13–14 JUNE
BUCHAREST, RO
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DAY 1, 13TH OF JUNE 2019

10:00

TECH & DEMOCRACY

OPENING KEYNOTE

World leaders in digital and politics to debate on how technology is changing democracy. Here's the UPGRADE Democracy 2018 after movie:

Majoritas Global

Lucian Despoiu

President

"Democracy and Technology. One of the biggest digital transformations"
10:30

TECH & DEMOCRACY

SESSION 1: U TALKS

The actors of the democracy take over the stage and showcase their current and future roles in the dynamics of democracy

Majoritas Insights

Vlad Hatieganu

Managing Partner

"Check the crowd"

ex-CEO XPRIZE

Marcus Shingles

Entrepreneur

"Using the power of the crowd to solve the world's grandest challenges"

Geeks For Democracy

Alexandra Albu-Chiru

Vice President

"The Fund for Democracy: a new way of supporting civil society"
11:30

TECH & DEMOCRACY

SESSION 2: U DEBATE

Representative vs Direct Democracy - pros and cons on alternative systems of democracy
Host:

STG

Dan Kanninen

Partner and CEO


Guests:

Agorai

John Edge

Managing Partener


Michael Bossetta

Political Scientist

12:30
12:45

TECH & DEMOCRACY

SESSION 3: U CHALLENGE

Pitch of ideas for the benefit of communities.


Representatives of two teams will be on stage and present projects and initiatives that use technology for the benefit of the community. Winners will be decided by the vote of the audience.

Fiecarevot.ro

Maria Krause

Independent election expert

Cezara Grama

Project Coordinator


10000depasi.ro

Irina Zamfirescu

Human rights activist

Marian Ionescu

Co-Founder

13:25

TECH & DEMOCRACY

SESSION 4: UDEMOCRACY: H.APPY CITIES

The ingredients for happy city life in a dialogue with the relevant actors


This session focuses on identifying the ingredients for happy city life in a dialogue with the relevant actors - city leaders, civic organizations, business professionals, and citizens - in a lively debate on what makes a city happy. As a host of this session HappyCities will present their solutions to improve the lives of citizens through digital collaboration.
Host:

H.appyCities

Radu Puchiu

Founder & CEO

Laura Iancu

Technology Lead

Cristian Retegan

Community Lead


Guests:

Petriș City Hall

Irina Onescu

Mayor


CIVICA

Alexandrina Dinga

President and founding member


Oracle Romania

Sorin Mindrutescu

Country Leader

14:45
15:25

TECH & DEMOCRACY

SESSION 5: U GUESTS: Campaign & Elections

Invited guests that will talk about subjects related to Democracy and Digital Transformation

Stanley Greenberg

Senior advisor in the Presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton

"Is Democracy threatened?"

Balint Porcsalmi

Executive President

"Analogue candidates, digital campaigns"
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STG

Dan Kanninen

Partner and CEO

"Trends in U.S. political tech - gimmicks vs. infrastructure"

Agorai

John Edge

Managing Partener

"Will AI Augment or Damage Democracy"

Kensington Communication

Cătălin S. Dumitru

Founder and senior partner

"In the backstage of politics - tricks and hints."

Cristina Moise

Data Architect

"AI and Democracy"

QRT

Yaz Yazicioglu

Consumer Psychologist

"Why we vote?"
17:45

TECH & DEMOCRACY

UDEMOCRACY: CONCLUSIONS & CALL TO ACTION

19:30

VIDEO GAMING & ENTERTAINMENT

NETWORKING & FUN: Drinks, Live DJ's by RedBull and Networking @ The UPGRADE 100 Summer Playground

DAY 2, 14TH OF JUNE 2019

11:00

STARTUPS & INVESTMENTS

SESSION 1: THE SECRETS OF THE EUROPEAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

Spherik Accelerator

Cristina Juc

Project Manager & Stage Host

"Get ready for a great day!"

Emerging Europe

Andrew Wrobel

Founding Partner, Strategy & Content

"How to make the peculiarities of Europe's ecosystem work for you"

IMT Starter

Augustin Radu

Associate Director

"IMT Starter : 20 years of experience in the French start-up ecosystem"
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Wello

Sveatoslav Vizitiu

co-founder & CEO

"Dive In or Baby Steps - The Startup Journey"

Stoyan Consult

Stoyan Yankov

Productivity & Performance Strategist

"The UnSexy Truth of Startup Success"
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12:15

STARTUPS & INVESTMENTS

SESSION 2: STEP ONE - START IN EUROPE. STEP TWO - TAKE OVER THE WORLD

European Commission, DG Connect

Bogdan Ceobanu

Policy Officer

"Digital Innovation and Funding in the European Startup Ecosystem"

EMG Group

Frosina Ilievska

Senior Project Manager

"How the Western Balkans are learning"

Serbia Start Up

Aleksandra Karan

Managing Director

"Regional collaboration / Crossborder opportunities"

The Long Run

Peter Barta

Co-Director

"How a mentoring program can lead you to success"
13:30
14:00

STARTUPS & INVESTMENTS

SESSION 3: SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY - WORKING WITH ANGEL INVESTORS

TechAngels

Dragos Nicolaescu

Business Angel

"Is Your Startup Ready for an Angel Investor?"

Estonian Business Angels Network - EstBAN

Anu Oks

Managing Director

"Angel Investing - Estonian Case Study"
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15:30
16:00

STARTUPS & INVESTMENTS

SESSION 4: HOW YOU CAN ACCESS EUROPEAN FUNDING FOR YOUR BUSINESS IDEA

Zabala Innovation Consulting

Alberto Sierra

Innovation Consultant

"SME Instruments and Cascade Funding Opportunities: experience, lessons learned, best practices"

Company Project Management Solutions

Costin Octavian Sorici

Managing Partener

"Starting and growing a business with the help of EU funding"
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CzechInvest

Karolina Vorlicka

Event manager

"European Space Agency: Possibilities of financing your startup"

Economia Creativa

Antonio Carlos Ruiz Soria

CEO

"Routes to innovative funding and financing for Startups in the EU"
20:30

VIDEO GAMING & ENTERTAINMENT

STANDUP COMEDY NIGHT with Jeff Leach on UPGRADE Stage 1

Our famous Chief Entertainment Officer to draw the festival's conclusions in his own way...

Upgrade 100

Jeff Leach

Chief Entertainment Officer

21:30

VIDEO GAMING & ENTERTAINMENT

FAREWELL DRINKS AND NETWORKING in The UPGRADE 100 Summer Playground

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