Tues Apr 2


19:00

Meet and Greet

Wed Apr 3


09:00

YLF Opening Remarks

09:15

Welcome Message from the Organisers

09:15

How to get funds for your ideas?

Nóra Jeney
Deputy Head of Department of International Affairs
National Research, Development and Innovation Office

Annamária Steiner-Isky
Advisor, International Governance and Public Policy Scholarships
Prime Minister's Office

László Kocsis
Interim Chief Financial Officer
IKO Ltd

Gergely Bőhm
Head of Secretariat of International Relations, National Contact Point
European Research Council


In Cooperation with the New Generation Centre

It is not easy to navigate in the world of funds and scholarship opportunities. The aim of this panel is to invite decision makers from the world of grants and funds to offer YLF participants useful pieces of advice on how to prepare a successful application, and get financial support for their ideas.

10:30

Break

10:40

Leadership Seminar Part I

How to (re)gain trust in the era of uncertainty?

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still


As potential leaders of tomorrow, it is important not just to successfully coordinate a project, but it is also crucial to be a responsible and honest leader. In this workshop, participants will learn about skills and capacities that can help them stay reliable in the age of fake information and continuous uncertainty.

12:00

Lunch

13:00

How democratic is e-democracy? Digital innovation and political participation in the 21st century

Dr Ralf Lindner
Coordinator for Technology Assessment and Governance
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research

Mete Coban
Chief Executive
MyLifeMySay

Alessandro D’Onofrio
International Relations Manager
Antall József Knowledge Centre

Philip Boucher
Policy Analyst
European Parliamentary Research Service


One of the main topics of this year’s YLF is the connection between digital innovation and political participation. How do Facebook and other shared information influence our political participation? How can e-vote shape democracy? With the contribution of internationally-acknowledged experts, participants will have a chance to discuss issues and questions related to digital innovation and political activities.

14:20

Break

14:30

Workshop

How does fake news affect our political behaviour?

Milos Gregor
Researcher
International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University


“Fake news” are “false, often sensational information disseminated under the guise of news” (Colling dictionary) which are part of our everyday life. Technology is the most effective disseminator of fake news and disinformation, but, on the other hand, it also offers solutions to fight against them. The examples of the last elections in the US, the Brexit, and fears about the effects of Russian disinformation in Central Europe show us the ways in which fake news can define and have impact on our political decisions. One of the authors of the book Nejlepsí kniha o fake news (Best book about fake news – Cpress, 2018) will guide you into the world of fake information, and show you good practices of how to avoid being deceived.

17:00

Leadership Seminar Part II

How to impress someone in an elevator?

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still


Preparation for the Three-Minute Challenge

Thurs Apr 4


09:30

Leadership Talks Series

Dr Zoltán Cséfalvay
Senior Scientist
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission


The aim of YLF is to present young professionals with a good example, a role model who can inspire them in their career path. It is an opportunity for the participants to have a face-to-face conversation with a senior expert and ask their questions, while they can also get a vision about their own future career.

10:30

Future-proof Urban Space and Innovation in Housing – (Central) European Trends

Hanna Szemző
Managing Director
Metropolitan Research Institute

Milota Sidorova
Co-Founder
Women Public Space Prague

Attila Sándor
CEO and Co-Founder
Tekrama

Borbála Jász
Assistan Lecturer
Budapest University of Technology and Economics


The increase of the population of bigger cities is a general European trend today. Cities have unique technological, architectural, and cultural qualities, and are important vehicles of economic development. Cities can be understood as centres of knowledge, innovation, and development. Housing plays a significant role in the future of cities and urban spaces, as housing today is a crucial part of consumer society, and it is closely connected to technology. This panel will overview current trends in housing and the ways in which they are affected by the innovation of urban spaces.

11:40

Lunch

12:30

Three-minute Challenge/Elevator Pitch

You have just run into your friend at the airport in Budapest you met during the workshop organised last summer in London for young innovators. After a pleasant small talk, she asks you about your new project you mentioned in London. You are ready to react quickly, but, then suddenly, a question comes to your mind: Ummm, where to start?

A wise person once apologised for his long letter written to his dear friend, and his excuse was that he did not have enough time to think, and structure his thoughts, that is the reason why his letter is so long. We believe that clever and smart messages are short, clear, and communicate the main message effectively.

The 3-minute challenge’s aim is to increase participants capacity to effectively explain their ideas, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist/semi-specialist audience. Learning the quintessence of this method will help our participants to develop not only their communicational skills, but also to think about their research in a more critical way, and successfully deliver their message to a broader audience.

