Event Overview

Building on the success of the inaugural edition in 2018, this one-day conference, taking place in Autumn 2019 in Brussels will showcase the power and opportunity of artificial intelligence and inspire the European policy debate.

Key Themes

  • What are Member States doing and how is this interacting with EU level policymaking

  • How do we generate confidence and capacity in Europe to build globally competitive AI businesses

  • Access to data and access to capital: Europe’s twin problems?

  • Moving the debate on ethics towards a practical approach to AI

2018 Highlights

26 high-level speakers, including 4 Nation State representatives. 3 hours dedicated to networking.

Watch the highlights here.

Confirmed speakers include

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Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner-designate for Innovation and Youth

European Commission

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PILAR DEL CASTILLO

Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

European Parliament

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LUCILLA SIOLI

Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CNECT

European Commission

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DIRK PILAT

Deputy Director
Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

OECD

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FEDERICO MILANI

Deputy Head of Unit Data Policy and Innovation, DG CNECT

European Commission

Agenda

Event Day
2019-12-05
Belgium Ballroom
Belgium Ballroom
09:00 - 09:05
Welcome and Introduction
09:05 - 10:05
Keynote Session: A series of ‘Fireside Conversations’ with senior business and policy leaders
Keynote Session: A series of ‘Fireside Conversations’ with senior business and policy leaders image
Mariya Gabriel
Commissioner-designate for Innovation and Youth, European Commission
Keynote Session: A series of ‘Fireside Conversations’ with senior business and policy leaders image
Pilar del Castillo
Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, European Parliament
Keynote Session: A series of ‘Fireside Conversations’ with senior business and policy leaders image
Jim Shaughnessy
EVP, Corporate Affairs
10:05 - 10:45
Stories to inspire: A vision for ethical AI

The next European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has stated “In my first 100 days in office, I will put forward legislation for a coordinated European approach on the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence”. Despite some warnings from research and technology stakeholders that hard rules could impede innovation, legislators across Europe are keen to quickly set standards for AI.

This session will kick start the day’s debates by offering up a vision of what human-centric, ethically sound AI might look like. Our expert witnesses will bring examples of where AI is already making a difference. Each expert will deliver a 10-minute case study followed by a 10-minute interview drawing out key themes to take into the policy debate in the next session.

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Eline Chivot
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
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Nicolas Demassieux
Senior Vice President Research, Orange Labs
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Jeremy Rollison
Director of EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
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Erik Huneker
Founder and co-CEO, Diabeloop
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00
Using trustworthy AI to empower humans and society

Taking into account the European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s statement on the human and ethical considerations for AI; the policy recommendations outlined by the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence; as well as the vision for AI laid out by our expert witnesses today, this session will feed into discussions around how to make sure any proposed legislation balances security and protection of privacy with openness to innovate.

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Lucilla Sioli
Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CNECT, European Commission
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Thomas Boué
Director General, Policy — EMEA, BSA
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Eline Chivot
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
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Mary Carol Madigan
Business Strategist for Artificial Intelligence, SAP
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Dirk Pilat
Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
12:00 - 13:30
Networking lunch
13:30 - 13:50
Afternoon Keynote Session
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Gertrud Ingestad
Director-General at DG DIGIT, European Commission
13:50 - 15:00
Data and Infrastructure – The Next 5 years and Beyond

To realise the potential of AI at scale, Europe will need to invest significantly in infrastructures capable of powerful data analysis. But to make sure investments are made wisely and are future-fit, more emphasis also needs to be given to research and understanding how different stakeholders can use data to maximum effect. This session will look at possible methods of compiling open public data currently locked in siloes and further increasing secure access to data through data protection compliant B2B sharing mechanisms. Panellists will also discuss the role of the EU in supporting Member States to ensure infrastructure investment is well coordinated across Europe amid strong global competition.

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Federico Milani
Deputy Head of Unit Data Policy and Innovation, DG CONNECT, European Commission
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Emanuele Baldacci
Director of Digital Services, DG DIGIT, European Commission
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Matthew Newman
Chief Correspondent, MLex
15:00
End of Conference
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Sponsors and partners

Event Organiser
Forum Europe
www.forum-europe.com
Forum Europe events are where people and policy meet. We have been organising policy conferences in Brussels and around Europe since 1989. Our events provide unique insights from the people behind the policy and those seeking to influence it. Our expert team develop conference programmes with impact and provide first-class event logistics. Forum Europe is more than an event management and conference production specialist. With offices in Brussels and the UK, we operate across Europe and globally. Through our international arm, Forum Global, our events cover five continents, and engage policymakers and industry at national and regional levels around the world. Our mission is to drill down to the issues that matter, creating policy events that are ahead of the curve, facilitating frank and open debate on some of the most pressing issues facing Europe and the world today.
Platinum Sponsor
BSA | The Software Alliance
https://www.bsa.org
BSA | The Software Alliance is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 60 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.
Platinum Sponsor
Microsoft
www.microsoft.com
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Platinum Sponsor
Workday
https://www.workday.com
Workday, is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications, delivering financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Workday’s cloud-based applications empower enterprises to process a wide variety of HR and finance-related transactions, gain new insights into their workforces and financial performance, and manage employee financial outcomes consistently on a companywide basis. Workday’s applications give customers real-time insights into their organizations, allowing them to make decisions based on data rather than guesswork. For employers, this translates to an ability to better manage the business, and for employees, it simplifies many daily transactions. Approximately 40% of the Fortune 500 are customers of Workday, and our services are deployed in more than 175 countries in over 30 languages. We have over 450 customers across Europe and an overall customer community representing 40 million workers. This includes some of Europe’s largest and most innovative companies, such as Airbus, Sanofi, Deutsche Bank, Primark, Siemens, booking.com, and Blabla Car.
Gold Sponsor
Orange
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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators present in 28 countries. At 30 June 2018, Orange has worldwide 149,000 employees and a total customer base of 260 million customers, including 199 million mobile customers and 20 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In accordance with its strategic plan “Essentials2020”, Orange places customer experience at the heart of its strategy ‘HumanInside’ with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks. For more information about Orange: www.orange.com, and on Twitter: @Orange_Brussels and @orange
Gold Sponsor
SAP
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As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP® applications and services enable more than 365,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

Get in touch
If you are interested in becoming an event partner, please contact Emilia Jansson on +44 (0) 2920 783 078 or email .

Costs

Group discounts

Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below. 

Number of
delegates
Group
discount
3 – 510%
6 - 820%
9+25%

Venue

Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium

Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium
Get directions from Google Maps here.

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Emilia Jansson using any of the details below.

Emilia Jansson
Event Executive
Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 070