Smart Business Festival SK 2018

Bratislava, hotel Bôrik, 19. 9. 2018

Smart Business Festival SK 2018 was held as a joint meeting of representatives of the Visegrad Group and Austria within the Central European Digital Innovation Platform CEEInno. The event was held under the auspices of the Office of the Vice-President of the Czech Republic for Investments and Informatics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry , The Slovak Energy and Innovation Agency, the science and technology parks of the Czech Republic and HP Inc.

The meeting was inaugurated by Pavel Švejda, Member of the board of the CzechInno Association, President of the Science and Technology Parks Association of the Czech Republic and the Secretary General of the Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship of the Czech Republic.The Smart Business Festival SK attended guests from the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Miriam Letašiová –  General Director of the Section of Entrepreneurial Environment and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Michaela Kollárová, Director of the Investment Management Department of the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister for Investment and Informatics and Artur Bobovnický – Director of the Analysis, Programs and International Cooperation Department of the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency and other important guests.

Pavel Švejda, member of the Board of Directors of the CzechInno Association, President of the Science and Technology Parks Association of the Czech Republic and General Secretary of the Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship of the Czech Republic after the opening ceremony of the Smart Business Festival, considered the introduction of innovations to the market. “Research and development has its standard procedures and results, unfortunately not innovation. That is why we are also organizing the Innovation of the Year competition. In order for a new product to be successful, it must be sold and functioning, otherwise it does not make sense. ”
Pavel Švejda
Michaela Kollárová
Michaela Kollárová, Director of the Investment Management Division of the Office of the Vice-President of the Government for Investment and Informatics, has expanded the idea that many companies are waiting for an investment incentive. „Therefore, a change of thought is inevitable. Drawing funds often fails on the ignorance of Slovak law. We can draw money from our ministry, but we need to keep the process. Changes cannot be made immediately.“
Artur Bobovnický of the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency promoted the development of education. He pointed out that many entrepreneurs are afraid to take the risk of “making a mistake” because the media misrepresents the mistake. “We can not innovate without errors, as Eleon Musk mentioned earlier. Journalists should understand what is going on and not just highlight mistakes. We are trying to change thinking, young people are no longer afraid of changes and risks. ”
Artur Bobovnický
Jozef Ridzik
Jozef Ridzik from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatics took part in the Investment for the Future block. He spoke about the national investment plan and introduced the UK as a model. “We have created new legislative rules, because the representatives of the state and the private sector are perceived differently. There are many unmatched strategies in Slovakia, so it’s an important first step to make their map. Our Smart City project has been a success, and many companies have established themselves on the US market.“
Martin Svoboda from MH SR, director of the Department of Innovation and Applied Research, talked about state support for digitization and Smart Cities. “It is part of the effort of our department to change the approach and follow-up awareness.”
Martin Svoboda
Livia Vašáková
Livia Vašáková, Economic Adviser from The Representation of the European Commission in the Slovak Republic presented the project Preparing People for the Digital Age. “In digitization is the future. Artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things and high-performance computer technology have a great impact on the very essence of the work and the functioning of society. People lack digital skills. The role of the EU in data management and platforms is limited, SMEs are introducing new technologies only to a limited extent. There are big differences in the EU in innovation, Slovakia is unfortunately in the weaker group. From the financial support of the European Commission in 2014-2020 it is possible to finance the development of Wifi 4EU networks for cities and municipalities on freely accessible hot spots, the development of digital infrastructure, research and support for the social economy and research and support for digital technologies. ”
Petr Vítek focused on key programs supported by the CzechInvest Business and Investment Support Agency. He emphasized cooperation with the world for standardization, open data and open interfaces. “Alpha and omega is a functioning communications network. The CzechInvest Business and Investment Support Agency supports start-ups from mentoring and project counseling to presentation at world fairs. ”
Petr Vítek
Jan Prokš
Jan Prokš from the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic first appeared in the People for a New Age block. His contribution related to the topic People 4.0 and access to the revolution in the needs of education and the labor market in the Czech Republic.

