Press release: Techsummit 2019: Digital businesses, cybersecurity, business and cooperation

How Europe should face the competition of key players like the US and China in the process of general digitization, how to better start and properly direct artificial intelligence, industry 4.0 or smart cities and address cybersecurity – these topics will be covered within this year’s conference on technology innovation Techsummit.


The challenges ahead of us include completing the EU’s digital market, effective set up of cyber security on a variety of security levels, including geopolitics or promoting investment and new partnerships in today’s volatile global dynamics. Is the EU heading in the right direction? These issues will be discussed by renowned speakers from the institutional, corporate and investment sectors, who will also present international perspectives. Representatives of businesses, startups, universities, and government institutions will exchange knowledge about technological innovations at the 4th Techsummit Conference. The event will take place on 29 – 30 May 2019 in Bratislava, at the River Park Hotel on the Danube riverbank.


Main speakers will be Professor Michael Kahn of the University of Cape Town and Refaat Chaabouni, Technology Development Expert and former Tunisian Minister for Education and Research, as well as representatives of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The event will be opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Lukáš Parízek.

Cybersecurity and main trends of digitalization

Another of the great questions put to the conference participants by its organizers concerns the expansion and potential misuse of the critical directions of digital development, namely the artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, the internet of things and the “smart city” concepts. At the same time, sectors that are at the forefront of digital transformation and have significant capital and technology investments are vulnerable to cyber-attacks to the extent that we have not known before. Industry 4.0. also changes cybersecurity requirements – but how exactly? Which are the most vulnerable sectors and how do they address future threats in terms of products, processes, and people?


The digital transition, which transforms the infrastructure of cities into an intelligent one, also brings cyber-attacks to it. This problem is particularly relevant to the fact that smart city technologies are built on significant data amounts, 5G and the Internet of things. What solutions and knowledge should then be required by administrators, businesses, and communities? Can smart cities prevent cyber-attacks while protecting and respecting citizens’ rights? Which partnership and cooperation models are productive in this area?

Cybersecurity technologies, following the evolution of the threats themselves, are developing so fast that even large organizations are often unable to keep up and adapt to disruptive changes. This is the point where start-ups and small dynamic companies offer their agility and adaptability in the form of high-end solutions needed to maintain competitiveness. Innovators, ethical hackers, and startups push innovations in industry 4.0. and solutions for cybersecurity to ever new borders. However, there are still several small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe, which are not adequately prepared for cyber-attacks. At the Techsummit conference, an exclusive roundtable will be dedicated to this issue, hosted by Tomas Matraia from The AdWisers, Global Strategic Advisory Group.


Detailed view and reflexions of new technological revolution

What role can Slovakia and Central Europe play in the global development of artificial intelligence? Which of our technology companies can “arm” car producers and their subcontractors with intelligent equipment for the fourth generation industry? And what about their use in other, sometimes non-traditional sectors? Why don’t we have any more complex “smart” cities yet? And what cybersecurity methods should be applied to protect increasingly sophisticated digital technologies? These are the issues that the participants of the Techsummit conference will address in the three streams of the second conference day.

“The start of artificial intelligence is beginning a revolution that companies and countries will have to adapt sooner or later if they do not want to be left behind. Artificial intelligence will have a significant impact on the whole world,” said one of the panelists, Marek Havrda of GoodAI company, before the conference. Yes, AI is increasingly penetrating our lives, its impact on society is increasingly significant, and there are also questions about its aspects, such as data manipulation, respect for values, the need for regulation, and the redesign and new set up of the labor market.

Global, regional and national accent

At the same time, the Techsummit conference connects both global and regional accent, with each of them dominating one of the two days of its program at the end of May. On the one hand, the organizers place the spotlight on the potential of Slovakia and its capital as the gravity center of a region dedicated to innovations – the prospective digital “Danube Valley”, while on the other side emphasizing the European and global framework to which OSCE was added this year – Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Indeed, the issue of international security is increasingly affecting cyberspace in a digitally determined world.


“Innovation is the engine of change, opportunity; it is the instrument of freedom. If Slovakia uses its innovative potential, it gains a competitive advantage. We are dependent on innovation,” said Davy Čajko, director of Future Proof, which organizes the Techsummit conference. “Innovation should connect us; for anyone who feels the same as us, the Techsummit is the platform and the unique opportunity to advance to innovation partnerships,” he stressed.


Čajko sees and presents this event as a “B2B marketplace” the biggest of its kind in Central Europe, where participants can find partners for their business, present innovative ideas and possibly test them against a professional community. Therefore, the program will also include, for example, the presentation of live real-time hacking activities. For those interested in establishing supplier relationships and presenting their solutions to the automotive industry, it is undoubtedly an attractive option to negotiate and consult with industry representatives — specifically, the Trnava Industry Innovation Cluster – headed by the automotive manufacturer PSA Groupe Slovakia.


In the educational segment, conference participants can get acquainted with the work of the international Tech Academy based in Bratislava. Smart cities’ vendors and technology developers, in turn, can look for potential partners among mayors and other representatives of the local community who will also be present at Techsummit.

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