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 2st 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.


Dagnija Lejiņa, Co-Founder of the Digital Freedom Festival

Juris Šleiers, Co-Founder of the Digital Freedom Festival

Future politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

10:30 – 11:00

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

#AI #futurepolitics #law

 

11:00
Leadership in Disruptive Times: How to Compete in the Digital WorldSecret Speaker (to be announced)

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

11:00 – 11:30

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), President of the Women’s Council at Hypo Vereinsbank Unicredit

#innovator #womenwhoshaketheworld #futureofwork

Secret Speaker (to be announced)

Investor Day OpeningA Deep Dive Into the Baltic Startup Ecosystem by Tech.euINVESTOR PITCH

Investor Day Opening

Opening Remarks


Oliver Bramwell, CEO of PNB Banka

A Deep Dive Into the Baltic Startup Ecosystem by Tech.eu

The report features a data-driven look at how the technology startup scenes in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have evolved over the past four years, zooming in on trends in funding and M&A transactions.


Robin Wauters (BE), Editor-in-chief at Tech.eu

#entrepreneurship #startups #DFFalumni

INVESTOR PITCH

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?

DELFI Media LAB Opening

The future of information and knowledge. Opening remarks by:


Juris Šleiers, Co-Founder of the Digital Freedom Festival


Ingus Berzins, Editor in Chief at DELFI


Hans Luik, CEO of Eesti Express Group

Did Technology Kill Journalism as We Knew It?

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 for National Public Radio in Moscow

#journalism #media #news

Innovation Thinking in ActionOpen Banking x Finance Latvia Association - Powered by Swedbank

Innovation Thinking in Action

Corporate innovation – how does it work? Various strategies for innovative thinking.

Open Banking x Finance Latvia Association - Powered by Swedbank

Mindfulness & Meditation

John Paramai Dhanissaro (SUPADULCHAI)(TH), Theravada Buddhist Monk

Mindfulness & Meditation
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 (USA), CEO of 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 solutionsnow has now raised more than €2.6M. What are the strategies to succeed to lead a startup? Practical Tips & Tricks of Startup Leadership.


Yesika Aquilera (UK), Co-founder of Tespack

#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.


Iļja Krūmiņš (LV), Co-founder of Gamechanger Audio

#startup #crowdfunding #lifestyle

 

PITCH Session by 500 Startups

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. 15 startups selected by 500 Startups will compete for the main prize – a fast-track to the final interview for the next Silicon Valley accelerator batch. 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.


Opening by Chris Brown (USA), Acceleration Manager at 500 Startups

PITCH Session by 500 Startups
Discussion "You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For Attention"Discussion "The Future of Humane Intelligence"

Discussion "You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For Attention"

How to win peoples attention in era of digital noise and fragmented span of interest.

Discussion "The Future of Humane Intelligence"

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

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 sterotypes, and give some insight as to how to overcome them.


Hanan Salam (FR), Co-Founder at Women in AI

#WomenInAI #biasInAI #WomenEmpowerment

BREAKPITCH Session by Rockstart

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PITCH Session by Rockstart

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. 12 startups will be selected by Rockstart in the AI/Emerging tech vertical to compete for the main prize – a fast-track to final interview for the next accelerator batch in the Netherlands. 50% of applicants are Latvian startups, followed by Ukraine and Estonia, all of which deal with deep technology solutions.


Opening by Rune Theill (NL), CEO at Rockstart

Baltic Media Health Check-up

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 Spriņģe (LV), Investigative Journalist, Founder of Re:Baltica

Baltic Media Health Check-up
How AI Can Improve Business - How to SucceedBREAK

How AI Can Improve Business - How to Succeed

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

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BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)

Jamie Susskind (UK), the author of the book “Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech”

BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)
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 (USA), Founder and CEO of SuperShe Island

#superwoman #community #leadership

Fundraising in the New EconomyPITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator

Fundraising in the New Economy

A published author of books on marketing and entrepreneurship, and contributor to Forbes magazine, Katya has invested in and mentored over 80 startups. She is the main driving force behind Starta Accelerator, an NY-based accelerator, and she will speak about changes in fundraising, VCs vs ICOs and what’s ahead for us in the New Economy.


