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1st European Conference on the Future Internet - ECFI


02 Apr 2014 07:00 to 03 Apr 2014 11:00


The Egg
Rue Bara 175
1070  Brussels

Event Type

L - Conference, forum

Organiser type

EU Institutions



Event Location


Event Description

The 1st European Conference on the Future Internet (ECFI) in Brussels on 2-3 April 2014 aims at bringing together key stakeholders to discuss how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020 through innovative Internet technologies. 
In this context, industry and political stakeholders will discuss central socio-economic and technological topics of Future Internet infrastructures and services in Europe.
The event will present cutting-edge research results on the European Internet infrastructures and services of the future, which have been developed in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP). The event links the discussion of FI-PPP results with a wider perspective on the Future Internet in the context of the EU’s Digital Agenda by including partners like Digital Europe and the European Internet Foundation (EIF) in the programme.
Target audience:
ECFI is particularly targeting political stakeholders, including representatives of public bodies and private associations, as well as ICT industry stakeholders, including innovation managers and CIOs from large and medium-sized companies, who are involved in shaping the networks and services of the future. We also welcome representatives of other Future-Internet related initiatives from Europe and abroad as well as SMEs planning to get involved in phase 3 of the Future Internet PPP.
Key benefits – Why you should participate:
Attending the event will give participants a number of key benefits, including:
  • The opportunity to discuss with peers from industry and the political domain how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020
  • A clear understanding of how FI-PPP initiatives, projects and actions in FP7 and Horizon 2020 will achieve the goals of the Innovation Union
  • Insights on the latest developments in Future Internet technologies
  • Direct access to key players in European Future Internet initiatives who are the drivers of the Internet infrastructures and services of tomorrow
  • A unique opportunity to discuss major Internet-related topics with political and industry stakeholders
Topics – Be part of the discussion
ECFI will cover a wide range of Future Internet-related aspects of direct relevance for Europe’s competitive advantage in the short- to mid-term, which will be discussed in high-level plenary sessions and three parallel tracks:
  • The role of the Future Internet for innovation in Europe
  • FI-WARE, FI-Ops and FI-Lab – The pillars for the Future Internet
  • Open APIs and Open Minds – Success stories of today, opportunities for tomorrow
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Crossing the chasm - moving European R&D to the market
  • A European roadmap for Future Internet infrastructures
  • Future Internet and Smart Utilities
  • Future Internet - Enabling opportunities for vertical application sectors
  • Business models for the use of Future Internet technologies
  • Network infrastructures for Smart Cities
  • Future Internet at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity
A line-up of high-level speakers will share their insights at the event, including:
  • Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for Digital Agenda
  • Mario Campolargo, Director ‘Net Futures’, European Commission
  • Malcolm Harbour, MEP, Chair of EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer
  • John McSweeney, Head of Innovation at ESB Group (Irish energy provider) and member of the FI-PPP Executive Industry Board
  • Luigi Gambardella, Chairman of ETNO
  • Patrice Chazerand, Director Digital Europe
Event format
The event will consist of a conference and an exhibition.
At the plenary sessions of the conference, keynote speakers will share and discuss their insights on how the Future Internet can sustain Europe’s competitiveness through generating innovation across different sectors. The parallel conference sessions will explore a variety of Future Internet-related topics.
The exhibition will showcase results by the different projects of the Future Internet PPP, giving participants the unique experience of putting their hands on tomorrow’s technologies and for directly talking with the people who are developing them.
Further information and registration
Further information and registration are available on the event website at
Registration deadline: 22 March 2014
The number of participants is limited to 250.
Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) represented by Mr Ilkka Lakaniemi, FI-PPP Programme Chairman
FI-PPP on Twitter: @FI_PPP
Twitter event hashtag: #ECFI1
The FI-PPP Programme receives funding from the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The European Commission has no responsibility for the contents of this message.


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