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The Digital Freedom Festival is a boutique, yet influential signature event. Around a thousand participants will discuss the latest trends and discoveries in digital technologies, as well as their impact on startups and corporations, policymaking, and modern lifestyles.

Our event is more than just a startup conference. It is a multi-event meeting platform, which takes a special interest in uniting the world of technology. We encourage debate on how technologies can truly “make the world a better place”, creating greater digital dividends for everyone.

The Festival offers inspirational speeches, challenging discussions, workshops and networking opportunities for everyone: startups pitch their ideas and showcase their products; investors matchmake with startups and corporates; policymakers look for gains from digital transformations; corporates seek synergies and spinoffs with startups; students and teachers thrive on inspiration.

Join the DFF to challenge the status quo, to co-create and to celebrate digital culture.

Speakers ’17

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Shira Abel (USA)

CEO of Hunter & Bard

About

Shira Abel is the CEO of Hunter & Bard (H&B), a marketing and branding agency that works with fast growing, revenue generating SaaS companies on building their brand, awareness, lead generation and thought leadership.

Shira is also a sought after Corporate Speaker – and has spoken at AdRoll, Axa Tech, Allianz, eToro and more. A thought leader in the startup marketing space, Shira works with companies to build and implement smart marketing strategies and build online communities that grow companies.

Shira has experience speaking worldwide at conferences on marketing for startups, judging competitions, teaching marketing for startups, and mentoring at several startup accelerators.

She also works with companies to build the marketing into the product. MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

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Stephanie Alys (UK)

Co-Founder at MysteryVibe

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Stephanie is a Co-Founder and Chief Pleasure Officer (CPO) of MysteryVibe, an award-winning British pleasure brand. As CPO, Stephanie is focused on changing perceptions around pleasure in a positive and empowering way.

A strong advocate that pleasure is a beautiful part of the human experience, and fundamental to our happiness, Stephanie is MysteryVibe’s spokesperson on the role of technology within sex and relationships.

She has been featured in major publications such as the BBC, The Times, Guardian, Economist, CNBC, TechCrunch and WIRED and regularly appears as a keynote speaker on international stages.

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Anna Andersone (LV)

Founder at Be-With, Board Member of Riga TechGirls

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Anna Andersone started off her career in the advertising agency McCann-Erickson Riga after graduating Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. In 2008 she started a graphic design studio HungryLab and together with Sandijs they Co-founded a website engine berta.me that became a successful web builder internationally.

In 2012, the web design market had changed and partners decided to found FROONT, a web design tool for professional designers, to ease the process of communication between designers and developers and website building. FROONT went through acceleration in Startup Sauna, pitched twice on SLUSH and was one of the top 4 finalists pitching on the big stage in 2013. FROONT raised 3 rounds of investment and is currently a global company with most users in the US.

Anna is TechHub Riga board member since 2013. In 2014 Anna founded and ran THE MILL – co-working space for designers and developers in the heart of Riga – and in 2015 Anna initiated and is part of the core team at Riga TechGirls – an NGO focusing on inspiring and educating girls and women in the tech field.

Anna is devoting a significant amount of time and energy to sharing her experience and mentoring. She is guest lecturing at SSE Riga, active member of the Mentor Club and talking on her experience on multiple seminars, workshops and events for new business creators and students.

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Peter Arvai (USA)

Co-Founder and CEO Prezi

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Peter has spent the last 10 years building products that help people make better decisions. As CEO and co-founder of Prezi, a fast-growing startup based in San Francisco and Budapest with over 85 million users and 300 employees worldwide. Prezi’s community is challenging the status quo of how to be understood and remembered in a world that is increasingly crowded with data but lacking insight. Prezi’s platforms are specifically designed to help improve communication and understanding between a presenter and the audience.

Peter is also very involved with establishing organizations that promote entrepreneurship and diversity in Hungary and beyond. For example, Peter is the chairman and co-founder of Bridge Budapest, an organization that has shared 5 million stories of inspiration every year. The “We Are Open” initiative, co-founded by Peter, has built a community of nearly 1000 companies that are now committed to diversity and openness in the workplace.

Peter has won numerous awards since founding the company, including European Web Entrepreneur of the Year and the Europas European Tech Startups award for Best Startup Co-Founders. He was ranked number 11 on the 2016 OUTstanding & Financial Times Leading LGBT Executives List of 100.  

In his spare time, Peter enjoys prodding fellow colleagues to join him at yoga and meditation classes. Additionally, he’s the go-to cultural translator at Prezi, having lived and worked in Japan, Sweden, Hungary, Singapore and US.

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Moojan Asghari (FRA)

Founder of Silk Road Startups, Co-Founder at Startup Sesame

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Moojan is a Tech entrepreneur and community advocate. She is the Co-Founder of a Paris based company called Startup Sesame, which is a curated network of Tech conferences.

Passionate about everything that impacts societies to drive positive change, she is the initiator of Women in AI, a global network of women experts and influencers in Artificial Intelligence, for the goal of closing the gender gap in this field.

Originally from Iran, she is the founder of Silk Road Startup, which is the first international startup conference in Iran aiming at opening the Iranian Tech market to the world and solving local problems.

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Arvils Ašeradens (LV)

Minister for Economics of the Republic of Latvia and the Deputy Prime Minister

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Arvils Aseradens is the Minister for Economics of the Republic of Latvia and the Deputy Prime Minister since February 2016.

From 1990 to 2009, he worked as the Director of the leading Latvian daily newspaper Diena and the Chairman of the Board of Diena. He also was the Chairman of the Board of the leading Latvian business newspaper Dienas bizness. For 19 years, he worked as a Member and the Chairman of the Board, as well as the Vice President of Latvian Press Publishers Association. Arvils Aseradens also was a Board Member of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He entered politics in 2010.

In 2007, the 5th Class Order of Three Stars was awarded to Arvils Aseradens.

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Krists Avots (LV)

Director of Business Development at Lattelecom

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Director of Business Development; at Lattelecom Krists is working to bring new IoT services to the market as well as exploring synergies between telcos and startups. He is an active startup community member as an organizer, facilitator and mentor at Garage48 hackathons, various bootcamps and accelerator programs.

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Adam Back (UK)

Ph.D, Co-Founder and CEO at Blockstream

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Dr. Adam Back is the inventor of hashcash (used in Bitcoin mining) and Co-Founder and CEO of Blockstream. Adam has worked on e-cash protocols since 1995. He was an architect and cryptographer at Zero-Knowledge Systems, and a consultant to companies such as Nokia and VMware.
Adam holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Exeter.
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Laura Belevica (USA)

Creative Entrepreneur

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Laura Belevica is a Latvian artist, architect, illustrator, storyteller and creative entrepreneur, based in Los Angeles, California. She studied art, economics and business administration in Riga, Latvia, earned a Masters of Architecture in the US, with additional studies in Finland and Japan, and spent most of the past decade living and working as an architect in Shenzhen, China. 
She enjoys collaboration and her built work spans different scales – from commercial interiors and playground structures, to exhibit design at National Art Museum in Latvia and office buildings and large scale urban environments in China. It has been exhibited, published and awarded in the US, UK, EU, China and Japan.
Whether an illustration, set design in VR, installation, building or landscape, Laura approaches every creative project by first exploring the underlying essence that ties the work with deeper aspects of the human condition. She brings to bear a strong interdisciplinary and collaborative professional experience.
As a busy mother of three, she is a passionate advocate of work-life balance. Nature is a primary inspiration in her work. 
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Līga Bernāte (LV)

Psychologist and Psychotherapist at Family Centre Līna

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Liga gained her  work experience as psychologist working in governmental, nongovernmental and private sectors and now she works as clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at Family Centre Līna, where she passionately works with preschool and  elementary school age kids, families and adults. Therefore she is the most proficient in solving family and life balance issues.

 

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Arvydas Bložė (LT)

Investment Manager at Practica Capital, CEO at Startup.lv

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Arvydas is an investment manager at an early stage VC fund Practica Capital and CEO at accelerator Startup.lt. In addition to primary roles, involved in ecosystem building activities from policy, mentorship, advise and other initiatives. Overall experience encompasses 3 years working with VC and accelerator and 10 years in investment banking.
Arvydas has originated and executed 3 and and currently is monitoring 19 investments as investment manager with total capital deployed around 4m EUR.
Involved in 10 successful M&A transactions with an aggregate value of 500m EUR in the Baltic region.
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Paul Bragiel (USA)

Founder of Bragiel Brothers

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Paul Bragiel is a 3 time entrepreneur that is the Founder of Bragiel Brothers, an early stage fund in Silicon Valley. He also sits on the advisory board of the car-sharing service Uber.

Collectively he’s invested in the seed rounds of 200+ companies which includes holdings in other billion dollar companies like Unity & Zappos.

In addition to his work in US he has started regional funds in Africa (savannah fund) & Asia (golden gate ventures) and vertical funds in gaming (game founders) & VR (presence).

Outside of work, he skis for the Colombia National Cross-Country Ski Team where he just recently competed in the 2017 World Championships in Finland.

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David Braun (DE)

CEO and Founder of DASHR

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David Braun is an award-winning extreme-sports athlete, Entrepreneur, UI/UX Designer and Mentor.

His passion for running which started when he was a little boy growing up in Kenya, lead him to create DASHR, a sports app that connects runners.

The venture-backed startup was one of the winning teams to be selected for TechnoGym’s first cycle of its Wellness Accelerator.

Being at the fore-front of the sports tech world, he is also working with the grandsons of Adi Dassler on a new sports accelerator in Berlin.

Having a pay-it-forward mentality, David dedicates considerate amounts of his time towards helping, advising and mentoring other startups and aspiring entrepreneurs and is a mentor at LeAD Sports Accelerator and Startupbootcamp Digital Health.

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Eamonn Carey (HK)

Venture Partner at Zeroth AI

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Eamonn Carey an early stage investor, advisor and board member. Most recently, Eamonn was the MD at Techstars Connection in partnership with AB InBev program in New York, and is currently a board member and advisor at Lingvist and venture partner at Zeroth AI in Hong Kong.

Eamonn is a regular speaker at conferences around the world – including SXSW, Mobile World Congress, Slush, Pioneers, Tech Open Air, the Pirate Summit, Arabnet, GITEX, the Global Apps Summit, the Mobile Games Forum, National Digital Media Summit, CultureTech, Liverpool Sound City and many others.

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Viesturs Celmiņš (LV)

Social Anthropologist

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Viesturs Celmiņš is a social anthropologist who studies the relationship between infrastructure, public space and communities in cities.

During 2013/2014 he organised “The City Seminar” at Cambridge University. During 2015/2016 participated in the creation of the Baltic Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, and since 2016 is one of the architecture programme directors for the Riga Technical University International Summer School.

Viesturs was a Fulbright scholar at the New School University (NYC, 2005) and is currently a ESRC doctoral student at Cabridge University.

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Scott Cohen (UK)

Co-Founder of the Cyborg Nest

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Scott Cohen Co-Founded the Cyborg Nest with Liviu Babitz in early 2016.  On December 14, 2016, they became the first people to permanently attach the North Sense by inserting two titanium rods in their chests and attaching a circuit board, compass, vibrating mechanism and battery encased in water proof silicone.

Scott Cohen is the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard.  The Orchard is the world’s leading distributor of music, film and video with operations in 30 global territories.  As a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer, Scott travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age.

Scott is a human rights activist and strict vegan.  No meat, fish, cheese, milk, honey, leather, wool or anything else derived from an animal.

 

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Raph Crouan (UK)

Managing Director & Founder at Startupbootcamp IoT London

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Raphael is a Senior Adviser, Investor (Undagrid / Beasts of Balance) & International Speaker with a background in Sales, Marketing & Strategic Business Development (Telecom, Apple).

He’s now the Founder & CEO of the Startupbootcamp IoT Program based in London.

He’s also a Founding Board Member & Chair for the SMEs in the AIOTI (Alliance for IoT Innovation) at the European Commission, an adviser to MakerWharf, a Founding Board Member of the French IoT Think Tank & a Founding & Advisory Board member of the UK French Tech Hub.

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Flora Coleman (UK)

Government Relations at TransferWise

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Experienced government relations specialist with a demonstrated history of working in technology and financial services.

Strong political communications professional skilled in crisis management, public affairs, elections, regulatory change and corporate social responsibility.

In addition, Flora has experience in UK politics, having worked as a political adviser in Parliament.

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Andrii Degeler (NL)

Head of Brand and Community at Rockstart

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Andrii Degeler is the head of brand and community at Rockstart and recovering journalist with ten years of experience in writing about technology, entrepreneurship, and internet business for local and international publications.

His stories appeared in The Next Web, Ars Technica, VentureVillage, the Kyiv Post, and many others. Andrii holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he wrote a thesis about editorial structure of major online tech news websites.

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Alix Fox (UK)

Journalist, broadcaster, sex educator

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She jokes that she has more Slashes in her job description than there are at a Guns N’ Roses tribute band convention, yet manages to achieve her trademark “decent indecency” at everything she takes on. Fox presents The Guardian’s groundbreaking sex& relationships real-life storytelling podcast Close Encounters and is resident X-rated agony aunt on The Modern Mann.

Her writing and video work can be found in The Guardian, Stylist, Marie Claire, Grazia, Glamour, Fabulous, Cosmo, Vogue, Time Out, LOOK and more.

Shortlisted for Women of the Future 2017 in the Media category, Alix works as a sex& Relationships Expert for Durex; is a proud Ambassador for Brook, the sexual health advisory charity; and is a spokesperson for Japanese adult firm TENGA and UK high-street chemist Superdrug.

She frequently pops up on TV like a neon mushroom. A former editor of alternative culture magazine Bizarre for many years, she began by specialising in covering extreme fetishes, subcultures and body modification, but now works with many mainstream outlets too, discussing topics from the mild to the wild, always with compassion and a view to advancing understanding, acceptance and people’s positive interactions with one another and themselves.

She’s currently preparing her first novel with Penguin. 

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Diana Gabrielyan (UK)

Investment Adviser for Baltics at Department for International Trade

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Diana works as an investment advisor for Baltics at the UK Department for International Trade. Based in Tallinn at the British Embassy,  she works with companies of any size and from any sector all over the Baltics, helping them to expand and invest in the UK.

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Jūlija Gifford (LV)

Co-Founder at Truesix

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Julia Gifford is a Canadian-born tech enthusiast and Latvian startup advocate. She’s the editor of Labs of Latvia and runs her own content marketing agency, Truesix.
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Paula Gould (IS)

Principal at Frumtak Ventures

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Paula Gould is Principal at Frumtak Ventures in Reykjavik, Iceland, leading international growth, brand and marketing initiatives across the Frumtak Ventures portfolio.

She has extensive experience working with startup and growth companies from the US, Israel and Iceland on brand, business development, marketing and public relations strategies internationally.

Prior to joining Frumtak Ventures, Paula was CMO of Greenqloud, which was acquired by NetApp in 2017.

She served on the Board of Directors of Icelandic company CLARA when it was acquired by Jive Software in 2013. In addition to serving companies as a Board Director, CEO and CMO, Paulaowned PEG PR, a boutique PR firm at the intersection of IT and entertainment, where she advised and nurtured the growth of clients ranging from social media, video and gaming platforms to a fuel cell manufacturer and notable award-winning artists.

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Evija Goluba (LV)

Assistant Political Officer at Embassy of Sweden in Riga

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Political scientist, Assistant Political Officer at the Embassy of Sweden in Riga and Executive Director at Latvian Debate Association “QUO Tu domā?”.

For more than five years she has worked in private sector, but for more than ten in the field of non-governmental organisations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Latvia. Additionally, she has studied at the Uppsala University, Sweden.

Evija has been in charge of national and international projects in organisations like the Transparency International – Latvia (Delna) and The Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS).

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Olga Barreto-Goncalves (LV)

Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

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Olga holds BSc from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and MSc from Norwegian School of Economics. She has also completed several MBA courses in Innovative Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Conflict Resolution at the Asian Institute of Management.

