Digital Freedom Festival Community Day (NOV 14)

The official programme for the influential technology, startup, policy and lifestyle conference Digital Freedom Festival 2019 is announced. The DFF this year will take place for two days – on November 14th visitors of the festival will be brought together for warming-up events in different locations, but on November 15th the festival conference will take place at Hanzas Perons, the recently opened and modern site for cultural events.

November 14 features a new addition – the DFF Community Day, which will feature practical seminars, masterclasses, personal growth courses, startup pitch competitions, and other events. These will be held in various locations around Riga in cooperation with the Festival partners and members of the ecosystem. All events (except for Corporate Innovation Masterclass and Carl Honorè Masterclass “Life at the Right Speed in the Digital Age”) will be with free access to the Festival ticket holders. If you don’t have your DFF ticket yet, get it here>

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY @ ISSP Gallery, Berga Bazārs (13/3 Marijas)

Leaders Academy will provide an insightful, practical, and actionable set of perspectives that are vital in one’s journey to excellence. Both events are available for free with the DFF VIP tickets or can be purchased separately if you have any other ticket:

PERSONAL GROWTH ACADEMY @ Birojnīca, Berga Bazārs (84/2 Dzirnavu)

Personal Growth Academy will provide practical and inspirational tips for self-development and unlocking your true potential.

  • 9:00 – 10:30 “Guided Meditation Session for Work Efficiency” with Venerable LP John Paramai Dhanissaro will give practical knowledge on how to balance a fast-paced lifestyle with the help of meditation methods.

  • 10:30 – 12:00 “Growing Together – the Power of Mastermind Groups” masterclass with productivity specialist Stoyan Yankov will coach how to lead effective mentoring groups, where participants give each other advice and help to solve problems.

  • 13:00 – 14:30 “DNA/Genetics: Sleep & Stress Management” masterclass with leadership and performance advisor Satu Ahlman will focus on sleep and stress management for anyone wishing to succeed in business and life.

  • 14:30 – 16:00 “Uncommon Guide for Optimising Your Workday” masterclass with Stewart Rogers, editor at Grit Daily and analyst-at-large at VentureBeat, who will share useful techniques on how to become laser-focused and use mental gymnastics to accelerate every aspect of your work.

HACK-ACADEMY @ Norden, Berga Bazārs (13/3 Marijas)

The ability to be highly productive is critical for your professional success. Hack-Academy is about practical ideas and hands-on tools that will boost your performance. Get more done in less time!

  • 9:00 – 10:30 “The New Rules of Brand Storytelling”, where The Laws of Brand Storytelling co-author Jessica Gioglio will share her suggestions for creating a successful brand storytelling strategy.

  • 10:30 – 12:00 “Marketing: How to Boost Content Strategy”, where journalist and podcast producer David Tvrdon will reveal how to start a podcast and hit one million downloads, while Julia Gifford, co-founder at strategic content marketing & PR agency Truesix, will explain how to make your marketing texts stand out and share her copywriting tips and tricks.

  • 13:00 – 14:30 “Recruitment: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly”, where talent source Ekaterina Jachemeneva and communications strategist Julia Belkina – FindaNode co-founders – will share their advice on navigating the ever-changing recruitment jungle.

  • 14:30 – 16:00 “Leadership: How to Create High-Performance Teams?”, where human resources management specialist Diāna Stankeviča will explain how to increase the success of your team.

  • 16:00 – 17:30 “Executive HR: Strategise Your Physical Surroundings”, where strategy consultant Olegs Nikitins will talk about how to strategically make use of the work environment – how to raise efficiency and improve employee motivation at the same time.


PRE-SELECTION PITCHING @ DoBe, Swedbank (15 Balasta)


14:00 – 16:30 E-Mobility Innovation Day

To raise awareness about the benefits of e-mobility and open up new opportunities for businesses,, solution-provider behind the leading e-mobility charging projects of European car manufacturers, together with local partner Fitek invites you on November 14th to attend the “E-Mobility Innovation Day” that will focus on e-mobility topics and case studies.

Invitees only. If interested, send inquiry to

13:00 – 18:00 EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final @ RISEBA H2O (4 Durbes)

Don’t miss the EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final on the 14th of November, which is an official side event of the Digital Freedom Festival. The best of the 90 teams involved in the 2019 edition of the award-winning Jumpstarter training and mentoring programme will pitch their innovations for a chance to win prizes of up to €10 000. Register: HERE

18:30 – 21:00 Swedbank Seedtalks  Hardware & Finance x DFF @ Spīķeri (Maskavas 4/1)

Swedbank Seedtalks is excited to invite you to the biggest meetup of the season at Spīķeru koncertzāle! Let’s get into the party mood for the DFF – networking and drinks, fintech talk with friends from startups, business, and opinion leaders. Register: HERE