Katya Dorozhkina (USA), Partner at Starta Ventures

#venturecapital #fundraising

PITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator

“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 (The Floor Hub), Alex Petrov (Bitfury Capital), Ralf Glabischnig (CryptoValley), Oliver Bramwell (PNB Banka)


Opening by Mikus Losans (LV), Head of the UL Business Incubator

Discussion on the Baltic Media LandscapeHumor in Social Media Post-Charlie Hebdo

Discussion on the Baltic Media Landscape

Humor in Social Media Post-Charlie Hebdo

Khalid Wald Albaih (Qatar), Social Media Cartoonist

Algorithm we Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it

#Discussion. 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) Nordics and Central Europe Country Manager at Amadeus

Stewart Rogers (UK), VentureBeat, Digital nomad (UK)

Algorithm we Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it
15:00
Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized CityThe Future of Smart Cities

Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized City

15:00 – 15:30

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 of Copenhagenize Design Co.

#smartcities #urbanism

The Future of Smart Cities

15:30 – 16:00

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


Gerard Tertoolen (NL), Traffic psychologist, behavior specialist

Future of Digital SubscriptionDigital Story-telling

Future of Digital Subscription

Eero was previously a journalist at Bloomberg and Reuters, then the digital strategist at Sanome media. 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?


Eero Vassinen (FI), Senior Consultant at Civitta

Digital Story-telling

Alternative cases how to attract audience

How the Oldest Republic in the World Become an International Hub for BlockchainBlockchain for Corporate Business

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

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

Blockchain for Corporate Business

Iskander.vc (LT)

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is ArtArtist Talk - When Digital Art Enters a Traditional Musem

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is Art

Artist Talk - When Digital Art Enters a Traditional Musem

Kiasma, the number one contemporary art musem in Finland, will share their know-how on how to preserve various new forms of digital art: video, computer and internet art.

16:00
What it Means to be Human in the Robot EraThe Future of Human SexualityDiscovering a New Future

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 improve them.


Amelie Cordier (FR), Chief Scientific 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 (USA), Bay Area Sex-Positive Community Leader

Discovering a New Future

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

SECRET SPEAKER (TO BE ANNOUNCED)PITCH Session by EIT Climate - KIC

SECRET SPEAKER (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

PITCH Session by EIT Climate - KIC

An initiative supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Climate-KIC identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. 10 startups selected by EIT Climate-KIC will compete to see who has the strongest idea for climate-friendly technologies.

Discussion on the Future of AdvertisingCase study: Digital Story-telling

Discussion on the Future of Advertising

If the product is free, then the product is you! We all are products – how and who are targeting and retargeting us. What are the latest trends and technics. Ethics in advertisment – if there is any?

Case study: Digital Story-telling

The dawn of Industrial IoT

Raph Crouan, Founder and CEO at StartupBootcamp

The dawn of Industrial IoT

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter

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

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter
17:00
Rethinking the Way We Work and LiveDefining Remote Work - Where to Start

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), Co-Founder and CEO at Hubud

#futureofwork #digitalnomad #humanconnection

Defining Remote Work - Where to Start

17:30 – 18:00

Christian Thaler Wolski (GER)

SPEED DATING

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

Successful business despite traditional format; adaptation to digital platforms


Hans Luik (EE), Express Group CEO

Fireside Chat with Hans Luik (EE)

Will discuss the clash of technologies and traditional media.


Hans Luik (EE), Express Group CEO

Host: Juris Šleiers, DFF Co-Founder

Why are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia?

Why are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia?

Talk with Mikael Collvile-Andersen (DK)

#SmartLiving #ModernUrbanism #Smart Cities

Talk with Mikael Collvile-Andersen (DK)
18:00

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

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

FUTURE STAGE PITCH FINALS

FUTURE STAGE PITCH FINALS
Principles Above AllFireside Chat With Liz Wahl (US)

Principles Above All

Liz left the network following a harshly critical on-air resignation. She currently works as a correspondent for Newsy.


