14.00 – 18.00 Site visits

Organisers pleased to present a special opportunity to visit several local Hungarian organisations on Wednesday afternoon, the 18th of October. You can choose between 3 different non-profit organisations that will each present an in-depth look into their organisation and present projects.


Tours will start from Art’otel Budapest (Address: 1011 Budapest, Bem rkp. 16 – 19.) Map


All groups will be guided to the locations and back to Art’otel.


  • Impact Hub Budapest

Impact Hub Budapest is part of a global network of people, places, and programs that inspire, connect, and catalyze change for a sustainable world. Impact Hubs are spaces designed to help materialize your vision for a better world – offering a unique mix of infrastructure, connections, inspiration, and learning for people who want to move their ideas from intention to impact. Since our opening in March 2016, we have introduced numerous social entrepreneurs to a wider audience through meetups, educated ourselves and our community about new practices of collaboration and co-creation and hosted programmes that provided financial and non-financial support to new impact ventures. Our work and services include – among others – open coworking, rentable meeting and event spaces, coaching and mentoring, training programmes for entrepreneurs, facilitated access to our international network of changemakers, but also weekly childcare and yoga sessions.

As collaboration is among our core values, we are carrying out all that work together with local partners – impact ventures, social entrepreneurs, seasoned mentors, universities, financing institutions and other supporting organizations.



  • Design Terminal

We are an incubation ecosystem offering business development and talent management services. We match the most promising talent with innovative companies to work on solutions that serve the best long term interest of the community. We operate a 3-month long accelerator program for international startups focusing on the social good in the fields of sports and healthcare, working and learning, mobility and urban development. Since 2014 we have helped apx. 800 innovative enterprises. The European Commission recognised our endeavor with the European Enterprise Promotion Award in 2014, and in 2016 we obtained the award for the best Hungarian accelerator, as part of the Central European Startup Awards.



  • Kitchen Budapest

Kitchen Budapest was founded as one of the first media labs in Hungary in 2007. KiBu found its primary mission to spread digital literacy and DIY techniques in the local scene. Ever since, KiBu has been actively present as an internationally recognized innovation lab with a team of young researchers and developers. We bring together different mindsets to blend science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in an interdisciplinary manner. We empower people to leave their comfort zone and set new paths.



19.00 – 21.00 Evening gathering at Café Dumas


Building of the French Cultural Institute (Address: 1011 Budapest, Fő utca 17.) Map

9.00 – 10.00      Arrivals, registration

Venue: Váci Greens, GE Hungary Conference Centre, C Building

(Address: 1131 Budapest, Madarász Viktor utca 6.) Map

Kindly hosted by GE Hungary

To access the building you must have your ID or passport with you!


10.00 – 10.30    Opening of the European Summit

Host of the event: Henrietta Magyar, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Pfizer


10.30 – 10.45  EU perspectives on Pro Bono



10.45 – 11.15   Keynote Speech: Global Trends influencing Pro Bono



11.15 – 11.30  Coffee Break


11.30 – 13:00  Survival in the Digital Era


11:30 – 12:15  The future of Pro Bono – Panel Discussion


Discussion leader:  Joel Bashevkin, Director of Social Ventures, Tides Foundation (USA)


Input paper: Transforming Technology Pro Bono white paper by Taproot Foundation and VMware Foundation; Download here.


12:15 – 12:30    Questions and Answers


12.30 – 12.50   Convince Me!  – Digital solutions in Pro Bono


  • GE Rise Pro Bono App – Demo it out life (Gergely Sipos)
  • Taproot+ – a tool for nonprofits to find pro bono help and for skilled volunteers


12.50 – 13.00   LIVE LINK from the GE Pro Bono Marathon


Rapid real-life interview with NGO representatives about their needs – live video feed to the ongoing Digital Pro Bono Marathon events


13.00 – 13.15    Introductions to the afternoon breakout sessions


13.15 – 14.15    Lunch Break


14.15 – 17.45   Breakout sessions


1.) Newcomer session – Tatiana Heinz, Pro Bono Lab (France)


This Newcomer session is designed for organisations willing to become pro bono service providers. Building on the experience of Pro Bono Lab, which has been implementing various pro bono programmes for the past 6 years, this workshop is an introduction on the concept of pro bono and what it entails in terms of engagement programmes and social impact. Participants attending this workshop will notably learn more about the value that pro bono brings to different stakeholders, including non-profit organisations, professionals and companies, and about the various forms that pro bono can take.


