Thurs Apr 4


Opening Remarks

HE Péter Szijjártó
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary


Opening Lecture

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

Ákos Kara
State Secretary
Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary (TBC)


Keynote Speech

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


Panel I

Innovation Driven Solutions for an Interconnected Visegrad Region and Beyond

Balázs Rákossy
Minister of State for the Utilisation of European Union Funding
Ministry of Finance of Hungary (TBC)

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 (TBC)

György Bacsa
SVP Strategy and Business Development
MOL Group, Hungary (TBC)

Karol Okoński
Secretary of State
Ministry of Digital Affairs of Poland

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

Rickard Damm
Head of Zone
Telia Company (TBC)


Panel II

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

Kimmo Rönkä
Future Living Specialist
Housing Fair Finland Co-operative

Matthias Wolff
LUPUS Electronics (TBC)

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

Matthew Evans
Executive Director

Rickard Damm
Head of Zone
Telia Company (TBC)

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, and the Countryside

Zuzana Nehajová
Head of InnovEYtion Centre
Ernst&Young, Prague

Brian Matthews
Head of Transport Innovation
Milton Keynes City Council

Stefan Webb
Digital Transformation of the Planning System
Future Cities Catapult

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

Hugo Poelman
Scientific-technical Support Officer
DG REGIO,, European Commission (TBC)

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




Keynote Lecture

Jamie Shea
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges


Panel IV

Securing Our Democracies in the Digital Realm

Csaba Krasznay
Professor, Cybersecurity Academy
National University of Public Service

Dirk Pilat
Deputy Director
OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (TBC)

Jamie Shea
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Barbara Sztokfisz
Editor in Chief
European Cybersecurity Journal

Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler
Media Reform Program and Democracy in the Information Age, The Israel Democracy Institute (TBC)

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