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

Fireside Chat With Liz Wahl (US)

Host: Andris Kārkluvalks, DELFI Editor

19:00

DFF Party powered by Mintos

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
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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

2st floor

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

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.


Dagnija Lejiņa, Co-Founder of the Digital Freedom Festival

Juris Šleiers, Co-Founder of the Digital Freedom Festival

Festival Opening

Future politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

10:30 – 11:00

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

#AI #futurepolitics #law

 

Future politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

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

11:00 – 11:30

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), President of the Women’s Council at Hypo Vereinsbank Unicredit

#innovator #womenwhoshaketheworld #futureofwork

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

Secret Speaker (to be announced)

Secret Speaker (to be announced)

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 (USA), CEO of 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 solutionsnow has now raised more than €2.6M. What are the strategies to succeed to lead a startup? Practical Tips & Tricks of Startup Leadership.


Yesika Aquilera (UK), Co-founder of Tespack

#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.


Iļja Krūmiņš (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 sterotypes, and give some insight as to how to overcome them.


Hanan Salam (FR), Co-Founder 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 (USA), Founder and CEO of SuperShe Island

#superwoman #community #leadership

Empowering Women Leadership

Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized City

15:00 – 15:30

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 of Copenhagenize Design Co.

#smartcities #urbanism

Bicycle Urbanism by Design and The Life-Sized City

The Future of Smart Cities

15:30 – 16:00

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


Gerard Tertoolen (NL), Traffic psychologist, behavior specialist

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 improve them.


Amelie Cordier (FR), Chief Scientific 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 (USA), Bay Area Sex-Positive Community Leader

The Future of Human Sexuality

Discovering a New Future

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

Discovering a New Future

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), Co-Founder and CEO at Hubud

#futureofwork #digitalnomad #humanconnection

Rethinking the Way We Work and Live

Defining Remote Work - Where to Start

17:30 – 18:00

Christian Thaler Wolski (GER)

Defining Remote Work - Where to Start

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

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

DFF Party powered by Mintos

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

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

Investor Day Opening

Opening Remarks


Oliver Bramwell, CEO of PNB Banka

Investor Day Opening

A Deep Dive Into the Baltic Startup Ecosystem by Tech.eu

The report features a data-driven look at how the technology startup scenes in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have evolved over the past four years, zooming in on trends in funding and M&A transactions.


Robin Wauters (BE), Editor-in-chief at Tech.eu

#entrepreneurship #startups #DFFalumni

A Deep Dive Into the Baltic Startup Ecosystem by Tech.eu

INVESTOR PITCH

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

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. 15 startups selected by 500 Startups will compete for the main prize – a fast-track to the final interview for the next Silicon Valley accelerator batch. 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.


Opening by Chris Brown (USA), Acceleration Manager at 500 Startups

PITCH Session by 500 Startups

BREAK

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PITCH Session by Rockstart

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. 12 startups will be selected by Rockstart in the AI/Emerging tech vertical to compete for the main prize – a fast-track to final interview for the next accelerator batch in the Netherlands. 50% of applicants are Latvian startups, followed by Ukraine and Estonia, all of which deal with deep technology solutions.


Opening by Rune Theill (NL), CEO at Rockstart

PITCH Session by Rockstart

Fundraising in the New Economy

A published author of books on marketing and entrepreneurship, and contributor to Forbes magazine, Katya has invested in and mentored over 80 startups. She is the main driving force behind Starta Accelerator, an NY-based accelerator, and she will speak about changes in fundraising, VCs vs ICOs and what’s ahead for us in the New Economy.


Katya Dorozhkina (USA), Partner at Starta Ventures

#venturecapital #fundraising

Fundraising in the New Economy

PITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator

“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 (The Floor Hub), Alex Petrov (Bitfury Capital), Ralf Glabischnig (CryptoValley), Oliver Bramwell (PNB Banka)


Opening by Mikus Losans (LV), Head of the UL Business Incubator

PITCH Session by the University of Latvia Business Incubator

SECRET SPEAKER (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

SECRET SPEAKER (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

PITCH Session by EIT Climate - KIC

An initiative supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Climate-KIC identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. 10 startups selected by EIT Climate-KIC will compete to see who has the strongest idea for climate-friendly technologies.

