ECC - European Cities Conferences

About twice a year, on behalf of the host, the city of Vienna, Eurocomm-PR organizes the "European Cities Conferences" (ECC), a mostly two-day conference on current issues of municipal administration and services of general interest. Experts will meet in Vienna to discuss with their counterparts from the urban institutions in Central and Southeastern Europe, to take along new impulses and strategic goals for implementation in the respective municipal administrations and cities, in the spirit of a lively dialogue on "Government2Government" projects.

Participation in the conference is free.


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At the next ECC on 18 and 19 June 2019, the City of Vienna and its partners from the Eurocomm-PR network will be addressing the issues of Artificial Intelligence and e-government. (more)

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Because all speakers are experts, they are well-versed in the fields of artificial intelligence and e-government – be it that they approach the topics from a philosophical standpoint, be it that they gain hands-on experience in their everyday work. The speakers cover a wide range of topics guaranteeing exciting inputs and unexpected approaches. (more)

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The ECC Conference on Artificial Intelligence and e-government will take place on June 18 and 19, 2019 at the Tech Gate Vienna (1220 Vienna). (more)



What will European city administrations look like in 2030? During the ECC, the City of Vienna, together with its partners from the Eurocomm-PR network, will take a look into the future and discuss essential aspects of digitalisation:

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the main driver of digitalisation and a decisive factor for the future of city administrations worldwide. Artificial intelligence is mainly about enabling machines to perform tasks in an "intelligent" way. What particularly matters in this respect is to make sure systems do not simply execute programmed instructions but also adapt their behaviour to current conditions in each case by taking into account the information available. As far as cities themselves are concerned, practically all areas of responsibility will be affected by artificial intelligence.


E-Government is a service offering clients the possibility to easily and comfortably make use of the services provided by the City of Vienna. User demands for intuitive usability are constantly increasing, as is also the need for a perfect user experience. On top of that, the systems need to be harmonised in the background in order to make an entirely digitalised administration possible. With its new portal "Mein.Wien", the City of Vienna is therefore creating the digital mainstay for the Viennese population, which allows the handling of official matters with maximum comfort and speed.



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Jarosław Bułka

Bułka is a biocybernetician with a 20-years long academic experience, his main topics are: artificial intelligence, telemedicine and the digital transformation of organizations. As technological expert of the Krakow Technology Park he is Advisor to the Mayor of Krakow for Digital Transformation.


Vladimir Danailov

Danailov is the CEO of the Sofia Municipal Privatization & Investment Agency.
He holds a MBA from the American University in Bulgaria and Master’s Degree in HR Management from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. 
Danailov has already developed broad expertise in managing companies and teams with a global presence.

Jan Dobrovský

Jan Dobrovský is the director of Project Management at the City Hall in Prague, where he supports business and innovation and manages economic diplomacy. 
Jan has led numerous projects resulting in founding the Prague Startup Centre and Market and the business incubation center of the European Space Agency in Prague (ESA BIC Prague), the Prague vouchers subsidy program, the Innovation Market, and projects of innovation partnership.

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Alexandra Ebert

Alexandra Ebert graduated in Digital Marketing and completed her Master's thesis on GDPR’s impact on Artificial Intelligence in Europe. At Mostly AI, she is responsible for engaging with the privacy community, with regulators, the media and with customers.

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Martin Giesswein

Martin Giesswein is co-initiator of DigitalCity.Wien and is connecting startups with corporates since 2015 with Innovation 2 Company. In 2014, he was the Exit-CEO of the Austrian matured startup immobilien.NET. He is lecturing at least half of his working time at universities and corporate academies with a focus on digital economics, leadership and innovation.

Robin Heilig

Robin Heilig first developed his more strategic skills as a senior e-government consultant before he took on the challenge as head of the strategy bureau of the ICT department of the City of Vienna. To meet the rising demands, PACE was founded, which he is co-head of, since it’s launch.

Ulrike Huemer

Ulrike Huemer is a lawyer and CIO of the City of Vienna. She supervised the negotiations in the Austrian Convention for the Austrian Association of Cities. As Head of the Accounting and Tax Department of the City of Vienna, she dealt intensively with eGovernment and administrative modernization and finalized the introduction of SAP within the city of Vienna. As CIO of the City of Vienna (since 2014), she is strongly committed to the recognition of digitization as a central topic for the economy, society and administration.

