Hours Connecting

Over the World

October 19 - 20, 2023

Digital Around the World is a 24 hours non-stop virtual conference
that will bring together top-level speakers discussing the latest trends
in digital transformation

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For 24 hours non-stop, region by region, time zone by time zone, top-level international speakers will be presenting and discussing the last technological innovations and trends in digital transformation. 24 high-level sessions with keynote speakers will be developed and moderated consecutively from various countries in Europe, the Americas, the Asia/Pacific region and Africa. A worldwide community of industry experts, researchers and specialized media will have the opportunity to follow and interact in the debates.



Emerging Technologies for Digital Transformation

With lead experts and representatives from AI and IoT to 5G, network virtualization and smart industries.

Technologies for the Good

Including multiple perspectives on:
- Smart Governance and smart economy to overcome the current Covid-19 crisis
- sustainable development by preserving the environment and our resources
- privacy and data protection by design in the new digital world

International Cooperation

International Cooperation in Research and Innovation

Addressing the main expectations, needs and results of the scientific community.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to welcome some of the world-class IoT experts from the worlds of research, industry, business, tech and science! Among the speakers, there will be representatives of the world’s largest companies developing IoT technologies.

Cristina Bueti

Cristina Bueti

Counsellor, ITU
Mirko Ross

Mirko Ross

CEO and Founder, asvin GmbH
Roberto Cascella

Roberto Cascella

Head of Sector "Technology, Supply Chain & Strategic Autonomy" at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

Laure Le Bars

Research Project Director, SAP
Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain

Abhimanyu Gosain

Technical Program Director, PAWR Project Office College of Engineering Northeastern University
Latif Ladid

Latif Ladid

Founder and President, IPv6 Forum
Thomas Hahn

Thomas Hahn

Siemens AG, Technology
Tanya Suarez

Tanya Suarez

CEO and Co-Founder, BluSpecs and IoT Tribe
Glenn Ricart

Glenn Ricart

Founder and CTO, US Ignite
Michael Vaa

Michael Vaa

Project Manager, FORCE Technology


7:00am - 8:00am

Opening Session

  • Sébastien Ziegler   Cristina Bueti   Tanya Suarez   Thomas Hahn   Laure Le Bars   Roberto Cascella  

8:00am - 9:00am

IoT for Smart Cities

  • Anna Brekine   Javier Orozco – Messana   Benjamin Jance IV   Jorn Verbeeck  

9:00am - 10:00am

IPv6-based Blockchain

  • Latif Ladid   Dr. Craig Wright   Brendan Lee   Dr. Owen Vaughan  

Bitcoin introduced a breakthrough in peer-to-peer electronic cash and payments in 2008. This paradigm enabled payments to be sent inexpensively over the Internet, allowing peers to use IP addresses to communicate and transact directly between one another on the blockchain. Despite its potential, this mechanism for direct payments using IP addresses was later deprecated due to contemporary vulnerabilities to attack that were associated with the IPv4 and NAT based Internet infrastructure of the time. This session will address the model for peer-to-peer payments over the Internet is revisited in the context of modern Internet protocols, such as DNSSEC and IPv6. An outline will be made for how direct online payments can be reintroduced into the blockchain ecosystem by leveraging these secure modern technologies. It will show how the properties of IPv6 lend themselves to new methods for constructing direct payments between Internet users, and how these same principles can be extended to new use cases for machine-to-machine and human-to-machine payments, taking full advantage of the expanded address space of IPv6 and the ability to associate Bitcoin payments with cryptographically-generated IPv6 addresses.

10:00am - 11:00am

IoT Data validation

  • Michael Vaa   Ahmed Khan Legari   Alexandre Alapetite   Hans Jörg Schulz   Tabandeh Shahin   Daniel Hutzschenreuter  

IoT is estimated by McKinseyt to generated value of 1.6 trillion usd in 2020, as more and more organisations start to perform data driven decisions, we need to ensure that the data is correct. There are many approaches to this, but many of them are too far for the practise actually used by organisations. In this session we will present best practices from the industry on how to validate data and how to get started with a data validation process including practical tools, methods and processes.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Smart water management in cities

  • Elpiniki Papageorgiou   Eunah Kim   Ignacio Casals   Iulian Mocanu  

12:00pm - 1:00pm

From harvesting crops to harvesting data

  • Srdjan Krčo   Ioanna Roussaki   Kieran Sullivan   Laurent Tits   Maria Rita Palattella   Sinisa Maravic  

Interactive panel of technology experts active in the agri-food value chain, discussing the following questions: Can farmers monetize data collected on their farms? How to determine fair value of data? How to ensure data privacy? How to ensure data quality? How to find relevant data?