Her career started in investment banking and over time deviated towards developmental work, social entrepreneurship and startups. Olga lead Social Actions team at ASSIST Asia (Philippines) – an international NGO which works with Asian Development Bank and various UN agencies on projects related to renewable energy, digital technologies for development and youth leadership, among others.

She also co-managed a Singapore-based IIX Impact Accelerator programme for social startups in the Philippines. Olga helped pioneering design thinking approach at Microsoft Asia.

In late 2016, she returned to her home country and in May 2017 accepted a new challenge – Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. In this capacity, she seeks to support Latvia-based startups, thus placing the country on the global startup map.

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Jānis Graubiņš (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO at Notakey

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Janis is Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at cybersecurity company Notakey. Prior to that Janis worked at London based multi-award winning Innovation Studio Unit9.

His clients included such brands as McLaren, Skanska and William Hill.

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Toms Grēviņš (LV)

DJ and Content Manager at Radio 5

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Since the beginning of the century Toms Grevins has been the leading and best known radio presenter in Latvia. Along with his work as a music journalist, Grevins has developed a distinct handwriting in DJing, being one of the few mash-up producers and DJs in Baltics. After numerous years hosting the hottest parties on festivals and the each and every club one can find you can now hear Grevins voice and his opinions each morning on his breakfast show on national Radio 5.
He is the main Producer of latvian version of “Serious Request” radio charity marathon which recently has been awarded with European Citizen’s prize by the European parliament.
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Juris Gulbis (LV)

Chairman of Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lattelecom

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Juris was appointed to the Board of Lattelecom on January 1, 2007, when he joined the company as Chief Financial Officer.

Juris Gulbis began his career in 1994 as a junior accountant at Coopers & Lybrand in Riga, Latvia and continued in London UK, where he obtained qualification of certified accountant. On return to Latvia he held several finance and management positions in various FMCG companies.

His first important executive appointment was in 2001 as a Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the largest bottler and distributor of alcoholic beverages in the Baltic States – Latvijas Balzams.

After that, Gulbis served as executive director of the S.P.I. Group SA, a producer and distributor of alcoholic beverages headquartered in Switzerland and Cyprus.

Gulbis holds degrees in Civil Engineering (Road, Bridge and Airport design and construction) and Production logistics management from the Riga Technical University. He has attended Advanced Executive Management Program at INSEAD in France and Singapore.

Gulbis is a member of Council of Employers’ Confederation of Latvia. He is also a board member of Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association. He also serves as a member of Advisory Panel of Riga Technical University and Riga Banking School. He is also a member of the National Economic Council and the Chairman of the Competitiveness Committee.

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Gaute Hagerup (NO)

Global Manager at Smart Cities and Societies, Innovation Norway

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Gaute is Innovation Norways global manager for smart city initiatives. He focuses on accelerating smart city initiatives in Norwegian cities, and assisting city leaders in creation of innovative eco-systems.

He is the Co-Founder of the Norwegian network of Smart Cities. Gaute has several years of experience in international business development. Prior to that he was recently the manager of Innovation Norways office in Madrid.

He holds a masters degree from Warwick Business School UK, and BI Busniess School Oslo.

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Ernests Jeņavs (LV)

CEO and Co-Founder of Edurio

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Ernests Jenavs is the Co-Founder of Edurio, an Edtech startup, helping over 600 schools globally improve their education quality.

Previously Ernest was a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in London. He has also been an innovation expert for the European Commission and angel investor and advisor for a number of UK and Latvian startups.

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Dean Johnson (UK)

Head of Innovation at Brandwidth

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Dean is an accomplished design leader, writer, presenter and tech pundit and his team at Brandwidth is shaping the future for the Automotive, Publishing, Music, Film, Education and Leisure sectors.

Dean is a Fellow and the former VP of The Chartered Society of designers and a mentor for the fashion tech incubator Front Row I/O. Brandwidth has been responsible for designing and creating some of the world’s most dynamic mobile experiences, from ‘The Doors’, ‘Doctor Who Encyclopedia’ and ’Star Wars Scene Maker’ apps, to ‘Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury’, ‘Saving Mr Banks’ and ‘Maleficent’ multi touch books. Mobile is also wearable and this provides the next interactive playground. With many of Brandwidth’s SmartWatch, VR and AR projects still behind closed doors, it’s time to unleash a few.

Dean was a finalist in the 2014 Shorty Awards, presents the ‘Gadgetarium’ on the Dadsaster podcast, is Inspector Gadget on Nikki Bedi’s BBC London 94.9 show, writes for Computer Arts, iCreate, Apps Magazine and his own blog www.activrightbrain.com and wrote the number 1 Multi-Touch book ‘Digital Publishing: The Next Steps’.

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Tālis Juhna (LV)

Vice-rector at Riga Technical University

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Talis Juhna is Vice-Rector for Research at Riga Technical University. He also holds PhD. in Water Technology from Luleå University of Technology. He is among the Top 10 Latvian researchers of 2013, as listed by “Ir” magazine.

Dr. Juhna’s research about the pathogenic microorganisms that can not be detected with cultivation methods but are still present alive in the drinking water supply networks is among the most read in the journals of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Jevgeņijs Kazaņins (LV)

P2P Platform Lead at TWINO

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Jevgenijs is responsible for the development of the investment platform at TWINO, the fastest growing marketplace lending platform in Europe.

Prior to joining TWINO, Jevgenijs served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Bondora, a cross-border marketplace lending platform for investing in European personal loans, where he led company’s efforts on the acquisition of new borrowers and lenders.

Jevgenijs graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga with the B.Sc. degree in Economics and Business Administration and worked in Tallinn, Moscow and New York throughout his career.

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Agnese Kleina (LV)

Founder and Editor in Chief of bookazine Benji Knewman

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Founder and Editor in Chief of first English-Latvian bookazine Benji Knewman and head of communications of Mukusala Art Salon and the forthcoming art center Zuzeum.
Believes that art has to be part of one’s daily life or it’s not fun.
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Ainārs Kļaviņš (LV)

Founder of Overly

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Ainars Klavins is Founder of Overly – first and only company in Baltics that is focusing on Augmetned reality and its development. As AR and VR are going very closely, company is also working on many VR solutions.

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Manuel Koelman (DE)

Co-Founder at PIRATE.global

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Manuel is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and chairman of Pirate.global. He is building companies since more than 14 years and has experienced the entrepreneurial rollercoaster first-hand.

Pirate.global connects the startup ecosystem and organizes e.g. the Pirate Summit, the “craziest startup conference in Europe”.

He is known for its curated, authentic and somewhat unusual startup events and parties. In 2016 Pirate.global organized more than 80 events globally with more than 10.000 attendees.

Because of his vast startup experience Manuel is a sought-after advisor to corporates. He helps them understand technological disruption and startup dna and supports them in preparing for digital transformation.Manuel also invests as an angel investor in startups. His main investment focus is in tech-focused very early stage companies in the AI space.

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Karīna Kulberga (LV)

Head Of Private Banking at Swedbank Latvija

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After graduating Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Karina spent her first 10 years of professional career in investment banks specializing in corporate finance & M&A area. She started as an analyst in LHV Investment bank and progressed to Associate Partner position at Icelandic Behrens boutique bank.

Karina has been the CEO of international Law school – the Riga Graduate School of Law for three years as well as the Council member of the Latvian Judicial Training centre.

Karina used the three months she spent living in San Francisko to complete an executive course at Stanford University. And finally after returning to Riga she has taken up the challange to lead the Private Banking team of As Swedbank Latvia.

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Gunita Kuļikovska (LV)

Founder of Vividly

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Gunita’s background lays in architecture, urbanism and urban strategies. She is a member of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and a TEDx speaker.

Archipreneur has also given her praise, as she was proclaimed one of seven most inspiring female entrepreneurs in field of architecture. Since 2016, she and her partners established startup company Vividly embracing VR as new medium for building better cities.

Vividly is well recognized on world XR map with expertise in real-time WebVR solutions. Company started in 2016 as a frontier in architecture and design industry empowering projects like NY Affordable Housing Challenge, Rail Baltica Riga Station and Expo Astana.

The eager to build global business on emerging technology lead to acceleration in Startup Sauna, Helsinki and Slush 100 companies list.

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Risto Kuulasmaa (FIN)

CEO and Co-Founder of Tubecon

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Risto Kuulasmaa is a prolific entrepreneur and executive in media and startups. He is the Co-Founder and CEO at Tubecon the leading influencer event organiser in Europe. The latest Tubecon event in Helsinki gathered 17 500 visitors. Tubecon network is currently active in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain and extending to several new European markets in 2018.

In his keynote Risto shares his hands-on approach answering to the following questions: Why YouTubers and Influencers are the game changer in media and marketing? What it takes to master Influencer marketing? Why community matters?

Outside of work, Risto travels with his camera and serves as a board member at UNICEF Finland.

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Uldis Leiterts (LV)

Co-Founder of Digital Freedom Festival and Infogr.am, Entrepreneur

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Uldis is someone who doesn’t believe it until he’s seen it. A passionate photographer, Uldis has traveled to over 50 countries around the world, which included trekking across Iran (twice), and reaching the summit of Asia’s largest volcano the Damavand.

Uldis is an experienced and awarded entrepreneur, designer, and co-founder of distinguished startups such as Attitude.ai, a conversational interfaces for marketing automation, and Infogr.am, an interactive data visualization tool. He’s mentored startups in several regions as part of the Pirate Summit and Pioneer Festival.

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Dagnija Lejiņa (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Freedom Festival

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Dagnija is a passionate communications professional with a special interest in technologies, startups and community engagement. In addition to creating the Digital Freedom Festival, she is a Co-Founder of the boutique reputation management company Lejiņa and Šleiers, and is a Co-Founder of Riga Venture Summit and the Latvian Startup Association.

In the past, Dagnija has led communications at the largest Nordic bank in Latvia – Nordea, also coordinating communications in Poland and the Baltic countries. She has gained experience in public affairs while serving as Press Secretary and Communications Advisor to the Latvian Foreign Minister.

Whether it’s hiking in the Himalayas or exploring the thick jungles of southeast Asia, Dagnija has never denied a challenge and aims to push herself to unknown horizons. At the same time she looks for ways that she can help others to achieve their goals by connecting people and building purpose driven communities.

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Marvin Liao (US)

Partner at 500 Startups

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Marvin is a Partner at Micro Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups, running the SF based accelerator program as well as investing in Seed stage start ups. He Invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Mobile, AdTech/MarketingTech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Fintech startups.

Formerly an experienced client-facing senior executive in the media and technology space in both large and start up growth companies, having managing large multifunctional teams across multiple countries.

He has P&L management experience and most recently responsible for 100% YoY revenue growth while running a business unit and building new sales channels in EMEA & the Emerging Markets regions for the last ~4 years at Yahoo!.

A 10.5 year veteran of Yahoo! Inc., Marvin has held roles in the various departments of Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing. Most of his roles were regional or global management roles giving him extensive experience across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States in his career at the company.

Marvin presently serves on the boards/advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies across the globe.

A longtime fan, participant, and an observer of the digital revolution occurring for the last 15+ years across the world, he is interested in opportunities with top growth companies large and small with a focus on driving monetization and expanding into new international markets.

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Bill Liao (IE)

General Partner at SOSV & Founder of Weforest

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Australian entrepreneur, venture capital investor, diplomat, author and speaker with a distinguished record in the areas of business, development and community activism.

Bill is Co-Founder of the CoderDojo movement and Weforest. He is a general partner of SOSV a $300m international ​accelerator venture capital fund and a founder of their Bio-Tech practice Rebelbio.

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Raitis Linde (LV)

UX Designer at Lattelecom

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Raitis Linde is a seasoned digital experience designer who is passionate about creating products that are useful, usable and delightful. His background is in product design and systems analysis, and he applies co-creation and human-centered design approach as a means to exploring diverse ideas on solving messy and meaningful challenges.

 

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Anna Joy Lowe (UK)

Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships at Smartify

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Anna is CoFounder and Director of Partnerships at SMARTIFY CIC, described by New Scientist as ‘Shazam and Spotify for art’.

Previously, she managed education programmes at international museums such as Argentina’s National Gallery of Fine Art (MNBA) in Buenos Aires. Anna is a digital strategist and creative who has managed complex website design projects, communications, fundraising and event management for international arts organisations.

Anna’s focus is on understanding how the shifts taking place around immersive technologies (e.g. image recognition, Augmented Reality and AI) can provide value to visitors and staff at arts venues.

She holds an MA in Cultural and Creative Industry from King’s College London and was a Clore Emerging Leader in 2016.

She was selected as a Clore Emerging Leader in 2016, Pitch@Palace 7.0 finalist and winner of the inaugural EPFL Art Tech prize.

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Merle Maigre (EE)

Director of NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

About

Merle Maigre is Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Prior to this post, Maigre worked as Security Policy Adviser to the President of Estonia 2012-2017. In this capacity she was the President’s chief advisor on domestic and international security issues, including also the developments and challenges of cyber defence.

From 2010 till 2012 she served as the Policy Adviser in the Policy Planning Unit in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Brussels.

Maigre has also worked as a researcher at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), where she focused primarily on Ukraine policy and development, including the security situation in Crimea. She has also served as the Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv and at the NATO Department in Estonia’s Ministry of Defence to support the country’s NATO accession. 

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Pēteris Marculāns (LV)

Partner at Overkill Ventures

About

While still at the college, Peter co-founded Media Hint, which well surpassed a million downloads and was profitable from day 1. He also has built from scratch and managed several acceleration programs at Techstars and UP Global.

Now Peter is a Partner at Overkill Ventures – a brand new VC fund investing in pre-seed and seed stage startups across Europe.

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Jean Mauris (LV)

Serial entrepreneur, CHOICE corporate innovation program founder

About

Worked as UI artist and art-director for ONE.LV, Delfi, Lattelecom Technologies, Mediaparks. Founded digital agency True Vision with €1M+ in revenues. Launched first startup accelerator in Latvia – Eegloo with 300K in private funding.

Co-founder and former VP product of EdTech company BranchTrack. Author and facilitator of ERGO FinTech Academy and ERGO Innovation Bootcamp.

In 2017 founded the first international corporate innovation program CHOICE.

Mentor, coach, jury member at many startup events (Garage 48, Startup Weekend, Tuusula Cityhack, sTARTUp, SSE Riga, etc.). A husband to a lovely wife and a father of 4.

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Ville Miettinen (FIN)

Founder and CEO of Microtask

About

Ville Ilmari Miettinen is a Finnish serial entrepreneur and computer programmer. Miettinen was the Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Graphics, a graphics technology company acquired by NVIDIA in 2006.

Miettinen is a founding partner at Lots, one of the accelerators in the Finnish governmental Vigo Programme.

Miettinen is also the CEO and Co-Founder of the crowdsourcing technology company Microtask.

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Yury Mitin (RU)

Managing Director at SKOLKOVO Business School

About

Yuri’s professional experience includes Executive Director at the MSU Business Incubator, he is the Co-Founder of “Mitin, Khomich and partners” LLC. He has been a radio and TV host,  as well as the author of business programs. Yuri was Head of the Education Department for the Science Park at Lomonosov Moscow State University and an Advisor to the President of Citibank, CIB, Citigroup, as well as an Account Manager at AIESEC.

He has worked in technology transfer, educational programs, business model development, the commercialisation of startups in IT, e-commerce, and BioTech. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Economy and Entrepreneurship, a Master’s degree in Innovative Economics and a Ph.D in Economics.

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Milda Mitkutė (LT)

Co-Founder at Vinted

About

Milda Mitkutė is the Co-Founder at Vinted – the world’s largest pre-loved fashion marketplace. More than 16 million women around the world sell, buy, swap clothes they don’t wear anymore. Headquartered in Vilnius, Vinted employs 160 people. Founded as a hobby website in 2008, Vinted has raised over $60-million and is considered to be the most valuable start-up in the Baltics.

