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Top 10 Innovative Hi-Tech Events which expeting you in 2020

The countries of the Baltic Sea Region are considerably tech-savvy and each has relatively well-established knowledge sectors filled with strong international companies that are helping to attract and develop relevant events. 

 

From ICT, R&D and FinTech, to biotechnology, industry 4.0 and MedTech, the growth of knowledge-intensive sectors across the region is increasing. In fact, both Lithuania and Estonia are atop the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Knowledge Economy Index, which measures the performance of the 38 economies where the Bank invests, alongside the economies of eight frontier innovators, including the USA, Germany and Japan. No doubt, strong ecosystems in each sector can have a valuable impact on events that are coming from these sectors and can support PCOs and associations once they’ve decided on a host city. 

 

Here are 10 exciting hi-tech events that have either taken place recently or are slated to happen in the coming months across the Baltic Sea Region.

Tallinn Digital Summits about Hi-Tech and Finn-Tech Summit
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TallinnDigital Summit 

Held this past September in the Estonian capital, this two-day summit is where the frontrunners of digital nations drive the global conversation on digitalisation. This year’s event put particular focus on AI for public value and featured some 40 experts leading discussions on using AI in the context of smart cities, law enforcement, and healthcare. 

 


Finntech Inn 2019 the largest finntech conference in the Baltic
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Fintech Inn

The largest fintech conference in the Baltic's, Fintech Inn is a forum where established companies, startups, investors, associations, policymakers and technology leaders from over 30 countries convene to exchange knowledge and discuss industry challenges. The two-day conference will be held in Vilnius this November. 

 


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Nordic Future

Taking place in Helsinki next year, Nordic Future aims to bring together innovative local entrepreneurs with global investors, thought leaders, ecosystems and innovation communities to co-create a future marked by global innovations. 

 


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Digital Freedom Festival

This conference will be held in Riga this November and will gather more than 1,500 tech and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policymakers, investors and motivational speakers from around the world. 

 


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Stockholm Tech Fest

Held this September in the capital of Sweden, the five-day event featured 5,000 startup founders, investors, designers, developers, and journalists from 20+ countries who came together to share, be inspired and meet the whole Stockholm startup ecosystem. 

 


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MCT Summit 

An annual community event for Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) where they can learn and share with fellow trainers from around Europe and the world. This year’s summit was held in Vilnius in September and featured top international speakers and three days of development opportunities like programme certification exams. 

 


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Latitude59

A gathering for people serious about startups, investing, and the future of governance that’s being held in Tallinn next May. The agenda features speakers slated to lead discussions on the future of tech, education, humanity, ethics, government, living environment, and more. The event is expected to draw some 2,500 attendees, 22+ investors and over 2,000 matchmaking meetings. 

 


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Infoshare

This year, one of the most important IT events in Poland took place in Gdansk. Over 2,5000 startup representatives, developers, investors, executives, innovation leaders, marketers, and media gathered to explore the world of technology. 

 


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ICIST 2019

Hosted in Vilnius this October, the International Conference on Information and Software Technologies brought together researchers, engineers, developers, and practitioners in information systems, business intelligence, software engineering and information technology applications. 

 


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International Scientific Conference on Information Technology and Management Science (ITMS)

Hosted in Riga this October, the 60th anniversary edition of conference brought scientists and researchers together in an effort to promote and encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas and tools related to information technology, information systems, computer technologies, data processing, system security, e-commerce, e-governance and more. 

 

As knowledge sectors keep trending in the right direction across the Baltic Sea Region, there’s never been a better time for international meeting planners who have clients within these sectors to put it on their radars. In fact, a perfect starting point would be CONVENE, the Baltic Sea Region’s leading trade show for the meetings and events industry.

 

The annual show – which is being held for the 8th consecutive year in Vilnius on 12-13 February 2020 – offers a full Hosted Buyer programme where meeting planners can meet face-to-face with service suppliers, venue representatives, convention bureaus, DMCs and PCOs. The programme also includes complimentary return airfare within Europe and accommodation in one of several partner hotels in Vilnius during the show. What’s more, CONVENE offers its Hosted Buyers the opportunity to take one of several post-show familiarisation tours to a regional destination, which means you can see first-hand why so many knowledge sector events are choosing the Baltic Sea Region.

 


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Last year’s controversial ad-campaign, naming Vilnius the G-Spot of Europe, has been named as the best ad campaign at the World Travel Market (WTM) travel show’s International Travel & Tourism Awards in London.