1:00pm - 2:00pm

IoT for SDGs

  • Vasiliki Tsiompanidou   Moreno Di Marco   Joao Pita Costa   Benedict Bueb  

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Next Generation Internet - Distributed computing and swarm intelligence

  • Mirko Ross   Dr. Ian Preston   Zenna Fiscella   John Mercouris  

The topic that each participant will address during the session is the idea and vision behind their projects and about the use of protocols in the projects.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Looking Forward to 6G

  • Glenn Ricart   Bernard Barani   Abhimanyu Gosain   Jan Holler  

EU and US panelists look forward to the new capabilities and services that might be delivered with 6G. A wide range of new devices is expected to take to the airwaves and present new challenges and opportunities for providers and consumers. Higher data rates and greater ubiquity will require infrastructure that blends into the built environment in cities while providing ubiquitous services in rural areas. The panelists will describe their own views of 6G, the key inputs to the capabilities and hew services, and the business and technical challenges of delivering them.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Earth Observation for Sustainable Development

  • Stea Miteva   Emmanuel Pajot   Joan Masó   Miriam Gonzalez   Mariam Crichton  

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Innovation in healthcare, how novel technology and e-health can improve a personalised care approach

  • Silvio Pagliara   Davide Piaggio   Seldag Günes Peschke   Lutz Peschke   Carina Dantas   Frans Folkvord  

This session will provide an overview of the state of the art in e-health and the use of cutting-edge technology to three key areas: patients, citizens, and the healthcare sector. The European Commission, like other organisations, is encouraging and supporting open innovation frameworks with the goal of bringing together various actors, including public and private entities, institutions, and citizens' organisations to work together in order to close the gap between healthcare suppliers, providers, and end users with a more personalised and humanised approach. The panellists will deepen on the basis of their various experiences the different aspects of the novel technologies and improvements in the healthcare processes.

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Next Generation Internet Transatlantic Fellowship Program NGI Enrichers: Welcome to Benefits

  • Dr Svetlana Klessova   Dr Tariq Samad   Bernard Duval   Dr Igor Kotsiuba  

NGI Enrichers, the new Next Generation Internet Transatlantic Fellowship program funded by Horizon Europe (EU), supports the development of NGI technologies, services and standards that are needed for democratised and human-centred internet. See https://www.enrich-global.eu/ngi-enrichers/ NGI Enrichers provides funding and other support to European-based NGI specialists, researchers and innovators from the public and the private sector (including project owners), who work in the EU countries and in the countries associated to Horizon Europe, e.g. Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and many other countries (list here). The NGI Enrichers fellows will spend 3-6 months in the US or to Canada to work and collaborate with US and Canadian hosts from public or private sector, startups and larger firms, and NGOs, to promote knowledge-sharing and establishing long-term collaborations on NGI technologies, services and standards. Potential hosts are welcome any time! The program provides 100% sponsorship for travel funding, allowance and visa for the European fellows, and supports both fellows and their hosts, with bootcamps, mentors, visibility, community building and more. Example of topics: Decentralized Internet, Trust and data sovereignty, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Data sovereignty, Anonymity and privacy, Cloud and Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cyberphysical systems, IoT, 5G technologies, Xtended Realities, Peer to peer technologies, Quantum Computing and Algorithms as well as applications in e.g. health, digitalization, e-government, e-democracy, environment, energy transition, e-mobility …. and any technological foundations on which future services and platforms will be built, with a human-centric approach considering social participation, open Internet, respect of user consent and privacy and security issues. The first call of this new program will be launched in a few weeks. Three tracks are available: (1) Paired teams - host and applicant already identified each other, (2) Open challenges - host identified the topics, applicants to be identified; (3) Open ideas - applicant identified the topics, host to be identified. Development of NGI technologies benefitting to Ukraine’s recovery are very welcome and will be part of all tracks. The panel will discuss the needs for NGI technologies, and the benefits for the NGI Enrichers fellows and their hosts.

7:00pm - 8:00pm

International Collaboration for Research Infrastructure

  • Cédric Crettaz   Brecht Vermeulen   Carmen Guerrero   Nikos Makris  

The session presents the international collaboration in the context of the research infrastructures used in the ICT domain to create large and complex experiments requiring numerous and heterogeneous resources. It will describe different federated testbeds currently used in Europe and the next steps concerning the European ICT research infrastructure, namely SLICES.

