NGI Forum


Main Stage / Hall A


09:00 - 18:00 Opening Day


NGI Forum







The 2019 NGI Forum is being held in the city of Helsinki, marking an important event in the calendar of the Finnish Presidency of the EU. The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative brings together some of Europe’s top internet innovators, researchers and policymakers, who are shaping the Internet of tomorrow, while we continue using it to help run our societies and economies. 

The speakers including renowned Futurist Martin Wezowski and State Secretary at Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland, Mikko Koskinenexplore the key issues facing the Internet today, they dare to imagine what the future Internet could look like and outline how we can shape it. Researchers and innovators will share what they are working on to support privacy and trust enhancing technologies for citizens to retain control over their data.

Workshops focus on online identities (eID), collective intelligence, policy for better trust in the Internet and Blockchain in action.

Please note that the access to the NGI Forum is free, but that separate registration is required. Go to  for registration and more information. 


08:00 – 9:00 | Registration and coffee

09:00 – 09:10


  • Pearse O’Donohue, Director for Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Monique Calisti, NGI Outreach Office Director, CEO at Martel Innovate

09:10 – 09:40

The perspective of the Finnish Presidency of the EU
Mikko Koskinen, State Secretary at Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland

The perspective of a digital city
Pia Pakarinen, Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki

09:40 -10:00

Inspirational speech
Martin Wezowski, Chief Designer & Futurist and Chief Innovation Office at SAP

10:00 – 10:50

Shaping a new internet – Expert testimonials interview format

  • Meeri Haataja, CEO of Saidot, Chair of Ethics Working Group in Finland’s AI Program, Chair of IEEE’s Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous & Intelligent Systems
  • Teemu Ropponen, General Manager at MyData
  • Adrian Perrig, Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich
  • Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Director Partnerships & Business Development at DEX

Interactive session with questions from the audience.


10:50 – 11:10 | Coffee break


11:10 – 12:00

Who’s the NGI? – A community of researchers and innovators at work
Panel discussion with three NGI projects: NGI Zero, NGI Trust and Ledger – Privacy and trust enhancing technologies; citizens retaining control over their data; and discovery and identification technologies. Main topics will be challenges, priorities, and funding opportunities.

  • Andrés Sánchez Sandaz, Director at FundingBox Communities, Ledger
  • Michiel Leenaars, Director of Strategy at NLnet Foundation, NGI Zero
  • Nadim Kobeissi, Director of Symbolic Software, NGI Zero
  • Ruth Puente, Executive Programme Manager at Kantara Initiative, NGI Trust

12:00 – 13:00

A human-centric approach to data governance
Expert panel discussion

  • Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer at Municipality of Barcelona
  • Jaana Sinipuro, Project Director at SITRA
  • Cathy Mulligan, CTO of GovTech Labs and DataNet at UCL
  • Olivier Bringer, Head of Unit at European Commission
  • Interactive session with questions from the audience.


13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch break


14:00 – 14:20

The Next Generation Internet – An Internet of Humans
Roberto Viola, Director General DG Connect at European Commission

14:20 – 14:35

NGI Priorities and Future Directions – Introduction to parallel workshops
Moderated by Katja Bego, Principal Researcher at Nesta, Coordinator of NGI Forward

14:35 – 16:20

Parallel Interactive Sessions
– Workshop 1 –
Where next for online identities
More info about the workshop 1

– Workshop 2 –
Mind meets machine: harnessing collective intelligence
More info about the workshop 2

– Workshop 3 –
Policy to nourish innovation: NGI trust Marks
More info about the workshop 3

– Workshop 4 –
Blockchain in action
More info about the workshop 4


16:20 – 16:40 | Coffee break and network


16:40 – 17:00

Wrap-up from workshops and open discussion
Moderated by Katja Bego, Principal Researcher at Nesta, Coordinator of NGI Forward

  • Report from the four moderators of working group sessions
  • Distilling the main lessons learned and Q&A session

17:00 – 17:15

NGI Funding Opportunities – Upcoming H2020 Calls
Ragnar Bergstrom, Team Leader at European Commission

How to join the NGI and next appointments
Monique Calisti, NGI Outreach Office Director, CEO at Martel Innovate

17:15 – 17:30

Looking at the future of NGI
Pearse O’Donohue, Director Future Networks at European Commission



A networking session with great drinks offered to all NGI registered participants.

From 18:00

Opening Ceremony of MyData 2019 conference
Keynote speech of Imogen Heap, founder of Mycelia