prof. Michael Šebek (Keynote Speaker & Judge) obtained Ph.D. degree in control engineering and DrSc. degree in control theory from the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 1979, he has been with the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague. Currently, he is the Head of the Control Engineering Department of the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Head of Cyber-Physical Systems Department in the Czech Institute for Informatics, Cybernetics, and Robotics in Prague. He has led numerous EU, NATO, US Navy, international and national research projects and contracted research for Honeywell, Porsche, Volkswagen, and SKODA AUTO. In 2016, he received Werner von Siemens Best Educator Prize, Siemens. All other at

Martin Řezáč (Keynote Speaker) is currently Director of Strategy at ČEZ ESCO and is responsible for setting up company’s goals regarding its innovation and strategy. He has started his career at the consultation company PwC. He then served at the ČEZ Group as ICT Strategy Director. Since 2013 he was an Executive Director in BMM group (private equity) where he was in charge of transformation projects and performance management in portfolio companies. Before taking up to the role of Director of Strategy at ČEZ ESCO he has worked as CFO at the investment group Miton, where he was responsible for finance management, M&A, reporting and evaluation of new business opportunities.

Radek Špicar (Keynote Speaker) graduated from the Charles University and the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, he spent one year as a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After his return to the Czech Republic, he joined the government and later became a Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs. Until recently, he worked in the Czech Republic’s largest private company, SKODA AUTO as a Head of External Affairs. He owns and manages a company producing pet food and serves as Vice-President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. He lectures at the Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences Charles University and Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. He chairs the Supervisory Board of UMPRUM and is also a member of the Corporate Council of Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 Foundation.

Tomáš Prouza (judge) is an economist, businessman, diplomat, former Czech State Secretary for EU Affairs and the first Czech Coordinator for Digital Agenda. He spent countless hours and drank countless cups of coffee while trying to hammer in the message of digitalization and modernization into the heads of politicians and government officials. He won some, he lost some, to his surprise winning more at the municipal level. And he still believes that clever solutions will win the day.

Petr Knap (judge) is an Advisory Partner at EY in charge of Automotive Sector in Central & Southeast Europe. While starting with Procter & Gamble Petr has been active in consulting since 1996. He has served dozens of multinationals and Czech firms, mainly in manufacturing industries, with the focus on strategic & transformational projects. Currently studying for his Ph.D. in implementation challenges of Industry 4.0, Petr received his MBA from Warwick Business School and his Master degree from the University of Economics. As a PMP, he is also one of the founding members of the Czech Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

Kamil Čermák (judge) has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of ČEZ ESCO since May 2016. He has started his career in the 1990’s as journalist at Czech Television. Later Mr. Čermák served as spokesperson and advisor to the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr. Vladimír Dlouhý. Before taking up to the role of CEO of ČEZ ESCO Kamil Čermák led one of the biggest Czech media group Economia. He has also worked as Director of Sales at Czech Telecom and Czech Airlines and as Chairman of the Board and CEO of ČEZ Polska. Both, Kamil’s and ESCO’s main goal is to bring innovation, energy savings, green technologies and better environment for customers from commercial and public sector too. Kamil Čermák graduated from the University of Economics in Prague where he studied finance. He completed a Master of Business Communication degree at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Ivan Jakubek (judge) has over 20 years of experience leading fast-growing companies and transforming technology driven ideas into commercial value. He’s been at the heart of building some of the strongest companies in the technology sector such as AVG Technologies and some of the biggest brands, such as Kofola. Before joining Eurowag as a Chief Development Officer Ivan has been leading Czech and Slovak operations of Enterprise Investors where he picked up diverse experience in the field of software products, financial services and logistics.

Iliyan Ivanov (mentor) is currently in charge of director pre series logistics at SKODA AUTO. His responsibility is to assure new parts and modules for production of a new SKODA cars before official start of series production. From 2013-2016 he was director of logistics in the new VW plant in China (Tianjin), where high technological automatic gearboxes have been produced. From 2010-2013 he was head of bureau China at SKODA. Currently he has been working at SKODA already for 20 years.

