quidgest q-day 2023

decoding generative ai

SEPT. 19, 2023 | Culturgest – LISBON


Following 13 successful editions dedicated to subjects encompassing technology, entrepreneurship, digital innovation, economic policy, and sustainability, the 14th Q-Day Conference delves into the realm of Generative Artificial Intelligence for debate.

This theme holds more significance than merely setting the agenda for 2023. It stands as a culmination of the pioneering endeavors undertaken by experts, teams, and organizations, who have diligently worked in this field for decades. Today, they bear witness to the emergence of a new era, where unparalleled algorithmic approaches, computational power, and novel forms of creativity, collaboration, and innovation converge.


Embark on a journey to explore the 360º vision of these software development experts, who are trailblazing toward novel technological horizons and facilitating digital transformation across sectors like public service, education, healthcare, banking, retail, logistics, energy, telecommunications, and marketing, among numerous others.

And prepare yourself for a future where the talent competition will no longer be waged between humans and machines, but rather among professionals who possess the knowledge (or lack thereof) of harnessing Generative AI to their advantage. This advantage may involve crafting innovative digital solutions, curating personalized content, generating new art forms, propelling scientific research, or formulating business strategies. All of this is achieved in an automated manner, utilizing fewer resources traditionally required, at an exponentially accelerated pace, yielding outcomes that defy conventional expectations.

Eager to discover how new Generative AI solutions and tools contribute to positive global change? How do they disrupt Public Service and regulations? How do they bolster business transformation, exponentially amplifying their reach and success potential? Or perhaps you’re intrigued by their role in redefining the future of work and skill sets, both in Portugal and worldwide?


8:30 am | Reception and Registration

9:00 am | Opening session

9:30 am | Panel 1 (PT) Decoding Generative AI to Empower Positive Change with Global Purpose

10:30 am | Coffee break

11:00 am | Panel 2 (PT)Decoding Generative AI to Provide a New Generation of Public Services

12:00 am | Co-Innovation Awards

1:00 pm | Networking lunch

2:30 pm | Panel 3 (EN)Decoding Generative AI to Transform Business and Scaling Success

4:00 pm | Coffee break

4:30 pm | Panel 4 (EN)Decoding Generative AI to Reshape the Future of Work and Skills

6:00 pm | Closing session

In the Q-Day Conference 2023, we will promote networking, challenge the status quo, foster innovation, and unlock the true power of Generative AI.
Join us and be part of this ongoing revolution!


Panel 1

Decoding Generative AI to Empower Positive Change with Global Purpose

9:30 – 11:00 am

Participate in an enlightening journey into the world of Generative AI, where we will delve into its transformative potential in addressing urgent global challenges, fostering inclusivity, and driving sustainable innovation. Discover how organizations can effectively harness AI’s power to bring about positive change while responsibly upholding solid ethical principles and using emerging technologies. Engage in insightful discussions on leveraging Generative AI for social good and explore real-world examples of its impactful applications in addressing global disparities, paving the way for a brighter future.

Panel 2

Decoding Generative AI to Provide a New Generation of Public Services

11:00 – 12:00 am

Join us for an insightful exploration of the far-reaching implications and applications of Generative AI in public administration. In this panel, we will delve into how Generative AI revolutionizes policy-making processes, improves public service delivery, and enables more efficient and effective government operations. Be part of this thought-provoking dialogue that will share invaluable insights and experiences, illuminating the myriad possibilities that Generative AI offers to drive innovation and success in public sector digital solutions.

Panel 3

Decoding Generative AI to Transform Business and Scale Success

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Get ready to be inspired by success stories and practical advice from experts who have firsthand experience with the tangible benefits of integrating Generative AI into their operations. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned business professional, this panel will provide you with invaluable knowledge that will enable you to drive sustainable growth and propel your business to new heights. You will learn how to optimize business processes, enhance customer experiences, and unlock new revenue streams using the best and next practices in Generative AI.

