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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.

Speakers '19

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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

About

Linda is the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book about the whimsical world of computers, as well as the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 260 cities. She loves Muji, Zelda Fitzgerald, software and sparkly things.

When she was 13, Liukas first showed an interest in creating websites. In 2001, she made a page in Finnish about Al Gore, hoping to show him how much she admired his values, not to mention his looks. For the next ten years she studied philosophy, business, French and engineering but maintained an interest in programming. When she was 23, she once again became interested in the web. She co-founded Rails Girls, a site designed to help women learn basic programming. Thanks to her involvement, the approach has become a worldwide success, leading to workshops in over 160 cities. Liukas also works with the online training platform Codecademy which provides courses free of charge.

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Carl Honore

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

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Carl hosts a podcast called The Slow Revolution and his TED talk on the benefits of slowing down has been viewed 2.8 million times. His audiences range from C-suite executives, entrepreneurs and IT professionals to teachers, academics and medical practitioners. His clients range from Microsoft, Barclays and Reuters to Citibank, Accenture and Unilever to McKinsey, L’Oréal and Haagen Dazs. As a former journalist Carl covered stories at the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post.

Published in 34 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. In Praise of Slow was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. It also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentina’s version of Big Brother and a TV commercial for the Motorola tablet. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada. Bolder was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Reader’s Digest (UK) Book of the Month.

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Dagnija Lejiņa

Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Freedom Festival

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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Conor McGann

Google Mobile UX Specialist

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Conor’s background is in Sales & Marketing with a strong IT & digital focus. He is a Mobile UX Specialist at Google Ireland. He currently works in the CSS program advising EEA’s comparison shopping services. Prior to this Conor was an Account Manager and Mobile Expert Lead where he supported some of the UK’s Largest advertisers on their performance marketing solutions.

Working on some of the fastest growing accounts in the UK he has built a wealth of knowledge across multiple different industries in over 3 years. Charged with helping drive mobile growth for some of the top UK businesses, he has developed a strong passion for helping advertisers understand mobile as a platform and how user behaviour has evolved in a multi-device world we now live in.

 

 

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Sajida Zouarhi

Head Of Communication @ Nomadic Labs

About

Sajida Zouarhi is an Engineer and Blockchain Architect. She is also a Computer Science researcher and worked with a major Telecommunications Operator (Orange) during her PhD thesis in Grenoble about private data transmission over communication channels on complex systems. She is President of the eHealth and BlockchTain Think Tank and a technical advisor on the board of several Blockchain projects.

As the founder of the Kidner Project, she collaborated with WHO to help prevent Kidney Trafficking using Blockchain technology. She is an international Hackathon Mentor and a hackathon organizer with the Blockfest that she co-founded in 2016 in France.

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David Klavins

Latvian piano maker - innovator, game changer and enthusiast

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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.

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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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Rokas Kondratas

Co-Founder and CEO of YouTube Multi Channel Network “Videostars.lt”

About

Rokas Kondratas is a Co-Founder and CEO of YouTube Multi Channel Network “Videostars.lt”.
Network is managing more than 160+ YouTube channels in Lithuania. Top Lithuanian musicians, brands, celebrities and influencers works with “Videostars.lt” to monetize, protect and promote their video content. In 2019 summer “Videostars.lt” became a part of Lithuanias DELFI.LT group

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Julia Karmo

Freelance Germany Editor and Multimedia Producer at Sky News

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Julia Karmo is a journalist and communications consultant based in Berlin. She has worked for world’s global media companies such as Sky News and Associated Press where she produced and commissioned hundreds of original stories from 19 countries around the world, in formats ranging from documentaries to Facebook video. Lately, she has been advising startups, universities, and nonprofits on strategic communications.

#digitalmarketing #digitalvideo #growthhacking

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Jakob Horvat

Author, Speaker, Motivational Trainer and Yoga-Teacher

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Jakob Horvat is a former Austrian TV-journalist, adventurer, book author and yoga teacher. His journey around the world has become a journey to himself. Discovering life with courage and curiosity is his passion, which he shares with great enthusiasm.

What would the world look like if more people would do what they love? How would our lives change if we’d start unleashing our full potential?

In order to find answers Jakob has tried as many new things as possible. Hitchhiked from Vienna to America, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and lived with a Shaman in the Amazon rainforest in Perú. I ran an ultra-marathon to the peak of the highest volcano of Maui and meditated for hours in a Zen monastery in India, became a Yoga teacher and discovered the power of spirituality. Trip that changed his life.

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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