There will be three days packed with workshops, discussions and meetings for sharing experience in the e-enabling of procurement processes, tender processes and the eAuction evaluation of suppliers’ bids.
For a number of years now, at the end of eBF we have wondered whether, in twelve months’ time, it will be possible to improve on, or even equal, the wonderful atmosphere, along with the accompanying barrage of expertise we have just experienced. However, the extremely positive evaluation and trust shown by participants is proof that it can be done. Fortunately, we have the advantage that we still enjoy organising eBF even after ten years and want to continue to improve it also for ourselves. Indeed, the growing social dimension of eBF has prompted us to label it a “Procurement Festival”. Three days about corporate procurement and public tenders in the digital age, about the acquisition of knowledge, about professional recognition, but also about enjoyment.
The festival begins on the Tuesday evening with the opening of the TOGETHER III exhibition. The first big eBF day is Wednesday. In the large congress hall there will be the ePROCUREMENT MEETING, an expert workshop for public sector eProcurement specialists, while concurrently for the private sector there will be five halls of workshops, seminars and training for corporate procurement specialists. Some of this information will naturally have a universal character and is suitable for both groups of participants. On the second day the roles will be reversed. In the large hall there will be the eSOURCING MEETING for corporate buyers, while running parallel to it in the other halls there will be seminars, workshops and training for the public sector. We expect there will be up to 500 people gathered in all the rooms at any one time. We’re counting on the necessity to make a choice; nobody can do everything. On Friday, there will be fewer of us who will nevertheless all gather in the congress hall at round tables for an extended coffee morning with a different topic at each table. Then we’ll say our goodbyes, pack up and all go home.
A professional meeting with such a great atmosphere as experienced at last year’s eBF is the perfect stage for rewarding the most impressive and the most inspirational. Therefore it has become a tradition on the Wednesday evening of the conference to honour those who are pushing forward the computerization of corporate purchasing and public procurement. The Fair Sourcing Awards (FSA) ceremony is one of the highlights of the three days. The main FSA organisers are the Czech and Slovak Associations of Providers and Users of Electronic Tools (APUEN). They are responsible for promoting the competition, collecting applications and putting the jury together.
Malcolm is from Warwick in England, but now lives in Ostrava and has been trying to infect us with the running bug. The response to the inaugural morning runs at last year’s festival was encouraging, so this year Malcolm will lead the way again. Don’t forget your running shoes and join in!
All painters, sculptors, artistic blacksmiths, photographers and other artists are invited to join in and to spread this challenge. For the third year running, we’ll be putting on an exhibition of the works of people from the public and corporate procurement worlds. There will be a vernissage on the eve of eBF and the exhibition will be open throughout the festival.
It's amazing what topics are discussed here and that there are speakers from seven European countries. I can only express my admiration and my gratitude for the opportunity to be here.
It is my pleasure to come to a community which literally vibrates with interest in public procurement. Since we are a little distant in Brussels, it is important for us to be able to discuss things with people.
eBF is an ideal place for sharing experience and learning how things can be done differently, so that the common procurement bar is pushed ever higher.
The presentations were second to none. I was intrigued that I could learn about the experience from other countries.
I've been to many conferences, but what is happening here in Ostrava is absolutely unique. We are like one big family here, which is nice.
The Conference has provided me with new information on how to further develop electronic procurement tools in our company, which I will try to put into practice.
The conference has a human dimension, which is good for meeting people and building relationships.
It is the biggest event of this type and therefore a good opportunity to meet buyers.
The topics are not divorced from reality or only theoretical, but practical, which is a great benefit for buyers.
I was here for the first time and in my opinion the conference had a very high. I especially appreciated the participation of foreign guests. I had a discussion session in which colleagues from Great Britain, Italy and the Czech Republic took part. I really enjoyed the mutual comparison of opinions and experience.
It's not about getting information passively, but more about drawing in and involving the audience in issues concerning buying, selling and e-enabling. I don’t know of any similar conference, neither in scope, format or quality.
Even when talking about processes, technology and procurement, we are still people who enjoy a variety of activities. It is important to remember that business is mainly about people who have their own passions and hobbies, and these are incorporated into the programme. For me this is unique and amazing.