About Future Summit
The largest conference on future trends and sustainability in Romania, Future Summit has gathered around it an ecosystem of change-makers and has established itself, over its 7 editions, as one of the main meeting points for Central and Eastern Europe’s visionaries and futurists.
Since its first edition in 2017, Future Summit has engaged 1500+ business leaders, social innovators and policy makers from 50+ countries in conversations & research on future trends, innovation and sustainability.
In 2023, Future Summit is expanding to 8 cities in 4 CEE countries. See more below.
March 23, 2023. West University of Timișoara
Students, and various members of the local community gathered in a conference-style event that brought together 80+ participants in discussions about the future of work, skills, and mobility. Keynotes were given by Mihai Zânt, International Coach & Trainer, and Andrei Son, Country Innovation Manager, Continental Automotive Romania. Participants also had the chance to listen and ask questions to a panel composed by Valentin Mureșan, Timisoara Mayor’s personal advisor on digitalization and smartcity, Sorina Voiculescu, Professor, West University of Timișoara, and Roxana Grancea, Team Lead, Atos IT Solutions and Services.
In the second part of the day, selected participants joined a working group in which they re-envisioned the future of Timișoara, by building scenarios and identifying challenges and opportunities the city might face in the near future.
March 30, 2023. Filarmonica Brașov / Mayor’s Office
In Brașov, over 70 students, locals, and professionals gathered to discuss sustainable urban development, net-zero economy skills, and AI in our daily life. Keynotes were delivered by Suzana Carp from Cleantech for Europe on the future of skills in a net-zero economy, Dragoș Bratu of Miele on AI and new technologies in our everyday lives, and Lara Tassan Zanin from the European Investment Bank Group on financing a green European future. Panelists, including Vice Mayor Flavia Boghiu, Junior School Founder Felicia Akkaya, and Miele’s Aurelia Florea, examined Brașov’s potential as a sustainable city.
In the afternoon, the Mayor’s office hosted a foresight exercise in which locals teamed up in a creative workshop to brainstorm the future of the city. They played with different scenarios, talked about possible challenges, and identified promising opportunities that might pop up in the next few years.
April 6, 2023. Ovidius University / Constanța Chamber of Commerce
In Constanța, over 100 participants came together for an engaging conference to discuss the future of work, skills, and the impact of artificial intelligence and new technologies in our daily lives. Keynotes were delivered by Iulia Buciuman, Managing Partner at HUMANISTIC, on the future of work and skills, Alin Chiriac, Founder & CEO of ADFABER, on artificial intelligence and new technologies, and Lara Tassan Zanin, Head of the European Investment Bank Group Representation in Romania, on financing a European Green Future. A panel discussion followed, featuring Ionuț Rusu, Vice Mayor of Constanța Municipality, Alexandru Bobe, Prorector of Ovidius University, and Magda Bei, CEO of Graphtec. The panelists explored Constanța’s potential as a sustainable and future-ready city.
The Bucharest session of Future Summit will happen in May 2023, with two working groups moderated in an innovative city foresight methodology on the Future of Bucharest in 2040. The two working groups will bring together representatives of local authorities, entrepreneurs, investors, large corporates, and civil society, in an effort to reimagine the future of Bucharest into one that is smart, future-proof and environmentally-friendly. The sessions are invitation-only, but a limited number of seats are open for the public, upon completion of the form and confirmation from the organizer.
In November 2023, we will continue the Future Summit event series with sessions in Iași, Athens, Belgrade and Sofia. We will release more information about these events shortly, so stay tuned to find out more!
Who should attend
- Entrepreneurs and business owners
- Venture capitalists and investors
- Innovation and research leaders
- Social impact and sustainability advocates
- Engineers and technologists
- Consultants and strategists
- Nonprofit and NGO leaders and staff members
- Marketing and advertising professionals
- Media and journalism professionals
- Policy Makers
- Start-up Executives
- Business Developers
List of topics
- Sustainability & Sustainable Finance,
- Digital Transformation and Disruptive Technologies,
- Artificial Intelligence,
- Automation & 5G/6G Transformations,
- Healthcare Innovation,
- Climate & Green Economy,
- Education & Skills
- Future of Cities
- Social Impact and Responsibility
Check out last year’s speakers
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About the host
Our mission is to empower individuals and organisations to understand future transformations and to develop sustainable tech, policy, and entrepreneurial solutions. We do that through our CEE incubators and accelerators: Future Makers, Transformator; our global conversation & learning platforms: Future Summit, Climate Change Summit & Sustainable Futures, and our foresight & sustainability courses or executive education.