Embassy of India, Sofia

Innovations | Regulations | Investments

March 26-27, 2018 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria: Technological Hub of the Balkans and European Gateway for India and US
Under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

26 - 27 Mar, 2018

Sofia Tech Park, Sofia, Bulgaria

About this event

IT Hub Connect is two-day international forum organized by the Indian-Bulgarian Business Chamber (IBBC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham Bulgaria), under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

IT Hub Connect, supported by the Bulgarian Government and the Embassy of India in Bulgaria, will take place on March 26-27, 2018, in Sofia Tech Park, and aims to strengthen the relationship between the thriving IT industries in the Balkans, India and US, setting а common ground for cooperation.

The forum will gather government officials, C-level executives, business experts and startup companies from Southeast Europe, India and US to explore business challenges and opportunities focusing on three main pillars – Innovations, Regulations and Investments.

The agenda will navigate the participants through hot topics such as the IT outlook for 2020 and beyond, the game changing regulations and the important role of technologies in each sector, digital and customer experience transformation, innovations success stories from different industries, sustainable startup ecosystems, outsourcing, and investments. Cybersecurity and privacy will be another key topic on the agenda, with a focus on regulations and compliance requirements for doing business in the EU and India. Specially dedicated time slots for business networking activities will provide participants with the opportunity to find potential investors, partners and customers through face-to-face meetings with leading Bulgarian, Indian and American companies.

Future-proof your business

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about regulation changes in India and EU, state of the IT industry, investment and funding opportunities. Explore innovative IT solutions that can get your business ahead of the curve.

Explore business opportunities

Find potential investors, partners and customers through VIP networking events and pre-arranged face-to-face meetings with leading Bulgarian, Indian and American companies.

Join the forum for strategic cooperation between the IT industries in the Balkans, India and US

IT Hub Connect will be held during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the expected participation of government officials from Bulgaria and India, and representatives of the European Commission:

  • Maria Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
  • Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria 2012-2017
  • Lilyana Pavlova, Minister of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018
  • H.E. Pooja Kapur, Ambassador of India to Bulgaria and Macedonia
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, India (TBC)

The list of the invited speakers also includes leading Indian, Bulgarian and US information technology companies, consulting companies, finance and banking organizations, industry associations, and relevant institutions.

The forum provides a unique opportunity to meet key decision makers, identify attractive investment opportunities, discover new projects and partners in the region, and leverage Bulgaria as the Technology Hub of the Balkans and the European Gateway for India and the US.

Speakers

Rosen Plevneliev

President of the Republic of Bulgaria 2012 – 2017

Lilyana Pavlova

Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU

Lubo Minchev

CEO of Telelink

Kalin Radev

CEO of Software Group

Jožek Gruškovnjak

International Executive, Strategy Consultant, Entrepreneur

Evgeny Angelov

Chairman of the Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Ivaylo Slavov

CEO of BulPros

Ekaterina Zaharieva

Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Elvin Guri

CEO of Empower Capital

Dimitar Enchev

Managing Partner at PostScriptum Ventures

Ivailo Gospodinov

Managing Partner at BlackPeak Capital

Pastora Valero

Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs for EMEAR at Cisco Systems

Innovations | Regulations | Investments

Find your next business partner in Bulgaria – the technological hub of the Balkans and European Gateway for India and America.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

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ficci
BAIT
bascom

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AGENDA

09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Official Opening DAY 1

11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
INNOVATIONS STREAM

Innovations Dialogue: Innovation and Start-up Ecosystem - Boosting Economies and Competitiveness.

11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Coffee break

12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
INNOVATIONS STREAM

Digital Transformation. Creating a Future-proof Organization. Delivering Services Consistently in the New Digital World.

12:20 PM
12:20 PM - 12:40 PM
INNOVATIONS STREAM

Customer Experience Transformation and Driving the Next Generation Banking.

12:40 PM
12:40 PM - 01:00 PM
INNOVATIONS STREAM

Winning the Innovation Game. Distributed Ledger Blockchain.

01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Networking Lunch

02:00 PM
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
INNOVATIONS STREAM

Innovations Dialogue, part II

02:30 PM
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
INNOVATIONS STREAM

Cloud/Digital Marketing. Sustainability in the Digital World. Do’s and Don’ts.

03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
INNOVATIONS STREAM

Leapfrogging in Technology. Setting Up the R&I of the Future.

03:30 PM
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Coffee Break

04:00 PM
04:00 PM - 04:50 PM
INVESTMENTS STREAM

Investing in Innovation.

04:50 PM
04:50 PM - 05:10 PM
INVESTMENTS STREAM

State of Investments and Outsourcing in Bulgaria and the Balkans.

05:10 PM
05:10 PM - 05:30 PM
INVESTMENTS STREAM

Regional Strategies and Approaches to Achieve Sustainable and Impactful Investments in the Balkans.

05:30 PM
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

B2B meetings

06:30 PM
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Business Reception

09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 AM
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Official Opening Day 2

10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CYBERSECURITY STREAM

Cybersecurity Dialogue (Panel Discussion)

11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
CYBERSECURITY STREAM

Exchange of Threat Information: One of the Critical Elements of Effective Cybersecurity Strategy.

12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
CYBERSECURITY STREAM

Cyber Surveillance & Cybersecurity in 21st century

12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Networking Lunch

01:30 PM
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
REGULATIONS STREAM

Regulations Dialogue (Panel Discussion)

02:00 PM
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
REGULATIONS STREAM

E-privacy, E-identity and Free Flow of Data –Key Expected Regulations and Compliance Requirements in the EU.

02:30 PM
02:30 PM - 02:50 PM
REGULATIONS STREAM

GDPR Compliance and the Expected Impact on Business.

02:50 PM
02:50 PM - 03:10 PM
REGULATIONS STREAM

The Second Payment Service Directive (PSD2): The Significant Breakthrough in Traditional Banking.

03:10 PM
03:10 PM - 03:30 PM
REGULATIONS STREAM

EU Game Changing Regulations: Is Cloud a Working Strategy in the EU?

03:30 PM
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

B2B Meetings

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€350

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  • ✔   Business reception
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Sofia Tech Park

111, Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd. 1784 Sofia Bulgaria

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