‘Train of Innovation’ races to Kraków for Impact 2018 conference

The project is the achievement of cooperation between Poland and Israel over the last four years. Photo: Twitter/@NCBR_pl

The southbound journey from Warsaw to Kraków featured open lectures and meetings with leaders in the fields of innovation and start-ups.

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The “Train of Innovation” was organized by the Embassy of Israel in Poland, PKP Intercity (Polish State Railways), Impact Foundation and Start-Up Nation Central and was sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology.

The Embassy of Israel in Poland writes that the project is the achievement of cooperation between Poland and Israel over the last four years, which included diplomatic delegations, workshops, university lectures and business partnerships. The Embassy statement goes on to express the hope that “the effects of the joint commute of Polish and Israeli citizens on board the ‘Train of Innovation’ will be seen for many years to come.”

Impact CEE 2018

The Impact CEE 2018 conference is a two-day event in Kraków, southern Poland, dedicated to the future of the digital economy, innovation and start-ups. The event features more than 250 speakers, including Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin, as well as Sophia, a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics.

Sophia has already taken part in meetings for the UN. In the autumn of 2017 she “spoke” at the Saudi Arabian “Future Investment Initiative” forum, and made such a big impression that she was made a Saudi Arabian citizen, the first robot in history to be made an official citizen of any country.

More than 6,000 people are expected to attend to take part in discussions concerning transport, energy and the environment, biotechnology and digital health, and the 5G economy.