The Baltics countries are often in the tech and startups limelight. Estonia is always a goldmine of innovation, with Skype and Kazaa to claim. And the vast majority of the largest IT companies are based in Lithuania.
But the slightly lesser-known Latvia?
Riga is a titan in its own right and a jewel for flourishing businesses, with the majority of the country’s 300 startups being based there. When discussing technology and innovations we must consider the vast opportunities as well as the downsides of globalization.
This year influential technology event Digital Freedom Festival invites to participate in discussing the impact of technology on sustainable development, taking into account the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
The festival will gather more than 1600 participants from all over the world in Riga on November 14th and 15th. It will focus on the role of humans in the new technology age with the main conference topics centering around the economy of the future, technology in healthcare, green technologies, smart mobility, and lifestyle.
“This year we want to bring the festival discussions to the next level, while supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We need to use the full potential of modern technology and innovations in solving current global challenges such as climate change, inequality and in minimising the over-use of resources.Digital Freedom Festival Co-Founder, Dagnija Lejina.
For there to be a positive impact everyone on the planet must work together, which is why we’re inviting everyone to be part of the discussion.
We want to keep challenging the current order, this time by challenging ourselves to become a zero waste festival – we’re going to reduce, reuse, recycle and encourage all partners and attendees to do the same!”
The Digital Freedom Festival is continuing cooperation with leading global accelerator 500 Startups (USA) and international startup, investor and mentors union Rockstart (Netherlands) by inviting seed-stage startups to apply to the Startup Pitch Competition.
Applications are open through October 18th, with finalists announced on November 1st. The grand final will be held during the Digital Freedom Festival Investor Day on November 15th.
Investor Day attendees will include investment and venture capital fund representatives from around the world with a total investment portfolio of more than €1 billion.
Digital Freedom Festival this year will happen for two days – on November 14th visitors of the festival are brought together for warming-up events – discussions which will take place in different locations, but on November 15th the festival conference will take place in the recently opened modern culture event site in Latvia Hanzas Perons, which is a former Riga railway warehouse at the corner of Pulkveza Brieza and Hanzas street.
In collaboration with Deloitte we will review how AI (Artificial intelligence) can be applied to average Latvian companies, what kind of business problems it can help to address and tell us current success stories in this field.
This year’s Digital Freedom Festival partners include content partner DELFI, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), Riga Stradins University, Latvian State Forests, Deloitte, several embassies (USA, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, etc.), national regulatory authorities (Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Culture), financial institutions and active members of the startup ecosystem (BuildIt, RTU Design Factory , etc.).