25 January 2018

9.30 Registration, coffee

10.00 – 10.20 Opening speech - Mihály Varga Minister for National Economy of Hungary

  • Digital economy and competitiveness ( e-government, electronic financial services and payment systems, smart industrial policies, digital training and education)

10.20 – 11.00 Featured lectures 

Mariya Gabriel Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society   

  • Towards the competitive and future - proof digital Europe

Dr. Yehoshua Gleitman, Chairman of GIBF (Guangzhuo Israel Biotech Fund), Senior advisor to the World Bank, former Chief Scientist of the State of Israel  

  • National Policy of Innovation

11.00 – 12.20 Ministerial panel discussion – Digital economy


  • Mariya Gabriel Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society
  • Mihály Varga Minister for National Economy of Hungary
  • Martina Dalić Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Craft, Croatia
  • Jim Schellinger Secretary of Commerce of Indiana, USA
  • Dana Meager Deputy Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic 

Moderator: Szabolcs Takács Secretary of State

  • Challenges of digital platforms and sharing/ collaborating economy with special attention to taxation, competition and new business models
  • Regulatory framework (How to achieve opportunity - oriented innovation driven legislation?)
  • Financial awareness, e-governmental services, paper-free administration

12.20 – 12.30 Signature of Memorandum of Understanding

  • on the development of regional urban mobility platform

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 14.30 Panel discussion 1 – Digitalization of Enterprises


  • István Lepsényi, Secretary of State, Ministry for National Economy of Hungary
  • Irini Reljin, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce,Tourism and Telecommunications, Serbia
  • Paweł Chorąży, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Ecomic Development
  • Srini Gopalan, Member of the Board, Deutsche Telekom
  • Annette Kroeber-Riel, Senior Director for Public Policy and Government Relations, DACH & CEE, Google

Moderator: László Dr. Monostori, Director,  Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Computer Science and Control

  • National digital / industrial 4.0 strategies – cooperation of national technological platforms, preparation of SMS’s for the 4.0 industrial strategy
  • Advanced manufacturing models - Industry 4.0 versus industrial internet (German model – industrial platforms, system architecture  vs. American model, bottom - up use cases vs. top - down)
  • New types of global value chains (changing leading positions focused on the product digital experience (hardware vehicle, software and services)
  • Social dimension of robotisation and smart solution (education, training, digital literacy) 

14.30 – 15.30 Panel discussion 2 – Digitalization of financial processes (fintech / fin. services)


  • Dana Meager Deputy Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic
  • Marcus Dr. Pleyer, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany 
  • Péter Csányi Managing Director, Digital Sales and Development Directorate  of OTP Bank  
  • Ádám Balog, CEO of MKB Bank 
  • Anikó Szombati, Director, MNB
  • Domen Bozeglav, Adviser for Digitalisation in the Minister’s Office, Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia

Moderator: Ágnes Hornung, Secretary of State, Ministry for National Economy of Hungary

  • Global blockchain/bitcoin concepts - applications the financial and banking sector, e-government
  • Banking-as-a-platform approach: digital fintech ecosystems, fintech start-ups as a peer-to-peer transactions
  • How to maximize the data-driven economy? – algorythms, big data, analysis
  • Regulatory issues, national and european initiatives: regulatory sandbox, use cases and artificial intelligence
  • National best practices- blockchain strategies, action plans, fintech labs and fintech forums

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break

15.45 – 16.45  Panel discussion 3 – Urban mobility

Moderator: Benjamin Soffer, Director, Technion Technology Center, Israel


  • Balázs Szeneczey, Deputy Mayor of Budapest 
  • Laszlo Ludvig, Mobility Division Director, Siemens Zrt
  • Marie-Theres Thiell, CEO innogy Hungária – CEO ELMÜ-ÉMÁSZ
  • Ksenija Ostriz, Deputy Mayor, Koprivnica, Croatia
  • Mirka Jozic, Head of the City Office for Economy, Energetics and Environment protection, Zagreb
  • Management model of urban mobility (smart city) programs (digital ecosystems in smart mobility and energy systems, car rental and other business models of the automotive sector)
  • Smart city services; big and middle-sized cities’ services such as car-sharing 
  • Smart city test environment, cross border corridors, digital infrastructure 5 G

26 January 2018

8.30 Registration, coffee

9.00 Welcome speech – István Lepsényi 

State Secretary of the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary

9.15 – 10.45 Featured lectures

  • Electromobility, digitalisation, network-based automated systems
  • László Dr. Palkovics, Secretary of State, Ministry of Human Capacities, Governmental Commissioner of Autonomous Driving & ELI Science Park - Digital Transition in Road Transportation
  • Stefan Deix, Director of EUCAR, Belgium -Innovating mobility – key challenges for the automotive industry
  • Suresh Kannan, President & Chief Architect, digiBlitz Inc, United States - Harnessing the power of IOT & BlockChain for Smart Transport & Freight
  • Ulrich Grauvogel, Chief Marketing Officer, Data Ahead GmbH representing the Industrial Data Space Association (IDSA)-Democracy in raw data access - an extremely effective accelerator for digitization

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break

Starting-Lecture: Prof. Dr. Lutz Heuser, Co-Founder and CTO, Urban Software Institute GmbH & Co, Germany

11.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion 1 

  • Electromobility, digitalisation, network-based automated systems

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Lutz Heuser, Co-Founder and CTO, Urban Software Institute GmbH & Co, Germany


  • Edin Kolic, Head Of Assembly Planning, Daimler AG
  • Paul Trompisch, Advisor, Platform Industry 4.0, Austria
  • Giles Shrimpton, CEO, NNG
  • Gergő Budai J., External Affairs Director, Vodafone
  • András Háry, CEO, Test Ground Zala Ltd

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 13.50  Featured lectures

  • Digital transformation in retail banking  

László Juhász, Director, Boston Consulting Group

13.50 – 14.45  Panel discussion 2

  • Digital transformation in retail banking  

Moderator: László Juhász, Director, Boston Consulting Group


  • Larisa Tugui, Policy Expert of European Banking Authority
  • Mark Hetényi, Deputy CEO of MKB Bank
  • László Harmati,  Deputy CEO of Erste Bank Hungary 
  • János Anschau, Head of Global Banking Services, Unicredit Bank Hungary

14.45 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 15.20 Featured lecture

  • Blockchain

Péter Benedek, CEO, Blockchain Competence Center- Blockchain use cases in the financial services industry

15.20 – 16.00 Panel discussion 3

  • Blockchain as a tamper-proof distributed database

Moderator: Sebastian Tamás, ‎Director of Innovations, ‎Hungarian National Trading House


  • Balázs Horváth, Fintech Expert, Bancard Consulting
  • András Pataricza, Professor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics 
  • Ahmad Piraiee, CEO, ITKeyMedia
  • Gergely Gabler, Director, MNB