The organizers of ICT Spring Europe 2015 have just unveiled on their website the first headliners attending the convention: Andrew Ng (Baidu), Chris Larsen (Ripple Labs), Josh Partridge (Shazam), Rupert Keeley (PayPal) and Laura Bokobza (Aldebaran), among others. The conference will also be highlighted by the presence of Mr Xavier Bettel, Prime minister of Luxembourg. Strategically located in the heart of Europe, ICT Spring Europe 2015 will gather more than 4,000 key decision makers in IT, finance, banking, web and marketing, as well as investors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups from over 70 countries. INNOVATING THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE As an influential voice in the worldwide Tech community, the aim of ICT Spring Europe is to encourage exchanges and to promote the sharing of opinions on innovations and trends, while providing an excellent networking opportunity for digital leaders, innovation managers, researchers, start-ups, and investors. This year's conference will showcase a range of experts, entrepreneurs and thinkers, talented startups, cutting edge technology and pioneering customer channels that are innovating the customer experience. DIGITAL STRATEGIES, USER EXPERIENCE, FINTECH ICT Spring Europe 2015 offers its visitors the opportunity to understand the links between these three vital dimensions and gives them the keys to reach global excellence in today's digital world. Major brands, pioneering players, expert insights: a unique opportunity to challenge every delegate with new trends and technical solutions, but also to enable international and interdisciplinary connections between all these parties while paying particular attention to customer experience. In addition, side events will be held on the margins of the convention: European ICT Awards The European ICT Awards aim at rewarding the best practices in the ICT field. 5 awards are opened to candidacies which will be evaluated by a selected jury: European CIO of the Year, European ICT Innovation of the Year, European Startup of the Year, European Digital Leader of the Year, and European FinTech Project of the Year. ICT Spring Europe Gala Dinner As part of the worldwide ICT community, the aim of ICT Spring Europe is to encourage emulation and networking between CIOs, innovation managers, startups, researchers and venture capitalists on a European scale: more than 700 guests are expected on the evening of the first day of the conference (May 19) for the European ICT Awards Dinner and Ceremony. MorpheusCup 2015: The largest European interuniversity digital championship! The first edition of the MorpheusCup will take place on May 19, in parallel with ICT Spring Europe. This competition aims to bring together more than 750 schools and 200 investors around 10 themes intended to feed team projects that will be evaluated by a jury of five major personalities from different sectors: technology, marketing, business, funding and media. Hack4Kids The Hack4Kids ICT Spring edition will take place on Wednesday May 20th, in the afternoon. The Hack4Kids concept was started by Security Made In Lëtzebuerg (SMILE), with the support of CIRCL and the CodeClub. Their mission is to promote coding and at the same time educate young children (7 to 12 years old) about information technologies in order to raise understanding and general knowledge about new tools and trends. Another key objective is to contribute to the development of the next generation’s ICT talents, e-skills and entrepreneurs. EXPERT INSIGHTS The exclusive program of seminars and presentations will be delivered by some of the world’s biggest names in finance, technology, and digital including: Andrew Ng is one of the world’s smartest researchers in deep learning and artificial intelligence. Andrew Ng's AI work focuses on deep learning, which develops learning algorithms by building large scale simulations of the brain. In 2011, he founded and led the Google Brain project, which built the largest deep learning (neural network) systems at the time, leading to the celebrated "Google cat" result. His team's technology has also had a huge impact across numerous Google applications, including speech recognition, maps, and more. More recently, Ng joined Baidu, where he leads Baidu Research in developing the next generation of deep learning algorithms. Chris Larsen is the CEO and co-founder of Ripple Labs, the creators of Ripple, the open-source, distributed payment protocol. Prior to Ripple Labs, Chris Larsen cofounded and served as CEO of Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and E-LOAN, a publicly traded online lender. During his tenure at E-LOAN, he pioneered the open access to credit scores movement by making E-LOAN the first company to show consumers their FICO scores. Josh Partridge, Director for EMEA, LATAM and Canada at Shazam, will share his analyses with the professionals attending ICT Spring Europe 2015. "With Shazam we make TV advertising interactive", said Josh Partridge in an interview. Mobile is connective, and central to the lives of consumers. Understanding where they are and how they're using their phones is vital to effective mobile advertising. Today, a majority of TV viewers use a smartphone or tablet while watching TV, and many consumers with tablets or smartphones have engaged in mobile-based activity related to what they're watching on TV. In addition, 20% of audiences on tablets and 13% on smart phones have made a purchase on their device after seeing a product on TV. Shazam gets consumers to that content quickly, and Mobile delivers targeted, content-driven, immediately relevant integrations. Before joining Shazam, Josh Partridge spent 6 years at Yahoo working in a variety of roles most notably heading up Yahoo’s commercial expansion across EMEA. Rupert Keeley is the General Manager for PayPal’s businesses in Europe, Middle East & Africa, a Senior Vice President of eBay Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of the PayPal Europe bank. Based in Luxembourg, Rupert has responsibility for leading the development of PayPal’s business across the region to capitalize on the rapid growth in commerce conducted over the Internet, mobile channels and increasingly in the offline world. Rupert has more than 30 years of banking and payments experience and was formerly Visa Inc’s Group Executive and President of the Asia Pacific and CEMEA regions, and a Section 16 Officer of the company. In his 11 year career with Visa, he held a number of management roles including President of Asia Pacific and Global Head of Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Visa in 1999, Keeley held a number of senior management positions with Standard Chartered plc based in London, Singapore and the Middle East. Laura Bokobza is the Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Aldebaran, a French robot builder owned by Japan’s SoftBank and the creator of Nao, a 58-centimeter tall robot that can be easily told what to do using an object-oriented program on a computer. Aldebaran is the result of a dream: building humanoid robots, a new humane species for the benefit of humankind. And Laura Bokobza will share this dream with the public at ICT Spring Europe 2015. The extensive list of lecturers at ICT Spring Europe 2015 is available on the speakers' page of the conference web site. IN THE HEART OF EUROPE ICT Spring Europe is a two days event that brings together the latest ICT technologies and solutions available on the market, entirely dedicated to innovation, in an interactive, enriching and convivial atmosphere. It is not surprising therefore that the conference is organized in Luxembourg, a place with state-of-the-heart ICT infrastructure, highly skilled multilingual workforce, easy access to decision-makers, stable and business-orientated regulatory framework, and high quality of life. ICT Spring Europe is definitively the best framework for companies and organizations wishing to improve their international network or brand awareness, for those who want to be at the very heart of business trends to generate new leads. ICT Spring Europe 2015 is organised by Farvest, the leading Marketing and Events company in Luxembourg which stands out through its renowned international network of contacts, and an elitist approach that offers efficient networking and brings state-of-the art technical services. For further information, please visit ICT Spring Europe's web site.