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Polish Swiss Innovation Day
   
The Polish-Swiss Innovation Day 2017 was held at Warsaw University of Technology – the third conference pertaining to innovation organised by the Swiss Embassy and the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. This year, experts discussed creating and developing digital ecosystems in Poland.

The conference, which was held on 23rd of May at Warsaw University of Technology's Technology Transfer and Innovation Management Centre, aimed to highlight the importance of digitisation which continues to forge ahead and to discuss the best methods for efficiently developing an effective digital ecosystem in order to enjoy a significant competitive advantage in the future. Efforts have been made by both Switzerland and Poland in order to establish it, to discover its potential and to identify the associated dangers.

The Polish-Swiss Innovation Day provided an opportunity to compare digitisation models in the two countries and to share experiences within this scope. Experiences of top Swiss companies (ABB, Nestlé), digital leaders in their respective sectors were presented to Polish-Swiss Innovation Day participants.

"The Polish economy together with its public administration are ready to implement the new technologies into our lives. The right opportunities are all that is needed. Mobile technologies are of key importance; we not only use technology clouds, but also fogging and artificial intelligence," said Anna Streżyńska, Minister of Digital Affairs. "When using state of the art technologies and digital solutions, we should not overlook the people, as our mission entails delivering jobs, new services and professional opportunities, as well as making lives more comfortable," emphasised the Minister.

Aleksander Bobko, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education compared the current technological revolution with the situation which our ancestors faced thousands of years ago, when they started gathering around fires and began living more settled rather than nomadic lifestyles. "Now we are gathering around the "fire" of new technologies and digitisation, both of which provide immense opportunities to create spaces for local communities. However, we should not forget that they can also be highly addictive, the source of a new drug and carry numerous risks," said Bobko.

"Today, digitalisation and new technologies allow billions of people around the world to stay in touch. We are witnessing the fourth industrial revolution and a true transformation of our way of life. Practically all of its aspects are affected by new technologies and ground-breaking discoveries,"said Andrej Motyl, the Swiss Ambassador in Poland.

Dr Jovan Kurbalija of DiploFoundationm, chief of the Geneva Internet Platform also talked about the opportunities and challenges posed by the digital transformation. "Currently approximately half of diplomacy-related digitalisation development projects are initiated in Geneva," said Kurbalija. Christian Wenger, Digital Switzerland President, Magdalena Borowik, advisor to the Minster of Digital Affairs, Robert Firmhofer, Copernicus Science Centre Director, Aleksander Kutela, Onet Group President and Joanna Konopko, a founder of a start-up and a representative of the scientific circles discussed becoming one of the digital economies.

Polish-Swiss Innovation Day experts and participants also discussed the strategies for shaping a digital ecosystem, the future of man-machine interfaces and the resulting business models as well as the use of digital transformation to establish powerful business brands. Inspiration drawn from the scientific environment, the role of universities in creating a digital ecosystem, the effects of technological transformations on teaching methods or digital exclusion as a danger for the society and politics were also a relevant part of the discussion.