9th Living Bits and Things 2019

"If you don't understand the details of your business you are going to fail."

Jeff Bezos,
CEO, Amazon,

We are expecting the 9th edition of the Internet of Things event "Living bits and things 2019”, the leading digital transformation event in the central and east Europe (CEE) region, traditionally held in Bled.

The event gives attendees current insights and understanding of the IoT – internet of things, AI – artificial intelligence, blockchain and digital transformation technologies. It brings up hot topics and future trends discussed during the event and challenging the professionals and experts from digital and traditional industries.

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 2019 will address!

Digital product:
Learn fast, make better decisions and efficiently innovate

With the Internet 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 your 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 services 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 like a perfect plan. The answer is a process which directs companies to go open, to join business clusters and proactively participate or even drive the ecosystem.

Hot topics @ the event in 2019

Learn why first movers and tech leaders in different industries have already adopted the IoT, AI and blockchain. Hear why the digital transformation has become part of their regular processes and what are the impacts and ROI, how they manage the risks, data security and what are the innovative product and solutions they offer based on digital technologies.

Last year the combined events the 8th IoT event Living bits and things 2018 and 31st 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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Event Brief

  • 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 delivered to businesses, society, and environment;
  • Critical insights in the Central and South East Europe region challenges which can be effectively addressed by the IoT;

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


Day 1

17th June 2019
Time Session
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:30
Welcome and opening session
in cooperation between Living bits and things and Bled eConference
»Welcome Speech«
Andreja Pucihar, Bled eConference organizer
Tomaž Vidonja, Living bits and things organizer

»Artificial Intelligence and Ethics: The importance of keeping technology human and useful«
Rudi Medved, Minister,
Ministry of Public Administration and Information Society

»Industry 4.0 and the human being«
Gunter Riedhofer, VP, InformationTechnology, Siltronic AG, Germany

»It is not about Conenct and Collect, it's about Insight and Action«
Felix Denner
, The Weather Company, an IBM Business

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee and Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30
Digital Technology and Innovation
Unchain the Blockchain: How blockchain changes your business? - Interactive Session

»How blockchain helps traditional industries going digital?«
Klemen Peternel, CEO, Kalmia d.o.o.

»Turning a product into a service: Blockchain enables new business model«
Saša Kojič,
Director, Global business, Danfoss

»Remembering to forget: Identity, privacy and decentralisation«
Jim Kosem
, Designer and consultant, DeepWork Studio, UK

»Privacy in new digital era: The legal perspective«
Nataša Pirc Musar, Odvetniška družba Pirc Musar & Lemut Strle

Moderator: Tomaž Vidonja, Eurocon
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch & Networking Break
14:00 - 15:30
Digital Technology and Innovation
From IoT – Internet of Things to AI – Artificial Intelligence: Data as a fuel to your digital engine driving value! - Interactive Session
Enabling I ready environment in industry for maintenance based on IoT
Sandi Horvat,

Connecting IoT data to your performance and business intelligence«
Marko Praprotnik,
Co-founder and Managing Partner, SmartIS Ltd.

»Public opinion mining using machine learning and IoT data«
Matej Kren, Laboratory for Telecommunications, University of Ljubljana

»Managing Human Resources with AI: Myth or reality?«
Lana Balić Matijašević, CEO, Careesma, Croatia

Moderator: Dejan Podgoršek, IBM

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee and Networking Break
16:00 - 17:30
Digital Technology and Innovation
IoT for Smart innovative communities and sustainable development! - Interactive session

»So you have smart streetlamp – now what?«

»So you have smart streetlamp – now what?«
Günter Obiltschnig,Applied Informatics GmbH, Austria

»Colibri IoT - Open Arduino based IoT platform for Education«
Luka Mali,
The things network

»Towards a responsible Internet of Things«
Jeff Katz, JK Ventures, Germany

»An IOT sollution for indoor environmental quality monitoring«
Marco Villa,
Pre Sales Solution Engineer, Nuvap, Italy

»IoT supported Power Anaylser – a practical case«
Aljoša Hecl & Andrej Volčjak,
Iskra & SRIP PMiS – Smart cities and communities

Moderator: Matjaž Logar, CEO, ICT Technology Network Cluster
17:30 - 18:00
Lights Out – Day 1
A moderated open and interactive Q&A session with discussion between speakers and delegates. A final wrap-up of complete daily actions. 

Moderator: TBA
18:00 - 22:00
Dinner - Evening VIP Networking and Socializing Event
(venue and details to be disclosed),

Day 2

18th June 2019
Time Session
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:30
Digital Transformation and Sustainable Solutions
Morning Keynotes
What industries demand from Telecom in 5G era
Alexander Sysoev, Ericsson, Austria

Dealing with the uncertainties of Digital transformation
Anushka Driessen, Partner Innovation Ventures, The Netherlands

09:30 - 10:30
Digital Transformation and Sustainable Solutions
IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things - Session

»Mobile operator platform for IoT«
Matej Meža, Mega M Ltd.

»Distribution 4.0«
Janko Pavlović, CEO, Digital Worx, Serbia

Development of Telekom Slovenia IoT Network
Andrej Kranjčević, Telekom Slovenije

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee and Networking Break
11:00 - 12:45
Digital Transformation and Sustainable Solutions
IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things and I4.0 focusing on three important challenges of traditional companies and SMEs going digital! - Workshop

Challenge 1:
Secure infrastructure: 5G industrial private network,

Matjaž Savnik, Ericsson, Slovenia

Challenge 2: The Industrial IoT platform: how to get your data and how to do it with limited budget?,
Jure Lampe,
CEO, Senlab d.o.o.

Challenge 3: Analyse your data, use AI and deliver the value,
Katarina Gašperlin,
IBM, Data Scientist

Moderators: Marko Bohar, GZS-ZEE Smart factories and Peter Geršak, CIO, IBM

12:45 - 14:00
Lunch & Networking Break
14:00 - 15:30
Digital Transformation and Sustainable Solutions
Digital & Connected Tourism: Going beyond social media and promotion! - Workshop

Tourism 4.0: Co-creating smart tourism ecosystem

Urška Starc-Peceny, PhD, Arctur, CIO and lead of Tourism 4.0 Department

Digitalisation of touristic mountain resorts - a holistic approach from marketing to sales
Daniel Wakounig,
Alturos Destinations, Austria

Digital (R)evolution in Travel and Tourism with Immersive Technologies - Augmented-/Mixed-/Virtual Reality
Thomas Fickert, DEXPERIO Group, Germany

The potential of digital Tourism: EU Case(s)
Name Surname, (TBD)

Moderator: Urška Starc-Peceny, PhD
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee and Networking Break
16:00 - 17:30
Digital Transformation and Sustainable Solutions
The pros and cons of the digital innovation: Monetizing your digital assets. - Round Table
  • Anuschka Driessen, Partner Innovation Ventures, The Netherlands;
  • Marko Bohar, Smart Factories Cluster, GZS-ZEE, Slovenia
  • Janko Pavlovič, DigitalWorx, Serbia
  • Lana Balić Matijašević, Careesma (TBC)

Moderator: Matjaž Zupančič – Tičo, SDBP – Slovenia Dutch Business Platform
18:00 - 22:00
Lights Out – 2019, Welcome 2020
Evening VIP socializing event with Business & Fun Networking @ Lake Bled
Details to be disclosed
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