Between the 7th and the 9th of November, Huawei gathered industry and public policy leaders and experts for two complimentary events at the Rome Convention Centre La Nuvola (aptly meaning “the could”), to celebrate and empower the interplay between art, science and technology.

“Our vision is to bring digital technology to every person, home and organization so that they can fully connect in an intelligent world,” Howard Liang, Chairman of the Huawei Board, told participants in the opening keynote speech.

The Huawei Innovation Day, the first leg of the three-day gig, which took place on Wednesday, brought together leading artists, famous scientists, young scholars, with a focus on designing, and spreading the benefits of, an intelligent future, enabled by 5G technology.

Speakers included Erdal Arıkan, inventor of Polar Code for 5G, and Éric Moulines, member of the French Académie des sciences.

Eco-Connect Europe, spread over Thursday and Friday, addressed how Europe can best reap the benefits of digitalisation and rapid progress in fields such as AI, drawing on its rich expertise and its strong track record. The event also featured an exhibition hall showcasing the latest in digital technologies ranging from IoT and Cloud to interactive animations including real-time posture recognition, Augmented Reality painting and an e-sports area.

Key announcements at the events included a study on global innovation networks featuring original research for The Economist Intelligence Unit, a Huawei hosting centre speeding up IoT development across Europe, fresh investment in Huawei’s network of European OpenLabs, new smart city partnerships (including with the autonomous Italian region of Sardinia), a new AI developer tool and Huawei’s Europe talent development plan.

“Arts and technology go together,” said Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to European Institutions. “In our day-to-day work we experience how these two forces underpin and complement each other. Our events in Rome provide the opportunity to witness first-hand how an intelligent future for Europe, underpinned by great cultural achievements, is taking shape.”

“Leonardo Da Vinci is the embodiment of greatness achieved by combining expertise in science, engineering and the Arts,” said Tony Graziano, Vice-President of Huawei’s Public Affairs and Communication Office. “The Renaissance ideal of the polymath is highly relevant in a world where intelligence is becoming a ubiquitous feature of our digitised material world and industry.”

“Those who study the history of great technologies will discover the great power of culture,” said Jacques Santer, former President of the European Commission, in a dedicated video-message. “Pioneering technologies, such as electricity in the past, or Artificial Intelligence in the present, are unthinkable unless values such as freedom, humanity and peace are established at the same time.”

At a press event on Wednesday, Vincent Pang, the company’s Western Europe President, gave away one more important piece of news for the company’s growing number of European fans: Huawei’s 5G phone will be unveiled next February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Network operators, gear up.