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"What’s next? Digital Humanism"

The great Porto Innovation Forum is back

On September 22, at 9:30 am, the Center for Business Innovation (CBI) of Porto Business School will hold the Forum "What's next? Digital Humanism", a day of knowledge sharing and networking, which will feature speakers from the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and digital transformation. The event will be presented by João Barros, Strategic Director of the Center for Business Innovation (CBI) at Porto Business School, and Chief Platform Officer of Nexar.

Digital humanism studies the complex relationships between individuals and technology in the digital age we live in. While recognizing the transformative potential of information technology, digital humanism identifies and reflects on the societal challenges that we need to manage and solve, such as issues of ethics and privacy in the face of artificial intelligence, task automation and the transformation of the very concept of work and its respective models.

Given this need for reflection, sharing and debate, Digital Humanism is the motto of this edition of the What's next? Forum, that is, how can we maintain our humanity and our focus on the completion of day-to-day tasks in an increasingly digital world, where digital technologies provide unlimited distractions.

To debate the future of work, society, design, technology and sustainability, Porto Business School invited great experts and professionals in these areas, including Tim Papandreou, CEO and Founder of ETA, and former Chief Innovation Officer of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, having also worked at Waymo and Google; Luís Sarmento, CEO and Co-founder of Inductiva Research Labs, who has also worked at Google and Amazon; Verónica Orvalho, Founder and CEO of Didimo and Professor and Researcher at the University of Porto; Norberto Guimarães, Co-founder and CEO of Talka. ai, having also worked at Google and been part of the National Committee for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Rui Quinta, Managing Partner of With Company; Inês Sequeira, Director of Casa do Impacto; and Margarida Couto, President of GRACE (Group of Reflection and Support to Entrepreneurial Citizenship).

Tickets are already on sale at last2ticket.

Event Program:

09h30 | Check-in

10h00 | Opening session, Ramon O'Callaghan, Dean of Porto Business School

10h15 | Towards Digital Humanism

Tim Papandreou, CEO from ETA

11h00 | Coffee break

11h30 | Future of Tech and Business: can it be human-centric?

Expert panel:

Luís Sarmento, CEO from Inductiva

Verónica Orvalho, CEO Didimo and Professor and Researcher at the University of Porto

Norberto Guimarães, CEO from

12h45 | Lunch e networking

14h30 | Meet the Center for Business Innovation @Porto Business School

João Barros, Strategic Director of the Center for Business Innovation, and Chief Platform Officer at Nexar

15h00 | Future of Design and Social Transformation: can society stay human?

Expert panel:

Rui Quinta, Managing Partner from With Company

Inês Sequeira, Director of Casa do Impacto

16h15 | Coffee-break

16h45 | Towards a sustainable future

Margarida Couto, President from GRACE (Grupo de Reflexão e Apoio à Cidadania Empresarial)

17h30 | Expect the unexpected

How music and the Suzuki method can help us and our children thrive in a digital world?

Joana Seybert Jesus, Academia de Música Suzuki “A Pauta”

18h00 | Closing


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