First ever virtual conference for Central and Eastern Europe
What is it?
WWF, together with its partners Impact Hub and Move.BG are organizing a virtual conference focused on Central and Eastern Europe.
It’s called: Reimagining the Future
The vision: three tracks as part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) that aim to sketch a positive vision for Central and Eastern Europe, and empower citizens by showcasing impactful initiatives from and for the region.
Why Central and Eastern Europe?
All three partners feel like there is a need to bring the region – its citizens, its changemakers, its NGOs and its institutions – closer together, and tackle three hindering factors for positive change:
1) The missing goals that actors can jointly work towards
2) The belief that it's difficult to initiate solutions in the region
3) The lack of collaboration across organizations, sectors and countries
A simple zoom link will unlock opportunities for participants to network, learn, share and collaborate in the three tracks:
Community Lead Change
In very interactive formats (including Panels, Worldcafe, Workshops, Breakout Conversations and Speed-dating) participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with speakers from across the region, and take part in the conversations. The focus will be on Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic and Ukraine, but everyone interested in the topics or the region is more than welcome to join the conversation.
You are invited to pick the topic most relevant to you on the DIF page, where you will also find the Eventbrite link for the registration so we can share the necessary info with you. Each track is between 2-3 hours long and will include a variety of speakers (5+ for each track) and different formats. All free of charge - impact first.
What are the 3 tracks?
1. Female Entrepreneurship: Empowering women to start and grow their businesses
The focus of the Female Entrepreneurship track is on joining successful female founders, entrepreneurs and innovators with female soon-to-be entrepreneurs as well as supporters for women-led businesses in the CEE region. We will:
Showcase success stories of hardworking and passionate women founders, and hear from them about how to get to where they are now
Connect female entrepreneurs and discuss joint pain points and the barriers faced in the region
Discuss how technology (#blockchain) can serve women entrepreneurs to increase their impact
Introduce different organizations that support female entrepreneurs through knowledge, networking, investment, and even tax advice. Finally, we will use our own experience and gained knowledge to draft a vision of what the future of Female Entrepreneurship should look like, and pin down concrete milestones necessary to get there.
If you are a recent or future female founder / entrepreneur, investing in women, the supporter of female entrepreneurs or simply interested in topics such as blockchain, supporting entrepreneurs or feminism, then join us! Men are welcome, too.
2. Community-led Change: Reshape society from the ground up
Especially in Eastern Europe, rural and urban communities are painfully separated - economically, socially, technologically and culturally. This makes grassroots (community driven) change very unlikely. Furthermore, entrepreneurial initiatives coming from “outside” a community are mostly seen as unwanted interventions that face suspicion and resistance.
Change emerging from and for communities, therefore, is needed in the region.
Communities unite around values, act upon a common understanding of what is important and celebrate diversity and connectivity overcoming prejudices, disciplines and borders. The Communities Lead Change track will nurture bonds across disciplines, showcase the transformative power of value-based communities, and discuss the role of communities in re-imagining our future. Key topics include:
Communities for Truth
Communities for Nature
Communities of the Future
Join us if you are a professional working in social innovation, an Impact Investor, from a development agency, an NGO professional, a community leader or simply a caring citizen.
3. Impact Technology: redefining the potential of technology
Technology impacts the environment, people and society as a whole. The way we use technology determines whether its impact is positive or negative. We invite you to jointly explore how to use technology as a tool for positive impact and how to redesign the way we understand it.
We will learn from inspirational stories that show how technology helps us to deal with various issues in the context of Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. You will hear from a recently shot documentary about the impact of civic technology in CEE and discuss how disaster relief applications from Mexico might support the region in the future.
What are the trends, barriers and future of impact technologies? Jointly, we will discuss and develop a vision of where impact technology will be three years from now, and define milestones that need to be achieved to realize this vision.
Why join the conference?
Let’s see where our dream of a virtual conference will take us. Join us if you want to learn, get inspired and be part of the conversations. Or, simply because you want to see if the concept of a virtual conference can actually work.