Fri, 15 Feb 2019

CONFERENCES 5.0 - Innovate or Die


07:30 – 08:15

Fun Run


09:00 - 09:15

Opening remarks

by Mathias Posch, IAPCO President and Julia Bicher, Managing Director at Congrex Switzerland


09:15 – 10:00

Innovate or Die
Stephan Jung, InoventiQ Group click here for CV

Stephan Jung is a globally sought after expert for trends, future and innovation. He will reveal the Twelve Megatrends, that are changing our society, our lifes and the expectations of the customer. Those, who hesitate to change are in serious trouble: Young and fast start ups as well as artificial intelligence and robotic are going to disrupt most industries.

Jung will show that history repeats itself: why Vasco da Gama was the first disruptor for a whole industry and what mistake they made. With the Seven Golden Innovation Rules the audience will get a great toolbox for the challenges of the future. Get ready for an exciting ride from the middle age until the year 2030.

10:00 – 10:45

IAPCO Highlights

10.45 – 10.55

Partner Presentation Slot
Kigali as a destination

10:55 – 11:25

Coffee break supported by Desination Partner Dubai Business Events

11:25 – 12:25

General Assembly
Part 1

12:25 – 12:35

Congress Center Basel
Welcome words

12:35 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 13:55

Innovation Snapshot
Leveraging Facial recognition at Events to deliver value, improved security, and greater attendee engagement
Pascal Lagadec, fielddrive click here for CV

Pascal Lagadec  will share his vision for future use-cases of innovative technology within the Events space, and their corresponding deployment challenges. What can attendees expect from forthcoming event tech? What is the ROI of face recognition (myths vs. true benefits)? Are there trade-offs between technology and security? What about protection of online identifies and attendee data?

Introduced by Nicola Testai, OIC Group


13:55 – 14:10

Energiser by Destination Partner Toronto, supporter of the Environmental Presentation

14:10 - 14:40

Environmental Presentation

Navigating our way towards a plastic-free ocean
Emily Penn click here for CV

Emily is an ocean advocate and skipper. Having spent a decade at sea, exploring plastic pollution from the tropics to the Arctic. Emily will share her adventures from sea to land - developing upstream solutions with corporate partners. 


14:40 – 15:10

Coffee break supported by Destination Partner Business Events Toronto

15:10 - 15:35

Innovation Snapshot
CARLO (Cold Ablation Robot Guided Laser Osteotom) in the Operation Theater - a Teamplayer or a Job killer?
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Florian Zeilhofer, Founding Partner, and Member of the Board of Directors of MTIP AG

Hans-Florian Zeilhofer is an internationally renowned surgeon and entrepreneur, who is demanding new regulatory rules for autonomous systems in the OR. He is the father of the surgical robot Carlo which is expected to become a changemaker in surgery. Zeilhofer will demonstrate the state of the art including the risks and the opportunities of his disruptive innovation.

Introduced by Magdalina Atanassova, Kenes Group

15:35 – 15:45

Energiser by Destination Partner Dubai Business Event, supporter of The Gonzalo Lecture


15:45 - 16:30

The Gonzalo Lecture
Cathedral Thinking
Rick Antonson click here for CV

“We should all be involved in unfinished work…”

Say you were an architect in the 1500’s and community leaders tasked you to design the city’s new cathedral. You would begin knowing you would not live to see the work completed. Yet you had the faith that an as-yet-unborn grandson or a colleague’s great granddaughter - in your professional footsteps and with skills you may not possess and in times too uncertain to predict, would refine and rework your preliminary thinking decades hence, and see the job done. Were you a stonemason in that day, you would put in place the building’s foundation blocks and cornerstone while wondering what detours in planning and designing, in lineage and envisioning, would alter the subsequent work of your heirs as they finished the cathedral’s upper reaches, supported by your early efforts.

What about you – will the values that infuse your creative successes sustain those who inherit the work you leave behind?

There is a truism about the meetings and events business today and tomorrow: What was, isn’t; What is, won’t be. Only with the purpose of a cathedral thinker does one prepare corporate schematics and cement a foundation that lasts. A worthy strategy often requires that you commit to unfinished work.


16.30 – 16.40

Wrap up of the day

19:00 – 19.45

Town Hall Basel-Stadt


20.00 – 23.30

The Golden Gala
Les Trois Rois