One of Business Review’s flagship events of 2019, MindChain is the biggest Blockchain-focused event ever held in Romania.
Over two days, between 21-22 February, in Cluj-Napoca, dubbed Romania’s Silicon Valley due to the unique mix of tech companies and strong student community, the event will explore the interaction between Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The key proposition, reflected across the entire agenda, is that AI powers and enhances one of the most revolutionary technologies to have emerged in recent years.
With a 30-strong panel agenda featuring international speakers and key figures on the Blockchain scene, MindChain will bring forward the latest use cases for Blockchain and AI across a comprehensive mix of industries, such as retail, finance and banking, real estate, transportation, as well as emerging areas such as art, entertainment and media.
Through its architecture, MindChain is designed to attract a varied audience, from blockchain investors and professionals to startups, students and the general public interested to discover how these new technologies will shape everyday life.
The main purpose of this workshop is to introduce users to the Modex platform and to explain how developers can use this ecosystem to create new blockchain applications and monetize their skills. We will showcase how to access the Modex platform, how to create an account along with a repository as well as how to use the Modex IDE for coding and testing smart contracts. Some documentation will be presented as a side material to improve the perspective over the Solidity language. After you have successfully finished your first smart contract, we will demonstrate how you can submit it to the marketplace to be viewed by potential buyers.
· A laptop
· The desire to learn how to develop blockchain apps
· A laptop
· The desire to learn how to develop blockchain apps
With Rising Cities. Smart Future, Business Review wishes to support and highlight the evolution of the urban space, with everything encompassed by it: from technology, transportation, digital transformation, communities, architecture, to sustainability, passionate leadership and culture.
Rising Cities. Smart Future proposes greener, smarter and more connected future cities through panel discussions, debates and predictions about public–private collaborations, innovative and inspiring projects and ways of integrating new technologies, such as AI (artificial intelligence) and IoT (The internet of things) in the everyday life.
● Built Environment & Architecture: Enabling data driven design/architecture
● How can policymakers and real estate investors contribute and use innovation to enhance city and property investment performance?
● Public-private partnerships for open data management in urban areas
● Creating a sustainable and safe environment for the population: current status of the Romanian office buildings from the sustainable & eco-friendly perspective. What to expect from the new stock of green buildings?
● Urban mobility and its influence on cities’ development
● How smart cities drive foreign investments
● How technology and data will be instrumental in shaping successful cities of the future. Challenges faced by the office and housing segments
● AI and automation for more productive cities - Humanising Technology. Key ideas on IoT solutions that make buildings smart across Europe
● Investing in urban technology for efficient energy consumption and pollution reduction
● Focus on transport
● Integrated smart city solutions & new technologies
● The future smart city and the impact on risk, availability, security and privacy
* The commons = cultural and natural resources, namely streets, parks, squares and much more, where people celebrate, learn, rest, play, trade, make key decisions, express collective aspirations, and provide for themselves and one another
● Potential of leadership to bridge urban communities; belonging
● The value of places and human interaction in a digital world
● People making cities smart
● Insights on health & leading health indicators | health determinants
● Is there an ideal model for community engagement, and private / public collaboration?
● Development progress of Romanian municipalities under the smart cities principles
● Upgrading cities: investments for future growth
● Experiences of cities implementing smart city solutions
With a GDP increase of 7 percent in 2017, Romania is poised to remain among the European Union member states with the highest economic growth rates in 2018 as well. Moreover, after taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, Romania will be in a position to make its mark on the global stage. The local economy has remained on the radar of foreign investors resulting in fresh inflows of around EUR 4.5 billion in 2017. This figure is set to remain rather constant this year, according to analysts. In the Ease of Doing Business report of the World Bank, Romania was ranked 45th out of 190 global economies surveyed, ahead of fellow EU member states such as Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria. Moreover, multinational companies have continued to create jobs and invest in local operations, while also supporting a burgeoning network of smaller firms as suppliers, which, in turn, created business opportunities for local entrepreneurs. Against this backdrop, Business Review organizes the fifth Foreign Investors' Summit, which will bring together the main foreign business communities for a series of panels, dedicated workshops and keynote speeches in a bid to map Romania's business future. You are invited to join us and discuss the opportunities entailed by Romania’s growth with top-level Romanian and foreign, service providers, high-ranking public officials and key decision makers!
This is a working agenda, please check back periodically for updates
Panel discussions, debates and moving-forward notes from decision makers, major actors and officials focusing on one main topic: improving how business is done.
•Strategic avenues for Romania's growth path in the next years
•The advantages of the local economy compared to countries the region
•Private sector’s perspective on Romania's main business challenges (HR, taxes, rule of law)
•Policymakers’ perspective on economic development
•Future FDI generators in Romania
•Emerging industries with significant business potential on the local market
•Foreign investors’ perspectives on the advantages/challenges of doing business in Romania
•State programs that can increase Romania’s attractiveness for foreign investors (state aid, EU grants)
• Does the current education offer answer the needs of the market?
• Examples of companies partnering with universities to offer programs and ensure transfer of knowledge
• Shaping the future of the workforce
• How can Romania’s workforce remain competitive in the face of automatisation
•How local policies can help cities become more attractive for large investors
•Patrulaterala Vestului - Four cities in Romania partner up to develop large-scale projects in multiple sectors
•Success stories of collaboration between municipalities and private investors
•Industries ripe to generate regional champions
•How local authorities can overcome the challenges of the past and prepare the city for the future
The second day will highlight Romania’s competitive edge in its bid to attract foreign investment, with a focus on the country’s potential to become an energy hub, the attractiveness of the real estate market and expansion potential of homegrown technology companies.
•The potential of Romania’s Black Sea gas reserves and the impact of the new Offshore Law
•Romania’s strategic position at the crossroads of energy infrastructure/resources
•Gauging the energy investment needs of Romania
•Romania's potential to become a regional energy hub
•The most attractive property markets in Romania
•Drivers of real estate investments on the local market
•What it takes to bring Romania’s real estate market over the EUR 1 billion investment threshold
•Trends in residential/office/retail/industrial developments
•Making Romania more attractive for R&D intensive companies
•Digitalization journey for local companies
•The growth patterns of Romania’s IT sector – its role as driver of economic growth
•Romania becoming more attractive for tech giants – how to consolidate this trend
•How to speed up the development of physical infrastructure in Romania
•Legal and funding solutions for efficient infrastructure investment
•The transportation industry’s approach to the slow pace of infrastructure development
•New directions for a sustainable future
•The political and economic case for sustainability
•The potential of the circular economy to help Romania’s development
•Trends in waste management and their business implication
•The role of technology in helping Romania meet recycling targets
The third day of the Foreign Investment Summit will take a look at the kind of growth companies need to achieve and the means to achieve that. We’re discussing about the collaboration between corporations and startups that has become crucial for innovation and growth; we’re also acknowledging the Romanian star cities who’ve taken a lead in attracting investments and discuss best practices. As an important ingredient in Romania’s growth, we’re taking a look at the Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem and its readiness and urge to play internationally.
•Multinationals are embracing the startup attitude – what it means for innovation
•Boosting the role of incubators, accelerators, universities and other higher education institutes in the Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem
•Large companies’ role in boosting the local entrepreneurial scene
• What attracted foreign companies that entered the Romanian market
• Why is Romania a competitive investment destination now?
• Local challenges and opportunities vs. countries in the region
• Inter-regional competition. Which regions are most attractive for investors and why?
• Growth opportunities forecasted for the first year on the market
•Why is it important for Romanian companies to start growing into international ones and what it takes to get there.
•A closer look to those who’ve done it: lessons along the way.
•Challenges and opportunities: what are the main advantages and what are some of the challenges of tapping new markets?
•How do you test product market fit in new markets
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re:FOCUS on Logistics & eCommerce reveals the latest trends and predicts the future ones, while offering solutions to nowadays challenges of logistics & eCommerce.
Join industry experts, retailers and entrepreneurs along the entire retail sector and its supply chain and learn how to adjust your business in terms of delivery times, small delivery sizes and large production ranges, return systems and instant product availability.
Everybody shops, the difference is where & how. As the market continues its permanent growth, logistics and eCommerce sectors must evolve at the same pace and embrace new trends in AI and automation.
Local and foreign players, developers and industry experts come together for a series of panel discussions, keynote speeches, Q&A sessions and case studies from entrepreneurs choosing online or brick-and-mortar businesses, providing know-how and unique opportunities.
● How e-commerce growth shapes new investments in the logistics field
● Serving cross-border consumers: partnerships between online stores and logistics players
● How can e-commerce players use tech innovation to drive results
● Mapping future demand for industrial/logistics space in Romania
● Trends to watch for in the global retail industry with impact in Romania
● Demand trends for facility management in the Romanian retail industry
● How technology bridges the online and physical ecosystems of retailers (automation, IoT, blockchain, in-store technologies)
● Gauging trends in the Romanian shopping experience – why and when: online shopping vs. high street shopping
● Regional approach on consumer markets – is Romania different?
Online marketplaces do not seem to be slowing down and business models are evolving. Marketplaces have to prove their staying power by offering efficiency and unique value to consumers, in order to avoid losing market share.
Contemporary and future ethics in the marketplace | Emergence of startups around the marketplace | Marketplace apps | AI based services
● The development of e-fulfillment services on the local market – meeting the requirements of FMCG and retail players
●Trends in tailored logistics solutions for customers
●What role does technology integration play?
●Features of the local retail and carrier ecosystem
Companies are increasingly preoccupied by finding ways to be more environmentally friendly. The supply chain becomes a key driver in sustainability. Retailing and logistics alike are building long term strategies for getting strong reputations as responsible towards the environment and finding innovative ways to maintain a profitable operating model, while being sustainable and decreasing CO2 emissions.
●Using the latest technologies to increase the speed of transactions, drive business in new global retail hotspots, while delivering ROI
●Revolutionizing eCommerce strategies from being traditional to being data and customer centric
●Mapping the tech disruption in the payments industry – how it influences retailers, consumers and investors
●Logistics, delivery and returns challenges retailers need to watch out for when expanding locally and internationally
●What do the electric and self-driving technologies mean for the future of delivery and transportation?
●How to implement blockchain and IoT in logistics
●Last Mile: challenge or opportunity
●Risk and Security Management
●Strategic choices in logistics: transition from multi-channel to omni-channel
●Multiplication of distribution channels and their increasing complexity
●How does the growth of e-commerce influence strategies of retail chains and logistic operators?
●How does the expansion of retailers and new brands influence the supply of warehouse projects and their locations?
●Factors to consider when letting a warehouse to an e-commerce client
●Trends in warehouse management systems (WMS): why ecommerce operators may need to rethink their WMS software | Real-world examples from recent WMS implementations | The need to optimize labor allocation and reduce associate downtime | The responsiveness and flexibility of 2.0 vs. 3.0 systems
●Diversification of warehouse facilities for e-commerce operators
●Gauging the business impact of digitalization and automation in the warehouses and complex supply chains
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