Programme ’18

Friday, November 30 CONFERENCE DAY

Future Stage "Human & Machine" 3rd floor
PNB Banka Investor Lounge 3rd floor
DELFI Media LAB 2nd floor
Corporate Innovations Lounge 2nd floor
Lifestyle Lounge 2nd floor
09:00

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10:00
Festival OpeningFuture politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

Festival Opening

10:00 – 10:30

What’s the next “big thing”? The future of technologies and their impact on our daily life, business and government. How to be prepared and make the most of it.

Why should we join DFF to challenge the status quo? To co-create and to celebrate digital culture!


Egija Gailuma (LV), Chief Executive at Amrita Water

Dagnija Lejiņa (LV), Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Freedom Festival

Juris Šleiers (LV), Co-Founder at Digital Freedom Festival

Future politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

10:30 – 11:10

Jamie Susskind, the author of the book “Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech”, in his keynote will confront one of the most important questions of our time: how digital technology transforms politics and society.


Jamie Susskind (UK), Author of Future Politics, Practising Barrister

#AI #futurepolitics #law

 

11:00
How to Regain Control Over Powerful Digital LifeworldLeadership in Disruptive Times: How to Compete in the Digital World

How to Regain Control Over Powerful Digital Lifeworld

11:10 – 11:30

Hal Hadson, The Economist tech correspondent will discuss with Jamie Susskind – to what extent should our lives be directed and controlled by digital systems – and on what terms; and how we can – and must – regain control.


Jamie Susskind (UK), Author of Future Politics, Practising Barrister

Hal Hodson (UK), Technology Correspondent at The Economist

#AI #control #democracy

Leadership in Disruptive Times: How to Compete in the Digital World

11:30 – 12:00

As a social innovator, Gabi Zedlmayer explores how technology is changing the way we live and work, what are critical strategic changes that will help startups, companies, and governments to successfully compete in the digital world.


Gabi Zedlmayer (DE), Social Innovator, President of the Women's Council at Hypo Vereinsbank Unicredit

#innovator #womenwhoshaketheworld #futureofwork

Investor Day OpeningA Data-driven Report on the Baltic Startup Ecosystem(s) by Tech.euINVESTOR PITCH

A Data-driven Report on the Baltic Startup Ecosystem(s) by Tech.eu

11:10 – 11:30

The presentation will delve into the ongoing evolution and maturation of the startup ecosystems in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with a closer look at the local funding and exit markets.


 

Robin Wauters (BE), Founding Editor of Tech.eu

#entrepreneurship #startups #DFFalumni

INVESTOR PITCH

11:30 – 12:00

Investors pitch themselves in 2 minutes. Who are they? Why should startups consider them for their next round? And yes, what defines their perfect startup to invest in?

DELFI Media LAB OpeningDid Technology Kill Journalism as We Knew It?

Did Technology Kill Journalism as We Knew It?

11:30 – 12:00

Is journalism really free in the digital age? His experience in analogue journalism: first experiences with email, internet, paper files. How Lucian has seen newspapers succeed or lose in the digital age. The promise of “citizen journalism” and “information wars” – troll factories and fake news.


Lucian Kim (US), Correspondent at National Public Radio Moscow

#journalism #media #news

OpeningDo's or Don'ts of Corporate InnovationFuture of Open Banking X Finance Latvia Association. Powered by Swedbank

Opening

11:00 – 11:10

Providing expert advice and guidance on corporate innovation, new technologies and business growth. – Evita Lune.


Opening by

Evita Lune (LV), Partner, Global Digital Economy at Pedersen & Partners

Do's or Don'ts of Corporate Innovation

11:00 – 11:30

Corporate innovation – what does it mean and how does it work? Various strategies for innovative thinking in action. Corporate Innovation, strategies that (don’t) work.


Manuel Koelman (DE), Co-Founder at PIRATE.global

#PIRATE #CorporateInnovation #DFFalumni

Future of Open Banking X Finance Latvia Association. Powered by Swedbank

11:30 – 13:00

Topics for discussion:

  • How we can accelerate mutually beneficial growth – banking and startups’  cooperation models. Best practices #openbanking #innovations #API #PSD2
  • Standartisation initiatives – API, PSD2 – what will change in 2019?
  • Full role-out of open banking model – future opportunities and challenges to overcome. Strategic overview #strategy #openbanking #challenges #strategicrisks #fintechs

Mārīte Aleksandra Silava (LV), Fintech Community Manager at Swedbank Group

Martins Sulte (LV), CEO and Co-Founder of Mintos

Oleg Marofejev (LT), Head of Open Banking in Nordic and Baltic region at Swedbank

Pēteris Zilgalvis (LV), Head of Unit, Digital Innovation & Blockchain; Co-Chair, FinTech at European Commission

Majda Nogo (SE), Head of Business Development Nordics and Baltics at Visa Europe

OPENINGMindfulness & Meditation

OPENING

Mindfulness & Meditation

11:00 – 12:00

While going about our busy lives, we often forget about the mind. However, it is our mind where our thoughts, speech and actions originate. The potential of the mind is limitless only if we realize it, know how to use it and take a good care of it.


John Paramai Dhanissaro (Supadulchai) (TH), Theravada Buddhist Monk, Webmaster at Peace Revolution

12:00
Future of Health. Reinvention of Healthcare and WellnessThe Art of Leading a StartupFrom Idea to Crowdfunding Records and Rock Star Customers

Future of Health. Reinvention of Healthcare and Wellness

12:00 – 12:20

How can fast-moving technologies help to reinvent health and medicine? Shivom is a blockchain-powered genomic data storage platform that is powering the next era of genomics and precision medicine. It’s the world’s largest platform for the secure storage and sharing of genomic data, which can help transform the healthcare ecosystem and improve lives.


Henry Ines (US), CEO at Shivom

#healthtech #genomics

 

The Art of Leading a Startup

12:20 – 12:40

Yesica Aguilera co-founded Tespack at the age of 24 – the smart technology company that concentrates on mobile energy solutions now has now raised more than €2.6M. What are the strategies to succeed to lead a startup? Practical Tips & Tricks of Startup Leadership.


Yesika Aguilera (UK), Tespack Co-founder and Tech entrepreneur

#FutureOfEnergy #TechSwag #womenintech

 

From Idea to Crowdfunding Records and Rock Star Customers

12:40 – 13:00

Gamechanger Audio was founded by four friends committed to exploring the uncharted territories of electronic music and creating devices that provide real value while stretching the imagination of both musicians and engineers. Iļja will speak and play some loud guitar music accompanied by some of his rock star friends.


Ilja Krumins (LV), Co-Founder of Gamechanger Audio

#startup #crowdfunding #lifestyle

 

PITCH Session by 500 Startups & Rockstart

12:00 – 14:00

500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. They are one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world.

Rockstart is one of Europe’s leading, and first multi-vertical, startup accelerators with the goal of providing startups with access to the market, capital, knowledge, and the community.

Startups selected by 500 Startups and Rockstart will compete for the main prize – a fast-track to the final interview for each of these accelerators batches. 50% of applicants are Latvian startups, followed by Ukraine, Belarus and Estonia. They represent very various industries, such as Blockchain, Fintech, Travel, Robots, Mindfulness and AdTech.


Chris Brown (US), Acceleration Manager at 500 Startups

Rune Theill (NL), Co-founder and CEO of Rockstart

PITCH Session by 500 Startups & Rockstart
You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For AttentionDumb and Dumber: Technology and Us

You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For Attention

12:00 – 12:30

Attention is the most expensive currency. The expert’s discussion will focus on how to win peoples attention in the era of digital noise and fragmented span of interest?


Ingus Bērziņš (LV), Chief editor at DELFI

Lucian Kim (US), Correspondent at National Public Radio Moscow

Viesturs Celmiņš (LV), Urban planner

#SocialMedia #DigitalNoise

Dumb and Dumber: Technology and Us

12:30 – 13:30

Trends and consequences of disruption of information consumption. What about millennials and new generations? Are we getting dumber than goldfish?


Hal Hodson (UK), Technology Correspondent at The Economist

Hanan Salam (FR), Co-Founder & Head of Education and Research at Women in AI

Arnis Rītups (LV), Publisher and editor of Rīgas Laiks

Jonathan Howard (LV), On editorial board of Rigas Laiks

#Disruption #InformationConsumption #Millenials

BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)

12:30 – 13:00

Book “Future Politics. Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech” confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology – from AI to virtual reality – transform politics and society? How digital technology will be used to exert control by the state and by big tech firms.


Jamie Susskind (UK), Author of Future Politics, Practising Barrister

BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)
13:00
PerformanceBias in Artificial Intelligence

Performance

13:00 – 13:30

#Lifestyle #Music

Bias in Artificial Intelligence

13:30 – 14:00

Hanan Salam, a curious researcher and engineer who holds a Phd in AI, built a robotics startup and is an initiator behind the “Women in AI” movement in France. She will invite us to be aware of AIs “dark side” to enhance our biases and stereotypes, and give some insight as to how to overcome them.


Hanan Salam (FR), Co-Founder & Head of Education and Research at Women in AI

#WomenInAI #biasInAI #WomenEmpowerment

Baltic Media Health Check-up

13:30 – 14:00

The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica is cooperating with SSE to bring you trends from the New York Times and Washington Post. What and how is media digitalisation implemented in the Baltic region?


