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09.06.2016 - 11.06.2016

Czech Innovation Festival

Which country is home to two of five world's biggest antivirus software companies? Which is the only country in the EU where a local search engine is more successful than Google? Where does the word robot come from? The Czech Innovation Festival (CIF) is the Czech Republic's showcase in the field of science, research and innovation. It is organised by the Czech centre Berlin and the Czech Embassy in Germany.

The CIF focuses on innovations in the range of ICT, internet, mobile apps, digitalisation and industry 4.0. Main partners are the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at the Technical University Prague (CIIRC) and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA ČR), who will present a brand new support programme for Czech-German projects at the CIF, and on the German side for example Berlin Partner for Business and Technology.

German and Czech partners will discuss different topics from the field. On the second day of the CIF we invite you to a pitch of Czech digital start-ups that already achieved their first breakthroughs (in the Czech Republic and elsewhere).

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The speakers

 Prof. Vladimír Mařík

Petr Očko, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas


Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Hohwieler

Ondřej Vlček




Fraunhofer Institute IPK 





Our partners



Thursday, 9 June

6:00 pm – 8.30 pm      

Opening of the Czech Innovation Festival

The Future of Cybernetics and Robotics

Speaker: Prof. Vladimír Mařík (Director of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at the Technical University Prague)
New Research Projects and Funds for German-Czech Cooperation

Speaker: Petr Očko, Ph.D. (Chairperson of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic)

Panel discussion:
Innovations in ICT and Industry 4.0. – A Field for German-Czech Collaboration?

Prof. Vladimír Mařík
(Director of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at the Technical University Prague)
Petr Očko, Ph.D.
(Chairperson of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic)
Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas
(Director General, Key technologies - Research for Innovation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Hohwieler 
(Head of Production Machines and System Management, Fraunhofer Institute IPK Berlin)

From 8.30 pm
Get together and reception / DJ Floex
Clarinets, drums and DSP cymbals. Tomas Dvorak aka Floex, who is mostly known as a musician and author of electro-acoustic music will enrich the situation, space and instant mood tuning in a DJ set, which reveals more relaxed and playful positions of his musical world.


Friday, 10 June

10.00 am – 6.00 pm  
Seminars and visits of German accelerators and incubators (for Czech start-ups only)

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm    
Czech Start-up Pitch
Joidy, Legito, Mapotic, MonkeyData, RBSpectra, Samorost 3, SatisMeter, Sinfin, Storyous
(for more information on the start-ups see below) 



7.30 – 8.30 pm
Stage talks
Success Stories "Made in CZ"
Ondřej Vlček, COO, AVAST Software
Zdeněk Komenda, VP of Business Development, Kiwi.com
Daniel Dierkes, Investment Manager, Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator GmbH

8.30 pm – 9.00 pm 
Award Ceremony Czech Start-up Pitch



Saturday, 11 June

11.00 am – 3.00 pm  
Networking space and presentation of Czech start-ups and technology companies



Please don’t forget to register for the events here.




Prof. Vladimír Mařík
(Director of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at the Technical University Prague)
Prof. Vladimir Marik acts as a Director of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics (CIIRC) at the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). Earlier, he acted as the Head of Department of Cybernetics, CTU (1999-2013) and as Founder and Director of the Rockwell Automation Research Center Prague (1992-2009). His professional interests include artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems and knowledge-based systems, soft-computing, production planning and scheduling applications.
Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics,  and Cybernetics  (CIIRC) was established at Czech Technical University in 2013 as a body integrating research activities in the field. The research programs are aimed at Industrial Automation, Cyber-Physical Systems, artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering etc.. CIIRC cooperates with industry, e.g. with Airbus Industries, Ford, Siemens, Eaton, and others, The researchers are involved in many EU and national research projects, including an ERC grant. CIIRC includes also the eClub accelerator.

Petr Očko, Ph.D.
(Chairperson of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic)
Petr Očko studied information technology and international relations at the University of Economics in Prague and information economics at Charles University. He continued his academic studies, particularly at the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship at the Charles University, and then at the Philosophy Faculty at the Masaryk University in Brno or the College of Regional Development. In the past he has worked in senior positions at the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and in the CzechInvest agency. From 2010 he worked at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he managed the EU Funds Section, research and development and the Department of Financial Instruments and Project Management, and devoted himself in particular to the support of business, innovation or industrial research and development. In March 2016 he was elected Chairman of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.

Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas
(Director General, Key technologies - Research for Innovation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
Professor Lukas has been Director-General for Key Technologies – Research for Innovation at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2005. His fields of work include innovation management, general innovation support (the Federal Government's High-Tech Strategy, particularly in the field of key technologies), information and communication technology, nanotechnology and security research. Professor Lukas graduated from the Free University Berlin and earned his PhD in Physics at the Technical University Darmstadt. He joined the BMBF in 1985, where he has since held various positions. He is honorary professor at the Technical University Berlin and member of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, as well as of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken and member of the Supervisory Board of the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT).

Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Hohwieler 
(Head of Production Machines and System Management, Fraunhofer Institute IPK Berlin)
Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Hohwieler studied electrical engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin. In 1981 he entered the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) in Berlin as a researcher and became head of department for machine operation and programming in 1986. His work focused on industrial related research and development projects in the area of control systems, automation and monitoring applications in manufacturing, machine tools and human-machine-interfaces. Since 2004 he is head of the department production machines and systems management at the Fraunhofer IPK. His research interests focus on intelligent manufacturing systems, human centric automation and energy efficiency. Since 2009 Mr. Hohwieler has established the research area of self-organising production based on cyber-physical systems at the institute and successfully initiated and manages national funded research projects in the domain of Industrie 4.0 with industrial partners.

