On July 1 the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) in cooperation with the Knowledge, Innovation and Strategies Management Clubs (KISMC) organized an interactive event called “Games for Entrepreneurs” – skills laboratory in Industry 4.0. The event was hosted on-site in the new building of BIA.
The purpose of the event was to present the results achieved within the Upskilling Lab 4.0 project, funded by the European Union's Erasmus + Programme, and namely:
The conference was opened by Radosvet Radev, President of BIA, who shed light on the growth of companies in Industry 4.0:
"There are about 400,000 enterprises in Bulgaria, of which 15,000 are large and medium, and all the others are small and micro. Among these 390,000, there are 10,000 companies with double-digit annual growth rates. All of them are part of Industry 4.0, and I am glad that we are all gathered today at this forum to talk about them - about the new economy and the economy of the future", opening words by Radosvet Radev.
His speech was followed by a presentation by Mihail Balabanov - Executive Director of the National Erasmus agency, who introduced the participants to the funding opportunities under the new Erasmus + programme.
The second half of the event kicked off with an interactive game, engaging all participants, followed by a panel discussion on the topic: “The place of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Industry 4.0”. Kristina Eskenazi and Svetlin Penkov from AI Cluster Bulgaria discussed examples of AI in the production and supply of goods and services. Furthermore, they outlined both successful practices, as well as reasons for failure in the implementation of AI.
The conference was closed out with a presentation by Vladimir Danailov - Executive Director of the Fund of Funds, who introduced the participants to the funding opportunities for Bulgarian companies at different stages of their development.
The conference was attended by 44 participants. There were journalists from the National radio, Bloomberg TV, printed and online specialized media.
Photo gallery from the event can be found here.