Thurs Apr 4


Welcome to think.BDPST 2019

Welcome to think.BDPST 2019


Opening Remarks

Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky
Deputy Mayor
Municipality of the City of Budapest

HE Iain Lindsay
British Ambassador to Hungary

Tamás Menczer
State Secretary for Information and International Representation of Hungary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Opening Remarks


Opening Lecture

Carole Mundell
Chief Scientific Advisor
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

Opening lecture to be delivered by a high representative of the British delegation, which country is the guest nation of the conference.


Cultural Programme





Fri Apr 5





Opening Speech

Matthew Evans
Executive Director



Keynote Speech

Innovative Digital Solutions in the 21st Century – Possibilities and Requirements in the Visegrad Region

Adam Cohen
Head of Economic Policy EMEA



Panel I

Innovation Driven Solutions for an Interconnected Visegrad Region and Beyond

Artur Bobovnický
Director of Department of Innovation and International Relations
Slovenská Inovačná a Energetická Agentúra, Slovakia

Frank Schneider
Head of Communication Unit
Interreg Central Europe Program

Robert Kroplewski
Minister’s Plenipotentiary for Information Society
Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland

Adam Cohen
Head of Economic Policy EMEA

György Bacsa
Senior Vice President, Group Strategic Operations and Corporate Development
MOL Group, Hungary

Questions for Discussion

  • Grassroot vs. top-down initiatives. How can governmental initiatives contribute to the development of research-based enterprises in the region?
  • Central Europe: an upcoming research hub of the 21st century – a dream or a possibility?
  • How could connectivity help the development of Central European R+I based companies?
  • Different stakeholders with one goal. What would be the ideal, most beneficial division of the EU’s different incentive actions and smart regulation on diverse – national, sub-regional, regional – levels?
  • Positive examples – where to look for inspiration?





Keynote Speech

Kimmo Rönkä
Future Living Specialist
Housing Fair Finland Co-operative



Panel II

Our House, Our Castle – A European Home in the 21st Century

Kimmo Rönkä
Future Living Specialist
Housing Fair Finland Co-operative

Dr Akira Maeda
Program Officer/Research Supervisor, Department of R&D for Future Creation
Japan Science and Technology Agency

Matthew Evans
Executive Director

Géza Németh
Head of Speech Communication and Smart Interactions Laboratory
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Bence Jenőfi
Head of Sales & Business Development
Sensonic Design

Questions for Discussion

  • In what ways can a smart home be beneficial for our everyday life?
  • How does sustainability intertwine with the building and planning process of a smart home?
  • What is the ground for privacy issues regarding integrated home systems?
  • How do digital homes influence our work/life balance?
  • What is the role of a sustainable neighbourhood in the creation of smart homes?





Keynote Speech

Brian Matthews
Head of Transport Innovation
Milton Keynes City Council



Panel III

The Balance between Tradition and Innovation – City, Suburbs, Countryside

Zuzana Nehajová
Head of InnovEYtion Centre
Ernst&Young, Prague

Brian Matthews
Head of Transport Innovation
Milton Keynes City Council

Dr Zoltán Cséfalvay
Senior Scientist
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Llewelyn Morgan
Head of Innovation
Oxfordshire County Council

Éva Csobod
Senior Expert of Environment and Health
Regional Environmental Center, Hungary

Questions for Discussion

  • What role can smart transportation have in the optimisation of the three living spaces? How to “beat” the system of time- and energy consuming individual transportation?
  • The complementary/competing nature of different living environments in the Visegrad Countries – the quest for harmonious and sustainable solutions (Living conditions, pollution, life-expectancy at birth, self-perceived health).
  • Is there an optimal ratio for demographic division among habitation environments? How to boost a balanced distribution of residences and workplaces?


Keynote Lecture

Different Paths to Regional Integration and Development: The Experience of the GCC

Dr Ebtesam Al-Ketbi
Emirates Policy Centre






Panel IV

Securing Our Democracies in the Digital Realm

Csaba Krasznay
Professor, Cybersecurity Academy
National University of Public Service

Barbara Sztokfisz
Editor in Chief
European Cybersecurity Journal

Jakob Bund
Research Associate
Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre, University of Oxford

HE Kristi Karelsohn
Estonian Ambassador to Hungary

Questions for Discussion

  • How can we protect elections from hackers?
  • Fake news and its effect – are there ways to stop it during election campaigns?
  • Which platforms promote informed electorates in the Visegrad and European countries?


Closing Remarks


A Glimpse into the Future