Main Stage

Day One: November 5th 2019

Tech Sessions and Tech Talks will also be running parallel from 12.00 on Day One


08.30 - 09.30

Registration and breakfast

Morning Chair: Marleen Stikker, Waag

Afternoon Chair: Geoff Mulgan, Nesta 

09.30 - 09.45

Welcoming remarks

Geoff Mulgan, Nesta

Francesca Bria, DECODE 

Olivier Bringer, European Commission

Marco Pironti, Deputy Mayor for Innovation, Turin 

09.45 - 10.00

Blockchains for Social Good: First results from the EU prize and    related initiatives Evgeny Morozov, Author

Fabrizio Sestini, European Commission 

10.00 - 11.00

Panel: Blockchains, DLTs and Privacy-Enhancing Technology for the Common Good

Valeria Portale, Blockchain Observatory, Politecnico Milano

Enzo Le Fevre, Coordinator OECD Thematic Group on Emerging Technologies in the   Public Sector 

Denis Roio, 

Olivier Bringer, European Commission

Alessandro Fusacchia, Member of Italian Parliament

Chair: Monique Calisti, Martel Innovate 

11.00 - 11.15

The DECODE Ecosystem: Tools for citizens’ data sovereignty 

Denis Roio,

Pablo Aragon, Eurecat, Barcelona

Aik van Eemeren, Amsterdam City


11.15 - 11.30

DLTs and blockchains EU Project Pitches 

Energy as a Common, Alessia Borge (Prosume)

Caelum blockchain-based zero knowledge proof authentication, Alexandra Cavero   (Caelum Labs) 

Catalyse Trust in communities, Roberto Sanlorenzo (Merits)

DizME decentralized identity, Luca Boldrin (Infocert) 

11.30 - 12.00

Refreshments, networking and explorating the showcase 

12.00 - 13.30

A New Deal on Data: Towards Viable Solutions

Maria Savona, Sussex University

Regis Chatellier, Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés 

Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Algorithm Watch

Mara Balestrini, Ideas for Change

Chair: Antonio Calleja-López, Decidim, democratic innovation, Barcelona 

13.30 - 15.00

Refreshments, networking and exploring the showcase 

15.00 - 16.00

The Role of STARTS (Science, Tech and the Arts) for a Human-centric  Digital Future

Mar Santamaria Varas, 300000 kms and winner STARTS Prize 2019

Holly Herndon, Musician

Christopher Roth, Artist, Film-Director

Larisa Blazic, Artist, Vertigo STARTS Residency

Chair: Marleen Stikker, Waag 

16.00 - 17.00

Europe’s Digital Sovereignty: How Do We Get There? 

Rob van Kranenburg, Internet of Things Council

Dan Hill, Vinnova

Erika Widegren, Reimagine Europa

Yasmine Fage, Entrepreneur Goggo Network

Ben Cerveny, Foundation for Public Code

Caroline Nevejan, City of Amsterdam 

Chair: Katja Bego, Nesta 

17.00 - 18.00

Networking and exploring the showcase 

18.00 - 19.30

The Evening Debate: The Future of Press Freedom: The case of Wikileaks

Jennifer Robinson, Human Rights Lawyer

Stefania Maurizi, La Repubblica

Joseph Farrell, Wikileaks ambassador, Center of Investigative Journalism

Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Philosopher

Chair: Renata Avila, Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente


Day Two: November 6th 2019


09.00 -10.00


Main chair for the day: Barbara Carfagna, RAI

10.00 - 10.15

Welcoming remarks

Geoff Mulgan, Nesta

Francesca Bria, DECODE 

Paola Pisano, Italian Minister of Innovation 

Marco Zappalorto, Nesta Italia

10.15 - 10.30

Setting the Scene: Our Technological Future Beyond Techno-Nationalism and Techno- Globalism

Evgeny Morozov, Author

10.30 - 12.00

Democratizing Money vs. Centralizing Control: The Geopolitics of Fintech 

Izabella Kaminska, Financial Times 

Kevin Donovan, University of Edinburgh 

Massimo Amato, Bocconi University 

Andres Arauz, Economist, former Minister of Knowledge Ecuador 

Rohan Grey, Digital Fiat Currency Institute   

Chair:​ Brett Scott, Author Hacking the Future of Money  

12.00 - 14.00

Break, networking and exploring the showcase

14.00 - 15.30

Big Tech in Crisis: Policy Responses on Competition and Data Sovereignty

Tommaso Valletti, Imperial College

James Meadway, Economist

Alexey Ivanov, Skolkovo-HSE Institute for Law and Development

Paul Nemitz, European Commission

Francesca Bria, DECODE

 Chair: ​Anna Masera, La Stampa 

15.30 - 15.40

Reconquering digital sovereignty: DECODE and beyond

15.40 - 17.00

Putting Data, Platforms and AI under Democratic Control

Paul Mason, Journalist and Author

Amelia Andersdotter, Article19 (former EU MEPs)

Bruce Sterling, Writer

Juan Carlos de Martin, Nexa

Edoardo Reviglio, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti 

Geoff Mulgan, CEO Nesta

David Cuartielles, Arduino

Chair: Luca De Biase, Sole 24 Ore

17.00 - 18.00

Break and networking 

18.00 - 19.30

Democratizing the Knowledge Economy in the Times of the Green New Deal 

A debate with: Roberto Unger, Harvard University


Robert C. Hockett, Cornell University, Advisor of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

on the Green New Deal

Ann Pettifor, Director, Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME)

Brian Eno, Artist

Francesca Bria, DECODE

Evgeny Morozov, Author

Andrea Orlando, Member of Italian Parliament

Chair: John Thornhill, Financial Times


This agenda is subject to change and alterations.