KosICT is a Regional Conference organized by STIKK (Kosovo Association of Information and Communications Technology) and each year intends to cover the global trending topics of ICT by gathering international, regional and local speakers. In addition during this event the Kosovo ICT Association-STIKK will celebrate its 5th anniversary.
Digital transformation refers to the changes associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society. Taking in consideration that digital transformation affects both individual businesses and whole segments of the society, such as government, mass communications, art, or medicine this is considered a hot topic in Kosovo considering the speed of the development of the IT sector.
Anders, the born Norwegian out of Trondheim is serial-entrepreneur, management-thinker and speaker in the fields of leadership, branding and innovation. Anders offers companies a different mindset for creative solutions, change and sustainable growth. In 2004 he founded the creative agency evoworkx media in Bad Neustadt an der Saale together along with his partner with the goal to offer companies creative marketing solution on a fullservice scale. Amongst the clients are numerous SMB companies and so called „hidden champions“ and also DAXCompanies such as LINDE Group and Deutsche Post DHL. Over the years Anders has initiated several start-ups from cloud-based software tools, eCommerce applications to an online printhouse (DRUCKHELDEN.DE which he co-founded and build before selling the shares in 2010). Anders is founding partner and managing director of LWL GmbH - Leaders We Love, a company seated in Frankfurt am Main, which have specialized on premium C-Level executive education. LWL GmbH host and run the Marketing & Innovation Forum Europe in Frankfurt and the Manager Meeting Europe also in Frankfurt, to which yearly on each forum 500 top-manager gather to discuss current changes and trends and to get inspiration from the leading global experts and the makers and leaders around the world.
Georgy Bouchkov is a solution sales professional for Datacenter technologies at Microsoft Bulgaria with more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry working in various business areas. He has been at Microsoft since 2007, where current remit includes a number of countries in the South Balkans region. Previously, Georgy has been directly responsible for the Microsoft business in areas, such as Application Platform, Relation Database Management Systems, Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse solutions. Prior to his work at Microsoft Bulgaria he has worked in different software companies as a software architect and developer of comprehensive solutions and has been involved in many projects mainly for the Government sector and financial institutions. Georgy holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia.
Mr. Ammer offers more than 15 years of strategic consulting expertise to leading companies in Europe, North America and Asia. He leads the IT Strategy and IT Efficiency team of Capgemini Consulting in the DACH Region. Previously he started-up and headed a business process offshore team located in 3 continents and servicing clients across 17 countries. He acts as an expert on digital transformation, IT innovation and IT transformation and helps Fortune 500 to accelerate business performance and to "discover the power of digital IT". Mr. Ammer's consulting work covers IT strategy target definition for public institutions, IT organization improvements for high tech corporations, digital programme and product planning for consumer & services multinationals and web 2.0 initiatives for Travel and Transport companies. He also advises governmental departments in Germany and Switzerland on eGovernment and Change Management. In his view, success in innovation and transformation depends on the right match between users' specific interests and adequate technological tools. Mr. Ammer graduated from the University for Film and TV in Munich and received a Master of Arts in Telecommunications from Indiana University Bloomington USA.
Mobile Solutions: The popularity of mobile applications has continued to rise, as their usage has become increasingly prevalent across mobile phone users. A May 2012 comScore study reported that during the previous quarter, more mobile subscribers used apps than browsed the web on their devices: 51.1% vs. 49.8% respectively.
Arild Bjørn-Larsen holds an MBA and has extensive management experience in the fields mark branding, strategic development, digitization and the Internet. Bjørn-Larsen has experience from companies such as Apple, NetCom, Norligruppen, JBR / McCann Multimedia, Spray GK / Razorfish and Tarantell. He leads Booksellers Association Digitization Committee and a competency project run by BI, where 16 large Norwegian companies develop strategic competence in the use of Internet and mobile services.
Karl-J. Wack is a mobile and UX expert with many years of experience in designing and implementing customized software solutions. He founded let's dev GmbH & Co. KG togehter with his brother Christian Wack in 2010 and offers mobile services especially for developing individual mobile business solutions. Furthermore, Karl-J. Wack is a board member of the German Usability Professionals Association.
The future of Nearshoring Outsourcing: In business, outsourcing is the contracting out of a business process to a third-party. Considering the small market of Kosovo, all IT service providers are looking forward to serve as outsourcing partners. By having a multilingual youth and being one hour away from europe, Outsorucing is seen by most as Kosovo's future
Bernhard Janischowsky is co-founder and COO of Trestle Group. He has enjoyed a truly global professional career, having begun as an Industrial Engineer in Dallas, Texas. Thereafter, he moved to Spain to join the German engineering group Bosch International, where he was directly responsible for transferring manufacturing processes between locations. He then moved into consulting, advising on the reengineering of corporate strategy of former East German state-owned conglomerates. He was later recruited into Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Frankfurt, Germany to manage a variety of international projects in the areas of process design and IT strategy. After five years with Arthur Andersen he and three partners founded ecovista, a company focused on planning and implementing large scale IT projects for international clients. Building upon this success, Bernhard co-founded Trestle Group and as COO is responsible for all project delivery. Bernhard holds a degree as Industrial Engineer from the University Erlangen-Nuernberg in Germany and an M.B.A. from London Business School.
Uranik Begu is a highly experienced management and marketing executive, who currently is serving as an Executive Director at Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK). Prior to his work at ICK, Uranik has served as Head of Marketing and part of a management at Post Telecom Kosovo for four years.
Uranik is currently close to completion of his Doctorate degree in Management, at Swiss Management Center. He is also a renowned lecturer and has taught at several private universities, and the public university of Prizren. He also serves as a Board Member for the largest European Marketing Conference held in Zurich, the CMO Conference, also known as Davos of Marketing.
KosICT Conference will be on 26th of September @ Hotel Emerald
The conference will be followed with a B2B, where participating companies can meet and develop partnership or cooperation. The B2B will take place at the Innovation Center Kosovo. Register here.
B2B Event will be on 27th OF September @ Innovation Center Kosovo
The easiest way to get to Pristine is by plane. There are direct flights to Pristine International Airport from London, Zurich, Geneva, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Vienna, Hamburg, Hannover, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Bremen, Verona, Ljubljana, Budapest, Tirana, Istanbul and Oslo. There are low-budget flights to Pristine from Liege, Belgium and with Easy Jet from Switzerland. There are cheap connecting flights via Tirana and Ljubljana, but also from most of German airports. The many taxi drivers outside the airport will quote you €25-30 for the trip. If you call a local taxi dispatch agency beforehand, a driver can be waiting for you for €15 (plus the price of the phone call).
From Albania, there are several daily direct bus connections to Pristina. There are also direct bus links from most cities in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Montenegro. From Skopje in Macedonia there are 8 buses per day at 10 past the hour. It takes 1.5 hours, It costs about 6€. From Serbia there are several direct buses from Belgrade (6 hours, 1 day bus & 2 night busses), cost less than €20.
There are trains which travel from Macedonia and Serbia to Pristina. These take long to get there. Kosovo Railways are currently running the following passenger train services: from Fushë Kosovo (Kosovo) to Leshak (Serbia) three trains a day. From Fushë Kosovë at 07:35, 11:18, 14:15, and from Leshak at 09:55, 13:19 and 16:50. Another service runs twice a day from Fushë Kosovë at 04:17 and 19:00 to Hani i Elezit on the border to Macedonia, return journeys from Hani i Elezit starts at 05:53 and 20:44.
Address: STIKK, Rexhep Mala 28A, Prishtine, Republic of Kosova 10000
Tel. +381 38 77 11 80 ext. 502