Visionary Summit of Life and Business

FORUM KARLÍN, Prague, Czech Republic

5th April 2016, 12:30 – 6:00 PM


This word seems to crop up more and more frequently in many different contexts.
The ability to adapt and thrive under the pressure of constantly accelerating developments in multiple industries is becoming mission critical.
International conference ELASTICOM 2016 create opportunity to ask but also receive profound answers from world renowned specialists.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the moment when we explore topics which not only rule the
business evolution of this region but also quality of our lives.


The conference is divided into 3 thematic clusters.


The human body is, was and always will be the most fascinating asset each one of us has. Its incredible abilities and sophisticated workings are second only to the endless and indomitable elasticity of the human mind. This cluster unlocks your inner potential and serves as the cornerstone of all great inventions, ideas and thoughts, forming the final link and bringing the circle to a close.


A byword for flexibility and speed. This platform has an impact on every aspect of life for people all over the world. Information has never traveled so quickly, distances have never been shorter and customers have never been closer. If you have the flexibility needed to adapt to the changes wrought by the Internet and social media, doors will fly open and the world will be at your feet.


Science, innovation and progress. Proof of how far we’ve come as a species and the signpost pointing where we have yet to go. The driving force behind all our growth and development – as a society, as individuals, and in business. This cluster binds all the elements of today’s society together, serving as a platform allowing visionaries to explore, understand and push past the limitations of our world today.



Inspiring leaders & recognized professionals.


Charles Elachi

Director of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Charles Elachi

Director of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Charles Elachi


Director of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, vicepresident of California Institute of Technology and one of the most successful and most influential people of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). With his team of experts he made one of the biggest technological leaps in human history – landing of Curiosity rover on planet Mars. He uses his years of experience in speeches to motivate and teach leadership and team work NASA style.


Manel Sanroma

City of Barcelona, CIO

Manel Sanroma

Chief Information Officer, Barcelona City Council
Responsible for the Smart Cities and Innovation programs

manel sanroma


Manel Sanromà (born 1956) is Ph.D. in Physics (University of Barcelona 1982). He has hold different grants of research in Spain and the United States. Former professor of Physics at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya and Astronomy at the University of Barcelona

Currently he is Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain.

In 2007 he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Humanities from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and a Master Degree in E-Health from the same University. During the last decade he has shared his teaching at the University with several positions related to IT implementation.

From 1999-2001 he was director of the Consortium for the Information Society of the Regional Government of Tarragona. From 2001 to 2004 he was director of the Open Administration of Catalonia, the main E-Government project in Catalonia. From 2005 till 2011 he was the CIO of a Health Services Consortium in Tarragona.

Since July 2011 he is the CIO of Barcelona City Council. From that position he has been responsible for the Smart Cities and Innovation programs of the City.

As CIO of Barcelona he has lead the teams that achieved successes such as the City been nominated the 2014 European Innovation Capital by the European Union; the Bloomberg Philantropies Mayors Challenge Award; and the Global Smart City 2015 award by Juniper Research.

He has published dozens of articles and several books on its two main activities throughout the years, namely Astronomy and the applications of the Internet. He was the creator of the first Community Network in Spain, TINET (Tarragona InterNET).

Between 1999 and 2002 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Internet Society (ISOC).

In 2001 the national magazine El Mundo included him as one of the most influential Spaniards in the development of the Internet. He is currently Chairman of the City Protocol Society, representing Barcelona. The CPS is an international organization of Cities, Industry and Academia aiming at fostering common and shared solutions in the application of Technology to Cities.

He is a member of different scientific and professional associations, among others the International Astronomical Union, the Catalan Society of Mathematics and the Internet Society.


– The Human Smart City is The Internet of Everything
– Achievements & Experience in Barcelona’s Smart City journey
– The Role of Cities in Driving Innovation and ICT
– 21st Century: Internet of Things & Smart Cities
– Why was Barcelona selected as the first Mobile World Capital


Jon Matonis

Bitcoin Foundation, Founder

Jon Matonis

Founding Board Director, Bitcoin Foundation. Previously CEO of Hushmail and Chief FX Dealer for VISA. Editor of The Monetary Future.

jon matonis


Jon Matonis was Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation until December 2014 and served as a board director for the group from its 2012 inception to the time he assumed the executive director position in 2013.

He is considered the foremost authority on virtual currencies, private currencies, and burgeoning e-money instruments such as Bitcoin, Gridcoin, social game credits, and stored value.

Matonis is a board advisor to start-ups in: bitcoin, cryptography, gaming, mobile and prepaid. His career has included senior influential posts at Sumitomo Bank, VISA where he was Chief Forex Trader, VeriSign, and Hushmail where he was CEO.

He also provides e-money consulting services to companies on alternative currency programs, bitcoin processing, compliance, jurisdiction selection, monetization strategies, risk management, and virtual currency platforms.

His work on digital cash has been published by Dow Jones and the London School of Economics. Matonis is also a columnist at Forbes Magazine, American Banker, and CoinDesk. He is Editor of The Monetary Future, a leading economics blog at the intersection of free banking, cryptography, and digital currency.

