7th Living Bits and Things 2017

The Now and How of the Digital Transformation and IoT

We are expecting the 7th edition of the Internet of Things event "Living bits and things 2017” held in Bled. Traditionally the event gives attendees current insights and understanding of the IoT in the central and east Europe (CEE) region and opportunity to share and discuss the challenges with professionals and experts.

This year we are going to closely look at the developments in three major verticals Smart Healthcare and Wellbeing, Smart cities and Industry 4.0.

Due to fast technology progress it is important to be able to keep up the pace not only with the IoT and technology in general, but also to be able to efficiently manage business, customers, resources and risks. These are the challenges Living bits and things 2017 will address!

Ecosystems, platforms and business clusters in Industry 4.0
Data protection, security and privacy
Innovation through digital value chains

How to learn fast, make better decisions and efficiently innovate?

With Interent of Things and digital transformation organizations only get the enabling elements to implement their business strategy and go beyond the traditional production and cost optimization.

  • it's critical to be able to digitally manage data to develop new business models and become part of new value chains,
  • the next challenge is to develop and introduce the customized products and service with lower cost right on time,
  • it's important to stay in touch with your customers and products throughout the life cycle.

The answer to these challenges is not final and doesn't sound as a perfect plan. The answer is actually a process which directs companies to go open, to join business clusters and proactively participate or even drive the ecosystem.

Join us to learn about the IoT and Industry 4.0 ecosystems, clusters and best practices from the experts in the region, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland and Slovenia and others.

Hot topics @ the event in 2017

Learn why first movers and tech leaders in different industries have already adopted the IoT, what are the impacts and ROI, how they manage the risks, data security and what has IoT to offer in the next years.

Smart cities: deliver the social value

Not only cities, but in general communities are more and more important when we discuss the smart and sustainable life, work and social engagement.

With IoT and connected devices around us, even on us, there are plenty opportunities to develop smart cities and communities.

Healthcare, active life and well being are among the top drivers in the smart cities today.

Why cities are not like industry and how they innovate?

Data: From Open & Secure to GDPR & Blockchain

Connected devices daily add terabytes of data to all the data already exists. It is a challenge to gather, store, manage, exchange, analyse and make value out of data.

By May 2018 in EU organizations will have to implement the GDPR (General Protection Data Regulation) or else they will face serious consequences.

Are blockchain, encryptions, regulations and standards enough to support the innovation?

How to unleash the value of your data and stay alive?

Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation

How can companies, especially SMEs effectively overcome the major challenges when implementing the disrupting Industry 4.0? Are these only myths:

1. Lack of experts and knowledge
2. Missing clear ROI and value
3. Reusable proven good practices
4. High cyber security and data risks

What are the technologies, tools and methods applied at the leading I4.0 companies?

Are the SMEs the key for a successful implementation of Industry 4.0?

Last year the combined events the 6th IoT event Living bits and things 2016 and 29th Bled eConference were attended by over 250 participants from over 30 countries from all around the world. Living bits and things delivers major contribution and value through:

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  • Relaxed and magic environment of Bled for social and business networking;
  • Delicious and unique local food, drinks and hospitality;
  • Dynamic, open and focused workshops and interactive sessions;
  • Connecting new business models and monetization with the value deliverd to businesses, society and enviroment;
  • Critical insights in the Central and South East Europe region challeges which can be efficientyl addressed by the IoT;

You can view the most interesting highlights and feel the atmosphere of the past events here.


Marjana Majerič
Director - Central Slovene Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Uroš Merljak
Channel Sales Manager, Schneider Electric Slovenia
Aleš Hančič
Director, TECOS, Tooling and Die Cluster Slovenia
Dejan Podgoršek
Manager for Business Development & ISVs, SEE, IBM Slovenia
Jure Lampe
CEO - SenLab
Marcus Kottinger
IBM - Industry 4.0 / Business Development
Jernej Adamič
Zenodys B.V. - Founder & CEO
Tomaž Savšek
Assistant Management Director - TPV d.o.o.
Marko Jankovič
Researcher - Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
Toby Ruckert
CEO - Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd.
Sandra Roosna
Soracom - Director, Marketing and Business Development
Irina Shklovski
Associate Professor - IT University of Copenhagen
Matevž Pogačnik
Associate professor - University of Ljubljana, Faculty of electrical engineering
Sanmit Ahuja
Chief Executive - ETI Dynamics Ltd, UK
Dejan Ljuština
PwC - Member of the Management Board
Pasi Hurri
President - BaseN Corporation
Matevž Pustišek
Senior lecturer - University of Ljubljana
Janko Pavlović
CEO - Digital worx Serbia
Andrej Tomšič
Deputy Information Commissioner - Information Commissioner of Slovenia
Boris Presekar
Prokurator - Robert Bosch d.o.o.
Christine Neuy
Managing Director - microTEC Südwest e.V.
Giacomo Copani
Head of »Manufacturing Business Models« Research Department - CNR-ITIA (National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation
Selver Softic
Lecturer and R&D Manager - CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences
Peter Wostner
Smart Specialisation Unit - Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy
Maudez Le Dantec
Head of International and European Affairs - Plastipolis
Johannes Brunner
Ecosystem Automotive - IDM Südtirol
Arnaud Bocquillon
Marko Močnik
General Manager - Pomurje Technology Park
Christian Kittl
CEO - EVOLARIS next level GmbH
Alexander Habinski
CSP Leader, CEE, IBM Global Business Partner
Peter Pustatičnik
Head of eHealth and eCare - Telekom Slovenia
Jernej Pintar
Technology Park Ljubljana
Marzia Morgantini
AFIL - Cooperation Manager
Tanja Kožuh
CEO - Primorska technology park


