International Transport Innovation Forum took place in Vilnius: what awaits this sector in the next 30 years? 2021 11 03

Smart mobility technologies and autonomous transport, electrification of the sector, drone logistics, digital logistics platforms - all that seemed distant in the future is becoming our reality. This year the participants of the "Transport Innovation forum" not only discussed current issues but also predicted what transport and logistics sector awaits in the upcoming decades. 

"Traditionally, the Forum has become a platform for the exchange of ideas from professionals in different fields and their generation internationally. I am glad that in three years the event has grown into one of the largest and most influential in the Baltic region and this is where the future guidelines of the sector are outlined, " said Jurgis Adomavičius, one of the initiators of the forum, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Transport Innovation. 

On the first day of the forum, the most important political, economic and technological trends that will shape the future development of transport and logistics were presented. The second day was dedicated to innovation policy, the issue of start-up ecosystem development. During the forum, the winners of the "Towards Green Transport" competition, organized by Lithuanian Railways, were also awarded - the best and most innovative environmentally friendly initiatives.

Welcoming the forum, the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda noted that the Lithuanian transport and logistics sector, which generates about 13 percent GDP must strive for a breakthrough innovation and digitalisation in order to remain highly competitive in the European market, green, sustainable and socially responsible. 

The forum was attended by Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, and Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE. Indre Pariente, an expert at Gartner, one of the world`s most influential research and consulting companies, presented the future of the logistics and supply chain that is changing global trends. It was also possible to hear a keynote by Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the OECD International Transport Forum, on how transport and logistics will develop in the wake of Covid-19. 

Among many other speakers at the Forum, unicorn SENNDER shared the success story of its digital freight forwarding platform, Alexander Vlaskamp, "Scania" Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing, spoke about changes in sustainability in heavy transport and representative of "Einride" has presented the company`s achievements in development of the autonomous trucks. 

Opening the second day of the "Transport Innovation forum", Jurgis Adomavičius, Chairman of the Board of Association of Transport Innovation, emphasized: "Start-ups are needed to enter 2050." Start-ups are an investment in the future because they, not large corporations, create the most innovation. 

Jurgis was joined by Ilja Laurs, Founder and Chairman of "Nextury Ventures": "Good managers are often not the best innovators because they are very different types of people. Innovation destroys a manager`s good performance because innovation brings change and destroys established system that once brought success to a corporation."

At the initiative of the Association, a start-up`s pitch session was held at the Forum. "This is a great opportunity for start-ups to present their products and ideas to potential investors, representatives of transport and logistics businesses to discuss innovation trends, investors to hear and choose from the menu of ideas at the same time," J. Adomavičius noted while presenting the pitch session.

Anthony Poullain, member of the board of "Cargo Stream" in Lithuania and President of "Cargo Stream France" SAS, Jevgenij Polonis, Founder and CEO of "GoRamp", Tomas Sergadejevas, Founder and CEO of "Fleethand", Andrius Juvko, Founder and CEO of "4logist", Dainius Berškys, CEO of "Trevio Group" and Arnoldas Dapkus, Head of Partnerships at "In Balance", participated in the session and presented innovative ideas. The commission consisted of investors, representatives of the Venture Capital Funds and representatives of the transport and logistics business ("Vlantana", "cargoGO Logistics", etc.).

More information and photographs of the event can be found here.