Petr Janeba (mentor) as Head of Customer Experience at SKODA AUTO, Petr is currently setting up the structure of new customer centric department, preparing CRM roll out and new SKODA AUTO ecosystem ground. Over the past year, Petr was the Head of Sales Asia and Overseas managing and improving SKODA AUTO brand KPI’s on all “out-of-Europe” markets as well as developing new potential ones.

Pavel Tůma (mentor) is currently in charge of Connected Car and Connectivity for Chinese and Indian Market setting up the mobile online services and connectivity strategy. Over the past years, Pavel was the portfolio manager for mobile applications connected to vehicles where he was managing and improving technical solutions for SKODA vehicles. Several mobile application which Pavel has led were awarded as mobile application of the year or IT project of the year.

Jan Mareček (mentor) is leading the team of Body Computer development at SKODA AUTO R&D. With almost 10 years of experience in automotive development, Jan is preparing new comfort functions for customer deployment. The fields of interest are in-car bus communication, vehicle electronic systems and especially car access and door locking system including the future mobile solutions. Jan has participated for example on patented improvements for the Twindoor trunk door system in the past.

Jana Polášek Filová (mentor) is an experienced innovation marketing and digital transformation expert, since 2016 working as Industry 4.0 Coordinator at SKODA AUTO Production and Logistics. She has an extensive practical experience over 18 years in research and development (R&D), marketing of innovations and business acceleration. Jana is also an lecturer of Marketing and Marketing strategies courses at CTU in Prague, her PhD thesis was focused on identifying innovators among consumers of modern technologies.

Ribanov Kiril (mentor) joined SKODA AUTO in 2017 as Innovation Manager responsible for boosting culture of innovations, inspiring and supporting the best ideas become reality. Before entering SKODA AUTO, Kiril was consulting on HR strategy and development projects for energy, IT, farmaceutical and manufacturing companies in the CEE region. From 2008-2015 he had a global leading HR role for development and cultural change management at the headquarters of the CEZ Group. Before moving to the corporate world he completed his PhD in the field of artificial intelligence at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the Charles University in Prague and had a 12-year successful international research career.

Irem Oc (mentor) works as Researcher and Business Analyst in SKODA AUTO DigiLab and she has previous working experience as Business Consultant in Technology and Innovation. She can help the teams on research, problem identification, design thinking, business case creation and key message delivery in the presentation.

Dan Ondrůj (mentor), I’ve been in software development for over 8 years. During this time I was mostly helping startups with building their dreams. My focus was mainly on the mobile and backend development. Besides that I’m also interested in IoT gadgets and mobility.

Štefan Doležal (mentor), UX and Design specialist at ŠADL, background in Technological-anthropology, Multimedia Design and Communication. Experience from the ‘city labs/ living labs’ environment. Enthusiastic photographer, lover of aesthetics, design, nature, science and plants.

Petr Dörner (mentor), during my 20+ years’ experience in the telecommunication and data center industry, I have been pivotal in a variety of successful projects in sales, business development and project management. In SKODA AUTO DigiLab I am leveraging my working experience to make sure that our ideas turn into viable projects and projects become a reality in the new era of mobility.

Mirko Langnickel (mentor) is an automotive and mobility guy from the beginning. Starting back in 2006 the story began at Volkswagen. Fascinated by autonomous driving he did research in the field of driver monitoring. Time went by and he got an enthusiast of connected cars and as one of the first people he took over the development projects for Volkswagen in US and China, later on for ŠKODA in Europe. As car is one piece in the big puzzle of mobility, he combines und uses daily everything what can move around the city: from bike till tram, from shared car till shuttle, from walking till metro. Bringing all this pieces into one product, ensuring mobility is fulfilling customers’ demand on experiencing this seamless, is his current passion. Mirko studied at the Technical University in Berlin, is fluent in English and German and knows every good coffee shop in Prague.

