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Date: 27 September 2016
Location: Brussels

The smartphone, along with its cousin, the tablet, and a fast-expanding family of “wearables” and other “smart” devices are transforming the way people live, work, play, connect, and interact around the world. In the process, they are converting the digital revolution into an increasingly mobile phenomenon. Innovation in the tech sector are unleashing invention in countless other areas as consumers adopt new behavioral patterns and businesses find ways to improve efficiency, develop new products and services, and expand their market reach. Only recently, the Progressive Policy Institute found that the European App Economy includes 1.64 million jobs as of January 2016 and already in 2013, the mobile economy generated more than 90 billion euros. In other words, Europe’s app economy is doing extremely well’.

This workshop will discuss how this impressive track-record contributes to growth and jobs. Among issues worth debating: how the app-economy enhances creativity and productivity across the board; why is Europe so successful in this respect; how can the EU support the mobile economy; what are the regulatory facing app developers; the role of platforms.

The set of distinguished experts below have accepted to lend their expertise and start a conversation, we hope you will be able to join and nurture.

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