Technology geniuses may now thrive in Poland, PM says

Mateusz Morawiecki at Impact'18 in Kraków PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk

Technology geniuses used to emigrate but today they may thrive in Poland, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at the Impact 2018 congress in the southern city of Kraków on Wednesday.

In this context, the prime minister mentioned prominent Polish scientists who contributed to the United States' technological development, such as Mieczysław Bekker, a co-designer of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, and Jack Tramiel (born Idek Trzmiel), the founder of the Commodore International computer company.

Mateusz Morawiecki stressed that conditions for similar development in Poland were getting better and better, pointing out the Polish Development Fund (PFR) which has created the PFR Venture, a fund that promotes cooperation with other funds and start-up companies for the development of new technologies.

"We invite all start-ups, all technological innovators to Poland. We offer a range of possibilities through our programmes of cooperation with large companies and development of your technologies," PM Morawiecki said.

Morawiecki pointed to the governmental GovTech Polska programme that was launched several days ago. He explained that the Polish public administration was one of the first in the world to become involved in discussions with groups of developers and software engineers.

The prime minister recalled the government's successful recruitment of the best programmers which was instrumental for the country's successes in fighting against tax fraud which brought "around USD 0.5 bln" to the state coffers in the first year of operation.

The two-day Impact 18 conference is devoted to the future of the digital revolution economy. According to its organisers, it has attracted 6,000 guests and 250 speakers, including government officials.

The event focuses on such areas as 5G technology, the Internet of Everything, Industry 4.0, fintech, science to business, digital state, biotechnology, e-health, transport, energy, environment and e-commerce. 

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