Boris Knuf (mentor) is a Product Manager at SKODA AUTO, Electric Car Division. After four years as a Design Engineer in automotive supply industry, he joined the Volkswagen Group in 1999 and specialises in Cost Engineering, New Product Development and Financial Analysis. He has worked on new car projects for AUDI, SEAT, VW and SKODA brands in Germany, Spain, Brazil and the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Knespl (mentor) is E-Mobility Business Development Manager at ČEZ ESCO. He is in charge of development of new opportunities within e-mobility activities. These include mainly implementation of complex charging solutions, new products and services in electric vehicle sales and rental possibilities. Scope of products and services cover areas of (among others) electric vehicles on the level of Passenger cars, Light Utility Vehicles as well as electric buses. Tomas is also the main contact person for discussions and solution design for CEZ’s e-mobility customers. In the past, Tomas has been responsible for development of CEZ’s public charging network throughout the Czech Republic. He is part of the CEZ Group since 2009 and has been involved in e-mobility ever since.

Lubor Myslík (mentor) is from 02/2018 Product Manager at ČEZ ESCO, responsible for the e-mobility strategy in B2B & B2G segment. Lubomir has more than 12 years experience in automotive & telecommunication sector, specifically in intelligent transport system, fleet management solutions, M2M and IoT, where was in difference managers positons responsible for product management, R&D (hw + sw), international business and business development.

Jana Faltová (mentor) is responsible for various development projects in ČEZ Korporátní služby, the shared service center of the ČEZ Group. Currently she focuses mainly on business fleet improvements and launching new products such as car rental. She is well experienced in applying strategy into practice, writing business cases and conducting feasibility studies and performance analyses. She is a key member of the team working on new opportunities including e-mobility. She started her career in CEZ Group in 2013 as a ČEZ Potentials trainee.

Petra Kyjonková (mentor) is Manager of Automotive & Mobility at EY. She has over 6.5 years of experience in supporting automotive clients to find innovative approach to development of their dealership networks and finding new business opportunities within mobility concepts. Every year she leads Automotive survey among Czech drivers to keep finger on consumer expectations on mobility and car purchasing.

Jana Marešová (mentor) is a senior automotive consultant at EY, member of the Automotive & Mobility team. She has over 5 years of experience supporting automotive clients in various business areas covering distribution strategy, development of IT Tools for monitoring the dealer network, connectivity as well as selected mobility concepts.

Andrea Ćirlićová (mentor) is part of the EY Smart Cities and Innovation team. She has worked on projects looking into the business potential of smart city solutions, especially in the area of smart mobility and smart grids, as well as innovative integrated concepts for public space and education. She leads the development of EY Smart Cities Index for the Czech Republic. Andrea has also extensive experience from the gas industry where she had worked in various positions for over 12 years.

Zuzana Nehajová (mentor) is a Senior Manager at EY Advisory, leading its regional CSE InnovEYtion Hub, based in Prague, CZ. Her main focus spans innovation excellence, smart cities, R&D financing and digital transformation. She possesses extensive knowledge of the innovation industry in public and private sector. Promoting Public-Private Partnerships and close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, she co-authored the Smart Industry Strategy for Slovakia, and has advocated support for clusters and up scaling and modernization of SMEs.

Juraj Hošták (mentor) joined EY as a senior consultant and demonstrates a strong background in innovation strategies in public and private sector, capturing new opportunities for smart solutions with a main focus on Smart City services for regions and cities. His expertise includes open government, data analytics, benchmarking and establishment of cities and regions as test beds for innovation. His interests are IoT capable solutions and gadgets, data-based business models and turning data into added value in general.

Pavol Dobias (mentor) Full-stack software engineer, years of experience developing all type of custom made software using languages like Java ver. 6-8 (J2EE, JEE) and technologies like Spring, SpringMVC, Hibernate, Jackson, Jersey, JPA, Wicket. For Web development I have skills with frameworks like ReactJS, AngularJS. I’m working with several known JS libraries like jQuery, AJAX etc. Expertise in database replication software development. Skills with NoSQL DB like Cloudant and SQL DB (DB2, mySQL). I’m working with Application Servers like IBM Websphere, Tomcat. For building process I’m working with Maven for Java and with Gulp for JS code. I worked couple years with Portals like IBM Websphere Portal or Liferay. Currently I’m focused to IBM Cloud platform – Cloud Private / Cloud Public.

