The Western University of Timișoara will host on March 23 2023 (in the A01 amphitheater, starting at 10 a.m.), the event Future Summit Timisoara. It aims to bring together the local community: young leaders, local elected officials and civil servants, entrepreneurs, investors and people of culture, who will rethink the future of the city from a perspective of sustainability and technological innovations.
Future Summit Timișoara will be held at the Western University of Timișoara, in two parts: in the first part of the day, a conference on future and technology topics, and in the second part of the day, a moderated working group on city foresight methodology in which the participants - the central stakeholders of the city - collaborate to identify challenges, opportunities, as well as development scenarios for the future of the city.
The rector of the West University of Timișoara, Marilen Gabriel Pirtea: "In the context of the involvement of the Western University of Timișoara in the life of the local community, for an advanced contribution that our university has assumed within the trilateral partnership mechanism created between the economic environment, the local administration and the university environment, we are honored to host an event in particular, Future Summit Timișoara 2023. We invite you to a special meeting, at UVT, where valuable people and creative ideas will project the scenarios of community development through the technologies of the future."
The conference will take place between 10.00 and 12.30. Registration is done at this link, and access is free and open to the public. The conference agenda includes:
- 10.00 – 10.15: Intro (Ciprian Stanescu, President, Social Innovation Solutions);
- 10.15 – 10.45: The future of work and skills (Michael Zant, International Coach & Trainer | Managing Partner, HUMANISTICS);
- 10.45 – 11.15: New technologies in the future of mobility (Andrey Son, Country Innovation Manager, Continental Automotive Romania);
- 11.15 – 11.45: Panel – Timișoara, sustainable city and prepared for the future (Valentin Muresan, personal advisor to the Mayor for Digitization and Smartcity | Sorina Voiculescu, University Lecturer, West University of Timișoara | Roxana Grancea, Team Lead, Atos IT Solutions and Services);
- 11.45 – 12.15: Co-creation session about the future with the participants;
- 12.15 – 12.30: Closing (Ciprian Stanescu, President, Social Innovation Solutions).
In the second part of the day, a working group will take place during the event that will bring together 20 of the city's important stakeholders in a closed-door conversation about the city's future. Access is by invitation. Interested persons can request an invitation to the email address email@example.com.
The event is part of Future Summit 2023, the largest conference on future trends and sustainability in Romania, which has established itself, from 2017 until now, as one of the main meeting points for visionaries and futurists in Central and Eastern Europe. Future Summit brought together over 1500+ of entrepreneurs, social innovators and policy makers from 50+ countries in conversations about the future, innovation and sustainability.
In 2023, in its eighth edition, Future Summit extends to eight cities in the country and abroad, with sessions in Timișoara, Brașov, Constanța, Bucharest, Iasi, Athens, Sofia, and Belgrade. The main event will take place in Bucharest on May 18. The event will bring on the same stage international speakers, inventors, social innovators and experts in the future, trends and sustainability, with speeches on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, Automation and 5G/6G Transformations, Healthcare Innovation, Climate and Green Economy, Education and Skills, Future of Cities. Approximately 200 participants will attend this session.
"Future Summit Timișoara is an important opportunity to bring together people with diverse experiences and perspectives to generate innovative solutions to the challenges of the future. We are dedicated to finding ways to make the Romania of the future more sustainable and socially responsible, and the Future Summit 2023 conference series will be an important step in this direction. By collaborating across fields and sectors, we hope to develop viable and sustainable solutions that generate positive changes in society and the economy through emerging technologies. In this sense, Future Summit Timișoara will be a place where opinion leaders, experts and entrepreneurs will meet and debate future trends in fields such as artificial intelligence, future skills, sustainable development and much more". said Ciprian Stănescu, president of Social Innovation Solutions.
Future Summit is a project of Social Innovation Solutions (SIS), an organization that helps individuals and organizations understand the transformations of the future and develop sustainable technology, public policy and entrepreneurial solutions. SIS organizes several incubators and accelerators in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe, working with over 100 start-ups every year. SIS is also developing several platforms for conversations about sustainability, future trends and circular economy, ca Future Summit, Sustainable Futures or Climate Change Summit and offers consulting and executive education programs in foresight, innovation and sustainability.
Among the partners of this year's Future Summit are 5 To Go, Romanian Business Leaders, Concordia Employers Confederation, The Entrepreneurship Academy, ROTSA, Techcelerator, Brașov City Hall, Constanta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation and Agriculture, West University of Timișoara, Ovidius University of Constanța, the Student Association of Timiș, the Student Association of Constanța and Cowork Timișoara.