Levente Varga

Founder and CEO

on stage

29 Mar 2018 , 13:00 - 14:30 @

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Levente Varga is the founder and CEO of SaveSarah, a Budapest-based start-up that helps to find people with drones and mobile devices.

After finishing his MSc in information technology and British and American Studies, Levente started his career in the Netherlands. He spent five years working in industry automation projects in the United States, Finland, China, Belgium, and the Netherlands in different roles from senior development of automation and robotics software products to technical writing of Inther Academy and liaising with customers.

After 5 years, Levente returned to Hungary to work for the United Nations as a Senior Learning Solutions Assistant at UNHCR, where he was responsible for organising a broad range of IT trainings globally for staff members and for the product management of the organisation's mobile learning solutions as well.

Levente took a turn to entrepreneurial life 3 years later and founded his software development company. Together with his brother, Peter, he developed Gamoteca, a gamified mobile learning platform (Angular, Ionic, NodeJS), which is still used by ILO, Humanitarian Academy, and other international organisations.

In 2016, he started working full time on the start-up, SaveSarah (previously known as DroneIQ), which programmes drones for life saving. The development of the platform began within the Startup Chile programme and since 2017 it has continued in Hungary.

His team was awarded the Startup Live first prize and in the Smart City challenge by IBM and in the MundiLab program in Madrid run by Munich Re, was one of the winning start-ups at Reimagine Drones programme in Barcelona, and was among the best 20 start-ups in Startup Bootcamp InsurTech London and the best teams of the Design Terminal Techlab program and the Smart City program by the Budapest Enterprise Agency.

Levente is also member of Drones Work Group of the European Emergency Number Association and selected member in EENA's CrisisTech program looking to innovate emergency management.

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Jeroen Bastiaanssen

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HE Dr Zoltán Cséfalvay

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Květoslav Havlík

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Wang Gu Kang


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Patrik Križanský


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Chang Whan Ma

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Ministry of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea

Levente Magyar

Deputy Minister

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

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National Bank of Hungary

Michal Mazúr

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Máté Mester

Tech Strategy, Policy and Regulatory Expert

Robert Missen

Head of Unit

DG MOVE, Innovation & Research, European Commission

Young Jun Moon

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Korea Transport Institute

Dániel Mráz

CEO Financial and Business Development Area

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Anton Ondrej

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Laura Paál

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Dr József Pálinkás


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Dániel Palotai

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National Bank of Hungary

Radim Polčák

Head of Institute

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Jens Redmer

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Attila Süle-Szigeti

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STILL Hungary

Tamás Szabó

Director of Product Management


Dr Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky

Deputy Mayor

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Kornél Szepessy


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Teodor Varga

Zsófia Végh


Budapest Business Journal

Dávid Vitézy


Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport

Lord David Willetts

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UK Research and Innovation

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