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19: Quo Vadis Digital Europe/Austria?

Breakout / Working Group
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Do the “Big Five” (Google, Amazon dominate the world’s digital economy? Do European businesses still have the potential to establish their own developments? And are Austrian businesses ready to face the Digital Disruption ahead?

Member of the Management Board, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
Author; Executive Director, salonFutureCast, Santa Rosa, CA
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, i5growth Inc., Vienna
Chief Executive Officer Worldwide, GroupM Connect, New York
Managing Director, Russmedia Verlag GmbH and Editor-in-Chief, VN - Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Schwarzach

Mag. Dr. Peter BOSEK

Member of the Management Board, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna

Assistant Professor, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna Advisor to the Board on all Legal Matters, Law-Office, Department of Constitutional and Public Law, University of Vienna Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna; School of Finance; Federal Academy of Public Administration Strategic Product Management, Real Estate Department Managing Director, Neue Eisenstädter Gemeinnützige Bau- Wohn- und SiedlungsgesmbH Head, Product Management and Residential Building Member, Management Board, Wohnbaubank AG Member, Supervisory Board, various subsidiaries Head, Housing & Real Estate Head, Sales Steering Head, Business Unit Retail Member, Management Board, Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG, Vienna

MA Andrew KEEN

Author; Executive Director, salonFutureCast, Santa Rosa, CA

BA, History, London University MA, Political Science, UC Berkeley


Chief Executive Officer and Founder, i5growth Inc., Vienna

Engineer, Specialization: digital signal processing, HTL - Federal Higher Technical Institute, Mödling Master of Science/Engineering, University of Applied Science Salzburg Project Manager, value-added services (data services), T-Mobile Austria Chief Executive Officer and Founder, 3united AG Visiting professor, University of Applied Science Salzburg Board Member, technology and media cooperation 3united AG, VeriSign Inc., New York Chief Executive Officer, i5invest seed capital; Business Angel; Entrepreneur Co-Founder, InitialFactor startup Cluster, Vienna Co-Founder and Co-Organizer, Startup Week (later: Pioneers Festival) Investment Committee, Advisor and VC Fund CEE, Speed Invest Advisory Board - Austrian Startup Association  AustrianStartups Chairmen, i5invest Advisory Board
since 2010
since 2013
since 2014

Array Rudiger WANCK

Chief Executive Officer Worldwide, GroupM Connect, New York

Chief Digital Officer, EMEA, GroupM Chairman GroupM Netherlands, WPP Board of Directors, Xaxis Global Digital Chief Operating Officer, GroupM Executive Committee, GroupM Worldwide
since 2013

Array Gerold RIEDMANN

Managing Director, Russmedia Verlag GmbH and Editor-in-Chief, VN - Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Schwarzach

Journalist, Tv Producer and Editor-in-Chief, F.A.Z. business-radio, SAT.1 Bavaria/tv.münchen and AME - Crossmedia Production Company, Munich Editor, Russmedia Verlag GmbH, Schwarzach Vice Editor-in-Chief, VN - Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Russmedia Verlag GmbH, Schwarzach Media Executive Leadership Program, Northwestern University, Evanston

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good CauseSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 14:00Changing World – Changing WaysPlenary
14:10 - 14:45Meet the Speaker: Robin ChasePlenary
14:10 - 14:45Meet the Speaker: Cesar HidalgoPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Market Economy – Reinvent or Reboot?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus Lower Austria EveningSocial
16:30 - 18:00Fireside Talk “Future of Europe – Future of the European Economy”Partner
18:00 - 19:30Migration – Opportunity and ChallengePlenary
19:30 - 20:30Illuminating AlpbachSocial


06:00 - 07:00Country Breakfast South Korea – Education Is the KeyPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Country Breakfast Georgia – Ways Out of CorruptionPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Country Breakfast Israel – the Country of Start-UpsPlenary
06:00 - 07:0016th management club Business BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:30Digital Employees – Have No Fear, Technology Is HerePlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: The European Data Economy Needs a New Enlightenment!Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Crowdsourcing – If You Have a Problem, Ask Everyone!?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Motivate and Regulate – Behavioural Economics as a New Approach in PoliticsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Online Platforms – New Working Conditions in the Digital AgeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: New Values, New Ambitions? How Traditional Leadership Is Challenged by MillennialsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: FinTechs, Crowdfunding and Online Consultancy – a Change for the Whole Financial Industry?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 11: The Power and Myth of CreativityBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: The Role of a Modern State for the Economy and SocietyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Regional Hidden Champions: Ready for the Future?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Transformation Through Business Model InnovationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: The 4th Industrial Revolution – Reurbanisation of ProductionBreakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:45 - 12:45World.Economy.Austria. Successful Ideas for Our CountryPartner
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 21: Opinion Making Between Transparency and Headline FeverBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Leadership & Responsibility – How Responsible Leaders Do Good and Irresponsible Leaders Create HavocBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: The Energy Transition – a Test for Our Economic SystemBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Stay Innovative – the Example of Light Weight DesignBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Where Fear Reigns, Reason FadesBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Big Data – a Vision of the Future, or: the End of Coincidence?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 19: Quo Vadis Digital Europe/Austria?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 20: Hands on Jam Session – Business as Unusual: Open Innovation and Service Design ThinkingBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Live or Let Die? The Evolution of the Economy – Darwinism Mixes Up the MarketsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: International Trade – Past, Present, FutureBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 22: Transparency – Cui Bono?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00Switch – Changing Culture, Changing Business?Plenary
17:00 - 18:30Myths and Facts. How Is it with the Austrian Economic and Social System?Partner


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPlenary
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:30Fully Connected – Fully Enlightened or Fully Enslaved? – Peter Drucker Morning SessionPlenary
07:00 - 08:30Digital Entrepreneurship in EuropePlenary
09:00 - 10:30Different Countries, Different Solutions – Economic Cultures in ComparisonPlenary
10:40 - 11:15Meet the Speaker: Philipp BlomPlenary
10:40 - 11:15Meet the Speaker: Lung YingtaiPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner