Innovation Summit & Exp

14 May 2019, NDK, Sofi

About the Summit

Following 11 years of successfull growth Webit.Festival Europe presents the Defence Innovation Summit as part of the 2019 European edition of the forum.

The DEFENCE INNOVATION SUMMIT, co-located with Webit.Festival Europe, brings together defense, startup ecosystem, private industry, government agencies, and academic leadership to accelerate state-of-the-art technology solutions for the warfighter and national security.

The DEFENCE INNOVATION SUMMIT is proud to host the Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenge, connecting emerging technologies with DOD component commands, officers, and acquisition experts. We aim at turning the annual DEFENCE INNOVATION SUMMIT in one of the most well-attended defense innovation conferences of the year.

During the years Webit turned into Europe's leading innovation and tech festival. Webit is also hosting world's biggest startup challenge with over 4000 startups applying.

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Defence Innovation Expo

Who should exhibit?

Companies with innovative technologies, services and solutions that address the DOD's innovation needs and challenges.

  • Simulation, Training & Readiness
  • VR, AR, MR & 360
  • Medical, Health & Biotech
  • Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Wearable Devices
  • Sensors, IoT, Data Sharing
  • AI, Big Data, Analytics
  • Cyber Security & Resilience
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Energy, Efficiency, Grid
  • Mobility & Transportation
  • Mega/Smart Cities, Urban Warfare
  • Electronics & Communications
  • Drones, Autonomous Systems
  • Space Technologies
  • Nanotech, Advanced Materials
  • 3D Printing, Manufacturing
  • Logistics & Supply Chain


14th May

Defence Innovation

15:00 - 15:05 Opening Defence Innovation Summit

Ade McCormack
Financial Times / Opinion columnist

15:06 - 15:21 Keynote: Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Defence Sector

Dirk Hoke
Airbus Defence and Space / Chief Executive Officer

15:22 - 15:37 Keynote: The Charter of Trust: Taking Cybersecurity to the next level through true ownership, a holistic approach and collaboration. The Siemens perspective

Natalia Oropeza
Siemens / Chief CyberSecurity Officer

15:38 - 15:53 Keynote: Empowering those on the frontlines of global security issues with information fusion. (maritime security in the horn of Africa, border security in the Levant, counter-extremism in Middle East)

Elliott Verreault
AKTEK / Chief Executive Officer

15:54 - 16:09 Keynote: Applying information security paradigms to misinformation campaigns

Sara-Jayne “SJ” Terp
Boffin, Bodacea Light Industries LLC

16:10 - 16:25 Keynote: Dismantling Our Best Achievements: The Impact of this Bloodless War

Eric Rasmussen
Infinitum Humanitarian Systems (IHS) / Chief Executive Officer

Brett Horvath
Guardians.ai / President

16:26 - 16:41 Keynote: League of nations: The rise of nation state hacking, who is behind all of these attacks?

Raj Samani
McAfee / Chief Scientist

16:42 - 17:27 Panel discussion: Privacy and Data Trust

Travis LeBlanc
Cooley LLP / Partner

Laura Sallstrom
Access Partnership / Head of Data Policy and Trust

Aidan Ryan
ENISA / Head of the Policy Office

Alonso Bustamante
Cloudflare / Special Projects Team

Cosimo Distante
Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems - ISASI CNR / PhD

17:28 - 17:38 Keynote: Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Defence

Social Agenda

19:30 - 22:00 Webit Night Urban Summit (open to all Webit pass holders)

20:00 - 23:00 Black Tie Dinner (5 stage menu and finest Bulgarian wines) including Webit.Awards (only for Platinum Pass holders)

23:30 +         The Famous Webit.Party (open to all Webit pass holders)