Data as a means to create accountability – this was one of the messages communicated by Dragan Tevdovski, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia, at today’s “Doing Business in Data-Driven Society” business summit in Skopje.
This summit was a collaboration between CEED Macedonia , World Chicago and the US State Department. The opening speeches were given by minister Tevdovski, Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm (Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia) and Peggy Parfenoff (Director of World Chicago, USA).
Subjects touched upon were as interesting as they were crucial – from cyber security to government transparency, IOT to technical services, no form of data was spared. And it didn’t stop at data.
The presenters and panelists were individuals whose companies span across two continents, including (among others) Evolve Security from the USA, Navayo from Hungary, Ernst and Young (Chicago branch), Netcetera from the Republic of Macedonia, as well as various entrepreneurships and organizations.
One of our favorite comments: “Don’t make your password adminadmin”. Apparently, this is still a challenge security companies must face in these cyber-dangerous times, despite clients claiming to be tech-savvy (we always mention the importance of understanding digital solutions as well as implementing them, and it seems we are not alone in this opinion).
The last panel was a mix of experiences and opinions, consisting of individuals whose focus touches everything from education, data-protection, social impact, digital marketing, diversity and business collaboration. The whole panel was a genuine example of the many ways data is impacting the world, even when it doesn’t seem to.
We are immensely grateful to World Chicago for bringing our attention to this summit, and we hope that the network made there will continue to inspire and impress in the years to come.