Tentative program



The 4GAMECHANGERS Day consists of sessions, panels and keynote talks from gamechangers of all ages, start-ups and companies, stakeholders from business, industry and politics, art and culture and the media industry, as well as great personalities from all over the world.

European Democratic Discourse in the Digital Era: What kind of public-private partnerships and policies are needed to ensure free expression, quality media diversity and trustworthy information in the age of global conglomerates and national identity politics? In Europe, most markets are regulated to ensure fairness. Regulating media content– like that on the giant “platforms” – is tricky; can they self-regulate, and what are the consequences if they don’t?

Change the Game:
Publically-funded (social) media in the digital age. Europe’s excellent national public broadcasters were founded in the wake of two world wars in which fascist governments used radio to spread propaganda, hate and lies. This taught us the value of using public (not state) funds to create independent broadcast media that offer entertainment and reliable journalism for all, free from political and commercial influence. These days, the propaganda isn’t limited to radio: It’s online, and on some of the biggest global platforms. How should societies respond?

Terms and Conditions:
Surveillance capitalism and the right to privacy. Our homes are getting smart, and our phones and watches are helping us stay healthy, informed and plugged in. Where is the line between convenience and intrusion? The rights of the individual, the rights of the company, the rights of society. I agreed to your terms and conditions – does that mean my privacy protections are gone? Who has the right to track your behavior? Who makes money from our personal data – and do I get a cut? How do we participate in modern life while still having privacy?

Climate Policy Part 1: When Science Meets Disbelief - and Democracy:
Man-mind climate change is a fact, whether or not voters “believe” in it. How should democratic societies obtain the best outcomes when voters cannot or will not accept facts – how do we change society without resorting to undemocratic measures or coercion? Who is accountable for disinformation and misinformation, and who is responsible for combatting it – again, without violating human rights or democratic norms?

Climate Policy Part 2: Is Capitalism the Enemy of the Climate?
Traditional economic models ignore wellbeing and discount the future. But on a limited planet, what does value really mean? Some climate activists that to achieve net neutral carbon emissions by 2050, we must end capitalism. On the other side, misinformation -- which many voters believe -- says man-made climate change isn't "real": This means pro-business leaders have a democratic incentive to ignore climate reality. We ask policy makers, CEOs, investors and thought leaders to show us how the best parts of a meritocratic, competition-driven system can help us preserve the environment – and the future.

International Smart City Revolution:
Why ever more cities are developing smart strategies, how Vienna is leading the way, and where we are going in the future. Do smart cities shape our behavior or respond to our needs?

Building the Future:
Construction is responsible for huge percentages of climate change emissions, energy use, landfill waste, pollution and habitat destruction – but innovative thinkers are changing the game by re-using materials from old buildings, creating eco-friendly buildings, using green construction practices and supporting sustainable building operations. Austria’s big players and big thinkers discuss the way forward with policy makers and environmental experts.

Is There a Speed Limit for Green Mobility?
We all have to go green – NOW. Let’s assume the political will is there. Specialists from various industries share their insights into how quickly the change can be made: financially, operationally and in terms of earth’s limited resources. Something to consider: the threat of fossil fuels vs. the environmental cost of e.g. battery-operated vehicles.

M-gov/ E-gov Summit; hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Economic Affairs:
Although Europe has become a global leader in e-government, all administrations continue to face critical challenges that prevent them from fully seizing the public service opportunities offered by the digital transformation. Building on the results of the CIO meeting in 2018, held as part of the Austrian Council Presidency, this Conference aims to deliver clear European progress by going one step further in the transition from traditional e- to m-Government.

From Startup Entrepreneur to Corporate Innovation Manager:
Why did they change their paths? Why did they join the corporate space? How are they approaching the ecosystem now and how do they transform this into the corporate.

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