14:30

Evaluation and Closing Remarks

17:00

Opening Remarks

Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky
Deputy Mayor
Municipality of the City of Budapest

HE Iain Lindsay
British Ambassador to Hungary

Tamás Menczer
State Secretary for Information and International Representation of Hungary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

17:15

Opening Lecture

Carole Mundell
Chief Scientific Advisor
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

18:00

Cultural Programme

18:40

Reception

Fri Apr 5


09:00

Opening Speech

Matthew Evans
Executive Director
TechUK

09:30

Keynote Speech

Innovative Digital Solutions in the 21st Century – Possibilities and Requirements in the Visegrad Region

Adam Cohen
Head of Economic Policy EMEA
Google

09:50

Panel I

Innovation Driven Solutions for an Interconnected Visegrad Region and Beyond

Frank Schneider
Head of Communication Unit
Interreg Central Europe Program

Artur Bobovnický
Director of Department of Innovation and International Relations
Slovenská Inovačná a Energetická Agentúra, Slovakia

Robert Kroplewski
Minister’s Plenipotentiary for Information Society
Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland

Adam Cohen
Head of Economic Policy EMEA
Google

György Bacsa
Senior Vice President, Group Strategic Operations and Corporate Development
MOL Group, Hungary


Questions for Discussion

  • Grassroot vs. top-down initiatives. How can governmental initiatives contribute to the development of research-based enterprises in the region?
  • Central Europe: an upcoming research hub of the 21st century – a dream or a possibility?
  • How could connectivity help the development of Central European R+I based companies?
  • Different stakeholders with one goal. What would be the ideal, most beneficial division of the EU’s different incentive actions and smart regulation on diverse – national, sub-regional, regional – levels?
  • Positive examples – where to look for inspiration?

11:00

Break

11:20

Keynote Speech

Kimmo Rönkä
Future Living Specialist
Housing Fair Finland Co-operative

11:40

Panel II

Our House, Our Castle – A European Home in the 21st Century

Kimmo Rönkä
Future Living Specialist
Housing Fair Finland Co-operative

Dr Akira Maeda
Program Officer/Research Supervisor, Department of R&D for Future Creation
Japan Science and Technology Agency

Matthew Evans
Executive Director
TechUK

Géza Németh
Head of Speech Communication and Smart Interactions Laboratory
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Bence Jenőfi
Head of Sales & Business Development
Sensonic Design


Questions for Discussion

  • In what ways can a smart home be beneficial for our everyday life?
  • How does sustainability intertwine with the building and planning process of a smart home?
  • What is the ground for privacy issues regarding integrated home systems?
  • How do digital homes influence our work/life balance?
  • What is the role of a sustainable neighbourhood in the creation of smart homes?

13:10

Lunch

14:10

Keynote Speech

Brian Matthews
Head of Transport Innovation
Milton Keynes City Council

14:30

Panel III

The Balance between Tradition and Innovation – City, Suburbs, Countryside

Zuzana Nehajová
Head of InnovEYtion Centre
Ernst&Young, Prague

Dr Zoltán Cséfalvay
Senior Scientist
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Brian Matthews
Head of Transport Innovation
Milton Keynes City Council

Llewelyn Morgan
Head of Innovation
Oxfordshire County Council

Éva Csobod
Senior Expert of Environment and Health
Regional Environmental Center, Hungary


Questions for Discussion

  • What role can smart transportation have in the optimisation of the three living spaces? How to “beat” the system of time- and energy consuming individual transportation?
  • The complementary/competing nature of different living environments in the Visegrad Countries – the quest for harmonious and sustainable solutions (Living conditions, pollution, life-expectancy at birth, self-perceived health).
  • Is there an optimal ratio for demographic division among habitation environments? How to boost a balanced distribution of residences and workplaces?

15:40

Keynote Lecture

Different Paths to Regional Integration and Development: The Experience of the GCC

Dr Ebtesam Al-Ketbi
President
Emirates Policy Centre

16:10

Break

16:30

Keynote Lecture

16:50

Panel IV

Securing our Democracies in the Digital Realm

Csaba Krasznay
Professor, Cybersecurity Academy
National University of Public Service

Jakob Bund
Research Associate
Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre, University of Oxford

Barbara Sztokfisz
Editor in Chief
European Cybersecurity Journal

HE Kristi Karelsohn
Estonian Ambassador to Hungary


Questions for Discussion

  • How can we protect elections from hackers?
  • Fake news and its effect – are there ways to stop it during election campaigns?
  • Which platforms promote informed electorates in the Visegrad and European countries?

18:00

Closing Remarks

A Glimpse into the Future