19 June, 2015 – 11:00 to 20 June, 2015 – 11:30
Kempinski Hotel River Park Bratislava

DAY 1: 19 June 2015

Time: 11:00 – 17:00

Master of Ceremonies:

Michaela Jacová, Investment Manager, Neulogy Ventures, Bratislava

11:00 – 11:15     Opening Remarks:

Peter Pellegrini, Speaker, National Council of the Slovak Republic and Digital Champion, Bratislava

11:15 – 12:30     Discussion 1: The Startups of Visegrad – Why Regional Cooperation Matters

The vibrant startup ecosystems of the V4 countries make the Central European region one of the innovative centers of Europe. Yet, the V4 countries would benefit from a better coordination and cooperation among key stakeholders on the regional level, and a more visible V4 brand at places that matter. But how can the V4 countries coordinate on the regional level to boost the startup ecosystem together? Is a common regional platform in places like Silicon Valley viable? If so, is the Nordic cooperation a suitable case study for the V4 region?

Introductory Remarks:

Rastislav Chovanec, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic


Imre Hild, CEO, iCatapult, Budapest

Peter Balík, Senior State Counsellor, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Peter Gažík, former Project Lead, We4Startups, Bratislava

Burton Lee, Lecturer, European Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Stanford University, Stanford

Chair: Dániel Bartha, Executive Director, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, Budapest

12:30 – 14:00    Networking lunch at River Bank Restaurant (Hotel Kempinski)

14:00 – 15:15     Discussion 2: V4 Cyber Security Cluster: Boosting Regional Cybersecurity

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe spent half of the 20th century cut off from the rapidly developing free market economies. And yet, immediately after the world markets opened to them, companies with global reach potential started sprouting from the region. Some of the most successful among them are from the field of cybersecurity, especially in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Will this make the V4 region exceptionally capable on the cyber battlefield? What kind of regional cooperation can help V4 countries and its companies become stronger players in cyber warfare? Which stakeholders should lead such an effort and on which areas should they focus? Some companies from the region already invest a lot of energy and finances into education to boost the skills of the next generation. Is there any possibility of teaming up with other big players of the region to make such initiatives bigger and more inclusive? What added value is there for an angel investor? How to make the most out of a public-private cooperation?


Rasťo Kulich, Chairman of the Board, Slovak Alliance for Internet Economy, Bratislava

Jennifer Byrne, Chief Security Officer, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft, Redmond

Peter Košinár, Senior Virus Researcher, ESET, Bratislava

Ladislav Chodák, Chief of Security Experts, Network Security Monitoring Cluster, Brno

Chair: Barry Pavel, Vice-President, and Director of Scowcroft Center, The Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.

15:15 – 15:30    Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:45     Discussion 3: Protecting the Government by Moving to Cloud?

Over the past several years, the debate on the potentially disastrous effects of cyber-attacks aimed at the government of a particular state has gained world-wide prominence. With governments becoming increasingly more digitalized, leaders all around the globe are starting to acknowledge that their country is getting also increasingly more vulnerable. So far, utilizing Cloud seems to be one of the solutions how to improve the cyber security of a given state. And although we are only at the beginning of a long road, we need to look at the opportunities Cloud brings already today. Can “data embassies” be secure enough to become a widely used expression of trust among allies, or perhaps among partners of the EU countries? How can we support a more intensive cooperation between the public sector and innovative companies in bringing solutions of their own?


Baroness Neville-Jones, former Special Representative to Business on Cyber Security, London

Toni Townes-Whitley, Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft, Redmond

Ferenc Suba, Senior Advisor, National Cybersecurity Coordination Council, Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary

Urmas Paet, Member of the European Parliament; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Chair: Pavol Draxler, IT Security Manager, Binary Confidence, Bratislava

16:45 – 17:00    Closing Remarks

DAY 2: 20 June 2015

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Saturday Roundtable: Digital Single Market: A View from V4

When Jean-Claude Juncker introduced his agenda as the President of the European Commission in the fall of 2014, his focus on boosting growth and competitiveness and connecting the digital single market was very clear. The Digital Single Market Strategy published on 6 May 2015 will help the Commission to deliver on that commitment. Similarly to the top EU policymakers, leaders of V4 are aware of how the digital economy can shape their countries in the years ahead. Thus, at GLOBSEC Innovation and Cybersecurity Forum, the representatives of the Visegrad Group will discuss their common position on the Strategy, and voice region’s needs and recommendations ahead of the Czech Visegrad Presidency and the upcoming Slovak EU Presidency in the second half of 2016.


Tomáš Prouza, State Secretary for European Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister Office of the Czech Republic

Peter Javorčík, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Szabolcs Takács, State Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary

Chair: Milan Nič, Managing Director, Central European Policy Institute, Bratislava

Attendance at the GLOBSEC Cybersecurity and Innovation Forum is by invitation only.