PITCH Session by EIT Climate - KIC

SPEED DATING

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

FUTURE STAGE PITCH FINALS

FUTURE STAGE PITCH FINALS

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

DELFI Media LAB Opening

The future of information and knowledge. Opening remarks by:


Juris Šleiers, Co-Founder of the Digital Freedom Festival


Ingus Berzins, Editor in Chief at DELFI


Hans Luik, CEO of Eesti Express Group

DELFI Media LAB Opening

Did Technology Kill Journalism as We Knew It?

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 for National Public Radio in Moscow

#journalism #media #news

Did Technology Kill Journalism as We Knew It?

Discussion "You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For Attention"

How to win peoples attention in era of digital noise and fragmented span of interest.

Discussion "You Gotta Fight for Your Right. For Attention"

Discussion "The Future of Humane Intelligence"

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

Discussion "The Future of Humane Intelligence"

Baltic Media Health Check-up

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 Spriņģe (LV), Investigative Journalist, Founder of Re:Baltica

Baltic Media Health Check-up

Discussion on the Baltic Media Landscape

Discussion on the Baltic Media Landscape

Humor in Social Media Post-Charlie Hebdo

Khalid Wald Albaih (Qatar), Social Media Cartoonist

Humor in Social Media Post-Charlie Hebdo

Future of Digital Subscription

Eero was previously a journalist at Bloomberg and Reuters, then the digital strategist at Sanome media. 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?


Eero Vassinen (FI), Senior Consultant at Civitta

Future of Digital Subscription

Digital Story-telling

Alternative cases how to attract audience

Digital Story-telling

Discussion on the Future of Advertising

If the product is free, then the product is you! We all are products – how and who are targeting and retargeting us. What are the latest trends and technics. Ethics in advertisment – if there is any?

Discussion on the Future of Advertising

Case study: Digital Story-telling

Case study: Digital Story-telling

How to build a media empire

Successful business despite traditional format; adaptation to digital platforms


Hans Luik (EE), Express Group CEO

How to build a media empire

Fireside Chat with Hans Luik (EE)

Will discuss the clash of technologies and traditional media.


Hans Luik (EE), Express Group CEO

Host: Juris Šleiers, DFF Co-Founder

Fireside Chat with Hans Luik (EE)

Principles Above All

Liz left the network following a harshly critical on-air resignation. She currently works as a correspondent for Newsy.


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

Principles Above All

Fireside Chat With Liz Wahl (US)

Host: Andris Kārkluvalks, DELFI Editor

Fireside Chat With Liz Wahl (US)

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

Innovation Thinking in Action

Corporate innovation – how does it work? Various strategies for innovative thinking.

Innovation Thinking in Action

Open Banking x Finance Latvia Association - Powered by Swedbank

Open Banking x Finance Latvia Association - Powered by Swedbank

How AI Can Improve Business - How to Succeed

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

How AI Can Improve Business - How to Succeed

BREAK

BREAK

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

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

Blockchain for Corporate Business

Iskander.vc (LT)

Blockchain for Corporate Business

The dawn of Industrial IoT

Raph Crouan, Founder and CEO at StartupBootcamp

The dawn of Industrial IoT

Why are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia?

Why are Global Tech Companies Choosing Latvia?

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

Mindfulness & Meditation

John Paramai Dhanissaro (SUPADULCHAI)(TH), Theravada Buddhist Monk

Mindfulness & Meditation

BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)

Jamie Susskind (UK), the author of the book “Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech”

BOOK SIGNAGE with Jamie Susskind (UK)

Algorithm we Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it

#Discussion. 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) Nordics and Central Europe Country Manager at Amadeus

Stewart Rogers (UK), VentureBeat, Digital nomad (UK)

Algorithm we Travel. Live it, Love it, Outsmart it

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is Art

Artist Talk - Virtual Art is Art

Artist Talk - When Digital Art Enters a Traditional Musem

Kiasma, the number one contemporary art musem in Finland, will share their know-how on how to preserve various new forms of digital art: video, computer and internet art.

