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#Unconv16 - Unconvention 2016 - Grow Global


23 – 25 January 2017






Day 1 - BNP Paribas Fortis | Grand Auditorium

  • 10:00 - 10:30 InnoPitch Registration
  • 10:30 - 12:30 InnoPitch Mentoring Session (Invite-Only)


  • 12:30 - 14:00 Registration | Lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:15 Opening Reception
  • 14:15 - 15:00 Keynote Address

    • The 4th industrial revolution by one of the leading thinkers & authors in the domain

  • 15:00 - 15:45 Smart Cities: Today and Tomorrow

    • Leading technology and solution providers will be showcasing their products and services addressing the needs of the Smart and Safe City.
    • What sectors have been developing smart city technology? What are the opportunities for startups?
    • How the Smart City is being created, piece by piece, to address the real challenges of life in the city?

  • 15:45 - 16:45 Coffee Break | Virtual Reality Showcase
  • 16:45 - 17:30 Artificial Intelligence: will the robots take your job?

    • AI advances in industrial robotics may threaten jobs and uncover a range of legal, regulatory and ethical issues.
    • What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?
    • Artificial intelligence: dream or nightmare?
    • Are we engineering our own obsolescence?


  • 17:30 - 18:00 Keynote Address

    • The state of our World and new trends, giving the recent advances in technology and dynamics of society in particular, the opportunities and risks brought about by the confluence of rapidly advancing technology and uncontrolled globalization.

  • 18:00 - 19:00 Plenary Session: How can EU startups survive and thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution?

    • 5 years of Unconvention: how did the EU change in 5 years?
    • How can startups survive in the 4th Industrial Revolution?
    • Which are the new trends that entrepreneurs need to follow?

  • 19:00 - 20:00 Networking Cocktail

Day 2 - BNP Paribas Fortis | Grand Auditorium

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Registration - European Parliament
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Policy Session: Growing Global in a Post Brexit World

    • What are the main changes in term of innovation policies that EU faced in the last 5 years?
    • How Brexit is impacting the UK & EU startups?
    • Future recommendations and suggestions.

  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break | Move to BNP


  • 14:00 - 14:45 Living in an Autonomous Machines World

    • The leading autonomous vehicle, drone, robot makers will discuss how autonomous machines can be valuable for society. Do the machines that understand the world and respond positively become imminent?
    • The session will also feature policy makers who will discuss what kind of smart regulations, taxes, require for the brave new World.

  • 14:45 - 15:30 Drones Demonstration
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 - 17:00 InnoPitch Competition: Pitching Session


  • 17:00 - 18:30 Closing Plenary | InnoPitch Award Ceremony
  • 20:30 - 22:30 VIP Dinner | EU Drones Award

Day 3 - BNP Paribas Fortis | Grand Auditorium

  • 09:00 - 11:00 Venture Forum: EU Startups pitch in front of EU and US investors (Invite-Only)
  • 11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
  • 11:15 - 13:00 Venture Forum
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Venture Forum
  • 16:00 - 16:15 Coffee Break
  • 16:15 - 18:15 Venture Forum

MORNING - Parallel Sessions

  • 09:30 - 10:00 Registration
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Workshop 1: Data Protection | Workshop 2: SME Instrument
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Workshop 3: Design Thinking | Workshop 4: SME Instrument

Past Speakers 2012 – 2015

Günther Oettinger
Günther OettingerEuropean Commissioner
Carlos Eduardo Espinal
Carlos Eduardo EspinalSeedcamp
Cesare Barbieri
Cesare BarbieriDepartment of Astronomy in Padova’s University
Jan Reichelt
Jan ReicheltMendeley
Markku Markkula
Markku MarkkulaEuropean Committee of the Regions
Carlos Silva
Carlos SilvaSeedrs
Ben Rooney
Ben RooneyInformilo European Technology & Innovation
Fanuel Dewever
Fanuel DeweverGrowth Architects
President of the European Parliament
Martin SchulzPresident of the European Parliament
Founder & CEO,
Sheila MarceloFounder & CEO,
Johann Stan
Johann StanEuropean Patent Office
Stijn de Groef
Stijn De GroefTalmundo
President of the European Commission
José Manuel BarrosoEuropean Commission
VP of the European Commission
Neelie KroesVP of the European Commission
Chairman, Microsoft Europe
Jan MuehlfeitChairman, Microsoft Europe
Chairman, IBM Europe
Harry van DorenmalenChairman, IBM Europe
Advisor to the US Secretary of State
Alec RossAdvisor to the US Secretary of State
Member of the European Parliament
Pablo ZalbaMember of the European Parliament
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
Luc de BrabandereSenior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
Lisa Schreier
Lisa SchreierGerman Startups Association
Anthony Gardner
Anthony GardnerU.S. Ambassador to the European Union
Fadi BisharaBlackbox
John Biggs
John BiggsTechCrunch
Lionel de Somer
Lionel de SomerAssisto
Roza Thun
Roza ThunMEP
Francois-Xavier Fanard
François-Xavier FanardWCTI Partners
Dean Russell
Dean RussellLEWIS PR
Luzja Bubanova
Lujza BubanovaJohn Smith
Erika Mann
Erika MannFacebook
Corrado Tomassoni
Corrado TomassoniPayPal
Tina Baker
Tina BakerJAG Shaw Baker
Nick Boucart
Nick BoucartSirris
Kumardev Chatterjee
Kumardev ChatterjeeEYIF
Ludwig Dumont
Ludwig DumontCo.Station
Nicholas Zylberglajt
Nicholas ZylberglajtEYIF
Benno Groosman
Benno GroosmanLaunchBase
Ryan Heath
Eliza Kruczkowska
Eliza KruczkowskaStartup Poland
Ingrid Willems
Ingrid WillemsiMinds
Nuria de Lama Sanchez
Nuria De Lama SanchezBig Data Value Association (BDVA)
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  • Absolutely amazed by what @EYIF put together today for #Unconv2015. What a day!

    AFT Leuven (Twitter)

  • Congratulations @EYIF for an awesome #Unconv2015 and for the #YIW initiative. Great to be partners!

    Cluj Hub (Twitter)

  • #Unconv2015 the convention is so intense and productive that you could rename it to #mindblowing 2015 :-)

    Alphappl (Twitter)

  • #Unconv2015 guys, this is a life changing event. I’m very excited to be here. Congrats, my friends!

    Hugo Sousa (Twitter)

  • I’m happy to see such a platform on a European level coming together, thank for your contributions to the European startup ecosystem. As an entrepreneur I know how important it is to be provided with support and visibility!

    Jan Reichelt, Mendeley

  • Thanks @EYIF, #unconv2015 audience and fellow panelists for a great discussion on sales #leadership

    Dean Russsel, Lewis PR (Twitter)

  • It doesn’t get any better than this!

    Carlos Espinal, Seedcamp

  • Our warmest thanks for having provided us such a wonderful opportunity to meet you, your collaborators and finally so many young innovators from all over Europe.

    Cesare Barbieri, Padova University

  • It’s great to see all this entrepreneurial spirit from all over Europe coming to Brussels.

    Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of European Commission

  • “I know that the U.S. Mission to the European Union has worked with the European Young Innovators’ Forum for a number of years, and I am proud that we are a partner of this important event.”

    US Ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner

  • “Innovation matters. And from the first I’ve been inspired by this community. That is why I have made this a priority of my mandate. Partly because I get so much energy and inspiration from this community.”

    Neelie Kroes

Exclusive Brussels Media Partner‎ 2017

Media Partners‎ 2017

Network Partners‎ 2017

Selected Partners‎ 2012 – 2015

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