Tomorrow, the third edition of the Kickstart Europe Conference will take place in Amsterdam. The conference has grown to become one of the leading data center industry events now, with more than 1,000 industry leaders expected to attend tomorrow.

The international top of the data center, cloud and connectivity industry will gather in the Amsterdam RAI event center on January 28th to discuss trends and forecasts and probably kickoff the new year with some strategic plans and opportunity-seeking business ideas for the year to come.

Expert speakers from CBRE, CyrusOne, EdgeConneX, AMS-IX, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Equinix, Iron Mountain, Yondr, Quanza, Interxion, QTS and Gartner will discuss the growing challenges of the digital industry. In addition, they share their predictions for 2020 with the audience at Kickstart Europe 2020.

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Stijn Grove
“The Kickstart Europe conference brings the international top of the data center, cloud and connectivity industry together. It offers the opportunity to look together at the industry’s challenges, learn from each other and find solutions,” said Stijn Grove, initiator of the Kickstart Europe Conference and director of Digital Gateway to Europe.

KickStart Europe 2020 is attended by Norway’s Digitization Secretary of State, Paul Chaffey. He is one of the key players responsible for Norway’s national data center strategy and will participate in a debate at Kickstart Europe on investments in data centers in Scandinavian countries.

“My goal is to build bridges and encourage cross- border cooperation in order to improve the sustainability of the European data center industry and thereby strengthen the European digital economy,” said Secretary of State, Mr. Chaffey.

“IDC predicts that by 2021, more than 50% of global GDP will come from the digital economy,” said Stijn Grove, initiator of the Kickstart Europe Conference and director of Digital Gateway to Europe. “This offers enormous opportunities, but certainly also challenges in the areas of sustainability, power networks, education, legislation and safety. The Kickstart Europe conference brings all parties together and offers the opportunity to look together at these challenges, learn from each other and find solutions. Only then we will be able to facilitate growth.”

Energy Transition

Last November, the European Parliament formally recognized the climate crisis, while the newly installed European Commission set a goal to become a climate neutral continent by 2050. Societies are also increasingly digital dependent with Europe’s digital infrastructure on track to double in size in the next five years. As a result, Europe’s digital industry would be under closer scrutiny.

How will the digital economy facilitate this growth, while also meeting green standards? According to the Kickstart Europe organizers, digital industry leaders will try to find the answers at the third edition of the ‘strategy & networking’ conference, KickStart Europe.

Furlow consulting