keynote Conversation

Special guest TBC

12:15 – 13:00

Focus Session: The future of industry: Preparing for the new normal

2020 was a year of challenges for Europe’s economy. But can Europe’s industry see any silver lining from the pandemic? In this panel, DIGITALEUROPE’s Executive Council on Digital Manufacturing (DMEC) will address with key policy-makers what the EU urgently needs to do to update its industrial backbone, giving practical examples of how the EU Recovery Fund can support this goal. It will shine a light on industrial data-sharing concepts at the core of GAIA-X’s vision: how can Europe ride the next wave of manufacturing data and reinvent its industry post-COVID? There will be a specific focus on how the EU can harness digital technologies to transform utilities – such as water management – to make better use of scarce resources.

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Moderator
Jennifer Baker
Journalist

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Kerstin Jorna
Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

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Patrik Sjöstedt
MBA, EMEA Regional Business Leader, Manufacturing, Enterprise Commercial, Microsoft

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Cristian Busoi
Member, European Parliament and Chair of ITRE Committee

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Alain Dedieu
Chair of DIGITALEUROPE’s Digital Manufacturing Executive Council, Schneider Electric

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Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener
Vice Chair of DIGITALEUROPE’s Digital Manufacturing Executive Council, ZVEI

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

Participants are able to browse the showcases and exhibitions, and networking with each other on the platform.

14:00 – 14:25

Keynote discussion: GAIA-X – Data Infrastructure the European Way

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Hubert Tardieu
Interim CEO of GAIA-X AISBL
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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General of DIGITALEUROPE

14:25 – 15:25

Main Stage Panel Discussion: 2021 – The year of data

2021 will see the publication of several significant data-related pieces of legislation, notably on artificial intelligence and data sharing. These are opportunities to make the most of untapped data potential and channel it to support entrepreneurship and create new jobs. Data availability is essential to harness the power of digital, and the success of AI innovation – for example – depends on high-quality data. This panel will discuss how to unlock the potential of public and private data sharing. How can we tap into the vast troves of industrial data that lie unused or hardly used? What barriers are there for small businesses in particular? How can data enable a vibrant European tech ecosystem open to the world, and make best use of available technologies?

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Moderator:
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General of DIGITALEUROPE

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Christiane Canenbley
Deputy Head of Cabinet for Executive Vice-President Vestager, European Commission

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Dragoș Tudorache
Member, European Parliament and Chair of AIDA Committee

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Gilles Thiebaut
Managing Director, Senior Vice President Global Sales for Northern Western Europe, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Bart Steukers
Director Context and Future CEO, Agoria

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Andreas Cleve
CEO of Corti and DIGITALEUROPE Future Unicorn Award 2020 winner

15:25 – 15:35

Networking and Showcase Break

Participants are able to browse the showcases and exhibitions, and networking with each other on the platform.

15:35 – 16:00

Keynote

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Börje Ekholm
President and CEO, Ericsson Group

16:00 – 16:45

Digitally Enlightened: New World, New Skills

DIGITALEUROPE announced a landmark film series, to be produced by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions, in May 2020. ‘Digitally Enlightened’ will explore how a common vision in Europe would help digital innovation scale up and flourish to the benefit of consumers and companies. Since then, COVID-19 has shifted the perspective of every individual and organisation around the world. The pandemic has exposed the ever-growing skills gap, highlighting the urgent need to retrain and upskill the workforce. With more children learning from home than ever before and record numbers of people searching for work, the concepts of upskilling have had to accelerate into action quicker than ever before. Join our panel of digital skills experts from across Europe as we discuss what the upskilling landscape in Europe looks like now and where we go from here.

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Moderator:
LJ Rich
Reporter, BBC

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Norberto Mateos Carrascal
EMEA Territory Business Consumption Director, Intel

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Anna Ferenczy
CMO, Codecool

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Mette Lundberg
Director of Politics and Communications, IT-Branchen

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Una Fitzpatrick
Director, Tech Ireland

16:45 – 17:05

Keynote Interview

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Nadia Calviño
Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Spain

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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

17:05 – 17:15

Presentation of Master of Digital Award

17:15

Closing remarks

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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

DAY 2

09:00 – 09:45

Virtual Platform, Networking and Showcases open

09:45 – 10:15

Welcome remarks

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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

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Hilary Mine
President, DIGITALEUROPE and Vice-President & Market Unit Leader Nordics, Baltics & Benelux at Nokia

10:15 – 10:30

Keynote Speech

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Svenja Schulze
Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

10:30 – 11:40

Main Stage Panel Discussion: A green and digital Europe: how to accelerate the twin transition?