Jon Matonis will not only discuss Bitcoin but  Blockchain technologies as well. This  really hot topic nowadays is exactly Jon ‘s field of expertise and worldwide  banks,  top companies  are hiring Jon for internal workshops with him.


prof. MUDr. Jan Pirk, DrSc.

Prominent Heart Surgeon

prof. MUDr. Jan Pirk, DrSc.

Prominent Heart Surgeon

jan pirk


Prof. MD. Jan Pirk, MD. (* 1948) is the head of the Cardio-center Clinic and Cardiovascular Surgery Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague. He started his career in 1972 at the Nymburk surgery in hospital. At the age of thirty-five, he traveled  to the USA, where he spent a year on an internship in New Orleans. In 1990 graduated  by annual practice at University Hospital in Denmark. Professor Pirk as a leading expert in cardiac surgery transplanted most of the hearts in Czech Republic.

The head of the Cardio-center ICEM became Manager of the Year in healthcare. One of the most interesting facts for Czech medicine history was year  2007, where  Jan Pirk has performed a unique operation, during which the patient transplanted two lungs and heart at the same time. It was a procedure that was performed in the Czech Republic for the first time, and also in the world with such operations only makes about eighty per annum.

On top of this movement, he promotes a healthy way of life, and he is still an active athlete – long-haul runs, cycling and participates in triathlons. The rest of free time with family and cottage. And he also likes to say:  “Let us follow the voice of your heart”.


Steven P. MacGregor, PhD

The LAB, Founder

Steven P. MacGregor, PhD

The LAB, Founder

steven macgregor


Founder of The Leadership Academy of Barcelona [LAB] and author of Sustaining Executive Performance published by Pearson (mysep.net). Dr. MacGregor has delivered over 1000 sessions the past 5 years in executive health and behavior change for clients including Telefónica, Danone, IESE, IMD, and the BBC.

Having been a visiting researcher at Stanford and Carnegie-Mellon he is a member of several advisory boards for international conferences in design and an article reviewer for renowned academic journals including Industry and Innovation, AIEDAM, Journal of Engineering Design, International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, and Journal of the Knowledge Economy.

An international-level duathlete currently racing for FC Barcelona, he has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France cyclists, and Ironman champions. A native of Motherwell, Scotland, he lives in Barcelona with his wife, Pamela, son Matthew, and sheepdog, Harry, and can be found on a frequent basis running up and down the mountain overlooking the city.


prof. Ing. Luboš Hes, DrSc, Dr.h.c.

Mentor at Technical University of Liberec

prof. Ing. Luboš Hes, DrSc, Dr.h.c.

Mentor at Technical University of Liberec

lubos hes


Professor Luboš Hes has published about 300 papers in his field and holds 57 patents. He sits on eight editorial boards for journals specializing in textiles, on scientific committees for international conferences, and acts as evaluator for foreign doctoral dissertations on thermal comfort of textiles. He holds the “Czech Head” award from the Ministry of Industry for major technical or manufacturing innovations. He has taught and modernized instruction in “Textile Comfort” at university departments in Portugal, Poland, Germany, Romania, India and Turkey.



Jiří Kůs

President of the Association of Czech nanotechnology industry

Jiří Kůs

President of the Association of Czech nanotechnology industry


Promotes nanotechnology and the concept of the Third Industrial Revolution in the Czech Republic. He spent more than 20 years in industrial automation as Commercial Director for Czech-Italian company Lovato Electric. He is co-founder of nanoSPACE and Chairman of the Czech Nanotechnology Industries Association, which he initiated.

Jiří Kůs studied industrial power production, later adding degrees in sociology and psychology, which may be taken as a defining force for his worldview combining industrial power production, later adding degrees in sociology and psychology, which may be taken as a defining force for his worldview combining the precision of technology, the insight of the humanities and a healthy dose of intuition.

His unique approach to technology makes him one of the speakers who will be blending and blurring the lines between the individual clusters in our lives.


Tomáš Sedláček

Macroeconomic strategist, NERV

Tomáš Sedláček

Macroeconomic strategist, NERV


Economist, university lecturer and former advisor to President Václav Havel and Minister of Finance Bohuslav Sobotka, co-owner of consulting firm E-merit, s.r.o. In 2009 Sedláček joined the government’s National Economic Council (NERV), where he served as public finance guarantor starting in 2011. He also acts as chief macroeconomic strategist for ČSOB (a large Czech bank) and Board member of the Anticorruption Endowment Fund and is the author of the book Economics of Good and Evil. Sedláček spent part of his childhood living abroad, had an international education and is involved in a large number of activities and positions, making him a prominent and active figure on the economic scene in the Czech Republic and internationally.


