Going Digital // Conference

March 17th 2022

About The conference

The aim of the online conference is to get a closer and more detailed look into the massive disruption that was caused by digitalisation, digital transformation and the introduction of technology in various areas and spaces of our lives. Through expert opinions and debates with key decision makers/ opinion leaders in different fields you will be able to get a first hand look into the effects and future perspectives that all these new developments will bring.
The conference consist of a short general introductory discussion which then pans out into three separate panel discussions about various topics with the participating experts.

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Digital entrepreneurship

How are organizations and entrepreneurs navigating the new era of doing business digitally? Discover what the future holds, how you can get ahead of new trends and be competitive as well as disruptive in your industry.

The impact of digitalization on the environment

What effect do the digitalization of society and our lives have on the environment? Can we get closer to our sustainability goals for the planet with new, digital trends and processes? Watch this panel discussion and find out.

Mental health in the digital age

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought changes quickly and in such a disruptive way that there was no time to prepare or properly adjust to them. This kind of uncertainty causes a lot of stress and requires an impeccable state of mind to keep calm and minimize impacts on our general wellbeing. So how does digitalization affect our health? Get an in-depth insight!

EU grants and digital development

The European Union has placed digital development as one of its primary goals for the current decade. One of its chief tools for fulfilling this aim are the cohesion and development funds, a large part of which is formed by financial grants for businesses. How to acquire these funds and how to use them properly? Listening to this panel just might help you do this.
This panel is organized in cooperation with Tiko Pro d.o.o.

EU funds for municipalities

Municipalities and connected public institutions are a crucial component in EU’s plans for a more digitally advanced Union. Similarly to businesses, a large amount of financial grants has been made available for municipalities to develop their local environments, with the goal of becoming smart communities.
How can municipalities acquire these grants? What projects can be funded with them? Is it better going alone or in a partnership of different municipalities? Get your answers to all your questions here.

This panel is organized in cooperation with BSC d. o. o., Kranj.

Guest Speakers

Opening panel

An introductory discussion about digital development in general, with an emphasis on both short and medium term benefits as well as long term potential of change in every field and industry. Joining us was the Minister of Digital Transformation, Mark Boris Andrijanič, Director of IPM Digital and Tilen Gorenšek, PhD. With video comments by:  Boštjan Koritnik, Jure Knez, Ernest Žejn, Polona Domadenik Muren, Peter Aleksander Bizjak, and Jan Filip Jordan Frangeš.

Mark Boris Andrijanič

Minister of Digital Transformation

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Mark Boris Andrijanič is Minister of Digital Transformation in the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Digital Transformation

He graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, and he holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Oxford. As of April 2021, he has chaired the Strategic Council for Digitalisation of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

Digital entrepreneurship

Doing business has never been easier than today, because of digital technologies. The possibilities are endless. Watch this panel to find out more.

Tilen Kegl

Digital Campaign Expert at Bitpanda

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Tilen Kegl is an experienced marketer with 10+ years of experience and a proven track record in hyper-growth tech startups and scale ups.. Through his approach and consulting, he has assisted as many as 11 crowdfunding campaigns, including two of the most successful in this part of Europe, and two ICOs. In total, he advised and helped entrepreneurs reach $10.000.000 in funding. Currently being in the position of Digital Campaign Expert at Bitpanda, Tilen is still hard at work at helping startups and young entrepreneurs develop their marketing strategy, conceptualize and create viral social media videos and integrate advertising campaigns.

Nenad Šutanovac

Director of ICT Association
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Nenad Šutanovac is the head of the Association for Informatics and Telecommunications (ZIT) at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. He took this position due to his many years of experience in running information and communication technology companies. The key tasks of the ZIT are to take care of the development and proper positioning of its industry, care for promotion, co-creation of the business environment to promote the digitalisation of the economy, which it also implements in cooperation with key state stakeholders and partners and foreign organizations.

