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February 25

Growing Bitcoin Cities Across the Globe from Slovenia | GDPR Case Study - Airbnb

Dejan Roljic - Eligma (Ljubljana)
Polina Zvyagina - Airbnb (San Francisco)
Peter Fatelnig - Delegation of the European Union to the United States (Washington DC)

Session #6 shifts focus to the European bitcoin payments startup scene. Our kickoff speaker and founder, based in Ljubljana (Slovenia), will present a very exciting and unique initiative aimed at establishing 'bitcoin cities' across Southeast and Western Europe, as well as in Asia and North America. The session will also continue our prior examination of the EU GDPR data privacy regulations, and how these are affecting Silicon Valley company operations, with a case study of GDPR compliance at Airbnb. Finally, we are pleased to briefly present the EU's lead diplomat in the USA for digital policy, based in Washington DC, who will discuss recent legislative developments in Brussels.

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March 11

Mini-Summit : State and Future of the European Software Industry

Andy Bechtolsheim - Arista Networks | Sun Microsystems
Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy - Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern | TU Munich (Munich)
Toomas Hendrik Ilves - Former President of Estonia (Silicon Valley)
Frederique Dame - Ubisoft | GV (Invited)
Kwame Yamgnane - Ecole 42 USA (Silicon Valley)
Richard Socher - Salesforce (San Francisco)
Frederic Hanika - Software AG (Silicon Valley)
Reshma Sohoni - Seedcamp (London - Invited)
Xavier Wartelle - French Tech Hub (San Francisco)
Sergii Gorpynich - Cogniance (SV | Ukraine | Poland)
Henri Deshays - NewFund (Silicon Valley)
Burton Lee - Stanford (Silicon Valley)

Our final Session #8 - which will be extended to encompass a full three hours - addresses one of Europe's most critical challenges for the 21st Century - how to grow a domestic software industry that can compete globally with the United States and China. Our panel of distinguished speakers - founders, investors and scientists - will address the current state of Europe's software sector in selected countries, and then move to a wide-ranging discussion and debate about the path forward for Europe in software.

The session will touch on Europe's track record and roadmap in artificial intelligence (AI), Industry4.0, Internet-of-Things (IoT), embedded systems, cybersecurity, high performance computing (HPC), and data management practices and policies, but will move beyond this fragmented framework to a broader strategic consideration of the complete software industry. We shall pay particular attention to corporate valuations, economics, multipliers and job creation benefits associated with consumer software, enterprise software, gaming and social media platform business models. The economic cost and benefits of certain data protection and copyright regulations now being implemented in Europe - and their potential for retarding and shrinking demand for new software products and services - will also figure prominently in this first-of-its-kind Mini-Summit on Growing the European Software Industry.

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Sponsors 2019

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Center for Design Research (CDR), Design Group

Time | Directions

Mondays 4:30 - 5:50 pm | Winter Quarter
Hewlett Teaching Center | Auditorium 201
Stanford University, Engineering Campus
370 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Free On-Campus Parking from 4pm Onwards
Parking and On-Campus Directions

Schedule 2019 - Year Ten

January 7

Czech Republic : Startups & Tech Ecosystems in Central Europe

Course Introduction & Logistics
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Hubert Palan - Prague | Silicon Valley

CEO & Founder

@ProductBoard || @HPalan

January 14

Berlin : New Mobile Banking Unicorns & EU GDPR Data Privacy Update

Session #2 Introduction & Logistics
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Nicolas Kopp - NYC | Berlin


@n26 || @NiccKopp
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Mirena Taskova - Silicon Valley

Senior Associate & Privacy Advisor

@Fieldfisher || @MirenaTaskova

January 28

Flanders : From WW1 Battlefields to Global Leadership in Enterprise Software & Semiconductors

Session #3 Introduction
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Hendrik Isebaert - Gent BE

Vice President - Sales

@Showpad || @HIsebaert
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Dirk Wauters - Leuven BE

CEO (Emeritus) | Media & Software Executive

Siemens Networks Belgium
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Nathalie Delrue-McGuire - San Francisco

Honorary Consul of Belgium (SF & Silicon Valley) | Board Member & Co-Founder

BelCham Bay Area
@BelchamUS || @Nathalie_SF

February 4

Turkey : Innovation Ecosystem, Family Enterprises, Wellness Startups & University Accelerators

Session #4 Introduction
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Miray Tayfun - Silicon Valley | Istanbul

CEO & Co-Founder

@VivooApp || @MirayTayfun
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Ege Ertem - Silicon Valley | Istanbul

General Partner

Zorlu Ventures
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Aysegül Ildeniz - Silicon Valley

Chair | Board Member

TÜSIAD Silicon Valley Network (Turkish Industry & Business Assn) | Eczacibasi | Zorlu Holding
@TusiadUS || @AyseIldeniz
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Elif Ceylan - Silicon Valley | Istanbul

Managing Director, North America

ITÜ ARI Teknokent - Innogate

February 11

European Corporate Venture Capital : Aerospace & Energy

Session #5 Introduction
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Luka Tomljenovic - Silicon Valley


Airbus Ventures
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François Badoual - France


Total New Energies Ventures USA
@Total || @FrancoisBadoual

February 25

Slovenia : Bitcoin Consumer Payments & GDPR Compliance Case Study

Session #6 Introduction
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Dejan Roljic - Slovenia

CEO & Founder

@EligmaCom || @Tibute
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Polina Zvyagina - USA

Counsel - Product Privacy

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Peter Fatelnig - Austria

Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy

Delegation of the European Union to the United States
@EUintheUS || @PeterFatelnig

March 4

Madrid : Cybersecurity Startup Exits, VC & Spain's Tech Ecosystem

Session #7 Introduction
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Julio Casal - Madrid

Founder & CTO || CEO & Co-Founder

4iQ || AlienVault
@4iQ || @AlienVault || @JulioCasa4iQ
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Nico Goulet - Madrid

Managing Partner

Adara Ventures
@AdaraVentures || @NRGoulet

March 11

Mini-Summit : Growing Europe's Software Industry : Opportunities & Challenges

Session #8 Introduction
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Broy - Munich

Founding President & Scientific Director

Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern
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Andreas Bechtolsheim - Silicon Valley

Co-Founder & Investor

Sun Microsystems || Arista Networks
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves - Silicon Valley

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Hoover Institution || President of Estonia (2006-2016)
@StanfordCISAC || @IlvesToomas
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Frederique Dame - Silicon Valley (Invited)

Board Member | Partner

Ubisoft || GV
@GVteam || @fffabulous
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Kwame Yamgnane - SV | Paris

Co-Founder | Managing Director

Ecole 42 USA
@42SiliconValley || @Kwame42
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Richard Socher - San Francisco

Chief Scientist

@Salesforce || @RichardSocher
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Frederic Hanika - Silicon Valley

Head of M&A and Ventures

Software AG
@SoftwareAG || @FeedSH
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Reshma Sohoni - London (Invited)

Founding Partner

@SeedCamp || @RSohoni
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Xavier Wartelle - San Francisco


French Tech Hub
@FrenchTechHub || @XWartelle
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Sergii Gorpynich - SV | Ukraine | Poland


@Cogniance || @SergiiGorpynich
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Henri Deshays - Silicon Valley


@Newfund || @HDeshays
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Burton Lee - Silicon Valley

Lecturer - European Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stanford Mechanical Engineering
@Europreneurs || @BurtonLee

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