ICT 2018: Imagine Digital – Connect Europe

EncounterDecember 4 through December 6 2018noon - 6 p.m.
Vienna, Austria

From 4 to 6 December 2018, Vienna, Austria

This research and innovation event will focus on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It will present an opportunity for the people involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age.

In an open and participatory event, organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, citizens can join science community members, policymakers, and fellow ICT-enthusiasts to discuss the future in a digital Europe.

ICT 2018 will have four main components converging around the theme Imagine Digital – Connect Europe: Conference,Exhibition, Networking opportunities and Innovation and Startups forum.


What if you could communicate with plants, feel and understand them? Or if you could create empty cities without inhabitants, giving a large place to imagine what happens inside the houses?

These are some of the STARTS projects that you can discover and interact with in ICT 2018. The artists, with their unconventional exploration of technology and their critical view on the value of technology for society, can contribute decisively to human-centered innovation.

The STARTS exhibition is a great opportunity to acknowledge these visions and collaborations between artists and technology.

Visit STARTS at the main entrance of the venue! And you will discover these projects (and more):


By María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde

Plants Sense is an installation that allows, through an intelligent interface-suit, to know and experience the secret language of plants. It is a transdisciplinary work which connects art, science, technology and society.


By Yann Deval & Marie-Ghislaine Losseau

ATLAS is a work between digital arts and visual arts, under the form of an interactive and scenographic exhibition After being plunge in an archipelago of poetical islands, spectators are invited to build virtual cities.


By Jol Thomson

THERO – Device to (physically) manage online privacy

By Román Torre & Ángeles Angulo

Created by Román Torre and Ángeles Angulo (Rotor Studio), THERO is an object explores the concerns surrounding online privacy by the means of an apparatus designed to allow users to manage and be aware of their data traffic in a (literally) physical way.


By So Kanno

Enter on a living room where most of the objects have communicate via twitter accounts, and their tweets are something thatexpress what they perceive. The TV screen in the living room will show the tweets from objects


By Sara Diaz Rodriguez

At the core of HILO is a spinning machine for local production and e-textile research which enables the user to determine properties of a textile from the very beginning of its production process: the yarn spinning. Through a friendly software interface users can design and produce their own yarn in a efficient, individualised and sustainable way.

STARTS Sessions

“Art, the human touch of technology”
Hall E1, Level 0, 5th December 2018 (16:30-18:00)

The STARTS initiative promotes synergies between Science, Technology, and the Arts. It endeavours to advance collaborations between artists, engineers and researchers to address innovation challenges linked to the technological transformation of our societies.


  • Eva KAILI (European Parliament, Greece), Moderator
  • Vittorio LORETO (Sony Computer Science Laboratories – Paris, France), Speaker
  • Irini PAPADIMITRIOU (FutureEverything, United Kingdom), Speaker
  • Miri SEGAL (Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha, Beit Berl academic college, Head of the postgraduate Fine Arts program, Israel), Speaker
  • Gerfried STOCKER (Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG, Austria), Speaker
  • Aleksander VALJAMAE (Tallinn University, Department of Digital Technologies, Estonia), Speaker

WEAR Sustain pitches to corporate partners and investors

Room 1.61-1.62, 5th December 2018 – 17:30 – 19:00

The WEAR Sustain project is a 3M euro Innovation action which aims to develop a sustainable European network of stakeholders and hubs, to connect and push the boundaries in the design and development of wearables.

The objective of the proposed session is to demonstrate the potential of arts and technology collaboration to create new sustainable products and help teams take their projects to market. This would be done by supporting some of the best WEAR teams that have been funded to capitalize on their success so far, by pitching to and networking with potential corporate partners, investors and business angels.

ICT 2018 also offers networking opportunities both offline and online. Participants can meet and engage with the academic and research community, decision-makers, as well as business representatives.