The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce is convening the Thessaloniki Future Thinking Dialogues (TFTD), a two-day event to be held June 1- 2, 2021 in Thessaloniki, Greece, in hybrid format, with extended virtual participation and limited physical presence.
The dynamic technology and innovation ecosystem that has been developing in Thessaloniki has recently received a significant boost from investments undertaken by major US companies. The city offers a unique set of competitive advantages such as leading academic institutions and research centers, a vast pool of young and talented graduates, quality of life, rich history, cosmopolitan heritage and a vibrant, extrovert society. The emerging post-covid “new normal” brings acceleration of digital transformation and most importantly, a radically new way of how we live, work, and collaborate.
In the US and globally, there is a remarkable shift and growth of place-based innovation ecosystems with many successful cases to envision what the future of work and cities may look like, to discuss the innovation districts’ future role and learn from the innovation districts best cases by identifying initiatives to follow through. Focus will additionally be given on leading academic institutions impact and the importance of networking and collaboration between universities, enterprises, government, and society.
The purpose is to envision what the future of work and cities may look like, discuss the upcoming role of innovation districts, highlight international best-case practices, analyze the economic benefits accrued to local communities, focus on the academic institutions’ role, discuss the importance of networking and collaboration between universities, enterprises, Government, and society, and identify initiatives to follow up.