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Sandris Muriņš (LV)

Blockchain strategist, ICO advisor, and Co-Founder at Iconiq Lab

About

Sandris is a blockchain strategist and serial entrepreneur with 7 years of business development experience.

He is a visiting lecturer in innovation and creativity at Rīgas Stradiņš University and University of Latvia Stockholm School of Economics, as well as PhD candidate in sociology.

Iconiq Lab is an Initial Coin Offer and Token Launch seed fund and accelerator. It funds, develops and accelerates the best crypto-currency, blockchain and technology startups to their own ICO.

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Kathryn Myronuk (USA)

Founding Member of Singularity University at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley

About

Named by CNN as one of The Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn Myronuk is a leading expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement.

As a founding staff member at Singularity University (SU) at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, Kathryn participated in the early formation of SU’s groundbreaking approach to experiential learning encouraging participants to shift from one field to another, sometimes on an hour-by-hour basis, creating connections to build solutions to solve global grand challenges.

She designed curriculum and worked closely with interdisciplinary and international participants and teams in all eight of SU’s 10-week programs and within SU’s many shorter programs.

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Matīss Neimanis (LV)

Co-Owner at Buildit Latvia

About

Since 2006, he has been also managing Innovation center of University of Latvia . Together with his colleagues he has created an environment to foster technology transfer and cooperation between entrepreneurs and scientists, and has strengthened the role of University of Latvia as significant innovation partner for industry.

Since 2011, together with other enthusiasts he initiated the process to establish the Green technology incubator in Riga, that opened its doors on July 2014. It´s the only incubator with the focus on technology-intensive business ideas in Latvia.

Currently, most of his time has been spent to design accelerator Buildit Latvia,  where he is one of the Co-Founders. Buildit Latvia accelerator program will be launched on spring 2018.

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Thomas Ohr (DE)

Founder and editor of EU-Startups.com

About

Thomas Ohr is the founder and editor of EU-Startups.com, one of Europe’s leading startup publications, which reaches more than 80,000 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors per month.

He also organizes the annual EU-Startups Summit, which will gather 750 startups and investors in Barcelona.

Before running EU-Startups (Menlo Media) as a business, Thomas worked in the German media industry for 10+ years. Till December of 2015 he served as Senior Brand Manager at one of Germany’s biggest magazine publishers.

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Mikus Opelts (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO of Giraffe360

About

Started Giraffe Visual at age of 21 to make virtual tours a standard in real estate presentations, failed on that mission, but grew into one of the leading interactive technology providers in the Norther Europe, servicing real estate developers like NCC, YIT, CBRE and 5* Hotels like Hilton, Ritz London with cutting edge virtual reality, touch screen, 3D modeling, drone footage, virtual tour and 360 video solutions. A team of 16.

Co-founded Giraffe360 at 2015 to make virtual tours and virtual reality a standard for property sales and lettings. With spectacular engineering and programming team, they have built unique property recording camera that displays property in various digital forms, like virtual tours for VR headsets and wide angle photography.

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John Paramai Dhanissaro (Supadulchai) (TH)

Theravada Buddhist monk

About

Monk John has received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Telematics. In 2005 he began designing, developing and coding a unique 42-day free self-development program. He created an online platform, which incorporates new technology to help people balance their busy lifestyle and digital behavior.

After completing his PhD, Monk John decided to become ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand, and was subsequently invited to join the Peace Revolution project as a meditation instructor. He has been teaching on an online meditation program and at Peace-On-Demand meditation sessions with over 5,000 people from 123 countries. He has taught in 20 Fellowship programs, as well as meditation workshops and retreats in Africa, America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean in 50 countries all together.

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Daniels Pavļuts (LV)

Co-Founder of Latvian Startup Association, Trainer at Triviums

About

Daniels is manager and management consultant with experience in the governmental, non-governmental and business sectors, experienced in advocacy, lobbying and politics.

Obtained a Master in Public Administration (MPA) at Harvard Kennedy School in 2007. Currently, a visiting lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Board Member at ZENO Consulting and Managing Partner at Equity United Management.

Daniels has previously advised a number of foreign governments on economic development and policy, served as a Minister of Economy of Latvia, a State Secretary at a Ministry of Culture, the Head of Corporate Affairs at Swedbank Latvia, Board Member at the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has held other senior positions.

Daniels is also a Board Member and Co-Founder of Latvian Startup Association. In parallel to his business activities Daniels was recently appointed Chairman of political party “Movement Pro!”.

Daniels has been collaborating with TRIVIUMS since 2007. He specializes in the fields of leadership, change management, negotiation and dispute resolution, organizational development and strategic planning.

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Vasco Pedro (PT)

CEO and Co-Founder at Unbabel

About

Vasco Pedro is the co-founder and CEO of Unbabel. He has a PhD in Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon and is passionate about creating extraordinary products with the help of talented individuals at Unbabel.

Previously he was co-founder and CEO of Bueda, co-founder of Dezine, and has served as a mentor at The Founder Institute and Beta-i, where he helps startups navigate the early stages of development, focusing on team building, technology challenges and building testable MVPs.

Vasco was also a Research Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and an Invited Researcher and Research Assistant at the Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sean Percival (USA)

Operating Partner at ‎Katapult Accelerator, ex Partner at 500 Startups

About

Sean is an American investor and entrepreneur from California. He has invested in over 120 startups and founded several of his own. Previously Sean was a Partner at 500 Startups, a venture fund and globally acclaimed accelerator program. He is also formerly the Founder and former CEO of Wittlebee, the kids clothing club, and Vice President of, Online Marketing atof Myspace. Sean is currently based in Oslo, Norway, but spends a fair amount of time in both Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

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Alex Petrov (LV)

CIO at Bitfury.co

About

Alex is Bitfury is the CIO at Bitfury.com – the leading full service Blockchain technology company.

Alex has 30+ year experience in IT as a System Analyst, optimization expert, Business stack auditor,  IT Security expert,  IT trainer, Network & communications security expert, crisis manager, risk manager, Fin-tech specialist, block-chain expert and analyst.

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Maris Prii (EE)

Portfolio Manager/COO at Startup Wise Guys

About

Maris is taking care of corporate governance, operations, investments and legal side of portfolio management at Startup Wise Guys. I’ve been hands on involved with 6 acceleration programs for B2B SaaS startups in Tallinn, Estonia, and also in Latvia.
Proud member of Estonian startup ecosystem and Latitude59 conference team.
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Stephan Reckie (USA)

Partner at Edge of Space, Inc.

About

Stephan is the Co-Founder of Edge of Space, a company focused on exciting space based projects including enabling STEM based access to space for students around the world. Stephan is also a member of EBAN Space’s Executive Committee, as well as the Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Space.

He is the Co-founder and CEO of Angelus Funding, a trust- based global network of angel investors, who actively evaluate a wide range of innovative investment opportunities. Stephan serves on the board of directors of several companies and has personally made over 37 investments since 2012. Per his passion for space, he formed a key strategic partnership with CASIS in 2013, enabling the expansion of Newspace angel investments.

Prior to starting Angelus Funding, Stephan served in several international executive roles including: COO of DigiLink Software, a China-based embedded video solutions developer, and the Director of North American Sales at India-based Ittiam Systems. As the founding Director of EMEA Operations for Telogy Networks, his company was acquired for half a billion dollars by Texas Instruments.

Stephan holds Bachelor’s and Masters of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. A second generation Russian and a true native New Yorker, he is fluent in 5 languages. He enjoys travelling the world and has flown over 5.5 million miles, the equivalent of 11 moon missions. Stephan is a “professional” volunteer for several impactful organizations and an active community leader. He resides in Golden, Colorado with his family.

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Mikko Revonniemi (FIN)

Co-Founder of Four Sigmatic

About

Mikko Revonniemi is a Co-Founder of arguably one of the trendiest superfood companies in the world today Four Sigmatic, and an adviser to various health & wellness startups in Asia, Europe & North America. He is a 3rd generation entrepreneur who learned smart working and unorthodox thinking at a very young age.

Four Sigmatic gained an enormous popularity after the legend himself Tim Ferriss endorsed it.

The past decade Mikko has lived in Asia where he founded a few businesses, competed in ultra-distance running, and joined non-profit projects in helping children with education and health.

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Arnis Rītups (LV)

Philosopher, Publisher at Rīgas Laiks

Arnis Rītups

About

Arnis Rītups holds PhD in philosophy from KULeuven (Belgium), he specializes in Aristotle and his Greek commentators. He is also a Latvian translator of Descartes’ “Meditations on the First Philosophy”, a part-time lecturer at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Latvian Academy of Fine arts, publisher and editor of an intellectual magazine “Rīgas Laiks” and conversation partner of many interesting people around the world.

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Stewart Rogers (UK)

Analyst-at-Large at VentureBeat

About

Stewart Rogers has over 25 years experience in sales, marketing, managing, and mentoring in the software and IT industries.

He is currently Analyst-at-Large at VentureBeat, where he analyzes and studies marketing technology, artificial intelligence, and virtual/mixed reality. He is also a journalist for VentureBeat, reporting the news on those same topics in addition to other emerging technologies, such as blockchain.

Prior to VentureBeat, Rogers ran a number of successful software companies and held global roles in sales and marketing for businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

He has contributed to several sales and marketing publications and is regularly invited to speak at major tech events across the globe.

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Laura Poča Rozenblūma (LV)

Head of Banking Latvia at Norvik Banka

About

Laura Poča Rozenblūma has more than 15 years of experience in the banking sector, has worked with both digital solutions and their creation (internet banking and the Business Network social media for entrepreneurs) and with Retail and Corporate segments and clients, as well as various business sector development, Operational Excellence projects, crisis management, and also creating a highly effective team.
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Alise Semjonova (LV)

Co-Founder of Infogr.am

About

Alise Semjonova is the Co-Founder and Product Designer at Infogram, a data visualization platform with a mission to create and deliver tools for people to tell and understand the stories behind data.

Infogram is used by more than two million journalists, NGO activists, marketers, and educators worldwide. On May 2017 Infogram and Prezi, the visual presentation giant, joined forces to deliver most powerful tools for visual communications.

Alise has witnessed Infogram’s growth from day one while working on continuous improvements and studying overall user reaction, which spiked interest in technology acceptance and human digital product design.

Alise has background is in Graphic Design, but after her passion had grown in digital product development, she pursued attaining her Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction.

Alise’s passion for startups, entrepreneurship, technology and digital design led to co-initiating Riga TechGirls, the first community in Latvia dedicated to educating and inspiring women about technology.

Alise has been selected by Forbes as 30 Under 30 in Europe – Media (2017).

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Dāvis Siksnāns (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO of Printful

About

Davis began his career working in IT and project management at Draugiem Group, one of Latvia’s pioneering tech companies. He’s now the CEO & Co-Founder of Printful.

Printful prints, stores, and ships t-shirts and other products for online merchants. It also offers tech solutions for merchants to automate order fulfillment, create designs, and publish new product listings. Founded in 2013 under Draugiem Group, Printful has grown exponentially every year. It currently has over 300,000 registered users, three fulfillment centers, and a team of over 300 people worldwide.

Davis’ obsession with tech began when he saved enough money to buy his first Macbook at age 13. He’s passionate about e-commerce and his ultimate goal is for Printful to become the first Latvian company to IPO on the US stock market.  

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Helen Sildna (EE)

Founder of Tallinn Music Week

About

Helen Sildna, based in Estonia, has been a music promoter and events producer for 15 years. Having worked at Baltics’ biggest concert agency LiveNation as an international talent booker, she established her own music promotion company Musiccase in 2008, which has promoted Morrissey, Sigur Ros, Patti Smith, Feist and Regina Spektor to mention a few.

Helen is the Founder and Owner of Tallinn Music Week. Having started out as a music industry conference and showcase festival in 2009, TMW has broadened its concept further into an all-encompassing city festival, covering arts, design, technology, city space and food culture, and discussing various societal issues within its talks sessions, presentations and conference panels.

In 2016 Tallinn Music Week hosted over 1,000 conference delegates and 35,000 festival visitors, around 2000 of them international guests.

She is a board member of Music Estonia, previously also a member of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ Think Tank.

In 2014 Helen was awarded with the Tampere Music Award at Music & Media Finland’s industry gala for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business, in 2015 she was nominated the Citizen of the Year by Estonian Ministry of Culture and in 2016 Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded her the Order of White Star of IV Class for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society.

Helen is an outspoken member of the creative community, vocal on equal rights, diversity and internationalization. In 2016 she was voted the most influential woman in Estonian culture.

Photo credit: Laura Kallasvee

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James Shaw (UK)

Co-Founder and Partner at JAG Shaw Baker

About

James is a leading transactional venture capital lawyer, advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors through the funding life-cycle.

Since qualifying as a lawyer in 2000, James has helped entrepreneurs, high-growth technology based companies and investors navigate their way through multiple rounds of financing, growth, scale-up and ultimately exit/liquidity event.

Over the years, James has also been one of the most prolific University spin-out lawyers to life sciences companies and continues to advise on spin-out activity.

As a close adviser to many companies and investors, James is also General Counsel to the following companies like Bioven – an immuno-oncology business with a lead product in phase III trials; Mologic Limited – a point-of-care diagnostics spin-out from Alere; Grampian BioPartners – a specialist life science business angel syndicate, able to act as a micro-lead on specialist life-science deals.

James is a graduate of both St Andrews University (BSc Hons) and Edinburgh University (LLB), and, as a Scottish qualified lawyer, holds a committee position on the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London and is a Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet.

James is ranked as a recommended lawyer in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 for Venture Capital.

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Tanya Soman (USA)

Venture Partner at 500 Startups

About

Tanya Soman is a native New Yorker and Venture Partner at 500 Startups.

She focuses on investment opportunities in the consumer space with an emphasis on retail, beauty, and fashion.

Tanya leads a beauty specialty track in 500’s Mountain View Accelerator and spends the rest of her time scouting companies globally.

Her startup experience includes operational marketing roles at AdTech startups in NYC before moving to Silicon Valley.

She holds a BS in business management from Babson College.

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Elizabeth Stark (USA)

Co-Founder and CEO of Lightning

About

Elizabeth is CEO and Co-Founder of Lightning, a company building a programmable financial layer for the internet through instant, high volume blockchain transactions.

Further, she is an advisor to Comma.ai, a startup building autonomous driving technology using AI and machine learning, and a fellow at Coin Center, the leading digital currency policy organization. Stark previously taught at Stanford and Yale University about the internet’s impact on society, the economy, and the law, and was a visiting fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project.

Elizabeth has worked on tech policy issues for over a decade, and played an instrumental role in the Internet freedom effort that defeated SOPA/PIPA, engaging 18 million people worldwide.

Stark was a longtime researcher at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, covering issues such as Internet censorship, digital copyright, and privacy. She also cofounded the Open Video Alliance, which promotes innovation and free expression in online video, and has collaborated with industry leaders such as Mozilla and Google.

Stark served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford’s StartX and has advised numerous companies in the blockchain and decentralized technology space.

She holds a J.D from Harvard Law School.

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Jia Li Tan (SG)

Market Developer at Golden Gate Ventures

About

Jia  enjoys and have worn multiple hats in her career; media planner, advertising sales account manager, recruiter, offshore shipbroker and executive assistant where the common denominator in her careers are: People, Connections and the Community.

Jia started to work at Golden Gate Ventures as Executive Assistant, currently her role as Market Developer for Golden Gate Ventures lets her  take on multiple hats in these few areas: Events, Partnerships and Collaborations, Marketing and Communications, Talent Sourcing for Key hires in portfolio companies and Support Business Development and Expansion into new markets.

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Paulina Sygulska Tenner (UK)

Entrepreneur, angel investor, cabaret artist

About

Paulina is a serial entrepreneur, a TEDx speaker and a Founder of GrantTree and Treehouse. She is also a seed investor and startup mentor, often featured as women in fintech speaker and panelist. Paulina is particularly passionate about gender equality in financial services and transparency in business in general.

