8th Infocom World Albania 2017
The Leading Path to Innovation
With great success and a high attendance with more than 600 delegates, the 8th Infocom World Albania, was organized on the 5th of April, at “The Plaza Tirana” Hotel, under the title “The Leading Path to Innovation”, by BiZZ Shpk, Albanian Innovation Foundation in close collaboration with Protik. Special attention was dedicated to this event, by the Minister for Innovation & Public Administration of Albania, Ms. Harito & the Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Republic of Kosovo, Ms. Gashi.
This year’s agenda was focused in e-Services and Innovative Business Solutions. Being that the transformation of the physical products to service products has been enabled and hasten by electronic networks since the beginning of the 90’s, for firms to garner long-term customer relationships they must take full advantage of the e-service opportunities that these electronic networks can offer. The application of the Information – Telecommunication Solutions, based on cloud, represent the backbone of a new generation of employees, the daily work of which, won’t be based on their physical presence in the office and work space. This approaches were the focus of the opening speeches of the first session, by complimentary speakers such as Mr. Williams (UNDP Resident Representative in Albania), Mr. Joun (CEO of Aleat) and Mr. Zotaj (Head of IT for Raiffeisen).
At this year’s edition, the “Leader’s Summit” was reintroduced under the motto: “Who is Leading the Innovation”. This session was opened by the international key speaker, Mr. Ketan Makwana, with a deep background in “Disruptive Businesses”, entrepreneurship and coaching. Mr. Makwana is the founder of Enterprise Lab (UK), an agency focusing on Mindset, Attitude & Behavior. He is also a special adviser for the UK Prime Minister regarding Youth & Education issues.
The session was followed by a round table, moderated by the well known journalist, Mr. Blendi Salaj, with the presence of Mr. Çalaj (General Director of ASIG), Mr. Gjonaj (Founder & CEO of Digicom), Mr. Llukmani (e-service Manager of ALEAT), Mr. Kola (Director of Development and Monitoring of Standards for ADISA), Mr. Shima (Digital Banking Project Manager for Raiffeisen Bank) & Mr. Kanini (Enterprise Solution Manager for Vodafone), where important issues of the ICT Sector in the Albanian Market where discussed, in terms of innovation, service, customer approach and more.
The closing session, was the platform introducing innovative solutions and new model of business making. Opening of this session was made by Mr. Aco Vidovic, a pioneer of Innovation Centers for IBM, with more than 20 years of experience in the global leading organization (IBM). He focused on the artificial intelligence and the well known “Watson”. Other speakers focused on their innovative solutions and their strategy of “injecting” them in the actual market. Such specialists represented well knwon organizations and companies like Schneider Electric (Mr. Koleka), Singular Logic (Mr. Pavlidis), Infigo IS (Mr. Maric), Easy Pay & RIA (Ms. Shomo) & Semos Education (Mr. Todorovski).
The overall experience of the Conference was very positive, shown by the high attendance and the level of networking, with the integration of the expo, organized in the Hall, where most notable companies had their own booths, in promoting services and solutions.
The 8th infocom World Albania, closed the event for this year, to leave space to the next event to be organized by Bizz Shpk & Albanian Innovation Foundation, the “3rd Infocom Security Forum”, scheduled for November 2017, where specialist of the Information & Cyber Security sector, will gather to discuss regarding the ever-changing environment of this sector.
09:30 – 10:00 – Registrations & Morning Coffee
10:00 – 11:00 – Session 1: The New Paradigm of eServicesMilena Harito, Minister of Innovation & Public Administration Besa Zogaj Gashi, Deputy Minister of Economic Development
Brian J. Williams, Resident Representative in Albania, UNDP
Jean Alain Jouan, CEO, Aleat
Enkelejd Zotaj, Head of IT, Raiffeisen Bank
11:00 – 13:00 – Session 2: Leaders Summit – Who is driving Innovation?
Lorenc Çala, General Director, ASIG
Marin Gjonaj, Founder & CEO, Digicom
Lorenc Llukmani, e-services Manager, Aleat
Erkand Kola, Director of Development & Monitoring Standards, ADISA
Andi Shima, Digital Banking Project Manager, Raiffeisen Bank
Julian Kanini, Enterprise Solution Manager, Vodafone
13:00 – 13:30 Coffee Break
13:30 – 15:00 – Session 3: Business (not) as usual…Aco Vidovic, Manager of IBM Innovation Centers, IBM
George Pavlidis, Senior Account Manager Telco Segment, Singular Logic
Ervin Koleka, IT Business Sales Manager, Schneider Electric
Davor Maric, Business Development Lead, Infigo IS
Linda Shomo, CEO, Easy Pay & RIA
Ceko Todorovksi, Sales Executive, Semos Education 15:00 – 16:00 Lunch Break