Panel 4

Decoding Generative AI to Reshape the Future of Work and Skills

4:30  – 6:00 pm

Immerse yourself in dynamic discussions that reveal how Generative AI is transforming traditional skills, roles, and responsibilities while opening up new horizons for unprecedented business opportunities. Explore the revolutionary impact of AI technologies on professional development, fostering more personalized, accessible, and effective education and training. In addition, join us for an inspiring dialogue on gender diversity and inclusion. Hear from women leaders who have harnessed the power of Generative AI to drive change, ignite innovation, and break down barriers in their respective fields.


aline buteica oradora no q-day 2023

Alina Buteica

L&D and HR Expert, Founder & CEO at Illuminated Essence & Growth Hives

Alina Buteica is a wellness & leadership coach and growth hacker, partnering with companies and individuals in order to help them lean into the art of living well and in alignment with their highest purpose. She has collaborated with people and organizations of the most diverse backgrounds (from the automobile industry to logistics, to NGOs, to tech and e-commerce).
Alina has published her feminine leadership story together with 35 inspiring women from across the world, in the celebrated Ignite series, which went International Best Seller in 2019. She is passionate about helping individuals and companies really tap into their next level of intuition, creativity, connected-ness, and service to the world. She is also passionate about inspiring people to lead from within.

ana pimentel é oradora do q-day 2023

Ana Pimentel

Journalist and author of the book “Unicórnios Portugueses”

Ana Pimentel is the author of the book “Unicórnios Portugueses – A história das startups de mil milhões de dólares”. A journalist, editor, author, and podcaster, she has been writing about entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology for numerous years. She began as a freelancer and later held the role of Technology Editor at Observador. Ana also hosted the podcast “A App da Vizinha” on Rádio Observador, as well as “Ideias Com Nome Próprio” on Jornal Económico. Previously, she served as the editorial coordinator at Lua de Papel (Leya) and holds a deep passion for books.

beatriz guimarães is speaker at q-day 2023

Beatriz Guimarães

Coordinator of the Information Management Systems and Business Processes area at Quidgest

Beatriz Guimarães has a degree in History from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto and a postgraduate degree in Documentary Sciences from Universidade Portucalense. She is certified in Project Management by IPMA and CIPP/E by IAPP.
She began her professional life as an archivist and is currently the coordinator of the Information Management Systems and Business Processes area at Quidgest.
She is responsible for several innovative new systems development projects such as the CASES Accreditation Portal, the NAOS Expertise Management system, and the Legislative Information System of El Salvador.

bernardo ferreira ís a speaker at q-day 2023

Bernardo Ferreira

E-Commerce Marketing & SEO Specialist at Worten Portugal

Bernardo Ferreira is a Marketing Manager specializing in Digital Marketing and e-Commerce. He currently works at Worten Portugal in the Traffic Acquisition team, as an SEO Specialist. He is responsible for On-Page SEO, Technical SEO, Link Building, SEM, Local SEO, Content Production, Trend Hunting, and CRO. He is also involved in AI projects, with the main aim of optimizing customers’ online experience.
At the same time, he teaches Digital Marketing at IPAM Lisbon, where he teaches Display Advertising, Email Marketing, and Content Marketing. Sharing knowledge is one of his greatest passions, both in an academic context and on his own digital communication channels.
He is the author of the Ebook “Voice Search Marketing: The Voice Search Optimization Guide”, a pioneering study in Portugal that presents frameworks and marketing strategies for digital assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa.”

César Pestana is a Q-Day Speaker

César Pestana

President of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Public Administration Shared Services Entity

César Pestana has been President of the Board of Directors of Entidade de Serviços Partilhados da Administração Pública, I.P. (ESPAP) since 2018. He is also Chairman of the Interministerial Procurement Commission (Decree-Law no. 117-A/2012); Member of the Council for Information and Communication Technologies in Public Administration (Member of the Board of the Technical Committee – RCM no. 33/2016); Member of the Higher Council for Cyberspace Security (Law no. 46/2018); and Member of the Management Board of the State Electronic Certification System (Decree-Law no. 161/2012).
He began his career as a Financial Auditor at Coopers & Lybrand. Later, he was a Management Consultant and Project Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Consulting. Between 2000 and 2014, he joined the Portugal Telecom Group and, for the last nine years, was a director at PT Compras S.A. and PT Centro Corporativo S.A.. Previously, he worked in the area of Strategic Planning and Information Systems Project Management at PT Comunicações, S.A.. From 2014 to 2018 he was vice-chairman of ESPAP’s Board of Directors.

