25 June 2021 | 14.00 – 16.30 (CEST)  | Online

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has not only led to a global public health emergency, but will also lead to unprecedented shocks for the economy and employment in Europe and around the world. In response, European governments and the EU have launched unprecedented financial support packages to mitigate these shocks. However, more action is needed for a long-term recovery and growth of Europe’s economy. Innovation will be a key driver in generating this growth and in creating the new European success stories of the future. Maintaining an industrial basis will be crucial for Europe’s economy and the digital transformation is a cornerstone if the EU wants to be ready for the 21st century.

In a climate where society is expected to become increasingly risk-averse, liberals play an important role in pushing for innovative thinking and experimental approaches. With this hackathon, we want to compare different cultures of innovation in the industrial sector and in the digital age around Europe, identify success factors and bring together the innovators and policymakers who drive them. This will contribute to a better understanding of the drivers for innovation in Europe and better-informed economic policies.

Moderated by Guillermo Passas Varo, attorney at law and expert on innovation policy, Mirlo Blanco legal studios

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