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Monday, December 7, 2020

We need to encourage children to fall in love with game development, and the crisis has digitally transformed us

The first day of the conference brought online lectures on artificial intelligence, applications and the cloud business, as well as panels on the gaming industry, online commerce and food delivery

The 20th WinDays have started, followed by more than 500 participants via live stream on Most of the lecturers and panelists taught live from WinDays studios in Mozaik Event Center in Zagreb, and participants were able to "walk" around the halls and watch and listen to everything they are interested in with the help of the WinDays application on the web. The program continues tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, and it will be possible to watch more than 60 lectures and 8 panels.

During the first day of the conference, lectures focused on collaboration tools, applications, artificial intelligence, automation and cloud business, and the panels discussed current topics: the growing gaming industry and the boom in online shopping and food delivery during 2020.

Tomislav Lulić (Cloud Consulting) presented the differences between SharePoint and Teams and explained how to organize a company through Office 365. While SharePoint is a platform for collaboration and document management and events can be created through it, Teams organizes a group of people according to defined projects or can involve the whole company. Tomislav Tipurić (Nephos) spoke about the development of applications that are the future of business, and the cloud enabled their rapid development. It is those who develop applications who are the innovators of their time because they affect the future of business and life in all segments.

During the panel You just wont to play son. There's no money in that... or is there? moderator Dragan Petric (Bug) talked with guests Mario Čelan (Sisak-Moslavina County Development Agency), Daniel Lučić (Croteam), Luka Marušić (Cr4zy AG) and Andrej Kovačević (Exordium Games) about the perspective of the gaming industry in Croatia. Domestic industry is growing by 50 percent a year and will reach HRK 400 million in revenue this year. All participants answered the question about the perspective of the gaming industry in Croatia briefly and clearly - YES, the perspective is huge! Gaming is one of the most lucrative branches both in IT and in general, and through the general crisis caused by the pandemic this was further felt and seen, even in our micro market, where all participants passed unscathed and experienced additional successes. Games are not a joke and gaming is not a frivolous industry was concluded in this panel, which also pointed out how healthy and good it is to motivate young people in addition to just playing computer games to fall in love with their development.

Darko Gebaei (Agrivi) presented innovations in agriculture. The world's oldest industry has a big task - to increase food production by 60 percent in 30 years to meet the needs of 9 billion inhabitants of the planet in 2050. He showed how to innovate with the help of Azure FarmBeats, ie monitor the situation in remote fields with the help of satellites and drones, how to use sensors to make machinery smart and how to apply robotics (autonomous tractors) and analyze large amounts of data with the help of data science.

Tomislav Tipurić led the panel Dad buy me a car, bicycle and a! where he with panelists Dalibor Sović (Konzum plus), Ivica Kruhek (Marker), Dimitrije Trbović (Neostar), Tajana Link (Croatian Post) and Tana Zimmermann ( discussed about the online store boom during 2020. In the first part of the panel, participants discussed the impact of the corona crisis on the growth of both the number of web shops and traffic. They agreed that the crisis has accelerated the process of transformation, but also that Croatia is still in its biginning phase and that only small progress can be seen compared to other European countries.

The potential exists and lies in the differentiation factors that local players will be able to offer in relation to global online shopping platforms. As for the future of online commerce after the corona crisis, they agreed that there will be both forms, both virtual and physical, and that omni-channel is the key to success for the future.

Online food delivery is also growing enormously, and the people in Zagreb mostly order Asian food, grill, pizza and burgers through delivery. Petar Štefanić (Word) talked with key players in the field of online delivery about their experiences in the panel No food without digital tools, and he was joined by David Ban Ostić (Bolt Services), Nebojša Veron (, Andrea Tawfik (Glovo) and Marko Burčul ( Food delivery services do not like to be considered the “winners” of a pandemic. They agreed that it had simply “provided oxygen” to the hospitality sector. They believe that delivery habits, in the future, regardless of the corona crisis, will constantly grow outside the food segment as well, allowing users to have better leisure time.

Tomorrow, the conference program continues with lectures and panels in three program directions (technological, business and business - technological). The technological direction starts at 9AM, and the others from 11AM.

Interested participants can join the networking with individual lecturers and sponsors and discuss the topic of interest in small groups (up to 20 people). For networking you need to sign up by adding the desired networking to your lectures.

Anyone who wants to follow the conference online, but does not yet have their registration fee, can still get it at

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