Challenges of Digital Society – recap re:publica Dublin
Back in the days re:publica conference started as a small blogger meeting in Berlin. Until today it grew into a full size conference with thousands of visitors. This year re:publica spread it’s wings further into the European horizon with two smaller events in Dublin and Thessaloniki. The theme “Let’s reconnect Europe” aimed to create even more synergies between creative minds – and to reach out to new ecosystems.
re:publica Dublin – 7 & 8 September 2017
„Dublin isn’t just the connection to northern Europe. Many of the big tech companies are based in Ireland, making it a gateway to the international creative and digital industry.“ – re:publica team –
etventure Startup Hub had the pleasure to be partner to re:publica Dublin this year. We mingled with digital enthusiasts, internet activists and inspiring entrepreneurs at the Lighthouse Cinema right in the heart of the Irish capital. Two full days packed with panels and talks let to interesting discussions: What challenges do we face as a European society? How can we be role models to future generations?
Let’s not trade in security for utility in the Internet of Things
Amongst others the Office of the Dublin Commissioner for Startups hosted a “Women in Tech Meetup” to emphasize the importance of female role models in tech. Another highlight was the panel about trust and security in the internet of things hosted by the European Platforms Initiative.
Angelo Capossele (Digital Catapult), Eddie Dillon (KBC), Paddy Flynn (Google) and Karlin Lillington (Irish Tech News) joined the stage for a lively discussion. IoT data technologist Angelo Capossele stressed the need for visibility in the Internet of Things: “Data plays a key role in driving innovation. However, fair growth of society and economy, and data-driven innovation occur when data collection, process, and sharing are performed transparently and with trust.” Paddy Flynn also highlighted, that not only startups must be aware of the great responsibility, when it comes to data collection processes. He proposed not to “trade in utility for security In the age of interconnected things”. Overall the panel shared the opinion that there is a strong necessity to educate society about their rights, when using smart devices.
You can stream the panel discussion here, in case you missed it:
Re:publica Dublin certainly leaves us excited for next spring, when the conference returns to it’s home town Berlin (2-4 May 2018).