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INTERPOL WORLD 2019 – Exclusive Interview with the organizer, Anita Hazenberg – Director of Innovation Centre Directorate at Interpol Global

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We had to pleasure to catch up with Anita HAZENBERG, the Director of the Innovation Centre Directorate at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, organizer of INTERPOL WORLD 2019.

PICANTE: What determined you to organize Interpol World?

A.H.: Coinciding with the opening of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, the first edition of INTERPOL World took place in 2015. Two years later, the second edition was held in 2017 just right after I arrived from the Netherlands Police to become the new director of INTERPOL’s Innovation Centre. I was asked to organize the next edition of INTERPOL World for 2019 and I have a strong desire for it to be a forum where we can together develop INTERPOL’s global innovation agenda through the activities we organize. The focus of the Innovation Centre is very much on providing innovation capabilities for INTERPOL’s 194 member countries, and we find it very important that all together, with all participants, we set that agenda, and that we have a clear understanding of what is needed. Many people think innovation is only about new emerging technologies. However, it also means being able to react here and now. If something happens, you can trust and rely on law enforcement that they are there to solve the problems. It’s about changing culture and procedures, it demands a total change of mindset.

 

PICANTE: Why Singapore?

A.H.: Apart from the support and foresight of the Singapore Government which offered us a fantastic location to build our INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation here in the Lion City back when the INTERPOL President hailed from this great city, Singapore is a country with a strong focus on innovation and law enforcement. It’s only apt to also have the new Innovation Centre and INTERPOL World 2019 in Singapore.

 

PICANTE: What should the attendees expect from the Interpol World conference?

A.H.: Inspiration and awareness are vital components of INTERPOL World 2019. In the previous editions, exhibitions were a bubble that mirrored the developments in the business world. This year, we want to add another bubble into the constellation, and that is the bubble of working together and finding solutions to contemporary problems. This is why we have different sets of activities including motivational keynotes, plenary sessions, 32 co-creation labs, and working groups. In the co-creation labs, a law enforcement representative presents a contemporary problem and experts from the business and academic worlds respond. At the same time, we have also organized meetings of four INTERPOL law enforcement working groups to continue their discussions and collaboration: the Chief Innovation Officers Expert Group, Darknet and Cryptocurrencies Working Group, Drone Expert Group, and INTERPOL-UNICRI Working Group on Artificial Intelligence for Law Enforcement. In addition, the Chief Information Officers of INTERPOL will gather together during the event. Imagine, these five groups already constitute about 250 law enforcement senior officials and experts, add to these the participants and visitors for the exhibitions and co-creation labs, and you have an event of magnitude.

 

PICANTE: Who are the “top-selection” speakers of the conference? What’s their add-value to the tech world?

A.H.: All of our speakers for INTERPOL World 2019 are top-notch. However, I want to highlight a topic that should play a significant role in all discussions during INTERPOL World, that of ethics, privacy and human rights. The motivational speaker for the second day of the programme, Dr. Ayesha Khanna, will discuss ethics and privacy issues, as their relationship with law enforcement still faces questions and gaps that need to be answered. For example, do police still have the trust of our population and communities? As machines and algorithms get more and more sophisticated in their abilities to interpret and process information, people raise more questions on how police deal with their data. Thus, there is a challenge for law enforcement to be transparent. This is an overarching theme that will be emphasized during INTERPOL World.

 

PICANTE: What changes do you see as being short-term possible to implement in the cyber-security world after the conference?

A.H.: First of all, I hope it’s not only the cybersecurity world because I think innovation is much broader. Apart from cybersecurity, we will also talk about disruptors; ethics, privacy and trust within our communities; drones; identification technologies; smart systems; what would 5G mean to law enforcement; augmented reality; and a myriad of other topics pertinent to policing and law enforcement. The coexistence of the motivational keynotes, co-creation labs and working groups at INTERPOL World makes it a comprehensive conference for collaborating on solutions that hopefully could be effectively implemented in the near future.

