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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Unlike people, machines communicate better and better, and Croatia has a great chance to become world known for AI technology

During the second conference day, 638 participants via live stream on were able to follow parallel lectures in three directions (technological, business and business - technological), additionally talk to individual lecturers and sponsors in networking rooms and listen sponsor lectures.

During the second day it has been discussed, among other things about serverless technologies, GDPR, security, cognitive services, artificial intelligence, DevOps and collaboration tools, and panelists debated the Internet things, the fintech industry and Croatia's position on the global AI scene.

The panel Connect Me Oleg Maštruko (Network) hosted Matija Puškar (Byte Lab Group), Bruno Crnički (IoT Net Adria), Roko Roić (Connected devices) and Tomislav Sladonja (Hrvatski Telekom). All over the world, IoT is in a phase of maturation, because the market in a liberal way tries to choose what is best, what can take time, and we are currently moving in too many directions. All panelists agreed that we need standardization and regulation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and that 2020 has opened some more doors to the IoT - we may be moving less, but machines are increasingly communicating with each other. Companies need to be educated to be able to identify which problems they can solve with the help of IoT and which they cannot. The education of companies and entrepreneurs is more important than the education of end users, ie citizens who do not care about the technology behind the solution that deals with a problem (be it looking for a free parking space or some other solution).

Zlatan Stilinović (PBZ) presented the functionalities of Azure Information Protection - a service available in the cloud that enables the classification of documents. Jasmin Azemović gave a lecture on How to implement GDPR with SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. According to him, many companies have not harmonized their operations with the GDPR even 2 years after their introduction, and he estimates that in 5 years everyone will be harmonized - although there are rumors in the European Union that GDPR version 2.0 will arrive soon.

The panel I'll be back dealt with the position of Croatia when it comes to artificial intelligence, and the moderator Jan Štedul (Mindsmiths) spoke with Siniša Košćin (IN2), Slaven Mišak (BonsAI), Matija Žulj (Agrivi) and Ivana Mandušić Hrupački (A1) Croatia). The participants presented all relevant branches of Croatian industry, small and large agritech startup operating globally, a corporation and technology company that has entered into complex projects of digitalization of Croatian health care and made a step towards foreign projects. They concluded that artificial intelligence represents a huge opportunity for Croatia and that the incredible response to the free online course on the basics of artificial intelligence Elements of AI (applied for by more than 12,000 people) and investments in the technology sector in recent years or two indicate that Croatia can be a relevant player in the global AI scene.

Oleg Maštruko (Network) on the panel How to Tell “Majke mi” in binary talked to his interlocutors Božidar Pavlović (financial consultant), Mario Brkić (George Labs), Zoran Đorđević (Cotrugli), Gorjan Agačević (Marina cloud) and Filip Šaravanja (HANFA) . Banks and insurance companies are ripe for disruption, and many startups are working to develop services that will disrupt the industry. The money is available through investment angels and venture capital funds which, driven by the success of the Croatian IT industry, which grew in 2020, are ready to invest more and more in Croatia. Banks and insurance companies themselves act as startups and innovate their processes, ie they introduce personalized services that are supported and excellently monitored by technology, for which KeksPay Erste Bank and Laqo Croatia osiguranje are excellent examples. Panelists believe that new and old banks will find some form of coexistence and that cash will not go extinct. They also agreed that the PSD2 regulation has been a paper tiger for now - despite expectations, no major shock has occurred, and welcome news is constantly arriving regarding the opening of banking APIs. In the current circumstances in the domestic market, where an enviable amount of new, good ideas are generated, and money and mentoring are available, it is easily possible for the future unicorn to be just out of fintech.

During his lecture Hate for clickbait in the cloud, Ivo Duvnjak (Business Intelligence) showed a solution in Microsoft Azure cloud based on advanced analytics that will prevent you from becoming a victim of clickbait. He presented the functionality on the example of a domestic portal, and pointed out that, thanks to the cloud, the implementation of the project was favorable, flexible and secure. Maja Rus (Undabot) gave a lecture on AI Product Development where she explained how the development of a product based on artificial intelligence is going. Development is different than with standard products because it requires a specific set of skills and knowledge, and business opportunities are in the areas of automation, innovation and optimization.

On the last day of the conference, the program continues at 11AM, and those interested can apply for three networking with lecturers. Anyone who wants to follow the conference online can get their registration fee for the third program day at

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