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Wednesday, 25th October 2023
Iphigenia Hall
Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center, Athens

As Greece is undergoing extensive digital transformation across sectors and verticals, emerging disruptive technologies (EDTs) such as 5G/6G, XR, VR, AI/ML are expected to have a major impact on the public sector, businesses, and society.

In line with the above, the European Digital Innovation Hub for Digital Governance (GR digiGOV-innoHUB) and the p-NET Competence Center, are organizing a focused workshop, involving the main stakeholders of Government, Research, Business and Society, to highlight the main opportunities and untapped potential from such technologies.

The workshop will take place on 25 October 2023 at the Foundation of the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center (254 Pireos St., Athens).


This event aims to build a bridge between government officials and technology experts from business and academia. It will spotlight the accelerating technology trends most relevant to the Greek Government, the potentials they create and pave the way towards the definition of practical interventions to accelerate testing, deployment and adoption of emerging technologies.

It proposes the establishment of nation-wide support measures for the creation of a set of Testbeds / Sandboxes for conducting pilot projects leading to Innovation challenges and solutions of emerging technologies in the following sectors:

  • Education / Culture / Tourism
  • Smart Ports / Industry 4.0
  • Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR)
  • Smart City / Smart Island – Digital Twins / Metaverse


Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Iphigenia Hall

Foundation of the Hellenic World

254 Pireos St., Athens


Relevant Ministries of the Greek Government

Research centers and academics interested in the above domains

Experts from Greece and abroad

Industry and business leaders interested in projects in these domains

Investment fund organizations


The event is co-organized by the European Digital Innovation Hub for Digital Governance (GR digiGOV-innoHUB), an innovation hub for digital governance, and p-NET Emerging Networks and Services, a R&I driven Competence Center.

The European Digital Innovation Hub for Digital Governance (GR digiGOV-innoHUB) supports the development of a new generation of public services based on advanced digital technologies (AIMLIoTBlockchainHPC), with open sourceopen data and open standards. The Innovation Hub aims to develop an ecosystem of digital transformation actors by promoting innovation in Public Administration through the National Digital Portal for Public Services gov.gr.

GR digiGOV-innoHUB is led by the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology (GRNET) and is supported by the country’s leading Academic and Research Institutions specializing in AI, HPC and digiGOV. The Hub is also supported by an array of business, regional authorities and civil society organizations that have expressed their willingness to participate.

p-NET Emerging Networks & Services is a Competence Center in the field of -5G smart networks and services. It aims to support businesses with an emphasis on strengthening vertical value chains and sustainability and promote innovation and entrepreneurship. p-NET develops technological and innovative solutions leading to exportable products and services of high added value, while capitalizing on the strengths and potential of the Greek ICT ecosDimitris Varoutas,ystem. p-NET has 21 partners representing industrial and business sectors, research and academia, public authorities, consulting and entrepreneurship companies.


The morning session of the 5G and GovTech event is open to the public, while the afternoon session is by invitation only as invited members will participate in focused Working Groups.


9:30 – 10:00Registration
10:00 – 10:15Welcome & Introductory Note on Objectives
Yiannis Giannarakis, GR digiGOV-innoHUB coordinator, GRNET (presentation pdf)
Marios Nicolaou, Business Development Director, p-NET Emerging Networks & Applications (presentation pdf)
10:15 – 10:35Opening RemarksManolis St. Koutoulakis, Secretary General of the Aegean and Island Policy, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy
Dimitris Varoutas, Vice President for the electronic communications sector, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission
10:35 – 10:45XR Cultural Experience (presentation pdf)Dimitris Efraimoglou, Managing Director, Foundation of the Hellenic World
10:45 – 11:00Building your Connected Future (presentation pdf)Fotis Karonis, Executive Vice President | Capgemini Group Leader 5G & Edge
11:00 – 11:15Private 5G: a Game Changer for Enterprise Connectivity (presentation pdf)Slawomir Pietrzyk, CEO, IS Wireless
11:15 – 11:30Establishing Sustainable Mobile Government, a How-to-Note form WorldBank’s GovTech Global Partnership (remote) (presentation pdf)João Ricardo Vasconcelos Senior Governance Specialist, GovTech – Governance Global Practice, WorldBank Mobile Government Working Group
Khuram Farooq, Senior Financial Management Specialist, WorldBank
11:30 – 11:45Smart City Applications & Solutions (presentation pdf)Dimitrios Lalos, CEO, Marquee Wireless
11:45 – 12:15Coffee break

12:15 – 12:25

(tba) (remote)
Athanasios Raptis, Director, National Centre for Public Administration & Local Government
12:25 – 12:35CCEF Connecting Europe Facility funding tools (presentation pdf)Vassiliki Pahi, Programme Officer – Unit E – Coordination and Monitoring of Mechanisms and other Funds, Min Economy and Finance
12:35 – 12:456G IA Vision & Smart Networks and Services, Research and Innovation (presentation pdf)Kostas Trichias, Senior Researcher, 6G IA
12:45 – 13:00Present and Future of Digital Maritime (presentation pdf)Dr. Gregory S. Yovanof, Managing Director, Strategis Maritime Center of Excellence
13:00 – 13:155G/6G Testbeds Contribution to the National Digitization Process (presentation pdf)Dr. Ioannis Markopoulos, Head, EU & International Business, NOVA
13:15 – 13:305G-Enabled Smart Ports: Experiences and Prospects (presentation pdf)Dr. Konstantinos Katsaros, Senior Researcher / Team Leader – Intelligent Networks & Services Team, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS)
13:30 – 13:45XR Activities and Vision (presentation pdf)Angeliki Eleftheriou, Head of Marketing & Business Growth, Moptil
13:45 – 14:005G for Mission Critical Communications (presentation pdf)Konstantinos Chatzimihail, Pre-Sales Lead, Networks & Managed Services, Ericsson
14:00 – 15:00Lunch

Afternoon Session – By Invitation Only

15:00 – 17:00Working Groups
Education / Culture / Tourism
Smart Ports / Industry 4.0
Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR)
Smart City / Smart Island – Digital Twins / Metaverse
17:00 – 18:00Presentation of Working Group Results
18:00 – 19:00Cocktail

Video of the event