Looking to the future
Impact Cee brings together people from different worlds. They are connected by a shared vision. Directors of large corporations and fledgling start-ups, scientists and officials, government representatives and NGO employees, and even humanoid Sophia – all met in Krakow to talk about the strong development of economy 4.0. The event’s main success was its ability to assemble so many people from diverse sectors and walks of life. Over 6,000 participants and 250 speakers took part, addressing audiences simultaneously from four different stages.
The guests included: David Rowan (the Editor-at-large of WIRED magazine’s UK edition), Liz Bacelar (a serial-entrepreneur and prolific speaker at the forefront of fashion, retail & technology), Marieme Jamme (Named on the Powerlist2017 of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African-Caribbean Heritage, a Senegalese-born British businesswoman in technology, often called the diplomat of technology), Noah Raford (COO and Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation), Tiera Fletcher (a part-time Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer at The Boeing Company, specifically working on NASA’s Space Launch System), John Paul Farmer (the Director of Technology & Civic Innovation at Microsoft), Aleksandra Przegalińska (PhD in philosophy of artificial intelligence, Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Collective Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, in Boston), Christian Levi (Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing at Scania), Bartosz Ciołkowski (General Manager MasterCard Poland), Michał Kosiński (Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business), Dominika Bettman (CEO at Siemens Poland, President of Responsible Business Forum, Member of Eurobank Supervisory Board and of the Advisory Council at the Warsaw University of Technology, Deputy President of the Congress of Women Association), Ewa Drozd (Vice President of the Management Board, SAP Polska), Małgorzata Walczak (Director at PFR Ventures), Natalia Neuman (Lakestar’s General Counsel), Piotr Ciski (Country Manager at Sage) and many others.
Government officials also took part in the event: Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin held speeches. Taking part in panel discussions were Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Enterprise and Technology, Finance Minister Teresa Czerwińska, Janusz Cieszyński, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Health, and Piotr Dardziński, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
The event was an opportunity to exchange experiences and broaden horizons. It also helped many business representatives to establish contacts that will support the development of their companies. Representatives of the Polish Development Fund and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development presented proposals aimed at supporting entrepreneurs. Representative of global corporations provided members of the start-up community with advice, support and ideas for co-operation programmes. Startups were also able to present their achievements - both to state institutions and potential business partners. The first day of the conference was concluded with a competition in which 7 of them - previously selected based on applications sent from around the world - competed for early-stage funding with assistance from the audience.
The talks held on the main stage on the second day were devoted primarily to the modern state and digitisation of the public services sector. The speakers included public officials as well as representatives of the business sector, including startup entrepreneurs whose inventions are already changing life in many regions of the world, such as Laurence Kemball-Cook (Pavegen) and Anurag Rathor (Zify). Transport, energy, environment, and even health care - after Impact Cee, everything indicates that a digital (r)evolution is around the corner.