“The main idea for Successful Industry Development 4.0 is to teach older people to communicate with machines, expand their digital skills a to teach younger people to communicate effectively with the older generation. Older people can pass on experience and newer skills. Education does not end with formal completion of education, we must be educated for life. ”

Honorary guest from Austria, Platform Industrie 4.0 Österreich, Roland Sommer introduced the Austrian concept of “Solving the need for a turbulent change in the area of qualification requirements.” “Expertise 4.0 does not exist, it’s a bunch of competencies”, professional for web 2.0 and mobile devices, the Internet of Things, Supplementary Production, Robotics, usability through interdisciplinary competencies such as Data Protection, Big Dating, Innovation Competence to Personal lifelong learning, self-organization, responsibility, linguistic and multicultural knowledge, understanding of processes. ”
Roland Sommer
Michal Janovčík
Michal Janovčík from the University of Žilina, Head of the Regional Center for the Transmission of Technologies and Popularization of Science at the University of Žilina Research Center, presented the collaboration between the Research Center of University of Žilina and the company’s practice, for example to solve the extension of the life of materials, to create a corrosive map of the Slovak Republic, to assess the impact of new technologies on the quality of the environment etc.
Martin Havlík of Smart Atelier has expanded the topic of Artificial Intelligence, which will gradually replace some job positions to release human capacity for skilled work that the machines can not manage and free people from monotonous manual work. “We emphasize cooperation between the private and public sectors.”
Martin Havlík
Ján Murgaš
Ján Murgaš from the Institute of Robotics STU in Bratislava introduced the audience the news from Slovak cybernetics and the STU courses for the new era and the establishment of the National Center of Robotics of the Slovak Republic. “The main benefits of cybernetics are the introduction of process modeling in all disciplines from technical sciences including economics and sociology. To date, recognized concepts of a world-wide image of the world, the mass and energy of cybernetics has brought a new aspect – information. ”
Pavol Kollár from Hewlett Packard Slovakia first appeared in Futurological Advisory Block. He introduced new HP technologies with an emphasis on corporate Internet security. HP also places HP security on home printers that are connected to the Internet.
Pavol Kollár
Igor Paulíček
Igor Paulíček from the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented the Smart Factory HUB project and its key activities: an e-learning platform that includes materials related to the Industry 4.0 concept and SF innovations.
Andrej Lasz from the Association of Industrial Associations, talked about the problems of applied research in Slovakia and the proposal for a bottom-up solution. He stressed the need to create conditions for entrepreneurs and businesses to have the incentive to apply P 4.0. On the example of Volkswagen, it introduced a solution to problems in production in practice, which is often more effective than on universities.
Andrej Lasz
Mátyás Lazáry
Mátyás Lazáry from the Pannon Business Network Association, AM-Lab Digital Innovation Hub, Hungary spoke on “Shared Technologies as a Way to Fast Digital Progress and the Importance of Innovative Hubs”.
Instead of absent Luigi della Salla from CEA-PME, Tereza Šamanová talked about the cross-border support of the digital transformation of companies – the DigitaliseSME project as a chance for Slovakia as part of the Future Consultation Block.

Juraj Knopp of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry introduced the Enterprise Europe Network – SK, which helps bring innovations to the market. EEN SK combines the knowledge of international business with the overview of the local market in order to put innovation on new markets as best as possible.

Juraj Knopp
Rastislav Tkáč
Petr Hladík, EEN Coordinator of the Czech Republic, talked about the EEN Advisory Services for Digital Innovative Companies. One of their goals is to expand many innovative companies.

Innovative companies in the early stages of their development are selected in advance and TC team managers, along with an external group of experts, help them to develop their business.

The program consists of seminars, company presentations and individual meetings with the board of directors and TC managers.

Instead of absent Luigi della Salla from CEA-PME, Tereza Šamanová talked about the cross-border support of the digital transformation of companies – the DigitaliseSME project as a chance for Slovakia as part of the Future Consultation Block.

Juraj Knopp of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry introduced the Enterprise Europe Network – SK, which helps bring innovations to the market. EEN SK combines the knowledge of international business with the overview of the local market in order to put innovation on new markets as best as possible.

Petr Hladík
Tereza Šamanová
Tereza Šamanová, Platform Coordinator, introduced CEEInno – Central European Platform for Digital Innovation and its tools – Raising awareness and spreading best practices, physical and virtual networking, a regional network specializing in digital innovation. At the same time, she offered to participants of the Smart Business Festival SK the opportunity to join the CEEInno platform and / or to connect with its activities.
Janette Štefánková, from the Radio and Television of Slovakia, accompanied the whole day.
Janette Štefánková
Take a look at the interesting moments from Smart Business Festival SK Bratislava 2018.
What is the CEEInno Platform?

It is an informal group of stakeholders from companies, public authorities, academic institutions and scientific and research organizations with a common interest in cooperating in the field of advanced digitization of the industry, digital innovations and addressing its social and economic consequences.