The last club debate this year was unique, as we had the pleasure of co-organizing it with BDO Technology. It was held on October 16 at the Bristol Hotel, our traditional venue. The event was organized under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Digital Affairs.
The content-oriented part was preceded by two speeches. The first one, by Joanna Bańkowska, President of the Board of BDO Technology, presented the results of the “Digital People” survey. It was a study showing the progress of a company undergoing digital transformation. The study showed, among others, that the first step indicating progressive transformation is the use of the cloud, the second one being the use of a company mobile application. The main barriers to implementing the changes are money and failure to see their importance, as a result of which approx. 20% of organizations do not take part in these transformations at all.
During the second speech Grzegorz Mandziuk, Lead Business Developer at Gamfi, introduced the concept of gamification. By completing missions in an app the guests learned about the topic of Digital People and earned points that ultimately translated into attractive prizes.
Next there was a discussion panel moderated by dr Monika Mizielińska-Chmielewska, Expert on Innovation and Smart Cities at Media Trend, who invited the following panelists to the stage: Renata Filipek-Baryłowska – Member of the Board, CodersTrust Polska, Rafał Bednarek – Vice President of the Credit Information Bureau, Monika Kulińska – Member of the Board, Aviva, Paweł Makowski – Founder of UseCrypt, Sławomir Michalik – CTO, Vice President, Omnilogy, and Bogusław Tobiasz – Regional IT & Digital Innovation Director CEE, Bayer. The discussion first focused on the labor market of the future. Companies are actively looking for development activities for their employees in order to provide them with the highest competences possible. The knowledge of programming languages is becoming crucial for all employees, similarly to the knowledge of English. Work times and forms of employment are also changing. According to the latest trends, full-time work will begin to decline in favor of project/freelance work. It is also estimated that 65% of people born after 2007 will enter the labor market not knowing the jobs they will end up doing, because these jobs do not exist yet. The next topic of the discussion was the challenges that gradually appear in the modern world. One of them is the aging society, which already requires the adaptation and proper planning of food production. It is estimated that in 2050 there will be 10 billion people on our planet, while the available arable land will be smaller than now due to the progressing global warming. All this requires an increase in food production efficiency as well as the use of automation, e.g. drones for irrigation or plant disease detection.
Then we smoothly moved on to the second discussion panel, moderated by prof. Piotr Płoszajski from the Department of Management Theory, Warsaw School of Economics, who invited the following panelists to the discussion: Joanna Bańkowska – President of the Board, BDO Technology, prof. Jacek Leśkow – Director of NASK – National Research Institute, Piotr Sornat – Digital Transformation Executive, IT-Dev, Jacek Szczepański – Vice President, Atende SA. The first topic was the development of new technologies as the great flywheel for the economy. One example given were the highly advanced research centers in Mexico, located even in the poorest regions. Great emphasis should also be put on the development of energy technologies to fully utilize the potential of the digital revolution. The panelists stated that the term “digital revolution” only makes sense if it takes place at all organizational levels, according to the English saying “from board room to mail room”. The notional of “artificial intelligence” was discussed as well – there are already neural networks that can look for patterns in everything, but it still has nothing to do with intelligence. The discussion panels can be summarized with the quote by Alvin Toffler mentioned by one of the panelists: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”.
Organizers: Executive Club, BDO Technology
Honorary Patronage: Ministry of Digital Affairs
Partners: Alfavox, Atende, Credit Information Bureau, IT-Dev, Nokia, Omnilogy, Usecrypt
Patrons: British Polish Chamber of Commerce, Coders Trust Polska, Chamber of Digital Economy, Gamfi, Institute for the Development of Information Society, Cyfrowy Urząd PL, Polish Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications, Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Polish Chamber of Digital Broadcasting, Polish Association of Telecommunication Engineers