Michael Carvan

Scientist, Research Institute of Technology

Michael Carvan

Scientist, Research Institute of Technology


Czech scientist, entrepreneur and visionary working with filtering wastewater and turning it into drinking water. For the past several years Michael Carvan has been grappling with one of the most pressing issues of our time, namely waste processing and dwindling drinking water supplies. Carvan’s water purifying equipment can even transform pig slurry into drinking water and make the solids into pellets with the same heating value as wood. His process is one of the most efficient in the world. Carvan invests a great deal of energy into raising global awareness and sees potential for his mechanisms in a wide range of industries, everywhere from agriculture to traveling to Mars – which happens to be the subject of his current project Hydronaut.


Tomáš Pojar

Cybersecurity expert, prorector CEVRO Institut

Tomáš Pojar

Cybersecurity expert, prorector CEVRO Institut


Czech diplomat, security analyst and vice president of the CEVRO Institute, a private university in Prague. Tomáš Pojar spent ten years working at the humanitarian NGO People in Need (Člověk v tísni), eight of those as its director. In 2005 he began working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Minister for Bilateral Relations and First Deputy Minister for Security, EU Affairs and Bilateral Relations with European Countries. In 2010 – 2014 Pojar served as Czech Ambassador to Israel. He is also an outspoken critic of “political correctness” and populism. He also provides influential commentary on the Czech Republic’s foreign policy.


Yemi A.D.

Choreographer, Director and Creative Producer

Yemi A.D.

Choreographer, Director and Creative Producer


Choreographer, director and head of creative agency JAD Productions. After getting his start as a dancer, a few years later Yemi A.D. had worked his way into the top ranks of choreography, directing and creative circles world-wide. He has multiple awards and international projects to his name, placing him among the key players in international art and business. He founded creative agency JAD Productions, which has spent the last several years planning events for an international clientele, including ADIDAS GROUP, VW, 02. Yemi A.D. has always retained his creative integrity and individuality, both in his art and in his approach to leadership, which is part of why clients often seek him out.


Vít Šubert

Business Division Director at O2 Czech Republic

Vít Šubert

Business Division Director at O2 Czech Republic


Vít Šubert entered O2 Czech Republic in 2011 as Director for ICT & Presales, where he was responsible for creating and implementing the company-wide ICT strategy. Previously he spent several years in marketing and sales for various international companies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He also spent six years as Regional marketing and product Director of Dell Computer, Scandinavia, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Eastern Europe. Vít Šubert started his career in 1994 Pepsi-Cola and subsequently in 1997 at Český Telecom. As Director of the Internet OnLine Division Šubert oversaw the creation and launch of the first commercial Internet service in the Czech Republic.


Tomáš Budník

CEO and Chairman of the Board of O2 Czech Republic

Tomáš Budník

CEO and Chairman of the Board of O2 Czech Republic


Tomáš Budník has been working in telecommunications for more than twenty years and his wide-ranging experience and skills make him one of the most well-rounded figures in telecommunications today. He has worked at Inec, Český Telecom and GTS, where he held a number of management positions in sales, marketing, customer care and regulation. In GTS he then moved over to the technical side and took on responsibility for planning, building, expanding and operating the telecommunications network. He also oversaw the reorganization at MobilKom, operator of the U:fon network. In 2011 he came in as a consultant and advisor to the PPF group, from July 2014 is the CEO of O2.


Schedule of the day


12:30 PM

Opening Show

by JAD Dance Company

01:30 PM

Opening Speech

by Vít Šubert

01:40 PM

BODY & MIND: No Limits

by Yemi A.D.

01:50 PM

BODY & MIND: Body as a Machine

by Jan Pirk

02:05 PM

BODY & MIND: New Challenges

by Steven P. MacGregor

02:20 PM


by Yemi A.D., Jan Pirk, Steven P. MacGregor

02:35 PM

Coffee Break

02:45 PM

INTERNET & SOCIAL: Personal Digitalization

by Tomáš Sedláček

03:00 PM

INTERNET & SOCIAL: Cyber Security

by Tomáš Pojar

03:15 PM


by Manel Sanroma

03:30 PM


by Tomáš Sedláček, Tomáš Pojar, Manel Sanroma & special guest Youtuber Johny Machette

03:50 PM

Coffee Break

04:00 PM


by Radek Špicar

04:15 PM


by Michael Carvan

04:20 PM

SCIENCE & INNOVATION: Nanotechnologies

by Jiří Kůs

04:30 PM


by Luboš Hes

04:40 PM

SCIENCE & INNOVATION: Bitcoin Revolution

by Jon Matonis

04:55 PM


by Charles Elachi

05:15 PM


by Radek Špicar, Charles Elachi, Jon Matonis, Luboš Hes, Jiří Kůs, Michael Carvan

05:35 PM

Closing Speech

by Tomáš Budnik

05:50 PM

The End

18:10 PM

The program is subjected to change.

*Alvy Ray Smith, cant attend the conference since was called for jury duty in USA.


ELASTICOM is invite-only conference for selected clients of O2 CZ and the ticket is non-transferable.


If you have any questions about the event, don’t hesitate to contact us directly.


The event will take place at:

Pernerova 51
186 00, Prague 8
From 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM



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