Focus on Influential Digital Freedom Festival 2019 Tech Event: Sustainable Development and Impact

  • 2019-09-13
  • Inga Taurina

When discussing technology and innovations we must consider the vast opportunities as well as the downsides of globalisation. 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.

Positive Impact and Sustainability

"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. 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!" says Digital Freedom Festival Co-Founder, Dagnija Lejina.

Investors Day - Broader Opportunities for Startups

Investor Day will be held during the festival for the second year in cooperation with #HealthTech block partner Riga Stradins University, #GreenTech block partner Latvian State Forests and #SmartMobility partner the Dutch Embassy in Latvia. The event will include a startup competition, investor presentations, discussions and “speed dating” with investors.

In addition to long-standing Digital Freedom Festival startup competition partners – world-renowned accelerator 500 Startups and leading European accelerator Rockstart - this year Plug and Play, one of the most active venture capital funds in Silicon Valley, will join the Digital Freedom Festival.

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 Age Media

Continuing last year's cooperation with the main Digital Freedom Festival content partner DELFI, this year the Delfi Media LAB stage will feature discussion around the influence of technology on media development. Globally recognised media representatives and experts will discuss the impact of digital technology on content development, digital strategies and sponsorship policies, as well as examine current digital trends such as influencer marketing, podcasts and mobile content.

"Today public information consumption habits and the opportunities offered by technology are changing rapidly, and media must change along with them. Celebrating our 20th anniversary, DELFI aims to become a leader in media innovation. The DELFI Media LAB stage programme will allow both the general public and media representatives to offer a deeper analysis of the changes in the interaction between technology, information and knowledge; what the future of media development looks like, how to reach younger audiences and how high-quality journalism can create a positive and sustainable impact on society" says "DELFI" Board Chair Konstantin Kuzikovs.

Discussions and Inspirational Lectures

Digital Freedom Festival this year will happen for two days - on November 14 th visitors of the festival are brought together for warming-up events - discussions which will take place in different locations, but on November 15 th 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 into 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.).

Additional information:
Inga Tauriņa,
Digital Freedom Festival Press Secretary
Phone.: +371 26564629

About the Digital Freedom Festival

The Digital Freedom Festival is a global technology, startup, policy and lifestyle festival, which will be held on November 30th and December 1st in Riga. It will gather technology and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policymakers, investors, journalists and motivational speakers from all over the world to look for answers to how entrepreneurs, society and policymakers can better cooperate and use the benefits provided by technology.

In 2018, the Digital Freedom Festival gathered 1600 technology and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policy makers, investors, journalists and students from 30 countries. The Conference's was live in the Shortcut application and at with more than 15000 views.

The conference is organised by the Digital Freedom Festival group, the DFF NGO, as well as the Lejiņa & Šleiers reputation management agency. The festival startup competition partner 500 Startups, Rockstart, Embassy of the United States, Embassy of the Netherlands, and media partners - Delfi, LETA, Kapitāls,,, The Baltic Times, LabsofLatvia,, etc.

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