Jan Kukovec

Account Director at DD Studios

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Jan Kukovec is the Chief Sales Officer of Dunking Devils, Slovenia’s most famous and most successful sports acrobatics group. During pandemic Dunking Devils went through digital transformation, and created DD Studios, a niche content creation agency specialised for TikTok. In one year they signed more than 20 clients and outgrew the parental Dunking Devils company.

Tomaž Lanišek, MBA, MSc.

MODERATOR

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Tomaž Lanišek is the Head of Office for Development, Smart Community and Projects in the City of Kranj and the former General Manager of Knauf Insulation, a company with over one hundred million euros of annual revenues, a leading company in the field of insulation. After taking over the directorship in 2013, he led the company to the title of Golden Gazelle. He started his career in Sava Tires spent 13 years there at various positions, the final one being Cluster Director of 9 countries at Goodyear in 2013.

Lanišek began his studies at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, where he completed his undergraduate studies in the International Economics. He later decided to pursue studies at Drury University in Springfield, where he completed the MBA and Master of Science program. In 2019 he obtained the Executive Development Diploma and pursued the Digital Excellence Diploma program in 2021 at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The impact of digitalization on the environment

Climate change has become a daily topic. Can digital technologies help control it or are they part of the problem? Listen to our experts to hear all perspectives.

doc. dr. Primož Banovec

CEO of Inštitut za vodarstvo 
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doc. dr. Primož Banovec is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the University of Ljubljana. Dr. Banovec is a renowned expert in the field of flood risk, vulnerability and threat modeling in Slovenia and abroad. He is also specialist for flood and wastewater management systems, as well as environmentally friendly construction. He has great experience in both academic study and professional consulting, for public and private sectors, as regards to the introduction of digital and smart systems in water and waste management systems and networks, intended for greater system efficiency and successful crisis management.

 

Nina Meglič

Head of Project Management Office at Chamber of Commerce
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Nina has long term experience in project management in topics related to circular economy, sustainable development, circular business models, empowering women as researchers and entrepreneurs from working both at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Štajerska and the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia  Her current main goal is to raise awareness and support relevant stakeholders in Slovenia and especially in Podravje region to exploit the business opportunities of the green transition while enabling sustanable future to next generations.

Petra Kandus

Sustainability Strategy Adviser at CER – Sustainable Business Network Slovenia

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Petra holds a Master in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in New York, and has extensive experience in developing and implementing sustainability programs in the public and private sectors. As Environmental Policy Manager at the Port of New York and New Jersey she set the agency’s carbon emission reduction goals in line with the Paris Accord, managed greenhouse gas and sustainability reporting, and drafted data-based environmental policy recommendations for New York airports and ports. Petra is actively engaged in the decarbonization of business as Sustainability Strategy Adviser at CER sustainable Business Network in Slovenia, and helps SMEs with sustainable transition through her consultancy Gentian.

Mag. Andrej Špik, MBA

MODERATOR

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Andrej is an experienced expert in the fields of green transition, sustainable society and digital transformation, with the understanding that the key ingredients for a successful transition are inclusion, the right competences and the proper organisational culture. With his extensive experience in business consulting, he is active in advising and assisting in the development of both green transition and digital transformation strategies as well as leading the projects of life cycle analysis (LCA) for clients in both private and public sectors

Mental health in the digital age

COVID-19 has exposed the fact, that we must pay more attention to the mental health of society and individuals. Digital technologies are at the heart of this – in what way and how? Watch this panel to uncover more.

dr. Nikolaos Dimitriadis

Professor at City College, University of York and visiting Professor, University of Ljubljana School of Economics and Business

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dr. Nikolaos Dimitriadis (MBA, PhD) has been applying neuroscience in business and education for over fifteen years. He is an award-winning communications professional, educator and consultant. He is the author of the books “Neuroscience for Leaders: A Brain Adaptive Leadership Approach” (now in its 2nd edition) and “Advanced Marketing Management: Principles, Skills and Tools”, both for Kogan Page London. As a consultant and business coach, he works with well-known international clients such as IKEA, Nestle, Banca Intesa Sanpaolo, Coca Cola, Raiffeisen Bank, Rauch, Teekanne and many others. Dimitriadis is a passionate advocate of brain-friendly communication, holistic research, continuous brand innovation and a results-oriented corporate culture.

