1.The place of the event
VENUE: Vikarijat, Ul. Josipa Jurja Strossmayera 58, Osijek
Forum ICT-society: Why in Osijek?
1. Osijek has been profiling as the regional ICT center in the last few years with a number of high-quality IT companies and a strong professional association. Some of these companies have been successful in the international market for several years. Others are a little younger, but they have been able to impose themselves as authorities in their business niches. These companies employ professionals, produce quality software and export to many markets around the world. Precisely because some of them are largely or completely export oriented, people often do not know about them in the domestic market, although they do business better than most other companies in our country. It is also proof that, despite the current economic situation and the emigration of the young population, the willingness to work and the expertise have a prospect in such environment.
2. Today, most of these companies are gathered under the umbrella of the Osijek Software City, which, on behalf of its members, as well as the entire information and communication industry, is strongly and continuously active both in the local community and in educational and political institutions.
3. The Osijek Software City project was launched in early 2012 by several ICT companies, with the aim of increasing the attractiveness of software development sector in Osijek, as well as increasing the competitiveness of developers in the market and encouraging entrepreneurship in the ICT sector.
4. The ultimate goal is, of course, employment! From the perspective of the employer - employment of educated and motivated workers, and from the perspective of workers - employment in a prospective and quality company.
5. There is currently a chronic lack of qualified staff in the regional ICT industry, which could be changed through organization of free education, local, national and global programs, formal and informal gathering of experts, exchange of experiences and opinions, and highlighting what knowledge and skills are needed for employment in companies from this field.
6. Today, the association includes 34 legal entities, 68 individuals and a number of individuals and institutions supporting the activities of the Association.
7. The long-term goal is to achieve Osijek's recognition in the world as a city where IT professionals live and work, and as a city where many companies produce good software.
8. Such recognition brings with it a number of advantages: it affects the positive image of the city, stimulates new investors, contributes to a healthier economy, is a recommendation to prospective clients, and a "springboard" for start-ups.
9. In the period from 2012 to 2016, the number of software development companies in Osijek-Baranja County increased by 102% and the total number of employees increased by 93%. Total revenue in the same period grew by 97%, sales abroad by 152%, and profit by 133%.
Taking this into account, Osijek was a logical choice for holding the Forum ICT Society.
Dear colleagues, dear associates,
we are honored to have the opportunity to invite you to the first Forum ICT society. It will be held on March 23, 2018 in the city of Osijek.
The theme of the first Forum is Information Technology and Globalization - the technological dimension of globalization and the impact on society.
The ideas of the Forum are the strengthening of the ICT sector in Osijek,the Osijek-Baranja county and the Republic of Croatia, the opening of a dialogue on the sociological relationship between information and communication technologies and their impact on the society of second modernity, including the reflection on the positive and negative impacts of ICT on society in the context of technological determinism of global information society of the 21. century, the development of ICT industry in the Republic of Croatia, investment in the ICT industry in the 21.century, strengthening of ICT through education reform and tax relief.
The forum is organized through 4 panel discussions:
- Digital economy and decentralization
- The Impact of Innovation on Local Development
- Challenges of local approach in regional and international business
- Using EU funds for development of the ICT sector
This is the first international ICT forum organized by the Institute for European and Globalization Studies and it should be held every year in the first days of spring in Osijek.
Professor Anđelko Milardović, founder of the Institute
Project: FORUM ICT-SOCIETY
Institute for European and Globalization Studies - Split
Osijek Software City
Prof.Anđelko Milardović phd.
Held in: Osijek
Date: March 23, 2018 (Friday)
The Forum ICT Society will be held every year in Osijek on the first days of spring.
Objectives of the Forum ICT Society: to foster the strengthening of the ICT sector in Osijek and Croatia, to open a dialogue on the sociological relationship between information and communication technologies and their impact on the society of other modern technologies, including the reflection on the positive and negative impacts of ICT on society in the context of technological determinism of global information society in 21st century.
The project takes into account the regional development concept of Slavonia and Baranja, Osijek as the center of the region, stopping the emigration of the young population and the regional connection between Slavonia and Baranja, Dalmatia, Istria, ie Croatian regions with successful centers of excellence in the ICT industry and Zagreb as the center.
The project has a regional, national and global dimension due to the nature of ICT. It anticipates the involvement of actors of the international academic community and the ICT sector on a global scale. Therefore, the project by definition has a glocalization role with headquarters in Osijek.
Forum Actors: Academic and Scientific Community (University of Osijek and other Croatian universities), entrepreneurial sector in the ICT industry, institutions of the Croatian political system, media.