Filipe Marques is speaker at Q-Day 2023

Filipe Marques

Chapter Lead at Data Analytics and AI at Siemens

With a background in Informatics Engineering and keen for new challenges, Filipe Marques has been nurturing the growth of Siemens’ Data and AI ecosystem. The company now focuses increasingly on initiatives to transform the everyday to create a better tomorrow.
With almost 15 years of experience, Filipe Marques started his career at Accenture in a technical role but quickly expanded his focus to include developing people and fostering collaborations with clients and partners. His data-driven approach and enthusiasm for AI have been key drivers of his career.

Hugo Cartaxeiro is speaker at Q-Day 2023

Hugo Cartaxeiro

Founder & Managing Partner at Singularity Digital Enterprise

Hugo Cartaxeiro is the Founder and Managing Partner of Singularity Digital Enterprise and Urbiwise.com. He has also dedicated his expertise as a board member of APDC – Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento das Comunicações for two consecutive terms.
For 14 years, Hugo Cartaxeiro served as the Sales and Service Manager at Microsoft Portugal. Furthermore, his professional background encompasses diverse assignments in business consultancy, IT Services, telecom operators, and R&D centers.
In short, Hugo Cartaxeiro is an experienced IT Professional who understands technology, business and the internet engines. His studies range from computer science to social media, digital marketing underpinned on a professional project management expertise.

Isabel Ramos is speaker at q-day 2023

Isabel Ramos

Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems of the University of Minho

Isabel Ramos is an Associate Professor (PhD, Habilitation) at the Department of Information Systems of the University of Minho in Portugal. She has a PhD in Information Systems and Technology, specialization in Information Systems Engineering and Management, since 2001. Isabel Ramos is the Chair of the Department of Information Systems. She is also the President of the Portuguese Association for Information Systems.
Internationally, Isabel Ramos is the Chair of the Technical Committee 8 (Information Systems) of IFIP – International Federation for Information Systems. She is the Vice-President of Membership of the Association for Information Systems.
Isabel Ramos received several international awards for her research and leadership contributions. She advises several Ph.D. and Master dissertations in the areas of Knowledge and Innovation Management and IST for Organizational Resilience. She is the principal researcher in several projects in partnership with Portuguese companies and governmental agencies, as well as in European-funded projects. She is co-author / co-editor of 9 books and more than 150 scientific and technical papers.

João Dias é orador do Q-Day 2023

João Dias

President of AMA – the Administrative Modernization Agency

João Dias holds the seat as President of AMA’s Board of Directors since September 1st, 2022.
Before this, he led the Portuguese Agency for Investment and External Commerce’s (AICEP) digital transformation, as Executive Director and was a Board Member for the Lisbon Municipal Enterprise for Mobility and Parking (EMEL), implementing the city’s parking management app.
João Dias was a Board Member of Prio Energy and CEO of Prio Electric, leading the digital innovation area. He then oversaw the National Office for the Promotion of Electrical Mobility.
He was nominated Best Digital Leader at Portugal Digital Awards 2018 and holds a Masters in Economic History through the London School of Economics.

João Ferro

Chief Technology Officer at Quidgest

João Ferro currently holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at Quidgest. With nine years’ of experience at the company, he has played a key role in designing various digital solutions using the Genio platform, contributing to its continuous development from an early stage. João Ferro is currently leading Genio’s technological upgrade efforts. His main commitment is to improve the platform’s productivity levels and its ability to create value for its users, thus ensuring that the best of software engineering is available to everyone.
Academically, João Ferro has a degree in Informatics and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and a postgraduate degree in Management in a Lean Context from ISCTE Business School.

João Paulo Carvalho é orador do Q-Day 2023

João Paulo Carvalho

Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Quidgest

As the co-founder of Quidgest, João Paulo Carvalho has witnessed firsthand the power of Generative AI in revolutionizing the software development process. He has overseen the development of the model-driven Genio platform, acknowledged for the development of more than 600 different solutions, successfully implemented by organizations, governments, large enterprises, and NGOs worldwide.
With over 35 years of experience in the technology industry, he is passionate about helping businesses harness the potential of cutting-edge AI to drive growth, innovation, and sustainability. He also coordinates Quidgest’s global expansion strategy and believes in the role of generative AI to digitally transform organizations and help achieve the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
João Paulo Carvalho holds a degree in Economics from ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics & Management and an MSc in Information Systems Management from ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, where I was also a university lecturer.

