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Festival of clever entrepreneurship: overview of publicly funded activities to support digital transformation in (and of) SMEs

Hotel Artemis Prague and online

31 October 2023



8:30 – 9:00 Opening of videoconference, welcome coffee for physical participants
9:00 Opening of the event
Moderated by: Tereza Šamanová, CzechInno and EDIH Cybersecurity Innovation Hub and Miky Škoda, entrepreneur, visionary and promoter of innovation in education
9:05 – 9:30 Opening speeches

Petr Očko, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic for Digitalisation and Innovation

Malgorzata Nikowska, DG CONNECT, European Commission

9:30 – 9:50 Keynote speech:

Prof. Radim Polčák, prorector of Masaryk university for Development, Legislation and Information Technologies and member of Czech Digital Team at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic:

Data as commodity in the traditional economy

9:50 – 10:50 Small and medium enterprises and technologies: how do they understand each other and where are the gaps?

Test it before you will invest into it: where can companies get this technological edge and in which areas?

·        Simulations of functioning of networks and devices and testing of their resilience and vulnerabilities

·        Artificial intelligence tools in production and services

·        Microelectronics at your fingertips (and sometimes instead of the fingers)

·        Digital twins in action

Prof. Tomáš Pitner, Cybersecurity Innovation Hub, Brno, CZ

Tomáš Karásek, National Centre of Competence for HPC and EDIH CIH, Ostrava, CZ

Radomír Zbožínek, EDIH-DIGIMAT, Kuřim, CZ

Jana De Merlier and Jan Hrdlička, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and EDIH Brain4Industry, Dolní Břežany, CZ

Jane Wuth, Technische Hochschule Deggendorf and EDIH DInO, Freyung, Germany

10:50 – 11:10 Networking pause
11:10 – 12:00 Business development of SMEs: how can they be more efficient?

Mobilisation of human and business potential of companies using digital tools: how and where gto subtract and add so that we can be as efficient as possible?

·        The concept of Industry 5.0: where technology ends and human being begins?

·        Successful projects of digital transformation – schism of original plans and reality

·        Business successes where we would not expect them

·        Innovation of business models using artificial intelligence

David Pešek, EDIH ČVUT, Praha, CZ

Petr Dobrovský, EDIH Northern and Eastern Bohemia, Liberec, CZ

Roland Sommer, Plattform Industrie 4.0 Österreich and EDIH AI5Production, Vienna, Austria

Maximilian Wunsch, Weimar Universität a EDIH BMH, Weimar, Germany

Martina Le Gall Maláková, EDIH SCDA and GAIA-X Slovakia, Bratislava, SK

12:00 – 13:00 Business support networks and platforms: how can we help together?

Panel discussion on ongoing and planned activities of the European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) and other business and innovation support networks operating across the Czechia and Europe:

·        Czech EDIH Network, its composition and focus

·        Enterprise Europe Network and its activities in Czechia and Europe

·        Clusters and their involvement in digital transformation

·        Regional and sectorial DIHs and their collaboration with enterprises

·        EIT and its (in Czechia almost unknown) opportunities

·        Start-ups support and Technology Incubation Programme of CzechInvest Agency

Petr Hladík, Enterprise Europe Network Czech Republic

Karel Charvát, Plan4All DIH

Tomáš Kubala, Industry Cluster 4.0

Alena Burešová, CTU Prague and EIT Manufacturing

Ivo Denemark, CzechInvest Agency and Technology Incubation Programme

13:00 – 13:15 Final remarks:
Prof. Vladimír Mařík, Science Director of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Co-founder and Director of Institute Equilibrium: Who has the chance to win here: the technology or a man?
13:15 – 14:00 Light refreshment, networking lunch
13:15 – 15:00 Exhibition Section (on-site only)

The possibility of hands-on testing and consultation on new technologies and business approaches at the consultation places of the represented SME-support organisations and companies:

·        Czech and foreign EDIHs

·        Regional and sectorial DIHs

·        Other SME support organisations

·        Individual companies offering smart B2B services

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As part of this year's program, we will, among other things, bring new experiences and good practices from Europe, summarize findings and experiences from the regional series Digital Transformation 2020 and present all Czech digital innovation hubs exclusively in one place.

Why visit Smart Business Festival?

  • You can look forward to very interesting lectures, workshops, exclusive discussions on new tips in the area of this year’s six program blocks Resources – People – Investments – Trade and Marketing – Consulting and this year a new special festival section is Law and Security.
  • You will learn how to improve certain areas of your business for free or at low cost
  • You will gain new knowledge, experience and see in practice innovative procedures and solutions that have proven successful abroad
  • You will establish and get to know new business contacts
  • Information on current examples of good practice from dynamic and foreign companies
  • Presentation of successful companies in the field of smart and digital business
  • Interesting networking environment for business opportunities

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