Photo source and credits: www.interpol-world.com

About INTERPOL World 2019

INTERPOL World 2019 will take place between 2-4 July at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 

INTERPOL World is a global co-creation opportunity which engages the public and private sectors in dialogue, and fosters collaboration to counter future security and policing challenges. INTERPOL World comprises of three interlinked activities: a series of niche and targeted platforms for knowledge exchange culminating in strategic co-creation labs to discuss the challenges and solutions for combating the crimes of the future; an exhibition that serves as a business and networking event for manufacturers, distributors, and Research and Development organizations to offer innovative products and cutting-edge technologies to public and private entities involved in law enforcement, security and likeminded industries. INTERPOL World will also host a series of INTERPOL working groups (by invitation only) focusing on innovation, artificial intelligence, drones and darknet cryptocurrencies.

Police, public, security professionals and commercial buyers from around the world will convene in Singapore to forge mutually beneficial alliances leading to faster, more accurate responses to global security and public safety threats.

Register to attend INTERPOL World 2019 here: www.interpol-world.com

 

About Anita Hazenberg

Ms Anita Hazenberg assumed her current duties as the first Director of the Innovation Centre Directorate, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore on 1 July 2017. In the increasingly complex policing operating environment characterized by rapid technological breakthroughs, the Innovation Centre was set up to engage global law enforcement in strategic futures planning and to co-create solutions to emerging law enforcement challenges.

In the past 36 years of her career in the Netherlands Police, Ms Hazenberg was involved in various operational duties across the Netherlands specializing in ‘Violence against Women and Children’ and ‘International Police Cooperation’. She progressed into the international foray to take up several trailblazing roles, including as the Director of the European Network of Policewomen (ENP); the first Programme Director ‘Police and Human Rights’ for the Council of Europe (France); the founder and first Director of the School for Police Leadership; the first Coordinator for International Strategic Alliances and Deployment of the Staff of the Dutch National Police Commissioner; and as the initiator and Conference Director of the global annual law enforcement think-tank consisting of top-level executives – ‘Pearls in Policing.’ Ms Hazenberg holds two Masters, one in Public Administration and one in Change Management.

In the current digital age where technology has led to the fast convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds, Ms Hazenberg believes that global law enforcement must better anticipate future challenges, and formulate innovative, efficient and resource-efficient solutions in response to criminals constantly looking to exploit vulnerabilities. The writings are already on the wall, and the global policing community must be ready to tackle the inevitable challenges that lay in the horizon.

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VRevolution with Sergey Tkachenko (HumanIT), Artur Sychov (Somnium Space), Karel Hulec (NeosVR) and Konrad Gill (ViARsys) at TCE2019 Prague

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VRevolution – The Time for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality is now, engaging panel discussion at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

A 2016 report release by a well-respected industry research firm, Statista, painted a rather rosy picture for the global augmented (“AR”) and virtual reality (“VR”) segments. The report stated that: “In 2022, the augmented and virtual reality market is expected to reach a market size of $209.2 billion U.S. dollars.”

Alongside AI and automation, virtual reality (VR) and its closely related cousin augmented reality (AR) have been touted for several years now as technologies likely to have a profoundly transformative effect on the way we live and work.

new report in 2019 from Zion Market Research, actually gave the AR and VR global markets a higher than expected valuation: “… at around USD $26.7 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach approximately USD $814.7 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 63.01% between 2019 and 2025.” So it appears that the markets are exceeding prior expectations.  The AR and VR markets are usually grouped together but there are differences in the AR and VM technologies themselves. Each has a strong market share on its own but can also be used in conjunction, which is called augmented virtuality (“AV”), according to PC Magazine. 

PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, will take the pulse of the industry and by bringing together VR/AR experts of from the CEE region, will highlight the main opportunities and recent development.

The panel discussion is strategically titled “VRevolution – The Time for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality is now” and will examine the following topics:

– AR and VR increasingly enhanced with AI

– AR and VR in marketing, sales, and games

– VR and AR will increasingly be used in training and teaching

– Consumer Entertainment VR hits the mainstream

– VR and AR environments becoming increasingly collaborative and social

– AR increasingly finding its way into vehicles

The speaker lineup includes some of the most known names of the VR/AR/XR industry in the region such as Sergey Tkachenko (CEO and Co-founder of HumanIT), Artur Sychov (Founder and CEO at Somnium Space), Karel Hulec (Co-Founder and CEO of social metaverse NeosVR) and will be moderated by virtual reality expert Konrad Gill (Founder and Creative Director of ViARsys).