Ondřej Vlček
(COO, AVAST Software)
Ondřej Vlček has served as Avast‘s Chief Operations Officer since January 2014. Before that, he served as the company‘s Chief Technical Officer since 2007. Mr. Vlček joined Avast as a software developer in 1995 and was made a chief developer in 2003, when he was part of the team that developed Avast’s first antivirus program for Windows. Mr. Vlček holds an M.S. in Mathematics from Czech Technical University in Prague and commenced post-graduate studies in non-linear optimization at Charles University in Prague's Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. 

Zdeněk Komenda
(VP of Business Development, Kiwi.com)
Zdenek Komenda, VP Business Development, as the first business developer who joined the company 2 years ago, he had direct influence on the main growth of partnership network and overall turnover. Loves travelling by plane, good music and food.
Kiwi.com, formerly known as Skypicker, is an online travel agency with groundbreaking Virtual Interlining technology and a focus on exceptional customer service. The unique combination algorithm allows our customers to combine flights from non-cooperating airlines onto a single itinerary, often resulting in significant savings. Currently, the company employs more than 550 people.

Daniel Dierkes
(Investment Manager,
Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator GmbH)
Daniel studied Communication & Media Management Economics and International Management in Boston. Before joining Axel Springer Plug and Play he worked for McKinsey & Company and Porsche Holding in China and Germany. In Addition he founded a social media consulting company, wrote his Master Thesis on the cooperation of Startups and Corporates and developed a smartphone app in 2011. Daniel loves foreign cultures and languages and more or less speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.




Czech Start-up Pitch


Joidy makes it super-easy to send digital and physical gifts to your friends around the world. Simply choose a gift from our 10k products selection, personalise it with a short video and send it via your favourite messenger app. Welcome to the future of gifting.

On-line collection of legal templates. Unique system for customization of templates. Store where users place orders for legal services. How can we help to entrepreneurs? Increase your legal protection. Increase enforceability of your claims. Decrease your costs for legal services. Decrease risk of sanctions from government. Why should lawyers cooperate with Legito? We will promote your law firm to your target customer segment. Once you create a legal document, you will receive an ongoing share from its sale. Thanks to Legito you'll be able to acquire new customers.

Digital mapping platform where individuals, communities or businesses can create and crowd source maps. As our user base keeps growing, Mapotic will sell geo data mesh ups and can turn them into a mapping social network.

MonkeyData is a handy analytics tool for online store owners or managers. It automatically analyzes data from all important eCommerce sources online merchants utilize in their business and gives them results in one place in clear dashboards. MonkeyData’s philosophy is democritization of analytics for small & medium online stores globally. We provide valuable insights that help business to grow. MonkeyData shows the best ecommerce metrics, KPIs and sends automatic reports and smart notifications to keep you in the picture anytime & anywhere.

AquaCare is an optical smartphone module that replaces any laboratory water analyser. It offers easy and fast water quality check in households, aquariums and outdoors everyday. AquaCare helps to check what comes out of a tap, map the quality of natural water sources, make everyday reports of what ornamental fish live in, and keep outdoor pool water clean. It is made of durable plastic and needs no batteries. Its unique construction allows the user to put it on a smartphone and start using at any moment. Ivo Provazník, provaznik@rbspectra.com

Samorost 3
Samorost 3 is Amanita design’s most ambitious experience yet, combining the intricate logic puzzles of Machinarium with Botanicula’s more relaxed gameplay and tone. Players will journey across nine uniquely alien worlds, each a distinctive ecosystem teeming with colorful creatures, characters, challenges, achievements and surprises to discover. Brought alive by detailed artwork and expressive animations, Samorost 3’s surreal landscapes and lifeforms draw a balance between stylishly bizarre and believable. The game’s eclectic audio and soundtrack – composed by inventive musician Floex –are both abstract and atmospheric, frequently playing key roles alongside environmental clues in the game’s puzzles and mini-games. 

SatisMeter helps online businesses detect unhappy customers, find out why they are unhappy, and resolve their problems before they churn. We combine Net Promoter Score with in-app approach, targeting users based on their behaviour through all online channels - mobile, web, email. Using SatisMeter brings increased retention, higher customer satisfaction and insights into customer needs for better product development. BuzzSumo, Mention, Udacity, Segment, WhenIWork or MailJet are our customers.

We are a digital studio based in Prague specialized in design and development of Internet services. Besides our regular work for clients we build cool photo printing service called Squared.one. Now we focus on concepts for Smart Cities and Smart Buildings. We succesfully deployed location based mobile platform Nigh.io that links space with information, transactions & multimedia. Nigh project is powered by iBeacons, NFC and GPS. It represents a whole new level of Internet of Things (IoT) and Business Intelligence (BI) market.

We improve gastronomy through new technologies. That doesn't sound very cool, but we ordinary do things the cool way. We're building a mobile POS system for restaurant and cafes that makes managing their business easier. Today, we are No 1 in gastronomy industry in the Czech Republic and ready to open new markets.




Please don’t forget to register for the events until 2 June 2016 here.





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