What will Europe's digital economy & society look like in 2027? And what will be the key technologies to use? On 28 and 29 June, the Net Futures Conference in The Egg in Brussels addresses these and other questions, at a time when Europe is at the brink of entering the fourth industrial revolution. 

We are experiencing a technological revolution that will fundamentally change the way we live, work, and relate to one another. This transformation, led by the internet, its scale, scope, and complexity, will be unlike anything humans have experienced before. We do not know where exactly this 'internetization' will lead us to. What will our society look like in 2027?

What we do know, is that people expect a lot more from the internet, in terms of quality and reach, in terms of security and privacy, an internet that is inclusive and supports openness, diversity and responds to the needs of the individuals.

Not all European policy actors share this sense of urgency for action. However, it is imperative to address these challenges or Europe's voice on the future of the internet could disappear.

The Net Futures edition 2017 serves as a wake-up call for policy makers and technologist alike, for civil society and the young whose future we will influence. It will be the place for deep-dive conversations and learnings right at a time when Europe is at the brink of entering the next industrial revolution: the net.

EU FRAMEWORK PROGRAM

“Now that the European Commission is preparing a new EU framework program (2020-2027), it wants to hear from the industry and the academia where they think we’re going on a technological level”, explains Karen Boers, co-founder and chair of the European Startup Network (ESN).

“That’s one of the reasons the European Commission, together with key partners Google, Ericsson, EIT Digital and the European Startup Network, are organizing this two-day event. Europe needs to set its priorities. It’s hard to overestimate the importance of Net Futures.”

The speaker program includes director of EU Public Policy and Government Relations Director Lie Junius from Google, Smart Home Specialist Charlie Kindel from Amazon, ceo and co-Founder of Real Impact Analytics Sébastien Delataille, Group CTO and head of technology at Ericsson Erik Ekudden and Managing Director Geoff Pegman of R U Robots.   

STARTS EXHIBITION

Next to the actual conference program, Net Futures also displays an immersive and constantly changing exhibition about the present state and the future of artistic and tech cooperation, curated by the Belgian multi-instrumentalist, sound designer and multimedia producer Martine-Nicole Rojina.

The exhibition will highlight the fashion-tech collaboration between Rojina and Jasna Rok, the first Belgian FashTech design studio.

Interested in joining the event? Register for free now!