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Innovation Minister Leichtfried Visits U.S.

MinisterJörg Leichtfried at the welcome reception of the Austria Connect North America 2016: Left to right: Jürgen Roth, Vice President WKO, Michael Friedl Advantage Austria NY, MinisterJörg Leichtfried. Photo: BMVIT / Johannes Zinner

Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology Jörg Leichtfried travelled to the United States in September.

Visit to Silicon Valley

Leichtfried visited the Bay Area with a focus on the future of mobility and Austria as an E-mobility hub. Besides inspecting the brand new Transportation Center of the “smart city” San José, Minister Leichtfried met with Professors from Stanford and UC Berkeley, start-ups, representatives of GoogleX, Tesla and BMW Technologies, as well as Austrian-born Vice President of Security & Privacy Engineering at Google, Gerhard Eschelbeck.

Austria Connect North America in Atlanta

Minister Leichtfried went on to attend the Austria Connect North America conference in Atlanta from 22nd to 24th of September 2016, organized by the Austrian Trade Representatives in the USA. This year, Austria Connect attracted an unprecedented number of more than 110 representatives of Austrian companies. Besides Leichtfried, who gave a keynote on “The Future of Innovation from an Austrian Perspective,” the wide range of speakers comprised renowned experts in the field of computer science, engineering and financial technology, who gave their insights into the future of innovation and manufacturing in the USA and in the world: Austria Connect thus positioned itself anew as a not-to-be-missed event for Austrian companies interested in doing business in North America.

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