The conference “Arbitration and Technology. Technology and Arbitration - Views from Eastern Europe” is organized by YRAP (the Young Romanian Arbitration Practitioners), YAAP (the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners) and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) on 6 October 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel in Bucharest
The conference is inspired by VIAC’s focus on technology and arbitration, as well as by Romania’s large and fast-growing technology market. According to the most recent statistics, the software and IT services industry in Romania contributes to roughly 6.2% of the country’s GDP. Romania’s vibrant and fast-growing tech market is an important part of the tech market in Central and Eastern Europe, which is valued at EUR 200 billion. The CEE market includes local privately owned startups valued at EUR 1 billion, the so-called “unicorns”: Bolt, Wise, Rohlik, Vinted, UiPath (Romanian), Elrond (Romanian) GitLab and Pipedrive [source 1; source 2].
The conference is intended for both lawyers and tech companies and has two important objectives. First, it aims to create dialogue so that the arbitration community can better understand the legal needs of companies in the tech sector and can adapt its approach accordingly. Second, it is also intended to showcase that the arbitration community is a potential and important user of IT services. This can serve as inspiration for tech companies to develop and offer new tech products and services intended for the arbitration market.
The conference will take place during the afternoon of 6 October 2022, and is structured as follows:
13:30-14:00 Welcome from the organizers (Gerd Bommer – Austrian Trade Commissioner in Bucharest; YRAP, YAAP, VIAC)
14:00-14:30 Opening remarks (Patrizia Netal, Knoetzl, VIAC Board Member)
14:30-15:30 Arbitration and tech disputes (How arbitration can assist the tech industry):
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Technology and arbitration (How the tech industry can help arbitration):
17:00-17:15 Closing remarks (YRAP-YAAP-VIAC)
17:15-19:00 Cocktail reception