João Pedro Pereira é moderador no Q-Day 2023

João Pedro Pereira

Journalist at Público and author of the book “Visionários”

João Pedro Pereira has been a journalist at Público since 2007, where he covered technology and entrepreneurship topics for several years. He is now the newspaper’s newsletters and digital projects editor.
He wrote for the BBC between 2014 and 2015. He is the author of the book “Visionários – Uns foram génios, outros apenas astutos, mas todos conseguiram mudar o mundo” (Desassossego), about the personalities who marked the world of information technology.
He writes the weekly Público 4.0 newsletter on technology, innovation, and future trends.

Liliana Ferreira is speaker at Q-Day 2023

Liliana Ferreira

Director of the Fraunhofer Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions in Portugal

Liliana Ferreira is the director of the Fraunhofer Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (AICOS) in Portugal and Full Professor Invited at Department of Informatics of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.
Her research focuses mainly on the areas of Natural Language Processing, Medical Knowledge Representation, Information Extraction, and Health Informatics. Liliana holds a degree in Applied Mathematics and Technology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (2002), an MSc in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Aveiro (2005), and a Ph.D. in Informatics (2011) also from the University of Aveiro, Portugal.
Liliana Ferreira has developed her research in industry and research organizations as Philips Research Eindhoven (NL), IBM Research and Development Böblingen (DE), the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (PT), the Ubiquitous Knowledge Lab of the Technical University of Darmstadt (DE) and the University of Tübingen (DE).

Luís Almeida

Business Consultant, Managing Partner of Intelligent Algorithms and Podcaster

Luís Almeida is a senior consultant specializing in digital transformation and AI. His main mission is to promote an analytical culture and harness data to achieve impactful business results.
A visionary entrepreneur, he is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Intelligent Algorithms, which aims to empower companies to make their businesses smarter. He has extensive experience working with organizations on data-driven decision-making, risk mitigation, customer experiences, innovative products, and optimizing operational efficiency.

Marcelo Ribeiro

Software Developer at Quidgest

Marcelo Ribeiro has a degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and a postgraduate degree in Territory Management with a specialization in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems from the same institution.
He began his professional career as a research fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, followed by a three-year period as a research fellow at the Directorate-General for Territory. His enthusiasm and aptitude for technology led him into the field of software development. He has been part of the Quidgest team for six years, in the area of special products.
Throughout his career, he has been involved in various projects, including Learning Management Systems, management of associates such as the Ordem dos Engenheiros and the Casas do Benfica, and solutions for managing applications and processes. Recently, his interest in Artificial Intelligence has led him to integrate this technology into the company’s tools actively.

Paulo Dimas is speaker at Q-Day 2023

Paulo Dimas

VP for Product Innovation at Unbabel and CEO of the Center for Responsible AI

Paulo Dimas is the VP of Product Innovation at Unbabel, contributing to building the world’s translation layer. Joining when Unbabel was a 12 people-strong team, Paulo has been creating new game-changing AI products that have been driving innovation and growth through 3 series of funding, totaling $90 million. In 2020, Unbabel reached the top 3 of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in the Enterprise category by Fast Company. Paulo Dimas is also the CEO of the Center for Responsible AI, a consortium led by Unbabel, joining 10 AI startups, 1 law firm, seven research centers, and five industry-leading companies with the mission to spark the next generation of AI products driven by the principles and technologies of Responsible AI.

Pedro Dominguinhos is speaker at Q-Day 2023

Pedro Dominguinhos

President of the RRP National Monitoring Committee

Pedro Miguel de Jesus Calado Dominguinhos has been President of the National Monitoring Committee for the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) since May 28, 2022.
He was President of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) between April 2014 and April 2022. He was previously Vice President of the IPS between November 2009 and April 2014. He also held the position of President of the Coordinating Council of Higher Polytechnic Institutes, from May 2018 to April 2022, and was Vice President of the CCISP, between December 2016 and May 2018.
Pedro Dominguinhos holds a PhD in Management from the Higher Institute of Economics and Management (ISEG/UL), a Master’s degree in International Economics (ISEG/UL), and a degree in Economics (Universidade Lusíada). Since 2009, he has been a Coordinating Professor in Management at the School of Business Sciences of the Setúbal Polytechnic Institute (ESCE/IPS). He has been a lecturer at ESCE/IPS since 1995.
He is the author or co-author of dozens of publications and articles in international conferences in the field of internationalization, born-globals, and entrepreneurship.