2.) Service Design workshop for Pro Bono intermediaries – Judit Kertész Strategy consultant & Ákos Csertán Design strategist, Frontira strategic design consultancy (Hungary)


How many times did you carry out a project and in the end you found out that you addressed the wrong problem? In order to tackle the right problem, the right questions need to be asked in the very beginning.  The biggest challenge of most projects is to set the focus and have a well defined and valid problem definition that is understood and accepted by all stakeholders. Productive collaboration between teams from the NGO and the private sector can have meaningful impact if both parties have the same point of view.

At this 3-hour workshop we will show you how a human-centric method, like service design can help to reach a common platform of understanding.

We welcome participants from all sectors – the more colorful we are, the better insights we get.


3.) Pro Bono programmes in corporate leadership programs – Presenting the corporate pro bono manual – practical workshop Krisztina Lengyel, CSR & Engagement Specialist, Laszló Ráb, Global Project manager, GE (Hungary)


The Pro-bono Manual is joint initiative of Weil, KPMG and GE, which aims to provide an understanding of how corporate volunteerism works, to identify and summarize the possible issues and risks related to volunteering and to propose methods or ideas for how such issues and risks could be evaluated and mitigated. For this workshop we invite representatives of corporations who already do volunteering and also those who are yet planning, as well as NGO-s and intermediaries, opening a discussion for all parties to be able to develop the document further which at the end of the day will potentially contribute to promoting volunteerism widely.



4) Eye for Design: Developing an Impact-Driven Corporate Pro Bono Program – Renay Loper, Associate Director Global Pro bono, PYXERA Global (USA)


In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss critical elements of designing an impact-driven pro bono program – from concept through monitoring and evaluation. We will explore various models (including virtual, accelerated executive, local, global and more) as well as key aspects to consider during the design phase that will prepare the pro bono program for success.


17.45 – 18.00  Closing remarks and guidance for evening programme


18.00               Departure from GE Hungary


18.30 – 22.00  First Pro Bono FUCK UP Night,


Kindly hosted by Prezi – House of Ideas

Stories about failures in the area of pro bono over dinner

Venue: Prezi HQ House of Ideas (Address: 1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 54-56.) Map 


Hosts of the evening: Ariana Gonzales & Armin Pialek


Take your Summit selfie or pro bono group photo with!


22.00               Departure from Prezi HQ

Venue: Central European University, Nádor utca 15. Campus

(Address: 1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 15.) Map


Kindly hosted by Central European University and supported by KPMG


8.30 – 9.00      Arrival, registration


9.00 – 9.30      Welcome and opening of the Day

Host of the event: Henrietta Magyar, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Pfizer


9.30 – 13.00    Breakout sessions


1) How to create a common language for pro bono? What is the value of pro bono? How to sell pro bono programs inside and from outside of corporations? –  Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Chief External Relations Officer, Taproot Foundation (USA)


Globally, people and companies are seeking to define purpose and create impact. Companies want to offer their employees’ ways to feel fulfilled and strongly connected to their communities and workplace while NGOs must develop leadership, build inclusive cultures and foster creativity on limited budgets. The vision of purpose and impact is clear; the roadmap of getting there more complicated. Pro bono offers a solution to finding purpose and engaging employees if it can be harnessed to its full potential. Join Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald the Chief External Relations Officer for the Taproot Foundation in an exploratory session to consider:

> Telling the story. While the impact of pro bono is tremendous the “sell” is hard and the champions in this field must be artisans in story-telling

> Getting to the point. Jargon is leveraged far too easily in the pro bono movement. Let’s unpack what the impact is and focus our attention there.

An interactive session, participants will leave this session with strategies for communicating internally and externally about pro bono and also recommendations for a worldwide “campaign” to make pro bono universally understood and appreciated.


2) The resilient pro bono program of the future – Joel Bashevkin, Director of Social Ventures, Tides Foundation (USA)


Pro bono programs, whether organized inside companies or by community institutions, have tremendous strengths and ability to create high quality and high impact collaborations.  While they are capable of delivering dramatic benefit to all participants, these programs often suffer from a lack of financial support and continuing investment.