Inga Springe (LV), Investigative journalist, Co-Founder of Re:Baltica

#MarketChallenges #Innovations

Baltic Media Health Check-up
AI to the Rescue: Business and ApplicationsInnovation for Future Talent - When She Rises, We All Rise - Powered by Accenture

AI to the Rescue: Business and Applications

13:00 – 13:30

Mapping and understanding the French AI ecosystem, national policy, actors, investments and beyond. At the crossroads of technology, neuroscience & AI, “ni2o” the Franco-American startup, is building a nanoscale AI-driven brain-computer interface.


Laura Calmore (FR), Director of Strategic Initiatives at ni2o

#AI #neuroscience #technology

Innovation for Future Talent - When She Rises, We All Rise - Powered by Accenture

13:30 – 14:30

A more human, inclusive and diverse culture drives competitiveness in every organization. What are some innovative approaches to growing diversity in your organisation? What are the best strategies for unlocking the potential of women? Accenture will present their latest research on global gender equality “When She Rises, We All Rise” and share lessons learned. Panellists will contribute with their observations and ready-to-go experiences.


Alda Zeila (LV), Nordic PCS Lead, Manager at Accenture

Dana Icikzone (SE), Diversity Lead at Adobe

Ton van ‘t Noordende (NL), CEO & GP of 01Ventures, IIR at StartupDelta & Founder of Angel Island

Ariana Ivan (DE), CEO, Co-founder of illumo

#womenempowerement #competitiveness #futureofwork

14:00
To Survive, Fight Your InstinctsEmpowering Women Leadership

To Survive, Fight Your Instincts

14:00 – 14:30

Paul architects scaling strategies shaped around a new, augmented, nomadic, and tribal human. Global organizations such as Microsoft, eBay, Fujitsu, Siemens, Evernote, and others have trusted him to challenge them. He will talk about how technology impacts our global human identity.


Paul Papadimitriou (UK), Founder of Intelligencr

#getshitdone #trulyglobal #uniqueoutlook

 

Empowering Women Leadership

14:30 – 15:00

An entrepreneur-turned kiteboarder and world-traveller, Kristina will share the story of her newest venture – SuperShe Island. After running a $45m consulting company and being listed on Forbes’ „The Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses”, she sold it and bought a private island in Finland – to bring badass women from around the world together and empower their leadership.


Kristina Roth (US), SuperShe Island Founder and CEO

#superwoman #community #leadership

BREAKFundraising in the New Economy

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Fundraising in the New Economy

14:30 – 15:00

Fundraising Trends: Accelerators, VC, ICOs, Post-Ico Era Tools. Developing a relationship with your Investor. Why fundraising tours don’t work? Building a timeline for your project, when and how you should start looking for investment. Raising outside of your home market (Europe vs. USA)


Anastasia Lykova (US), Head of Program at Starta Ventures

#venturecapital #fundraising

Discussion on the Baltic Media LandscapeHow to Bridge the Gap Between Tech & Humanity

How to Bridge the Gap Between Tech & Humanity

14:40 – 15:00

Incredibly powerful technologies are amplifying the human experience across VR, AR, AI, blockchain and machine learning. But how do tech companies, marketers, and creative agencies collaborate in bridging the gap between technology and humanity? Fiorenza will take a peek behind the curtain of the festival and glimpse the technologies that are driving the unprecedented opportunities of human + machine combining forces to co-create, showing multiple examples of Cannes Lions winners where human-led creativity can have a transformative effect on communities and lives when combined with technology. She will also examine the concept of digital wellbeing, and what it truly means to utilise technology in a healthy way. Technology and data should ultimately free up the industry to unleash creativity, not get in its way.


Cooperation with Startups for Business Growth

14:30 – 15:00

Majda Nogo is responsible for cementing Visa’s position as innovative partner, as well as partner of choice for start-ups and fintech companies, in order to gain access to early stage opportunities, emerging technologies and new business models. What are the best strategies and lessons learned for corporates to booth their growth in partership with startups.


Majda Nogo (SE), Head of Business Development Nordics and Baltics at Visa Europe

#corporationwithfintechs #innovations

 

Cooperation with Startups for Business Growth

Discussion on Algorithm We Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it

14:30 – 15:00

New technologies have heightened our expectations and more than ever before provided a wealth of new opportunities for travelers looking for memorable experiences. Combining innovation with creativity will create even more ways of experiential travel. But can we get that authentic and unique experience we seek in the world of algorithm?


Aldis Kušķis (LV), Travel Designer at Stagings

Kitija Tigule (LV), Head of Retail for the Nordics and Central Europe, Travel Channels, Amadeus

Stewart Rogers (UK), Analyst at VentureBeat

Discussion on Algorithm We Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it
15:00
Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized CityDiscussion on the Future of Smart Cities

Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized City

15:00 – 15:40

Bicycle Urbanism by Design draws upon Mikael’s philosophies about urbanism and his practical experience working with cities. He appeals to our rationality in saying that we should choose to design our cities and streets instead of relying solely on traffic engineering as we have done for so many decades. This is about design as a human-to-human process and how we should use design to create better urban environments.


Mikael Colville-Andersen (DK), CEO, Founder of Copenhagenize Design Co.

#smartcities #urbanism

PITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator

15:00 – 16:00

“Blockchain preAccelerator (UL Business Incubator) has selected 10 blockchain startups from Europe, who are challenging different industries using Blockchain and Tokenomics.

Startups will pitch to Crypto Valley Venture Capital Genesis Hub accelerator from Switzerland, The Floor Accelerator from Israel, Bitfury Capital from SanFrancisco and other investors and world-class accelerators.

PITCH PANEL: Gil Devora and Karen Devora (The Floor Hub), Pavel Jakovlev (CryptoValley), Oliver Bramwell (PNB Banka)


Karlis Kivlenieks (LV), Karlis Kivlenieks, Blockchain preAccelerator cofounder, Co-Manager at UL Student Business Incubator (LV

PITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator
Future of Digital SubscriptionHow Visual Storytelling Changes the Communication of Brands

Future of Digital Subscription

15:00 – 15:30

Digital subsciption is the new black, and a goldmine for digital businesses: we subscribe to podcasts, news feeds, movies, music and even our personal sports trainer – what’s next? Will we subscribe to everything? The way people consume media is irreversibly changing. How will legacy media companies survive in the digital on-demand era?


Eero Vassinen (FI), Management Consultant at CIVITTA

#Digital #Trends #On-Demand #Mobile

How Visual Storytelling Changes the Communication of Brands

15:30 – 16:00

All across the world the new era has emerged. Media has started to earn money making multimedial visual storytelling products. This wave has come to the Baltics, and now it’s time to explain what is good and what is bad. Sponsorship must not be confused with hidden advertising.


Ingus Bērziņš (LV), Chief editor at DELFI

#DigitalStorytelling #Multimedia #Sponsorship

How the Oldest Republic in the World Become an International Hub for BlockchainAI and New Way of Interaction With Devices

How the Oldest Republic in the World Become an International Hub for Blockchain

15:00 – 15:30

Sergio’s ambition is to enable San Marino to become one of the leading blockchain hubs in the world. He’ll share his experience integrating digital into corporate strategy, building agility, speed, and data driven operations.


Sergio Mottola (SM), Executive Chairman at San Marino Innovation

#blockchain #digitalID #IoT

AI and New Way of Interaction With Devices

15:30 – 16:00

The recent rise of AI has enabled a whole host of new applications and technologies. One that is becoming increasingly prevalent and even changing the way we interact with technology is voice assistants. In this talk, we give an overview of voice assistants: how they work and privacy concerns that surround them.


Eric Bezzam (IT), Research Assistant at EPFL, Tech Evangelist at Snips

 

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is ArtWhen Digital Art Enters a Museum #Artistalk #DigitalArt

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is Art

15:00 – 15:30

Artists are always on the frontlines of experiementing and implementing new technologies to alter artistic expresion. Dr.Šmits and artist Misjuns will discuss art and virtual reality, trends and concepts behind art and technology.


Raitis Šmits (LV), Founder of Art and Science center RIXC in Riga

Alvis Misjuns (LV), 3D Artist, Author of VR artwork - Smart garden

 

 

When Digital Art Enters a Museum #Artistalk #DigitalArt

15:30 – 16:00

Milja also worked in kiasma_, the number one contemporary art museum in Finland, she will share know-how on how to preserve various new forms of digital art: video, computer and internet art.


Milja Liimatainen (FI), Curator at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

16:00
What it Means to be Human in the Robot EraThe Future of Human SexualityBiohacking: Build a Superhuman Life

What it Means to be Human in the Robot Era

16:00 – 16:20

PhD. Amelie Cordier is the Chief Scientific Officer at Hoomano, a Lyon-based startup creating advanced software for social robots. She holds a PhD in Computer Sciences with a focus on Artificial Intelligence from the University of Lyon. Amelie will speak about the future interactions between robots and humans and how all of society can contribute to improving them.


Amélie Cordier (FR), Chief Scientist Officer at Hoomano

#AI #socialrobots #startup

The Future of Human Sexuality

16:20 – 16:40

A leader in the movement to normalise non-monogamy and sexual exploration, an identity people are proud to stand by publicly. Kate will talk about how fast-paced life in Silicon Valley stretches people minds not only in regards to tech advancements, but also in regards to sexual exploration. What’s changed? What’s been discovered? Where are we going with human sexuality and intimacy?


