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

Breakout / Working Group
in englischer Sprache

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
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
Management Board Member, Federation of Austrian Industry, Upper Austria
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
1979-1989 Member of Luxembourg Parliament:
  - 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
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
1989-1999 Member of the European Parliament:
  - 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
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

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:50OpeningPlenary
13:30 - 14:20Understanding Inequality – an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
14:40 - 16:10Inequality of Opportunity – Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
16:10 - 16:30Political CornerPlenary
16:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
16:30 - 17:30Rankings and Reality – Austria’s Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
16:30 - 18:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
18:30 - 20:00The Entrepreneurial Economy – How to Become a Champion?Plenary
20:00 - 21:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
20:30 - 21:30Young Talents – Late Night ConcertCulture


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


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” Breakfast – Back to NormalityPartner
07:00 - 08:30Beyond Clichés – China’s Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
09:00 - 10:20How to Grow or Not to Grow – that is the Question!Plenary
10:20 - 10:35ClosingPlenary
14:45 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner