For the first time in two years, it was again in front of physically present performers and a real audience IVSZ – Alliance for the Digital Economy this year’s SMART conference. In connection with the events of the last weeks, the topic of the conference is especially topical: this year, the invited speakers focused on taming and understanding the uncertain and unpredictable future.
At SMART 2022 on April 6, the presentations took place in four halls in two halls, with simultaneous performances in front of nearly 500 spectators. At the opening presentation of the conference dr. Balázs Vinnai, President of IVSZ emphasized that, if possible, the current circumstances would make digitization even more focused. He added that digitalisation is important in all sectors and that “a real turnaround does not require a jungle fight but a wide highway”.
“The events of recent days have once again given us a strong mandate to keep digitization in focus; it is the responsibility of all of us to take immediate action, because what we do today determines both our daily lives and our future. ”
Added the President of IVSZ.
It has Italian, British and Norwegian roots Pellegrino Riccardi is an intercultural expert, who in his presentation examined how cultural differences influence people’s attitudes toward insecurity and the future. The key message of the presentation is to accept, to understand the fear of uncertainty and unpredictability, to be open, curious and courageous, as the search for challenges is daunting, but in the end it always pays off.
Krisztina Tajthy, Secretary General of IVSZ spoke in a panel discussion published recently IVSZ #femintech – Make it visible! survey shows that the employment of women in the ICT industry is moving in a positive direction, but that increasing the proportion of women requires a change in attitudes, openness and an increase in the number of women in IT training.
For the first time since his appointment, he has performed at SMART Tamás Léder, Hungarian head of Revolut. With more than 500,000 customers, Revolut would be the 5th largest bank in Hungary, but its operating and organizational philosophy is very different from what is common in the banking world. The agility of the team stems from the organization itself, the professionals make decisions with great responsibility but without separate rounds, and the team is made up of smaller and more brilliant than larger but average-skilled professionals.
Can trust in science and innovation remain the foundation of our future, or will the increasing information available turn humanity against each other? A rhyming title for a Netflix movie, But, look up! panel discussion Gergely Litkai (director of the Dumas Theater), Péter Krekó (Director, Political Capital Institute), Árpád Rab (Trend Researcher, Corvinus University) and dr. Béla Irás (Senior Officer, Respiratory and Immunological Diseases, AstraZeneca) discussed this. According to Árpád Rab, cultural and social bubbles are useful if we are looking for a solution to boredom. As soon as we have to solve a big social or economic problem, we need technology. Without technology, humanity will be extinct.
It was also about a current topic Kuuno Vaher from AstraZeneca Presentation by the Director of Central Europe Cluster, who outlined the key trends, risks and challenges in healthcare in the light of the COVID crisis. According to the expert, the amount of data accumulated in healthcare already far exceeds one’s cognitive abilities, therefore the challenges of the field may be addressed by digitalization, technology, innovation, and the cooperation of academia, public and private sectors.
Zsolt Bánszki, Director of 4iG IT Security he spoke on a topic that is particularly topical because of the Russo-Ukrainian war: what can a company do, or can it do at all, at its own level, SMEs and the ICT sector itself, with the ongoing hybrid war in cyberspace? “Even if it’s not a target, we can be a tool at any time!” Explained the expert, who advised SMART participants to act locally but defend themselves globally.
He has a significant American background as a startup Jared Schreiber, who has been working as an angel investor in Hungary for a couple of years: he talked about how he sees Hungarian startups through the eyes of a Silicon Valley investor – the topic was also discussed by Hungarian experts in the panel discussion that followed the presentation. The results of the second Startup Hungary Report were also announced in the startup section: it turned out that startups are even more ambitious and even more confident – 41% of respondents think they will be unicorn, while 84% think they will become a major international player. very few startups succeed in this international growth path.
The sector section discussed both the expectations and opportunities for the banks of the future, in relation to which János Pereczes, head of the organization of the Hungarian Bankholding Foundation said that
“What it takes for three traditional banks to become a whole new organization that meets all modern needs. Technology and product are also important elements in the formula, but without a proper talent pool it would be an impossible task. ”
Of course, the other much-hype technology, the NDP, could not be left out either: the thematic fireside chat Péter Weiler is a fine artist and Katalin Horváth, senior consultant at CMS Budapest discussed the legal, artistic, and technological aspects of non-substitutable tokens. The conversation revealed that the interest is still high in 2022, but the stimulus threshold of the people in the field of NFT has also increased, the initial interest has decreased or changed.
Fireside chat, Andrej Bederkával, and Digital Coalition SK (Slovak partner organization of the IVSZ) on the start of the IT Fitneszteszt online survey: the primary goal of the four-country project, which runs from April to June 2022, is to find out how advanced digital skills students and young adults in the V4 countries have – the survey is coordinated by IVSZ at home.
At the end of the event, dr. Balázs Vinnai Mátyás Dobósalt (Vodafone), Judge Paullal (Google), and Gábor Filippovral sought to answer the question of the impact of recent series of crises on individuals, society and business processes. The After SMART Talk One of the most important messages of the exclusive conversation is that difficulties lead to new solutions and inventions, it encourages business people to have better reaction times and quick decisions, and survival requires flexibility and learning, but empathy and attention are also appreciated.
For the first time this year, the IVSZ SMART conference was supplemented with an innovation space, where the most promising developments, products and teams were presented. On the SMART Site, those interested could get to know the leading players in the Hungarian innovation life, try out their products and learn about the most exciting new developments.
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