Sustainable Growth at the Interception of Technology and Innovation Ecosystems


May 18th – 29th 2020

What is the scope of the event?

As Agents of Innovation we need to do our part in addressing the societal challenges the planet faces and at least try to address some of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations in 2015. Our vision is to debate how new technology interceptions can support decent work and economic growth by creating new partnerships to achieve those goals. We choose to address HealthAgri-foodManufacturing and Sustainable Cities.

The CSS is an event financed by the DIATOMIC project – Digital Innovation Hubs boosting European Microelectronics Industry. DIATOMIC aims to establish a sustainable ecosystem to facilitate AME/SSI-based innovation in the Health, Agrifood and Manufacturing sectors, all of which are under-digitized and of prime importance for society and the economy. SMEs and mid-caps from all sectors — the appropriate innovation actors to conceptualise novel digital products, processes and business models — face several challenges. They have limited knowledge of what smart electronics and smart systems can do.

The Cycle will explore growth opportunities at the intersection of four areas of digitalization that are considered fundamental for growth: Artificial IntelligenceBlockchainInternet of Things and Cybersecurity, trying to demonstrate how combining elements of these technologies can tackle the needs of the four application domains.

Who are the participants of the CSS?


From the four industry domains to convey some of their pains and needs


That are already trying to combine the targeted technological areas to deliver innovative products and services


With multiple backgrounds to understand the opportunities they are looking for


To understand from a strategic point of view how cluster driven innovation and Digital Innovation Hubs can contribute to achieving the growth goals

During the two weeks of the Summit, keynote speakers and pitching sessions participants will address how the sustainable development goals are driving public policy, which are the key challenges in the four application domains and how different funding schemes can support innovation, how the interception of different technological areas are being used to foster growth.

The Cycle of Webinars Format

The agenda of the event tries to follow a journey from the strategic view of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the concrete needs that need to be addressed in the first week, how the key enabling technologies chosen can be used to contribute to addressing the needs and how these developments can be funded in the second week. The goal is to inspire participants in guiding their innovation activities, foster economic growth while contributing to the satisfaction of the SDGs.

Pre-booked brokerage slots are the common matchmaking opportunities for these types of events. The participants will apply to have a 2 minutes pitch about their company/product/service, what they are looking for and what they can offer, sharing their contacts to all the audience for getting in touch after the end of the session. 

The organization will invite a programme committee to ensure overall consistency. Members of this committee will chair the sessions. The format for all sessions will be very interactive between the speaker, moderator and the audience and will be composed by short presentations that should include interactive tools to allow feedback from the audience and Q&A followed by a round table between speakers. In order to achieve maximum impact, the session chair, the moderator, the speakers will be invited to meet ahead of the event and agree on the narrative to be conveyed. There will be five moderators, one for the plenary sessions, and one for each of the thematic sessions for both weeks. This approach will ensure a logical flow between sessions.

Plenary sessions will focus on cross-cutting issues. P1 will focus on the importance of the UN SDGs, EU Green Deal and how both will drive public policy. P2 will try to provide a broader perspective on the SDGs by addressing how partnerships and ethical issues must be considered from inception when trying to define new solutions. P3 will focus on examples of tech companies that are already using the 4 KETs to deliver value and foster growth and how inverters oversee it. P4 will focus on how the new partnerships, eventually developed during the event, can be used to develop new approaches, influence public policy and apply to public funding.

The sectorial sessions of week 1 (H1, A1, M1, S1) will focus on identifying challenges in each domain, Health, Agrifood, Manufacturing and Sustainable Cities, which will support the technological solutions discussions of the second week (H2, A2, M2, S2).

Your benefit as a participant:

  • Free registration and opportunity for diverse talks and sessions

  • Opportunity to participate in sessions with great speakers about the SDGs and how technology can boost solution

  • Find out new funding opportunities

  • Meet your peers in matchmaking sessions and make new partnerships

  • Unique chance to pitch to investors

See you at the Coimbra Sustainability Summit! Come and prepare your questions – and we will do our best to answer all of them!

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