Day 1

19th June 2017
Hotel Golf - Hall of Jupiter
Time Session
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:30
Digital transformation, IoT and digital economy
Combined Session 7th Living bits and things 2017 & 30th Bled eConference
Welcome speech and keynotes from industry and academia to jointly address the challenges and opportunities of the digital transformation.

  • Paul Timmers, Former Director EU Commission Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity
    The next 30 years ... and what you can do about it?!

  • Dejan Ljuština, Memeber of the Management Board, PwC
    Emerging Tech: The Next Frontier

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
IoT and digital data - challenging the way we communicate
Today we use different devices and interfaces to communicate, which is technically speaking just a simple data interchange. With the Internet of things (IoT), sensors and automatically operated connected devices we are facing new challenges in communication between people and especially between people and machines.
As users either in private life or in business and industry we are using many different types of interfaces and communication modes. From web Analytics/Dashboards to Apps and most recent chatbots, voice and gesture controls.
Is this what we as users want or we can look forward to experiencing a next "IoT interface", which will take advantage of the artifical intelligence, mobile technology and other new developments?

Participants and presentations links:

  • Matevž Pogačnik,
    Multimedia Lab, Faculty for Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
    User experience aspects in IoT domain

  • Franc Dolenc,
    CEO, Media Interactive, Slovenia
    iKranj for Connected Community in Digital Transformation Age

  • Alexander Habinski,
    CSP & CSV business development director, IBM CEE, Austria
    IoT and Digital Data Challenging Rhe Way We Communicate

  • Jure Lampe,
    CEO, Senlab (an UnifiedInBox partner), Slovenia

  • Toby Ruckert, CEO, UnifedInBox, Singapore
  • Tomaž Vidonja, CEO, Living bits and things event
    The Now and How of the Digital Transformation and Iot
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Challenging the IoT & Data Paradox: From open data to blockchain
Session/workshop will be dedicated to emerging opportinities and challenges brought by the new data economy. As devices arround us become more intelligent and they deliver immense amount of data every single moment, the potential of using and abusing data is huge and present high threat and also a high potential for organizations and society. What are the implications of EU GDPR - General Data Protection regulation, which needs to be implemented by the companies and organizations until May 25, 2018? What are the tools to handle data and technolgies to manage data security? How to monetize data? Do we forget about ethics when we collect, share, use data either privately, in smart society or in business?
  • Andrej Tomšič,
    Deputy Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner of Slovenia;
    The GDPR - implement or die: What you need to do by May 25, 2018?

  • Dejan Podgoršek,
    IBM Innovation Centre, Slovenia
    Blockchain - beyond bitcoin: From theory to practice in Industry and Smart society

  • Matevž Pustišek,
    University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Swether: Electric Switch with Ethereum Blockchain Support, a case of Blockchain Enabled IoT device

  • Irina Shklovski,
    IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Ethics in Internet of Things: Where, Who and How?
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
IoT in Smart cities and communities: Tech for Social Value
Smart cities and communities also known worldwide as smart habitats take over the development of the society and they become major players in regions and in countries. There is no one single best solution how to become a smart city and how to empower the smart community. It is important to understand and learn about the challenges in the cities, towns, villages and communities in order to use the technologies for the best outcome. The workshop will focus to active living, well being, smart healthcare and mobility with practical demonstration and real working cases.

  • Boris Presekar, Bosch
    Connected devices, connected partners: Delivering value in smart cities - cases to go

  • Marko Jankovič, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
     Remote health: ICT challenges of remote patient monitoring with a demo

  • Janko Pavlović, Digital Worx, Serbia
    E-lungs - smart public transportation: Where are my batteries? 

  • Sanmit Ahuja, ETI Dynamics, Great Britain/India
    Green ICT / Smart Ambient /Active Habitat: Project opportunities and challenges in 100 Smart Cities India program

  • Peter Pustatčink, Head of e-Healtha and e-Care, Telekom Slovenije
    e-Care Service: A Telco perspective of Smart community services

19:00 - 22:00
Evening social and entertaining networking
Each year a special thematic evening networking event is organized, which is an excellent opportunity to meet each other, disuss new opportunities for cooperation and simply enjoy the moment. Experience a deliciuos local cousine, excellent Slovenian wines and our hospitality in a magic nature of Bled.

