Warsaw, June 5, 2018
Festival Sektor 3.0 “Let’s know-how!” –
how technologies can change organizations
Over 800 participants, nearly 70 expert speakers from Poland and abroad. Numerous workshops and seminars, international debate, a coding area for children, tech fair with dozens of companies, a lot of networking, live coverage watched by nearly 100,000 Internet users and the first place on Twitter trends – this is the balance of the Sektor 3.0 Festival, the largest event in Poland dedicated to the application of new technologies in social activities. It took place on 29 and 30 May in Warsaw.
For 8 years, the Sektor 3.0 Festival has been gathering hundreds of enthusiasts of new technologies – representatives of non-profit organizations, business, public administration, science and the media. The main part of the Festival (day one) took place at the Copernicus Science Center, while the partners became the hosts of the second day of the Festival and organized practical workshops for the participants in their Warsaw offices.
‘New technologies are to improve the quality of life of citizens’ – said Marek Zagórski, Minister of Digitization, during the opening presentation. Emma Lacey-Bordeaux from CNN raised an important topic of information exchange on the Internet. ‘Nowadays, everyone who has a smartphone is involved in the production and distribution of information. And as there are more smartphones in the world than people, the Internet becomes a crowded place’ – the CNN journalist explained during her speech. Jurek Owsiak, in turn, talked about the technological progress made by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity: ‘Over the last 26 years we have made a huge jump. We used to collect money mainly into paper cans. Today, about 45% of payments are collected electronically!’
The seminar part of the meeting, featured numerous speakers, including Piotr Kraś from TVN (The future of information in the Internet age), Daniel Rząsa from Google (How to obtain and present information on the Internet), Marcin Waszczuk from Microsoft (Artificial Intelligence for everyone) and Mohamed Jimale from AriFarm (A goat, a farm and a smartphone, or modern fundraising methods).
Festival visitors also had the opportunity to take part in a tech fair, where dozens of exhibitors presented their offer. These included Google, Polish Humanitarian Action, Prowly and Mozilla. The ‘market zone’ was complemented by a specially built ‘makerspace zone,’ operated by the Copernicus Science Center and FabLab. The offer was supplemented by shows during which selected companies from the new technologies industry presented their technological innovations – among them Microsoft’s Cortana, or the Google application – Tilt Brush VR.
The closing international debate summarized the discussions and workshops. The discussion on information, data and knowledge was moderated by dr. Michał Boni, Member of the European Parliament, with the participation of: Sands Fish (MIT Media Lab), prof. Junseok Hwanga (Seoul National University), Krzysztof Jonak (Intel), dr. Aleksandra Przegalińska (Leon Koźmiński Academy), Amry Naidoo (muru-D Accelerator) and Timos Platsas (Microsoft).
‘Year by year, the Sektor 3.0 Festival brings a more guests from abroad. This year, we also beat the attendance record – again! The interest in the Festival is also demonstrated by the popularity of on-line streaming. Thanks to it, the information about the event reaches a broader audience,’ said Dawid Szarański, director of the Sektor 3.0 program.
During the Festival, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation Award of PLN 40,000 was also awarded to an institution that best applied new technologies in social initiatives. It was received by the Association of Possible Initiatives ‘Jasna’ from Ostróda – for taking action in verifying information on the Internet and creating an online television focused on publicizing important social and local problems.
On the second day, the participants took part in 10 workshops prepared by the Festival partners, which were held, among others in the Warsaw offices of Microsoft, Google, Cisco and Ericsson, as well as the premises of the Ministry of Digitization and the Warsaw School of Economics.
Sektor 3.0 is not just the brand name of the Festival – it is an ongoing program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, under which non-profit organizations learn to apply the latest technological solutions in social activities. As a result, they function more efficiently, reach more people, and their experiences with new technologies inspire others to operate more effectively. Between 2011 and 2018, eight editions of the Sektor 3.0 Festival were organized, with the participation of over 4,100 visitors.
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