The Digital Freedom Festival Gathered tech enthusiasts from 35 countries and expressed support for sustainable development

The influential technology, startup, policy and lifestyle Digital Freedom Festival was held on November 14th and 15th in Riga. The festival gathered 1300 technology and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policymakers, investors, journalists and students from 35 different countries. Participants expressed support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and discussed how to use technology to achieve good. 


Digital Freedom Festival Co-Founder Dagnija Lejiņa: “This year we focused on sustainability and the positive impact of technology, as well as our own personal role in solving global problems. The “honeymoon” with digital is over, we also need to be aware of the “dark sides” that tech can amplify, and therefore we should challenge the purpose and positive impact of tech even more in the future. I’m pleased that this year we also achieved our goal of having 50% women speakers on the main Future Stage. Frequently our individual actions have a much greater and more permanent impact than official declarations, so we hope that festival provided positive impulses for how to use tech for bigger purposes, and we hope they will materialise into new and meaningful cooperative projects.”


Interesting Facts About the Digital Freedom Festival:


  • The fifth Digital Freedom Festival had 80 conference speakers (45% – women, 55% – men); 47% women attendees;
  • 70 accredited media representatives and media coverage in more than 200 publications;
  • The festival was held on 4 stages: the Future Stage, DELFI Media Lab, Innovation Bazaar and Lifestyle lounge.
  • The Digital Freedom Festival included a pitch competition by 500 Startups won by Exonicus, a competition by Dutch accelerator Rockstart won by iLof from Portugal, and a competition by Latvia’s State Forests GEO won by Amplicam from Latvia.
  • The most popular attendee names were Anna and Jānis.


Partners on the Digital Freedom Festival:


DELFI Board Chair Konstantīns Kuzikovs: “The DELFI team pleased with the programme we could offer to Latvian media representative, festival attendees and livestream viewers on the DELFI media LAB stage. We’re especially happy about the number of speakers from 12 different countries and content, which included experts from Google, Facebook, the UN, and ZEITmagazine shared new trends in the media industry, journalism, video content creation, mobile, podcasts and other related issues which we rarely hear about in Latvia.”


Latvijas valsts meži (LVM) Development Department Director Ilga Bērzkalna: Latvijas valsts meži were truly happy to be a Digital Freedom Festival partner. We were able to meet and support idea creators, innovative commercial sector services, future business partners and hopefully our future colleagues – all in one place. LVM is an innovative company that uses modern technology and is interested in cooperation with various partners. We’ve been able to surprise several attendees with our progressive, technologically developed work environment. LVM just commemorated our 20th anniversary – operations have moved forwards in an unrelenting cycle of change and innovation! We also plan to continue to innovate in the future, because tomorrow’s achievements start “here” and “now”!  


The Dutch Ambassador to Latvia, Govert Jan Bijl de Vroe: “I very much enjoyed being present at DFF 2019. I liked the vibe, I liked the theme. Sustainable development is also the Embassy’s priority. That is why we were happy to support. Our focus was on smart mobility and sustainable logistics. And Dutch accelerator Rockstart encouraged pitches by creative minds offering digital solutions to the challenges of the world today. DFF was all about bringing together ‘digital’ and ‘sustainable’ and making an impact– as it turned out, with a Dutch touch.”