Partners and financial supporters: companies from the ICT sector, institutions of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, City of Osijek, Osijek-Baranja County, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Ministry of the Economy, ICT in Croatia, foundations, international institutions.
Funding method: participation fees, donations, sponsorships, advertisements, own sources of the Institute.
Logistic support:Spektar, agency from Zagreb, specialized in organizing congresses and seminars.
PR agency: The promotion and marketing company Panda Communications from Zagreb.
1. The Forum ICT-society is launched by the Institute for European and Globalization Studies - Split (www.inegs.com) in cooperation with the Osijek Association Software City (softwarecity.hr)
2. The Philosophy of the Forum is a dialogue between the various stakeholders from the local and global academic community dealing with the theoretical aspect of information technology and society relations, ICT experts, representatives of the ICT sector (companies), political structures (City, County, Republic of Croatia) by implementing ICT policy in the era of techno-culture. The forum has the idea of interregional linkage of the most important actors in the ICT sector within the Republic of Croatia and to stop emigration. The Forum will be held in the city of Osijek, Osijek-Baranja County.
3. The aim of the Forum is free discussion, exchange of ideas, intercession of dialogue and business cooperation among the mentioned actors, promotion of the ICT sector in the function of the development of the Republic of Croatia and the digital economy in the age of the digital, networked, global information society of the 21st century, with the reflection on the positive and negative sides of ICT and their impact on society (technological determinism), including cybercrime (risk society), and addressing the risks of global information society in the pursuit of the concept of reflexive modernization.
4. The Forum with its proposals and initiatives aims to encourage draw up of analysis and strategies of local (Osijek), regional (OB County) and national development (RH) in the context of ICT policy, in the function of digital economy as a new form of economy in the 21st century.
5. The validity of the Forum is based on the fact that information and communication technologies are important, have an important impact on the transformation of everyday life in all of its regions within the (global) information / networking society and the ICT sector as the most developed sector within the economic system of the Republic of Croatia.
6. The Forum advocates the creation of a favorable and friendly social climate in the ICT sector as the cornerstone of economic development, based on education system reform, further digitization of the same, progressive laws which should help the development of the ICT sector, tax breaks and new ICT investments, which we see as the cornerstone of development of the city, county and Republic of Croatia in the 21st century, in the time of second modern and large transformation of the world under the influence of ICT and globalization.
7. The forum would be held every year in Osijek in the first days of spring.
8. The first forum titled "Information technology and globalization - the technological dimension of globalization and influence on society" will be held on March 23, 2018 in Osijek.
8.1 It should consist of four panels and four short exposures.
9. The work of the Forum will be followed by old and new media with the support of PR agencies. Spektar company from Zagreb has a logistic function.
10. The Forum Documents will be published in the media as well as on the web pages of the Institute for European and Globalization Studies - Split (www.inegs.com) and the Osijek Software City (softwarecity.hr) web site.
INTRODUCTORY LECTURE: Technological dimension of globalization, migration and compatibility of society
Professor Anđelko Milardović, Institute for European and Globalization Studies Split / Institute for Migration and Ethnicity Zagreb
Hrvoje Balen, Algebra
PANEL # 1: Digital Economy, Digital Marketing and Decentralization
Professor Velimir Srića, Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb
Izv.prof.dr.sc. Antun Biloš, Faculty of Economics, University of Osijek
Zorin Radovančević, Escape
Marko Rakar, MRAK services
Boris Šurija, Behave and the City of Šibenik
Moderator: Milan Koštro (Panda Communications)
PANEL # 2: Innovation as a motor of the development of organizations and local society
Slavko Vidovic, InfoDom d.o.o. Zagreb
Matija Kopic, Gideon Brothers d.o.o. Osijek
Silvio Kutić (or Luka Babić), Infobip d.o.o. Vodnjan
Izv.prof.dr.sc. Kruno Miličević, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Information Technology of the University of Osijek
Ivica Mudrinić, HUB 385
Aco Momčilović, Rimac Automobili
Moderator: Milan Koštro (Panda Communications)
INTRODUCTION # 1 The status of the ICT sector in the Republic of Croatia and the EU with regard to ICT policy and society development
Ivo Špigel, Perpetuum Mobile Zagreb
PANEL # 3: Regional and International Business - Opportunities and challenges of local approach
Boris Bajtl, Siemens Convergence Creators / Atos
Ph.D. Darko Huljenić, Ericsson Nikola Tesla
Ante Mandić, IN2 Zagreb
Nikola Dujmović, SPAN Zagreb / Osijek
Ivan Brezak Brkan, Netocracy
Moderator: Matej Radnić (Panda Communications)
PANEL # 4: Withdrawal of funds from EU funds for the ICT sector