Kate Horowitz (US), Founder and CEO of Organ House

#nonmonogamy #consentissexy #sexploration

Biohacking: Build a Superhuman Life

16:40 – 17:00

The true life story of how John discovered a new future and new possibilities through adversity. Sometimes it takes a traumatic event to change your life, and finding the inspiration and motivation to do so is made possible through the power of free information.


John Carstairs (UK), Biohacker, Wim Hof Method Instructor

#liveinthemoment #dontbeordinary #nooneisaverage

BREAKPITCH Session by Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia

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16:00 – 16:30

PITCH Session by Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia

16:30 – 17:30

The Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation. It’s where great green ideas grow into great businesses.

Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia provides access to an extensive international network, great education, intensive coaching, and substantial financial support and lot of love sharing for innovations, prototype and work together powered by RTU Design factory. During this pitch session 7 start-ups from the last Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia batch will pitch their businesses after 5 months of intensive work in the programme.


Opening by

Davids Stebelis (LV), Head Coach & business trainer at Climate-KIC

Discussion on the Future of AdvertisingAnalogue Story Telling In Digital Age

Discussion on the Future of Advertising

16:00 – 16:30

If the product is free, then the product is you! We all are products – how and who are targeting and retargeting us; latest trends and technics. Ethics in advertisment – if any? What is the future of advertising? What is the client, media and agency vision about popular marketing channels next year and in 3-year perspective?

Will clients and agencies still need media in future? How each market participants evaluate new marketing tools like programmatic ads, digital outdoor screens and native advertising? Will these tools help media to fight for local advertiser money against Facebook and Google? What will be a new Big Thing in future, from each market participant perspective?


Moderator: Artis Ozoliņš

Konstantīns Kuzikovs, AS DELFI CEO

Māris Naglis, Dentsu Aegis Managing director

Jurģis Ozoliņš, Head Of Marketing at Lattelecom

#Targeting #Retargeting #Algorithms #AdTech

Analogue Story Telling In Digital Age

16:30 – 17:00


Tarmo Virki (EE), Founder of CoFounder: startup magazine

#analog #digitalstorytelling #journalism #startups

The Dawn of Industrial IoTDemystifying Agile Methodologies

The Dawn of Industrial IoT

16:00 – 16:30

The last few years on IoT have been a series of disappointing Consumer failures. Myriad of over inflated valuations and useless gadgets have left a bitter taste to the early enthusiasts. Today though, the real impact of IoT is finally seen through the renaissance of industries and the numerous example of the power of sensors & actuators. Raph will look at a few examples of that new dawn of Industrial IoT applications and their significance for businesses.


Raph Crouan (UK), Founder & CEO at Startupbootcamp IoT

#IoT #business

Demystifying Agile Methodologies

16:30 – 17:00

As Head of VFQ Education at Emergn, Steven leads a team who specializes in creating and delivering content to enable organizations and individuals to change the way they work, forever. VFQ (Value, Flow, Quality) is a work-based learning for Agile, Lean, Design Thinking, Leadership and Product Management.

Steven has worked with some of the largest companies in the world, helping them both change the way they work, as well as helping them deliver more valuable outcomes to their customers.


Steven Angelo-Eadie (UK), Head of VFQ Education at Emergn Limited

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter

16:00 – 16:30

Award-winning designer Arturs Analts (LV) will talk about technologies and design. From an idea – a smiley his brother left on his London apartment window – to an award at the London Design Biennale. Where are technologies helping create art.


Arthur Analts (LV), Co-Founder of Variant Studio

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter
17:00
Rethinking the Way We Work and LiveRemote by Definition

Rethinking the Way We Work and Live

17:00 – 17:30

Steve is the founder of HUBUD Bali, the first coworking space in South Asia. It’s recognised by Forbes as one of the top 10 co-working spaces on earth for business rebels, creatives and techies. He’ll share his experiences in new ways of working, learning and living.


Steve Munroe (UK), Founder of Hubud

#futureofwork #digitalnomad #humanconnection

Remote by Definition

17:30 – 18:00

Remote work has been evangelised by tech startups, corporations and digital nomads. Easy to said, harder done… How tech can liberate our entrepreneurship spirit – form global teams, reach out global customers, solve global problems. Christian will share Tips & Tricks on how to make it work.


Christian Thaler-Wolski (DE), B2B SaaS Startup & VC Fund Advisor

#hotjar #remotework #culture

SPEED DATING

17:30 – 18:00

Go on a speed-date with your next potential investor and get straight to the point! We’re making sure that every minute you spend during this speed-date hour will be with a potential investor, or a potential early-stage startup looking for funding.

Participate in this ever-popular event, where startups can choose from a list of over 30 participating investors to pitch to.

SPEED DATING
How to build a Media EmpireFireside Chat with Hans Luik (EE)

How to build a Media Empire

17:00 – 17:30

Successful business despite traditional format; classic media adaptation to digital platforms.


Hans Luik (EE), Supervisory board member at AS Ekspress Grupp

#Digitalism #ScreenNation #InPritnWeTrust

Fireside Chat with Hans Luik (EE)

Blockchain Usage in Real BusinessWhy Are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia powered by Magnetic Latvia

Blockchain Usage in Real Business

17:00 – 17:30

The blockchain is a technology that enables virtual currency. The governments are only concerned with regulation to manage the side effects of virtual money, such as the prohibition of the virtual monetary disclosure (ICO). The bigger problem than the virtual money problem is the lack of knowledge of the blockchain technology. In the future, companies that uncover new markets with blockchain technology will emerge as new leaders.


Alex Saidani (US), Founding Partner at Xcelchain

Why Are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia powered by Magnetic Latvia

17:30 – 18:00

Riga is home to a growing startup scene, where local entrepreneurs have global ambitions. But there are many global tech companies that choose Latvia as the launchpad for their global expansion and business development. This discussion will focus on why are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia?


Olga Barreto-Goncalves (LV), Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

Igor Kopman, СTO at Dyninno Group


Ilhan Zengin, CEO at ShowHeroes (DE)


Kristaps Rikans, CEO at Ubiquiti Networks (US)

Design intelligence in urbanismSmart Mobility powered by Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia

Design intelligence in urbanism

17:00 – 17:30

Everyday practices are increasingly being recognized as an important part of the relational understanding of place. Opposed to conventional object-oriented concepts of space, relational understanding recognizes the uniqueness of socio-spatial networks in the city. Culture of recognizing fluid, subjective and temporary nature of people’s activities and programs in the city is what may be called design intelligence in urbanism.


Mikael Colville-Andersen (DK), CEO, Founder of Copenhagenize Design Co.

Ilze Paklone (LV), Architect at STUDIO WASABI

#SmartLiving #ModernUrbanism #Smart Cities

Smart Mobility powered by Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia

18:00

Pitch Competition Finals (500 Startups, Rockstart, LU Business Incubator, EIT Climate-KIC)

18:00 – 19:00

Top startup teams from Pitch Competitions will step on the main stage to compete for their “golden ticket”.

Pitch Competition Finals (500 Startups, Rockstart, LU Business Incubator, EIT Climate-KIC)
Principles Above AllFireside Chat With Liz Wahl (US)

Principles Above All

18:00 – 18:30

Liz Wahl left the RT television network following a harshly critical on-air resignation, publicly denouncing the distorted coverage of the conflict in Ukraine and Russian intervention in Crimea. She currently works as a correspondent for national news network Newsy.


Liz Wahl (US), Journalist, Former Anchor for Russia Today in the US

#disinformation #fightdisinfo #medialiteracy

Everyday Technologies to Boost Your EnergyTech & Biohacking for Performance Optimization

Everyday Technologies to Boost Your Energy

18:00 – 18:20

Every day there are more and more technologies available, but how to find the balance between using technologies and inner peace? Artūrs will share theory and personal experience, easy hacks, and how using smart technology will boost ones daily energy both brain and physical capability wise. This knowledge can be passed further when team performance needs to be enhanced.


Artūrs Bernovskis (LV), Co-Founder of Biohacking.lv

Tech & Biohacking for Performance Optimization

18:20 – 18:40

It’s human nature to be innovative. We innovate in technologies and then enjoy the benefits they provide. But more doesn’t mean better, as well as working harder doesn’t mean one is getting more productive and efficient. Kaspars will tell how biohacking helps solve this dilemma by eliminating what slows us down and adding creative but thoughtful ways on how to interact with technologies to optimize mind and body performance.


Kaspars Vendelis (LV), Co-Founder of the Biohacking.lv

19:00

DFF Party Powered by Mintos, Dj Set, Drinks, Drinks by Jagermeister and Grimbergen

19:00 – 23:00

Are you ready for the most exciting tech party of the year? We invite you to join us for the Digital Freedom Festival 2018 Official Party powered by Mintos, the award-winning global marketplace for loans. Take your festival experience and networking opportunities to the next level!

The DFF Main Stage will feature a live music performance by filmmaker Zanete Skarule. Her DJ and video set can be described as a synthetic female sound liquid dripping through your feed.

More fun will be deliviered by the Jägermeister bar and karaoke, plus surprises from our partner at Grimbergen!

The party wil continue with the DFF After Party at one of the hottest new party spots in the town. Stay tuned for more information!


Žanete Skarule (LV), Film Director

DFF Party Powered by Mintos, Dj Set, Drinks, Drinks by Jagermeister and Grimbergen
20:00

VIP Investor Dinner

20:00 – 21:00


Networking dinner for Digital Freedom Festival Investor Pass holders @ Kolonade. Invitations only.