Petr Stýblo (mentor)
designs and sells cloud software solutions at IBM. His professional interests are mainly around cloud-native architectures, microservices and devops. He is an avid supporter of open technologies of all.

Václav Jirovský (mentor) has studied engineering design of road vehicles at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. He has received his Ph.D. for a research in the field of testing autonomous systems in road vehicles. His research and educational activities at Czech Technical University in Prague are focused primarily in the field of autonomous systems, multi-modal transportation and coexistence of human and technology in a single socio-technological system: the transportation system. He is also responsible for several R&D projects dealing with human-technology integration, vehicle safety systems and urban mobility solutions – like the student car sharing project Uniqway.

Jiří Novotný (mentor) is currently Strategy & Innovation Manager in CEZ ESCO responsible for identification and development of new smart products and services. Previously he was project manager at SAP cloud business and worked in strategy department at Telefonica Digital and O2. Jiri holds Master in International Management degree from CEMS.

Vlastimil Vyskočáni (mentor), Head of Marketing ČEZ ESCO, I have almost 20 years of experience in strategy, business, marketing and product development. I have gained my skills during my carrier in large corporations, in various managerial positions in the field of telecommunications and IT. I have been involved in a number of projects that have helped to innovate company offering across the Europe. However, I consider my roots mainly in the business, so I can help you with business models, Value proposition and business cases and overall product strategy and placement.

Petr Štulc (mentor), Energy transition director in ČEZ. Strategist and business developer with 15 years of experience in energy sector. Worked in ČEZ group in multiple positions, in McKinsey as a consultant, did climate science in the Czech Academy of Sciences and at University of Utah. Keen to explore new opportunities in the changing landscape of traditional sectors.

Jiří Pětník (mentor) has been working at IBM since 2009. I went through IBM Software group focusing on endpoint management and cloud solutions. Currently, I am a member of IBM Services team responsible for custom-built solution architectures and development (mainly in Java and Node.js). I also participate in local IoT/AI team working on projects in the area of Internet of Things.

Karel Hřib (mentor) is currently in charge of IBM industrial IoT solutions for Czech and Slovak market at IBM Česká republika. Karel has more than 10 years of experience in IBM IoT solutions (formerly known as IBM Smarter Planet solutions) focused especially on IoT for manufacturing and IoT for Energy & Utility. He is interested in transforming innovative IoT solutions into practise and business.

Piotr Suchorski (mentor) is leading Data Acquisition and Community team within central Europe at Here Technologies. His team is responsible for two workstreams: business development and online community. Piotr has over 10 years of experience in Location Based Services business. He is interested in IoT, Smart Cities and Autonomous World. Piotr enjoys hackathons as a platform for out of a box thinkers and innovation hubs.

Richard Süselbeck (mentor & judge) is a Principal Developer Evangelist for HERE Technologies, the world’s leading location technology company. With over a decade of experience in teaching and training developers, he travels the world helping them make the most of the HERE map and location APIs. Richard has a PhD in Information Systems and really likes dinosaurs.

Martin Švec (mentor) studied at Czech Technical University and right after graduation (2006) started working at HERE Technologies. During 10+ years of experience in the location based services business, he led several projects focused on alternative means of transport including Discover Cities (public transport and pedestrian navigation) and Venue Maps (indoor navigation). Nowadays, Martin, as a Data Acquisition & Community Country Lead, is responsible for setting up business relationships with other global/local companies from navigation, automotive and other industries, and governmental institutions in the Central European region. Together with other partners, he has also been looking for innovative solutions in IoT, Smart Cities, Autonomous Transportation and Mobility.

Jaroslav Altman (mentor) combines engineering genius with pragmatic approach of getting things done. A beautiful mind behind the R&D within Eurowag, Jaroslav is always looking at ways to make things work better, simpler, faster as well as more robust. He has over 20 years of engineering experience across smart mobility and telematics.

