Innovate! & Plenary

13-15 May 2019, Sofia

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The Innovate! & Plenary Sessions of Webit.Festival Europe 2018 was chaired by EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Society Mariya Gabriel.

The stage of the Innovate! & Plenary Sessions shall welcome some of the worlds global leaders who shape the future now and who will be part of the discussions on how to re:Invent Europe's Future.


The plenary session will be organized around six major building blocks:

  • The big picture:
    What vision for a human-centred digital Europe in 2030-2050?
  • Building a democratic digital society:
    What place for values and culture in the Digital Age?
  • Investing in people:
    What priorities for digital skills and education?
  • Building the Gigabit society:
    What priorities for Infrastructure 4.0?
  • Protecting people and business:
    How to meet domestic and external challenges on Cybersecurity?
  • Empowering Women in Business and Politics:
    How digital can help to break the glass ceiling?

Other topics include

Innovation Brand Strategies Marketing Automation Digital/Tech Innovations Disruptive Tech Convergence Transforming the Economy Applications of (VR/AR)

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  • 43% Enterprise executives:
    CMOs, CTOs, CIOs;
  • 20% Ad / Media /
    Digital Agencies
  • 17% Tech Solution
  • 11% Entrepreneurs /
  • 09% Scientists
  • 84% Europe
  • 9% USA
  • 7% MENA
  • 5% Asia
  • 1% Rest of the World

Previous speakers include

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission, Chair of the Plenary Session of Webit

Rumen Radev

President of Bulgaria

Rosen Plevneliev

President Bulgaria (2012-2017)

Binali Yildirim

Prime Minister Turkey

Dr. Wan Gang

Minister of Science and Technology, China

Malcolm Johnson

Deputy Secretary General, ITU

James Lee

SVP, Huawei, Group President of the European Region

Yonov Frederick Agah

Deputy Director - General, World Trade Organisation

Yves Leterme

Secretary General – IDEA, Former Prime Minister of Belgium

David Hanson

Founder and CEO, Hanson Robotics Limited

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Jeffrey Puritt

President & CEO, TELUS International

Jim Green

Senior Vice President, Salesforce

Markku Markkula

Former President, European Committee of the Regions (CoR)

Raja Rajamannar

Chief Marketing Officer, Mastercard Worldwide

Norman Judah

CTO, WW Services & IT, Microsoft

Andrew Ng

Chief Scientist of Baidu, Co-founder of Coursera

Gareth Williams

Founder & CEO, Skyscanner

Kaspar Korjus

e-Residency Program Director, Enterprise Estonia

Bogomil Balkansky

Vice President, Google

Andrus Ansip

Vice President EU Comission

Sandy Carter

VP, Amazon

Javier Perez

President, Mastercard Europe

Eric Klinker

Co-founder and CEO, Resilio Inc.

Martin Kern

Chief Operating Officer / Interim Director, EIT

Justin Kan

Founder of Twitch &

Mark Shuttleworth

Founder of Ubuntu and Canonical

Jason Jercinovic

Brand Director, Havas Worldwide

Paul Misener

VP Global Innovation Policy and Communications, Amazon

Gary Shapiro

CEO, Consumer Electronics Аssociation

Bernd Heinrichs

Еxecutive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer Smart Mobility Solutions, Bosch

Sridhar Iyengar

CEO, Elemental Machines

Michael Widenius

Founder MariaDB, MySQL AB

Vasil Denchev

Chief Software Architect, Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, Google

Ilias Iakovidis

Adviser in DG Connect, EU Commission

Conrad Wolfram

Wolfram Research

Christine Major

Director Global Solutions, Discovery Education

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Why exhibit?

  • Direct access to top level marketers, digital transformation experts, entrepreneurs, founders, innovators, members of the academia and enterprise executives from Europe and all over the world
  • Access to business leaders from different industries, who need to advertise their products in the best way possible
  • Media Coverage
  • 1:1 meetings between some of the best marketers, digital transformation experts and AI/VR experts in the world and the business

Attending Companies

Outlined Agenda

14th May

Opening Track

09:00 - 09:40 Official Opening: Webit.Festival

09:40 - 10:00 Opening keynote

10:00 - 10:15 Opening keynote

10:15 - 10:20 Opening keynote

10:20 - 10:25 Welcome address by the General sponsor

10:25 - 10:30 Welcome address

10:30 - 10:45 Welcome address

10:45 - 11:00 General sponsor keynote

11:45 - 11:15 Sponsor keynote

Plenary Session

12:30 - 12:50 Official Opening: Plenary Session

12:50 - 13:05 Keynote Vision for Europe in 2030-2050

13:05 - 13:20 Keynote Infrastructure 4.0

13:20 - 13:50 Panel discussion: Europe as a stronger global actor

13:50 - 14:20 Panel discussion: Values and culture in the Digital Age

14:20 - 14:35 Keynote On the road to renew the institutional trust

14:35 - 15:05 Panel Discussion: A union of democratic change

15:05 - 16:00 Networking Break

16:00 - 16:30 Panel discussion: Digital skills and education

16:30 - 17:00 Panel discussion: Gender balance is not a luxury

17:00 - 17:40 Panel discussion: Drivers of Europe's future

Social Agenda

18:00 - 19:00 High Level official Reception by the Head of State (only for Platinum Pass holders)

21:00 - 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)

15th May

Innovate Summit

10:00 - 10:15 Keynote: The Digital Transformation of an ad agency

10:15 - 10:40 Panel discussion: How to use social media for your B2B

10:40 - 11:00 Panel discussion: Digital Marketing Capabilities

11:00 - 11:15 Keynote the digital consumer

11:15 - 12:00 Kynote: The new ways of storytelling

12:00 - 12:30 Panel discussion: AI/VR applications in marketing

12:30 - 12:45 Keynote: Regulatory affairs in AI

12:45 - 13:00 Panel discussion: ethics in AI

13:00 - 14:15 Networking Break

14:15 - 14:35 Panel discussion: The art of storytelling in digital age

14:35 - 14:50 Keynote: Bringing it all together - IoT, AI, and Cloud

14:50 - 15:10 Panel discussion: Marketing automation

15:10 - 15:25 Keynote: Changing and sustaining learner behavior

15:25 - 15:40 Keynote: AI development in big corporations

15:40 - 16:00 Panel discussion: Do borders matter in the digital world

16:00 - 16:15 Keynote: From Clouds to Fog

Founder Games

17:30 - 18:30 Founder Games Finals & Awards Ceremony

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