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06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?

Breakout / Working Group
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Europe is hesitant when it comes to the implementation of the digital society and above all of a digital economy on the basis of common data-protection. As an IT-location, Europe has fallen far behind the USA and Asia in most areas. What do the political and economic elites of the EU have to do in order to catch up? How can the digital common market be established? How can the use of Big and Open Data as well as Cloud Computing be simplified and encouraged? Should the EU invest in new digital products and mobility services?


Member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz
Managing Director, Teramark Technologies GmbH, Zolling and Freising
Senior Innovation Adviser, European Commission, Brussels
Member, European Parliament; Member, European People's Party Group (Christian Democrats), Brussels
Editor in Chief, futurezone, Vienna
Vice President Research, Software AG, Darmstadt

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Helmut FALLMANN

Member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz

1984-2005 Master of Computer Science, Johannes Kepler University, Linz
since 1988 Co-Founder and member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz
1989-1995 Digital Corporation, Digital Linkworks
2005-2012 Postgraduate Professional Education: General Management Seminar for Executives, Marketing Program St.Gallen; Leadership-Week Boston; Finance-Week London; Executive School St. Gallen
since 2013 Collaboration, Cloud Select Industry Group on Code of Conduct, Digital Agenda for Europe, A Europe 2020 Initiative
since 2014 Advisory Board Member, IT-Cluster Upper Austria
since 2014 Participant, Political Innovation think tank Re:think Austria, European Forum Alpbach
since 2016 Member, Official Contact of Fabasoft AG in the ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Institute
since 2016 Management Board Member, Federation of Austrian Industry, Upper Austria
since 2016 President, Managing Board of the "Talente OÖ" Society (Upper Austrian Talents)


Managing Director, Teramark Technologies GmbH, Zolling and Freising

1999-2001 Business Relationship Manager, iXEC Executive Management Systems, Germany
2001-2004 Product Manager, EXE Technologies, Inc.
2004-2005 Product Manager, Altrilog SAS Branch Office Germany
2005-2009 VP Finance & Operations and Product Management, VH Finance Technologies Limited
since 2009 Managing Director and Product Manager, Teramark Technologies GmbH, Germany


Senior Innovation Adviser, European Commission, Brussels

 Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
 Magdalen College, Oxford
 Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Paris
since 1979 British Civil Servant
since 1993 European Commission, Brussels
2004-2010 Director General, Health and Consumer Policies, European Commission, Brussels
2010-2015 Director General, DG Connect - Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission, Brussels
since 2015 Senior Innovation Adviser, European Commission, Brussels

Dr. Viviane REDING

Member, European Parliament; Member, European People's Party Group (Christian Democrats), Brussels

 Doctor of human sciences, Sorbonne, Paris
1978-1999 Journalist, Luxemburger Wort
1986-1998 President, Luxembourg Union of Journalists
  - President of social committee
  - Member of the Office of the Chamber of Deputies
  - Member of the Assembly of Benelux Parliaments
  - Member of the North Atlantic Assembly
1979-1989 Member of Luxembourg Parliament:
1981-1999 City councillor, city of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg; President of Cultural Affairs Committee (1992-1999)
1988-1993 National president of Christian-Social Women, Luxembourg
1995-1999 Vice-president, PCS (Parti Chrétien-Social), Luxembourg
  - President of the Petitions Committee (1989-1992)
  - Vice-president of Social Committee (1992-1994)
  - Vice-president of Civil Liberties and Internal Affairs Committee (1997-1999)
  - Head of Luxembourg delegation to EPP
  - Member of EPP group office
1989-1999 Member of the European Parliament:
1999-2004 Member of the European Commission with responsibility for education, culture, youth, media and sport
2004-2010 Member of the European Commission with responsibility for the information society and media
2010-2014 Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship
since 2014 Member of the European Parliament

Mag. Gerald REISCHL

Editor in Chief, futurezone, Vienna

 Studium an der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien (Posaune, Konzertfach)
 Studium an der Universität Wien, Publizistik/Kommunikationswissenschaft und Theaterwissenschaft; Abschluss 1992
1985-1990 Freier Journalist
1990-1992 Redakteur "Presse"
seit 1992 Redakteur "Kurier"
seit 1998 Buchautor ("Im Visier der Datenjäger")
seit 2002 TV-Hightech-Experte des ORF bei "Willkommen Österreich", dann "Gut Beraten Österreich" und seit 2007 bei "Konkret"
seit 2004 Ressortleiter KURIER - Ressort "Computer & Kommunikation" (jetzt "Digital")


Vice President Research, Software AG, Darmstadt

1987-1993 Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern
1992 Doctorate, Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern
1993-2006 Software Developer; Architect; Chief Architect, Software AG, Darmstadt
2007-2010 Senior Director Architecture, Software AG, Darmstadt
2010-2011 Senior Director Research, Software AG, Darmstadt
2011-2015 Head of Research, Software AG, Darmstadt
since 2011 Head of Secure Software Development, Software AG, Darmstadt
since 2015 Vice President Research, Software AG, Darmstadt

Economic Symposium

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10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:50OpeningPlenary
15:30 - 16:20Understanding Inequality - an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
16:40 - 18:10Inequality of Opportunity - Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
18:10 - 18:30Political CornerPlenary
18:30 - 20:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
18:30 - 19:30Rankings and Reality - Austria's Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
18:30 - 22:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
20:30 - 22:00The Entrepreneurial Economy - How to Become a Champion?Plenary
22:00 - 23:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
22:30 - 23:30Young Talents - Late Night ConcertCulture


08:00 - 09:0015th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:00 - 09:00Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion - Peter Drucker Breakfast ClubPlenary
09:00 - 10:10Growing Disparities in Wealth and Income - Is (More) Redistribution Necessary?Plenary
09:30 - 10:30The Throwaway SocietyPartner
10:10 - 10:30Political Corner2Plenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st CenturyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Being Family Friendly - Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic OutcomesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations - Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and StartupsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education - What Has to be Done?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business LocationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations - What Next?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 11: All the Same - All Different?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 12: The Pension System - Unfair Rather than Equitable?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through ParticipationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic ChallengeBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 15: New Technologies - Old InequalitiesBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation - Inequality in Access to Markets and Political PowerBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 17: Equality - Location Dependent?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees - Opportunities for Growth & InnovationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and ParticipationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe - How to Kick-start Growth?Breakout
18:00 - 19:30Shifting the Perception - Solutions to Combating InequalityPlenary
21:15 - 22:45Young Talents - Maja Osojnik BandCulture
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" Breakfast - Back to NormalityPartner
09:00 - 10:30Beyond Clichés - China's Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
11:00 - 12:20How to Grow or Not to Grow - that is the Question!Plenary
12:20 - 12:35ClosingPlenary
16:45 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner