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The 13th Austrian IT & Consultants' Day 2015 was a great success!

Austria's resources: From start-ups and True Economy to data security & reducing bureaucracy - the culture of failure as a key to Silicon Austria's success.

Alfred Harl, the chairman of the professional association, opened the 13th Austrian IT- & Consultants' Day which was staged by the Professional Association of Management Consultants, Accountants and IT (UBIT) in a fully booked Hofburg Palace. "Austria has many 'hidden champions'. We want to utilise this potential to create a Silicon Austria!", Alfred Harl said. "We shouldn't just cry over things that don't go as we wanted them to. Today, we will focus on the right steps & measures needed to return to the top together." Austria has a lot of potential. Tradition and innovation yield the required advantage. Therefore: Yodelling instead of whining

  1. First off were Federal Minister of Family Affairs and Youth Dr. Sophie Karmasin and State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Mag.a Sonja Steßl. Asked what the section of family affairs and youth could do for the ICT sector, Dr. Karmasin elaborated on the massive effect of the current wave of digitalisation on the economy as well as its influence on and the risks it poses to families and teenagers.
  2. State Secretary Mag.a Steßl took up the point and stressed Austria's performance in e-government: "It is my goal to make administration more efficient for our citizens. There should be a digital way to carry outtransactions with public authorities", the state secretary stated.
  3. Many other  interesting lectures & discussions surrounding red-hot topics such as:
  • True Economy,
  • crowdfunding,
  • data security, and
  • quantum technology

Panel discussions on two red-hot topics in the large Redoutensaal concluded the event.

  • The pros & cons of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were the first to be spotlighted.
  • This was followed by a panel discussion on reducing bureaucracy which brought the event to a fitting end. "Simpler laws - less bureaucracy!", Prof. Keuschnigg exclaimed and continued: "Bureaucracy is time-consuming and time is money - money that companies need to make first!"

Image: Mag. Alfred Harl, Chairman of the Professional Association of Management Consultants, Accountants and IT (UBIT), State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Mag.a Sonja Steßl, Federal Minister of Family Affairs and Youth Dr. Sophie Karmasin, Pioneers co-founder and CEO Mag. Andreas Tschas; Copyright: FV UBIT/Strasnik

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