Monday 26 June

10:30 – 13:00
Grand Ballroom foyer


11:00 – 12:00


Meet and connect with ESN’s work, its members and team.
(Open to all member organisations by invitation only.)

12:00 – 13:00
Grand Ballroom foyer & Exhibition Hall

Sandwich lunch / Opening of the exhibition space & project forum

13:15 – 13:45
Grand Ballroom


Opening Video

Christian Fillet Chair, European Social Network
Welcome word

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
Video message

Dr Michael Falzon, Minister for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity, Malta
Welcome speech

13:45 – 15:00
Grand Ballroom

Setting the scene

‘Innovation’ has become a buzzword often meaning different things. The European Union, national governments, local authorities, civil society, citizens…everyone is for innovating! But what does this actually mean in practice? How can new innovative approaches, policies and practices help public services to better fight social exclusion? And how can technology be used as an enabler in creating a more inclusive society?

John Halloran
Chief Executive, European Social Network

Video: What is social innovation? 

Keynote address: Innovation, hunger and theft
Geoff Mulgan, CEO, NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), United Kingdom

Comments & Discussion:

Dolors Bassa, Minister of Employment, Social Affairs and Families, Regional Government of Catalonia, Spain

Maarjo Mändmaa, Head of the Public Sector Innovation Task Force, Office of the Estonian Government

Markus A. Werling, Global Vice President, SAP Industries, Public Sector

Panel discussion followed by interactive discussion with the audience

15:00 – 16:00
Exhibition Hall

Networking break

16:15 – 17:15

7 simultaneous workshops selected from open call – source language in blue

Workshop 1

Building integrated, personalised services: An evidence-based community support model for people with dementia
Genio, Ireland
[Theme: Social Innovation]
Languages: English, Français, Deutsch
Areas of interest: Older People

Workshop 2

Tackling youth homelessness in Denmark: a Collective-Impact approach
[Theme: Social innovation]
Municipality of Esbjerg & National Board of Social Services, Denmark
Languages: English, Italiano
Areas of interest: Homelessness

Workshop 3

Caring for Vulnerable Children: Stimulating an International Community of Practice
Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), United Kingdom
[Theme: Social innovation]
Languages: English, Français, Español
Areas of interest: Children / Workforce

Workshop 4

Harnessing IT to improve service delivery in Malta – Case Management System and seamless integration with other service provides
[Theme: Technology]
The Foundation for Social Welfare Services & Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA)
Languages: English, Italiano
Areas of interest: Service planning

Workshop 5

Work and employment in the digital age – the inclusion of those furthest from the labour market
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
[Theme: Technology]
Languages: English, Deutsch
Areas of interest: Employment

Workshop 6

The Future of Digital Management in Social Services
Angency of Social Services and Inclusion of Andalusia, Spain
[Theme: Technology]
Languages: English, Español, Français
Areas of interest: Service planning

Workshop 7

Driving Behavioral Change in Social Protection Service Design
[Theme: Technology]
SAP Global Public Sector – Social Protection
Languages: English
Areas of interest: Service Design / Social innovation / technolgy

19:30 – 22:00
Lower Barrakka Gardens

Official reception hosted by the Government of Malta