Eva Lozina

Blogger and influencer – Nepopolna mama
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Eva Lozina is a blogger and influencer. She runs the blog and Instagram page Nepopolna mama, which has almost 20,000 followers on Instagram. Her posts and thoughts, which she shares as a very succesful single mom, are a very honest insight into all the difficulties and positive effects that young parents and their children face in today’s age. 

dr. Drago Jerebic

professional head of the Bližina Family Institute
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dr. Drago Jerebic is the professional head of the Bližina Family Institute in Celje and a specialist in marital and family therapy. As an assistant professor, he teaches theological and therapeutic programs at the Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana. In 2013, he received his doctorate in marital and family therapy. In sixteen years of work, as a marriage and family therapist, he has completed over 11,000 therapeutic hours in the form of individual, partner and family therapy. In addition, he conducted over 300 lectures and workshops.

In his therapeutic practice, he specializes mainly in relationship problems, parenting problems with growing children and addiction problems.

Dr. Alja Fabjan

MODERATOR

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Dr. Alja Fabjan in an integrative psychotherapist certified by the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association and the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy and PhD student in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of Ljubljana. With years of practical experience with psychotherapy, especially for married couples and their families, Alja has been at the forefront of the fight against the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic on the mental health of our society.

EU grants and digital development

A digital Europe is one of the EU’s goals for this decade. How do it’s institutions plan to achieve this and how can your business benefit. Find out by watching this panel.

Kristina Kočet Hudrap

PRESENTER

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Kristina Kočet Hudrap is CEO of TIKO PRO d. o. o. She is a board member of the Slovenian Business Club and business mentor and CEED Slovenia.
TIKO PRO is a team of 16 highly skilled professionals, helping their clients in succesfully acquiring European funding for their projects in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria. The team’s experience, knowledge and efforts has managed to build a network of approximately 600 clients who managed with their support to acquire co-financing for more than 800 projects in different fields of operation (innovations, investments, loans, energetics, tourism, etc.), with a more than 90% succesful application rate and with a value of all approved projects being over 115.000.000 EUR in total.

EU funds for municipalities

Local communities are important, even in a globalised and digital world. The EU has recognized this and is counting on municipalities to help realize it’s goal of a smarter and more digitalized continent. How does it plan on doing this – come take a look in this panel.

Jelena Vidović

PRESENTER

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Jelena is Head of Smart Communities Department and senior regional development expert at BSC Ltd Kranj in relation to 15 years’ experience in strategic planning and leadership. Currently she leads a young team of driven people who want change in the digital transition of society, with whom they are making real shifts towards more digitally aware citizens. She is also expert in legal issues and member of Supervisory board in Municipality of Kranj.

 

Closing discussion  – The demography of digitalization

How do different groups and parts of society respond to the need of being digital? Together with author Bradley Schurman, founder and CEO of The Super Age, we discuss the major fractures and the possible solutions to digital gaps.

Bradley Schurman

founder and CEO of The Super Age

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Bradley Schurman is Founder and CEO of The Super Age – a research and advisory firm specializing in helping organizations understand the challenges and harness the opportunities of demographic change with a focus on population aging. He is also the author of The Super Age: Decoding Our Demographic Destiny. . Prior to launching The Super Age, Schurman was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of EconomyFour, where he led business development in Asia and Europe. Schurman has been instrumental in securing the topics of aging and longevity as focus areas at both the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and World Economic Forum (WEF). He was also responsible visioning and executing the Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report- a groundbreaking collaborative research project between AARP and Foreign Policy Group.

Schurman has been featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and quoted in the New York Times, HuffingtonPost, and USA Today, as well as in local and national media outlets around the world. He speaks regularly at thought leader forums around the world, and has advised national governments and major business on their longevity strategies.

