Building The Future, the main Portuguese digital transformation event, sponsored by Microsoft and organized by imatch, started today with interventions by Carlos Moedas, Mayor of Lisbon, Andrés Ortolá, Director General of Microsoft Portugal, and Patrícia Mamona, athlete Olympic. The event, which is, for the first time, free online access, is taking place until tomorrow, the 26th.
“I believe that technology can bring more wealth and more jobs to our city. That’s what Building The Future is about, it’s one of those who believe that the future is made of technology (…) I’m a techno-optimist and I always believe that technology is the solution”, began by referring to Carlos Moedas, Mayor of Lisbon, reinforcing “I’m proud of Microsoft, which helps young people build the future”.
Based on the motto “Innovate our way forward”, Andrés Ortolá, Director General of Microsoft Portugal, admitted that we live in a moment of intersection between risk and opportunity, requiring a new industrial revolution marked by software. “Software is the most malleable resource we have, as it consumes less energy and actually makes us more productive so that we can respond to the challenges we face”, he said.
The Director General of Microsoft Portugal also presented the new motto of Microsoft Portugal – “EPIC” – under the verticals Undertaking, Promoting, Including, and Growing, giving some examples of how technology is driving change in the lives of people and organizations in the country.
In the fashion industry, the highlight was the Portuguese startup Fashable, which developed an algorithm that allows the creation of clothing designs based on artificial intelligence systems. The solution allows the development of collections more quickly, reducing waste and with greater customization of lines. In health, nurse João Rodrigues, from ARS Norte, with no experience in programming, developed, in two days, a Power App, integrated into Teams, which allows optimizing processes such as cervical cancer screenings, as well as optimizing health management processes teams of nurses, clinical and medical secretaries, impacting more than 3.8 million users. The Portuguese Navy also leads by example, by collecting data in real-time that allows them to guarantee not only the biodiversity of the Portuguese maritime coast but also coastal inspection and control.
Patrícia Mamona, an Olympic athlete, also took the stage to talk about the path to overcoming obstacles and resilience throughout her sporting career and the impact of technology as a tool to boost and maximize her performance.
Throughout the first day, the event features a series of testimonies on how technology is redefining human progress, namely with Omar Abbosh, Tiago Monteiro and Sophia Wikander (Microsoft), Diogo Mónica (Anchorage Digital), Siim Sikkut (Digital Nation), Björn van Roye (Bloomberg LP) and Ana Sofia Antunes (Secretary of State for Inclusion), and specialists in the Financial Services, Energy & Utilities, Retail & Services and Health Industries.
The second day will start with the intervention of Mário Campolargo (Secretary of State for Digitization and Administrative Modernization), David Carmona (Microsoft), Ricardo Conde (Portuguese Space Agency), Marcia Narine Weldon (University of Miami), as well as Tiago Andrade e Silva (Microsoft) and Isabel Jonet (Banco Alimentar), who will take the stage to explain how Microsoft’s “365 Nonprofit” program allowed the Food Bank Against Hunger to automate and professionalize processes and improve cybersecurity.