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Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy Forum (CADE 2021)

Venice, italy

June 2nd - 3rd, 2021: Online (Virtual Venice)

The 7th Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy (CADE) Conference is an exclusive two-day event, bringing together academics and practitioners to discuss the challenges of the digital economy and present the latest cutting edge research.

This year will see the CADE Conference enter its seventh year, and it will be held online to allow the community to continue sharing their research during uncertain times.

This year’s primary themes are Resilience, Sustainability and Trust & Privacy in the Digital Economy. Whilst we encourage submissions aligning to these themes, we are open to submissions not directly linked to these three themes but aligned with one or more of the categories detailed in the call for papers.

CADE's core objective is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and to continue building a platform for the development of a common language for digital economy research. The conference has already built a reputation for creating new synergies between research groups both at Warwick and other institutions, and emphasis will continue to be placed on this as well as developing collaborative opportunities between participants at CADE.

Going online for the first time to ensure continuation of the conference, we are pleased to offer an exciting agenda that makes the most of the alternative format. The agenda will include:

  • Asynchronous (pre-recorded) presentations of papers with panel (presenting author) Q&A at the end of the session
  • Live keynote speakers (4 total)
  • Live virtual social and networking events
  • In addition to the general sessions, we will also have special sessions, with information of these sessions found here.

Submission portal can be found here.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: April 9th, 2021 at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)
Participants Notified: April 16th 2021
Registration Opens: April 16th 2021
Camera Ready Deadline: May 14th 2021
Registration Closes: May 14th 2021
Presentation Video Deadline: May 19th 2021
Programme Announced: May 19th 2021
CADE 2021: 2-3 June, 2021

Registration Rates
  • Observer (watching talks only. Must register to receive the links): Free;
  • Participant: £50 (This allows access to all sessions including conference dinner and lightning talks; opportunity to deliver a research presentation (subject to acceptance); and publication of extended abstract);


Note: There will be a sponsored conference dinner (attendees will be sent an electronic Just Eat/Uber Eats voucher) available to UK participants. Apologies but we cannot provide vouchers for overseas participants.



Observer Registration is still open, in line with the important dates above.


The programme is available here.


CADE is pleased to announce the following awards will be presented at this year's conference:

  • Best paper award: This award will be presented to the best paper.
  • Developmental paper: This award will be presented to PhD and early career researchers only. This award will be provided to the research at its early stages of development which is perceived to have excellent potential as a full research paper.

Prizes for the awards will be provided post-conference, with the awards themselves announced in the closing ceremony.

PhD students are those who are currently enrolled on a PhD programme, whilst early careers researchers are those who “hold a doctorate for no more than 6 years or are able to demonstrate equivalent research/innovation experience and/or training outside of academia”. The duration of a career break does not count toward the 6 years stated.

Previous Events
CADE 2019
CADE 2018
CADE 2017
Venice photo by Dorian Mongel on Unsplash
Partner Institutions
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Twitter hashtag: #CADE2021

Scientific Committee

General Chair:
Professor Carsten Maple (WMG, University of Warwick)


Dr Albrecht Fritzsche (Ulm University)

Professor Roger Maull (INDEX, University of Exeter)

Professor Irene Ng (WMG, University of Warwick)

Professor Glenn Parry (CODE, University of Surrey)

Dr Jat Singh (University of Cambridge)

Program Chairs:

Dr Phil Davies (University of Reading)

Dr Zena Wood (University of Exeter)

Dr Phil Godsiff (University of Exeter)

Ugur Ilker Atmaca (WMG, University of Warwick)


For any enquiries, please contact the team at

cade at warwick dot ac dot uk

OR the Program Chairs at

philip dot davies at henley dot ac dot uk

z dot m dot wood2 at exeter dot ac dot uk

p dot j dot godsiff at exeter dot ac dot uk

ugur-ilker dot atmaca at warwick dot ac dot uk