 

VIP Investor Dinner
21:00
22:00
23:00

Afterparty Powered by Accenture

22:00 – 2:00

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Future Stage "Human & Machine"

3rd floor

PNB Banka Investor Lounge

3rd floor

DELFI Media LAB

2nd floor

Corporate Innovations Lounge

2nd floor

Lifestyle Lounge

2nd floor

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Festival Opening

10:00 – 10:30

What’s the next “big thing”? The future of technologies and their impact on our daily life, business and government. How to be prepared and make the most of it.

Why should we join DFF to challenge the status quo? To co-create and to celebrate digital culture!


Egija Gailuma (LV), Chief Executive at Amrita Water

Dagnija Lejiņa (LV), Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Freedom Festival

Juris Šleiers (LV), Co-Founder at Digital Freedom Festival

Festival Opening

Future politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

10:30 – 11:10

Jamie Susskind, the author of the book “Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech”, in his keynote will confront one of the most important questions of our time: how digital technology transforms politics and society.


Jamie Susskind (UK), Author of Future Politics, Practising Barrister

#AI #futurepolitics #law

 

Future politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

How to Regain Control Over Powerful Digital Lifeworld

11:10 – 11:30

Hal Hadson, The Economist tech correspondent will discuss with Jamie Susskind – to what extent should our lives be directed and controlled by digital systems – and on what terms; and how we can – and must – regain control.


Jamie Susskind (UK), Author of Future Politics, Practising Barrister

Hal Hodson (UK), Technology Correspondent at The Economist

#AI #control #democracy

How to Regain Control Over Powerful Digital Lifeworld

Leadership in Disruptive Times: How to Compete in the Digital World

11:30 – 12:00

As a social innovator, Gabi Zedlmayer explores how technology is changing the way we live and work, what are critical strategic changes that will help startups, companies, and governments to successfully compete in the digital world.


Gabi Zedlmayer (DE), Social Innovator, President of the Women's Council at Hypo Vereinsbank Unicredit

#innovator #womenwhoshaketheworld #futureofwork

Leadership in Disruptive Times: How to Compete in the Digital World

Future of Health. Reinvention of Healthcare and Wellness

12:00 – 12:20

How can fast-moving technologies help to reinvent health and medicine? Shivom is a blockchain-powered genomic data storage platform that is powering the next era of genomics and precision medicine. It’s the world’s largest platform for the secure storage and sharing of genomic data, which can help transform the healthcare ecosystem and improve lives.


Henry Ines (US), CEO at Shivom

#healthtech #genomics

 

Future of Health. Reinvention of Healthcare and Wellness

The Art of Leading a Startup

12:20 – 12:40

Yesica Aguilera co-founded Tespack at the age of 24 – the smart technology company that concentrates on mobile energy solutions now has now raised more than €2.6M. What are the strategies to succeed to lead a startup? Practical Tips & Tricks of Startup Leadership.


Yesika Aguilera (UK), Tespack Co-founder and Tech entrepreneur

#FutureOfEnergy #TechSwag #womenintech

 

The Art of Leading a Startup

From Idea to Crowdfunding Records and Rock Star Customers

12:40 – 13:00

Gamechanger Audio was founded by four friends committed to exploring the uncharted territories of electronic music and creating devices that provide real value while stretching the imagination of both musicians and engineers. Iļja will speak and play some loud guitar music accompanied by some of his rock star friends.


Ilja Krumins (LV), Co-Founder of Gamechanger Audio

#startup #crowdfunding #lifestyle

 

From Idea to Crowdfunding Records and Rock Star Customers

Performance

13:00 – 13:30

#Lifestyle #Music

Performance

Bias in Artificial Intelligence

13:30 – 14:00

Hanan Salam, a curious researcher and engineer who holds a Phd in AI, built a robotics startup and is an initiator behind the “Women in AI” movement in France. She will invite us to be aware of AIs “dark side” to enhance our biases and stereotypes, and give some insight as to how to overcome them.


Hanan Salam (FR), Co-Founder & Head of Education and Research at Women in AI

#WomenInAI #biasInAI #WomenEmpowerment

Bias in Artificial Intelligence

To Survive, Fight Your Instincts

14:00 – 14:30

Paul architects scaling strategies shaped around a new, augmented, nomadic, and tribal human. Global organizations such as Microsoft, eBay, Fujitsu, Siemens, Evernote, and others have trusted him to challenge them. He will talk about how technology impacts our global human identity.


Paul Papadimitriou (UK), Founder of Intelligencr

#getshitdone #trulyglobal #uniqueoutlook

 

To Survive, Fight Your Instincts

Empowering Women Leadership

14:30 – 15:00

An entrepreneur-turned kiteboarder and world-traveller, Kristina will share the story of her newest venture – SuperShe Island. After running a $45m consulting company and being listed on Forbes’ „The Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses”, she sold it and bought a private island in Finland – to bring badass women from around the world together and empower their leadership.


Kristina Roth (US), SuperShe Island Founder and CEO

#superwoman #community #leadership

Empowering Women Leadership

Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized City

15:00 – 15:40

Bicycle Urbanism by Design draws upon Mikael’s philosophies about urbanism and his practical experience working with cities. He appeals to our rationality in saying that we should choose to design our cities and streets instead of relying solely on traffic engineering as we have done for so many decades. This is about design as a human-to-human process and how we should use design to create better urban environments.


Mikael Colville-Andersen (DK), CEO, Founder of Copenhagenize Design Co.

#smartcities #urbanism

Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized CityDiscussion on the Future of Smart Cities

What it Means to be Human in the Robot Era

16:00 – 16:20

PhD. Amelie Cordier is the Chief Scientific Officer at Hoomano, a Lyon-based startup creating advanced software for social robots. She holds a PhD in Computer Sciences with a focus on Artificial Intelligence from the University of Lyon. Amelie will speak about the future interactions between robots and humans and how all of society can contribute to improving them.


Amélie Cordier (FR), Chief Scientist Officer at Hoomano

#AI #socialrobots #startup

What it Means to be Human in the Robot Era

The Future of Human Sexuality

16:20 – 16:40

A leader in the movement to normalise non-monogamy and sexual exploration, an identity people are proud to stand by publicly. Kate will talk about how fast-paced life in Silicon Valley stretches people minds not only in regards to tech advancements, but also in regards to sexual exploration. What’s changed? What’s been discovered? Where are we going with human sexuality and intimacy?


Kate Horowitz (US), Founder and CEO of Organ House

#nonmonogamy #consentissexy #sexploration

The Future of Human Sexuality

Biohacking: Build a Superhuman Life

16:40 – 17:00

The true life story of how John discovered a new future and new possibilities through adversity. Sometimes it takes a traumatic event to change your life, and finding the inspiration and motivation to do so is made possible through the power of free information.


John Carstairs (UK), Biohacker, Wim Hof Method Instructor

#liveinthemoment #dontbeordinary #nooneisaverage

Biohacking: Build a Superhuman Life

Rethinking the Way We Work and Live

17:00 – 17:30

Steve is the founder of HUBUD Bali, the first coworking space in South Asia. It’s recognised by Forbes as one of the top 10 co-working spaces on earth for business rebels, creatives and techies. He’ll share his experiences in new ways of working, learning and living.


Steve Munroe (UK), Founder of Hubud

#futureofwork #digitalnomad #humanconnection

Rethinking the Way We Work and Live

Remote by Definition

17:30 – 18:00

Remote work has been evangelised by tech startups, corporations and digital nomads. Easy to said, harder done… How tech can liberate our entrepreneurship spirit – form global teams, reach out global customers, solve global problems. Christian will share Tips & Tricks on how to make it work.


Christian Thaler-Wolski (DE), B2B SaaS Startup & VC Fund Advisor

#hotjar #remotework #culture

Remote by Definition

Pitch Competition Finals (500 Startups, Rockstart, LU Business Incubator, EIT Climate-KIC)

18:00 – 19:00

Top startup teams from Pitch Competitions will step on the main stage to compete for their “golden ticket”.

Pitch Competition Finals (500 Startups, Rockstart, LU Business Incubator, EIT Climate-KIC)

DFF Party Powered by Mintos, Dj Set, Drinks, Drinks by Jagermeister and Grimbergen

19:00 – 23:00

Are you ready for the most exciting tech party of the year? We invite you to join us for the Digital Freedom Festival 2018 Official Party powered by Mintos, the award-winning global marketplace for loans. Take your festival experience and networking opportunities to the next level!

The DFF Main Stage will feature a live music performance by filmmaker Zanete Skarule. Her DJ and video set can be described as a synthetic female sound liquid dripping through your feed.

More fun will be deliviered by the Jägermeister bar and karaoke, plus surprises from our partner at Grimbergen!

The party wil continue with the DFF After Party at one of the hottest new party spots in the town. Stay tuned for more information!


Žanete Skarule (LV), Film Director

DFF Party Powered by Mintos, Dj Set, Drinks, Drinks by Jagermeister and Grimbergen

Afterparty Powered by Accenture

22:00 – 2:00

Afterparty Powered by Accenture

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Investor Day Opening

A Data-driven Report on the Baltic Startup Ecosystem(s) by Tech.eu

11:10 – 11:30

The presentation will delve into the ongoing evolution and maturation of the startup ecosystems in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with a closer look at the local funding and exit markets.


