How can we make the most out of technological advances in the Post-COVID Era? The need for containment and monitoring measures has certainly found an ally in technology: apps, tracking devices and AI-based technologies of all sorts have served the purpose of flattening the curve.

This session was composed of two conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Welcoming new ways of working and living and bridging the digital divide
16:00 – 18:00 CET

The debate took a look at how technology is helping societies reshape the way people work and live, without neglecting that access to remote working and distance learning is not equally available to all people. How can we bridge the digital divide, then?


Carlos Zorrinho, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee

Arun Sundararajan, Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology, New York University

Klára Dobrev, Member of the European Parliament , European Parliament

Michael Matlosz, President, EuroScience

Titi Akinsanmi, Policy and Government Relations Lead for West and Francophone Africa, Google

Moderated by Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK

CONVERSATION 2 | Leveraging AI and Big Data to empower people and businesses
16:00 – 18:00 CET

The debate turned to how people and businesses can be empowered by leveraging AI and Big Data in the Post-COVID Era.


Anand S. Rao, Partner, Global AI Lead, PwC

Sinan Kayhan Aral, David Austin Professor of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, University of California, Berkeley

Moderated by Mark Purdy, Managing Director of Economic Research at Accenture Research