Day 1.

FUTURE OF JOBS AND COMPANIES

The European Union is a place that is historically bound to be associated with the development of modern technologies. For innovative startups, we usually have to look at the USA or Asian countries such as China or South Korea. The Czech Republic is preparing for automatization and robotization of work with a strategy called “The Country for The Future” which should place Czechia among the most innovative countries of Europe by 2030. 

Have we really “missed the boat” or it is just that the attractive and sharp little companies are not visible enough? Is Europe currently missing out on modern and purposeful industrial politics that could start up research and development? How global could Czech startup ambitions be?  And how is it going to influence the Czech economy, currently dependent mainly on the industrial politics, in the future? Do we need a state fund for startups? Are the state innovative strategies fulfilling?

 

FUTURE OF MOBILITY

The automotive industry utterly represents a key segment in the Czech export-oriented economy. Automotive constitutes nearly one quarter of the exports – which is almost ten percent of the Czech GDP – and it employs 150 thousand people. Nevertheless, its influence is much greater than these numbers indicate. Therefore, the new technologies arriving alongside with major changes are essential for our future prosperity, competitiveness and sustainable development. It is necessary to maintain and strengthen the position of the Czech automotive industry, not only on the European scene but also on the international level. Modern technologies such as digitalization, alternative propulsion systems (electromobility) and autonomous driving can be a threat and a big advantage for the Czech Republic at the same time. If the state creates convenient conditions, supports the private sector and establishes clear and effective rules, we can become one of the world leaders in the area of the development of the new means of mobility.

Are we fulfilling the memorandum made by the government with the Car Industry Association in 2017, in which the government promised to support digitalization, autonomous driving and electromobility? Why is it often said that we cannot build large infrastructure, such as high-speed rails?

 

FUTURE OF PAYMENTS: CASHLESS SOCIETY

Efficiency, technological progress, speed & reliability. These are some of the attributes that describe payments and transactions in a cashless society. Payment in cash have dominated for decades but have recently seen a decline with the advent of FinTech, more prominently cashless transactions and payments.

Leaving one to question, how far will cashless payments go in replacing hard currency within society? Eventually, streamlining to a completely cashless society will be inevitable as more businesses and consumers are opting for effective and secure payment methods. Or is it? Will all members of society be able and are ready for the possibility changes of becoming completely cashless? With a cashless society much more transparent, how will the lesser known shadow economy aspects cope? What risks and concerns are there for these elements that will resist, bypass and seek alternatives to a new norm of a cashless society? Discussions and polemics of the statements mentioned above will be part of the business breakfast program.

 

Day 2.

FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT AND DEMOCRACY

The European Commissioner of the Czech Republic, Věra Jourová, is in charge of “leading the job of the Commission in the area of the values and transparency” (a task given by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen) and, among other things, to protect the democratic system from external attacks. She should prepare legislation that will ensure greater transparency in the area of paid political advertising, fight against disinformation and propose regulatory intervention if needed.

What exactly will this mean and how will the work of the European Commissioner of the Czech Republic going to look like in the next few years? How are the characteristics of democracy and society changing after the introduction of social networks as a principal place where people exchange information? How should the European Union react to these and how is our democracy going to look like in the future?

FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN THE EU

Dynamic development of modern technologies, automatization and progressive digitalization represent instant challenges for the educational systems of all member states of the European Union. It is the transformations of the goals and the content of education alongside with the teaching methods themselves directly in schools that are the key instruments on how to be able to react to these phenomenon.

How will the education of our kids change regarding the development of digital literacy and digital competences in the Czech Republic, as well as in the other European countries?