 

Robin Wauters (BE), Founding Editor of Tech.eu

#entrepreneurship #startups #DFFalumni

A Data-driven Report on the Baltic Startup Ecosystem(s) by Tech.eu

INVESTOR PITCH

11:30 – 12:00

Investors pitch themselves in 2 minutes. Who are they? Why should startups consider them for their next round? And yes, what defines their perfect startup to invest in?

INVESTOR PITCH

PITCH Session by 500 Startups & Rockstart

12:00 – 14:00

500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. They are one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world.

Rockstart is one of Europe’s leading, and first multi-vertical, startup accelerators with the goal of providing startups with access to the market, capital, knowledge, and the community.

Startups selected by 500 Startups and Rockstart will compete for the main prize – a fast-track to the final interview for each of these accelerators batches. 50% of applicants are Latvian startups, followed by Ukraine, Belarus and Estonia. They represent very various industries, such as Blockchain, Fintech, Travel, Robots, Mindfulness and AdTech.


Chris Brown (US), Acceleration Manager at 500 Startups

Rune Theill (NL), Co-founder and CEO of Rockstart

PITCH Session by 500 Startups & Rockstart

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Fundraising in the New Economy

14:30 – 15:00

Fundraising Trends: Accelerators, VC, ICOs, Post-Ico Era Tools. Developing a relationship with your Investor. Why fundraising tours don’t work? Building a timeline for your project, when and how you should start looking for investment. Raising outside of your home market (Europe vs. USA)


Anastasia Lykova (US), Head of Program at Starta Ventures

#venturecapital #fundraising

Fundraising in the New Economy

PITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator

15:00 – 16:00

“Blockchain preAccelerator (UL Business Incubator) has selected 10 blockchain startups from Europe, who are challenging different industries using Blockchain and Tokenomics.

Startups will pitch to Crypto Valley Venture Capital Genesis Hub accelerator from Switzerland, The Floor Accelerator from Israel, Bitfury Capital from SanFrancisco and other investors and world-class accelerators.

PITCH PANEL: Gil Devora and Karen Devora (The Floor Hub), Pavel Jakovlev (CryptoValley), Oliver Bramwell (PNB Banka)


Karlis Kivlenieks (LV), Karlis Kivlenieks, Blockchain preAccelerator cofounder, Co-Manager at UL Student Business Incubator (LV

PITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator

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16:00 – 16:30

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PITCH Session by Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia

16:30 – 17:30

The Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation. It’s where great green ideas grow into great businesses.

Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia provides access to an extensive international network, great education, intensive coaching, and substantial financial support and lot of love sharing for innovations, prototype and work together powered by RTU Design factory. During this pitch session 7 start-ups from the last Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia batch will pitch their businesses after 5 months of intensive work in the programme.


Opening by

Davids Stebelis (LV), Head Coach & business trainer at Climate-KIC

PITCH Session by Climate-KIC Accelerator Latvia

SPEED DATING

17:30 – 18:00

Go on a speed-date with your next potential investor and get straight to the point! We’re making sure that every minute you spend during this speed-date hour will be with a potential investor, or a potential early-stage startup looking for funding.

Participate in this ever-popular event, where startups can choose from a list of over 30 participating investors to pitch to.

SPEED DATING

VIP Investor Dinner

20:00 – 21:00


Networking dinner for Digital Freedom Festival Investor Pass holders @ Kolonade. Invitations only.

 

VIP Investor Dinner

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DELFI Media LAB Opening

Did Technology Kill Journalism as We Knew It?

11:30 – 12:00

Is journalism really free in the digital age? His experience in analogue journalism: first experiences with email, internet, paper files. How Lucian has seen newspapers succeed or lose in the digital age. The promise of “citizen journalism” and “information wars” – troll factories and fake news.


Lucian Kim (US), Correspondent at National Public Radio Moscow

#journalism #media #news

Did Technology Kill Journalism as We Knew It?

You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For Attention

12:00 – 12:30

Attention is the most expensive currency. The expert’s discussion will focus on how to win peoples attention in the era of digital noise and fragmented span of interest?


Ingus Bērziņš (LV), Chief editor at DELFI

Lucian Kim (US), Correspondent at National Public Radio Moscow

Viesturs Celmiņš (LV), Urban planner

#SocialMedia #DigitalNoise

You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For Attention

Dumb and Dumber: Technology and Us

12:30 – 13:30

Trends and consequences of disruption of information consumption. What about millennials and new generations? Are we getting dumber than goldfish?


Hal Hodson (UK), Technology Correspondent at The Economist

Hanan Salam (FR), Co-Founder & Head of Education and Research at Women in AI

Arnis Rītups (LV), Publisher and editor of Rīgas Laiks

Jonathan Howard (LV), On editorial board of Rigas Laiks

#Disruption #InformationConsumption #Millenials

Dumb and Dumber: Technology and Us

Baltic Media Health Check-up

13:30 – 14:00

The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica is cooperating with SSE to bring you trends from the New York Times and Washington Post. What and how is media digitalisation implemented in the Baltic region?


Inga Springe (LV), Investigative journalist, Co-Founder of Re:Baltica

#MarketChallenges #Innovations

Baltic Media Health Check-up
Discussion on the Baltic Media Landscape

How to Bridge the Gap Between Tech & Humanity

14:40 – 15:00

Incredibly powerful technologies are amplifying the human experience across VR, AR, AI, blockchain and machine learning. But how do tech companies, marketers, and creative agencies collaborate in bridging the gap between technology and humanity? Fiorenza will take a peek behind the curtain of the festival and glimpse the technologies that are driving the unprecedented opportunities of human + machine combining forces to co-create, showing multiple examples of Cannes Lions winners where human-led creativity can have a transformative effect on communities and lives when combined with technology. She will also examine the concept of digital wellbeing, and what it truly means to utilise technology in a healthy way. Technology and data should ultimately free up the industry to unleash creativity, not get in its way.


How to Bridge the Gap Between Tech & Humanity

Future of Digital Subscription

15:00 – 15:30

Digital subsciption is the new black, and a goldmine for digital businesses: we subscribe to podcasts, news feeds, movies, music and even our personal sports trainer – what’s next? Will we subscribe to everything? The way people consume media is irreversibly changing. How will legacy media companies survive in the digital on-demand era?


Eero Vassinen (FI), Management Consultant at CIVITTA

#Digital #Trends #On-Demand #Mobile

Future of Digital Subscription

How Visual Storytelling Changes the Communication of Brands

15:30 – 16:00

All across the world the new era has emerged. Media has started to earn money making multimedial visual storytelling products. This wave has come to the Baltics, and now it’s time to explain what is good and what is bad. Sponsorship must not be confused with hidden advertising.


Ingus Bērziņš (LV), Chief editor at DELFI

#DigitalStorytelling #Multimedia #Sponsorship

How Visual Storytelling Changes the Communication of Brands

Discussion on the Future of Advertising

16:00 – 16:30

If the product is free, then the product is you! We all are products – how and who are targeting and retargeting us; latest trends and technics. Ethics in advertisment – if any? What is the future of advertising? What is the client, media and agency vision about popular marketing channels next year and in 3-year perspective?

Will clients and agencies still need media in future? How each market participants evaluate new marketing tools like programmatic ads, digital outdoor screens and native advertising? Will these tools help media to fight for local advertiser money against Facebook and Google? What will be a new Big Thing in future, from each market participant perspective?


Moderator: Artis Ozoliņš

Konstantīns Kuzikovs, AS DELFI CEO

Māris Naglis, Dentsu Aegis Managing director

Jurģis Ozoliņš, Head Of Marketing at Lattelecom

#Targeting #Retargeting #Algorithms #AdTech

Discussion on the Future of Advertising

Analogue Story Telling In Digital Age

16:30 – 17:00


Tarmo Virki (EE), Founder of CoFounder: startup magazine

#analog #digitalstorytelling #journalism #startups

Analogue Story Telling In Digital Age

How to build a Media Empire

17:00 – 17:30

Successful business despite traditional format; classic media adaptation to digital platforms.


Hans Luik (EE), Supervisory board member at AS Ekspress Grupp

#Digitalism #ScreenNation #InPritnWeTrust

How to build a Media Empire

Fireside Chat with Hans Luik (EE)

Fireside Chat with Hans Luik (EE)

Principles Above All

18:00 – 18:30

Liz Wahl left the RT television network following a harshly critical on-air resignation, publicly denouncing the distorted coverage of the conflict in Ukraine and Russian intervention in Crimea. She currently works as a correspondent for national news network Newsy.


Liz Wahl (US), Journalist, Former Anchor for Russia Today in the US

#disinformation #fightdisinfo #medialiteracy

Principles Above AllFireside Chat With Liz Wahl (US)

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Opening

11:00 – 11:10

Providing expert advice and guidance on corporate innovation, new technologies and business growth. – Evita Lune.


Opening by

Evita Lune (LV), Partner, Global Digital Economy at Pedersen & Partners

Opening

Do's or Don'ts of Corporate Innovation

11:00 – 11:30

Corporate innovation – what does it mean and how does it work? Various strategies for innovative thinking in action. Corporate Innovation, strategies that (don’t) work.


