Members and Supporters of The Digital Innovation Forum are all committed to support rapid development of future proof broadband networks (eg. 5G), create the balance between demand and supply side and also eliminate all obstacles from raising the level of digital skills amongst citizens and companies as well. All the above actions support competitiveness, provide equal opportunities for all, thrive the development of cyber security and close the gap between EU and US/Asian in socio-economic terms. The Digital Innovation Forum supports all actions/projects that are moving the main goals forward in practice.
The network of The Digital Innovation Forumacts a catalyst where not only the exploration of digital innovation happens – LEARN – but also the effective sharing of those projects – SHARE – result in mutual professional and business achievements while bringing awareness and recognition for our network – CHANGE
Programme and milestones for 2019:
Background: As part of the ITU World 2019, the Digital Future Foundation will organize a panel session on the “Digital Integrity of the West Balkans” under the main umbrella of the Digital Agenda. We have participated at the Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia, as Digital Leaders of Hungary where all 6 West Balkan country representatives and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel have concluded in an agreement where the importance of West Balkan integration to Digital Agenda has been approved.
Aim of project: As a follow up of the initial agreement and common approach, the Digital Future Foundation will organize a panel session (approx: 90 min) during the ITU World 2019 event with the purpose of discussing the next steps of the actual integration. We are inviting the 6 country representatives (mainly State Secretary and Ministerial level, the same who have been present in Sofia last year) and a high level person (Commissioner Marija Gabriel) from the Commission in order to discuss the biggest challenges ahead of the possible integration and also to discuss the main issues that the region faces in regards to Digital Transformation.
After the successful panel session, on the following day, we are going to run a “closed door, invitation only” Business Summit, where solutions could meet the challenges.
On top of the business summit we are aiming to sign a high level support document: “title coming soon” with the 6 countries, EC representative and possible business partners who could support the initiative of the new working group. As part of the program, we are also going to agree on the fortcoming work plan for the second half of 2019 and a closing in event in Brussels during November 2019
Panel Session on “Digital Integrity of West Balkans” approx. 90 with approx. 150 attendees:
– Opening remarks: Sponsors’ welcome speech (max: 10 min)
– Main presentation: Commissioner Marija Gabriel, (max: 10 min) – Short, country specific digital challenges: (max: 6×5 min)
– Tatjana Matic, State Secretary, Serbia
– Sasa Dalipagic, Deputy Minister, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
– Dragica Sekulic, Minister of Economy Montenegro,
– Valdrin Lluka, Minister of Economic Development, Kosovo,
– Damjan Mancevski, Minister of Information Society, Macedonia,
– Dorina Cinari, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania.
– Panel Discussion: (max. 40 min)
– 6 Networking “coffee” breaks: (30 min each) during the day
Why West Balkan?
Operational Rules – Digital Innovation Forum
The Digital Innovation Forum is a professional working group established and maintained by The Digital Future Foundation.
1.1 The Digital Innovation Forum has been founded as an independent professional medium to deal with issues related to broadband networks, content, education and related innovative applications.
Its goal is to facilitate the international development and diffusion of broadband communication networks of paramount importance from the point of view of the digital society, competitiveness and equal opportunities by establishing an innovative professional working group, in which professionals of public administration, providers, tertiary sector and reasearchers interact, share their experience and exchange their views, jointly seeking the most effective solutions for the development of an international digital society.
1.2 The members of the Digital Innovation Forum shall constantly share the knowledge and information that can greatly contribute to the development of international digital strategies.
1.3 Furthermore, it is a priority to regularly inform the relevant executives of the European Commission (DG Connect, DG Digit, DG Competition), gathering local experiences and development concepts, in connection with the Commission’s 2021-2027 programming period.
2.1 All local and international players (market, governmental, non-governmental) involved in digital technology and related services and tools may be members of the Digital Innovation Forum.
2.2 Expressing opinion within the Digital Innovation Forum is open to everyone, but the incoming opinions will be discussed at regular meetings by the members of the Digital Innovation Forum who will then elaborate a consensus view to be finalized and approved by the Board of Trustees of The Digital Future Foundation.
2.3 Members of the Digital Innovation Forum may be sponsors of The Digital Future Foundation.
3.1 The scope of the Digital Inovation Forum is to continuously develop and communicate the digital concepts at its disposal and to shape the digital vision through the collaboration of its members.
3.2 The Digital Innovation Forum’s members participating in its activities share the current concepts and projects at regular meetings and work on enhancing the available digital development concept.
The Digital Innovation Forum’s partners participating in its activities, if required, will be mentioned in all materials published by the Working Group.