25 Online Years
in the Czech

Celebrate the Connection

Let's Support

ZOOT is a fashion e-commerce platform. Besides the benefits of online shopping, ZOOT is very well aware that GOOD will never go out of style. Therefore they designed a special collection in cooperation with the hosts of the conference which gives all the profit to the One World in Schools, a project of NGO People in Need which uses the Internet to educate young people through movies, discussions and other activities. You can still support the One World in Schools project by purchasing the little necessities from the collection.

Let's talk about the Talks

Let’s remind ourselves about the very beginning of the Internet in the Czech Republic as well as the benefits of connection in everyday life. Let’s think about the direction in which the online world is heading and what future developments may bring.

What the Internet brought to us

Panel Discussion: How we connected to the Internet

Can you still remember our connection speed 20 years ago? What did the first e-shops look like? What was written about the Internet in the early nineties and at that time and how did we imagine that it would change our lives back then? How does all of this relate to our lives today and why is it worth remembering it? All of this will be described by Jan Gruntorád, Patrick Zandl, Michal Čupa and Petr Kasa.

Jan Gruntorád had already tried to connect the Czech Republic to the EARN network in 1988, while two years later he actually succeeded. In the post-communist era, his name has been most associated with the project and then the association CESNET, whose director he has been from its inception.

Petr Kasa and his brother initiated one of the first Czech electronic stores – Kasa.cz – and in 1999 they jointly launched an Internet cafe in Prague Kobylisy.

Michal Čupa used to be the Executive Vice-President of Czech Telekom. As such he was responsible for Telekom’s networks and services. He was the main “promoter” of the Internet in the Czech Telekom. Throughout his career he held senior executive positions in Telco and IT companies in the Czech Republic and Russia. Today he runs a business focused on the Internet and VR.

Axel Pawlik: How Europe was connecting

We talk about the Internet as a medium that knows no (national) borders. Can we actually say with certainty that it is the same in all countries and that it was treated equally from the outset?

Axel Pawlik contributed at the University of Dortmund to the establishment of UNIX networking as a publicly available service in Germany. This institution introduced Internet access services to the business community and general public. He also served as a member of the Board of the German Unix Users Group. He founded EUnet Deutschland GmbH, which became the market leader in Germany and one of the strongest EUnet networks in Europe under his leadership. Today he is the Managing Director of the RIPE Network Coordination Centre.

Antonín Milata: A Revolution in One Industry

The Internet does not exist in a vacuum, but interacts with and affects other sectors, which can either fight it or adapt to it. The music industry is a prime example of a sector that has experienced a revolution thanks to the Internet. What challenges must music still face and how has the online environment affected it and constantly changing it?

Antonín Milata was at launch of Bandzone.cz, the most visited Czech music server with more than 480,000 visits a month. He worked for Supraphon, where he collaborated on Czech music online store SUPRAPHONline.cz. Than he joined Sony Music Entertainment as a director of new business and innovation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, participated e.g. on successful campaigns for One Direction and Daft Punk. He co-founded the agency Redhead Music, which currently represents interprets such as Sebastian (Czech most watched YouTube video in 2015). Inspired by the USA he found Renegadz, a company creating content for brands, so-called branded entertainment.

What the Internet brings to us

Jan Veselý: Education in the 21st Century

Lectures by the best teachers can easily be uploaded and then, with a click, be disseminated worldwide. The world’s leading universities are opening up to the concept of global classes that are accessible to virtually anyone who has a connection to the network of all networks. Are we ready for this change? Do we fully exploit its potential? What benefits does it bring and what are its potential pitfalls?

Jan Veselý founded a non-profit organisation called EduFórum, is an author of acceleration programmes – i.e. Vodafone Foundation Laboratories and the programme for the winners of the Social Impact Award (in collaboration with Impact Hub).

Samizdat.cz: What a new generation of journalism brings to us

Social media has enabled anyone to become a journalist and to find their own audience. The availability of technology and computing power enables us to analyse and look for hidden relationships in large databases, which previously served only as passive repositories. How do these innovations in the media actually look in fact, and how have the traditional Czech media responded the advent of the Internet (among others)?

