Ambassador Mark Brzezinski’s Remarks at Masters & Robots Conference

Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury Nowy Teatr

21 September 2022

Dzień Dobry!  What a thrill to open the Masters & Robots Conference in Warsaw!

Thank you to Jowita Michalska of Digital University for inviting me to this important global event.

I’ve already met many of the speakers that will join you throughout this two-day conference.  Get ready for some revolutionary conversations about the future of innovation and technology. 

Some of the experts have traveled from the United States to be here, or they are logging on remotely.  I can’t wait for you to hear from Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux of Global Space Ventures, she’s our special guest and will be talking to you this afternoon about the future of space.

It’s my hope that Poland and the U.S. will venture out into the cosmos together.  But while we’re stuck here on earth this conference can take us to outer space and so much more.

This truly is the place to be to network with the best and brightest in the industry.  Building connections is what this conference is all about.

At the U.S. Embassy we have been proud partners of the Masters & Robots conference for several years because it brings together diverse voices to solve the problems our world faces – in the present, in 2050, and beyond.

You are forward thinking, and we believe in supporting the future of technology from the human side.

Whether it be creating military tech that can ensure war is never waged again, to solving the climate crisis, to bringing an end to disinformation online.  Or one day getting us to Mars!

All of this is possible if we work together, and technology is at the forefront.  The theme of this year’s conference is “What if,” so what if those seeds are planted today.

And it all starts with education.  At the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, we have and will continue to offer many opportunities for educational growth in technology and entrepreneurship, for example:

  • This year we teamed up with POLSA and the European Space Foundation to bring together university students who developed real life visions for the first human colony on Mars.
  • At the State Department we offer the FLEX program for Polish high school students.  This gives the next generation of innovators an opportunity to study in the United States for an academic year.  The latest cohort just left last month!
  • And the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative is a Fellowship Program for emerging entrepreneurs from Europe.  Two Polish entrepreneurs were selected for the 2023 edition.

The U.S. Embassy Warsaw social media pages are the best way to find out more information about these programs and how you can become involved.

As U.S. Ambassador to Poland one of my greatest honors is meeting with people like you.  Engaging with educators and leaders in technology and innovation from both large and small companies.

Start-ups, NGOs and organizations that champion Women in STEM.

And I’ve heard a similar message from everyone.  We must adapt to the rapid pace of innovation which comes at lighting fast speed, but we have to be smart about it.

I couldn’t think of a better place for this discussion to happen.  Poland is filled with unlimited potential in entrepreneurship and innovation.  People of this country are problem solvers.

I wish you an inspiring two-day conference.  Let me know what the future holds!

Thank you!