South Summit 2019

Aphaia at South Summit 2019!

Aphaia attended the 2019 South Summit in Madrid, Spain.

South Summit 2019 took place last week in La Nave, Madrid (Spain). South Summit is an innovation and investing event that has been held annually since 2013.

South Summit provides startups, investors and corporations seeking to improve their global competitiveness with the chance to connect and create interesting business opportunities. Technology is the common thread among them all.

South Summit brings together the most disruptive ideas that will be market game changers in the following years in several industries like fintech, insurtech, ecomerce, marketing, or healthcare.

Some amazing startups we had the chance to meet are Hoop Carpool, a sustainable mobility startup that promote car sharing for daily trips to the office or to the University; IDOVEN, that uses AI to detect heart problems to prevent cardiac disease, heart attacks and sudden death and GATACA, that provides digital identity solutions to deliver fast and secure access to digital services worldwide.

One of the highlights of South Summit is their Startup Competition, where 100 finalists out of more than 3000 participants show their projects to an expert jury. South Summit 2019 global winners are the following ones:

Startup Competition Winner: Streamloots – Audience monetization for eSports.

Most disruptive startup: Bdeo – Providing visual intelligence to the Insurtech Industry.

Most scalable product: Influencity – Influencer Data-Driven technology.

Best team: Jubel – AI for travel expert advisor services.

Glovo and Badi were finalist startups in South Summit previous editions.

Aphaia helps startups to comply with the relevant data protection, telecom, AI and IoT legislation both before launching their products and services and during the whole product life-cycle.

If you need advice to comply with the GDPR and other relevant legislation in your startup, Aphaia offers both AI ethics and Data Protection Impact Assessments, among other services. Contact us and let us know how we can help you.  


Aphaia attends FOAN2019

8th International conference on Fiber Optics in Access Networks (FOAN2019) was held 2-4 September on Swissotel, Sarajevo.

More than 60 talks were delivered by the most top professionals in the Telecoms field, including people from Industry, Academy, Government and Regulatory Agencies during FOAN2019. The event brought together attendees from all around the world, from southern and eastern Europe, Japan and US, among others.

During the three whole days, the participants were able to share their thoughts and projects, plus enjoy two networking dinners in the beautiful old town of Sarajevo.

Special mention to Edvin Skaljo, who as a chair, together with the rest of the team, made this all possible.

The talks, focused on Fiber Optics in Access Networks, addressed the field from several different perspectives: IoT, Big Data, 5G, IP Rights, Data Protection and Smart Cities, etc. Some workshops and student demo sessionswere run in parallel in another room of the venue. Local TV and press came to FOAN2019 and documented the different activities and talks.

Aphaia was invited to deliver a speech and to moderate a Panel Discussion. Our Partner Cristina Contero Almagro offered a talk about Smart Cities and Privacy and alsochaired a Panel Discussion about Smart Cities and Regulation on the Day Three of FOAN2019.

She presented some of the main privacy and security challenges that Smart Cities are currently tackling, like the potential data breach risks and the need of identifying an adequate legitimate basis for the processing.

The guests of the Panel Discussion were Igor Jurcic, head of marketing Business group for VSE/SME; Tarik Hamzic, Vice President of Operations at Ministry of Programming in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Aleksandar Mastilovic, Expert Adviser to the Director General at Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Aljo Mujcic, Professor at University of Tuzla (Bosnia), Faculty of electrical/engineering. They discussed three pillars of the Smart Cities’ Regulation: Smart Cities concept, Smart Cities and Academy and Smart Cities Investment.

FOAN2019 was an enriching experience we are very grateful to have been part of, and we are already looking forward for FOAN2020!


Do you require assistance with GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance? Aphaia provides both GDPR adaptation consultancy services, including data protection impact assessments, and Data Protection Officer outsourcing.

Aphaia innovation summit

The Aphaia team came together in London for the annual summer summit, which took place on Tuesday 11th and Thursday 13th June.

The two days were filled with a variety of sessions/discussions focusing on our operations and services. The sessions were informative and allowed the team to openly discuss strategy and take a view on our current market place.  A collaborative approach meant lots of great ideas, proposals and decisions were put to the table.

We had the pleasure of having Matija Jamnik from JK Group with us, who held a session on GDPR and cloud services, highlighting the limitation of GDPR in this aspect and the challenges faced by controllers and processors.

We also had riveting discussions on finding better strategies to increase the level of support to our clients all over the world.

At Aphaia we always aim to better our services and put our clients first.

Do you require assistance with GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance? Aphaia provides both GDPR adaptation consultancy services, including data protection impact assessments, and Data Protection Officer outsourcing.

Aphaia delivers its first data protection workshop in Madrid

The workshop took place at Aphaia’s premises and it was focus on privacy, cybersecurity and data protection.

Taking advantage of the first GDPR anniversary, Aphaia decided to deliver a workshop to share our experience with other businesses that may be struggling with data protection issues.

Even though GDPR came into force in 2018, Aphaia has been working alongside a several number of vibrant businesses to help them with data protection since 2016. Our expertise includes such different areas as fintech, e-commerce or software development, which has enriched our expertise and allows us to provide the best possible advice from the relevant perspective.

The workshop was held at our premises in Cink Emprende, Paseo de la Castellana 194, as we opened Aphaia’s Spanish entity early this year. We are very happy of the good reception we are getting from the market and we are very grateful to Cink Emprende, that helped us to set it all up and made this event possible.

The workshop was focused on the trickiest data protection areas we have identified along these years as privacy experts. We talked about the GDPR, but also about the ePrivacy Directive and the NIS Directive, and other national legislation too, as the LSSI (information society services) and the ENS (national security). After a two hours presentation we were pleased to share a network breakfast with the attendants, where we had the chance to further discuss any topic they might be specially interested in or any questions the might have.

We are already working on our next workshop, which will probably be focused on AI. It sounds good, right? Stay tuned if you do not want to miss it!

Do you require assistance with GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance? Aphaia provides both GDPR adaptation consultancy services, including data protection impact assessments, and Data Protection Officer outsourcing.