The European CIO Conference | Conference 2018
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5th and 6th December 2018


The Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

Welcome to the 18th edition of the European CIO Annual Conference


Businesses and IT organizations are all in transformation these days and have to manage the ever growing expectations of customers and markets as well as the paradigm shifts that may threaten the business and the credibility of IT. The potential of digital for companies  is still not fully exploited yet, but some enterprises are already looking beyond.


In addition, challenges  will be encountered in domains of skills, availability of skills, technical environment with slow cloud adoption and various technical choices. There is still an increasing demand for IT professionals who can deliver quality and value to organization.


The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. The European Commission estimates that completing the Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to Europe’s economy, create 3.8 million jobs and transform public services. In addition, many future jobs will require information and communications technologies (ICT) skills, rendering the process of acquiring digital skills an imperative.


Freddy Van den Wyngaert
General Secretary
EUROCIO Association


Wednesday 5th December 2018


09:00–10:00    Welcoming of Participants
Registration, information, handouts, coffee service


10:00–10:15    Word of Welcome and Introduction
Dorothee Appel, COO IT, ING Bank, Chairman of the 18th edition


10:15–11:00    Keynote address


11:00–11:30    CIO Case study
Michael G. Cole, CTO, European Tour and Ryder Cup 2018


11:30–12:30    Parallel workshops sessions
Introduction and Warm-up


12:30–14:00    Lunch


14:00–16:30    Parallel workshops sessions (cont’d)


16:30–17:00    Coffee Break


17:00–17:30    “Office of the future”
Markus Ehret & Klaus Deibel, Robert Bosch GmbH
Sponsored by L.R.S.


17:30–18:00    Keynote address
Chris Boos, Thought leader of AI and member of the “Digitalrat” of the German government


18:00–19:30    Association’s General Assembly (members only)


20:00–20:30    Cocktail Hour


20:30–23:00    Gala Dinner

Thursday 6th December 2018


07:30–08:30    Breakfast


08:30–09:15    CIO Testimonial


09:15–09:45    CIO Case study


09:45–10:30    Innovative solutions
Start-up introduction by a CIO, use case


10:30–11:00    Coffee Break


11:00–13:00    Workshops’ Synthesis


13:00–14:30    Lunch


14:30–15:15    Fostering digital skills for competitiveness and growth
André Richier, Principal Administrator, European Commission


15:15–16:00    CIO Testimonial


16:00–16:15    Conclusion and Close of Conference
Freddy Van den Wyngaert, Secretary General, European CIO Association