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Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Winnipeg, Canada
at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel

The Global Forum/Shaping the Future is an internationally recognized think-tank for exchange and networking among governments at national, regional & local levels, private & public organizations, research & development experts.

The Global Forum is an independent, high profile, international, non-for-profit event dedicated to business and policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Digital Society. The Global Forum brings each year in a different city around the world more than 300 key policy-makers and public/private stakeholders from more than 30 countries from all continents, it is often considered as the Davos for ICT.

Welcome Cocktails & Gala Dinner

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Day 2: Keynote Opening

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Jay Edwin Gillette, Chair/Moderator of the Session


Christian Buchel, Deputy-CEO, Chief Digital & International Officer (CDIO),ENEDIS; Vice-Chairman of EDSO, France


Julia Glidden, General Manager, IBM Global Government Industry, USA


Yoshio Tanaka, Professor, Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Graduate School of Innovation Studies, Japan


Khaled Sedrak, Founder & CEO, NxtVn, Belgium


Gwenael Prie, Lead Digital Specialist AFD – Agence Francaise de Developpement, France

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Session 6: Innovation/Open Innovation is a Digital World

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Session 10: Digital Communities

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Day 2: StartUp Competition

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The 2016 Global Forum featured many innovative speakers on digitization. It is the 25th Global Forum, befittingly gathered in Eindhoven, the Brainport of the digital eco – system.  The conference featured an inaugural, collaborative event. There is no innovation without startups – so GISCO, the Global Innovation Startup Competition was added to the agenda.

17 companies competed, representing eight nations, covering three continents. The jury consisted of pioneers in the startup industry in the EU and the US (Silicon Valley), including distinguished Global Forum speakers and steering committee members.

The winners are: LocaidMe (Prague/Silicon Valley), a safety app to detect threats in real time in public places in an actionable format.  Second place went to Strategic Security (Virginia, USA), a network vulnerability scanning solution. Third place went to Semiotic Labs, an Amsterdam based equipment failure detection and monitoring solution company that works with private sector and government entities.

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Day 1: Opening Session-Future Vision

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Day 1: Welcome Addresses from Arsovska-Tomovska, Bressers & Brouwers

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Marta Arsovska-Tomovska, Minister of Information Society and Administration, Macedonia



Mark Bressers, Director or the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Innovation Regulatory Reform and ICT Policy Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands



Joep Brouwers, Vice Director, Brainport Development, the Netherlands

Day 1: Welcome Address by Sebastien Levy, VP Global Forum

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Global Forum 2016: About the Venue-The Evoluon Center

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Eindhoven’s Evoluon is an out-of-this-world building that serves as a multi-purpose conference and events center. Shaped like a flying saucer, it was commissioned by Dr. Frits Philips — who made the first sketches of it on a napkin — and built by architect Louis Kalff in 1966. An innovative building and a proud icon of science and technology, it has always attracted a large number of visitors thanks to its unique interactive exhibitions. The Evoluon is located in the Eindhoven Brainport region, which is known as a technology and innovation incubator.

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