Empowering the Innovation Community

Program Bratislava

Day 1
14 Oct 2015
Day 2
15 Oct 2015
Day 3
16 Oct 2015
08:30 – 09:30



Keynote speech:  LET´S ACT TOGETHER FOR SMART CITIES Maros Sefcovic is Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union.   Opening remarks and introduction: Imrich Chlamtac, President of...
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Imrich Chlamtac
Maros Sefcovic
Robert Redhammer

Keynote Speech

Rastislav Chovanec, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Rastislav Chovanec
10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

Smart Cities in the Danube Region

The area covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube region stretches from the Black Forest (Germany) to the Black Sea (Romania-Ukraine-Moldova) and is home to 115 million inhabitants. This...
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Peter Morgenstein
Matija Vilfan
Manfred Schrenk
Adam Kobrizsa
Ales Gnamus
12:45 - 14:30


What Does It Take To Be a Smart City?

The Smart City concept is often described as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local...
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Jan Babiak
Lukas Stockinger
Janne Hietaniemi
Kristina Dely
Rudolf Giffinger
16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

Global Future City: What Does it Look Like?

Imagine a city of the future. Can you see futuristic houses, flying cars and robots doing all the work? Almost half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and...
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Tomas Gunis
Santtu Hulkkonen
Radoslav Mizera
Harald Baur
Tamas Vahl

Keynote speech: Smart Cities in the European Perspective

David Mair, Acting Director for Policy Support Coordination, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
David Mair
08:30 – 09:00


EAI Strategic Forum

The session will present the vision of EAI’s Senior Institutional members within the Strategic Forum on the latest developments in Smart Cities. In particular, the discussion will be focused on the...
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Mario Paroha
Paolo Nesi
Giuseppe Anastasi
Tiziana Catarci

Technology Forecast

Smart Cities experts and professionals will put their heads together to figure out what the future of this industry looks like. In this panel, industry veterans Martin Jesny, Ron S. Kenett, Pavol Adamec,...
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Patrik Krizansky
Massimo Craglia
Martin Jesny
Pavol Adamec
Ron S. Kenett
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break


Demoers are given the opportunity to share their ideas with potential partners, investors and innovators from across the world. This session provides them with the possibility of gaining international visibility, reaching out to a wide audience...
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There are no smart cities without smart people. However sophisticated the concepts like Smart City are, they can only work out powered by the knowledge base of smart people. Without the...
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Tomas Bozik
Michal Laco
Inge Murgasova
Dana Rusinova
Anton Ondrej
13:00 - 14:00


Making of Smart Cities (Legislation and Urban Planning)

Man bears more and more responsibility for the survival of his own creation – the city. Our aim is to explore possible ways in which to sustain the fundamental functions of urban fragments,...
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Ivana Males
Elena Szolgayova
Robert Spacek
Anne Deltour
16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

Innovation Through Research

Experts agree that research and development is the backbone of a globally competitive, knowledge-driven economy. Only those who conduct research are able to discover new things and create innovative solutions. The...
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Jaroslav Holecek
Rastislav Lauko
Isabella Wagner
Dusan Petras
8:30 – 9:00



This three-panel session will deal with the aspects of taking an idea to the market – outlining the commercialization process, idea development and funding. The session will take participants through the basic steps of evaluating an...
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Rumen Dobrinsky
Ivan Debnar

INNOVATION CYCLE – 1. Idea Evaluation & Dissemination

Adding to the idea evaluation tools that have filled the public domain, the panellists in this session will examine the key success factors and best practices for Smart City-oriented ventures....
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Michal Maxian
Klaudia Klara Tvergyak
Nicola Mezzetti
Rumen Dobrinsky
Radoslav Mizera
Ivan Debnar

INNOVATION CYCLE – 2. Intellectual Property Protection

Intellectual property rights are the engine that drive the knowledge economy and fuel our innovation strategies. Intellectual Property Protection session will explain what a patent is and what the process is for getting...
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Barbora Czokolyova
Zuzana Adamova
Peter Kruzliak
Zuzana Hecko
10:40 – 11:00

Coffee break


Are you interested in learning more about various funding opportunities for your research or innovation project? If you are swimming in the pool of application processes and you are struggling to find the right...
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Andrej Wallo
Ivan Stefunko

Success Stories

Learn from founders and industry experts about their experiences of developing a company.  
Jozef Metke
Peter Strazovec
Rastislav Lauko
Simon Sicko