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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
  • 12:30 - 20:00 VR Showcase

    Selected Start-ups to exhibit and perform live demonstrations of their technologies in the Virtual Reality Sector

  • 14:00 - 14:15 Opening Reception
  • 14:15 - 15:00 Virtual Reality Talk

    3 different speakers will share their expertise about Virtual Reality and welcome you to experience different VR showcases

  • 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 - European Parliament | 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 - 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:15 - 16:15 InnoPitch Competition: Pitching Session

    Annual Competition for startups: young innovators pitch in front of the InnoPitch judges

  • 16:15 - 17:05 Women entrepreneurs innovating in Europe

    Meet the finalists of the EU Prize for Women Innovators and the Rising Innovator 2017 organised by the European Commission Directorate for Research, Science and Innovation

  • 17:05 - 17:15 InnoPitch Award Ceremony


  • 17:15 - 18:00 Closing Plenary
  • 18:30 - 21:00 VIP Dinner | EU Drone Awards

    18h15: Meeting point at the Ex-Info Point Center on the left side of Altiero Spinelli Building entrance near Place of Luxembourg

    18h45-19h00: Welcome drink and welcoming speeches

    19h00-19h10: Opening keynote speech

    19h10-19h25: Presentation of PWC “Clarity from Above”

    19h45-20h20: Panel discussion “Challenges and opportunities for the drone economy in Europe and the world: is the EU ready?”

    20h20-20h55: EU Drone Awards announcement

    20h55-21h00: Final Words

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: Design Thinking

    Delivered by innogy (Gold Partner)

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Workshop 2: Presentation & Pitch Impact Skills

    Delivered by Peter Hopwood

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Workshop 3 (1st part): Build the Future of Growing Employability

    Delivered by JADE

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Workshop 4: Digitalizating integrations: How Chat Bots shape the future of global professionals

    Delivered by Club Globals

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Workshop 5: EU Funding for Startups and SMEs

    Delivered by EU Startup Services

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Workshop 3 (2nd part): Build the Future of Growing Employability

    Delivered by JADE

  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Workshop 6: Patent Assessment

    Delivered by European Patent Office

 Speakers Unconvention 2017

Kumardev ChatterjeeEYIF
Nicholas ZylberglajtEYIF
Nikolaus Von PeterEuropean Commission
Tony GrazianoHuawei
Paul-Francois FournierBpifrance
Vilhelm CarlstromBusiness Insider Nordic
Michal MazurPwC Polska
Dominique RiquetEuropean Parliament
Agnes UhereczkyThe WorkLife Hub
Mady DelvauxEuropean Parliament
Jyrki KatainenEuropean Commission
Andrus AnsipEuropean Commission
Eva PaunovaEuropean Parliament
Peggy Anne SalzMobile Groove
Susana SargentoVeniamWorks
Mark CoeckelberghUniversity of Vienna
Wouter RemautCo.Station
Peter Van KemsekeEuropean Commission
David HoffmanIntel Corporation
Johann StanEuropean Patent Office
Tytus CytowskiCytowski & Partners
Matthew BaldwinEuropean Commission
Thomas BirrInnogy
Simon SchaeferFactory | Startup Europe
David LitwakMozio
Isidro LasoEuropean Commission
Dirk AhlbornHyperloop Transportation Tech.
Carol LeePwC
Jacqueline FosterEuropean Parliament
Peter HopwoodHopwood Communications
Chris VerhoevenDelft University of Technology
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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

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