21st & 22nd of May
Maribor, Slovenia
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The PODIM Conference Programme is here!

With amazing speakers and currently the hottest topics in the world of innovation and startups, you can't miss this year's PODIM Conference, taking place in Maribor on 15 and 16 May!
 
We will talk about blockchain, growth hacking, corporate innovation and other hot topics! With more than 60 renowned speakers from all over the world and over 30 workshops and panels, we’ve managed to make this year's conference programme even better and more exciting than in the previous years! This year, we are adding two more days of networking and opportunities – a special Demo Day on the day before the PODIM Conference, where startups can pitch their idea to investors, and a Marketplace event that will take place the day after the conference, giving hardware startups and global distributers the opportunity to connect.
 
These are the hottest topics at the moment in the world of innovation and startups, and we plan to cover them all at the PODIM Conference this year! We are certain you’ll find something for yourself!
 
1) TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS
Are you familiar with the latest technologies and trends?  How will new emerging tech change our lives and the way we do business? What are the new business models? Are IoT, blockchain, AI just a hype or will they radically change our world? Top tech experts will disclose how they see the future.
 
2) VENTURE DESIGN
Building a global company that has the potential to dominate the global market is a complex and hard thing to do. Top experts who’ve built dominating products, raised millions in venture capital and get millions of users will give you insider tips and tricks on how they succeeded and where they failed. You will learn from entrepreneurs and investors.
 
3) CORPORATE INNOVATION
If you are a CEO, CINO or CMO of an established company, one of your top priorities is to keep your competitive edge. There are several strategies to do that. Your peers from all around the world will teach you about the different ways, lessons and cases of corporate innovation. Learning from each other, sharing best practices and the most painful bruises is the name of the game in this programme block.
 
4) MARKETING & GROWTH HACKS
At the end of the day, it’s all about the users, customers, and revenue. How to create winning marketing & sales strategies on- and offline, what are the trends, hacks, tips and tricks in the world of KPIs and metrics will be the topics in this programme block. Expect hard facts and first-hand advice from top experts.
 
5) WINNING TEAM, WINNING COMPANY
Building a great company or developing a cutting-edge product without a great team is mission impossible. What are the main things to have in mind when designing, building and managing a team are the key topics of this programme block.  
 
6) VENTURE FUNDING
This block is dedicated to those who are trying to get venture capital on board. Learn from experienced investors about what are the most important elements of a successful funding process. What type of investment to take and how to approach investors are the key topics of this programme block.
 
7) BLOCKCHAIN
Blockchain and related changes and opportunities are a topic that just must be addressed. Within this programme block, experts will talk about blockchain from various angles: technology, product use cases, new business models, ICOs, regulation and more. We attracted some world-leading experts from the blockchain field.
 
8) CREATIVE INDUSTRIES & HIGH-TECH
You will learn about the business potential of creative industries. Find out about the opportunities and tactics that you need in order to succeed in it. Where and how do creative industries overlap with high-tech and how can you use tools and methods from creative industries to develop winning high-tech products?
 
In the weeks leading up to the conference, we will present all the programme blocks and amazing speakers in detail, so make sure to stay tuned for our updates!