GrantTree started in 2010 with a purpose to help navigate – and automate – the complex world of government funding. In the last seven years the team grew organically from 2 to 35, and raised £60m for 600+ technology clients. GrantTree has also pioneered open salary scheme, and adopted holacracy.

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Taavi Tammiste (EE)

Co-Founder and CEO at SIFR

About

Taavi is a a telecommunications engineer by education and has worked in large companies such as Ericsson and Tele2.

At Tele2 he worked with the innovation and new growth teams  where he saw his first machine learning projects and there has been no turning back since.

After that he spent two years as the Head of Data Science at an Estonian software development company called Mooncascade and is currently the CEO of SIFR, a Swedish/Estonian AI company.

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Mārtiņš Vaivars (LV)

CEO of Toneboard and Co-Founder of QUO tu domā?

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Martins Vaivars is the CEO of Toneboard (Techstars London ’17). Toneboard analyses human voice in phone calls to identify fraud attempts and decrease losses for financial institutions. The company can verify caller’s identity, notice a wide range of fraud risk factors as well as do credit scoring and debt collection scoring.
Before starting Toneboard, Martins was part of the team at Infogr.am (acquired by Prezi in 2017). He also used to work as a strategy consultant in the London office of L.E.K. Consulting.
Outside work, Martins is passionate about critical thinking and democracy. He has Co-Founded QUO tu domā, an NGO focused on providing argumentation, critical thinking and media literacy training for Latvian students and teachers, as well as strengthening the overall debate culture in the region.
Martins holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
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Kaspars Vendelis (LV)

Co-Founder of biohacking.lv

About

Entrepreneur with health food background, who runs a project “how to live to 120”. Featured in many media outlets now is bringing together a panel – the future of foods.

Since people mainly care about food this means a discussion is – the future of us!

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David Ventzel (DK)

Partner and Investment Director at Accelerace Management

About

David is passionate about tech startups. His journey started when he founded his first tech startup in 2006. The experience is filled with ups and downs – mistakes, loss of money, but also little victories. That’s why he decided to understand every aspect of startup business. How to build them. How to manage them. How to support them. How to invest in them. How to make money from them.

Currently, David does seed investments for Accelerace Invest in Copenhagen. He also sit on boards and do workshops and key notes, trying to learn as much as he possibly can, also putting everything down in his blog.

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Raimonds Vējonis (LV)

President of Latvia

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Tarmo Virki (EE)

Publisher of CoFounder Magazine

About

Tarmo is a publisher of CoFounder Magazine – do not forget to pick up your copy at DFF!
Storyteller, an experienced media professional. Publisher, editor, journalist, also communications manager and published author. Keen on the startup scene, fascinated by creating anything new.
The ex-Reuters European technology correspondent brings to the discussion 20+ years of experience in media industry – as a journalist and publisher, but also a startup entrepreneur seeking for publicity.
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Lauri Vuohensilta (FI)

CEO at Hydraulic Press Chanel

About

Lauri is man behind popular Hydraulic press channel and Beyond the press Youtube channels, in total they have over 300 million views and 2.2 million subscribers on Youtube.
With his wife Anni they have created successful company whose main product is viral videos. Lauri has not only monetized his content but also his expertise around making viral videos and getting people’s attention and he is now one of the leading experts on making viral videos and optimizing content for Youtube.
Out side Youtube platform Lauri and Anni have managed to produce mobile game with 2.5 million downloads, running popular live show format with audiences up to 10 000 people and much more so they have really agile and talented team.
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Mei Wen (SWE)

Venture Catalyst

About

Mei Wen is Venture Catalyst active in the Nordics, Silicon Valley and Greater China region.

Oxford educated Engineer turned Strategy Consultant turned Tech Entrepreneur and Impact Investor. Over a decade of experience, advising Fortune 500 companies, governments and startups.

Frequent speaker/panelist. Active community builder, adventurer and citizen of the world. Sponsored x-sport athlete.

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Ryan Williams (USA)

Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups

About

Ryan Williams has been fired up about what makes B2B sales work at startups for 9 years.

Ryan’s a speaker, trainer and thought leader, but he has also personally closed tens of millions in deals and as a sales leader he’s hired over 200 reps across the 5 different startups he’s been a part of (which include: AdRoll, LeadGenius and InVisionApp).

Ryan joined 500 Startups as an EIR & Sales Coach in 2017 with the goal to help our founders go to market quickly when they are selling to other businesses.

He’s a master of testing markets, building customer profiles, coaching deals and sales hiring.

When not at 500, he is working on his own startup, SalesCollider, to bring founders together with top tier sales leaders through events and advisory.

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Pēteris Zilgalvis (BE)

Head of Unit for Startups and Innovation at DG CONNECT

About

He was the Visiting EU Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford for 2013-14, where is a Senior Member and Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme.

Previously, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs.  In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment).

He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank.

He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991, completed his J.D. at the University of Southern California, his B.A. in Political ScienceCum Laude at UCLA, and the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

A recent publication of his is “The Need for an Innovation Principle in Regulatory Impact Assessment: The Case of Finance and Innovation in Europe” in Policy & Internet.

He has published over 30 publications on innovation law and policy, European and environmental law, economy and finance, and bioethics in English, Latvian, and French.

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Giacomo Zucco (IT)

CEO at BlockchainLAB

About

In 2009 Giacomo Zuccon graduated theoretical physics at the University of Milan. He started working as a technology consultant for Accenture in 2008 while getting interested in Bitcoin, he found a clear path to unify his personal political ideas with his career.

In 2014 he started collaborating in many Bitcoin-related projects, and he became the head of sales of Greenaddress wallet.

In mid-2015 he founded BlockchainLab, an internationally-recognised applied consultancy centre in Milan specifically created for the study of Blockchain technology and its applications.

During the fall of 2016 BlockchainLab hosted the Scaling Bitcoin Conference in Milan, while making possible the so-called “Milan Protocol” BOLT in close collaboration with the main international Bitcoin & Lightning Network developers.

BlockchainLab was just the beginning, at the start of 2017 Zucco decided to pursue a more global perspective with the BHB Network project and founding of the BHB Network Foundation.

Monday, November 27

Main Stage - Future 3rd floor
Lattelecom Open Stage 3rd floor
Norvik Investor Lounge 2nd floor
Magnetic Latvia Business Center 2nd floor
Green Innovation Lounge 1st floor
Lifestyle Lounge 2nd floor
12:00
13:00
OPENINGFUTURE OF FUTUREBLURRED LINE BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE

OPENING

Dagnija Lejiņa, Uldis Leiterts, Juris Šleiers

Digital Freedom Festival Co-Founders


Raimonds Vējonis

President of Latvia


Juris Gulbis (LV)

CEO of Lattelecom

 

 

FUTURE OF FUTURE

Human and machine merging into one – tech singularity, AI, robotics. How does it impact the way we work now and in the future – how to prepare today – as enterpreneurs, employees, government and society at large?


Kathryn Myronuk (USA)

Founding Member of Singularity University at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley

BLURRED LINE BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE

In a world full of digital discoveries, how are we blurring the boundaries and reintroducing physical experiences?

Dean Johnson will open your eyes to the future of VR, AR and AI platform possibilities, and will actually present his entire keynote while inside Virtual Reality!


Dean Johnson (UK)

Head of Innovation at Brandwidth

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

FUNDRAISING AND EXPANDING TO UK

There are more startups springing up in Baltics than ever before. To survive and grow as a startup you need to expand. To expand you need to gain access to investment, market knowledge and access to network and right go-to-market strategy.

How to expand outside Baltics? Do you need to relocate your team? How to approach foreign investors? What are the best strategies to enter the UK market and what are the first steps each start-up needs to make. Join us for insightful discussions followed up by questions from the audience with Mikus Opelts from Giraffe360, Paulina Sygulska from GrantTree, Raph Crouan from IOT StartupBootcamp. Moderated by Diana Gabrielyan from the UK Department for International Trade.


Moderator: Diana Gabrielyan (UK)

Investment Adviser for Baltics at Department for International Trade


Paulina Sygulska Tenner (UK)

Entrepreneur, angel investor, cabaret artist


Raph Crouan (UK)

Managing Director & Founder at Startupbootcamp IoT London


Mikus Opelts (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO of Giraffe360

FUNDRAISING AND EXPANDING TO UK
14:00
CREATIVITY WINS OVER EXPERIENCE?EUROPEAN TECH LANDSCAPE AND CAN THE BALTICS COMPETE?

CREATIVITY WINS OVER EXPERIENCE?

Infogram has joined up with Prezi to take on Apple, MS and Google.

Peter is coming to Riga to share more on creativity an technology.


Peter Arvai (USA)

Co-Founder and CEO of Prezi

 

EUROPEAN TECH LANDSCAPE AND CAN THE BALTICS COMPETE?

Countries worldwide are competing for the best talent, startups and investment. What does the European tech landscape look like?

Tech.eu – the leading European tech medium will present their report on Baltic startup ecosystems.


Robin Wauters (BEL)

Founding Editor of Tech.eu

WHY AND HOW TO WORK WITH STARTUPS?HOW TO BOOST INNOVATION IN ESTABLISHED ORGANISATIONS

WHY AND HOW TO WORK WITH STARTUPS?

How to take advantage of the growing impact of startups on companies across industries.


Raitis Linde (LV)

Lattelecom UX Designer


Pēteris Marculāns (LV)

Partner at Overkill Ventures

 

 

HOW TO BOOST INNOVATION IN ESTABLISHED ORGANISATIONS

Traditional organisations should innovate as fast as possible. There’s no choice – do you innovate or die? How to boost innovation – products, processes, people. Do’s and Dont’s.


Krists Avots (LV)

Director of Corporate Development at Lattelecom


Jean Mauris (LV)

“Change” Corporate Accelerator Founder

FUTURE OF FINANCE

Laura Poča Rozenblūma (LV)

Norvik Bank board member


Pēteris Zilgalvis (BE)

Head of Unit for Startups and Innovation at DG CONNECT


Flora Coleman (UK)

Government Relations at Transferwise

FUTURE OF FINANCE

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

Acceleration and growth funds? Waived taxes? Startup visa? A shoulder to cry on? You name it – we have it.

Drop by to learn what startup support Latvian government has to offer! Be with Latvia, be in Latvia.


Olga Barreto Goncalves (LV)

Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

CLIMATE KIC ACCELERATOR PITCH COMPETITION

The Climate – KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation.

Ten teams will pitch their business ideas after the intensive 3 months acceleration period.


Moderator : Viesturs Sosārs

Co-Founder of TechHub Riga

CLIMATE KIC ACCELERATOR PITCH COMPETITION

FASHION & TECH

Introduction and Lifestyle Lounge opening by Juris Šleiers; Fashion & Tech fireside chat when technology meets fashion, in-store retail experience, digitally native brands, customisation #Fashion #tech

Juris Šleiers (LV)

Co-Founder of Digital Freedom Festival


Tanya Soman (USA)

Venture Partner at 500 Startups with a specialty in Fashion and Beauty


Anna Andersone (LV)

Founder of Be-With, Board Member of Riga TechGirls

FASHION & TECH
15:00
INVESTOR REVERSE PITCHFUTURE OF MONEY

INVESTOR REVERSE PITCH

Investors pitch themselves in 3 minutes. Who are they? What defines their perfect startup to invest in? What are their winning strategies?


Marvin Liao (USA)

Partner at 500 Startups


Eamonn Carey (USA)

Managing Director at TechStars New York


Andrii Degeler (NL)

Head of brand and community at Rockstart


Paula Gould (IS)

Principal at Frumtak Ventures


Pēteris Marculāns (LV)

Partner at Overkill Ventures


Kristjan Laanemaa (EE)

Founding Partner at Karma Ventures

FUTURE OF MONEY

Key learnings from the Bitcoin x Baltic Honeybadger 2017 Bitcoin conference, impact of bitcoin and the technologies built around it.


Moderator: Giacomo Zucco (IT)

CEO at BHB NETWORK


Alex Petrov (USA)

CIO at BitFury – one of the largest bitcoin mining companies


Elizabeth Stark (USA)

CEO and Co-Founder of Lightning Labs


Adam Back (UK)

Ph.D, Co-Founder and CEO at Blockstream

STARTUP TSUNAMIS AND HOW CORPORATES FACE THEMHOW TO TURN YOUR FIRST FIVE CLIENTS INTO FIFTY

STARTUP TSUNAMIS AND HOW CORPORATES FACE THEM

The volume and funding rate of startups is exploding. Corporates can no longer ignore the coming tsunamis of startups within IoT, Blockchain, VR/AR, AI etc. Corporates need to engage the startup tsunami.

This talk will give insight into how the most innovative corporate in the Nordics are doing this and what other companies can learn from this.


David Ventzel (DK)

Partner and Investment Director at Accelerace

HOW TO TURN YOUR FIRST FIVE CLIENTS INTO FIFTY

Product development is important, but sales is what makes all the difference.

How to sell to the global market? What are the winning strategies?


J.Ryan Williams (USA)

Entrepreneur in Residence & Sales Coach at 500 Startups, Founder of SalesCollider

How to Grow - Latvian Startup Success Stories

Growth is beautiful, but it’s dificult. Is there a right and wrong moment for growth? How do you bring your startup to the next level? Dos and Don’ts.


Moderator: Jūlija Gifford (LV)

Editor at LabsofLatvia


Uldis Leiterts (LV)

Co-Founder of Digital Freedom Festival and Infogr.am, Entrepreneur


Raimonds Kulbergs (LV)

Co-founder of Funderful


Gunita Kuļikovska (LV)

Founder of Vividly

How to Grow - Latvian Startup Success Stories

EST-LAT ACCELERATE PITCH COMPETITION

EstLat-Accelerate is a series of pre-acceleration programs with the aim of supporting very early-stage startup teams born at hackathons, bootcamps, or that are bootstrapping on their own.

The ten best teams will present their business ideas as graduation pitch from the accelerator.


Moderator : Viesturs Sosārs

Co-Founder of TechHub Riga

EST-LAT ACCELERATE PITCH COMPETITION
THE REALITY OF VR AND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDSYouTuber SOCIETY

THE REALITY OF VR AND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

There have been millions of VR headsets sold. But what is the real state of virtual reality? Is it a success? A flop? The next revolution? Or a fad?

Armed with the latest research, Stewart Rogers will set the scene, and explain what comes next.


Moderator: Ainārs Kļaviņš (LV)

Founder of Overly


Stewart Rogers (UK)

Analyst-at-Large at VentureBeat

 

YouTuber SOCIETY

Why are YouTubers and Influencers the game changers in media and marketing? What does it take to master Influencer marketing? Why does community matter?


Risto Kuulasmaa (FI)

CEO and Co-Founder of Tubecon

16:00
FUTURE OF MORTALITYAI IN A POST HUMAN WORLD

FUTURE OF MORTALITY

Do we really want to fight death?


Moderator: Arnis Rītups (LV)

Philosopher and Editor at Rīgas Laiks (Time Riga)


Kathryn Myronyk (USA)

Founding Member of Singularity University at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley


Vasco Pedro (PT)

Co-Founder and CEO of Unbabel – the World’s leading human translation company


Venerable LP John Paramai Dhanissaro (TH)

Theravada Buddhist Monk

AI IN A POST HUMAN WORLD

Humans have been looking for ways to improve themselves since we built the first tool. As AI evolves, it will become part of every facet of our life.

In this talk we explore a glimpse of the future and stretch the boundaries of what it will mean to be human.


Vasco Pedro (PT)

Co-founder and CEO of Unbabel

 

ICO - MYTHS AND REALITY?

Moderator: Jia Li Tan (SG)

Market Developer at Golden Gate Ventures


Sandris Muriņš (LV)

Blockchain strategist, ICO Advisor, Founder of Inoniq Lab


Jānis Graubiņš (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO at Notakey


Marvin Liao (USA)

Partner at 500 Startups

ICO - MYTHS AND REALITY?

HOW TO COMPETE FOR THE SMARTEST TALENT, STARTUPS AND INVESTMENT?