2021 will be a crucial year for the climate as well as our economic recovery. Ahead of COP26, the European Union will set even more ambitious targets for cutting emissions. In parallel, many other Green Deal initiatives are starting to take shape, such as the building ‘Renovation Wave’ or the smart mobility strategy. Digital technologies have tremendous potential to help Europe achieve its climate goals. With the right reforms and investments, they could enable a 20% reduction in global CO2 emissions by 2030. How can we harness digital to ensure that our green spending delivers bang for our buck?

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Moderator
Sonja van Renssen
Managing Editor, Energy Monitor, New Statesman Group

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Casper Klynge
Vice President, European Government Affairs, Microsoft

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Svenja Schulze
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

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Sandrine Dixson-Declève
Co-President, Club of Rome

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Mauro Petriccione
Director General, DG CLIMA, European Commission

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Jon Lindén
CEO, Ekkono

11:40 – 11:55

Networking and Showcase Break

Participants are able to browse the showcases and exhibitions, and networking with each other on the platform.

11:55 – 12:45

Focus Session: Unlocking the EU recovery through public sector transformation

This panel will discuss the almost unprecedented window of opportunity for EU policy to tackle critical elements in the digital transformation process, from digital sovereignty to the revolution of government services for European citizens. By bringing government closer to citizens alongside closer collaborations across ministries and borders, it is possible to co-innovate and scale world-class solutions while enhancing citizen trust, driving down costs to taxpayers. With various industry verticals disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 economic crisis, Europe’s public sector is now expected to play an increasingly significant role in a timely and transformative recovery.

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Introduced by (video recording):
Boštjan Koritnik
Minister for Public Administration, Slovenia

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Moderator
Jennifer Baker
Journalist

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Mario Campolargo
Acting Director General, European Commission, DG DIGIT, European Commission 

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Peter Geršak
State Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia

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Vanda Jesus
Executive Director, Portugal Digital

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Ulrich Ahle
CEO, FIWARE Foundation

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Michel Isnard
Vice-President EMEA Sales, Red Hat

12:45 – 13:45

Lunch break

Participants are able to browse the showcases and exhibitions, and networking with each other on the platform.

13:45 – 14:00

Keynote

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Stella Kyriakides
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
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Introduced by (video message):
Joyce Lee
Chief Information Officer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson

14:00 – 15:00

Main Stage Panel Discussion: Racing Against Time: What it will take to deliver advanced healthcare in the EU

Healthcare has topped the 2020 political agenda in the EU and the COVID-19 crisis is driving an overdue upgrade to Europe’s health systems and services. Member States and the European Commission are stepping up efforts to ensure the necessary funding is available to upgrade digital infrastructure which is now central to modern health care systems. But what should the future of healthcare look like?

A panel of experts will look to peel back the layers of complexity and explore how we can foster digital innovation in healthcare. How can we accelerate the development of Common Health Data Spaces? What are the main obstacles? How can we ensure quality health and social care across the whole EU? Is politics acting as an impetus or an anchor? What is the role of the private sector, and how can we build trusted services?

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Moderator
Petra Wilson
Managing Director, Health Connect Partners

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Pierre Delsaux
Deputy Director General, DG SANTE, European Commission

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Miapetra Kumpula-Natri
Member, European Parliament (S&D) on AIDA Committee and ITRE’s Rapporteur on European Strategy for Data paper

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Francesco Buonarroti
IT VP & CIO Janssen Europa Middle East and Africa at JnJ

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Christoph Zindel
Member of the Managing Board, Siemens Healthineers

15:00 – 15:30

Keynote Conversation

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Ursula von der Leyen
President, European Commission

15:30 – 15:45

Keynote Conversation

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Mariya Gabriel
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

15:45 – 16:15

Future Unicorn Award

Presentation of the award following a short discussion with the finalists

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Moderator
Jennifer Baker
Journalist

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Mariya Gabriel
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

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The Three Future Unicorn Award Finalists

16:15

Closing remarks

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Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

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