8:00pm - 9:00pm

Large Scale IoT+ deployments from a 5G perspective

  • Gabriel Antonio Marão   Marcelo Knorich Zuffo   Sam Xun Sun   Diogo Lino Passos Machado  

IoT is estimated by McKinseyt to generated value of 1.6 trillion usd in 2020, as more and more organisations start to perform data driven decisions, we need to ensure that the data is correct. There are many approaches to this, but many of them are too far for the practise actually used by organisations. In this session we will present best practices from the industry on how to validate data and how to get started with a data validation process including practical tools, methods and processes.

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Building trust in a distributed cloud world

  • Philippe Cases   Jason Shepherd   Jeff DeCoux  

Existing authorization mechanisms fail to provide powerful and robust tools for handling security at the scale necessary for today’s Internet. Information Technology is becoming distributed as data is increasingly created at the Edge and processed at the Edge. Furthermore, those new systems require increased programmability of the Internet. The industry needs a new framework to confidently deliver data from devices to applications and applications to data. Gaia-X and Alvarium are projects that are approaching the concept of trust. Gaia-X, a project generated by the European Union, is developing a standard to enable networked systems to share data in such a way that the data owner can decide what happens to their data, where it is stored and always retained data sovereignty. LF Edge Alvarium guarantees the integrity of the data, making sure the data used is the same as the data created.

10:00pm - 11:00pm

IPv6 Deployment in Latin America, current status and key uses cases

  • Azael Fernandez Alcantara   Oscar A. Robles-Garay   Hector Eduardo Velarde Diaz  

This session is about the IPv6 Deployment in Latin America and the situation with IPv4, their current status, predictions, and key uses cases from the perspectives of the RIR LACNIC, the Federal Government of Mexico and the IPv6 deployment strategy in Colombia.

11:00pm - 12:00am

Blockchain data capture via the IoT for environmental monitoring and AI

  • Brendan Lee   Paul Chiari   Daniel Keane   Samir Bhattarai  

While becoming more widespread, the internet of things is in many respects a nascent industry, only beginning to fulfil its promising potential. In this panel we will look at how IoT devices can be connected to the blockchain for the purpose of capturing environmental data, and the ways in which this data can be applied across industry, government and academia. The panellists each bring their own unique perspective and a large body of work including projects such as Metastreme (www.metastreme.com), WeatherSV (www.weathersv.app), Dagda (www.dagda.app) and more. The panellists’ discussion will cover how the BSV blockchain is being used to capture data and the unique properties that data captured in this way brings with it, as well as looking at current and future applications of big data systems built using this technology.

12:00am - 1:00am

Some elements for the future digital world

  • Marc Duranton   Bo Wei   Hang Song  

The future digital world will emerge from the convergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT and the continuum of computing, systems working both for the cyber and the real world, efficient communication, edge processing and resource federation. To enable it, we need discovery mechanisms for properties, including for the non-functional ones (like latency, energy, localization, security, cost, …), interoperability among systems, all united by self-organizing and trustworthy orchestration mechanisms. The aim of this session is to present some elements that could compose the future digital world, with focus on video streaming and medicine/healthcare domains.

1:00am - 2:00am

Towards Emerging Web 3.0 Era

  • Gyu Myoung Lee   Jun Kyun Choi   Hyeontaek Oh  

2:00am - 3:00am

Future of Digital Transformation

  • JaeSeung Song   Soojun Park   Seungmyeong Jeong   Jaeho Kim  

3:00am - 4:00am

Integrating IPv6 and 5G to Connect all IoT devices in China

  • Haisheng Yu (Johnson)   Shuping Peng   Xiulong Liu   Chi Cheng   Chenhao Ma  

IPv6 can be seen as the cornerstone of the next-generation Internet. As a wireless network, in order to play a greater role, 5G needs the support of basic Internet including IPv6. Only with the integration of IPv6 and 5G, the information superhighway can operate at high speed and stably. The rapid development of mobile Internet, Internet of Things, Industrial Internet, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and other industries has put forward new requirements for larger address space, security, mobility and service quality. The convergence of IPv6 and 5G will solve these problems and make the Internet of Everything possible. IPv6 has fully considered the mobility, security, reliability and service quality requirements of the network from the very beginning of its design. At the same time, IPv6+5G can greatly improve network efficiency and realize ultra-high-speed mobile Internet connection through 5G technology. Allocate exclusive addresses to each smart device through IPv6 unlimited address resources, support innovation and development in related fields, and make public life more informatized, intelligent, and convenient. Accelerating the application of new technologies such as IPv6 and 5G will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the future.

