Luxembourg will host a new edition of the international tech conference ICT Spring, organised since 2010, on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June 2023.
More than 5,000 professionals (or "springers", as the organisers call them) will gather at Luxexpo The Box in Luxembourg-Kirchberg for this new edition.
Farvest, the organiser of this event, has now announced the various topics to be addressed on stage, as well as the first confirmed experts for this year's ICT Spring. The theme is "Time for Change", highlighting the ever-growing digital world and how it is redesigning businesses, work culture and life in the years to come.
The programme will be dedicated to discussing the greatest challenges businesses face across sectors and the technologies that are at the forefront of an intriguing yet needed transformation to grow sustainable, be more resilient, drive performance and anticipate future challenges. In addition to an exhibition area, the event features various conferences aimed at tackling topical challenges. The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in matchmaking and targeted networking sessions, through the use of the event application. Specific meetings will be offered through the matchmaking programme powered by Enterprise Europe Network and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, exhibitors' booths will host specific presentations and several side-events are on the agenda, including the "Mastermind Challenge" for startups and an after-party on the first evening.
The exhibition area will bring together over 100 organisations including tech companies, innovative entrepreneurs, fintechs, banks, venture capitalists (VCs), startups and international delegations. Among the exhibitors this year are Amazon, Google, Wedos, PwC, LuxConnect, LuxProvide, My Swiss Keeper, Deel, EY, Luxinnovation, the University of Luxembourg, Telindus, Telkea and the Luxembourg's Banker Association (ABBL). International delegations include those from the Czech Republic, Canada, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Germany, Poland, Italy, South Korea, Romania and France.
The exhibition area is divided into four zones:
- the "Protector" (powered by the Luxembourg House of Cybersecurity), which anticipates potential threats to build a more secure, safe and resilient society. This zone is ;
- the "Adventurer", which embraces the digital (r)evolution to move towards an automated, cashless yet data-driven economy;
- the "Visionary", which unleashes the potential of innovation to embrace a more human experience while increasing performance;
- the "Advocate" (powered by Google), which builds the world of tomorrow with purpose-driven enterprises, sustainable initiatives, renewable energies and new tech.
The exhibition area will also include a TV show where famous movers and shakers from the industry, as well as official representatives, will spotlight their latest contributions.
A Mastermind Challenge will be organised for the exhibiting startups to favour meetings with investors, offering them the opportunity to pitch their solutions and for those selected to take the stage on the second day. Tidal Impact, Expon Capital, Middlegame Ventures, NRW.Venture, LPEA and LBAN are among those who will join the pitching sessions.
This two-day event is also an opportunity for attendees to share views with over 150 international speakers including high-level executives, TEDx speakers, researchers, tech experts and thought leaders. It also promises to be an opportunity to deepen one's knowledge of artificial intelligence (AI), capture the value of the fast-growing fintech, unleash the potential of new technologies, learn how to grow sustainable, anticipate cyber threats, drive better customer experiences, pierce the secrets of Web3 and cryptocurrencies and explore health technologies.
All these topical issues will be addressed on two main stages where visitors will listen to the expertise of international experts including: ethical hacker Bryan Seely; Florence Verzelen (Dassault Systèmes); Caroline Le Masne (Vivendi); TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief, Mike Butcher; Pascal Steichen (European Cybersecurity Competence Centre); Bea Longworth (NVIDIA); Jérémie Rosselli (N26); Sara Berujon (JP Morgan); Michela Lecce (Microsoft, Women for Security); Emmanuel Moyrand (META France); Aurore Géraud (L'Atelier BNP Paribas); Vladimir Vulic (TEDx Speaker); Olivier Madden (Google).
Moreover, this year, ICT Spring will host for the first time a "Beer Summit", giving the opportunity to network in a business-friendly environment.
The programme also features an opportunity for students following tech and/or cybersecurity classes to meet with companies looking for new talents.
The organisers noted that ICT Spring has received the support of the Luxembourg Government, local institutions and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Luxembourg Trade offices have helped bring in delegations from overseas.
Further details, including registration, are available online at www.ictspring.com.