PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
The purpose of this conference is to encourage the exchange of knowledge and information among cluster practitioners and regions in the scope of international co-operation. The Conference is open to both, TCI members and non-members.
The TCI European Conference 2018 is promising to be varied. Delegates are invited to observe presentations from industry specialists, challenge business experts on issues of shared interest to every organisation and engage in lively discussions. Industry experts can share information, exchange best practices and develop business opportunities at many occasions during the conference.
If you are not familiar with the TCI Network and their activities, or this is your first conference, please consider taking part in the First time attendees introduction - this will certainly help to maximise the benefits of your participation, will guide you how to plan your sessions as well as to network and create business opportunities.
The TCI European Conference 2018 Committee will jointly design the final programme for the event. We have considered keynote sessions during the mornings for both conference days, while in the afternoons we will offer various parallel sessions, group discussions, opportunities for pre-scheduled 1:2:1 meetings and experience exchange.
A full day of a TCI European Conference 2018 is dedicated to site visits to examples of active clusters in the region. Cluster tours are scheduled on Day 1 before the main conference, so there are no overlaps with the rest of the programme and participants can choose not to take part on the cluster visits when arranging their schedule for the conference week.
The cluster tours offer an immersion in the local cluster ecosystem through visits to leading cluster firms, through interaction with cluster teams and leading actors and through access to concrete learning experiences on innovative collaborative projects. Cluster tours reflect the achievements and also the problems faced by the cluster and give valuable insights to the participants on how they are organised and perform.
The final programme as well as the conference and meetings formats will be focused entirely on delegates’ needs. An open Call for Proposals
is organised to allow practitioners to show their current work.
Knowing that all TCI Conferences are always appreciated for their exceptional networking environment, the European edition will offer an unforgettable gala dinner and award ceremony. After the Cluster tours on Day 1, the delegates will be invited for a networking reception at a historical building in Sofia.
While gracefully mingling and networking with each other, they will continue their journey through the ancient history of Bulgaria.
Innovation, technology and sustainable development were some of the topics during the first conference day. To facilitate the formation of an ecosystem for the transfer of knowledge and ideas and to wrap up the presentations from the day, delegates will have the opportunity to experience a new journey - the culinary performance, accompanied by selection of exquisite Bulgarian wines, presented by Sommelier with every course. During the evening, the TCI European Conference 2018 award ceremony will also take place. Live music and dance opportunities will follow the official part of the evening. Scheduled bus transfers will be announced in the official program of the conference for the comfort of all delegates.
It is all about getting the inspiration to network and build new bridges. The tours are part of the optional program of the conference. Every tour will be a perfect introduction to the host city and its thousands of years of history. We advise delegates to indicate in advance if they want to take part in the tours. Based on the number of pre - booked places, we might schedule more slots and build the best route for gaining maximum experience.
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