Helsinki, Finland | 25 SEPTEMBER 2019

Event Moderator: Monique Calisti, NGI Outreach Office Director, CEO at Martel Innovate

08:00 – 9:00 | Registration and coffee

09:00 – 09:10

  • Pearse O’Donohue, Director for Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Monique Calisti, NGI Outreach Office Director, CEO at Martel Innovate

09:10 – 09:40

The perspective of the Finnish Presidency of the EU

Mikko Koskinen, State Secretary at Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland


The perspective of a digital city

Pia Pakarinen, Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki

09:40 -10:00

Inspirational speech

Martin Wezowski, Chief Designer & Futurist and Chief Innovation Office at SAP

10:00 – 10:50

Shaping a new internet – Expert testimonials interview format
  • Meeri Haataja, CEO of Saidot, Chair of Ethics Working Group in Finland’s AI Program, Chair of IEEE’s Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous & Intelligent Systems
  • Teemu Ropponen, General Manager at MyData
  • Adrian Perrig, Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich
  • Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Director Partnerships & Business Development at DEX

Interactive session with questions from the audience.

10:50 – 11:10 | Coffee break

11:10 – 12:00

Who’s the NGI? – A community of researchers and innovators at work

Panel discussion with three NGI projects: NGI Zero, NGI Trust and Ledger – Privacy and trust enhancing technologies; citizens retaining control over their data; and discovery and identification technologies. Main topics will be challenges, priorities, and funding opportunities.

  • Andrés Sánchez Sandaz, Director at FundingBox Communities, Ledger
  • Michiel Leenaars, Director of Strategy at NLnet Foundation, NGI Zero
  • Nadim Kobeissi, Director of Symbolic Software, NGI Zero
  • Ruth Puente, Executive Programme Manager at Kantara Initiative, NGI Trust

12:00 – 13:00

A human-centric approach to data governance

Expert panel discussion

  • Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer at Municipality of Barcelona
  • Jaana Sinipuro, Project Director at SITRA
  • Cathy Mulligan, CTO of GovTech Labs and DataNet at UCL
  • Olivier Bringer, Head of Unit at European Commission

Interactive session with questions from the audience.

13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch break

14:00 – 14:20

The Next Generation Internet – An Internet of Humans

Roberto Viola, Director General DG Connect at European Commission

14:20 – 14:35

NGI Priorities and Future Directions – Introduction to parallel workshops

Moderated by Katja Bego, Principal Researcher at Nesta, Coordinator of NGI Forward

14:35 – 16:20

Parallel Interactive Sessions
– Workshop 1 –
Where next for online identities
– Workshop 2 –
Mind meets machine: harnessing collective intelligence
– Workshop 3 –
Policy to nourish innovation: NGI trust Marks
– Workshop 4 –
Blockchain in action

16:20 – 16:40 | Coffee break and network

16:40 – 17:00

Wrap-up from workshops and open discussion

Moderated by Katja Bego, Principal Researcher at Nesta, Coordinator of NGI Forward

  • Report from the four moderators of working group sessions
  • Distilling the main lessons learned and Q&A session

17:00 – 17:15

NGI Funding Opportunities – Upcoming H2020 Calls

Ragnar Bergstrom, Team Leader at European Commission


How to join the NGI and next appointments

Monique Calisti, NGI Outreach Office Director, CEO at Martel Innovate

17:15 – 17:30

Looking at the future of NGI

Pearse O’Donohue, Director Future Networks at European Commission


A networking session with great drinks offered to all NGI registered participants.

From 18:00

Opening Ceremony of MyData 2019 conference

Keynote speech of Imogen Heap, founder of Mycelia

Registration is free, but mandatory. Remember to book your seat!

The NGI Forum report and presentations will be available on the NGI website and the event moments will be available via Twitter.

Hashtag: #NGIFORUM19

Join us at the NGI Forum 2019 on the 25 September in Helsinki in Finland to discuss priorities and challenges for building a better internet for all.


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