Jakob Jež

MODERATOR

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Jakob Jež is strategic consultatnt at IPM Group and Chief Operating Officer at IPM Tech Hub. He has a rich backrogound in multiple interdisciplinary fields. Using this knowledge he designs personalized solutions and business models for clients. With a creative, out of the box approach to solving business challenges he always finds the best solutions.

Thursday, Mar. 17

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10:00am – 10:15am

Opening address and presentation of the organizer

 

A short discussion about digital development in general, with an emphasis on both short and medium-term benefits as well as long-term potential of change in every field and industry.

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10:15am – 11:15am

Opening panel: Digitalization as a global trend of the 21st century

 

An introductory discussion about digital development in general, with an emphasis on both short and medium term benefits as well as long term potential of change in every field and industry.

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11:15am – 11:45am

A presentation of the Going Digital project

 

 Presenting the various steps of the Going Digital project, from its conception and forming of its aims and goals, through the hosted discussions and articles, to the preparation of the conference itself.

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11:45am – 12:00pm

Short break

 

During the short break, viewers will be able to choose the panel they want to join and listen to. Since all three panels will take place simultaneously, viewers will be required to pick one to begin with (during the duration of the panels, viewers will be able to switch between panel).

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12:00pm – 13:30pm

Digital entrepreneurship

 

How are digital technology, digital means of working and digital skills changing the way we do business? Which new business opportunities are possible because of the digital revolution? Join this panel and our guest speakers will answer all these and many other questions.

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12:00pm – 13:30pm

The impact of digitalization on the environment

 

The environment is a signature topic of this century. What is the relation between the digital revolution and the different ways of combating climate change? The answers may surprise you. Tune in to this panel to find out.

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12:00pm – 13:30pm

Mental health in the digital age

 

Living in a digital world is not risk-free. Risks that influence our mental health can be some of the most dangerous, regardless of age. How can we safely navigate this new way of living without adverse consequences? The experts on this panel will shed some light on both the issues and the solutions to this very pertinent topic.

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12:00pm – 13:30pm

EU grants and digital development

 

Digital development is one of the European Union’s top priorities. The cohesion and development funds, of which a substantial portion is made up of financial subsidies for businesses, are one of its most important weapons for achieving this goal. How to acquire these funds and how to use them properly? Listening to this panel just might help you do this. This panel is organized in cooperation with Tiko Pro d.o.o.

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12:00pm – 13:30pm

EU funds for municipalities

 

Local communities are important, even in a globalised and digital world. The EU has recognized this and is counting on municipalities to help realize it’s goal of a smarter and more digitalized continent. How does it plan on doing this – come take a look in this panel. This panel is organized in cooperation with BSC d.o.o., Kranj.

 

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13:30pm – 14:00pm

Short break

 

A short break after the closure of the panels and before the closing discussion of the conference. 

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14:00pm – 15:00pm

Closing discussion  – The demography of digitalization

 

Being digital is no longer a choice but a reality, that we all can use for our personal and general benefit. But how do different groups and parts of society respond to the need of being digital? Together with author Bradley Schurman, founder and CEO of The Super Age, we discuss the major fractures and the possible solutions to digital gaps.

Organiser

Institute for Digitalization, IPM Digital is an organization dealing with one of the core developmental challenges of the modern world – the digitalization of human society. Our employees are active in the fields of research, analysis, education and applicative activities, connected with the processes of digitalization. Our goal is to help create content enabling the progress of innovative digital solutions, meant to tackle challenges in society, based on the integration of various interdisciplinary approaches in our work.

Under the auspices of the US Embassy in Slovenia

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Project description

The Going Digital project focuses on the process of digitization and digital transformation, 5G, and its impact on the geostrategic context of Slovenia (European Union) and the USA. The project aims to highlight the key positive (and potentially negative) societal impacts of digitalization in the areas addressed.
The project is designed and organized by IPM Digital, Institute for digitalization. The project is taking place under the auspices and the support of the US Embassy in Slovenia.

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