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DAY ONE, SEPTEMBER 30

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – WELCOME FROM POLITICO & OPENING INTERVIEW WITH Q&A – EUROPE’S ROLE IN THE AI WORLD ORDER

With Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president for a Europe fit for the digital age, European Commission

Moderator: Mark Scott, chief technology correspondent, POLITICO

2:30 PM – 2:35 PM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “EU-US”

2:40 PM – 3:05 PM – ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW – THE U.S. APPROACH TO AI

With Michael Kratsios, The United States chief technology officer, The White House*

Moderator: Nicholas Vinocur, technology editor, POLITICO

3:05 PM – 3:10 PM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “AI global balance of power”

3:15 PM – 3:50 PM – PANEL DISCUSSION – AN OUTLOOK OF WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS THE GLOBE

  • What is happening across the globe (U.S., China, EU, Africa, other regions)? Where do the AI superpowers stand, and what makes them powerful?
  • What is at stake in the global AI race to the top?
  • AI & geopolitics: How is AI redefining the global balance of power? What are the key alliance that are emerging worldwide? Is Europe on the map?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, deputy secretary general, OECD; former permanent secretary of state for foreign affairs, Denmark
  • Kaimar Karu, minister of foreign trade and information technology, Government of Estonia
  • Ami Appelbaum, chairman, Israel innovation authority, ministry of economy, Government of Israel

Moderator: Nicholas Vinocur, technology editor, POLITICO

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM – WHY DOES AI MATTER? A CONCRETE VIEW ON AI AND EPIDEMICS

  • How can AI technology help policymakers prevent, anticipate or answer global crisis?

4:15 PM –4:20 PM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “Mapping the boundaries of AI”

4:25 PM – 4:50 PM – LOOKING FORWARD – THE NEXT FRONTIER IN AI TECHNOLOGY: WHAT ARE THE LIMITS?

  • What is the role of policymakers in making AI more human-centered?
  • Should AI development be limited? Facial recognition uses and (non)regulation: is there a red line? Who should decide which uses of AI are appropriate, and which ones are not?
  • Who should carry out the modifications of professional standards for software developers?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Joanna Bryson, professor of ethics and technology, Hertie School of Governance
  • Max Welling, research chair in machine learning, University of Amsterdam; senior fellow, Canadian institute for advanced research (CIFAR); vice president technologies, Qualcomm

Moderator: Janosch Delcker, AI correspondent, POLITICO       

5:00 PM – 5:25 PM CROSS-LOOKS – AI, LOST IN TRANSLATION?

  • Is AI a cultural matter?
  • Does the definition of “trustworthy” differ from a country to another, and how does it impact AI development across the globe?
  • When talking about developing a global agenda for AI, what values and whose values should we have as the basis for developing cross-national harmonization and how?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Nicolas Miailhe, Co-founder & President, The Future Society, AI Initiative
  • Song Bing, Vice President, Berggruen Institute, Director, China Center

Moderator: Laura Kayali, technology reporter, POLITICO

DAY TWO, OCTOBER 1

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM – WELCOME FROM POLITICO & OPENING REMARKS by GLOBAL LEADING PARTNER

With Wassim Chourbaji, senior vice president for government affairs, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Qualcomm

9:15 AM – 9:20 AM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “Europe’s approach to AI”

9:25 AM – 9:55 AM – OPENING INTERVIEW – BUILDING A EUROPEAN APPROACH TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

With Didier Reynders, European commissioner for justice

Moderator: Mark Scott, chief technology correspondent, POLITICO

9:55 AM – 10:00 AM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “Data strategies”

10:05 AM – 10:40 AM – JOINT MINISTERIAL INTERVIEW

Confirmed speakers:

  • Philippe De Backer, minister of digital agenda, Government of Belgium
  • Manuel Heitor, minister for science, technology & higher education, Government of Portugal
  • Mona Keijzer, state secretary for economic affairs, Government of the Netherlands*

Moderator: Laurens Cerulus, senior policy reporter, POLITICO

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM  – POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE INSIGHTS – AI AND THE EU: WHAT THE DATA SAY

By Cornelius Hirsch, intelligence analyst, POLITICO

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “Europe’s competitiveness”                     

11:10 AM – 12:30 PM – STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE

 The strategic roundtable will bring together 10 anchor participants – senior leaders in their fields – for a deep-dive moderated discussion on important topics and will inform the discussions later in the day. Summit’s attendees will be invited to observe the discussion and to engage via an audience interaction platform, where they will be able to ask questions or post comments.

  • Is Europe striking the right balance between hard rules and guiding principles? How can the bloc maintain a global competitive edge?
  • What are the EU’s policy priorities to boost Europe’s AI industry, while complying with European ethical standards?
  • How challenging is the implementation of a cross-border and coordinated European approach? What is being done to overcome those challenges and will member states eventually take the lead?