Manuel Koelman (DE), Co-Founder at PIRATE.global

#PIRATE #CorporateInnovation #DFFalumni

Do's or Don'ts of Corporate Innovation

Future of Open Banking X Finance Latvia Association. Powered by Swedbank

11:30 – 13:00

Topics for discussion:

  • How we can accelerate mutually beneficial growth – banking and startups’  cooperation models. Best practices #openbanking #innovations #API #PSD2
  • Standartisation initiatives – API, PSD2 – what will change in 2019?
  • Full role-out of open banking model – future opportunities and challenges to overcome. Strategic overview #strategy #openbanking #challenges #strategicrisks #fintechs

Mārīte Aleksandra Silava (LV), Fintech Community Manager at Swedbank Group

Martins Sulte (LV), CEO and Co-Founder of Mintos

Oleg Marofejev (LT), Head of Open Banking in Nordic and Baltic region at Swedbank

Pēteris Zilgalvis (LV), Head of Unit, Digital Innovation & Blockchain; Co-Chair, FinTech at European Commission

Majda Nogo (SE), Head of Business Development Nordics and Baltics at Visa Europe

Future of Open Banking X Finance Latvia Association. Powered by Swedbank

AI to the Rescue: Business and Applications

13:00 – 13:30

Mapping and understanding the French AI ecosystem, national policy, actors, investments and beyond. At the crossroads of technology, neuroscience & AI, “ni2o” the Franco-American startup, is building a nanoscale AI-driven brain-computer interface.


Laura Calmore (FR), Director of Strategic Initiatives at ni2o

#AI #neuroscience #technology

AI to the Rescue: Business and Applications

Innovation for Future Talent - When She Rises, We All Rise - Powered by Accenture

13:30 – 14:30

A more human, inclusive and diverse culture drives competitiveness in every organization. What are some innovative approaches to growing diversity in your organisation? What are the best strategies for unlocking the potential of women? Accenture will present their latest research on global gender equality “When She Rises, We All Rise” and share lessons learned. Panellists will contribute with their observations and ready-to-go experiences.


Alda Zeila (LV), Nordic PCS Lead, Manager at Accenture

Dana Icikzone (SE), Diversity Lead at Adobe

Ton van ‘t Noordende (NL), CEO & GP of 01Ventures, IIR at StartupDelta & Founder of Angel Island

Ariana Ivan (DE), CEO, Co-founder of illumo

#womenempowerement #competitiveness #futureofwork

Innovation for Future Talent - When She Rises, We All Rise - Powered by Accenture

Cooperation with Startups for Business Growth

14:30 – 15:00

Majda Nogo is responsible for cementing Visa’s position as innovative partner, as well as partner of choice for start-ups and fintech companies, in order to gain access to early stage opportunities, emerging technologies and new business models. What are the best strategies and lessons learned for corporates to booth their growth in partership with startups.


Majda Nogo (SE), Head of Business Development Nordics and Baltics at Visa Europe

#corporationwithfintechs #innovations

 

Cooperation with Startups for Business Growth

How the Oldest Republic in the World Become an International Hub for Blockchain

15:00 – 15:30

Sergio’s ambition is to enable San Marino to become one of the leading blockchain hubs in the world. He’ll share his experience integrating digital into corporate strategy, building agility, speed, and data driven operations.


Sergio Mottola (SM), Executive Chairman at San Marino Innovation

#blockchain #digitalID #IoT

How the Oldest Republic in the World Become an International Hub for Blockchain

AI and New Way of Interaction With Devices

15:30 – 16:00

The recent rise of AI has enabled a whole host of new applications and technologies. One that is becoming increasingly prevalent and even changing the way we interact with technology is voice assistants. In this talk, we give an overview of voice assistants: how they work and privacy concerns that surround them.


Eric Bezzam (IT), Research Assistant at EPFL, Tech Evangelist at Snips

 

AI and New Way of Interaction With Devices

The Dawn of Industrial IoT

16:00 – 16:30

The last few years on IoT have been a series of disappointing Consumer failures. Myriad of over inflated valuations and useless gadgets have left a bitter taste to the early enthusiasts. Today though, the real impact of IoT is finally seen through the renaissance of industries and the numerous example of the power of sensors & actuators. Raph will look at a few examples of that new dawn of Industrial IoT applications and their significance for businesses.


Raph Crouan (UK), Founder & CEO at Startupbootcamp IoT

#IoT #business

The Dawn of Industrial IoT

Demystifying Agile Methodologies

16:30 – 17:00

As Head of VFQ Education at Emergn, Steven leads a team who specializes in creating and delivering content to enable organizations and individuals to change the way they work, forever. VFQ (Value, Flow, Quality) is a work-based learning for Agile, Lean, Design Thinking, Leadership and Product Management.

Steven has worked with some of the largest companies in the world, helping them both change the way they work, as well as helping them deliver more valuable outcomes to their customers.


Steven Angelo-Eadie (UK), Head of VFQ Education at Emergn Limited

Demystifying Agile Methodologies

Blockchain Usage in Real Business

17:00 – 17:30

The blockchain is a technology that enables virtual currency. The governments are only concerned with regulation to manage the side effects of virtual money, such as the prohibition of the virtual monetary disclosure (ICO). The bigger problem than the virtual money problem is the lack of knowledge of the blockchain technology. In the future, companies that uncover new markets with blockchain technology will emerge as new leaders.


Alex Saidani (US), Founding Partner at Xcelchain

Blockchain Usage in Real Business

Why Are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia powered by Magnetic Latvia

17:30 – 18:00

Riga is home to a growing startup scene, where local entrepreneurs have global ambitions. But there are many global tech companies that choose Latvia as the launchpad for their global expansion and business development. This discussion will focus on why are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia?


Olga Barreto-Goncalves (LV), Chief Startup Instigator at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

Igor Kopman, СTO at Dyninno Group


Ilhan Zengin, CEO at ShowHeroes (DE)


Kristaps Rikans, CEO at Ubiquiti Networks (US)

Why Are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia powered by Magnetic Latvia

Everyday Technologies to Boost Your Energy

18:00 – 18:20

Every day there are more and more technologies available, but how to find the balance between using technologies and inner peace? Artūrs will share theory and personal experience, easy hacks, and how using smart technology will boost ones daily energy both brain and physical capability wise. This knowledge can be passed further when team performance needs to be enhanced.


Artūrs Bernovskis (LV), Co-Founder of Biohacking.lv

Everyday Technologies to Boost Your Energy

Tech & Biohacking for Performance Optimization

18:20 – 18:40

It’s human nature to be innovative. We innovate in technologies and then enjoy the benefits they provide. But more doesn’t mean better, as well as working harder doesn’t mean one is getting more productive and efficient. Kaspars will tell how biohacking helps solve this dilemma by eliminating what slows us down and adding creative but thoughtful ways on how to interact with technologies to optimize mind and body performance.


Kaspars Vendelis (LV), Co-Founder of the Biohacking.lv

Tech & Biohacking for Performance Optimization

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Mindfulness & Meditation

11:00 – 12:00

While going about our busy lives, we often forget about the mind. However, it is our mind where our thoughts, speech and actions originate. The potential of the mind is limitless only if we realize it, know how to use it and take a good care of it.


John Paramai Dhanissaro (Supadulchai) (TH), Theravada Buddhist Monk, Webmaster at Peace Revolution

Mindfulness & Meditation

BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)

12:30 – 13:00

Book “Future Politics. Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech” confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology – from AI to virtual reality – transform politics and society? How digital technology will be used to exert control by the state and by big tech firms.


Jamie Susskind (UK), Author of Future Politics, Practising Barrister

BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)

Discussion on Algorithm We Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it

14:30 – 15:00

New technologies have heightened our expectations and more than ever before provided a wealth of new opportunities for travelers looking for memorable experiences. Combining innovation with creativity will create even more ways of experiential travel. But can we get that authentic and unique experience we seek in the world of algorithm?


Aldis Kušķis (LV), Travel Designer at Stagings

Kitija Tigule (LV), Head of Retail for the Nordics and Central Europe, Travel Channels, Amadeus

Stewart Rogers (UK), Analyst at VentureBeat

Discussion on Algorithm We Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is Art

15:00 – 15:30

Artists are always on the frontlines of experiementing and implementing new technologies to alter artistic expresion. Dr.Šmits and artist Misjuns will discuss art and virtual reality, trends and concepts behind art and technology.


Raitis Šmits (LV), Founder of Art and Science center RIXC in Riga

Alvis Misjuns (LV), 3D Artist, Author of VR artwork - Smart garden

 

 

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is Art

When Digital Art Enters a Museum #Artistalk #DigitalArt

15:30 – 16:00

Milja also worked in kiasma_, the number one contemporary art museum in Finland, she will share know-how on how to preserve various new forms of digital art: video, computer and internet art.


Milja Liimatainen (FI), Curator at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

When Digital Art Enters a Museum #Artistalk #DigitalArt

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter

16:00 – 16:30

Award-winning designer Arturs Analts (LV) will talk about technologies and design. From an idea – a smiley his brother left on his London apartment window – to an award at the London Design Biennale. Where are technologies helping create art.


Arthur Analts (LV), Co-Founder of Variant Studio

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter

Design intelligence in urbanism

17:00 – 17:30

Everyday practices are increasingly being recognized as an important part of the relational understanding of place. Opposed to conventional object-oriented concepts of space, relational understanding recognizes the uniqueness of socio-spatial networks in the city. Culture of recognizing fluid, subjective and temporary nature of people’s activities and programs in the city is what may be called design intelligence in urbanism.


Mikael Colville-Andersen (DK), CEO, Founder of Copenhagenize Design Co.