M.Sc. Davor Huška, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds
Tajana Barančić, Astra Engineering d.o.o. / CISEx
Ivan Ante Nikolić, HUP ICT, Head of Working Group for EU Funds
Anita Cvetić Oreščanin, Poslovna inteligencija, Zagreb
Renata Šeperić Friday, Logic Matrix
Moderator: Milan Koštro (Panda Communications)
CONCLUSION: The legal frameworks we need, with examples of good practice
Antonija Osojnik dipl.iur. LEX ADRIA
Forum ICT-society: creating conditions for prevention of emigration of young people
Zagreb, February 22, 2018 - The theme of the first Forum ICT Society, to be held on March 23, 2018 in Osijek, is the impact of the technological dimension of globalization on our society and the development opportunities that are opening up, said the Organizing Committee of the Forum."The Forum advocates creation of a favorable entrepreneurial climate, reformation of the education system and improvement of the regulatory framework for investment and development of the ICT sector. We want to launch an expert discussion on the opportunities offered by ICT to stop the emigration of young people from Slavonia and Croatia, "said Anđelko Milardović, founder of the Institute for European and Globalization Studies, who, along with Osijek Software City, is the project's manager.
Forum ICT-society brings together ICT professionals with a broad business, social and political community to jointly encourage local development. Domestic startups, companies and associations, international companies, academia, local authorities and ministries - will discuss and propose solutions for strengthening the ICT sector in Osijek, Osijek-Baranja County and Croatia. The project is aimed at stopping the emigration of the young population and at the regional connection between Slavonia and Baranja, Dalmatia, Istria, ie Croatian regions with successful centers of excellence in the field of ICT industry, and Zagreb as the center.
"Through Osijek Software City and lively ICT scene, Osijek has already positioned itself as one of the key centers for ICT development in Croatia. At the Forum, we want to share our experience with the professional public, encourage similar initiatives in other parts of the country and, in particular, launch a discussion on the necessary improvements to stop emigration of young people by offering them better work and development conditions. We particularly want to show that positive changes in approach to the ICT sector will lead to the creation of a large number of jobs, "said Nandino Lončar of Osijek’s Inchoo company, a co-organizer of the Forum on behalf of Osijek Software City.
All key actors are supporting and participating in organization of the Forum: the City of Osijek and the Osijek-Baranja County, the Central State Office for the Development of the Digital Society, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, the Ministry of Administration, Ministry of Science and Education, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Information Technologies Osijek, Faculty of Economics Osijek, Croatian Chamber of Economy and Croatian Parliament.
The forum is divided into four panels: 1) Digital economy, digital marketing and decentralization; 2) Innovation as a motor for the development of organizations and local society; 3) Local approach to regional and international business; 4) Withdrawing funds from EU funds for the ICT sector.
"Panel discussions are designed to provide answers to key challenges in the development of ICT industry and accelerate the digitization of the country: on the first panel we want to emphasize the opportunities offered by the digital economy for the decentralization of management and business, but also the creation of new jobs, as a precondition for reducing emigration of young professionals from Slavonia and other parts of Croatia. On the other hand, we will discuss the importance of innovation, the introduction of quality education programs and the necessary turnaround in access and research and development allocations. The third panel will focus on improving the business framework in Croatia, removing administrative and other barriers, attracting foreign investment and clients, structuring incentives for the ICT sector and the importance of the participation of young people in global projects. Finally, in the last panel we will discuss the possibilities of more efficient utilization of funds from EU funds for the development of the digital sector, "said Hrvoje Balen, member of the Algebra administration, vice president of the HUP ICT Association and member of the Forum's organizing committee.
Other members of the Organizing Committee of the Forum are: Ivan Anušić, Chief county executive of Osijek-Baranja County, Boris Pilozota, Deputy Mayor of the City of Osijek, Davor Huška, Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union funds, Tomislav Radoš, Vice President of Industry and IT, Energy and Environmental Protection of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, Milan Koštro, Director of the Panda Communications Company and Tomislav Cerovec, the editor-in-chief of HRT-Portal and non-linear media services.
The price of the registration fee is 1150 kunas + VAT, while the price of early registration up to the 1. of March is 750 kuna + VAT. Students, members of the Osijek Software City and group arrivals are eligible for significant discounts. For more details please visit http://www.fitd.com.hr