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The Future of NGI @ 4YFN

February 27, 2019 @ 10:30 - 11:00

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) workshop “The Future of NGI” will be hosted by NGI Outreach coordinator, Dr Monique Calisti (CEO of Martel Innovate). The workshop will feature inspiring innovators who will debate and explore the main challenges and opportunities to shape the internet of the future. We will talk technology, policy and citizen empowerment.

Developing technology that is human-centric by design and function is a core pillar of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative.  The movement is gathering researchers that are trying to develop and deploy technologies for a more secure, trustworthy, inclusive, open and performant internet.

In The Future of NGI Workshop, we will host an expert panel to discuss the future of the human-centric internet.

Our expert panel will each take five minutes to present their views on where the European research and innovation challenges and opportunities lie in the next 10-20 years and present their “Internet 2030” vision in the context of the Next Generation Internet initiative. The panel includes:

  • The Next Generation Internet – When humans do it better by Monique Calisti, CEO at Martel Innovate and NGI Outreach coordinator
  • Data futures and emerging business models – Putting humans at the centre by Mara Balestrini, CEO at Ideas for Change
  • Building desirable futures – Moonshots for Europe by Harald Neidhardt, CEO & Curator, Futur/io; CEO & Curator, MLOVE, Hamburg
  • Bridging the gap between the outputs of scientific research and the inputs needed by NGI innovators by Marc Torrens, Professor of Operations, Innovation and Data Science at ESADE Business School, Co-founder and Board Member at Strands, Inc.
  • Next generation smart connectivity – the backbone of the future Internet society by Sergi Figuerola Fernandez, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, i2CAT


Entrepreneur and ICT professional featuring a digital soul and consolidated hands-on experience in R&D innovation management and funding, technical & strategic consulting, communication and dissemination, social media marketing, as well as business development for innovative software solutions and products across several industry segments.

Monique Calisti is specialized in European Commission funding, as well as national and international grant programmes and support to innovative SMEs and Startups, with extensive domain knowledge in Next Generation Internet technologies, Digital Social Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities, 5G / wireless technologies, large-scale experimentation, Multi-Agent Systems.

Before joining Martel in 2010 as Senior Consultant and Project Manager, she worked for Whitestein Technologies as Vice President of R&D delivering extensive input to strategic business planning, development and organization Monique holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.

On Twitter: @moniquecalisti

Mara is a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and a technology strategist. She is the CEO of Ideas for Change, an innovation agency advising cities, businesses and institutions. Mara’s work sits at the intersection of civic technology, data, co-creation and Action Research. She has authored over 25 publications on these subjects and coordinated projects such as Making Sense EU, Bristol Approach and #DataFutures. Mara is also a co-founder of SalusCoop, the first Spanish cooperative for citizens’ health data. Mara earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL). She also holds a BA in Audiovisual Communications and a MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media. She is Senior Faculty at the IAAC and a visiting lecturer at the the Royal College of Art (RCA).

Her work has been awarded at ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, Ars Electronica, among others, and featured in international media such as the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times and El País.

On Twitter: @marabales

“We live in times of unprecedented change & opportunity. Together, we can create a new generation of European leadership for a better tomorrow.”

Harald is passionate about meaning in technology, the future of exponential technologies and its opportunities for society, brands and entrepreneurs – especially in Europe.

Together with a select group of an inspiring futurist faculty, leading innovators and creative minds, he has launched futur/io Institute, a new platform and community for European innovation leaders to help co-create a vision for desirable futures.
For MLOVE, Harald created M – the MLOVE Forum, as an unconventional event series that brings together innovators for inspiring events at amazing locations.

Harald is a Singularity University alumnus and has spoken on Innovation at events, including TEDx, SXSW, SingularityU Summit (NL/USA), Wired, Next, MWC/4YFN and is a speaker at corporate executive events.

On Twitter: @hneidhardt

On Twitter: @futur_io

Marc Torrens is a Computer Science engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Barcelona) and holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne).

Marc has published more than 20 papers in international conferences and journals, and is the inventor of more than 20 patents on recommendation and personalization technologies. He also co-chaired the ACM Conference on Recommender systems in 2010 with more than 400 experts from the academy and the industry. He also regularly participates as reviewer in several international conferences on Artificial Intelligence. His research focusses on how Artificial Intelligence can be applied to solve problems business and people are facing. Marc is convinced AI technology will help humans to overcome some of the challenges we always had and dramatically improve our lives.

Rather than following a traditional academic career, Marc spent more than 20 years creating startups around Artificial Intelligence. He cofounded Strands, Inc. in 2004, an established and recognized global Fintech company working for top tier banks worldwide including Barclays, Deutsche Bank, BBVA, ING, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas, Santander, Discount Bank, just to mention a few. From 2004 to 2018, Marc has been working at Strands as Chief Innovation and Product Officer and currently serves the company as member of the Board of Directors. One of the most remarkable achievements of the company was to build a portfolio of 20+ patents around recommendation technology that was acquired by Apple, Inc.

His genuine motivation is to bridge the gap between the outputs of scientific research and the inputs needed by real-world AI systems. Marc is passioned about bringing all his state-of-the-art knowledge in Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship to ESADE to develop brilliant managers, executives and entrepreneurs that transform the world in which we live.

For further information, please visit marctorrens.net

Dr. Sergi Figuerola is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at i2CAT since May 2013, founder member of 5GBarcelona and Coordinator of the 5G PPP 5GCity project. He is MSc and PhD in Telecommunication Engineering by the Theory and Signal Communications department of the UPC and Masters in Project Management from La Salle (URL). He joined i2CAT in 2004 as Network Technologies Area Coordinator, becoming Director of the Distributed Applications and Networks Area on 2010. From 2001 to 2004 he worked as researcher within the optical communications group of the UPC. At i2CAT he is in charge of the strategy of the different Technology Research Areas and the Innovation Business Units. For the last 14 years he has acted as Project Coordinator, Technical Manager and work package leader in several EC research projects, and participated in more than 50 papers. His main research interests are related to 5G, new architectures, Future Internet and Open Innovation.

On Twitter: @sfiguerola


February 27, 2019
10:30 - 11:00
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Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, s/n, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
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