This year’s Latitude59 will be held on May 31 – June 1 in Tallinn where startups and big players of the tech industry will be discussing topics like Virtual Nation, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality.
Until the end of 2015, there are special ‘early bird’ tickets to Latitude59 available for a price of € 59, from January 1 the ticket price will be € 159.
The tech conference is expecting more than 1,500 handpicked entrepreneurs and innovators. Among the big players participating are tech-giants Google an IBM.
IBM will be introducing its Watson project at Latitude59. It is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. Or put more simply – a computer system that is capable of answering complex questions posed in natural language.
One of the key sub-divisions of the Virtual Nation block of topics is e-Residency and building new services on its platform. Estonia’s e-Residency is a transnational digital identity that was revealed at last year’s Latitude59. Since then the project, also considered the world’s first government startup, has gained more than 7,500 e-residents. But e-Residency is not willing to stop there – its goal is to make Estonia the world’s biggest country that has only 1.3 million physical inhabitants. The e-Residency program has set a goal of recruiting 10 million e-residents by 2025.
Handpicked startups will be able to show what they have got at Latitude59’s demo area. This year the area is bigger than ever before, having room for 59 best startups. The event will also include pitching competitions for different stage startups.
Latitude59 means two days full of exciting discussions, cutting-edge Nordic and Baltic startups and countless networking possibilities. Latitude59 has become Estonia's flagship tech conference. It’s a great platform for all global-minded people to meet potential partners, the ultimate go-to place for the Nordic & Baltic startup scene, the largest international startup and venture capital gathering in Estonia.
More information and tickets are available at www.latitude59.ee.
Rõivas also met with Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Rõivas and Al Maktoum stressed the need to strengthen political and economic relations between Estonia and the United Arab Emirates.
“The ICT-related cooperation memorandum creates good opportunities for the exchange of experiences and knowledge at the level of governments, and also simplifies entering the market in Dubai for Estonian companies,” Rõivas said.
The prime minister is accompanied by an Estonian business delegation, which also includes several leading IT companies.“Estonia and Dubai are the absolute top players when it comes to e-solutions,” Rõivas said, and expressed hope that the two countries can learn from each other’s experiences and also find opportunities for cooperation in the development of e-services.
The members are bonded by the principle of openness; they are focused on changing government’s relationship with technology by adopting open standards and open-source software as well as making digital government more effective. They intend to bring in digital skills in-house and encourage short-term contracts with small and medium business suppliers. Discussions at their inaugural meetup included connectivity, teaching children to code, and open markets. The group will meet annually to showcase digital accomplishments by governments around the world.
Group of the world’s most advanced digital nations to hold next summit in Tallinn in November. The UK has handed over the presidency of the D5 group of the world’s most digitally advanced nations to Estonia.
The handover took place during a bilateral meeting between the Estonian and UK prime ministers, Taavi Rõivas and David Cameron, which discussed how the two governments can continue to work together to advance digital government.
The D5, which was set up by the UK in 2014, brings together the world’s most digitally advanced nations to explore and share ways of providing better digital government services. The members of the group – the UK, Estonia, South Korea, New Zealand and Israel – all have a track record in digital government, including designing services around users’ needs and sharing open source solutions. Other governments are understood to have expressed an interest in joining the group.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock said: “The D5 is a very special international collaboration. It shows how different nations can work hand in glove to solve shared problems and advance the common good. I’m thrilled to now pass the mantle on to Estonia, which is at the cutting-edge of digital government.”
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said: “Estonia is honoured to take over the chairmanship of the D5 and host the upcoming summit in Tallinn in November. We thank and commend the UK for initiating this valuable network for exchange of world-class digital government practices and stewarding its first year.”
The inaugural D5 summit was held in London last year with this year’s summit being held in Tallinn on Novermber 19 and 20.
A new project, UK Estonia TechLink, is expected to be announced at the summit. The project is designed to create and support public and private partnerships between the two countries in technology, innovation and science. It will focus on areas such as financial technology, cyber security, digital government, biotech, smart city development and education.
Source: Government Computing website