A virtual journey through time zones, with equipment, trends, and technologies of the future that erase borders, distances, and differences – this is the framework of this year's Bug Future Show (#BFS2016). The one-day tech fair by Bug, under the general sponsorship of Hrvatski Telekom, will gather lovers of one of today's most innovative businesses, on 28 January 2016, at Zagreb's Europa Cinema. All geeks and gadget freaks, those who consider themselves techies and early adopters, as well as the technology community with influential individuals of all profiles, will be offered the opportunity, for the third year in a row, to have fun and mingle at this unique event in the region, but also to listen again to top quality international and domestic experts and stars who amuse us or instruct us about the Internet in an entertaining manner.
Shawn G. Dubravac, one of the top managers of the renowned CES, will show us how the Digital Destiny is erasing boundaries, not only geographical ones, but also those in terms of time and philosophy of life, and Goranko Fižulić, entrepreneur and founder of the LikeFigures 3D printing service, will try to answer the question whether 3D printers will erase interpersonal boundaries and time zones. What's more, the most popular mathematics professor on the Internet, Toni Milun, makes the assertion that even your mum is reaping benefits from the digital age, but not yet being aware of it, and in the main cinema hall he is going to present evidence and explain how the digitisation of everything around us is having an impact on knowledge and on the intergenerational leap.
"At any point of time, Hrvatski Telekom is in the heart of the latest technology trends through either in terms of our experts who are directly involved in the development of networks and future technologies or who are at the very source of global trends and latest practices via their colleagues at DT. We certainly wish to share such advantage in awareness about latest technologies with our ICT community, and this is where the Bug Future Show comes in as the ideal place where we do it for the third year in a row, as this is the biggest regional event of this kind," said Nina Išek Međugorac, Director of Corporate Communications at Hrvatski Telekom, the Show's technology partner.
The whole-day show is designed as a programme combining stage performances and supporting exhibitions that are going to be held at the same time in the same venue. The stage performances will take place in the main hall and concurrently in the Müller hall, where, among other things, a lecture on Pickbox, the first regional OTT player, will be held. In the lobby of Europa Cinema, an exhibition will be held, giving visitors the opportunity to get hands on with some of the latest devices, gadgets, and other products of the sponsor.
"From the very first day, we put the emphasis on an impressive audio-visual show complementing the high-quality content, and this is what sets us apart from numerous other technology events in the region. As last year Europa Cinema saw the attendance of more than 1,500 visitors, I believe that our organisation team has met the key criteria of interested participants, and that we can rightly call ourselves one of the largest and most important national ICT events," said Miroslav Rosandić, Chief Editor of Bug.
Admission to the show is free, but an invitation is required, therefore everyone who has not yet received the invitation from Bug, but wishes to attend, needs to e-mail Bug and present evidence that they are readers of the magazine, or do the same on Twitter, using the hashtag #BFS2016. As last January the two halls of the cinema were filled to the bursting point, the organisers announce that this year they will be checking the tickets of interested visitors more strictly.
"At the BFS, futurism has taken on a totally new dimension, as this year's motto is „A New Time Zone“, therefore our lecturers, panellists, and other participants will take the visitors on a journey to other times, places, and mind-sets. We are particularly proud because we will cross the ocean and get „Americanised” several times. The USA are the home of the largest among the largest and most spectacular technology shows – the CES, our partner which is growing stronger and stronger, and this year again, the US Embassy in Zagreb will be with us, providing us with priceless support. The Bug staff has remained the same, therefore serious preparations will bring us a totally non-serious and relaxed show, as before," said Dragan Petric, Executive Editor of Bug.
During the BFS, visitors will be able to win valuable prizes provided by the sponsor, such as Samsung GalaxyTab A 9.7, which Hrvatski Telekom will give away to the most interesting Tweeter, and in the course of the show, the flagship mobile handsets Sony Xperia Z5 and HTC One A9, as well as Intel ComputeStick and Intel NUC and more than a hundred prizes provided by HP, Sony, HTC, Samsung, Intel, Mazda, and HBO will be given away. This year's finale of the whole-day gathering will be supported by the partner HBO, this time with a marathon screening of the TV series "Silicon Valley" (all ten episodes of Season 2).
The General Sponsor of the BFS is Hrvatski Telekom. The event is also supported by sponsors HP, HTC, Intel, Mazda, Samsung, Sony, and Zagrebačka banka.