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Festival for clever entrepreneurs: overview of activities to support successful digital transformation of SME business and public services

Tower Park Praha and online

9 November 2022


8:30 – 9:00

Opening of the videoconference, welcome coffee for participants on the spot

9:00 – 9:30

Opening of Smart Business Festival CZ 2022

Helena Langsadlova, Minister for Research, Development and Innovation (tbc)

Petr Ocko, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Director General of CzechInvest Agency

Matthias Kuom, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Anna Tumova, Marketing Manager and Spokesperson, CRA

9:30 – 12:00

Morning expert blocks

9:30 – 10:45

Digital Transformation in Public Sphere

Experiences and examples of good practices to raise digital level of public services from abroad:

·        Solutions for smart cities and regions

·        Environmental and energy-focused projects and their impacts

·        Interactions between the private and the public sphere

Esa Kokkonen, Director at Baltic Institute Finland

Alexandre Yurchak, President of Ukraininan Cluster Alliance, Ukraine

Ludovico Lopez Cade, Coordinator of GAIA-X Spain Global Cloud and 1070km DIH

Petko Georgiev, President of SouthEast DigiHub, Bulgaria

10:45– 12:00

Digital Transformation in / of Business

Tips, services and projects to raise digital maturity of SMEs in Czechia and the rest of Europe:

  • Resources and processes needed for successful digital transformation
  • Success stories
  • People, technologies and their interaction as the basis for digital transformation

Silvia Jiraskova, Coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network Czech Republic

Rainer Leupers, Director of ICE RWTH Aachen Universität, Germany

Artur Bobovnicky, Director for Innovations, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency, Slovakia

Jorge Portugal, Director General of COTEC Portugal (tbc)

Anna Pajak, Coordinator for the Polish DIH Network, Future Industry Platform, Poland

12:00 – 12:50

Lunch and networking break

12:50 – 15:30

European Digital Innovation Hubs network as effective tool to support digital transformation of SMEs as well as the public sphere

Overview of running and planned activities of the Czech and foreign European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs):

  • Offer of services for sharing technologies, infrastructure and services for digital transformation of small and medium businesses and public organisations
  • Technological, regional and sectorial focus of individual EDIHs
  • System of financing their activities
  • News and prospective of their cross-border collaboration

Introductory remarks:

      David Vidal, Carsa / Digital Transformation Accelerator, ES

13:00 – 13:30


Tomas Pitner, Cybersecurity Innovation Hub, Brno, CZ

Norbert Meyer, Centre of Secure Digital Transformation, Poznań, PL

13:30 – 14:00

Artificial intelligence:

Alena Buresova, EDIH CVUT, Praha, CZ

Kalle Toivonen, Finnish AI Region (FAIR) EDIH, Helsinki, FI

14:00 – 14:30

High-performance computing:

Martin Duda, EDIH Ostrava, Ostrava, CZ

Adam Olszewski, HPC4Poland EDIH, Poznań, PL (tbc)

14:30 – 15:00


Katerina Matyskova, EDIH DIGIMAT

Bartosz Józefowski, Hub4Industry EDIH, Kraków, PL

15:00 – 15:30

Additive technologies:

Andrej Chrzanowski, BRAIN4INDUSTRY EDIH, Dolni Brezany,CZ

Roland Sommer, AI5production EDIH, Vienna, AT

15:30 – 15:35

Final remarks, follow-up points and closure of Smart Business Festival CZ 2022

15:35 – 16:30

Networking for the participants on the spot

Based on personal invitations delivered to coordinators and partners of DIHs, EDIHs, cooperating companies and representatives of the public sphere


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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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