EU conference on the future of the Cultural and Creative Industries post-Covid

We are thrilled to announce that Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth will kickstart the discussion on the future of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) post-Covid with an opening speech at a conference curated by MTF founder, Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation and winner of the EU Woman Innovator of the Year, Michela Magas.

The Cities, Design and Innovation conference is hosted by the Mayor of Umeå, Sweden, in a city which has a long standing relationship with the MTF community. It runs on the 2nd and 3rd of September, and is available live online for those unable to travel. It will feature keynotes, inspirational speeches and discussions on topics such as design for ethical AI systems, European digital sovereignty and social media platforms, new ways of registering intellectual property, upskilling and lifelong learning, urban environments as cross-domain hubs, system design for decentralised governance, social impacts of new technologies, the shift to circular economy, STEAM education and more.

We’re really looking forward to keynotes by brilliant minds such as Pier Luigi Sacco from the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, IULM University Milano, and Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard University; Member of European Parliament Eva Kaili – the MTF Woman in the Lead of Politics speaking about her concept of Experience Readiness Levels; as well as an introduction to the new European Creative Programme by the European Commission’s Barbara Stacher.

European Institute of Innovation & Technology Director Martin Kern will provide an introduction to the new EIT CCI Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC); Director of the Swedish Media Council, Anette Novak asks of TikTok: ‘Are our kids dancing through a digital minefield?’; Professor Virginia Dignum will discuss the design of ethical and responsible AI systems.

The event is organised with the Design by Umeå network and represents another step that the city and region have taken together to drive change in urban development through support of the Cultural and Creative Industries. Joakim Sandberg, Head of Cultural Affairs for Region Västerbotten says “This is a brilliant initiative. Bringing together top minds from the world with the people that make up our region’s cultural and creative industry will create waves far outside Sweden and benefit everyone involved.”

The Cities, Design and Innovation conference kickstarts a whole series of activities about the role of the CCI, run with our partners at the European Creative Business Network. The results of this conference will be taken forward as policy recommendations, and to be further discussed and developed with reactions and feedback as part of this programme, culminating in a big conference in Berlin organised by ECBN. Watch out for further announcements.

What: Cities, Design and Innovation
When: September 2–3, 2020.
Where: P5, Väven in Umeå and digitally

Registration is free online, and we look forward to seeing you, virtually there.