Ilze Paklone (LV), Architect at STUDIO WASABI

#SmartLiving #ModernUrbanism #Smart Cities

Design intelligence in urbanism

Smart Mobility powered by Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia

Smart Mobility powered by Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia

Saturday, December 1 DFF CAMPUS

DFF UnConference 3rd floor
PNB Banka Investor Lounge 3rd floor
Delfi Media Lab 2nd floor
Corporate Innovations Lounge 2nd floor
Lifestyle Lounge 2nd floor
09:00

LEARN IT Coding school

12:00 – 15:30

Bring your kid to the DFF Campus Day (free entrance for children younger than 12 years old) and join LEARN IT Coding school learning sessions.

12:00-13:00 – Create festive electronic greeting cards (5-8 years old)
13:30-14:30 – Invent your smart accessory (9-12 years old)
15:00-16:00 – Make your own traffic light with Arduino (adults)

Apply here>>

Learning session will be in LATVIAN!

LEARN IT Coding school

Hangover breakfast

09:00 – 10:00


Come and cure your hangover at Digital Freedom Festival hangover breakfast. DON’T MISS IT!

* Entrance is with DFF passes.
** Meals are not included in the DFF pass price but purchased separately.

Hangover breakfast
10:00

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

10:00 – 11:30

If you are totally new to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, never have used it before, but have heard and are interested to try, sign for this workshop and get hands-on experience on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn about various crypto wallets available, how to set them up and configure proper security measures. Learn how to purchase your first crypto and how to spend it.


Konstantins Vasilenko (LV), Co-founder and board member of Paybis.com


This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

Mediation: How to Prevent Conflict Without Suppressing Your Needs

10:00 – 11:30

Unresolved conflicts reduce our well-being and productivity, erode teams and manifest in lost profits and relationships. Conflict of interest over limited resources be it time, money, attention or skills are a given for any social structure and relationship. Either business partnership, start-up team, family, community or nation-state manifest values, behavioural patterns and perceptions of their members and leaders. Hence it is worthwhile to be aware of our learned behaviours and conflict resolution strategies that often have become habitual and not serving us and our teams well.

The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of personal behaviour in conflicts and develop communication skills of mutual give and take without suppressing your needs. Join us for a practical, hands-on experience in learning helpful strategies for conflict prevention and resolution from passionate mediators and conflict resolution gurus.


Ilze Dzenovska (LV), Certified Mediator & Trainer at Peace Lab

Baiba Strupisa (LV), Legal Advisor (M&A) & Certified Mediator


This the workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Mediation: How to Prevent Conflict Without Suppressing Your Needs

Vibe, Well-being and Workplace Design

10:00 – 11:30

Your office is a place where your employees spend the bigger part of their conscious lives. And it is reasonable to expect that it plays a major role in what your values, brand and culture are all about. Moreover, a well-planned office space can boost productivity and teamwork by as much as 40%, and who wouldn’t want that?!

In this workshop you will find out where science stands on workplace planning today, learn to what extent environment affects individual and team performance and about tools necessary to assess your current office


Olegs Nikitins (LV), Workplace strategy consultant

This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Vibe, Well-being and Workplace Design

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness Practice

10:00 – 11:30

While going about our busy life, we often forget about the mind. However, it is our mind where our thoughts, speech and actions originate. The potential of the mind is limitless only if we realize it, know how to use it and take a good care of it.

The mindfulness and meditation workshop with Monk John Paramai from Thailand will introduce participants to the concept of the mind allowing them to understand the nature of the mind and the potential that the mind has when it has been brought to the state of standstill, peaceful and focused.


John Paramai Dhanissaro (Supadulchai) (TH), Theravada Buddhist Monk, Webmaster at Peace Revolution


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness Practice
11:00

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING
12:00

Mental Health in fast paced technology world

12:00 – 13:30

An DFF unconference discussion format will be organized, structured and led by the DFF people attending it and will open up the space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.


Stewart Rogers (UK), Analyst at VentureBeat

Mental Health in fast paced technology world

Scale Your Startup Like a Pro Trough Branding

12:00 – 13:30

The purpose of the workshop is to give you the insight of the things you must know and do in order to take your startup to the next level. There are millions of startups out there trying to provide or offer similar products or services, therefore the key to success is knowing how to differentiate yourself from the rest through branding, as well showing your unique side.

If you wish to be branded as the best in your industry and also know the best growth hacking tips, then this workshop will for sure do the job!


Yesika Aguilera (UK), Tespack Co-founder and Tech entrepreneur


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Scale Your Startup Like a Pro Trough Branding

How to Create Video That Attracts and Retains Customers

12:00 – 13:30

This workshop will deal with the WHY, the WHAT and the HOW of video marketing. Why should you be doing video across your marketing funnel from attraction to retention? What makes a good video? Formats, examples, and tips. And how can you get into video using the tools that you have, in-house, today?


Julia Karmo (DE), Freelance Germany Editor and Multimedia Producer at Sky News

#digitalmarketing #digitalvideo #growthhacking

This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

How to Create Video That Attracts and Retains Customers

Make The Ask Negotiation Masterclass

12:00 – 13:30

Whether navigating discussions with a colleague, bringing executive partners on board or signing strong deals with clients and vendors, negotiation skills are essential to your business success. But there’s more to landing great deals than making demands and banging your fist on the table.

There’s a better way. In this dynamic, fast-paced workshop you’ll learn:

  • What negotiation really is, and why it’s a must as a professional

  • Which myths are holding you and your team back

  • How to apply the Make The Ask negotiation method to achieve your goals


Devon Smiley (CA), Negotiation Consultant at Devon Smiley

#maketheask #negotiation #leadership

This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

 

Make The Ask Negotiation Masterclass

Wim Hof Method Breathing

12:00 – 13:30

The purpose of the workshop is to teach the Wim Hof method breathing. How we can through the breath access the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. How we can through causing short term stress on the body also influence the endocrine system giving us access to and having a direct influence on the innate immune system.

The goal is to teach how through breathing we can control and reduce daily stress, increasing our quality of life and becoming Healthy, Happy and Strong.


John Carstairs (UK), Biohacker, Wim Hof Method Instructor


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Wim Hof Method Breathing
13:00

Networking

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking

Networking

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING
14:00

The Future Of SexTech: The End Of Intimacy As We Know It

14:00 – 15:30

An DFF unconference discussion format will be organized, structured and led by the DFF people attending it and will open up the space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.


Kate Horowitz (US), Founder and CEO of Organ House

The Future Of SexTech: The End Of Intimacy As We Know It

Some like it hot! Investors Round Table

14:00 – 15:30

This discussion will be coming closer to understanding the whole picture of the investors and start-ups “plate” of the TOP and urgent issues, what creates and impacts them, and where to look for solutions.

Purpose: Coming closer to understanding the whole picture of the investors and start-ups “plate” of the TOP and urgent issues, what creates and impacts them, and where to look for solutions.

Goals:
1. Identify TOP and urgent issues
2. Establish correlations between the issues
3. Find roots and influencers of the issues
4. Identify possible outcome scenarios
5. Brainstorm on the preferred solutions
6. Establish the next steps for implementing solutions

AUDIENCE: Investors, start-ups, policy makers, visionaries, hubs, accelerators, funds of funds

RESULTS: Insights on the range of TOP and urgent issues faced by the investors and its correlation with start-ups’ daily life, leading to joint approach towards solutions.


Baiba Strupisa (LV), Legal Advisor (M&A) & Certified Mediator

An DFF unconference discussion format will be organized, structured and led by the DFF people attending it and will open up the space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

Some like it hot! Investors Round Table

Own your shit: building up the character of a true entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a tough game. It takes skill, commitment and unbeatable resiliency to run a company. And even then the chances to succeed long term are relatively low.

– How do we increase the odds to win?

– How do we build up mental toughness to leap over the inevitable adversity and struggles?

– How do we acquire a whatever-it-takes-attitude, no-blame, no-pointing fingers, but result-driven (heavily) biased-towards-action mindset?

During this workshop we will dig into examples, stories and discussions, share and inspire each other how to deal with uncertainty and grow as leaders.


Stoyan Yankov (DK), Productivity & Performance Strategist

#entrepreneurship #mindset #leadership

This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Own your shit: building up the character of a true entrepreneur

How to build a blockchain community

14:00 – 15:30

“Meetup powered by Iskander.vc (LT)

The idea of communities has existed throughout years, but only with blockchain and open source projects the new approach to the community as the heart of the product has appeared. During the workshop provided by Iskander.vc, a global community of investors, entrepreneurs and developers, you will get a better understanding of what is community, how it can benefit to your business and how it can be managed and motivated to keep working on your product together with you. And what is the real meaning of networks effect for business all in all and blockchain field specifically and how can we move communities to blockchain?


Speakers:

Anton Zanimonets (RU), CEO at Iskander.vc


Olga Grinina, Blockchain Writer on “Psychology of community”


Maxim Tsaryk, CEO at ASK.FM on “Bringing community from real business to blockchain”

This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

How to build a blockchain community

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness

14:00 – 15:30

Emotional Intelligence, EQ or EI, is one of the top skills expected of an effective modern leader. The good news is, EQ can be trained. This requires integrated focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

In this workshop you will experience what basic self-awareness practices might feel like. You will also understand how this links to self-management, empathy and relationships.


