Webit grows more and more every year and creates new horizons and opportunities for Bulgarian and European entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems. The tenth anniversary edition of Webit.Festival Europe will be more influential and spectacular than ever, welcoming prime ministers, EU Commissioners, ministers, mayors, presidents and leaders of the world’s largest and most innovative companies, hundreds of investors and thousands of entrepreneurs.
The festival will be held on 26-27 June in Sofia – named the Digital Capital by Webit and the global media, and it will be the flagship event of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the EU Digital and Innovation Week.
Webit.Festival will host over 10 parallel conferences and exhibitions. Over 300 top lecturers from around the world will create over 60 hours of conference program. The topics include: Еurope in 2030-2050, Smart Cities, Modern infrastructure, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Entertainment and media in 21st century, where current issues such as fake news, the future of television and advertising, the place of virtual and augmented reality in media will be discussed, Society / Culture in the Digital Age: GDPR Regulation, Network Privacy, Digital skills and education, Digital Health: Innovation and integration of modern technologies in healthcare, Women in business and politics, which will be part of the Plenary Sessions, chaired by EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel.
Among the confirmed speakers of this year’s edition are:
Matt Brittin – President, EMEA, Google,
Maurice Levy – Chairman & CEO of Publicis Groupe,
Jelena Djokovic – National Director, Novak Djokovic Foundation,
Jim Green – Senior Vice President, Salesforce
Mounir Mahjoubi – Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, France,
Sharan Burrow – General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation,
Floris van de Klashorst – SVP, Digital Products and Services, Volkswagen Group
Enrico Salvatori – Senior Vice President and President Qualcomm, EMEA,
John Frank – Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
Simon P. Worden – Chairman, Breakthrough Prize Foundation,
Mari Kiviniemi – Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, United Nations,
Tawakkol Karman – Nobel Peace Prize winner,
Duarte Cordeiro – Vice Mayor of Lisboa,
Catherine Carlton – Mayor elect (2014 and 2015) Menlo Park City, Silicon Valley,
Andrew Tsao – Managing director, Silicon Valley Bank
Carl Bildt – Chair, Global Commission on Internet Governance,
Iliyana Tsanova Deputy Managing Director, European Fund for Strategic Investment
Francesca Bria – Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, City of Barcelona,
Ger Baron – Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam
Pat Breen – Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Ireland and many others.
Webit.Festival Europe is held under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov and the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova.
MasterCard is a strategic partner of the festival. Major media partners are Nova TV and Netinfo. Among the partners and exhibitors are Google, KBC Bank, SAP, Microsoft, IEEE, FiBank, Ecsel, RedHat, Samsung, Cisco, Bayer, Novartis, Turner, FOX, Telelink and dozens of others.
The best European startup companies will be presented within Webit’s startup challenge “Founders Games”. More than 300 investors will attend the “Investor Forum” at the festival and will be the jury of the startup race. One of the young companies will leave Webit with a check for € 200’000!
Hundreds of media representatives are joining the festival, which for 10 consecutive years is building the image of Bulgaria as a destination for investment, technology, innovation and digital economy!
All this will happen in Sofia on 26-27 June!
For more information about the festival and tickets, visit: www.webit.bg