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The Digital Freedom Festival is an exclusive, 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.

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

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Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau at the United Nations

About

Doreen is the first woman to serve as one of the International Telecommunication Union top elected officials. Bogdan-Martin served from 2008 to 2018 as Chief of ITU’s Strategic Planning and Membership Department where she acted as an Advisor to the ITU Secretary-General, and was responsible for ITU’s corporate communications, external affairs, corporate strategy and membership – as well as managing the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Bogdan-Martin is a member of the Board of Governors of the UN Staff College, an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Group and a Member of the Governing Committee of the Swiss Network for International Studies.

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Egils Levits

President of Latvia

Egils Levits

President of Latvia

About

The President of Latvia Egils Levits is also a Latvian lawyer and political scientist.

Mr Levits is author of many scientific publications on the issues regarding state law, administrative law, human rights, and democracy. Mr Levits has provided many opinions on various legal and political and legal issues to the Latvian Parliament (Saeima), the Cabinet of Ministers, various ministries, the Constitutional Court, other courts, public authorities, the institutions of the European Union, and international institutions. He publishes regularly on development challenges in Latvia.

Mr Levits has been the Ambassador of Latvia to Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland, as well as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Member of the Parliament. Apart from the native Latvian language, he mastered four foreign languages – English, French, German, and Russian.

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Linda Liukas

Programmer, storyteller, and illustrator of Hello Ruby

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Linda is a bright new voice on global technology education policy. With her Hello Ruby books and philosophy, translated in 28 languages, she brings a Nordic playful perspective to the sometimes serious world of computer science. What else is there to technology education than “Learn to code”? Her work empowering both children and young women in computer science all around the world, has given her unique, globally appealing perspective on how to celebrate the power of technology, imagination and storytelling. 

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Carl Honore

Award winning writer, Ted speaker, the Voice of the Slow movement

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Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and the voice of the global Slow Movement. After working with street children in Brazil, he covered South America and Europe for the Economist, Observer, Houston Chronicle, National Post and Time magazine. His books on the benefits of slowing down – In Praise of Slow, Under Pressure and The Slow Fix – have been published in 34 languages and landed on bestseller lists in many countries. His TED talk in praise of slowness has been viewed 3 million times. His latest book, Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives, explores attitudes to ageing. While writing his first book about Slow, Carl was given a speeding ticket.

#slowrevolution #lessismore #tempogiusto

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Mari-Liis Rüütsalu

CEO of Ekspress Grupp

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Mari-Liis has been working for two different industries which both have been under a change for at least decade.
She was a product development and marketing director in the biggest travel agency of Baltics – Estravel. Then, 8 years ago she was invited to work for Ekspress Grupp. For two years she was the CEO of Estonian biggest online portal Delfi. After that she merged two companies together which became Ekspress Meedia. It’s Delfi and the biggest media brands in Estonia – Eesti Ekspress, Maaleht, Eesti Päevaleht.

In 2017 she was invited to lead Ekspress Grupp which has also the biggest news outlets in Latvia and Lithuania. Ekspress Grupp has also expanded to digital outdoor media and other digital services which stand close to media.

She is a big believer in digitalisation in every aspect. As she believes that we are in the middle of the turbulent changes and times it’s more than exciting to work for media.

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Max Beverton-Palmer

Head of Tech and Society at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

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Max Beverton-Palmer is Head of Tech and Society at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He is part of a team generating radical, sensible, centre-ground tech policy to address some of the societal challenges faced around the world. He was previously Head of Digital Policy at Sky leading policy in the UK and EU on internet safety, online advertising and online regulation, as well as working with technology and product teams on ethical responsibility of design. He started his career at the UK communications regulator Ofcom working on broadcast regulation, net neutrality, broadband infrastructure and spectrum.