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Filip Húšťava

Filip Húšťava studied Public Administration and Regional Development at University of National Economy in Bratislava. His main interest is topic of public administration transparency and citizens participation on public governance. He used to be a member of city controlling department and in this time is member of Data policy and analysis department. He is in charge of new openData strategy of the Bratislava city and also the delegate in Knowledge Society forum of Eurocities platform and is head of Open Labour Union Bratislava, community organization of Bratislava city employees.

Bojan Jukić

Bojan Jukić is the Co-Founder and CTO of the company goUrban. Since three years already his company is part of the new mobility movement and makes city transportation more efficient with AI algorithms. The company offers the tech behind successful shared mobility projects from operators and cities all around the world. 

Max Kintisch

Max Kintisch is a graduate from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris. He is Engagement Manager at Pioneers. Together with public administrations and tech innovators, his work focusses on implementing the future of public service delivery. Pioneers organizes public sector innovation initiatives and hosts Europe´s leading GovTech conference.

Katja Mayer

Sociologist Katja Mayer works at the interface Science-Technology-Society. She explores how social science methods and society interact. She is currently studying Computational Social Science and Big Data. As a member of the Open Knowledge and Open Access Network Austria OANA, she advocates public access to scientific knowledge and open licenses in science and technology.

Zoltán Nagy

Zoltán Nagy has been responsible for coordinating developments with EU funding since 2016. He first served as a political advisor to the Ministry of Human Resources, later becoming deputy secretary of state. He has held this post since 2018 in the Chancellery.

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Julian Nida-Rümelin

Julian Nida-Rümelin is regarded as one of the most renowned philosophers in Germany. He was  Minister of  State and Media (1998-2002) in Germany and teaches philosophy and political theory at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Peter Parycek

Peter Parycek is Head of the Competence Centre Public IT at Fraunhofer Fokus Berlin, funded by the Ministry of Interior; Full Professor for E-Governance and Head of the Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Danube University Krems. His research and project priorities focus on the effects of technology on state, society and economy as well as the necessary changes in strategies policies and in both legal and organizational systems.

Andreas Rath

Andreas S. Rath is CEO of ONDEWO GmbH. He spent five years researching human-machine communication and AI at the Know-Center and six years digitizing international companies in twelve countries as a top management consultant for McKinsey & Company. At ONDEWO, he and his team are developing the "ONDEWO Conversational AI Platform", enterprise software to make chatbots, language assistants and robots smarter, automate calls, and provide novel assistance systems for, for example, customer support.

Dietmar Schabus

Dietmar Schabus studied computer science at the Vienna University of Technology and defended a dissertation in statistical speech signal modeling at the Graz University of Technology. He has been working as a data scientist at Wiener Stadtwerke since 2018, where he is involved in the implementation of concrete AI applications in the context of mobility, energy and infrastructure. Schabus is a part-time lecturer for Machine Learning at the FH Technikum Wien.

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Michael Stampfer

Michael Stampfer has been managing the office of the WWTF since 2002. A graduate of the Law Faculty of Vienna University, he has acquired many years of experience in Austrian and international research and technology policy. Initially he worked for the Science Ministry before undertaking responsibility for the K plus Competence Centres Programme of Technologie Impulse Gesellschaft (TIG, now FFG).

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Clemens Wasner

Clemens Wasner is the CEO of EnliteAI, a Vienna-based company specializing in the application of AI, and founder of AI Austria, an independent think tank that aims to establish Austria as a pioneer in Applied AI. Previously, he worked for more than ten years in the international management consultancy and, among other things, served as a partner for the Asian business from Tokyo.

Sindre Wimberger

Sindre Wimberger has been developing products and services for the Internet for 15 years. Currently as ServiceDesigner for As "Botfather" of the WienBot he ensures, among other things, that this is constantly evolving and becoming smarter.