Marko Lepik (EE), Mindfulness Coach & Founder of EQversity.com


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
19:00
20:00
21:00
22:00
23:00
09:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
19:00
20:00
21:00
22:00
23:00

DFF UnConference

3rd floor

PNB Banka Investor Lounge

3rd floor

Delfi Media Lab

2nd floor

Corporate Innovations Lounge

2nd floor

Lifestyle Lounge

2nd floor

LEARN IT Coding school

12:00 – 15:30

Bring your kid to the DFF Campus Day (free entrance for children younger than 12 years old) and join LEARN IT Coding school learning sessions.

12:00-13:00 – Create festive electronic greeting cards (5-8 years old)
13:30-14:30 – Invent your smart accessory (9-12 years old)
15:00-16:00 – Make your own traffic light with Arduino (adults)

Apply here>>

Learning session will be in LATVIAN!

LEARN IT Coding school

Mental Health in fast paced technology world

12:00 – 13:30

An DFF unconference discussion format will be organized, structured and led by the DFF people attending it and will open up the space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.


Stewart Rogers (UK), Analyst at VentureBeat

Mental Health in fast paced technology world

Networking

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking

Networking

The Future Of SexTech: The End Of Intimacy As We Know It

14:00 – 15:30

An DFF unconference discussion format will be organized, structured and led by the DFF people attending it and will open up the space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.


Kate Horowitz (US), Founder and CEO of Organ House

The Future Of SexTech: The End Of Intimacy As We Know It

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

10:00 – 11:30

If you are totally new to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, never have used it before, but have heard and are interested to try, sign for this workshop and get hands-on experience on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Learn about various crypto wallets available, how to set them up and configure proper security measures. Learn how to purchase your first crypto and how to spend it.


Konstantins Vasilenko (LV), Co-founder and board member of Paybis.com


This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

Scale Your Startup Like a Pro Trough Branding

12:00 – 13:30

The purpose of the workshop is to give you the insight of the things you must know and do in order to take your startup to the next level. There are millions of startups out there trying to provide or offer similar products or services, therefore the key to success is knowing how to differentiate yourself from the rest through branding, as well showing your unique side.

If you wish to be branded as the best in your industry and also know the best growth hacking tips, then this workshop will for sure do the job!


Yesika Aguilera (UK), Tespack Co-founder and Tech entrepreneur


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Scale Your Startup Like a Pro Trough Branding

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

Some like it hot! Investors Round Table

14:00 – 15:30

This discussion will be coming closer to understanding the whole picture of the investors and start-ups “plate” of the TOP and urgent issues, what creates and impacts them, and where to look for solutions.

Purpose: Coming closer to understanding the whole picture of the investors and start-ups “plate” of the TOP and urgent issues, what creates and impacts them, and where to look for solutions.

Goals:
1. Identify TOP and urgent issues
2. Establish correlations between the issues
3. Find roots and influencers of the issues
4. Identify possible outcome scenarios
5. Brainstorm on the preferred solutions
6. Establish the next steps for implementing solutions

AUDIENCE: Investors, start-ups, policy makers, visionaries, hubs, accelerators, funds of funds

RESULTS: Insights on the range of TOP and urgent issues faced by the investors and its correlation with start-ups’ daily life, leading to joint approach towards solutions.


Baiba Strupisa (LV), Legal Advisor (M&A) & Certified Mediator

An DFF unconference discussion format will be organized, structured and led by the DFF people attending it and will open up the space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

Some like it hot! Investors Round Table

Mediation: How to Prevent Conflict Without Suppressing Your Needs

10:00 – 11:30

Unresolved conflicts reduce our well-being and productivity, erode teams and manifest in lost profits and relationships. Conflict of interest over limited resources be it time, money, attention or skills are a given for any social structure and relationship. Either business partnership, start-up team, family, community or nation-state manifest values, behavioural patterns and perceptions of their members and leaders. Hence it is worthwhile to be aware of our learned behaviours and conflict resolution strategies that often have become habitual and not serving us and our teams well.

The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of personal behaviour in conflicts and develop communication skills of mutual give and take without suppressing your needs. Join us for a practical, hands-on experience in learning helpful strategies for conflict prevention and resolution from passionate mediators and conflict resolution gurus.


Ilze Dzenovska (LV), Certified Mediator & Trainer at Peace Lab

Baiba Strupisa (LV), Legal Advisor (M&A) & Certified Mediator


This the workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Mediation: How to Prevent Conflict Without Suppressing Your Needs

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

How to Create Video That Attracts and Retains Customers

12:00 – 13:30

This workshop will deal with the WHY, the WHAT and the HOW of video marketing. Why should you be doing video across your marketing funnel from attraction to retention? What makes a good video? Formats, examples, and tips. And how can you get into video using the tools that you have, in-house, today?


Julia Karmo (DE), Freelance Germany Editor and Multimedia Producer at Sky News

#digitalmarketing #digitalvideo #growthhacking

This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

How to Create Video That Attracts and Retains Customers

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

Own your shit: building up the character of a true entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a tough game. It takes skill, commitment and unbeatable resiliency to run a company. And even then the chances to succeed long term are relatively low.

– How do we increase the odds to win?

– How do we build up mental toughness to leap over the inevitable adversity and struggles?

– How do we acquire a whatever-it-takes-attitude, no-blame, no-pointing fingers, but result-driven (heavily) biased-towards-action mindset?

During this workshop we will dig into examples, stories and discussions, share and inspire each other how to deal with uncertainty and grow as leaders.


Stoyan Yankov (DK), Productivity & Performance Strategist

#entrepreneurship #mindset #leadership

This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Own your shit: building up the character of a true entrepreneur

Vibe, Well-being and Workplace Design

10:00 – 11:30

Your office is a place where your employees spend the bigger part of their conscious lives. And it is reasonable to expect that it plays a major role in what your values, brand and culture are all about. Moreover, a well-planned office space can boost productivity and teamwork by as much as 40%, and who wouldn’t want that?!

In this workshop you will find out where science stands on workplace planning today, learn to what extent environment affects individual and team performance and about tools necessary to assess your current office


Olegs Nikitins (LV), Workplace strategy consultant

This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Vibe, Well-being and Workplace Design

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

Make The Ask Negotiation Masterclass

12:00 – 13:30

Whether navigating discussions with a colleague, bringing executive partners on board or signing strong deals with clients and vendors, negotiation skills are essential to your business success. But there’s more to landing great deals than making demands and banging your fist on the table.

There’s a better way. In this dynamic, fast-paced workshop you’ll learn:

  • What negotiation really is, and why it’s a must as a professional

  • Which myths are holding you and your team back

  • How to apply the Make The Ask negotiation method to achieve your goals


Devon Smiley (CA), Negotiation Consultant at Devon Smiley

#maketheask #negotiation #leadership

This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

 

Make The Ask Negotiation Masterclass

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

How to build a blockchain community

14:00 – 15:30

“Meetup powered by Iskander.vc (LT)

The idea of communities has existed throughout years, but only with blockchain and open source projects the new approach to the community as the heart of the product has appeared. During the workshop provided by Iskander.vc, a global community of investors, entrepreneurs and developers, you will get a better understanding of what is community, how it can benefit to your business and how it can be managed and motivated to keep working on your product together with you. And what is the real meaning of networks effect for business all in all and blockchain field specifically and how can we move communities to blockchain?


Speakers:

Anton Zanimonets (RU), CEO at Iskander.vc


Olga Grinina, Blockchain Writer on “Psychology of community”


Maxim Tsaryk, CEO at ASK.FM on “Bringing community from real business to blockchain”

This workshop is part of DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and are available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

How to build a blockchain community

Hangover breakfast

09:00 – 10:00


Come and cure your hangover at Digital Freedom Festival hangover breakfast. DON’T MISS IT!

* Entrance is with DFF passes.
** Meals are not included in the DFF pass price but purchased separately.

Hangover breakfast

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness Practice

10:00 – 11:30

While going about our busy life, we often forget about the mind. However, it is our mind where our thoughts, speech and actions originate. The potential of the mind is limitless only if we realize it, know how to use it and take a good care of it.

The mindfulness and meditation workshop with Monk John Paramai from Thailand will introduce participants to the concept of the mind allowing them to understand the nature of the mind and the potential that the mind has when it has been brought to the state of standstill, peaceful and focused.


John Paramai Dhanissaro (Supadulchai) (TH), Theravada Buddhist Monk, Webmaster at Peace Revolution


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness Practice

NETWORKING

11:30 – 12:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

Wim Hof Method Breathing

12:00 – 13:30

The purpose of the workshop is to teach the Wim Hof method breathing. How we can through the breath access the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. How we can through causing short term stress on the body also influence the endocrine system giving us access to and having a direct influence on the innate immune system.

The goal is to teach how through breathing we can control and reduce daily stress, increasing our quality of life and becoming Healthy, Happy and Strong.


John Carstairs (UK), Biohacker, Wim Hof Method Instructor


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Wim Hof Method Breathing

NETWORKING

13:30 – 14:00

Networking is a key to getting ahead, making new partnerships and boosting your business. It’s an opportunity to expand your network by on-site networking.

NETWORKING

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness

14:00 – 15:30

Emotional Intelligence, EQ or EI, is one of the top skills expected of an effective modern leader. The good news is, EQ can be trained. This requires integrated focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

In this workshop you will experience what basic self-awareness practices might feel like. You will also understand how this links to self-management, empathy and relationships.


Marko Lepik (EE), Mindfulness Coach & Founder of EQversity.com


This workshop is part of the DFF Campus and will be held on the Day 2 of Digital Freedom Festival. Prior registration is needed and is available to DFF ticket holders only. Want to join – get your pass here.

REGISTER

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness