Planned activities at the Spanish Pavilion in 4YFN

Monday, February 27th

10.00 h. Cybersecurity hackathon

Beginning of the three day Incibe’s cybersecurity hackathon, where fifteen finalist teams will develop open source tools, solutions and/or apps on the fields of cybersecurity and internet of things (IoT).

10.30 h. Natural language processing hackathon

Beginning of the one day first natural language processing hackathon, where ten finalist teams will develop specific functionalities based on natural language processing and automatic translation.

14.00 h. – 15.30 h. Presentation of the finalist projects of the natural language processing hackathon

The ten finalists will show their prototypes to the jury.

16.00 h. – 16.45 h. Workshop: Sport business digitalization

Round table on sport digitalization, from two different perspectives: the one of the sport business itself that will show the challenges it is facing, its short and long term vision, its innovation strategies and some success stories; and the one of the technology providers, the startups, that will show their approach to the market, the solutions they offer and their best practices. Geko Navsat, NBN23 and 3D Digital Venue will participate in the workshop as technology providers. Manuel Lapuente, sport scientist performance analyst, and Thomas Hasselman, expert in indoor location, will represent the sport business.

17.00 h. – 18.00 h. Awards ceremony of the natural language processing hackathon

Following the deliberation of the jury, José María Lasalle, Secretary of State for the Information Society and Digital Agenda, will deliver the awards of the first natural language processing hackathon.


Tuesday, February 28th

09.00 h. Cybersecurity hackathon

Results of phase 2 will be shown.

10.30 h. – 11.15 h. Workshop – Talent acquisition & retention in startups

Talent acquisition and retention is a great challenge that startups face daily. During the workshop the speakers will explain their view of the situation and will show the strategies carried out in their companies, as well as their perspectives of the near future. Moderated by IronHack, an international programming bootcamp, Carto, Marketeer, Tinámica and Datalong16, all four startups with large experience of talent management, will set forth their experience.

12.30 h. – 13.30 h. Workshop – Spain, rising opportunities for investment in startups

Presentation of the existing investment opportunities in the Spanish technology field. International promotion of the Spanish entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem and foreign investment attraction on seed and early stage phases. The speakers will be investment entities from different countries: Kibo Ventures, AEBAN and ICEX from Spain; Partech Ventures form France; and European Investment Fund from Luxemburg. Seed&Click, a company with experience in the Spanish entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem, will moderate the round table.

15.00 h. – 16.00 h. Silicon Valley, land of risks and opportunities

The ecosystem around Silicon Valley is the greatest breeding ground for the development of new ideas and creative solutions. Despite all advantages and opportunities, there is a downside in this enriching environment, where 8 out of 10 startups fail and the silent war for tech talents is tensing the labor market and increasing the housing prices, where the valuation of digital and virtual companies is in an expanding bubble and the deaths of the first “unicorns” are shaking the investment funds of the Valley. An innovation rush with golden opportunities for outstanding minds, but with a flip side kept in shadow by the flashing lights of success and fame. Christian Prada, former director of the Spain Tech Center (STC) and expert in Silicon Valley’s ecosystem, will show the current reality of the Valley. Moreover, MyVitale and Touchvie, both startups that have experienced San Francisco and the Bay Area, will explain their own experience of the process.

16.00 h. – 16.45 h. Workshop – LATAM markets for startups

Business opportunities in Latin American markets. During the workshop Bizz Global, a consulting company expert in internationalization, will show the current digitalization degree of three very interesting countries for technology startups, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, the way of doing business in each of them and their peculiarities. Three Spanish startups already operating in Latin America will explain their entry strategies and the results obtained: MuchoMove, Waterrevive and easyGOband.

17.45 h. – 18.00 h. Institutional presentation – Spanish public initiatives to promote entrepreneurship

Red.es and ICEX will show their initiatives to support entrepreneurs.

18.00 h. – 20.00 h. Live! Showcooking and networking drinks

To complete an intense day in 4YFN, nothing better than a live Spanish cooking show, by allthefoodies, served with cold beer. The perfect environment for informal networking. Come and join us!


Wednesday, March 1st

11.00 h. Cybersecurity hackathon

Final phase of projects and evaluation by judges.

15.00 h. – 15.45 h. Workshop: Fintech vs. Insurtech

Among the Fintech revolution, Insurtech sector is growing fast. However, there are differences between both sectors that must be considered. In this session, the speakers will show the main challenges faced by Fintech and Insurtech companies, as well as some of the most interesting success stories. The Spanish Fintech and Insurtech Association (AEFI) [pending] will show the current state of both sectors in Spain and will make way to both realities:  Helpflash from the point of view of Insurtech, Opseeker, TransferZero and Check-it, from Fintech’s.

16.00 h. – 16.45 h. Workshop: UX Magic

Presentation of the user experience (UX) importance as a means of growing any business. Checkealos and Pasiona [pending] will show some examples of improving online user experience and the impact on key business indicators. Brand Your Shoes, on the other hand, will explain its best practice of offline user experience. Training Center ESNE [pending] will moderate the workshop.

17.00 h. – 18.00 h. Awards ceremony of the cybersecurity hackathon

Spanish Pavilion at 4YFN 2017 agenda will conclude with the prize-giving of Incibe’s cybersecurity hackathon.