New Digital Freedom Festival programme - Investor day, masterclasses and a 24-hour biohacking retreat

  • 2018-11-22
  • TBT Staff

RIGA – The influential technology, startup, policy and lifestyle Digital Freedom Festival, which will be held from November 30th to December 1st at the Riga Latvian Society House and will gather more than 1500 attendees from around the world, has announced the official programme. This year's new features include Investor Day, Digital Freedom Festival Campus masterclasses and a 24-hour biohacking retreat.

Digital Freedom Festival Co-founder Dagnija Lejina: “The Digital Freedom Festival will be the first technology conference in Latvia's new centenary, so as a gift we want to organise an especially exceptional event. The future will be controlled by those who control technology. This is why we're bringing world-class knowledge and contacts to Riga - to strengthen our position in the digital revolution. Our wish is for Latvia to become a regional leader in the tech innovation sector and to surprise the world!”

Technology Trends on 5 Stages

On November 30th discussions about our digital future will be held on five stages.

On the main “Future Stage” discussion topics will include the influence of technology on political processes and health, artificial intelligence (AI) and biases, creating modern city designs and other topics. Speakers will include AI researcher and engineer Hanan Salam from France, city planner and human-centred urban environment creator Mikael Colville-Andersen from Denmark, representative of the world's largest genetic data storage and exchange platform Henry Ines from the USA and many others.

On the Digital Freedom Festival content partner Delfi Media LAB Stage discussions will include topics such as human intelligence, the future of advertising and subscription, the influence of technologies on journalism and other topics. Speakers include National Public Radio Moscow Correspondent Lucian Kim from the USA, Technology Correspondent for “The Economist” Hal Hodson from the UK and many others.

On the Corporate Innovation Stage discussion topics will include how AI can contribute to business development, machine learning and virtual assistants, and blockchain for corporate business. A discussion will be held in cooperation with Swedbank on the opportunities provided by open banking and open standard application programming interfaces.

The PNB Investor Lounge in cooperation with PNB Banka will host Investor Day. The event will include four startup pitch pitch competitions, including ones by world-leading accelerators 500 Startups and Rockstart, as well EIT Climate-KIC accelerator and the LU Studentu Business Incubator. The closing of Investor Day will include investor speed-dating.

In turn, the Lifestyle Stage will provide knowledge about mindfulness and meditation, travel technologies, and other lifestyle and personal development topics.

Gain Skills With Masterclasses and at the Biohacking Retreat

On December 1st event attendees will have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses about cryptocurrencies, the future of work, emotional intelligence and other current topics. They will be lead by world-class specialists.

In cooperation with anyone interested will have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive biohacking retreat from December 1st - 2nd. Participation will include a unique mind, body and social interaction experience, and learning methods for improving wellbeing used by the most productive and influential people in the world.