11:10 AM – 11:20 AM – STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE OPENING INTERVIEW

With Fabrice Brégier, president, Palantir France

11:20 AM – 12:30 PM – STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE

Confirmed anchor-participants:

  • Cédric Archambeau, principal applied scientist, machine learning, Amazon
  • Eline Chivot, senior policy analyst, Center for Data Innovation
  • Katleen Gabriels, assistant professor, Department of FASoS, Maastricht University
  • Christine Hennion, member of the French Parliament; member of the French-German joint AI working group
  • Eva Kaili, member of the European Parliament (S&D, Greece); Chair, Center for Artificial Intelligence, C4AI
  • Malte Lohan, director general, Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries
  • Dr Natasha McCarthy, head of policy, data, The Royal Society
  • Nicolas Miailhe, co-founder and president, The Future Society
  • Clayton Bartolo, parliamentary secretary for financial services and digital economy, Gov. of Malta*
  • Philipp Slusallek, scientific director, DFKI (German Research Center for AI)
  • Lucilla Sioli, director in charge of AI and industrial strategy, DG CNECT, European Commission

Moderator: Janosch Delcker, AI correspondent, POLITICO

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: LUNCH BREAK & ONLINE NETWORKING

The audience is encouraged to join one of the lunch e-breakout sessions on a specific AI-related topic

e-breakout session 1 **AI & ETHICS**

e-breakout session 2 **AI FOR GOOD**

e-breakout session 3 **AI IMPLEMENTATION**

1:15 PM 1:55 PM – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION – OVERCOMING THE BIASES OF AI

  • How is AI perceived by society and how should this impact the way we regulate?
  • Under which principles should AI technology be developed and deployed, to adheres to European values and be designed in a way that prevents from causing harm?
  • Can standards and testing for AI, that enable to identify algorithm bias and work against it, be developed? 

 Confirmed speakers:

  • Alexandra Geese, member of the European Parliament (Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany)
  • Katarzyna Szymielewicz, human rights activist, lawyer and president of the Panoptykon Foundation
  • Jan Kleijssen, director of information society and action against crime, Council of Europe
  • Norberto Andrade, global policy lead for digital and AI ethics, Facebook

Moderator: Laurens Cerulus, senior policy reporter, POLITICO

1:55 PM – 2:00 PM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “Challenges of AI implementation”

2:05 PM – 2:45 PM – PANEL DISCUSSION 1 – THE INSIDE VIEW: DIVING INTO AI CORPORATE IMPLEMENTATION

  • How can the transition of this new industrial revolution be managed? What are CTOs currently working on? What’s next?
  • Cost reduction, revenue growth, productivity increase, customer experience improvement, cyber and security risks… what are the biggest challenges and opportunities?
  • What industries are already being affected and which ones are next?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Abraham Liu, vice-president European Region, Huawei
  • Sabine Everaet, chief information officer EMEA, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Reinier Schlatmann, chief executive officer for Central and Eastern Europe, Philips
  • Meriem Riadi, chief digital officer, Suez

Moderator: Mark Scott, chief technology correspondent

2:45 PM – 2:50 PM – AUDIENCE POLL: Theme “The role of regulation”

2:55 PM – 3:30 PM – PANEL DISCUSSION 2 – AI NATIONAL STRATEGIES: THE VIEWS FROM MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTS

  • Four MPs from different nationalities will share their insights on stage on the main features of their country’s AI national strategy and explore the potential for cross-collaboration opportunities.
  • What are national countries doing in terms of AI in the European context?
  • What are the areas where European countries are already collaborating and what is next?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Christine Hennion, member of the French Parliament; member of the French-German joint AI working group
  • Lord Tim Clement-Jones, CBE, former chair, House of Lords select committee on AI & co-chair of All-Party parliamentary group on AI, U.K. House of Lords
  • Alessandro Fusacchia, member of the Italian Parliament, chairman of the interparliamentary croup on AI

Moderator: Janosch Delcker, AI correspondent, POLITICO

3:40 PM – 4:30 PM – ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Participants will be able to select one of the roundtables and join the virtual discussion on the roundtable theme. Hosted by a POLITICO journalist, each session features co-chairs to lead the discussion. This is an ideal format to gain insight into specific issues through solution-oriented discussions.  

  • What are the EU and member states doing to facilitate access to capital, data and skills, needed to develop strong AI solutions?

ROUNDTABLE 1

ACCESS TO DATA  

  • Unity is strength: What are the EU and member states doing to remove data barriers and facilitate access to data for AI researchers, developers, and entrepreneurs in Europe?
  • Two years into its implementation, what impact has GDPR had on access to, and on the use of data for AI? 
  • To what degree are European companies operating at a disadvantage to their competitors outside of the EU? 

Confirmed co-chairs:

  • Ali Shah, head of technology, U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Damian Boeselager, member of the European Parliament (Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany)
  • Elettra Ronchi, senior policy analyst, OECD

Moderator: Laurens Cerulus, senior policy reporter, POLITICO

ROUNDTABLE 2

ACCESS TO CAPITAL 

  • What should be done to secure access to capital for the EU AI ecosystem?
  • How can Europe’s AI industry attract more funds?
  • Can Europe open up further to foreign investments?
  • AI, an emerging technology: are investors willing to take on higher risks?

Confirmed co-chairs:

  • Nicolas Brien, chief executive officer, France Digitale
  • Pierre Pozzi, chairman and CEO, Worldstone Ventures
  • Erik Stadigh, investor, Crane Venture Partners

Moderator: Melissa Heikkilä, technology reporter, POLITICO

ROUNDTABLE 3

ACCESS TO TALENT  

  • How can the growth of the AI talent be maintained, all while ensuring that AI is not only developed by a selected few?
  • How to make sure cutting-edge programmers and developers aren’t leaving Europe after graduating to American and Chinese companies?
  • What are the skills needed for the future? How to strengthen AI skills in education?

Confirmed co-chair:

  • Prof. dr. Mark Levels, program director at the research center for education and the labor market, Maastricht University; consortium leader, Technequality

Moderator: Laura Kayali, technology reporter, POLITICO

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM – PUB QUIZ AND CLOSING REMARKS FROM POLITICO

The participants will have the opportunity to show off their knowledge on AI and what they’d have learnt during the Summit by joining a fun, interactive and content-driven quiz while enjoying a glass of their favorite drink.

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