When: 20 May 2020 | 10:00 AM

Where: Online


What will you get?

What has been the contribution of the internet during the world lockdown? What worked and what didn’t work? What are the emerging needs of the post COVID-19 society? How those needs can be addressed while respecting the fundamental values of privacy, participation and diversity? What can be the contribution of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative for innovative human internet services?

This webinar will promote an interactive reflection to bridge the NGI mission with the rapid evolving needs of the post COVID-19 society. Together with the NGI community we will identify the emerging opportunities for NGI visionary start-ups, researchers and developers.

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative aims at developing a more human-centric Internet supporting the values of openness, decentralisation, inclusiveness, and protection of privacy while also giving the control back to the end-users, in particular of their data, in order to increase trust in the Internet. This requires more transparent services, more intelligence, greater involvement and participation, leading towards an Internet that is more open, robust, more interoperable and more supportive of social innovation. In doing so, NGI engages Internet’s best innovators in addressing tech opportunities as well as validate and test relevant minimum viable products and services in real market conditions


How to apply

For registrations please click HERE.




Kirsten Virks is active in the Startup Team in Civitta Estonia. Besides managing the NGI TETRA project, she and the team in Civitta are organising the pieces of training on Investment Readiness for the NGI beneficiaries. These trainings include fundraising trainings for earlier stage companies and follow-up investment and public funding opportunities for the teams who are planning to raise a follow-up investment or apply for grants. She is also the coordinator of Estonia’s biggest business idea competition/accelerator “Ajujaht” (Brain Hunt). Ajujaht has boosted the success of several internationally well-known and successful startups such as Bolt (formerly known as Taxify), Click & Grow, SprayPrinter and many others. Besides all that, Kirsten has been involved in other startup ecosystem development projects and written successful funding applications for startups in Estonia and beyond. In addition to working with startups, she also has an extensive experience in social media management. She has been active as a social media team leader for Estonia’s biggest democracy festival Opinion Festival and worked as a social media editor for Estonia’s biggest media group.

Louis Ferrini is partner and managing director of FVA new media research who established the SME in 1989 as one of the first multimedia companies in Italy. He gets the first level degree in graphic design and advertising and a master in computer graphic at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design). Before starting his own business, he worked for several advertising and graphic companies in Italy and US.
His main area of interest is the design of enhanced ICT solutions, serious and simulation games to support co-creation and mutual learning activities and to train participants on transversal competences and skills in the ICT, learning, societal

Susanna Albertini is partner and senior communication expert of FVA new media research from 1995, she has integrated her specialization in Psychology of work and business organization with multimedia and new technology communication. Since 2000 she is involved as project manager and researcher in projects funded by the European Commission as expert in game-based training, co-creation and creativity enabling factors, communication, impact and valorisation of research results. Her main area of interest is sustainable circular bioeconomy, societal challenges with special focus on sustainable and inclusive growth.



Monique Calisti CEO of Martel Innovate, manages the company’s business and leads its development combining her technical ICT background with a consolidated entrepreneurial experience. Specialised in Horizon 2020 funding, with extensive domain knowledge in Next Generation Internet (NGI) technologies, including AI, IoT and Cloud, Dr Calisti coordinates several H2020 projects, runs training courses and serves the European Commission as expert evaluator. Monique is the NGI Outreach Office Director and she has been involved in the NGI since inception. She holds Ph.D.s in AI and Telecommunications Engineering. A glamorous nerd at heart, with an engineering brain, Dr Calisti’s three daughters inspire her as President of Digital for Planet, a non-for-profit association based in Switzerland, working for environmental sustainability.

Ester Liquori is the Founder and CEO at GhostWriter.AI Content Marketing Platform. I’m a digital entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience now. I’ve never stopped to love marketing and communication. I serve as a mentor at Techstars program, TedX speaker, in the top 15 digital Italian women 2018, according to Digitalic Magazine. In my job as an executive leader, I’m in charge of helping B2B marketing and sales find and create long-term relationships with their customers. I’m currently focused on bringing value to agencies, brands, and influencers using GhostWriter AI.

Jim Clarke works at the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland. While at WIT, Mr. Clarke has been involved in research and innovation projects related to international cooperation for over the last 15 years. From January, 2020 – present, Mr. Clarke is project coordinator of one of the the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative’s Research and Innovation Action projects entitled NGI Atlantic.eu. The full name of the project is “A Collaborative platform for EU-US Next Generation Internet Experiments”. NGI Atlantic.eu has a central goal to provide the organisational and financial framework that will drive the cascade funding of the EU-based research and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet (NGI)-related experiments built on top of EU–US experimental platforms. Running from 1st January, 2020 until 31st June, 2022, NGI Atlantic.eu will develop, manage and publicise to the targeted user communities an organisational and financial funding open calls platform that will stimulate and support an efficient process for regular research cycles of cascade funded projects engagements between EU and US innovators related to common priority topics of mutual benefit derived from within the EU and US’s NGI related Experimental Platforms.

Mirko Ross is an internationally recognized activist, expert, speaker, publicist and researcher in the field of Cyber Security and the Internet of Things. At the age of 14, he began investigating vulnerabilities in IT systems. Instead of a career as a hacker, he decided to found during his studies his first company digital worx, focusing on Internet software development. Mirko is a member of the Expert Group on Internet Security of Things of the European Cyber Security Agency ENISA and advises the EU Commission as an expert. He is also active in international committees and research projects in the field of cyber security and blockchain technologies: MITASSIST (ehealth wearable), IoTCrawler (secure search in IoT assests, i4Sec secure IoT applications for industry). Mirko is still closely associated with the positive hacker attitude and maker movement and promotes non-profit projects in the field of Open Data and IT education. In 2018 he founded a new company, asvin.io, with the aim of increasing cyber security in the Internet of Things and providing software solutions for this purpose. Mirko lives in the countryside and works in Stuttgart.



Welcome and introduction to TETRA project – presentation
Kirsten Virks, TETRA Project Coordinator 3 mins

Video 3 mins

Overview of the webinar concept and expected outcomes
Louis Ferrini and Susanna Albertini (moderators) , FVA new media research 2 mins

Let’s know each other – Interactive session with participants
Louis Ferrini and Susanna Albertini (moderators), FVA new media research 2 mins

What are the Next Generation Internet (NGI) values? – Presentation and interactive session with participants
Susanna Albertini, FVA new media research 5 mins

What are the megatrends emerged in the last 2 months that will impact on the future internet? – Presentations and interactive session with participants
Louis Ferrini, FVA new media research 5 mins
Monique Calisti, NGI4ALL 5 mins
Jim Clarke, NGI Atlantic 5 mins
Mirko Ross, NGI Pointer 5 mins
Ester Liquori, GhostWriter.AI 5 mins

How Next generation internet values could be connected to these megatrends to contribute to a better society for the post COVID-19? – Round table and interactive session with participants
Louis Ferrini and Susanna Albertini (moderators), FVA new media research 10 mins
Monique Calisti, NGI4ALL
Jim Clarke, NGI Atlantic
Mirko Ross, NGI Pointer
Ester Liquori, GhostWriter.AI

Wrap-up and details of future webinars in the series
Kirsten Virks, TETRA Project Coordinator 3 mins