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The digital manufacturing revolution and what it means for the machinery & equipment business

Date

07 Dec 2016 19:00

Address

Bibliotheque Solvay
  Brussels
Belgium

Section

InfoSociety
Innovation & Enterprise

Event Location

Brussels

Event Description

By invitation only

 

Keynote Speakers

Gerd Leonhard, CEO The Futures Agency 

Futurist Gerd Leonhard will share his foresights with EUnited especially in regards to the key issues that will impact our businesses in the next 5 years, discussing the opportunities and challenges of automation, robotization and virtualization, the Internet of Things, exponential technological change and its (non)-ethics, big data and artificial intelligence as well as the overall consequences of the coming man-machine convergence. Gerd is a much sought-after speaker, having presented at more than 1500 events in 50+ countries since 2005. His list of clients include Google, Sony, UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others.

Robert Madelin, Senior Policy Adviser on Innovation

Robert Madelin is one of the most influential actors on innovation policy in Europe. As Director General of DG Connect from 2012-2015 (‘Communications Networks, Content and Technology’), he has driven initiatives on the Digital Single Market, the Digital Economy, and related work on Future Emerging Technologies, the Internet of Things and digital skills. A Graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, Robert Madelin joined the European Commission in 1993 and held various other senior positions in trade, finance and investment, and health and consumer policies. In the last 18 months as Senior Adviser for Innovation to the President Jean-Claude Juncker, he conducted a strategic review on innovation policy in Europe and proposed priority actions including much more ‘cross-policy’ approaches to innovation and accelerated implementation. This is reflected in his latest report “Opportunity Now, Europe’s Mission to Innovate”, an exhortation for the European Union, national governments and industry actors to act. 

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