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The digital economy holds enormous opportunities for businesses and societies in Europe, but also poses challenges in areas such as job automation and the impact of the sharing economy. So, what policies are currently fostering entrepreneurship and business growth? And how can these initiatives be scaled to make Europe the most digitally-advanced region in the world?

Readie’s Digital Policy Summit, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, took place on 11 October 2016 in Berlin.

Readie also published a highlights summary article following the event.

Sessions included:

  • Welcome

  • Welcome to the future — a lot has changed. Opening speeches from Geoff Mulgan (CEO, Nesta), Dr. Petra Bahr (Head of Department for Politics and Consulting, KAS), and Valerie Mocker (Principal Researcher of Readie, Nesta).
  • Beyond the horizon: future visions for Europe’s digital economy, 2020-2050

  • What will the world look like in the future? Leading futurists Pat Kane, Angeliki Kapoglou and Cornelia Daheim paint a picture of how we will live, play, and work in 2050. What are the key things we need to prepare for today?
  • Policy making for the 21st century

  • Digitalisation changes everything for citizens, businesses, and entrepreneurs, and government decision-makers need to change their own ways of working to keep up. How do digital technologies change the way that policymaking and politics work, and which cutting-edge digital technologies could you start using tomorrow?Jaclyn Tsai shares how Taiwan successfully implemented a radical new approach that blended offline meetings with artificial intelligence tools to engage thousands of stakeholders in developing new policies for sharing economy, crowdfunding and ridesharing services.Boris Koprivnikar, Slovenia’s Deputy Prime Minister, will discuss plans for digitising Slovenian government to the debate.
  • Parallel panel discussions

  • A: The robot ate my homework: bringing digital skills into the 21st century

  • We don’t know what the jobs of tomorrow will look like, but we know they’ll need vastly different skills compared with today’s. This session explores different approaches and methods that governments, businesses, and civil society groups are taking to improve digital skills in Europe.
  • Moderator: Philip Colligan (Raspberry Pi Foundation)
  • Policy initiatives presented:
    ProgeTiger, presented by Erki Urva (Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Estonian IT Foundation for Education)
    Rasperry Pi Movement, presented by Philip Colligan (CEO, Raspberry Pi Foundation)

    Growth Engine for Digital Skills, presented by Nicklas Lundblad (Director EMEA Public Policy, Google)
  • Responses from:
    Nadine Schön (Member of the German Parliament & Deputy Chair of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group)
    Damir Filipovic (Policy Director, DIGITALEUROPE)
    Mounir Mahjoubi (President, Conseil Nationale du Numérique)
  • B: On your marks, get set, go! Supporting businesses to scale

  • The internet is allowing more people than ever to start their own businesses, but Europe needs to get better at creating the right conditions for companies to scale.
  • Moderator: Valerie Mocker (Principal Researcher – Readie, Nesta)
  • Policy initiatives presented:
    High-Tech Gruenderfonds, presented by Dr. Johannes Velling (Head of Division, Ministry of Economics and Energy, Germany)

    Startup Portugal, presented by Simon Schaefer (Founder/CEO, Factory)
  • Responses from:
    Candace Johnson (President, European Business Angels Network (EBAN))
    Thomas Jarzombek (Spokesperson, Digital Agenda Committee, German Parliament)

    Danny Lopez (COO, Blippar)
    Tom Yoritaka (Global Managing Director, Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence)
    Diane Perlman (Chief Marketing Officer, Mass Challenge)
  • C: Risky business: regulating disruptive innovation

  • The pace of technological change in the 21st century is so rapid that it can be difficult for government regulations to keep up without stifling innovation and creativity.
  • Moderator: Helen Goulden (Executive Director, Nesta)
  • Policy initiatives presented:
    Regulatory Sandbox for FinTech, presented by Tasneem Sharafally (Team Leader on Policy and Engagement for the Innovation Hub, Financial Conduct Authority)
    Estonian Ridesharing Regulation, presented by Kalle Palling (Member of the Estonian European Affairs Committee, Riigikogu)
  • Responses from:
    Agata Wejman (Director of EU Public Policy and Government Relations, Uber)
    Dr Jens Wohltorf (Co-founder & CEO, Blacklane)
    Flora Coleman (Head of Government Relations, TransferWise)
    Boris Koprivnikar (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration, Slovenia)
    Jaclyn Tsai (Founder, Lee Tsai and Partners Attorneys-at-Law)
    Dr Thomas Funke (Head for Entrepreneurship RKW and Co-Director, Tech Quartier)
  • D: Reinventing the wheel: fostering transformation in traditional industries

  • The digital revolution isn’t confined to apps, smartphones, and shiny-new gizmos; it’s transforming virtually every corner of the ‘traditional’ economy, and leaving no industry untouched.
  • Moderator: Stian Westlake (Executive Director, Nesta)
  • Policy initiatives presented:
    DIMECC, presented by Dr Harri Kulmala (CEO, DIMECC)
  • Responses from:
    Dr Joachim Buhler (Member of the Executive Board, BITKOM)
    Carsten Stoecker (Innovation Programme Manager, RWE)
    Shermin Voshmgir (Founder, BlockchainHub)
    Adrian Blair (Chief Operating Officer, JustEat)
    Khalil Rouhana (Director, Components and Systems, DG CONNECT)
  • Keynote: a connected Europe

  • Digital, done better in Europe. In our keynote address, Helge Braun (German Minister of State for the Federal Chancellery) discusses what steps we need to take to become a connected continent.
  • Drinks reception and networking + a performance from Chagall using Mi.Mu motion-tracking gloves.


Oct 11th 2016, 09:30


Oct 11th 2016, 18:00

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