The official countdown is set for this year’s edition of the Mobile World Congress. Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona, from the 26 February to 1 March 2018. Within this macro event, 4 Years From Now stands as the startup business platform that enables startups, investors and corporations to connect and launch new ventures together. As a venture builder, that’s precisely where we want to be.

As part of the Mobile World Capital Foundation, The Collider has a privileged position in 4YFN, which sets its quarters in Fira de Barcelona during the first three days of the Mobile World Congress. Not only do our participants have a free and open door to all C-level keynotes and workshops, but they also benefit from a privately sponsored space to undertake meetings, deliver pitches and enjoy a short break from an intense schedule.

Furthermore, it is our pleasure to disclose an exclusive “The Collider” event that will take place on the second day of the Congress (27th February). We have gathered an outstanding panel of experts who will discuss the present & future of tech-transfer in Europe. The roundtable will be held at 10am in the venue’s main stage (Banc Sabadell Stage).

Moderating the discussion will be Collider’s Program manager Albert C. Mikkelsen and leading the conversation we will have 4 international experts in the Tech sector. Please, meet our guests:

Ali Muhammad currently works at the Human-Machine Systems and Virtual Reality, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Ali does research in Chemical Engineering and Control Systems Engineering. From their department, they lead tech transfer programs at European level. Their most recent publication is ‘Static/Dynamic Test Case Generation For Software Upgrades via ARC-B and Deltatest.’

Elena Canetti is a partner of the company Inveniam Group. Inveniam is a strategic consulting and transactions company, specialized in technology-based businesses in the areas of Life Sciences and Sustainability. She is recognized as one of the most active leaders in technology transfer in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has years of experience in the commercialization of technology in international markets, having completed hundreds of licensing and research agreements to date, in high technology areas.

Tom Hockaday is an independent technology transfer and innovation consultant with his business Technology Transfer Innovation.  Tom is currently working with clients across Europe, including the UK.  These assignments include advising universities on Technology Transfer and Innovation strategies and investment funds, and membership of the BeAble Investment Committee in Madrid. Tom was the CEO of Isis Innovation Ltd, the University of Oxford’s Technology Transfer organisation from 2006 to March 2016 (renamed Oxford University Innovation Ltd in mid-2016). Whilst at Oxford University, Tom oversaw the expansion of Isis Innovation into one of the world’s leading university technology commercialisation organisations with its activities greatly contributing to the substantial impact of the University of Oxford around the world.

Ricardo Baeza-Yates is CTO of NTENT, a semantic search technology company based in California, since 2016. Before, he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs from 2006 to 2016, first in Barcelona and later in Sunnyvale, USA. He also has part-time academic affiliations in Australia, Canada, Chile, Spain, and USA. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989. He is the co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook of Addison-Wesley (2nd ed 2011), that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. He has been a member of the ACM Council as well as the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE.

 

This will be a great opportunity for anyone attending 4YFN to learn about the state-of-the-art in the tech-transfer innovation scene and its close relationship with the start-up world. Make sure to be there to enjoy the debate and for the chance to meet our participants.

Feel free to pay us a visit at the 4YFN space for 1-to-1 touch of The Collider. See you soon!