16th May Agenda


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9:00 – 9:10  | WELCOME

Laure Le Bars (President of BDVA)
Mariana Damova (CEO of Mozaika, NCP ICT)


9:00 – 9:10  | OPENING KEYNOTES
Research, Innovation and Policy Challenges of the Data Economy in Europe

  • Prof. Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Education, Bulgarian Ministry of Education
  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, EC (video-message)
  • Ognian Zlatev, Head of EC Representation in Bulgaria (Written endorsement of the event)
  • Overview of the Big Data Value Public-Private-Partnership and its activities – Ana García Robles (Secretary General of BDVA)
  • Digital Bulgaria 2025 – Totka Chernaeva (Head of unit “European programmers and projects”)

9:45 – 10:00 | INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH
The European Challenge Capturing the
Value of Data


 

10:00 – 11:00 | SESSION I
BIG DATA-ENABLED DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: EXAMPLES OF BUSINESS IMPACT

  • Moderator – Sonja Zillner (Senior Key Expert in Corporate Technology Siemens)
  • Representatives of different industrial sectors in Europe (including Logistics, bio-economy, manufacturing, pharma or health) will share their experiences in the deployment of big data solutions in varied business environments. The panel will provide insights on existing solutions, opportunities and challenges, as well as concrete RoI examples.
    • Speakers

      • Rodrigo Castiñeira (INDRA; coordinator of Transforming Transport, lighthouse project on Transport and logistics)
      • Athanasios Poulakidas (Intrasoft; coordinator of DataBio, lighthouse project on Bioeconomy)
      • Óscar Lázaro (Innovalia; Managing Director; coordinator of BOOST 4.0 lighthouse project on Manufacturing)
      • Supriyo Chatterjea (Philips; coordinator of BigMedilytics, lighthouse project on Health)
      • Rosen Dimitrov (Novartis Bulgaria; EOOD, Public A_airs Manager, Head of Bulgarian operations)
      • Milen Chechev (Ocado, Data Science Team Lead)

  • Presentation of the BDVA position paper “Big Data Challenges in Smart Manufacturing” – Davide Dalle Carbonare (BDVA TF7-SMI)

11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee Break


12:00 – 12:15 | Keynote Speaker
Big Data Research and Innovation Policies Challenges of the Data Economy in Europe.

Franceso Barbato (European Commission)


10:00 – 11:00 | SESSION II
BUILDING BIG DATA CAPACITIES IN THE EU: SKILLS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN THE DATA ECONOMY

  • Panel on “Towards Digital Innovation Hubs in Big Data: existing capacities and initiatives
    to build upon
    ”.
  • Moderator: Edward Curry
    (Vice-president of BDVA, Insight)
  • Representatives of relevant initiatives such as Centers of Excellence in Big Data, Data Innovation Spaces, Incubators and national initiatives will share their views about current practices and outcomes as well as the existing gaps to realize a full Data economy in the EU.
  • Speakers

Sylvia Ilieva (Center of Excellence GATE)
Sergi Sergiev (Data Science Society)
• Paul Genevsky (SAP Labs Bulgaria)
• Nhung Ngo (SDIL)
• Roberta Piscitelli (EGI, BDVA
Vice-chair of the i-Space group)
• Davide Dalle Carbonare (EDI project)


13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch


14:00 – 14:30 | Keynote Speaker
Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Dominique Grelet (Atos Group Vice-President, heading up the Atos Codex proposition – Analytics, AI and IoT)


14:25 – 15:45 | SESSION III
DATA SHARING: A VIEW ON DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS AND APPROACHES

  • Panel on “How to handle data (for data owners and users)”.
  • Moderator: Nuria De Lama (BDVA Vice-Secretary General, ATOS).
  • This panel will count on representatives of major worldwide initiatives aiming to provide securing means to share and use data. We will get a view on di_erent approaches and in which contexts they can be more useful with a focus on promoting data sharing between companies. If you want to learn about Industrial Data Space, the Ocean Protocol, data sharing practices in the EU, or solutions for data integration developed in the Big Data Value PPP, you should not miss this session.
  • Speakers

• Thorsten Huelsmann (Industrial Data Space Association; Director Finance and Internationalisation)
• Irene López de Vallejo (DEX Europe Limited | Contributor to Ocean Protocol; Director of ParPartnershipsd Business Development)
• Marta Pont (Everis Belgium, EU Business Consultant)
• Filip Genov (UniCreditBulBank, First Vice President, Head of Special Projects)


15:45 – 16:00 | Main findings and conclusions from the PPP Meet-up

Short report from Big Data sessions held by projects and BDVA Task Forces – Jean Christophe Pazzaglia (BDVe project, SAP)


16:00 | OFFICIAL CLOSING
Laure Le Bars (President of BDVA)
Mariana Damova (CEO of Mozaika, NCP ICT)