ppedro oliveira é orador do q-day 2023

Pedro Oliveira

Dean of Nova School of Business and Economics and Professor at Copenhagen Business School

Pedro Oliveira is Dean at Nova School of Business and Economics, where he is also Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Chair Professor. He is also Professor at Copenhagen Business School; Academic Fellow at Cornell University’s Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures; Founder of Patient Innovation; co-founder of PPL Crowdfunding and member of the Environment & Sustainability Council at EDP Energias de Portugal.
Previously he was Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research; Associate Dean for Research; Director of the Research Unit in Business; Academic Director of the Lisbon MBA (partnership with Católica-Lisbon, Nova SBE and MIT-Sloan); and Academic Director of the doctoral program in Technology Change and Entrepreneurship (offered by Católica Lisbon, IST and Carnegie Mellon University) at Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics.
He was also the founder and director of several exec ed programs. Pedro also served as advisor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and as an International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Sandro Mendonça is speaker at Q-Day

Sandro Mendonça

Professor at the Department of Economics, ISCTE Business School – Lisbon University Institute

Sandro Mendonça is Professor at the Department of Economics, ISCTE Business School / Lisbon University Institute. He is Invited Professor at ISEG – University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Economics of the University of Insubria, Italy.
He was Scientific Manager of “Science and Society” at CYTED (the Ibero-American program for science and technology) and served in the Executive Board of Anacom, the Portuguese regulator for communications (spectrum, telecoms, postal, infrastructure, digital). In Brazil he is advisor to Anatel, the telecoms regulator, and in Portugal he is advisor to CNCS, the national cybersecurity authority. He is member of the AI standards technical committee 223 (International Standards Organization IECJTC1/SC42).

Susanna Coghlan é oradora no q-day 2023

Susanna Coghlan

Europe Business Development Manager at Quidgest

Susanna Coghlan is Quidgest´s Europe Business Development Manager. She works with Quidgest partners and clients on projects for digital transformation and delivering technology change.
As company representative to the EU Pact for Skills and the Digital SME Alliance, she engages with organizations and businesses across Europe on issues relating to AI, new technologies, and skills. She also supports the Quidgest_Academy team for accelerating the adoption of Genio platform worldwide through international partnerships and projects.
Prior to joining Quidgest, Susanna Coghlan ran her own training and HR business for 10 years, working with clients in private and public institutions across SE Asia for skills development and labor market analysis. She is an active commentator on digital skills and the future of work.

Wagner Araújo é orador no Q-Day 2023

Wagner Araújo

PhD, Research Associate at the United Nations University, Electronic Governance Unit

Wagner Araujo, PhD, is a Research Associate at the United Nations University, Electronic Governance Unit (UNU-EGOV). He has been the chief advisor of the National Secretary of Digital Government, the Director of Digital Government, and the Director of Governance and Information Systems, all of these positions at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Administration, National Level, Brazil. Previously, he was the CIO of the Federal Prosecuting Council in Brazil.
His area of interest and research is EGOV strategy. He was involved in the team that formulated the Brazilian National EGOV Strategies on two occasions. Moreover, was part of the team that formulated the EGOV strategies of Cabo Verde, Sao Tome e Principe, and Guinea-Bissau. He authored many papers at international conferences in the EGOV field.

Zoltan Istvan is speaker at Q-Day 2023

Zoltan Istvan

AI expert and author of “The Transhumanist Wager”

Zoltan Istvan writes and speaks on transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and the future. His transhumanism work has been featured many times in major media, including The New York Times. He is the author of “The Transhumanist Wager” (Top 5 Amazon book), and is the subject of the forthcoming biography by Dr. Ben Murnane and Changemakers Books titled, “Transhuman Citizen: Zoltan Istvan’s Hunt for Immortality”.
Zoltan is also founder of the Transhumanist Party. He has used his political campaigns to spread transhumanism and the growing field of extreme longevity to the world. The new feature documentary “IMMORTALITY OR BUST” on his work can be viewed on Amazon Prime.
He’s explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in San Francisco with his daughters and physician wife.


September 19, 2023
09:00 am – 06h00 pm


Culturgest | LISBOA
(Also with live streaming)


Registration is free but subject to confirmation, up to the maximum capacity of the room.

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