#techsociety #onlineharms #techpolicy

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Sajida Zouarhi

Head Of Communication @ Nomadic Labs

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Currently Head of Communication at Nomadic Labs, Sajida previously worked as a Blockchain architect and Project lead at ConsenSys. Engineer with 5 years of experience including 3 years as a Research engineer at Orange Labs (Telecommunications) and in the Computer Science Lab of Grenoble (LIG), she is also the co-founder of multiple projects in the Blockchain Ecosystem: Le BlockFest (Blockchain festival and hackathon), the Kidner Project (social impact project in healthcare using blockchain and cryptography tools), La Chaintech (french blockchain association) and the eHealth & Blockchain Think Tank. Sajida is an International Public Speaker and was named one of Top 10 Women to Follow in Tech in 2019 (#FrenchTech), Top 40 Forbes Women in France 2019, Top 6 Women Blockchain Influencers (#FrenchTech) and nominated for the Women in IT Awards Ireland 2018 (finalist for “Future CIO of the year”).

#blockchain #privacy #socialimpact

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David Klavins

Latvian piano maker - innovator, game changer and enthusiast

About

His philosophy in piano building has been formed by the understanding that today’s pianos are essentially built by principles that were established more than 100 years ago and remain unchanged even today. His approach from the onset was to rethink the piano design, to find out whether totally different solutions may be at hand that were not existing in the 19th century.

In 1987 David presented his first invention, the Vertical Grand Piano M370. The massive sound of the M370 found an audience in modern musicians seeking new sonic possibilities. Renewed attention from the musical world enabled Klavins to build the next step forward in uncompromised sound, the M450i – Vertical Concert Grand measuring 4.5m in height, located in Berlin and Latvia.

Some of Klavins Piano clients are Nils Frahm, Chemical Brothers, Erased Tapes, Stephan Eicher, Matthieu Chedid etc.

Check out ThePianoGuy @soundcloud

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Caroline Ramade

CEO at 50intech & board member UN Women

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For several years, Caroline has been working every day to support women entrepreneurs in tech. Since October 2016, she has been the Managing Director of Paris Pionnières. Caroline is an expert in digital strategy and was previously Deputy Head of the Digital Department of the City Hall of Paris. She also notably developed the label My Startup in Paris.

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Christoph Amend

Editor in Chief of ZEITmagazin

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Christoph Amend, born in 1974, is the Editor in Chief of ZEITmagazin and publisher of ZEIT‘s art magazine “Weltkunst.“ He is the co-host of ZEIT‘s podcast „Alles Gesagt“ and the author of the daily newsletter „Was für ein Tag.“

For his first book “Morgen tanzt die ganze Welt” (“Tomorrow The Whole World Will Dance”) he won the Hermann Hesse Junior book award. His new book „Wie geht‘s dir, Deutschland“ („How are you, Germany?“) was published by Rowohlt in 2019.

He also published “Die Grünen – Das Buch” (“The Green Party – The Book”) and the memoir “Ein Jahr – Ein Leben“ („One Year – One Life“) together with actress Iris Berben.

#theberlinstateofmind #zeitmagazinunlock #wiegehts

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Andrea Orsag

Co-Founder & Partner at MissionC

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Andrea Orsag is a co-founder and partner at MissionC, strategy advisory on a mission to accelerate the transition to Circular Economy on a global scale. Andrea is a consultant with 10+ years of experience combining Risk Management, Strategy and Change Management cross-industry, both for the commercial sector and not-for-profit organisations internationally.

She regularly acts as a moderator, facilitator and a speaker on topics related to Circular Economy and Sustainability #noplanetb

#circulareconomy #noplanetb #wearemissionc

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Christophe Ginisty

Head of Digital Engagement at the OECD

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Media and online influence strategist. Communications and Digital transformation expert, Christophe started his career at the age of 24 when he founded Rumeur Publique, a PR business specialised in technology that has become one of the leading agencies on the French market. In 2011, Edelman appointed him “European Digital / Technology Evangelist” with the responsibility of Deputy Managing Director, EMEA. In 2013, since he had been elected President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), he created ReputationTime conference in Paris 2015.

#media #Influence #socialmedia

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"Huge fan!"

Marvin Liao, Patner at 500 Startups

"Perfect place for networking and exchange of ideas"

Rune Theill, Partner ar Rockstart Accelerator

"It's a festival that gathers professionals and inspires beginners!"

Arvils Ašeradens, Minister for Economics of the Republic of Latvia