Jakub Malý (mentor) has spent most of his time in various positions within the always changing online FinTech environment. Jakub is a powerful innovator and always looks at smart mobility from profitability and commercialization angles combining it with his expertise in human resources, sales, support, marketing, general operations, as well as technology (IT) itself.

Ivan Hronec (mentor) is a Managing Director – Telematics in Eurowag. He has an amazing eye for both talent development and really knows how to grow a business from scratch into a market leader. In 2006, he founded Aldobec technologies and created a telematics platform under the brand Dispeč Under his leadership, Dispeč has become the leading provider of telematics services in road transport in Slovakia, and joined forces with Eurowag at the start of 2018.

Michal Bočvarov (mentor) is responsible for new projects & innovation agenda in Public transportation company of city Ostrava (DPO). My role is tracking mobility news, preparing future strategies, training colleagues and preparing implementations of selected projects. Before I came to a transport company, I helped private companies to do better business on the Internet.

Patrik Prochazka (mentor), a psychologist and motivator, graduated from the Open Gate School and traveled to the United States where, thanks to the support of the Bakala Foundation and The Kellner Family Foundation, he completed his studies in psychology at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He participates in a number of projects and leads his private psychological practice. There, as well as on his lectures at schools and in companies, with the help of his unique life experience, he leads people to understand that in life what we wish for is possible.

Jan Charouz (mentor) started his career as a racing driver, driving everything from go-carts to Formula 1. He was always drawn to business but didn’t really have a clear idea of what sector. He experimented with different ideas and have experience in gastronomy, banking, real estate development, car sales, public transport and now P2P carsharing. Currently, he is the CEO of the largest P2P carsharing service in the Czech Republic, HoppyGo. His specialities are marketing and rapidly bringing concepts to market. Tip for contestants? “Fake it till you make it!”

David Miklas (mentor) founded two startups that he sold afterwards to bigger companies. During his carreer, he was responsible mainly for business strategy, business development, and product design. With his last company he focused on manufactuirng 3D printers so he has strong knowledge in rapid prototyping and manufacturing. David works on a new project named KeelCraft which is electric mahogany sport boats shipyard.

Lukáš Škrabák (mentor), I’m currently responsible for inovative and quick-to-production application solutions for IBM DBG group. My main day to day focus is with Node.js, however I do not shy away from Java, PHP or even GoLang. My motto is; bring the challenge, and let’s see what we can do about it! I’m always on the lookout for new technologies, approaches how to make things smarter, faster, more reliable and fun. In my years of experience I have built numerous solutions that required to be up and running soon, so finding the best/quickest solution to satisfy the requirements is my thing.

Anna Dominika Folwaczny (mentor) is a researcher in innovation management and has 5 years of working experience at Volkswagen, specifically, in the area of business Innovation and mobility services. Currently working at the customer experience team in Berlin with responsibility for startup scouting, incubation and collaboration. Her are of expertise are: Business Innovation, Innovation Strategy, Mobility Services, Marketing, Sales.

Jan Bazika (mentor), Four years of Market research experience in GfK where he was responsible for Consumer Electronics panel data management. He was part of the projects for Microsoft, Samsung, LG or Beats Electronics. Currently working for CRA as ICT Market Analyst focused on IoT and Cloud services. Responsible for research activities, market tracking and business intelligence.

Vojtěch Zicha (mentor) is responsible for transforming the web and digital platforms in Eurowag to modern age. Working in financial and mobility industries, Vojtěch delivered several projects in innovation and business user experience by pragmatic approach and flexible architecture. As a full-stack developer in modern JavaScript environment, Vojtěch prefers quick delivery and delightful user experience.

Juraj Atlas (mentor), Originally an IT developer who took the management route. Natural born troubleshooter who loves to take upon challenges to torture his mind finding solutions to interesting problems. Listens, thinks and analyzes rather often. He speaks only when there is anything valuable to say. Juraj had been building and setting up development teams in the US, EU and India / mostly in the B2B IT Professional services industry. He’s been intrigued to dip his toes into building a global consumer based product. He likes a comfort of a car though hates traffic congestion and parking spot hunting, so he co-founded Liftago.