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International Innovation Forum Digital Bridge will take place in Astana on November 5, 2018. The Forum organized by the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Co-organizers are the national infocommunication holding “Zerde” and the Astana Hub international technopark of IT-startups.

The primary goal of the Forum is to create a dialogue platform between the countries of Europe and Asia, promoting ideas of digital transformation, e-government, technological entrepreneurship, and the 4th industrial revolution. Digital Bridge is a new opportunity for uniting participants of the international innovation movement.

The Forum will bring together key representatives of the international IT-community, prolific technologies experts, business leaders, State institutions representatives from different countries, digital developing professionals, scientists, capitalists, and investors.

Digital Bridge Awards will be held under the auspices of the Forum as the first innovation award in Kazakhstan. This award will stimulate the IT-market and public authorities for outstanding results in the digital transformation of Kazakhstan.

Digital Bridge Awards will determine the leaders in the following categories: “Best Digital Initiative,” “Best Digitization Office” and “Best Startup.”

Digital Bridge forum will also contain two exclusive events under the auspices of Astana Hub international technopark of IT-startups:

Astana Hub Battle is a presentations format competition of startups. Young technical projects will compete for three monetary prizes: 1st place – $15 000; 2nd place – $5 000; 3rd place – $1 000 and Astana Hub Awards – the  best Kazakhstan’s startup award for achievements in the IT-industry.

Young teams involved in technology projects will have a chance to test their strength and present the designs and ideas to a competent jury.

Awards have the following nominations: “Techpreneur of the Year”; “Discovery of the Year”; “Best Technological Startup”; “Best IT-project for the State Sector”; “Breakthrough of the Year.” From now on, Astana Hub Awards will become annual.

In addition, the Digital Bridge forum will give its participants an opportunity to hold 30-minute 1:1 B2B meetings.

Digital Bridge is expected to become one of the leading innovation events in Kazakhstan this year. More than 30 speakers on the unique dialogue platform of the Forum will discuss the latest international digitization. Investors and world-class mentors will hold about ten seminars and master classes, where the speakers will share best practices and business models in the Digital sphere.

Confirmed speakers of the  forum include Jean-Francois Gauthier, CEO of “Startup Genome”; Dirk Albon, CEO of “Hyperloop Transportation”; Bob Dorf, businessman, consultant and mentor of the “Startup Academy”, the author of a number of best-sellers on the subject of startup; Aliya Prokofieva, founder and owner of “Galaxy” private space company; Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of “Priceline Group”; Kamran Elahian, chairman and co-founder of “Global Catalyst Partners” – an international venture capital firm; Adeo Ressi, an American businessman and investor, founder and CEO of “The Funded and The Founder Institute” business incubator, as well as other key experts of the IT-community from around the world.

Participation in the Digital Bridge forum is free. You can register here: https://www.digitalbridge.kz