Some may state that pro bono programs are ‘ahead of their time’; that they are early to a young market. Recent findings are now reinforcing proof that pro bono is increasingly seen as central to achieving business success, competitive advantage, collaborations and community impact. At the same time, the ‘business’ of pro bono programming is maturing with new models and tools available to quickly bring together the right experts to solve a need efficiently, at scale.

In this workshop, we will work together to design the Resilient Pro Bono Program. At the outset we will together identify the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities for attendees. In order to solve these, we will then create high level program and business models that incorporate the latest trends. The workshop is geared to participants who want to uncover strategic, action-orient insights, as well as those who seek to address immediate program challenges.


3.) Pro Bono for Good lobby – Andrea Boccuni, The Good Lobby Team (Belgium)


If you want to make a difference in your community, whether at a local or EU level, join the Citizen Lobbying Workshop. If you are an activist, a professional, an academic or a just a concerned citizen, the Workshop will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn how to lobby for good and discover the lobby tools available to you to affect meaningful change in society. The workshop will be animated by Andrea Boccuni from the non-for profit clearinghouse The Good Lobby and based on Prof. Alberto Alemanno’s book “Lobbying for Change – Find your Voice to Create a Better Society”.


4) Designing multinational pro bono programs – co-creational work shop with the participation of NGO and corporate participants – Tanja Siebert and Peter Gilbert, AMAIDI (Germany)


The co-creational workshop “Designing multinational pro bono programs” is about acknowledging the power of the Global Pro Bono Network and its expertise to provide multi-national solutions to our corporate partner’s needs.  The workshop is divided into two parts: 1st part is to show the global pro bono network presence and expertise. The 2nd part is about analysing and defining the global needs for a successful Multi-National Pro Bono Program.


5) Pro bono for future employees, student programs at universities – Andrea Sanchez, Founder & Director and Pablo Gavilan, Founder, Work for Social (Spain)


In this workshop we will explore the different ways universities can design pro bono programs for students and how they can collaborate in order to create standardise programs that can be replicated in other universities around the world.

We will analyse the benefits for students, NGOs, universities and companies to do this kind of pro bono programs and some of the best practices that are already running in some universities.


13.00 – 14.00   Lunch break


14.00 – 18.00  Global Pro Bono Network meeting

A meeting for GPBN member organisations


14.00 – 17.00  Corporate session lead by István Szabó, Manager (IARCS and CR) KPMG and KPMG Hungary Team


Transition from corporate volunteering to pro bono: Case studies from KPMG and its partners (e.g. Generali, LogMeIn, Prezi – to be confirmed)

KPMG and further companies will share their stories regarding their journey about the transformation from non-skill based volunteering to skill-based volunteering. After short presentation a panel discussion will guide the participants into practical insights how to make this change in other organizations.

Other side of the story: Voice of a KPMG’s pro bono partner (Strategy development and further co-operation at Kék Vonal)

Kék Vonal as pro bono partner of KPMG will share their experience with KPMG on strategy development and cyber security related initiatives. This is a great example when a corporate responsibility team identified a good cause and an ambitious organization who inspired the pro bono team to deliver more after the project was closed-out.

World Café: Sustainability of corporate pro bono schemes; what are the business and people values, how to use impact assessment to make pro bono sustainable

All participants will have the opportunity to share their experience in 3 groups regarding pro bono to make these initiatives as sustainable and value-adding as possible. What are the business impacts of the pro bono (e.g. product development, business development, indirect or direct sales, branding, enhanced reputation among stakeholders, collaboration between teams, etc…)? How organizations embed pro bono into internal management systems (e.g. performance management, learning&development, talent management, reward&recognition, internal communication, etc.) to maximize the impact on the individual. How do we measure the pro bono projects internally and externally so that we can present the impacts to the stakeholders and ensure that they will invest their time and resources next time again. KPMG facilitators will assist the process in which all mixed groups will rotate to all topics. After the 3rd round a volunteer or a KPMG facilitator will summarize the main outcomes in the plenary ensuring that all participants learn as much as possible from existing good case practices and start working on joint actions in the future.


19.00 – 22.00  Closing Party


Venue: Jurányi  Suterene (Address: 1027 Budapest, Csalogány u. 45.) Map




Individual Departures