The Welsh Government invites you to join a discussion on digital transformation, a priority for the EU as reflected in the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.
Date: Tuesday 1 March 2016
Time: 09.00 – 12.30pm
Venue: Maelbeek Room, Résidence Palace, International Press Centre, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels
This event will consider aspects of the strategy of particular relevance to regional and local governments, notably how infrastructure – including smarter cities and the roll-out of superfast broadband – is developing. It will provide an overview of the Digital Single Market and its effect on consumers and organisations.
The discussion will also explore the increased scrutiny of online activity, such as the use of search engines and social media, by the EU institutions, and illustrate how companies, including Adobe and Condé Nast, are interacting with consumers.
Confirmed speakers include:
Robert Madelin, Senior Adviser for Innovation to Commission President Juncker and former Director-General of DG CONNECT
Professor Steve Chan, PhD, Chief Strategist for IBM Smarter Cities and Safer Planet and Director of the IBM Centre for Resiliency and Sustainability,
along with several high-level specialists from academia, industry and government.
The digitisation of the EU will have a significant impact on regions and cities. It is estimated that moving from 28 national digital markets to a single one will contribute €415 billion per year to the EU's economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
The aims of this event are:
- To assess the state of play and to look forward in the area of digital polices and strategies
- To highlight successful digital projects across regions, including Wales, for the implementation of the Digital Single Market.
- To explore how organisations and public bodies will interact with consumers and citizens as digital communication matures
- To develop further connections, relationships and networks in the digital field with a view to future collaboration
09.00 Registration and Coffee
09.15 Introduction Chair: David Warrender, CEO Innovation Point
09.20 Panel One
Digital Communication: Social Media, Digital Marketing, Content Strategy and Developing Media:
David Ringrose, Acting Director, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Angela Jones, Academic Director, Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design
John Jolliffe, Senior Manager European Government Affairs, Adobe
Iestyn Davies, CEO CollegesWales
Adam Williams, Lecturer/Consultant, University of South Wales
Question and Answer Session
10.40 Coffee Break
11.10 Panel Two
Maximising the Potential of the Digital Economy: Perspectives on the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy, Big Data, Web 4.0, Smarter Cities, Security, Emerging Technologies and Telecoms
Alwen Williams, Head of BT Wales
Caren Fullerton, Chief Digital Officer, Welsh Government
Professor Steve Chan, PhD, Chief Strategist for IBM Smarter Cities and Safer Planet and Director of the IBM Centre for Resiliency and Sustainability
Robert Madelin, Senior Adviser for Innovation, European Commission
Question and Answer Session
12.25 Close and Conclusions
12.30 Networking Lunch