The 3rd Future Port Prague, the largest visionary conference and festival in the heart of Europe, was all about moon-shots. There couldn’t be a better occasion than the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing to remind ourselves about the immense power of human imagination, courage, and grit.
The Main Conference and also Festival Stage was an unending stream of eye-opening inspiration about the incredible opportunities future technologies offer. Over 60 brilliant speakers from around the world shared their personal stories and real-world case studies showing what’s possible already today and what comes tomorrow.
The main festival and conference stages were accompanied by three partner stages. The Experiment Stage by Czech Radio conducted live interviews with top speakers. The Novartis Stage focused on the future of education, work, and healthcare. And finally the Space Stage by CzechInvest and the Ministry of Transportation explored space as the new business frontier, featuring a dozen of highly successful yet little-known Czech companies working in numerous inter- national space missions and projects.
Plenty of electric cars, vans, drons, 3D printing, virtual reality, robots, simulators, ebikes and other innovations were presented. Our section dedicated to EVs continues to grow each year, this year offered rides on more than 20 different electric bikes
Just like every year, Future Port Prague also offers the opportunity to try new technologies for yourself with the participation of 145 exhibitors from around the world presenting their latest innovations, advancements, and gadgets.
A business meeting in virtual reality, a mind-boggling digital escape game by Red Bull, EV, e-scooter, and e-bike test rides, scifi cinema, open Fab Lab laboratory guided tours or 4 others stages (Experiment stage by Radiožurnál on the picture) – the Future Port side program has never been richer.
One of the festival speakers was Brian Spears, whose com- pany New Age Meats makes meat by cultivating animal cells in a lab.
Some of the speaker highlights were Neil Harbisson, the first officially-recognized cyborg who returned to Prague with his new implant that monitors time.
Shalev Lifshitz, a 16-year old Canadian AI researcher talked about Future of AI.
Genetic researcher Prof. Samuel H. Sternberg also participated.
This year, the conference featured a broad spectrum of lumi- naries including the former Slovak President Andrej Kiska.