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ICT 2018: Imagine Digital - Connect Europe

ICT 2018 took place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. This research and innovation event attracted 4800 visitors and focused on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It presented an opportunity for the people involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age.

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ICT 2018

In an open and participatory event, organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, citizens joined science community members, policymakers, and fellow ICT-enthusiasts to discuss the future in a digital Europe. 

Highlights ICT 2018

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Live streaming

To watch again the sessions of ICT 2018, check the records of the conference on the Digital Single Market YouTube channel.

Watch also the interactive online chats with experts from the Facebook corner at ICT 2018. Click on the Digital Single Market Facebook page to follow what has been said!

Explore ICT 2018

ICT 2018 had four main components converging around the theme Imagine Digital – Connect Europe: Conference, Exhibition, Networking opportunities and Innovation and Startups forum.


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The Conference programme featured influential speakers and debates around the EU’s digital policy. The programme involved relevant parties from industry, research and public bodies. The IMAGINE18 campaign reached out to generations ranging from teenagers to the elderly to learn how citizens feel about the digital revolution and its effects on daily life.

You can also download the simplified version of the conference programme.

ICT 2018 dedicated a forum to innovation and businesses. On 5 and 6 December, the Innovation and Startups Forum hosted sessions on blockchain, deep tech, the European Innovation Council, disruptive innovation and the Innovation Radar Awards.

The Innovation and Startups forum briought together market-oriented innovators and investors, and presented marketable research and innovation results from EU-funded projects.

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As part of the ICT 2018 Exhibition programme, EU-funded research and innovation successes have been presented to the public. Visitors had also the chance to meet the innovators behind these projects.

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ICT 2018 offered networking opportunities both offline and online. Participants could meet and engage with the academic and research community, decision-makers, as well as business representatives.

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ICT 2018 featured networking sessions that presented 2019 topics of the Horizon 2020 work programme. Information sessions were designed to assist participants on how to prepare and submit a proposal to answer a Horizon 2020 call. You find a more detailed description and schedule for each session on the programme page.

In addition to the rich conference, networking, exhibition and innovation programmes, we proposed further activities for ICT 2018 participants. The award-winning Cold War has been screened, a smart city app for cities of the future developed, and visits to project sites, or the fabulous Vienna City Hall for our evening reception have been organised.

In the Media Room you can find ample background information on the event’s main themes, as well as practical information for the press. We also introduce the influencers covering the event on social media.

The event is co-organised by:






Join the ICT 2018 community on Twitter @ICT2018eu and #ICT2018.

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Map / Location

Austria Center Vienna, Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220, Wien

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Attend ICT 2018

News article | 26 octobre 2018

ICT 2018: Imagine Digital - Connect Europe will take place in Vienna, Austria. You can now register for the event and find practical information about travel and accommodation.

ICT 2018 Conference

Event | 04 décembre 2018

The conference programme of the 2018 edition featured 6 plenary sessions on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Next Generation Internet, Digital Skills and High-Performance Computing. Speakers from policy circles, academia, civil society and industry highlighted their perspectives and priorities, and discussed how each can contribute to the successful digital transformation of Europe.

ICT 2018 Exhibition

Event | 04 décembre 2018

ICT 2018 invited visitors to its 5 000m² exhibition area showcasing the best accomplishments and pioneering results of EU-funded research and innovation actions, international cooperation, and Austrian initiatives. The exhibition connected today's research and innovation with visions for the future.

ICT 2018 Innovation and Startups Forum

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The Innovation and Startups forum brought together market-oriented innovators and investors, and presented marketable research and innovation results from EU-funded projects.

ICT 2018 Media Room

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Find information for the press and discover the social media influencers who covered our event.

ICT 2018 Networking

Event | 04 décembre 2018

ICT 2018 proposed online as well as offline possibilities to network. The networking sessions were open for every participant, while the Face2Face brokerage event consisted of prearranged one-on-one meetings.

ICT 2018 Side Events

Event | 04 décembre 2018

ICT 2018 offered various activities alongside the official programme, such as a competition to develop smart city applications using real-time data from cities and site visits at ongoing tech projects.

Join ICT 2018 in Vienna this December

News article | 23 octobre 2018

This year, the flagship ICT research & innovation event of the EU will be organised in Vienna. Join us on 4-6 December to meet the ICT community of Europe, learn about the possibilities of EU research funding, and be part of the discussion on our future digital policies.

Register for ICT 2018

News article | 16 mai 2018

Registration for the ICT 2018 event is now open. Join us in Vienna on 4-6 December to meet the European ICT community and learn about the digital priorities of the European Union.