4:00am - 5:00am

Exploring Exciting Innovations in Digital Healthcare & Medical Informatics

  • Sureswaran Ramadass   Muhammad Asyraf Mohammad Naim   Kalaivani Chellappan   Achintha Madhusanka  

The advancement of technology in today’s digital age have enabled healthcare innovations to come a long way. More so with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the global population is adopting digital healthcare and its accompanying technologies at a rapid pace. In this virtual session, Prof Emeritus Sureswaran Ramadass will explore three exciting projects in the health technology space with their respective project leaders. Dr Muhammad Asyraf will be elaborating on a proprietary and platform-agnostic single-custodian model of healthcare data management, while Assoc Prof Kalaivani Chellappan will talk about leveraging photopletysmography for non-invasive vascular health monitoring, and Dr Achintha Madhusanka will explain his research on processing eye-gaze tracking as a means of non-verbal communication among the elderly and disabled.

5:00am - 6:00am

Accelerating Digital Transfomation in India- Convergence of IPv6, Blockchain, IOT ,5G,Web3

  • Satya N. Gupta   Anil Jain   Kapil Jain   Archana Gulati   Mallikarjun Karra   Neha Aggarwal  

During the above panel discussion the sector experts will deliberate upon, how the convergence of IPv6,Blockchain,IOT and 5G leading to web3 is being leveraged by Govt. Industry and Startups is being leveraged to accelerate the Digital Transformation in all fields and sectors in India in a collaborative mode. The salient discussion points will be India journey to top of the world in IPv6 deployment, facilitating policy framework for IOT and 5G towards ease of doing business and focus towards use cases of Blockchain ( Distributed Ledger Technology) for achieving efficiency, reliability, security and trust in Business, micropayments and Governance.

6:00am - 7:00am

Toolkit on Digital Transformation for People-Oriented Cities and Communities - video

The Toolkit on Digital Transformation for People-Oriented Cities and Communities supports strategizing and planning the digital transformation of cities and communities to promote sustainable, inclusive, resilient and improved quality of life for residents in cities and communities. The resources contained in this Toolkit include international standards and guidance, the latest research and projections, and cutting-edge reports on a variety of timely topics relevant to the digital transformation of cities and communities. The Toolkit can universally benefit cities and communities, as well as regions and countries regardless of their level of smart or digital development, or their geographical or economic status. ​ The Toolkit is:​ - A one-stop guide containing latest international standards and other ITU and UN resources, publications and reports.​ - An endeavour to identify the challenges faced by cities as well as potential solutions that they can leverage for maximum positive impact.​ - A comprehensive, yet non-exhaustive collation of information that is meant to inspire and support progress toward the SDGs, especially SDG 11, at the local level.​

7:00am - 8:00am

A Technology Hub for Africa. Public-private collaboration in the IFOW

  • Tanya Suarez   Tilson Manyoni   Lindy Mkhize   Khumbulani Mpofu   Warren La Fleur  

IFOW – Distela Place Technology presentation

8:00am - 9:00am

Smart Cities initiatives from Middle East and Africa

  • Mohamed Essaaidi   Aslı Ceren Mavikurt   Chibunna Ogbonna   Manuel Rocamora   Niksha Maharaj  

9:00am - 10:00am

Closing Session

  • Haisheng Yu (Johnson)   Bo Wei   Tilson Manyoni   Mohamed Essaaidi   Neha Aggarwal   Srdjan Krčo  

19-20 October 2023 | 24 Hours Connecting Over the World

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The IoT Forum will coordinate a main track of top-level sessions. Partners, projects and sponsors will also have the possibility to autonomously organize complementary sessions in a parallel programme.

From 9:00 am on 19 October

24 Sessions from Europe, Americas, Asia/Pacific

Participants profile: Industry representatives, experts, top-level researchers and specialized media


Emerging Technologies for digital transformation

Emerging Technologies for Digital Transformation in the COVID Era

5G for Connected and Automated Mobility

Digital Maturity

Digital Transformation: Big Data, Marketplaces and Data Economy

IoT Cognitive Edge Based on Open Hardware

Full Migration to IPv6 Only

Next Generation Internet

IoT & Emerging Technologies on the Airline Industry

Technologies for the Good

IoT on Smart Cities

AI for Good

Towards a Secure IoT World - Intelligent Trust and Identity Management

Agrifood Industry

IoT for SDGs

Smart Governance and e-Governments

The Indian Opportunity on IoT and Ipv6

Blockchain Applications in Africa

Africa-EU Water Management Cooperation: Challenges and Perspectives.

International Cooperation

International Cooperation in Research and Innovation

IoT Research Innovation Deployment in Europe

Fundamental Research in the EU and the US

Distributed computing and swarm intelligence

International Collaboration for Research Infrastructure

IPv6 and 5G Convergence

Future Generation of Mobile Communications

IoT Cybersecurity Framework

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