Day 2

20th June 2017
Hotel Golf - Hall of Jupiter
Time Session
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:30
How companies plan, implement and take advantage of Industry4.0?
An interactive workshop session on learning from pragmatic leaders in Industry 4.0 and Smart factories. With special focus on:

• From idea to implementation;
• Going alone or in cooperation with partners;
• Outcome and benefits;
• What to do and what to avoid?
• What SMEs can learn from large enterprises and vice-versa?

  • Tomaž Savšek, TPV, Slovenia
    Industry 4.0 in practice: Supplier in automotive industry moves toward smart factory

  • Dejan Podgoršek, Manager for Business Development & ISV, IBM Innovation Center, Ljubljana
    The value of data: Industrial Internet of Things and cognitive computing beyond optimizing cost

  • Sandra Roosna, Soracom, Japan
    Start quickly, scale fast and think big

  • Igor Potočnik, Infotrans, Slovenia
    Logistics and supply chain in the heart of the Industry 4.0: Taking advantage of IoT

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT: From factory floor to value chain
This session brings first hand best practices and case studies about the major challenges manufacturing industries and SMEs face today. These consist of the basic interests why to plan and how jump on Industry 4.0 train, what outcome to expect and where to start. The scope starts with the infrastructure and goes beyond technolgies to open and discuss major challenges related to implementation of digital industry and business. Most important value of this session is to bring together knowledge and people who have experiences, methods and tools for I4.0 implementation, especially for SMEs and those who are either entering or improving their digital journey in I4.0 and Industrial IoT.

  • Uroš Merljak, Schneider Electric, Slovenia
    Connecting machines and devices in a reliable way: What you need on your factory floor?

  • Jure Lampe, Senlab, Slovenia
    Fail fast and fail often: Pilot your early connected ideas to become I4.0 ready

  • Pasi Hurri, BaseN, Finland
    From digital twins to spimes: From product to intelligent services in any industry

  • Christian Kittl, Evolaris GmbH, Austria
    Securely connecting smart products: Best practice from automotive industry

12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
I4.0 Innovation Ecosystem Forum Europe
Roundtable will offer an excellent opportunity to learn about the Industry 4.0, Factories of Future and Smart factories experiences in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and Slovenia. Together with experts from Spain, Croatia and Poland discussion will focus on most challenging topics industry faces as they implement advanced technologies and digitize business processes in order to implement I4.0.

Participants and presentations:

  • Marjana Majerič, Technology park Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Leading Innovation HUB in SE Europe

  • Marko Močnik, Technology park Pomurje, Slovenia
     Strategic cross-cluster collaboration

  • Tanja Kožuh, Technology park Primorje, Slovenia
    The meeting point in theregional innovation system

  • Johannes Brunner, IDM Tirol, Italy
    Catalyzing Smart Engineering & Rapid Prototyping

  • Giacomo Copani, ITIA CNR, Italy
    Mediterranean Trans-Regional Cooperation for green manufacturing innovation

  • Christine Neuy, Microtec Sudwest, Germany
    Industry 4.0 "journey" to accelerate digital transformation processes in SME

  • Arnaud Buquillon, VIA MECA, France
    Design, production and integration of intelligent mechanical systems.

  • Peter Wostner,
    Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, Slovenia
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Industry 4.0 by SME: Dynamic, pragmatic and operational
This session will show successful cases presented by the SMEs which have implemented the I4.0 and what was their journey. It will focus on particular challenges and will answer specific questions about the I4.0 planning, financing, implementation and next steps by the SMEs. As there is no one single and general approach and solution to the I4.0 implementation the value of this session and discussion will come out of the first hand experiences shared by the companies. The cases are segmented according to the strategic and business expected outcome as a major reason why companies decided to go the I4.0 way.

Participants / Speakers

  • Christine Neuy, Microtec SudWest, Germany
    Bwcon and microTEC Südwest as partners of "Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg"

  • Viktoria Ilger, Evolaris, Austria
    Competence Centre for Digital Assistance Systems

  • Marzia Morgantini, AFIL, Italy
    Intelligent Manufacturing Cluster

  • Aleš Hančič, TECOS, Slovenia
    TECOS - Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre

  • Maudez Ledantec, Plastipolis, France
    Plastipolis Cluster Industry 4.0 by SME: Dynamic, pragmatic and operational


  • Jernej Pintar, Technology park Ljubljana, Slovenia

20:00 - 22:00
Evening social networking event
Experience a deliciuos local cousine, excellent Slovenian wines and our hospitality in a magic nature of Bled.
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