Overview of the startup scene in Europe.

What are the best strategies to attract innovation to your city, country and region?


Moderator: Robin Wauters (BEL)

Founding Editor of Tech.eu


Maris Prii (EE)

Portfolio Manager, COO at Startup Wise Guys


Arvils Ašeradens (LV)

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economics of Latvia


Arvydas Bloze (LT)

CEO of Startup.lt


Yuri Mitin (RU)

Director of the SKOLKOVO Startup Academy

HOW TO COMPETE FOR THE SMARTEST TALENT, STARTUPS AND INVESTMENT?
DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE CITIESMAKING THE WORLD GREEN AGAIN

DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Sustainable Cities and Communities represent one of UNs 17 sustainability goals. Developing new urban solutions, based on high technology and Implementing them in cities is one of the cornerstones to save the planet.

How can we achieve practical results, and how can we make new business thrive and create new economic growth related to these challenges?


Opening remarks: Kristaps Soms (LV)

Entrepreneurship Competitiveness Department Director at Ministry of Economics


Gaute Hagerup (NO)

Global Manager at Smart Cities and Societies at Innovation Norway

MAKING THE WORLD GREEN AGAIN

Five Latvian Entrepreneurs will share their story of how they have benefited from the NORWAY GRANT support in making the world greener through Green Technology Innovations.


Moderator: Matīss Neimanis (LV)

Director of Green Technology Incubator


Jānis Jātnieks (LV)

Founder and CEO at Baltic3D


Anna Ramata-Stunda (LV)

Founder and CEO at Alternative Plants


Toms Beinerts (LV)

CEO at MHD Research Centre EMP Riga


Iluta Skrūzkalne (LV)

Founder and CEO at Academia Advisors


Elīna Salva (LV)

Founder and CEO at Recolo

MEET THE YouTuber

Hydraulic Press Channel is Lauri’s Youtube channel that has 1.7 millions subscribers. How to reach such number for your Youtube channel? Is it crazy coincidence or 24/7 work on content?


Lauri Vuohensilta (FI)

CEO of Hydraulic Press Channel

MEET THE YouTuber
17:00
FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. POWERED BY LATTELECOMCONFESSIONS OF A CYBORG

FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. POWERED BY LATTELECOM

One who controls Artificial Intelligence controls the Future. What is interesting in AI and how will it transform our lives in the future – our work, business and personal relationships.


Moderator: Krists Avots (LV)

Director of Corporate Development at Lattelecom


Eamonn Carey (HK)

Venture Partner at Zeroth AI


Moojan Asghari (FRA)

Initiator at Women in AI

CONFESSIONS OF A CYBORG

How technology is facilitating the enhancement of humanity? What are the implications?


Scott Cohen (UK)

Co-Founder of Cyborg Nest

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #ShortcutEVOLUTION OF THE ACCELERATOR

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

EVOLUTION OF THE ACCELERATOR

A lot has changed since the first modern startup accelerator was founded 12 years ago. Let’s take a look at how startup accelerators work today, and what applicants can expect to get from their programs.


Andrii Degeler (NL)

Head of Brand and Community at Rockstart

WHICH FINTECH COMPANIES SHOULD WE INVEST IN?

Investors discussing investment strategies for fintech companies – where to invest and where not to.


Jevgēņijs Kazaņins (LV)

P2P Platform Lead at TWINO

WHICH FINTECH COMPANIES SHOULD WE INVEST IN?

HOW TO DO SALES AND MARKETING OVERSEAS

For startups coming from small countries it’s essential to get away from the mental isolation. Focus on marketing and sales as a driver for growth. The Icelandic experience and know-how is a great example.


Paula Gould (IC)

Principal at Frumtak Ventures

HOW TO DO SALES AND MARKETING OVERSEAS
THE DIGITAL DETOX SURVIVAL KITTECH & ART SYNERGIES

THE DIGITAL DETOX SURVIVAL KIT

How to be the most efficient in a digital world. One of the keys – slowing down and finding the right balance. Sports, wellness, mindfulness and other detox tactics.


Mei Wen (SW)

Venture Catalyst


Jeff Pulver (USA)

Internet Pioneer and Mindfulness Activist

TECH & ART SYNERGIES

Arts & technology and the synergy between them. What if we could transform the art experience for everyone?


Moderator: Agnese Kleina (LV)

Founder and Editor in Chief of first English-Latvian bookazine Benji Knewman


Anna Lowe (UK)

Co-Founder of the smARTify app

 

18:00
FUTURE OF CITIESMEANINGFUL INVESTMENT AND WHAT ISSUES WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT

FUTURE OF CITIES

Cities are beginning to replace states. Technology is the driver towards “smarter living” – mobility, green energy, healthcare, IoT, AI… What promises for a “bright future” do “smart cities” holds for us as citizens?


Moderator: Raph Crouan (UK)

Managing Director and Founder of Startupbootcamp IoT


Viesturs Celmiņš (LV)

Phd Candidate, Cambridge


Gaute Hagerup (NO)

Global Manager at Smart Cities and Societies, Innovation Norway

MEANINGFUL INVESTMENT AND WHAT ISSUES WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT

Serial unicorn founder, Social Entrepreneur and Venture Capital Investor Bill Liao will take you on a grand tour of global investment with purpose. From the reciprocity of doing well while doing good to the soul-less world of value extraction Bill will share insights from a life lead at the cutting edge of investing.


Bill Liao (IE)

General Partner at SOSV & Founder of Weforest

10 THINGS WE KEPT THROUGH OUR 13 YEARS AS A STARTUP

At Printful a startup mindset meets exponential growth and internal innovation. It’s one of the world’s leading print-on-demand drop shippers, which prints and ships print products for ecommerce retailers. Printful is so much more than printing – it’s your one-stop shop for everything ecommerce.

Come meet Printful and learn how to inject some serious startup culture into your work environment.


Dāvis Siksnāns (LV)

Co-founder and CEO at Printful

10 THINGS WE KEPT THROUGH OUR 13 YEARS AS A STARTUP

TEACHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

Mind blowing journey during Pyongyang Startup Week 2017… Important!

CHATHAM HOUSE RULES – no tweets, photos during the presentation. Be prepared to leave all your mobile devices outside the lounge.


Ville Miettinen (FI)

Founder and CEO at Microtask

TEACHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

Reception and Closing Ceremony of the Norway Grants programme "Green Industry Innovation"

The Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia is welcoming everyone for the celebration to mark the sucess of the 2009-2014 Norway Grants period with speeches, recpetion and networking.


Arvils Ašeradens (LV)

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economics of Latvia


Andris Ozols (LV)

General Director at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia


Steinar Egil Hagen (LV)

Norwegian ambassador in Latvia


Tore Lasse By (NO)

Green Industry Innovation Programme Director at Innovation Norway

Reception and Closing Ceremony of the Norway Grants programme "Green Industry Innovation"
HOW TECHNOLOGY CHANGED MUSICSPEED DATA-ING WITH ALIX FOX

HOW TECHNOLOGY CHANGED MUSIC

Who needs CDs when you’ve got Spotify? What and how are musicians and radio DJs working in a music streaming environment. What’s the next big thing we’ll hear about?

With our friends from Tallinn Music Week.


Moderator: Helen Sildna (EE)

Founder of Tallinn Music Week


Scott Cohen (UK)

Co-Founfer of Cyborg Nest


Toms Grēviņš (LV)

DJ

SPEED DATA-ING WITH ALIX FOX

An entertaining yet educational and enlightening quick-fire interactive one on one session/conversation with Alix Fox. Exploring dating, sex and relationships in the tech and digital arts era. Your host will be collecting input & inspiration for her future projects – and sharing saucy prizes & stories in return.

A memorable way to add more tingling to your mingling!


Session Lead: Alix Fox (UK)

Journalist, broadcaster, sex educator

19:00

STARTUP FAILURE STORIES #CELEBRATION

Sharing stories – open mic


Moderator: Manuel Koleman (DE)

Co-Founder and CEO at Pirate Summit

STARTUP FAILURE STORIES #CELEBRATION
20:00

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
19:00
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Main Stage - Future

3rd floor

Lattelecom Open Stage

3rd floor

Norvik Investor Lounge

2nd floor

Magnetic Latvia Business Center

2nd floor

Green Innovation Lounge

1st floor

Lifestyle Lounge

2nd floor

OPENING

Dagnija Lejiņa, Uldis Leiterts, Juris Šleiers

Digital Freedom Festival Co-Founders


Raimonds Vējonis

President of Latvia


Juris Gulbis (LV)

CEO of Lattelecom

 

 

OPENING

FUTURE OF FUTURE

Human and machine merging into one – tech singularity, AI, robotics. How does it impact the way we work now and in the future – how to prepare today – as enterpreneurs, employees, government and society at large?


Kathryn Myronuk (USA)

Founding Member of Singularity University at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley

FUTURE OF FUTURE

BLURRED LINE BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE

In a world full of digital discoveries, how are we blurring the boundaries and reintroducing physical experiences?

Dean Johnson will open your eyes to the future of VR, AR and AI platform possibilities, and will actually present his entire keynote while inside Virtual Reality!


Dean Johnson (UK)

Head of Innovation at Brandwidth

BLURRED LINE BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE

CREATIVITY WINS OVER EXPERIENCE?

Infogram has joined up with Prezi to take on Apple, MS and Google.

Peter is coming to Riga to share more on creativity an technology.


Peter Arvai (USA)

Co-Founder and CEO of Prezi

 

CREATIVITY WINS OVER EXPERIENCE?

EUROPEAN TECH LANDSCAPE AND CAN THE BALTICS COMPETE?

Countries worldwide are competing for the best talent, startups and investment. What does the European tech landscape look like?

Tech.eu – the leading European tech medium will present their report on Baltic startup ecosystems.


Robin Wauters (BEL)

Founding Editor of Tech.eu

EUROPEAN TECH LANDSCAPE AND CAN THE BALTICS COMPETE?

INVESTOR REVERSE PITCH

Investors pitch themselves in 3 minutes. Who are they? What defines their perfect startup to invest in? What are their winning strategies?


Marvin Liao (USA)

Partner at 500 Startups


Eamonn Carey (USA)

Managing Director at TechStars New York


Andrii Degeler (NL)

Head of brand and community at Rockstart


Paula Gould (IS)

Principal at Frumtak Ventures


Pēteris Marculāns (LV)

Partner at Overkill Ventures


Kristjan Laanemaa (EE)

Founding Partner at Karma Ventures
INVESTOR REVERSE PITCH

FUTURE OF MONEY

Key learnings from the Bitcoin x Baltic Honeybadger 2017 Bitcoin conference, impact of bitcoin and the technologies built around it.


Moderator: Giacomo Zucco (IT)

CEO at BHB NETWORK


Alex Petrov (USA)

CIO at BitFury – one of the largest bitcoin mining companies


Elizabeth Stark (USA)

CEO and Co-Founder of Lightning Labs


Adam Back (UK)

Ph.D, Co-Founder and CEO at Blockstream

FUTURE OF MONEY

FUTURE OF MORTALITY

Do we really want to fight death?


Moderator: Arnis Rītups (LV)

Philosopher and Editor at Rīgas Laiks (Time Riga)


Kathryn Myronyk (USA)

Founding Member of Singularity University at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley


Vasco Pedro (PT)

Co-Founder and CEO of Unbabel – the World’s leading human translation company


Venerable LP John Paramai Dhanissaro (TH)

Theravada Buddhist Monk

FUTURE OF MORTALITY

AI IN A POST HUMAN WORLD

Humans have been looking for ways to improve themselves since we built the first tool. As AI evolves, it will become part of every facet of our life.

In this talk we explore a glimpse of the future and stretch the boundaries of what it will mean to be human.


Vasco Pedro (PT)

Co-founder and CEO of Unbabel

 

AI IN A POST HUMAN WORLD

FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. POWERED BY LATTELECOM

One who controls Artificial Intelligence controls the Future. What is interesting in AI and how will it transform our lives in the future – our work, business and personal relationships.


Moderator: Krists Avots (LV)

Director of Corporate Development at Lattelecom


Eamonn Carey (HK)

Venture Partner at Zeroth AI


Moojan Asghari (FRA)

Initiator at Women in AI

FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. POWERED BY LATTELECOM

CONFESSIONS OF A CYBORG

How technology is facilitating the enhancement of humanity? What are the implications?


Scott Cohen (UK)

Co-Founder of Cyborg Nest

CONFESSIONS OF A CYBORG

FUTURE OF CITIES

Cities are beginning to replace states. Technology is the driver towards “smarter living” – mobility, green energy, healthcare, IoT, AI… What promises for a “bright future” do “smart cities” holds for us as citizens?


Moderator: Raph Crouan (UK)

Managing Director and Founder of Startupbootcamp IoT


Viesturs Celmiņš (LV)

Phd Candidate, Cambridge


Gaute Hagerup (NO)

Global Manager at Smart Cities and Societies, Innovation Norway

FUTURE OF CITIES

MEANINGFUL INVESTMENT AND WHAT ISSUES WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT

Serial unicorn founder, Social Entrepreneur and Venture Capital Investor Bill Liao will take you on a grand tour of global investment with purpose. From the reciprocity of doing well while doing good to the soul-less world of value extraction Bill will share insights from a life lead at the cutting edge of investing.


Bill Liao (IE)

General Partner at SOSV & Founder of Weforest

MEANINGFUL INVESTMENT AND WHAT ISSUES WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

WHY AND HOW TO WORK WITH STARTUPS?

How to take advantage of the growing impact of startups on companies across industries.


Raitis Linde (LV)

Lattelecom UX Designer


Pēteris Marculāns (LV)

Partner at Overkill Ventures

 

 

WHY AND HOW TO WORK WITH STARTUPS?

HOW TO BOOST INNOVATION IN ESTABLISHED ORGANISATIONS

Traditional organisations should innovate as fast as possible. There’s no choice – do you innovate or die? How to boost innovation – products, processes, people. Do’s and Dont’s.


Krists Avots (LV)

Director of Corporate Development at Lattelecom


Jean Mauris (LV)

“Change” Corporate Accelerator Founder

HOW TO BOOST INNOVATION IN ESTABLISHED ORGANISATIONS

STARTUP TSUNAMIS AND HOW CORPORATES FACE THEM

The volume and funding rate of startups is exploding. Corporates can no longer ignore the coming tsunamis of startups within IoT, Blockchain, VR/AR, AI etc. Corporates need to engage the startup tsunami.

This talk will give insight into how the most innovative corporate in the Nordics are doing this and what other companies can learn from this.


David Ventzel (DK)

Partner and Investment Director at Accelerace

STARTUP TSUNAMIS AND HOW CORPORATES FACE THEM

HOW TO TURN YOUR FIRST FIVE CLIENTS INTO FIFTY

Product development is important, but sales is what makes all the difference.

How to sell to the global market? What are the winning strategies?


J.Ryan Williams (USA)

Entrepreneur in Residence & Sales Coach at 500 Startups, Founder of SalesCollider

HOW TO TURN YOUR FIRST FIVE CLIENTS INTO FIFTY

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

EVOLUTION OF THE ACCELERATOR

A lot has changed since the first modern startup accelerator was founded 12 years ago. Let’s take a look at how startup accelerators work today, and what applicants can expect to get from their programs.


Andrii Degeler (NL)

Head of Brand and Community at Rockstart

EVOLUTION OF THE ACCELERATOR

10 THINGS WE KEPT THROUGH OUR 13 YEARS AS A STARTUP

At Printful a startup mindset meets exponential growth and internal innovation. It’s one of the world’s leading print-on-demand drop shippers, which prints and ships print products for ecommerce retailers. Printful is so much more than printing – it’s your one-stop shop for everything ecommerce.

Come meet Printful and learn how to inject some serious startup culture into your work environment.


Dāvis Siksnāns (LV)

Co-founder and CEO at Printful

10 THINGS WE KEPT THROUGH OUR 13 YEARS AS A STARTUP

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

FUNDRAISING AND EXPANDING TO UK

There are more startups springing up in Baltics than ever before. To survive and grow as a startup you need to expand. To expand you need to gain access to investment, market knowledge and access to network and right go-to-market strategy.