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Here are a few details about the speakers of the panel discussion:

About Sergey Tkachenko (CEO and Co-founder of HumanIT)

Sergey Tkachenko is the CEO and Co-founder of HumanIT company and a TechHeaven startup participant with more than 12 years of experience in sales and management.

Currently, Sergey and his team are working on creating AR/VR solutions as well as Web platforms and mobile applications for customers all over the world. Besides the mentioned services, the company also focuses on the development of digital copies of humans.

 

About Artur Sychov (Founder and CEO at Somnium Space)

Artur is a Founder and CEO of Somnium Space. He has worked as an investment trader for many years before becoming a serial entrepreneur. Previously he has founded several startups and holds patents for hardware inventions which he has implemented into the market. Artur strongly believes in the ultimate future of Virtual Worlds which will bring society to the next evolutionary level.

 

About Karel Hulec (Co-Founder and CEO of social metaverse NeosVR)

Karel Hulec is the Co-Founder and CEO of social metaverse NeosVR. The closest thing to real life Matrix with slightly less evil business plan. A place in virtual reality with unprecedented possibilities and creative freedom.

Karel is a futurist and serial entrepreneur. His previous ventures include crypto and virtual reality hardware startups. He plans to be around for some time, will be cryopreserved in case of poor health.

 

About Konrad Gill (Founder and Creative Director of ViARsys)

Konrad Gill is Founder and Creative Director of ViARsys. Based in the City of Vienna, VIARsys develops Virtual and Augmented Reality systems and solutions for LBE and B2B resources.

Konrad has more than 18 years of experience in leading positions in the gaming and entertainment industry, where he has focused on implementing innovative ideas to land-based entertainment facilities and online gaming convergence.

As president of vrlab.at, the Austrian Association for the development of Virtual Reality and Edutainment, Konrad Gill is engaged on the forefront of implementing immersive worlds with all the possibilities of VR for education and for the preservation of cultural heritage.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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Which CD is right for you? Continuous Deployment or Continuous Delivery? – Matt Beaney (AutoTrader UK) present the solution at TCE2019 Prague

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Software release expert will present a keynote session at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

If you search online, you will find that continuous integration, continuous deployment, and continuous delivery are like vectors that have the same direction, but different magnitude. Their goal is the same: make our software development and release process faster and more robust.

The key difference between the three is in the scope of automation applied. What gets people who are new to the field confused is that they are not mutually exclusive, but include each other, like Russian dolls.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, you can hear more about the subject in a special keynote which will be presented by Matt Beaney, Service Transition at AutoTrader UK.

Matt has overseen Service Transition at AutoTrader UK for over 10 years, driving continual improvement of the release success rate from 85% to 99.8% and increasing the release rate from <600 to 15,000 per year. In Prague, he will tell you all about CD is right for you and your company.

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PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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The Use of Artificial Intelligence by Startups and SMEs panel discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners) at TCE2019 Prague

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Leading law expert and tech compliance advisor to moderate the AI-related panel discussion at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

The future is almost here and there are more and more talks about AI being a key part of our daily life. But, it seems we are not quite there yet as most of the services that are available are not the real independent AI which is feared by many doomsday preachers.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, we have put together an artificial intelligence-related panel discussion which will highlight some of the most recent topics that are discussed in the sphere and can benefit many in the upcoming period.

The panel discussion will be joined by Andjela Todorovic (Software Engineering Intern at Cubic Corporation), Jiří Třečák (CEO at Supernova), Aleksander Kijek (Chief Product Officer at Nethone) and last but not least, Vojtech Chloupek (Partner at Bird & Bird).

The futuristic thinking panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina, Senior Advisor at WH Partners.

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About Dr. Robert Skalina

Robert Skalina is a Czech Advocate as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is based in Prague and works in Malta regularly.

He is financial services and corporate lawyer and provides advice to a wide range of investment managers, advisors and funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Robert also regularly advises clients in the gaming/gambling industries and has vast experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and complex cross border transactions.

Robert has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout the EMEA region. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel for the largest retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Robert graduated with an LLM cum laude from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the Charles University in Prague. He provides advice in English, Czech and Slovak.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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