Lt. General Jonathon Riley
Expert in Command, Control and Decision Making...
General Riley has held senior NATO command appointments in the British Army in Germany, in the Balkans 1998 - 1999, and in Afghanistan. He now teaches and mentors for US Army Europe. He has been involved as a...
Marcel 'Otto' Yon
Serial Entrepreneur and Public Sector Innovator
Petr Očko
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade
Deputy Minister Petr Očko graduated from Information Management and European Integration at the University of Economics in Prague and from Ph.D. studies of Information Economics at the Faculty of Arts of Charles...
Ondřej Kolář
Mayor of Prague 6
Ondřej Kolář, The Mayor of Prague 6, followed his family to Norway, Sweden, Ireland (son of Czech famous diplomat Petr Kolář). He studied at the Social Science Faculty of the Caroline University in Prague and West...
Vojtěch Petráček
President of Czech Technical University
Vojtěch Petráček is Czech mathematician and physicist. Following his carrier at the University of Heidelberg and in CERN, the United Kingdom, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Switzerland, he was...
Eric Kessler
Quantum Computing Amazon Web Services
Eric Kessler is the Head of Business Development for Quantum Computing at AWS working in a cross-functional role to bring quantum computing technology to the AWS cloud. Prior to this role, he was leading the US...
Raj Sharma
Co-Founder and CEO, Public Spend Forum
Raj Sharma is a social entrepreneur and thought leader focused on public sector management and public procurement. As founder of Public Spend Forum, Raj is working with leaders and stakeholders across local, state and...
Kristina Soukupová
President, DefSec Innovation Hub
Kristina is a long time defense consultant operating at the highest levels with the government and military, especially in the UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic and the US. Herprimary area of expertise is advising major...
Miroslav Bureš
Czech Technical University in Prague
Miroslav Bureš leads the Software Testing IntelLigent Lab (STILL) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. He is a researcher, lecturer and industrial consultant in effective...
Josef Lazar
Academic Board of Czech Academy of Sciences
Josef Lazar focuses on optical and laser metrology, methodology of optical measuring techniques, optical sensors, and highly stable lasers for metrology, interferometry and optoelectronics. His research focus includes...
Manpreet Mattu
Global Lead, VC & Startups Business Development at AWS
Manpreet Mattu leads the international Startup & Venture Capital initiative within AWS Public Sector. In his role, Manpreet helps Public Sector entities in creation and scaling of startup ecosystems, and in their...
Jamie Hume
Executive Consultant, State of Flux
Jamie is an Executive Consultant at State of Flux and Practice Lead for Innovation. He brings extensive experience of Commercial and Supplier Management, Supplier Innovation, Strategic Partnering and Transformation in a...

Agenda subject to change.



March 12, 2020
9:00 am
Breakfast & Registration
9:30 am
Welcome Remarks & Introductory Session
President of Czech Technical University NATO ACT Representative: What are the current innovation initiatives in NATO? How does NATO drive innovation? Czech Armed Forces Representative: The role of innovation in the Czech Armed Forces Ministry of Industry and Trade Representative: The Czech Innovation Strategy Q&A
11:30 am
Coffee Break / Networking
11:45 am
Quantum Technologies in Defense and Security
Amazon Web Services Representative: Categorization of quantum technologies for defense Czech Academy of Sciences Representative: The role of the Czech Republic in the field of Quantum Technologies for defense
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
Roundtable: Experience and Best Practices Embracing Innovation by Government Organizations
Leaders of Czech and foreign innovation and acquisition organizations will discuss their experience with introducing and embracing innovation in defense Moderator: Raj Sharma, Founder and CEO of GovShop
2:30 pm
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Academic representative: Pros and cons of AI in organizational structures Industry representative: Experience developing AI for government and its practical use Industry representative: New trends in ground robotics
3:45 pm
AWS Platform for AI and Quantum Computing
Demonstration of AWS applications and platforms for AI and QT development for academics, experts, developers and start-ups.
5:00 pm
Closing Reception
March 13, 2020
9:00 am
Registration & Welcoming Remarks
Moderated debate focusing on the role of NATO in the current geopolitical situation and in times of exponential technological growth.