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16 October 2002

e2002 conference in Prague

The e2002 (eBusiness and eWork) conference opened in Prague on Wednesday 16 October. The event was the third in a series of annual conferences but this was the first time that it had been held outside the European Union. Consistently attracting over 500 delegates, the conference series has become a major European event for eBusiness, eWork and Internet technologies.

Delegates to e2002 in Prague were welcomed by Petr Krenek, Director International Department, Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. In her reply, Dr Rosalie Zobel, European Commission Director for the Information Society responsible for New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce, said that the Commission was delighted to support e2002, an event that helped to motivate better project results and new proposals. She said that was sure that all delegates would greatly benefit from the exchange of knowledge about progress in research and new ideas. Dr Zobel, who chaired the opening sessions, said that she was heartened to see that among the projects selected for presentation there were many funded by the European Commission under its IST Programme of support for research. e2002 was timely in view of the impending launch of the European Commission's new 17.5 billion euros Sixth Framework Programme for research.

The conference plenary sessions were addressed by key figures from leading companies either supplying or applying new Information Society technologies and systems. The plenary keynote presenters were:

Sergio Giacoletto, Executive Vice President EMEA, Oracle who spoke about: How eBusiness can make Europe more profitable;
Peter Herrmann Vice President of Solutions Consulting Central EMEA, EDS who spoke about: Security and privacy services - defending Europe's critical infrastructure;
Vlastimil Vesely, Co-founder & Content Director First Tuesday CZ who spoke about: Building communities in the era of information economy;
Jeet Khaira, Chief Executive, Video Arts who spoke about: Unleashing eLearning;
Geoff Sutton, Director, MSN.co.uk who spoke about: The future of digital marketing;
Thomas Schauer, Faw of Germany who spoke about: Internet refusers - a risk to the digital economy?
Rosalie Zobel, Director, The European Commission who spoke about Work and business in the eEconomy - Technology and Policy Issues.

The e2002 programme included workshops and discussion groups with eight streams of parallel sessions. Among the topics addressed in the sessions were Supply Chains, Knowledge Management, Mobility, Industrial Applications and Management Issues. Accompanying the presentations was a selected display of twenty posters and twenty-four demonstrations of significant project results.

A spokesperson for the European Commission said, "It is vitally important for the future prosperity of its peoples that Europe makes a success of Information Society technologies. Information Society technologies are already contributing to business changes and success. e2002 brought together more than 500 of Europe's leading developers to learn about current projects and to exchange information about their work with delegates from around the world."

The eBusiness and eWork events are the conferences for RTD projects in Key Action II of the IST Programme. Key Action II of the IST Programme is also the primary sponsor of the eBusiness and eWork conference series. The major sponsors of e2002 are Canon Europe, InternetOnline, and the Technology Centre (Czech Republic).

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