Brussels, 2-3 April 2014
Early bird registration deadline: 1 February 2014
The 1st European Conference on the Future Internet (ECFI) aims at bringing together key stakeholders to discuss how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020 through innovative Internet technologies. In this context, industry and political stakeholders will discuss central socio-economic and technological topics of Future Internet infrastructures and services in Europe.
The event will present cutting-edge research results on the European Internet infrastructures and services of the future, which have been developed in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP). The FI-PPP is a European programme for Internet-enabled innovation aiming to accelerate the development and adoption of Future Internet technologies in Europe.
Target audience
ECFI is particularly targeting political stakeholders, including representatives of public bodies and private associations, as well as ICT industry stakeholders, including innovation managers and CIOs from large and medium-sized companies, who are involved in shaping the networks and services of the future.
Key benefits
Attending the event will give participants a number of key benefits, including:
The opportunity to discuss with peers from industry and the political domain how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020
A clear understanding of how FI-PPP initiatives, projects and actions in FP7 and Horizon 2020 will achieve the goals of the Innovation Union
Insights on the latest developments in Future Internet technologies
Direct access to key players in European Future Internet initiatives who are the drivers of the Internet infrastructures and services of tomorrow
A unique opportunity to discuss major Internet-related topics with political and industry stakeholders
Europe’s competitive advantage in the Future Internet
ECFI will cover a wide range of Future Internet-related aspects of direct relevance for Europe’s competitive advantage in the short- to mid-term, which will be discussed in high-level plenary sessions and three parallel tracks:
The role of the Future Internet for innovation in Europe
Privacy and data protection
Crossing the chasm – moving European R&D to the market
A European roadmap for Future Internet infrastructures
Virtual power plants – Smart energy grids of the future
Future Internet – Enabling opportunities for vertical application sectors
Business models for the use of Future Internet technologies
Network infrastructures for Smart Cities
Future Internet at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity
Future Internet – Smart Products for a Smart Digital Europe
A line-up of high-level speakers  will share their insights at the event, including:
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for Digital Agenda
Mario Campolargo, Director ‘Net Futures’, European Commission
Malcolm Harbour, MEP, Chair of EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer
Luigi Gambardella, Chairman of ETNO
Patrice Chazerand, Director Digital Europe
Event format
The event will consist of a conference and an exhibition.
At the plenary sessions of the conference, keynote speakers will share and discuss their insights on how the Future Internet can sustain Europe’s competitiveness through generating innovation across different sectors. The parallel conference sessions will explore a variety of Future Internet-related topics. The exhibition will showcase results by the different projects of the Future Internet PPP, giving participants the unique experience of putting their hands on tomorrow’s technologies and for directly talking with the people who are developing them.
Further information and registration
Further information and registration are available on the event website at
Early bird registration deadline: 1 February 2014
The number of participants is limited to 250.
Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP)
represented by Mr Ilkka Lakaniemi, FI-PPP Programme Chairman
FI-PPP on Twitter: @FI_PPP
Event hashtag: #ECFI1
The FI-PPP Programme receives funding from the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The European Commission has no responsibility for the contents of this publication.