Artist Talk - When Digital Art Enters a Traditional Musem

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter

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

Artist Talk - Matter to Matter

Talk with Mikael Collvile-Andersen (DK)

#SmartLiving #ModernUrbanism #Smart Cities

Talk with Mikael Collvile-Andersen (DK)

Saturday, December 1 DFF CAMPUS

DFF Campus 3rd floor
PNB Banka Investor Lounge 3rd floor
Delfi Media Lab 2nd floor
Corporate Innovations Lounge 2nd floor
Lifestyle Lounge 2nd floor
09:00
10:00

Round table discussions

 

Round table discussions

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, co-founder of Paybis.com (LV)

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.

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

Mediation: How to prevent conflict without suppressing your needs

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), Mediator & Trainer in conflict resolution and mindful communication

Baiba Strupisa (LV), Legal adviser in M&A and investments, risk capital funds, banking; certified mediator

Mediation: How to prevent conflict without suppressing your needs

Vibe, well-being and workplace design

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

Vibe, well-being and workplace design

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness practice

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

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness practice
11:00

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

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

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

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

Scale your startup like a pro trough Branding

The purpose of the workshop is to give you the insight of the things you must know and do in order to take you 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

Scale your startup like a pro trough Branding

How to create video that attracts and retain customers

Julia Karmo (GER), Berlin-based freelance editor for @SkyNews

How to create video that attracts and retain customers

Wim Hof Method Breathing

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), official Wim Hof Method Instructor and personal trainer

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

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

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

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

How to Pitch to Investors by Rockstart

The workshop is designed to help early-stage companies prepare for the fundraising, and build a pitch that will gain investors’ interest and ultimately funding.


Rhune Theill, Co-founder & CEO at Rockstart (NL)

How to Pitch to Investors by Rockstart

More to come...

More to come...

How to build a blockchain community

The idea of communities has existed throughout years, but only with blockchain and open source projects the new approach to community as 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. 


Iskander.vc (LT)

How to build a blockchain community

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness

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 Mindfulness Coach & Founder of EQversity.com (EE)

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness
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DFF Campus

3rd floor

PNB Banka Investor Lounge

3rd floor

Delfi Media Lab

2nd floor

Corporate Innovations Lounge

2nd floor

Lifestyle Lounge

2nd floor

Round table discussions

 

Round table discussions

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, co-founder of Paybis.com (LV)

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.

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

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

Scale your startup like a pro trough Branding

The purpose of the workshop is to give you the insight of the things you must know and do in order to take you 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

Scale your startup like a pro trough Branding

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

How to Pitch to Investors by Rockstart

The workshop is designed to help early-stage companies prepare for the fundraising, and build a pitch that will gain investors’ interest and ultimately funding.


Rhune Theill, Co-founder & CEO at Rockstart (NL)

How to Pitch to Investors by Rockstart

Mediation: How to prevent conflict without suppressing your needs

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), Mediator & Trainer in conflict resolution and mindful communication

Baiba Strupisa (LV), Legal adviser in M&A and investments, risk capital funds, banking; certified mediator

Mediation: How to prevent conflict without suppressing your needs

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

How to create video that attracts and retain customers

Julia Karmo (GER), Berlin-based freelance editor for @SkyNews

How to create video that attracts and retain customers

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

More to come...

More to come...

Vibe, well-being and workplace design

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

Vibe, well-being and workplace design

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

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

The idea of communities has existed throughout years, but only with blockchain and open source projects the new approach to community as 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. 


Iskander.vc (LT)

How to build a blockchain community

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness practice

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

Mind Your Mind. Mindfulness practice

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

Wim Hof Method Breathing

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), official Wim Hof Method Instructor and personal trainer

Wim Hof Method Breathing

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

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness

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 Mindfulness Coach & Founder of EQversity.com (EE)

Emotional Intelligence: developing a higher-resolution self-awareness