Europe still stands out in regards to fit industrial leadership, social market economy model, inclusive and open societies and robust democracies. But the European Union faces multiple geopolitical, economic and societal challenges. Maintaining Europe's competitiveness and ability to innovate in light of fast-paced digitization and increasing competition with China and the US will be key for the future of the European idea.

Thus, the Digitising Europe Summit wants to inspire a debate on "The Future of Made in Europe - Advancing Europe's vision of a social market economy for a digital age". How can European governments, businesses, academic institutions and civic society shape the digital transformation of economy, society and policy on Europe's terms, grounded in European strengths and in shared values?


08:30 am


Coffee, tea and snacks will be served

10:00 am

Opening Film

The Future of “Made in Europe“

10:05 am

Opening Statement

by Nick Read, CEO, Vodafone Group Plc

10:15 am

Political Keynote

by Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

10:35 am

Session I - Economy

How do we innovate European core industries in the digital economy?

The state of the digitalization of industries varies across sectors, between large companies and SMEs and also between EU states and regions. While Europe defends its leadership in 20th century industries the US an China fiercely complete regarding the leadership on 21st century technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

10:40 am

CEO Talk on Transforming Industries

Philippe Donnet, Managing Director & Group CEO, Generali,
Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus SE and
Alex Karp, Co-Founder & CEO, Palantir Technologies Inc.

11:30 am

Vision Talk

Dr. Tassilo Wanner, VP Global Public & Regulatory Affairs, Lilium

11:40 am

Panel Discussion on “Key Technologies”

Prof. Sami Haddadin, Director Munich School of Robotics & Machine Intelligence,
Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO, Vodafone GmbH and
Prof. Anja Feldmann, Director Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

01:40 pm

Innovation Made in Europe Pitch

presented by European Institute of Technology and Innovation

Dirk Jan van den Berg, Chairman of the EIT Governing Board

01:40 pm

Vision Talk

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources

02:10 pm

Startup Pitches

Christian Deilmann, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, tado°,
Taavi Madiberk, CEO and Co-Founder Skeleton Technologies and
Bieke van Gorp, Co-Founder and COO, FibriCheck

02:10 pm

Session II - Society

How to re-define a new social contract for the digital society?

An orientation towards the common good, an emphasis on equal opportunities for all citizens and public welfare are the core of European societies. European states, as well as the European Union, need to find ways to protect and adapt their social contract in the age of self-learning algorithms and robots.

02:30 pm


Prof. Dennis Snower, President, Global Solutions Initiative

02:50 pm

Panel discussion on “New Social Contract"

Reiner Hoffmann, President, German Trade Union Confederation,
Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD and
Carina Autengruber, President, European Youth Forum

03:15 pm

Session III - People

How to guarantee people's wellbeing in a digital age?

Europe stands out in regard to the importance of people’s well-being, ethical guidelines, and humanity. While these values lie at the heart of the European Union, they imply comprehensive responsibilities.

03:35 pm


Prof. Luciano Floridi, Director, Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford

03:50 pm

Tech and Well-Being: Vision Talks

Karen Dolva, Co-Founder & CEO, No Isolation and
Dr. Isabel Van De Keere, Founder & CEO, Immersive Rehab

04:15 pm

Coffee Break

04:30 pm

Session IV - Policy

How to define future-proof governance in a digital Europe?

Governance in the digital age requires agile policy-making. The European institutions but also national governments need to re-think governance models to become a catalyst for digitisation

04:45 pm

Vision Talk

Joakim Reiter, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Vodafone Institute & External Affairs Director, Vodafone Group plc

05:00 pm

Political Keynote

Dr. Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Republic of Austria

05:15 pm

Panel discussion on “Future Governance”

Justin Macmullan, Advocacy Director, Consumers International,
Valerie Mocker, Director, Development & European Digital Policy, Nesta,
Nuria Oliver, Vodafone,
Dr. Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Republic of Austria and
Thibaud Simphal, Regional General Manager, Western & Southern Europe, Uber

05:50 pm

Closing Remarks

06:00 pm

Drinks & Dinner Followed by an after party



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