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Barbara Wimmer

Barbara Wimmer is a network journalist, author and lecturer living in Vienna. She has been writing and talking about IT security, network policy, privacy and privacy for more than 13 years. In 2018 she was awarded the journalist prize WINFRA for "Outstanding Contributions to Viennese Infrastructure Journalism." As a writer and lecturer, she recently devoted herself above all to the Internet of Things.



Start: 18 June 2019, 11 a.m.

End: 19 June 2019, 2 p.m.

Conference Venue: Tech Gate, Donau-City-Straße 1, 1220 Vienna, Austria

The official language of the conference will be English. There will be simultaneous interpreting to and from German.

Download programme (PDF)

        June 18, 2019

11:00 am               Registration and Brunch

11:45 am               Welcome: Jörg Neumayer,
Member of the Vienna State Parliament and Municipal Council, responsible for "Digitisation, Media and Education" and
                                "Culture and Science".


12:00 noon           Keynote adress: Julian Nida-Rümelin, Professor of Philosophy, former Minister of State: "Digital Humanism - For an Ethics in the Age of Artificial

1:00 pm                 Lecture: Michael Stampfer, Managing Director Vienna Science, Research and Technology Fund: "Digital Humanism in Vienna"

1:25 pm                 Lecture: Katja Mayer, University of Vienna: "Digital transformation - why cities should foster their communities of practice"

1:50 pm                 Lecture: Filip Húšťava, Department of Information Technologies of the City of Bratislava: "Changing the paradigm in Bratislava"

2:15 pm                 coffee break


2:45 pm                 Keynote address: Clemens Wasner, Chairperson AI Austria: "AI and the city: why the public sector should embrace artificial intelligence"

3:20 pm                 Panel 1: AI in the Vienna City Administration with Barbara Wimmer (Journalist), Sindre Wimberger (Wien Bot), Matthias Griessenberger (Wien gibt Raum),
                                Dietmar Schabus (Wiener Stadtwerke), Martin Giesswein (Facilitator) 

4:00 pm                 Panel 2: Government AI start-ups with Alexandra Ebert (Mostly AI), Bojan Jukic (goUrban), Max Kintisch (Pioneers), Andreas Rath (ONDEWO),
                                Clemens Wasner (AI Austria), Martin Giesswein (Facilitator)

5:00 pm                 Lecture: Walter Palmetshofer, Urban Innovation Vienna: "(Open) Data for AI - the City of Vienna approach"

5:30 pm                 Get Together


        June 19, 2019

9:00 am                  Registration and coffee


9:30 am                  Lecture: Ulrike Huemer, Chief Information Officer, City of Vienna

10:00 am                Keynote adress: Peter Parycek, Head - Department of E-Governance in Economics and Administration, Danube University Krems, Professor of
                                 E-Government: "Digital Government Next?"

10:45 am                coffee break

11:15 am                Panel: E-Government in the European Municipalities:

                                 Zoltán Nagy, Deputy State Secretary for the Management of EU Funding Projects, Hungary: "Transformation of the Public Administration in the Digital
                                 Jarosław Bułka, Representative of the Mayor for Digital Transformation, Krakow: "IT Solutions for the Municipality of Krakow”
                                 Šárka Fila Tomanová, Head of Project Preparation and Implementation Unit, City of Prague: "PRAGUE – Supporting Innovation through Digital
                                 Vladimir Danailov, CEO Sofia Municipal Privatisation & Investment Agency: "Digital Transformation of Sofia – Challenges, Lessons and Results"
                                 Robin Heilig, City of Vienna, "From E-Government to Digitisation”

12:15 pm                Moderated discussion 
with Jarosław Bułka, Peter Parycek, Vladimir Danailov, Robin Heilig

1:00 pm                  Wrap-up: Martin Giesswein

1:15 pm                  Farewell: Ulrike Huemer, Chief Information Officer, City of Vienna 

Content Control: Michael Hagler, Magistratsdirektion, Gruppe Prozessmanagement und IKT-Strategie 

Coordination within the City of Vienna: Ines Breiner, Daniela Schadler, Magistratsabteilung 27, Europäische Angelegenheiten, Dezernat Internationale Aktivitäten

Bias of Organisation: Eurocomm-PR Gmbh



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