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Postponed due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, ICT Spring will finally be organized on September 15th and 16h, 2020, at the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL). Discover the latest trends, meet with international innovators and try the new services offered by startups. This year, the event will revolve around the topics of AI and Fintech, with a hint of cybersecurity, supply chain and space. Given the circumstances, all these different summits will be live streamed and the organizers will also offer specific online sessions as well as an interactive random networking experience to onboard participants whether they are attending in-per or remotely. 

AI Summit: leveraging data to enhance human capabilities

On the first day of ICT Spring, local and international experts will discuss the latest artificial intelligence trends. The first session, entitled “AI, the game changer”, will focus on how AI has the potential to transform all industries, and which current applications are already redefining our daily – professional and personal – lives. The organizers will notably welcome Candi Carrera (Country Manager, Microsoft Luxembourg) and Liv Boeree (Speaker, Astrophysicist, Philanthropist & Poker Champion).

The afternoon session, focusing on how tech can leverage Human potential, will bring together Prof. Dr. Dieter Wallach (Founder and co-director, Ergosign and Professor for Human-Computer-Interaction and Usability Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern), Laurent Ach (European Director, Rakuten Institute of Technology) and Thomas Kallstenius (CEO, LIST) along with several other international experts. They will give talks on the role of creativity in the economy, the use of deep learning in the e-commerce industry, and will discuss the advantages of digital twins.

A new edition of WOOP (World of Opportunities) will then be organized: experts will debate and discuss the topic of singularity and will share key learnings on the role of AI in the Covid-19 crisis.

Fintech Summit: new opportunities turned into new experiences

On the second day, international and local experts will meet around the topic of financial technologies. The morning session will focus on Covid-19 and opportunities brought by Fintech companies: how to adapt your business in time of crisis and what are the most promising ones?

The second part of the morning will then revolve around tokenization and cryptocurrencies. Several guest speakers have already confirmed their participation, namely Caroline Malcolm (Head, Global Blockchain Policy Centre, OECD), Bernard Nicolay (Adjunct Professor, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB), Pascal Gauthier (Ledger), Jean-Marie Mognetti (CoinShares) and Nicolas Cantu (Engineer, Chain Accelerator co-founder).

The democratization of banking processes will be the first topic addressed in the afternoon with guest speakers Frank Roessig(FinTech Lead - Head Digital Solutions for Finance, Proximus) and Marjan Delatinne (Global Head of Banking, Ripple) sharing their expertise. Then, the “redefined payment experience” will be discussed: what are the current client expectations? What about EU regulation? More questions will be raised and answered by payment experts.

Side events: from New Space and Cybersecurity to Logistics and innovative startups

Just like the past four years, a new edition of Space Forum takes place during ICT Spring. For two days, international experts will decipher the latest space trends, discussing the current data revolution that is reshaping the space industry. The conference aims to discuss the impact of space technologies on Earth businesses (mobility, IoT, connectivity, security, climate, media, earth observation…). The organizers will notably welcome Matt Desch (CEO, Iridium Communications), Aila Raquel (CEO, Alya NanoSat constellation), Clay Mowry (Vice-President for global sales, Blue Origin) and many more.

Formerly known as “Information Security Day”, the European Security Forum, will focus on current cybersecurity topics, ranging from sustainable IoT and EU’s Cybersecurity Act to Cybercrime, with the participation of Diana Kelley (Cybersecurity Field CTO, Microsoft),  Stéphane Duguin (CEO, CyberPeace Institute) and Craig Jones (Cybercrime Director, INTERPOL)

The very first edition of Digital Supply Chain Europe will focus on the impacts of digital and data management on the supply chain and logistics sectors. Alba Isabel Serrano-Garcia (Manager, DDMS Procurement Project Leader, Airbus), Daniel Liebermann (Logistics Director, Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg) and Arnaud Lambert (CEO, Champ Cargosystems) have already confirmed their participation. Three topics will be discussed: "Building Resilient Supply Chains for the New Normal", "How the Fourth Industrial Revolution reshapes Global Supply Chain" and "Achieving sustainable supply chain".

Finally, the last semifinals session of Pitch Your Startup will take place during the first day, with startups showcasing their innovative solutions and projects in the AI, Machine Learning & Big DataSupply Chain and Cybersecurity categories. And the grand finale of the competition will be organized in the evening, with the winners of all categories pitching their services to a jury of seasoning professionals. As a reminder, other categories are: Fintech, Regtech, Insurtech, HR Tech and Smart Mobility.

About ICT Spring
As an influential voice in the worldwide Tech community, the aim of ICT Spring is to encourage emulation and networking between business decisions makers, innovation managers, startups, researchers and venture capitalists on a European scale. It is a yearly event held in Luxembourg City dedicated to exhibiting and demonstrating the latest relevant trends and innovations and discuss their impact on society and the working world.

More information: www.ictspring.com, www.spaceforum.com & www.farvest.com

Anne-Lorraine Reinbolt
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