How to expand outside Baltics? Do you need to relocate your team? How to approach foreign investors? What are the best strategies to enter the UK market and what are the first steps each start-up needs to make. Join us for insightful discussions followed up by questions from the audience with Mikus Opelts from Giraffe360, Paulina Sygulska from GrantTree, Raph Crouan from IOT StartupBootcamp. Moderated by Diana Gabrielyan from the UK Department for International Trade.


Moderator: Diana Gabrielyan (UK)

Investment Adviser for Baltics at Department for International Trade


Paulina Sygulska Tenner (UK)

Entrepreneur, angel investor, cabaret artist


Raph Crouan (UK)

Managing Director & Founder at Startupbootcamp IoT London


Mikus Opelts (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO of Giraffe360

FUNDRAISING AND EXPANDING TO UK

FUTURE OF FINANCE

Laura Poča Rozenblūma (LV)

Norvik Bank board member


Pēteris Zilgalvis (BE)

Head of Unit for Startups and Innovation at DG CONNECT


Flora Coleman (UK)

Government Relations at Transferwise

FUTURE OF FINANCE

ICO - MYTHS AND REALITY?

Moderator: Jia Li Tan (SG)

Market Developer at Golden Gate Ventures


Sandris Muriņš (LV)

Blockchain strategist, ICO Advisor, Founder of Inoniq Lab


Jānis Graubiņš (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO at Notakey


Marvin Liao (USA)

Partner at 500 Startups

ICO - MYTHS AND REALITY?

WHICH FINTECH COMPANIES SHOULD WE INVEST IN?

Investors discussing investment strategies for fintech companies – where to invest and where not to.


Jevgēņijs Kazaņins (LV)

P2P Platform Lead at TWINO

WHICH FINTECH COMPANIES SHOULD WE INVEST IN?

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

Acceleration and growth funds? Waived taxes? Startup visa? A shoulder to cry on? You name it – we have it.

Drop by to learn what startup support Latvian government has to offer! Be with Latvia, be in Latvia.


Olga Barreto Goncalves (LV)

Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

How to Grow - Latvian Startup Success Stories

Growth is beautiful, but it’s dificult. Is there a right and wrong moment for growth? How do you bring your startup to the next level? Dos and Don’ts.


Moderator: Jūlija Gifford (LV)

Editor at LabsofLatvia


Uldis Leiterts (LV)

Co-Founder of Digital Freedom Festival and Infogr.am, Entrepreneur


Raimonds Kulbergs (LV)

Co-founder of Funderful


Gunita Kuļikovska (LV)

Founder of Vividly

How to Grow - Latvian Startup Success Stories

HOW TO COMPETE FOR THE SMARTEST TALENT, STARTUPS AND INVESTMENT?

Overview of the startup scene in Europe.

What are the best strategies to attract innovation to your city, country and region?


Moderator: Robin Wauters (BEL)

Founding Editor of Tech.eu


Maris Prii (EE)

Portfolio Manager, COO at Startup Wise Guys


Arvils Ašeradens (LV)

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economics of Latvia


Arvydas Bloze (LT)

CEO of Startup.lt


Yuri Mitin (RU)

Director of the SKOLKOVO Startup Academy

HOW TO COMPETE FOR THE SMARTEST TALENT, STARTUPS AND INVESTMENT?

HOW TO DO SALES AND MARKETING OVERSEAS

For startups coming from small countries it’s essential to get away from the mental isolation. Focus on marketing and sales as a driver for growth. The Icelandic experience and know-how is a great example.


Paula Gould (IC)

Principal at Frumtak Ventures

HOW TO DO SALES AND MARKETING OVERSEAS

TEACHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

Mind blowing journey during Pyongyang Startup Week 2017… Important!

CHATHAM HOUSE RULES – no tweets, photos during the presentation. Be prepared to leave all your mobile devices outside the lounge.


Ville Miettinen (FI)

Founder and CEO at Microtask

TEACHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

STARTUP FAILURE STORIES #CELEBRATION

Sharing stories – open mic


Moderator: Manuel Koleman (DE)

Co-Founder and CEO at Pirate Summit

STARTUP FAILURE STORIES #CELEBRATION

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

CLIMATE KIC ACCELERATOR PITCH COMPETITION

The Climate – KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation.

Ten teams will pitch their business ideas after the intensive 3 months acceleration period.


Moderator : Viesturs Sosārs

Co-Founder of TechHub Riga

CLIMATE KIC ACCELERATOR PITCH COMPETITION

EST-LAT ACCELERATE PITCH COMPETITION

EstLat-Accelerate is a series of pre-acceleration programs with the aim of supporting very early-stage startup teams born at hackathons, bootcamps, or that are bootstrapping on their own.

The ten best teams will present their business ideas as graduation pitch from the accelerator.


Moderator : Viesturs Sosārs

Co-Founder of TechHub Riga

EST-LAT ACCELERATE PITCH COMPETITION

DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Sustainable Cities and Communities represent one of UNs 17 sustainability goals. Developing new urban solutions, based on high technology and Implementing them in cities is one of the cornerstones to save the planet.

How can we achieve practical results, and how can we make new business thrive and create new economic growth related to these challenges?


Opening remarks: Kristaps Soms (LV)

Entrepreneurship Competitiveness Department Director at Ministry of Economics


Gaute Hagerup (NO)

Global Manager at Smart Cities and Societies at Innovation Norway

DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH SUSTAINABLE CITIES

MAKING THE WORLD GREEN AGAIN

Five Latvian Entrepreneurs will share their story of how they have benefited from the NORWAY GRANT support in making the world greener through Green Technology Innovations.


Moderator: Matīss Neimanis (LV)

Director of Green Technology Incubator


Jānis Jātnieks (LV)

Founder and CEO at Baltic3D


Anna Ramata-Stunda (LV)

Founder and CEO at Alternative Plants


Toms Beinerts (LV)

CEO at MHD Research Centre EMP Riga


Iluta Skrūzkalne (LV)

Founder and CEO at Academia Advisors


Elīna Salva (LV)

Founder and CEO at Recolo

MAKING THE WORLD GREEN AGAIN

Reception and Closing Ceremony of the Norway Grants programme "Green Industry Innovation"

The Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia is welcoming everyone for the celebration to mark the sucess of the 2009-2014 Norway Grants period with speeches, recpetion and networking.


Arvils Ašeradens (LV)

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economics of Latvia


Andris Ozols (LV)

General Director at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia


Steinar Egil Hagen (LV)

Norwegian ambassador in Latvia


Tore Lasse By (NO)

Green Industry Innovation Programme Director at Innovation Norway

Reception and Closing Ceremony of the Norway Grants programme "Green Industry Innovation"

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

FASHION & TECH

Introduction and Lifestyle Lounge opening by Juris Šleiers; Fashion & Tech fireside chat when technology meets fashion, in-store retail experience, digitally native brands, customisation #Fashion #tech

Juris Šleiers (LV)

Co-Founder of Digital Freedom Festival


Tanya Soman (USA)

Venture Partner at 500 Startups with a specialty in Fashion and Beauty


Anna Andersone (LV)

Founder of Be-With, Board Member of Riga TechGirls

FASHION & TECH

THE REALITY OF VR AND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

There have been millions of VR headsets sold. But what is the real state of virtual reality? Is it a success? A flop? The next revolution? Or a fad?

Armed with the latest research, Stewart Rogers will set the scene, and explain what comes next.


Moderator: Ainārs Kļaviņš (LV)

Founder of Overly


Stewart Rogers (UK)

Analyst-at-Large at VentureBeat

 

THE REALITY OF VR AND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

YouTuber SOCIETY

Why are YouTubers and Influencers the game changers in media and marketing? What does it take to master Influencer marketing? Why does community matter?


Risto Kuulasmaa (FI)

CEO and Co-Founder of Tubecon

YouTuber SOCIETY

MEET THE YouTuber

Hydraulic Press Channel is Lauri’s Youtube channel that has 1.7 millions subscribers. How to reach such number for your Youtube channel? Is it crazy coincidence or 24/7 work on content?


Lauri Vuohensilta (FI)

CEO of Hydraulic Press Channel

MEET THE YouTuber

THE DIGITAL DETOX SURVIVAL KIT

How to be the most efficient in a digital world. One of the keys – slowing down and finding the right balance. Sports, wellness, mindfulness and other detox tactics.


Mei Wen (SW)

Venture Catalyst


Jeff Pulver (USA)

Internet Pioneer and Mindfulness Activist

THE DIGITAL DETOX SURVIVAL KIT

TECH & ART SYNERGIES

Arts & technology and the synergy between them. What if we could transform the art experience for everyone?


Moderator: Agnese Kleina (LV)

Founder and Editor in Chief of first English-Latvian bookazine Benji Knewman


Anna Lowe (UK)

Co-Founder of the smARTify app

 

TECH & ART SYNERGIES

HOW TECHNOLOGY CHANGED MUSIC

Who needs CDs when you’ve got Spotify? What and how are musicians and radio DJs working in a music streaming environment. What’s the next big thing we’ll hear about?

With our friends from Tallinn Music Week.


Moderator: Helen Sildna (EE)

Founder of Tallinn Music Week


Scott Cohen (UK)

Co-Founfer of Cyborg Nest


Toms Grēviņš (LV)

DJ

HOW TECHNOLOGY CHANGED MUSIC

SPEED DATA-ING WITH ALIX FOX

An entertaining yet educational and enlightening quick-fire interactive one on one session/conversation with Alix Fox. Exploring dating, sex and relationships in the tech and digital arts era. Your host will be collecting input & inspiration for her future projects – and sharing saucy prizes & stories in return.

A memorable way to add more tingling to your mingling!


Session Lead: Alix Fox (UK)

Journalist, broadcaster, sex educator

SPEED DATA-ING WITH ALIX FOX

OFFICIAL PARTY

Music, Networking, Absolut cocktails, Karaoke and more music @Bar Sudrabs (Martas street 37).

OFFICIAL PARTY

Tuesday, November 28

Main Stage - Digital 3rd floor
Lattelecom Open Stage 3rd floor
Norvik Investor Lounge 2nd floor
Magnetic Latvia Business Center 2nd floor
Green Innovation Lounge 1st floor
Lifestyle Lounge 2nd floor
09:00
10:00
OPENINGHOW CAN DIGITAL DETOX HELP US LEAD A BETTER LIFE?

OPENING

HOW CAN DIGITAL DETOX HELP US LEAD A BETTER LIFE?

Interactive meditation class for anybody who cares about meaningfulness in their lives.


Venerable LP John Paramai Dhanissaro (TH)

Theravada Buddhist Monk

FUTURE OF DIGITAL FREEDOM AND SECURITY

How easy it is to hack a person, business or a state? What are the threats we should be aware of and how do we prevent them in the future?


Introduction by Jānis Sārts (LV)

Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Riga


Merle Maigre (EE)

Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

FUTURE OF DIGITAL FREEDOM AND SECURITY

WHAT IS IT THAT (REAL) LEADERS DO?

There has been a lot of talk of the need for leadership in business over the years. But there is still a lot of confusion as to what leadership is really like and what leaders do.

How is being a leader different from being a good manager? Why is leadership needed and what it takes to exercise leadership in a dynamic business world? Does being a start-up and having a disruptive business model qualify you to be a leader?

Let’s explore some answers to these questions.


Daniels Pavļuts (LV)

Leadership Trainer at Triviums, Board Member at Startin.lv

WHAT IS IT THAT (REAL) LEADERS DO?

HOW TO PITCH TO INVESTORS

Pitch me baby one more time! Practical pitch workshop for startups.


J.Ryan Williams (USA)

Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups

HOW TO PITCH TO INVESTORS

GENERATION OF DRONES

Drones have become an integral part of our every day life. Are we aware of their potential? What should we know before using them? Would you like to try Drone racing?


Ilmārs Ozols (LV)

Board member of Latvian Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (LARPAS)


Āris Muitnieks (LV)

Board member of Drone Racing Latvia

 

GENERATION OF DRONES
11:00
FUTURE OF SEXFUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

FUTURE OF SEX

Finally – let’s talk about relationships! Digital technologies are transforming our lives – for the better or for worse? How VR, AR, AI… are shaping the future of love.


Stephanie Alys (UK)

Founder and CEO of Mysteryvibe


Alix Fox (UK)

Journalist, Broadcaster, Sex Educator

FUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

As we have evolved from microorganisms to single cells to more complex organic systems, we are both very simple and complex beings. We once were food. And because of that being smart about food and drugs is both simple and complex.

Let’s dive into this topic – how to become smart through food and drugs.


Mikko Revonniemi (FI)

Co-Founder of Four Sigmatic


Kaspars Vendelis (LV)

Co-Founder of Biohacking.lv, Entrepreneur with health food background, who runs a project “How to Live till 120”.

LATVIAN E-INDEX AWARD

The results of the third e-index measurement in Latvia and winners announcement.

Latvia’s e-index is an assessment of the e-environment of state institutions and municipalities, which analyses how actively state institutions and municipalities utilise the solutions provided by modern technology to improve the quality and availability of their services to citizens and businesses.

LATVIAN E-INDEX AWARD

DIGITAL FREEDOM IN FINTECH WHEN BORDERS ARE IN CRISIS #BREXIT

Fintech has high-growth potential and what appears to be endless opportunities to disrupt the legacy markets of banking and finance – instant, frictionless, digital transactions at an unprecedented speed.

In early 2017, CNBC published a list of the 50 hottest FinTech companies in Europe. What is the common DNA that makes these startups succeed? This session is a compelling overview of five FinTech companies that have successfully crossed borders and expanded their business.

Transferwise (Estonia); Ayden (NL); N26 (Germany); Onfido (UK) and Deposify (Ireland). This talk will also look at the growth of FinTech alongside changing EU borders.


James Shaw (UK)

James Shaw Partners

DIGITAL FREEDOM IN FINTECH WHEN BORDERS ARE IN CRISIS #BREXIT

HOW TO PITCH TO THE MEDIA

Media publicity is a ‘door opener’ for startups to get attention from investors, customers and potential employees. What are the Do’s and Don’ts for getting your story on the front page?


Moderator: Shira Abel (USA)

CEO of Hunter & Bard


Steward Rogers (UK)

Analyst-at-Large at VentureBeat


Tarmo Virki (FI)

Co-Founder and Editor of Cofounder Magazine


Thomas Ohr (DE)

Co-Founder and Editor of Startup-eu

HOW TO PITCH TO THE MEDIA
PROTOTYPE OR DIEFUTURE OF GREENTECH

PROTOTYPE OR DIE

New product and service development is booming. Would you agree, though, that there’s a little too little of revolutionary change happening? We’ll look at prototyping as a switch in thinking and doing to create better and more daring products, services and lives. A little about catching mistakes and using them to break beyond “almost great” and reach “outstanding”, a lot about learning by doing and gathering the courage to do so.


Līga Efeja (LV)

Changemaker, Coordinator at Riga Technical University Design Factory: R&D partner for start-ups and industry

FUTURE OF GREENTECH

Most of the world agrees – climate change is an issue. Is this issue an opportunity for green tech innovations? What has already been accomplished in Latvia and what’s the plan for the future? Could Latvia become a Green Tech driver and put itself on the global innovation map? Come and become a part of the ‘go green’ innovation ecosystem.


Tālis Juhna (LV)

Riga Technical University, Vice-Rector for Research (LV)

HOW TO THRIVE IN A WORLD OF DIGITAL OVERSTIMULATION

Digital detox as the ultimate path to success. How mindfulness, sport and travel intertwines to make you more present, balanced and stronger.


Introduction: Kaspars Vendelis (LV)

Co-Founder of Biohacking.lv, Entrepreneur with health food background, who runs a project “How to Live till 120”.


David Braun (DE)

CEO and Founder of DASHR

HOW TO THRIVE IN A WORLD OF DIGITAL OVERSTIMULATION
12:00
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BDSMHOW TO CREATE A GLOBAL COMPANY THAT MATTERS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BDSM

Enterpreneurship is a fascinating journey of personal and professional self-discovery. An interactive performance on how to promote entrepreneurially-minded focus.


Paulina Sygulska Tenner (UK)

Entrepreneur, angel investor, cabaret artist

HOW TO CREATE A GLOBAL COMPANY THAT MATTERS

Scaling a global startup is a team-marathon, not a sprint. What are the winning strategies, how we can build a company that matters to everyone?


Kaidi Ruusalepp (EE)

Founder and CEO at Funderbeam

ROCKSTART & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PITCH COMPETITION

In cooperation with Rockstart, one of Europe’s first multi-vertical startup accelerators, we invited startups to participate in the DFF & Rockstart Artificial Intelligence Pitch Competition.

The best startups will pitch their ideas, competing for the chance to get ‘Rockstart’ed’ to the final selection round of Europe’s first AI accelerator by Rockstart in the Netherlands.

This is a chance to spend six months in ’s-Hertogenbosch and receive €20,000 cash and €80,000 of in-kind funding, mentoring and all the support you need to bring your startup to the next level.

ROCKSTART & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PITCH COMPETITION

DIGITAL DIASPORA - "THE FAST-TRACK TICKET" FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION

Powerful global networking is a fast-track for startups and tech companies helping expand their businesses to San Francisco, London or New York.

How to wisely use the connections with our Latvian diaspora worldwide to boost tech entrepreneurship. Organised together with our friends – Ar Pasaules pieredzi Latvijā.


Moderator: Ernests Jenavs (LV)

CEO and Co-Founder of Edurio


Reinis Znotiņš (LV)

Business Development at Anatomy Next


Mihails Ščepanskis (LV)

Co-Founder of Cenos

DIGITAL DIASPORA - "THE FAST-TRACK TICKET" FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION

REINVENTING COOPERATION MODELS FOR LUCRATIVE R&D

Which cooperations models help the green tech companies do their research and development more fruitfully and faster? What is the role of Clusters, municipalities and science institutions in green tech product research and development processes?


Modarator: Evija Goluba (LV)

Assistant Political Officer at Embassy of Sweden in Riga


Krišjānis Kalnciems (LV)

Project Manager at Smart City Cluster


Solvita Kostjukova (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO at ALINA LLC


Dāvids Štēbelis (LV)

Partner and Board Member at ALINA LLC, Coach and Business Trainer at Climate-KIC

REINVENTING COOPERATION MODELS FOR LUCRATIVE R&D

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL ERA

As we move further into the age of technology, balancing screen time with face-to-face communication/interaction is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. As parents we often search for ways to talk about screen time and healthy use of technology in a way that our kids will hear us.

So how should we be talking to them? What are the best tips for balancing tech and face-to-face time in the family?


Moderator: Laura Belevica (USA)

Artist, Architect, Illustrator, Storyteller and Creative Entrepreneur


Līga Bernāte (LV)

Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist at Family Centre Līna


Manuel Koleman (DE)

Co-Founder and CEO at Pirate Summit

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL ERA
13:00
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES: PERSONAL STORYHOW TO GROW YOUR STARTUP

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES: PERSONAL STORY

Being a leader is not easy. It’s a long journey and requires a lot of efforts to understand what a true leader is.

Milda never imagined herself in business. Vinted was born as a hobby project in 2008 and to her own surprise showed tremendous growth from the very beginning. That caused plenty of personal challenges in Milda’s life: how to lead a company if you don’t have any experience, what does it mean to be a good leader? How to get there? Milda comes to festival to share her personal growth story.


Milda Mitkutė (LT)

Co-Founder at Vinted

HOW TO GROW YOUR STARTUP

Growth Hacking for Startups. Products are good, but sales is everything. The common mistakes startups make when going into marketing – tips & tricks on how to avoid the most embarrassing mistakes.


Sean Percival (NO)

Partner at Katapult Accelerator

CREATING A COMPANY OR PRODUCT IN THE AI AGE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Introduction to AI. What do you actually need to build AI? Best practices, as well as examples of fuckups. Some tips on where you should use AI and when.


Taavi Tammiste (EE)

SIFR AB Co-founder and CEO

CREATING A COMPANY OR PRODUCT IN THE AI AGE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

WHAT I HEAR WHEN AN ENTREPRENEUR SPEAKS

Founder and Investor relationships can get very complicated when they have different expectations. Founders should know what is important for investor, and vice versa – what startups want to hear from an investor.


Stephan Reckie (USA)

Partner at Edge of Space, Co-Founder and CEO of Angelus Funding


Mikus Opelts (LV)

Co-founder of Giraffe


Jia Li Tan (SG)

Market Developer at Golden Gate Ventures

WHAT I HEAR WHEN AN ENTREPRENEUR SPEAKS

LatBAN PITCH COMPETITION

In cooperation with the association Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN), we invite pre-seed startups to pitch at the the November Investment Session.

For the first time, the top 10 startups will have an opportunity to present their business ideas to Latvian and international business angels at the DFF.

The best prize – round trip to Helsinki to attend Arctic15 in 2018.


Moderator : Viesturs Sosārs

Co-Founder of TechHub Riga

LatBAN PITCH COMPETITION

FAMILY AND STARTUP LIFE BALANCE

Diving into the startup lifestyle is cool, but how to do it while also having a healthy family life? How do you balance startup and family life? Best tips from people who are doing it both as startupers and as spouses.


Moderator: Alise Semjonova (LV)

Co-Founder of Infogr.am and Riga TechGirls


Karīna Kulberga (LV)

Head of Private Banking Swedbank Latvia/startuper’s spouse


Ernests Štāls (LV)

Co-Founder at Dripit.io/husband and father


Kaidi Ruusalepp (EE)

Founder and CEO of Funderbeam

FAMILY AND STARTUP LIFE BALANCE
14:00
HOW PR AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP CAN GET YOU TO THE NEXT LEVELWHAT STARTUPS DO WE LOVE TO HATE?

HOW PR AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP CAN GET YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL

People don’t follow companies, generally. They follow people. Icons and thought leaders who inspire and fill them with awe.

By building your team up as Thought Leaders you can help raise your company to the next level. Standing out in a crowded arena takes work, skill, and some nerve. Find out what it takes and how to achieve it in this keynote.


Shira Abel (USA)

CEO of Hunter & Bard

WHAT STARTUPS DO WE LOVE TO HATE?

Uldis Leiterts (LV)

Co-founder of Infogr.am, Digital Freedom Festival


Paul Bragiel (USA)

Managing Partner at Bragiel Brothers

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

Acceleration and growth funds? Waived taxes? Startup visa? A shoulder to cry on? You name it – we have it.

Drop by to learn what startup support Latvian government has to offer! Be with Latvia, be in Latvia.


Olga Barreto Goncalves (LV)

Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

LatBAN INVESTOR NETWORKING SESSION

LatBAN INVESTOR NETWORKING SESSION
15:00
500 STARTUPS PITCH COMPETITION POWERED BY MICROSOFTANNOUNCING THE PITCH WINNERS

500 STARTUPS PITCH COMPETITION POWERED BY MICROSOFT

In cooperation with 500 Startups, the official DFF startup pitch partner, we have selected the best startups from the region to pitch their ideas to investors from the world-leading accelerator 500 Startups.

Startups will compete for access to the next 500 Startups batch in San Francisco, knowledge, indirect financing and support tools valued at more than 100,000 USD.

ANNOUNCING THE PITCH WINNERS

Latban winners announcement


Rockstart winners announcement


500 Startups winners announcement

 

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut
16:00

DFF 2017 CLOSING CEREMONY

DFF 2017 CLOSING CEREMONY
17:00
09:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00

Main Stage - Digital

3rd floor

Lattelecom Open Stage

3rd floor

Norvik Investor Lounge

2nd floor

Magnetic Latvia Business Center

2nd floor

Green Innovation Lounge

1st floor

Lifestyle Lounge

2nd floor

OPENING

OPENING

HOW CAN DIGITAL DETOX HELP US LEAD A BETTER LIFE?

Interactive meditation class for anybody who cares about meaningfulness in their lives.


Venerable LP John Paramai Dhanissaro (TH)

Theravada Buddhist Monk

HOW CAN DIGITAL DETOX HELP US LEAD A BETTER LIFE?

FUTURE OF SEX

Finally – let’s talk about relationships! Digital technologies are transforming our lives – for the better or for worse? How VR, AR, AI… are shaping the future of love.


Stephanie Alys (UK)

Founder and CEO of Mysteryvibe


Alix Fox (UK)

Journalist, Broadcaster, Sex Educator

FUTURE OF SEX

FUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

As we have evolved from microorganisms to single cells to more complex organic systems, we are both very simple and complex beings. We once were food. And because of that being smart about food and drugs is both simple and complex.

Let’s dive into this topic – how to become smart through food and drugs.


Mikko Revonniemi (FI)

Co-Founder of Four Sigmatic


Kaspars Vendelis (LV)

Co-Founder of Biohacking.lv, Entrepreneur with health food background, who runs a project “How to Live till 120”.

FUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BDSM

Enterpreneurship is a fascinating journey of personal and professional self-discovery. An interactive performance on how to promote entrepreneurially-minded focus.


Paulina Sygulska Tenner (UK)

Entrepreneur, angel investor, cabaret artist

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BDSM

HOW TO CREATE A GLOBAL COMPANY THAT MATTERS

Scaling a global startup is a team-marathon, not a sprint. What are the winning strategies, how we can build a company that matters to everyone?


Kaidi Ruusalepp (EE)

Founder and CEO at Funderbeam

HOW TO CREATE A GLOBAL COMPANY THAT MATTERS

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES: PERSONAL STORY

Being a leader is not easy. It’s a long journey and requires a lot of efforts to understand what a true leader is.

Milda never imagined herself in business. Vinted was born as a hobby project in 2008 and to her own surprise showed tremendous growth from the very beginning. That caused plenty of personal challenges in Milda’s life: how to lead a company if you don’t have any experience, what does it mean to be a good leader? How to get there? Milda comes to festival to share her personal growth story.


Milda Mitkutė (LT)

Co-Founder at Vinted

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES: PERSONAL STORY

HOW TO GROW YOUR STARTUP

Growth Hacking for Startups. Products are good, but sales is everything. The common mistakes startups make when going into marketing – tips & tricks on how to avoid the most embarrassing mistakes.


Sean Percival (NO)

Partner at Katapult Accelerator

HOW TO GROW YOUR STARTUP

HOW PR AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP CAN GET YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL

People don’t follow companies, generally. They follow people. Icons and thought leaders who inspire and fill them with awe.

By building your team up as Thought Leaders you can help raise your company to the next level. Standing out in a crowded arena takes work, skill, and some nerve. Find out what it takes and how to achieve it in this keynote.


Shira Abel (USA)

CEO of Hunter & Bard

HOW PR AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP CAN GET YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL

WHAT STARTUPS DO WE LOVE TO HATE?

Uldis Leiterts (LV)

Co-founder of Infogr.am, Digital Freedom Festival


Paul Bragiel (USA)

Managing Partner at Bragiel Brothers

WHAT STARTUPS DO WE LOVE TO HATE?

500 STARTUPS PITCH COMPETITION POWERED BY MICROSOFT

In cooperation with 500 Startups, the official DFF startup pitch partner, we have selected the best startups from the region to pitch their ideas to investors from the world-leading accelerator 500 Startups.

Startups will compete for access to the next 500 Startups batch in San Francisco, knowledge, indirect financing and support tools valued at more than 100,000 USD.

500 STARTUPS PITCH COMPETITION POWERED BY MICROSOFT

ANNOUNCING THE PITCH WINNERS

Latban winners announcement


Rockstart winners announcement


500 Startups winners announcement

 

ANNOUNCING THE PITCH WINNERS

DFF 2017 CLOSING CEREMONY

DFF 2017 CLOSING CEREMONY

FUTURE OF DIGITAL FREEDOM AND SECURITY

How easy it is to hack a person, business or a state? What are the threats we should be aware of and how do we prevent them in the future?


Introduction by Jānis Sārts (LV)

Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Riga


Merle Maigre (EE)

Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

FUTURE OF DIGITAL FREEDOM AND SECURITY

LATVIAN E-INDEX AWARD

The results of the third e-index measurement in Latvia and winners announcement.

Latvia’s e-index is an assessment of the e-environment of state institutions and municipalities, which analyses how actively state institutions and municipalities utilise the solutions provided by modern technology to improve the quality and availability of their services to citizens and businesses.

LATVIAN E-INDEX AWARD

ROCKSTART & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PITCH COMPETITION

In cooperation with Rockstart, one of Europe’s first multi-vertical startup accelerators, we invited startups to participate in the DFF & Rockstart Artificial Intelligence Pitch Competition.

The best startups will pitch their ideas, competing for the chance to get ‘Rockstart’ed’ to the final selection round of Europe’s first AI accelerator by Rockstart in the Netherlands.

This is a chance to spend six months in ’s-Hertogenbosch and receive €20,000 cash and €80,000 of in-kind funding, mentoring and all the support you need to bring your startup to the next level.

ROCKSTART & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PITCH COMPETITION

CREATING A COMPANY OR PRODUCT IN THE AI AGE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Introduction to AI. What do you actually need to build AI? Best practices, as well as examples of fuckups. Some tips on where you should use AI and when.


Taavi Tammiste (EE)

SIFR AB Co-founder and CEO

CREATING A COMPANY OR PRODUCT IN THE AI AGE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

WHAT IS IT THAT (REAL) LEADERS DO?

There has been a lot of talk of the need for leadership in business over the years. But there is still a lot of confusion as to what leadership is really like and what leaders do.

How is being a leader different from being a good manager? Why is leadership needed and what it takes to exercise leadership in a dynamic business world? Does being a start-up and having a disruptive business model qualify you to be a leader?

Let’s explore some answers to these questions.


Daniels Pavļuts (LV)

Leadership Trainer at Triviums, Board Member at Startin.lv

WHAT IS IT THAT (REAL) LEADERS DO?

DIGITAL FREEDOM IN FINTECH WHEN BORDERS ARE IN CRISIS #BREXIT

Fintech has high-growth potential and what appears to be endless opportunities to disrupt the legacy markets of banking and finance – instant, frictionless, digital transactions at an unprecedented speed.

In early 2017, CNBC published a list of the 50 hottest FinTech companies in Europe. What is the common DNA that makes these startups succeed? This session is a compelling overview of five FinTech companies that have successfully crossed borders and expanded their business.

Transferwise (Estonia); Ayden (NL); N26 (Germany); Onfido (UK) and Deposify (Ireland). This talk will also look at the growth of FinTech alongside changing EU borders.


James Shaw (UK)

James Shaw Partners

DIGITAL FREEDOM IN FINTECH WHEN BORDERS ARE IN CRISIS #BREXIT

WHAT I HEAR WHEN AN ENTREPRENEUR SPEAKS

Founder and Investor relationships can get very complicated when they have different expectations. Founders should know what is important for investor, and vice versa – what startups want to hear from an investor.


Stephan Reckie (USA)

Partner at Edge of Space, Co-Founder and CEO of Angelus Funding


Mikus Opelts (LV)

Co-founder of Giraffe


Jia Li Tan (SG)

Market Developer at Golden Gate Ventures

WHAT I HEAR WHEN AN ENTREPRENEUR SPEAKS

HOW TO PITCH TO INVESTORS

Pitch me baby one more time! Practical pitch workshop for startups.


J.Ryan Williams (USA)

Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups

HOW TO PITCH TO INVESTORS

HOW TO PITCH TO THE MEDIA

Media publicity is a ‘door opener’ for startups to get attention from investors, customers and potential employees. What are the Do’s and Don’ts for getting your story on the front page?


Moderator: Shira Abel (USA)

CEO of Hunter & Bard


Steward Rogers (UK)

Analyst-at-Large at VentureBeat


Tarmo Virki (FI)

Co-Founder and Editor of Cofounder Magazine


Thomas Ohr (DE)

Co-Founder and Editor of Startup-eu

HOW TO PITCH TO THE MEDIA

DIGITAL DIASPORA - "THE FAST-TRACK TICKET" FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION

Powerful global networking is a fast-track for startups and tech companies helping expand their businesses to San Francisco, London or New York.

How to wisely use the connections with our Latvian diaspora worldwide to boost tech entrepreneurship. Organised together with our friends – Ar Pasaules pieredzi Latvijā.


Moderator: Ernests Jenavs (LV)

CEO and Co-Founder of Edurio


Reinis Znotiņš (LV)

Business Development at Anatomy Next


Mihails Ščepanskis (LV)

Co-Founder of Cenos

DIGITAL DIASPORA - "THE FAST-TRACK TICKET" FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

Acceleration and growth funds? Waived taxes? Startup visa? A shoulder to cry on? You name it – we have it.

Drop by to learn what startup support Latvian government has to offer! Be with Latvia, be in Latvia.


Olga Barreto Goncalves (LV)

Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

LATVIAN STARTUP PACK PRESENTATION

GENERATION OF DRONES

Drones have become an integral part of our every day life. Are we aware of their potential? What should we know before using them? Would you like to try Drone racing?


Ilmārs Ozols (LV)

Board member of Latvian Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (LARPAS)


Āris Muitnieks (LV)

Board member of Drone Racing Latvia

 

GENERATION OF DRONES

PROTOTYPE OR DIE

New product and service development is booming. Would you agree, though, that there’s a little too little of revolutionary change happening? We’ll look at prototyping as a switch in thinking and doing to create better and more daring products, services and lives. A little about catching mistakes and using them to break beyond “almost great” and reach “outstanding”, a lot about learning by doing and gathering the courage to do so.


Līga Efeja (LV)

Changemaker, Coordinator at Riga Technical University Design Factory: R&D partner for start-ups and industry

PROTOTYPE OR DIE

FUTURE OF GREENTECH

Most of the world agrees – climate change is an issue. Is this issue an opportunity for green tech innovations? What has already been accomplished in Latvia and what’s the plan for the future? Could Latvia become a Green Tech driver and put itself on the global innovation map? Come and become a part of the ‘go green’ innovation ecosystem.


Tālis Juhna (LV)

Riga Technical University, Vice-Rector for Research (LV)

FUTURE OF GREENTECH

REINVENTING COOPERATION MODELS FOR LUCRATIVE R&D

Which cooperations models help the green tech companies do their research and development more fruitfully and faster? What is the role of Clusters, municipalities and science institutions in green tech product research and development processes?


Modarator: Evija Goluba (LV)

Assistant Political Officer at Embassy of Sweden in Riga


Krišjānis Kalnciems (LV)

Project Manager at Smart City Cluster


Solvita Kostjukova (LV)

Co-Founder and CEO at ALINA LLC


Dāvids Štēbelis (LV)

Partner and Board Member at ALINA LLC, Coach and Business Trainer at Climate-KIC

REINVENTING COOPERATION MODELS FOR LUCRATIVE R&D

LatBAN PITCH COMPETITION

In cooperation with the association Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN), we invite pre-seed startups to pitch at the the November Investment Session.

For the first time, the top 10 startups will have an opportunity to present their business ideas to Latvian and international business angels at the DFF.

The best prize – round trip to Helsinki to attend Arctic15 in 2018.


Moderator : Viesturs Sosārs

Co-Founder of TechHub Riga

LatBAN PITCH COMPETITION

LatBAN INVESTOR NETWORKING SESSION

LatBAN INVESTOR NETWORKING SESSION

HOW TO THRIVE IN A WORLD OF DIGITAL OVERSTIMULATION

Digital detox as the ultimate path to success. How mindfulness, sport and travel intertwines to make you more present, balanced and stronger.


Introduction: Kaspars Vendelis (LV)

Co-Founder of Biohacking.lv, Entrepreneur with health food background, who runs a project “How to Live till 120”.


David Braun (DE)

CEO and Founder of DASHR

HOW TO THRIVE IN A WORLD OF DIGITAL OVERSTIMULATION

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL ERA

As we move further into the age of technology, balancing screen time with face-to-face communication/interaction is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. As parents we often search for ways to talk about screen time and healthy use of technology in a way that our kids will hear us.

So how should we be talking to them? What are the best tips for balancing tech and face-to-face time in the family?


Moderator: Laura Belevica (USA)

Artist, Architect, Illustrator, Storyteller and Creative Entrepreneur


Līga Bernāte (LV)

Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist at Family Centre Līna


Manuel Koleman (DE)

Co-Founder and CEO at Pirate Summit

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL ERA

FAMILY AND STARTUP LIFE BALANCE

Diving into the startup lifestyle is cool, but how to do it while also having a healthy family life? How do you balance startup and family life? Best tips from people who are doing it both as startupers and as spouses.


Moderator: Alise Semjonova (LV)

Co-Founder of Infogr.am and Riga TechGirls


Karīna Kulberga (LV)

Head of Private Banking Swedbank Latvia/startuper’s spouse


Ernests Štāls (LV)

Co-Founder at Dripit.io/husband and father


Kaidi Ruusalepp (EE)

Founder and CEO of Funderbeam

FAMILY AND STARTUP LIFE BALANCE

Tickets 2018

GENERAL PASS

Stage programme (Nov 30/ Dec 1)
Free Workshops
Startup Expo access
Matchmaking
Official afterparties

Super Deal: buy 1 get 2. Purchase a ticket and we will ship you extra ticket for free.
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STARTUP PASS

Stage programme (Nov 30/ Dec 1)
Free Workshops
Startup Expo access
Demo Booth (separate application)
Matchmaking with Investors
Pitch competitions (separate applications)
Official afterparties

Super Deal: buy 1 get 2. Purchase a ticket and we will ship you extra ticket for free.
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INVESTOR PASS

Stage programme (Nov 30/ Dec 1)
Free Workshops
Startup Expo access
Matchmaking with Startups
Access to VIP meeting area
VIP Reception invite
Official afterparties

Super Deal: buy 1 get 2. Purchase a ticket and we will ship you extra ticket for free.
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STUDENT PASS

Stage programme (Nov 30/ Dec 1)
Free Workshops
Startup Expo access
Official afterparties

*Applicable to Students, Teachers, Professors, University & High School Academic staff members.

Super Deal: buy 1 get 2. Purchase a ticket and we will ship you extra ticket for free.
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Founders

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Uldis Leiterts

Co-Founder and Strategy

About

Uldis is someone who doesn’t believe it until he’s seen it. A passionate photographer, Uldis has traveled to over 50 countries around the world, which included trekking across Iran (twice), and reaching the summit of Asia’s largest volcano the Damavand.

Uldis is an experienced and awarded entrepreneur, designer, and co-founder of distinguished startups such as Attitude.ai, a conversational interfaces for marketing automation, and Infogr.am, an interactive data visualization tool. He’s mentored startups in several regions as part of the Pirate Summit and Pioneer Festival.

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Dagnija Lejiņa

Co-Founder and CEO

About

Dagnija is a passionate communications professional with a special interest in technologies, startups and community engagement. In addition to creating the Digital Freedom Festival, she is a Co-Founder of the boutique reputation management company “Lejiņa and Šleiers”, and is a co-founder of “Riga Venture Summit” and the Latvian Startup Association.

In the past, Dagnija has led communications at the largest Nordic bank in Latvia – Nordea, also coordinating communications in Poland and the Baltic countries. She has gained experience in public affairs while serving as Press Secretary and Communications Advisor to the Latvian Foreign Minister.

Whether it’s hiking in the Himalayas or exploring the thick jungles of southeast Asia, Dagnija has never denied a challenge and aims to push herself to unknown horizons. At the same time she looks for ways that she can help others to achieve their goals by connecting people and building purpose driven communities.

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Juris Šleiers

Co-Founder and Lifestyle

About

An experienced journalist, editor and columnist, Juris is a Co-Founder of “Riga Venture Summit”, the Latvian Startup association and Co-Founder of the NGO Nordic Reputation Hub and flagship event “ReputationTime” conference. In addition to organizing events, Juris actively attends tech conventions and never misses opportunity to dive into the after parties.

Juris was Editor in Chief at Klubs, the largest men’s lifestyle magazine in Latvia for 10 years. He has experience in premium corporate publishing as the Editor for Audi Magazine and contributed to Mercedes Benz corporate publications. Juris has been published in local lifestyle magazines such as Klubs, Santa, Pastaiga, Deko, as well as international brands: Cosmopolitan, FHM, Shape, AutoBild, SNOB, Robb Report.

Wine, cats and writing. That’s Juris, if you had to describe him in three words. Juris enjoys long-distance running, and every now and then conquers mountain summits, such as Kilimanjaro. Juris believes in balance – if you drink fine wines and eat good food, then you have to stay in shape. He’s adopted the ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude in both his personal and professional life.

If you’ll be joining us at our after-parties, you’re guaranteed to see Juris in the spotlight orchestrating all the fun.

Advisory board

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Robin Wauters

Founding Editor of Tech.eu

About

Robin Wauters is a seasoned European technology journalist and Founding Editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news, data analysis and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.

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Ieva Ilves

Cybersecurity Policy Expert

About

Ieva is the First Lady of Estonia, wife of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. She is dedicated to her work in the domain of cybersecurity at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, commuting between Riga and Tallinn.

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Abdelhameed Sharara

Founder and CEO of RiseUp Summit

About

The RiseUp Summit is the biggest entrepreneurship summit in Egypt and the Middle East to date, with an attendance of more than 3000. The summit is known for bringing together the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt and MENA for the first time. Before founding RiseUp, Abdelhameed worked at Injaz-Egypt where he helped create the first start-ups pipeline in all Junior Achievement countries. He is also a Global Shaper, which is a network of young people under the age of 30 from all over the world who are selected by the World Economic Forum for their exceptional potential and achievements.

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Bogdan Iordache

Board Manager at How to Web

About

Bogdan’s work is based on a simple yet powerful vision – to create a positive impact by understanding technology and human nature. He is the organiser of the How to Web Conference, the Start-up Spotlight mentoring program and start-up contest, and the MVP pre-acceleration program. He is also currently running TechHub Bucharest, the most important tech co-working space in Bucharest.

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Muzaffar Khan

Founder of Alchemy Ventures

About

Muzaffar is the Founder of Alchemy Ventures, Lecturer at SSE Riga, Co-Founder of Startup Wise Guys Riga and author of the book ‘Racing Towards Excellence’.

He completed his BSc in Industrial and Business Economics at the LSE in 1991, received an MA in English Literature from King’s College in 1992 and his MSc in Development Studies from the LSE in 2007. In 1998, Khan joined Moore Capital Management (a 75 billion dollar hedge fund), quickly becoming the Moore Emerging Market (MEM) fund’s senior strategist. Over Khan’s five-year tenure, the team enjoyed double-digit returns every year, with assets under management growing from $250 million to $1 billion. Khan retired from Moore Capital Management in 2003, becoming the Vice Chairman of ACOPS, an international environmental charity and consultant to the Man Environmental Capital Opportunities (Man ECO) division of Man Group. The main focus of his current work is Alchemy Ventures, a social enterprise he founded in 2004. Alchemy’s mission is to increase social mobility and reduce aspirational poverty in the world’s youth. Now Khan spends majority of his time investing in startups and mentoring students for free. Khan’s mentorship philosophy and techniques are encapsulated by ‘Racing Towards Excellence’, a book he co-authored with one of his mentees, Jan Sramek.

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Joanna Kirk

Co-Founder Startup Sesame

About

Joanna is a communications & PR strategist for international ecosystem builders, fast growth companies and startups in tech and creative industries. Currently based in Paris, she is Managing Director at StartHer, a non-profit organization that supports women in technology and entrepreneurship, and chapter lead for Techfugees France. Joanna co-founded the European Tech event programme Startup Sesame and music project Tales & Remedies. Previously in charge of communications & PR for global entertainment and tech events Midem, MIPTV, MIPCOM and LeWeb, Joanna holds an MBA in Cultural Management in Europe from Paris 8 and a BA in European Studies from Reading University.

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Kayvan Nikjou

Main Guy at Challengers

About

Kayvan has over 12 years of international experience in event organisation, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing and relationship management. Passionate about building communities and connecting people, he is constantly finding ways how to reach people through start-ups, scale-ups, tech organisations (VC’s, governmental organisations, investors etc.) corporates, NGO’s and the media. Kayvan is the founder and CEO of Challenge.rs (premium tech & innovation event) and one of the ambassadors of the Slush start-up conference and 4YFN, Spain’s largest start-up event. He is also a passionate Spanish guitar player and a car aficionado.

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Sean Percival

Operating Partner at ‎Katapult Accelerator, ex Partner at 500 Startups

About

Sean is an American investor and entrepreneur from California. He has invested in over 120 startups and founded several of his own. Previously Sean was a Partner at 500 Startups, a venture fund and globally acclaimed accelerator program. He is also formerly the Founder and CEO of Wittlebee, the kids clothing club and Vice President, Online Marketing of Myspace. Sean is currently based in Oslo, Norway but spends a fair amount of time in both Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

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Alise Semjonova

Co-Founder of Infogram

About

Alise Semjonova is the Co-Founder and Product Designer at Infogram, a data visualization platform with a mission to create and deliver tools for people to tell and understand the stories behind data.

Infogram is used by more than two million journalists, NGO activists, marketers, and educators worldwide. On May 2017 Infogram and Prezi, the visual presentation giant, joined forces to deliver most powerful tools for visual communications.

Alise has witnessed Infogram’s growth from day one while working on continuous improvements and studying overall user reaction, which spiked interest in technology acceptance and human digital product design.

Alise has background is in Graphic Design, but after her passion had grown in digital product development, she pursued attaining her Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction.

Alise’s passion for startups, entrepreneurship, technology and digital design led to co-initiating Riga TechGirls, the first community in Latvia dedicated to educating and inspiring women about technology.

Alise has been selected by Forbes as 30 Under 30 in Europe – Media (2017).

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Till Ohrmann

CEO and Co-Founder of Pirate Summit

About

Till is the Co-Founder/CEO of the Pirate Summit + the EXEC series and is very passionate about entrepreneurship. He and his team organize more than 100 events a year, some of them invitation-only, some of them public and free of charge, all of them focused on helping start-ups to succeed. He is the ambassador of Digital Economy in his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, and an active Global Shaper.

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Tim Röhrich

Managing Director at Pioneers.io

About

Tim is the Managing Director of Pioneers Festival. He has founded three companies and studied industrial/mechanical engineering and management in Germany and Austria. Tim is an entrepreneur and tech & innovation addict driven by an inexhaustible curiosity about the future. Based on his interdisciplinary education (engineering, mathematics, social science, economics and IT), he is able to model, simulate and design systems from different perspectives. During 2012-2015 Tim was not only responsible for start-ups & investors relations and products at Pioneers, but also became MD of the Pioneers Festival in 2013.

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Kiran Maverick

Impact Entrepreneur

About

Kiran, 76 countries and 290 cities old is an Impact Entrepreneur and is on a mission to make the world a better place one piece at a time.

Passionate about building initiatives for Entrepreneurs, Women, and Young People he founded The August Fest in India which is now one of the largest Startup Festivals in Asia. August Fest turned five in 2017 and brings together fifteen thousand participants including Entrepreneurs, Creative folks and the Global Startup Ecosystems to celebrate arts and entrepreneurship every August. I Am Tomorrow is his latest initiative that discovers women role models across the world.

Kiran was also the brain behind India’s first social network during the pre-facebook era and over the last decade he launched and scaled up several tech and impact initiatives. Apart from creating brands and scaling up companies, Kiran loves to live on the edge and traveled to over 70 countries. The best way to catch up with him is while cruising through the Amazon Forest in South America or running with the Bulls in Spain.

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