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Split’s National Theater was the venue of the first edition of the Green Future Conference, an international event that addressed one of the most important topics of our age – the green transition.
The conference aimed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and present examples of good practices in urban mobility, digital transformation, finance, public policy, transport, environment, and energy.
The Green Future Conference gathered over 40 expert speakers from many different countries such as Norway, England, Italy, Lebanon, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, etc. The event also positioned Split as a central place of knowledge and strongly emphasized the future of conference tourism.
It is interesting to note that Green Future Conference was attended and watched live online by over 900 visitors. This confirmed that the topic of green transition is a crucial topic of our age – of interest to every social and economic sector.
Therefore, it is extremely important to discuss and implement solutions and policies that will lead us towards climate neutrality which is the European Commission’s target for 2050.
All participants agreed that there are two key factors for a successful green transition process: education and cooperation of all involved – from institutions with funding sources to technology companies.
“We are proud to have organized such an important and well-attended event here in Split. Green transition is an important topic today and permeates all segments of our lives, businesses, and public policies.
It is not a question of whether we can do better – we must do better.
During the conference, we had the opportunity to hear from some of the most developed cities and companies how they made that change. I believe public and private representatives could learn a lot from Oslo, for example – a city that has some of the most advanced policies in Europe.
The Green Future Conference is a platform that opens a window to the world today, but also a window to the future. Rimac’s Nevera in front of our venue is a tangible symbol of that future that is sometimes hard to imagine, so that is why we wanted it to be there.
This is the image of Split that we want to send to the world,” said Antonija Eremut Erceg on behalf of the organizers.
The Split’s National Theater proved to be an excellent location for holding such an event and the city of Split was an excellent host and proved to be an ideal destination for congress tourism in the pre-season and post-season periods.
All the conference participants had only words of praise for the idea of the conference, as well as for the organization.
“First of all, I would like to thank all the visitors, sponsors, and partners, as well as the entire team without whom the realization of the Green Future Conference would not be possible. Our goal is to position Croatia and Split on the world map of events when it comes to sustainability, green transition, and new technologies.
I think that with this first edition of the Green Future Conference and in this beautiful building of the Croatian National Theater we are on the right track to achieving our goal and we will do our best to make every subsequent edition even more inspiring,” said co-organizer Tomislav Buljubašić.
In addition to the shared knowledge and experience throughout the interesting talks and panels, the Green Future Conference also offered some attractive side events.
The most important was certainly the Startup Challenge – a competition organized by Infobip which offered 20 selected startups an opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of an excellent jury panel and receive mentoring recommendations.
The jury awarded the financial prize of 10,000 USD to Climatig, while the 50,000 USD from the Green Communication Awards fund in Infobip services, was divided between startups Must Had (25,000 USD), Urban Oasis (15,000 USD), and Silvan (25,000 USD) according to the decision of the Startup Tribe Team.
The two largest Croatian technology companies and the two only Croatian unicorns, Infobip and Rimac, recognized the importance of the Green Future Conference and were the main sponsors of the event. The Gold sponsors were OTP Bank, A1, Bosch, and Mastercard. Daikin, Končar, and Ernst & Young were also among the sponsors.
The supporters of the conference in its first edition were Professio energija, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, the City of Split, and Hajduk.
The conference was also supported by Dwelt, Eutopia, GBC HUB, Croatian Green Building Council, Circuit, Business Psychology Lab, Julia Teamgeist, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Geodesy of the University of Split, Croatian Scout Association, Toco, Green Split Blue, Fabrique, Hortus, Martinis Marchi, CMS, Parks and Plantations, and Botanica Pologrina.
The organizational partners that made Green Future Conference happen are Profico, Vajt, and Poduzetnik. Partners of the conference were also Aspira College, Hotel Cornaro, Galaxy Travel, Paradox Hospitality, Four Systems, Jana, and Porsche.
The media sponsors of the conference were 24sata, Media Servis, Dalmatinski portal, Linker, Ibex Publishing, Radio Dalmacija, Total Croatia News, and Split Tech City.
Congratulations to the organizers on the successful realization of this year’s Green Future Conference!
We’ll keep the #GoGreen movement going until its next edition in 2023! 😀
Photos by: Green Future Conference