Second Announcement

16/05/2018, 9:00-19:00
Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center, Thessaloniki, Greece

In the modern economic environment, competitiveness relies upon the development of innovative products. Knowledge combined with the right technological tools are key elements in the process of developing innovative products & services. Knowledge of such tools exists in both industrial bodies (ΙCΤ & other industries) as well as in research organisations (Universities & Research Centres). Therefore, their collaboration is important towards developing innovative products with international perspective. In this context, 20 bodies have joined forces to organize a ser ies of congresses under the name “Technology Forum”. The program of the 5th Technology Forum ( will be including the following.



Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE)
PRAXI Network (PN)
Greek International Business Association (SEVE)
Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network (ICT-BBS)
Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SΒΒE)


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH)
University of Macedonia (UoM)
Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH)
International Hellenic University (IHU)


Region of Central Macedonia (RCM)
General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT)
Alexander Innovation Zone (AIZ)
Greek Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media (MDPTM)
Enterprise Greece (EG)
Ministry of Interior/Macedonia-Thrace (MIMT)
Thessaloniki Municipality (TM)
Thessaloniki Tourism Organization (TTO)


Hellenic Management Association (EEDE)
Greek Computer Society (EPY)
People, citizens, students invited to the Technology Forum

Keynote Speaker
“World-Changing Technology Developments: Outlook and Challenges”

Professor Diomidis Spinellis:

Head of the Department of Management Science and
Technology Athens University of Economics and
Business, Athens, Greece

Round table with subject:
“Cooperations achieved and future ones among
the organizations in the South-East Europe”

Maria Kollia Tsaroucha

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Interior (Macedonia & Thrace)

Matrona Kyprianidou

General Secretary, General Secretariat for Research & Technology

Periklis Mitkas

Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Athanasios Konstandopoulos
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas

Voula Patoulidou
President, Thessaloniki Tourism Organization

Milan Šolaja
President, Balkan and Black Sea ICT Network
Kostis Kaggelidis
President, Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece
Pantelis Angelidis
President, Alexander Innovation Zone
“The Era of Fake News: Minsinformation
and Disinformation on the Internet” Session
Coordinator :
Yiannis Kompatsiaris Centre for Research & Technology Hellas Greece

“Fighting misinformation. Handling and verifying social media content: approaches and challenge”

Jochen Spangenberg
Innovation Manager, Research & Cooperation Projects
Deutsche Welle

“Truly Media and TruthNest: Practical services against misinformation”

Nikos Sarris
Athens Technology Center, Greece

“Verifying Multimedia Content on the Internet: Recent Advances and Challenges Ahead”

Symeon Papadopoulos
ITI, Centre for Research &
Technology Hellas, Greece

“Big Data” Session
Coordinator :
George Dimitriou Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece

“Data actionability: “Big Expectations from the next big leap in “big” data”

Max Gurvits
Head of Entrepreneurship-In-Residence

“Big Expectations from Big Data in the European agrifood sector”

Grigoris Chatzikostas
Head of business development department, Biosense institute, Serbia

“Applying big data analytics in practice”

Anastasios Gounaris
Assistant Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

“Internet of Things” Session
Coordinator :
Periklis Chatzimisios Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki

“LoRaWAN and Internet of Things Applications”

Stavros Kalapothas
Senior DevOps Engineer, Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace, Greece

“Applications and Challenges of IoT in Healthcare”

Vassilis Koutkias
Researcher C’, Institute of Applied Biosciences, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Greece

“Chatting with your future home”

Panagiotis Pampalos
CEO & Co-Founder at HAM Systems, Greece

“Smart Cities” Session
Coordinator :
Anastasios ManosAssociation of Information Technology Companies of Nothern Greece

“TP TransParent! – Smart Cities Solution””

Sava Zxivanovich
Director, Technology Partnership doo, Serbia

“Smart City Standards: enablers or barriers for innovation”

Leonidas Anthopoulos
Associate Professor, TEI of Thessaly, Greece

“Demonstrating Innovative Solutions within a Smart Cities Ecosystem”

Athanasios Tryferidis
Research Associate, ITI, CERTH, Greece

“Agrifood” Session
Coordinator :
Anita NikovaBalkan and Black Sea ICT Network

“Agrolife nation”

Zvezdan Žarić
Director, Greensoft, Serbia

“IntelliSTEM, intelligent solution for Agriculture”

Petar Indovski
Director, GORD Systems Services, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

“Viticulturist; Honey Traceability Programme”

Aleksandar Prelević
CEO, Jugodata, Montenegro

“Machine learning and Data Mining
Coordinator :
Christos TjortjisInternational Hellenic University

“Transforming “a lot of data” to valuable insights. A business journey by Musala Soft”

Elena Marinova
President, Musala Soft, Bulgaria

“Data Mining and Machine Learning Algorithms for Social Networks and Media”

Panagiotis Tsaparas
Associate Professor, University of Ioannina

“Machine Learning in Industrial Internet of Things”

Petar Petrovski
Head of software development department, Elikosoft, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

“Healthcare” Session
Coordinator :
Kostas Kaggelidis Association of Information Technology Companies of Nothern Greece

“Opportunities for millennials in HealthTech: the Romanian example”

Ion Gheorghe
MD – Project Manager and Co-Founder, PETROVAI, Romania

“EU Joint Actions and eHealth policy: Guidelines and Recommendations on Patient Summary and ePrescription”

Stergiani Spyrou
Head of IT Department 3rd Regional Health Authority

“Decision Support in Healthcare: Preventing Medication Errors”

George Nikolaidis
CEO & Founder, Ergobyte Informatics S.A.

“Blockchain” Session
Coordinator :
Kostas VotisSenior Researcher, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas

“Key enabling blockchain technologies for the Internet of Things ecosystem”

Dimosthenis Ioannidis
CTO, Pragma-IoT, Greece

“Towards secure & blockchain- driven energy trading platforms, the eDREAM concept”

Claudia Pop
Research Assistant at Distributed Systems Research Laboratory, Romania

“A Blockchain-Based Health Ecosystem””

Nikolaos Kaklanis
General Manager, MindMed, Greece

“Industry 4.0” Session
Coordinator :
Matthias HoffmannDirector of Northern
Greece Branch, German-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry

“IoT – a paradigm shift for economy & society?!”

Martina Lübon
Director, CeBIT, Germany

Marc Schmettau
International Development Director, Agrino – EV.GE. Pistiolas ABEE