Samizdat.cz constitutes a team of data journalists who, in collaboration with Czech Radio, process publicly available data sources (e.g. election results, the databases of subsidies and historical records related to causes of death) into readable stories, which reveal hidden connections. Between 2013 and 2015 they won the Professional Online Journalism Award and in 2013 also the Křišťálová lupa Award for the contents inspiration.

Slovensko.Digital: eGoverment is not sci‑fi

Computers allow us to automate routine processes that are often prone to human error. Where else to utilise them than in public administration, where they can help to optimise complex processes and, thanks to the Internet, to open up its services and information and make them accessible to citizens virtually anytime and anywhere?

Slovensko.Digital is a civic association focused on improving the quality of digital services in the Slovak Republic. Its members believe that improved national digital services are not such a sci‑fi concept, and they want them to be simple, meaningful and their cost reasonable. They seek to achieve a higher degree of transparency and of resource efficiency and also public participation in the computerisation of public administration.

Per Thorsheim: Security

Per Thorsheim is an independent security consultant from Bergen, Norway, and also the founder and chief organiser of Passwordscon, which is the first and the world’s only conference that is dedicated to passwords. It was he who alerted the world to the data leakage at LinkedIn in 2012. Per argues that he already knows your next password. What are the risks that we face, and to which of them should we pay more attention?

What the Internet will bring us

Pavel Doležal: Value of information

Apart from the market in products and services, our attention is increasingly turned to the value of data and the correct interpretation of the information it carries. What benefits do the newest technologies in this field bring and what do they still have in store?

Pavel Doležal has always been a doer and the Internet has become integral part of his life. He studied in Sedlčany, worked for Atlas.cz, founded MobilJam and Ataxo, co-founded Netmail. Today, he is a partner at Keboola.

David Bárta: Smart Cities

The concept of smart cities is almost as old as urban development itself. Is it just the Internet, and specifically the ever-present Internet of things, that will enable us to work it into feasible details, or are there other key factors also related to both smarter housing and urban development?

David Bárta is a member of the City of Brno Town Council’s Smart City Commission, which, using digital and telecommunication technologies, seeks to achieve more efficient traditional networks and services in order to better serve the residents and the businesses of the city.

Panel Discussions: The Visions and the Opportunities of the Network of Networks

A shared economy and a cashless society are concepts that are slowly penetrating into our lives, while words such as innovation are already taken for granted. What these terms mean for our everyday life and what the challenges are that lie ahead of us will be discussed in a panel format with representatives of companies that are slowly becoming their synonyms.

Pavel Zima is Vice-Chairman of the board for the company Seznam.cz, which has been operating on the Czech online market for 20 years and is a Czech Internet leader. You will learn about what the company has had to do to achieve this and how they forecast the future of the Internet.

Ctibor Jappel is Online Reputation Manager at Česká Spořitelna where he aspires to find new ways of bringing the banking business, step by step, into the digital world. In the debate, he will use his experience from his current position as well as from his former work as a journalist (Technet.cz, MF DNES, HN) to offer views about the future of money and life without cash.

Ondřej Krátký, winner of gold aged only 28 at the largest championship for young creative professionals at the Cannes Lions Festival. Later, he decided to leave the career he started in employment to help establish a prize-winning, Czech start-up – Liftago. Although still local, this transport platform offering an alternative to personally owned cars downtown receives the highest awards.

Let's share

The conference itself is private. However, thanks to the Internet and the possibility of online streaming, everyone in the world can connect, follow and share their perspective online.

To our English speaking guests, before the film itself, there is a 30-minute debate in Czech language about the future of the Internet in cinema. If you do not understand Czech, you may use these 30 minutes to refresh yourselves at the very pleasant bar in the Cinema lobby.

Thanks to People in Need, there will also be a public evening screening of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, which raises the question of Internet security and the relationship between technology and civil rights in the contemporary world. The screening will be in the original language version with Czech subtitles. We look forward to seeing of you on 13th February 2017 in Cinema Světozor.

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See you in Prague on 13th February.

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