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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 Chair

Mag. Dr. Peter BOSEK

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

1993-1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
1996-1998 Advisor to the Board on all Legal Matters, Law-Office, Department of Constitutional and Public Law, University of Vienna
1996-2005 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna; School of Finance; Federal Academy of Public Administration
1998-1998 Strategic Product Management, Real Estate Department
1998-2002 Managing Director, Neue Eisenstädter Gemeinnützige Bau- Wohn- und SiedlungsgesmbH
1999-2001 Head, Product Management and Residential Building
2000-2007 Member, Management Board, Wohnbaubank AG
2001 Member, Supervisory Board, various subsidiaries
2001-2002 Head, Housing & Real Estate
2002-2003 Head, Sales Steering
2004-2007 Head, Business Unit Retail
2007-2014 Member, Management Board, Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG, Vienna
since 2015 Member, Management Board and Chief Retail Officer, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna

MA Andrew KEEN

Author; Executive Director, salonFutureCast, Santa Rosa, CA

1982 BA, History, London University
1984 MA, Political Science, UC Berkeley
1997-2001 Founder & CEO,


Chief Executive Officer and Founder, i5growth Inc., Vienna

1993-1997 Engineer, Specialization: digital signal processing, HTL - Federal Higher Technical Institute, Mödling
1997-2000 Master of Science/Engineering, University of Applied Science Salzburg
1997-2000 Project Manager, value-added services (data services), T-Mobile Austria
1999-2006 Chief Executive Officer and Founder, 3united AG
2002-2005 Visiting professor, University of Applied Science Salzburg
2006-2007 Board Member, technology and media cooperation 3united AG, VeriSign Inc., New York
2007-2014 Chief Executive Officer, i5invest seed capital; Business Angel; Entrepreneur
since 2010 Co-Founder, InitialFactor startup Cluster, Vienna
2011 Co-Founder and Co-Organizer, Startup Week (later: Pioneers Festival)
2011-2014 Investment Committee, Advisor and VC Fund CEE, Speed Invest
since 2013 Advisory Board - Austrian Startup Association  AustrianStartups
since 2014 Chairmen, i5invest Advisory Board
since 2014 President, i5growth Inc.

Rudiger WANCK

Chief Executive Officer Worldwide, GroupM Connect, New York

2007-2015 Chief Digital Officer, EMEA, GroupM
2009-2015 Chairman GroupM Netherlands, WPP
2011-2016 Board of Directors, Xaxis
2013-2015 Global Digital Chief Operating Officer, GroupM
since 2013 Executive Committee, GroupM Worldwide
since 2015 Chief Executive Officer Worldwide, GroupM Connect


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

1996-2003 Journalist, Tv Producer and Editor-in-Chief, F.A.Z. business-radio, SAT.1 Bavaria/tv.münchen and AME - Crossmedia Production Company, Munich
2003-2007 Editor, Russmedia Verlag GmbH, Schwarzach
2007-2011 Vice Editor-in-Chief, VN - Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Russmedia Verlag GmbH, Schwarzach
2011 Media Executive Leadership Program, Northwestern University, Evanston
since 2011 Managing Director, Russmedia Verlag GmbH, Schwarzach

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good CauseSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Changing World - Changing WaysPlenary
16:10 - 16:45Meet the Speaker: Cesar HidalgoPlenary
16:10 - 16:45Meet the Speaker: Robin ChasePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Market Economy - Reinvent or Reboot?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Fireside Talk "Future of Europe - Future of the European Economy"Partner
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 21:30Migration - Opportunity and ChallengePlenary
21:30 - 22:30Illuminating AlpbachSocial


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


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPlenary
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:30Digital Entrepreneurship in EuropePlenary
09:00 - 10:30Fully Connected - Fully Enlightened or Fully Enslaved? - Peter Drucker Morning SessionPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Different Countries, Different Solutions - Economic Cultures in ComparisonPlenary
12:40 - 13:15Meet the Speaker: Lung YingtaiPlenary
12:40 - 13:15Meet the Speaker: Philipp BlomPlenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner