Programme

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

HOW TO FIND INVESTORS IN THE UK

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

HOW TO FIND INVESTORS IN THE 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)

Head of Lattelecom Accelerator Program

 

 

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

 

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.

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.

 

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?

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

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.

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

THE REALITY OF VR AND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

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

What is the singularity between human and machine? Do we really want to fight death?


Moderator: Arnis Rītups (LV)

Philosopher and Editor at Rīgas Laiks (Time Riga)


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?

Sandris Muriņš (LV)

Blockchain strategist, ICO Advisor, Founder of Inoniq Lab

 

 

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


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?

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

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 #Shortcut

Lattelecom LIVE FROM MAIN STAGE #Shortcut

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.


Jeff Pulver (USA)

Entrepreneur and Investor

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, 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

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

An entertaining yet educational and enlightening quick-fire interactive session, 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
20:00

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?
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

What is the singularity between human and machine? Do we really want to fight death?


Moderator: Arnis Rītups (LV)

Philosopher and Editor at Rīgas Laiks (Time Riga)


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, 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)

Head of Lattelecom Accelerator Program

 

 

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

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

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

HOW TO FIND INVESTORS IN THE UK

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

HOW TO FIND INVESTORS IN THE UK

FUTURE OF FINANCE

 

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?

Sandris Muriņš (LV)

Blockchain strategist, ICO Advisor, Founder of Inoniq Lab

 

 

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.

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


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.

 

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.

EST-LAT ACCELERATE PITCH COMPETITION

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

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.


Jeff Pulver (USA)

Entrepreneur and Investor

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

An entertaining yet educational and enlightening quick-fire interactive session, 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

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 COMMUNICATIONS

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 COMMUNICATIONS

Technology is just an instrument. Wisely used it can be the driver for great change. But it comes and goes – the decline of apps, the decline of websites, the growth of megabots… Living in the era of purpose and intention.


Jeff Pulver (USA)

Internet Pioneer and Mindfulness Activist

LATVIAN E - INDEX AWARD CEREMONY BY LATTELECOM

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 CEREMONY BY LATTELECOM

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?


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 RTU 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 OVERSTIMULATIONSMART DRUGS & SUPERFOODS - THE FUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

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

SMART DRUGS & SUPERFOODS - THE FUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

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”.

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

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 CHALLANGES: PERSONAL STORYHOW TO GROW YOUR STARTUP

LEADERSHIP CHALLANGES: 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

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 Slush 2017.

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/startuper’s spouse

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.

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 COMMUNICATIONS

Technology is just an instrument. Wisely used it can be the driver for great change. But it comes and goes – the decline of apps, the decline of websites, the growth of megabots… Living in the era of purpose and intention.


Jeff Pulver (USA)

Internet Pioneer and Mindfulness Activist

FUTURE OF COMMUNICATIONS

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 CHALLANGES: 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 CHALLANGES: 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 CEREMONY BY LATTELECOM

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 CEREMONY BY LATTELECOM

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

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?


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

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.

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 RTU 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

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 Slush 2017.

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

SMART DRUGS & SUPERFOODS - THE FUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

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”.

SMART DRUGS & SUPERFOODS - THE FUTURE OF FOOD, OR HOW TO LIVE TILL THE AGE OF 120

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/startuper’s spouse

FAMILY AND STARTUP LIFE BALANCE