 

Vilnius Receives International Gold Award at WTM Travel Show in London for “G-spot of Europe” Ad Campaign  Last year’s controversial ad, naming Vilnius the G-Spot of Europe,.
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November 2019 - Vilnius, Lithuania.

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, wanted to attract more attention amongst Western Europe’s millennials and to invite them to experience all the city has to offer. However, only 8% of the target audience in Berlin and London knew that Vilnius existed, let alone where it was. The city decided to go with a bold statement that earned the capital an International Travel & Tourism award.

 

„Vilnius – the G-spot of Europe. Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it – it’s amazing” campaign was developed by Jurgis Ramanauskas, Skaistė Kaurynaitė, and Ugnius Mikšta. Posters advertising Vilnius appeared in London and Berlin in summer 2018. Since then, the website vilniusgspot.com was visited by over 100 thousand people from all over the world while the searches on Google trebled.

 

According to Vilnius’ Mayor Remigijus Šimašius, the campaign reached an audience of 600 million and the number of tourists increased by 12%. “We may be small globally but really strong!” he said in a brief announcement.  

 

The viral ad was since named as one of the best week’s campaigns by advertising industry magazine Lürzer’s Archive’, as well as earning a feature on ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.’ “International tourism is a highly competitive field where only a few manage to stand out,” says Inga Romanovskienė, the head of the official development and business promotion agency Go Vilnius. „Even competing with the giants of tourism - such as Las Vegas - was a great achievement.''

 

This year’s International Travel and Tourism Awards, where Vilnius won the highest Gold Award, took place in London’s annual World Travel Market, visited by over 50 thousand attendees. / Text Red. Go.Vilnius

 


WHY SOCIAL MEDIA IS RUINING YOUR LIFE

Kathrine Ormerod | TEDx Manchester / UK

Social media have changed the way we consume news, products and, most importantly, each other. However, they are also shaping our expectations of reality, undermining our esteem and fuelling obsessive social comparison. So, what can we do to make us mindful of the negative impacts of new media and begin benefiting from the very best our interconnected world has to offer?


HOW UNSOCIAL IS SOCIAL MEDIA?

TEDx by Allison Graham

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Social Media historian Allison Graham offers a witty and ironic view of a society that feels alone together despite the hundreds of virtual connections we have online. With a global population growing up via Facebook and Twitter and a perceptible shift in human interpersonal connections, the constant need for social self-validation permeates our daily existence. This talk shares the funny and revealing insights of a life lived online and how social media is used to connect and disconnect us.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Allison has worked all over the country and globe bringing the written word to life on the big screen.

Allison has worked for Artisan Entertainment, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox, Miramax and Dreamworks SKG as Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Producer working with such titans as Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, Timur Bekmamvetov and Tim Burton.

She was one of the key business strategists behind The Blair Witch Franchise marketing campaigns, leading the team responsible for revolutionising the way the Internet and film marketing were viewed.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH?

Red. TEDx Bailey Parnell

Scrolling through our social media feeds feels like a harmless part of our daily lives. But is it actually as harmless at seems? According to social media expert Bailey Parnell, our growing and unchecked obsession with social media has unintended long term consequences on our mental health. As social media continues to become part of the fabric of modern life – the “digital layer” – abstinence is becoming less of an option. Bailey think it’s high time we learned to practice safe social before it’s too late. What are the common triggers? How are they affecting you over time? How can you create a more positive experience online? Bailey covers this and more in “Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health?”

 

Bailey Parnell was recently named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She is an award-winning digital marketer, public speaker and businesswoman with a talent for helping people tell better stories. Her work and expertise have been featured on CBC, CTV & in other local Toronto media. Bailey recently founded SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company where they help people develop the essential skills needed for professional success. She also currently works in digital marketing at Ryerson University.

Bailey is a frequent public speaker having spoken to more than 10 thousand people. She primarily speaks about social media, personal branding, and media and mental health. She guest lectured her first MBA class at 21-years-old and has been the youngest speaker as multiple academic conferences. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication and Culture with a research focus on social media and mental health, and holds an honours BA from the RTA School of Media at Ryerson.

 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


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Social Media historian Allison Graham offers a witty and ironic view of a society that feels alone together despite the hundreds of virtual connections we have online. With a global population growing up via Facebook and Twitter and a perceptible shift in human interpersonal connections, the constant need for social self-validation permeates our daily existence. This talk shares the funny and revealing insights of a life lived online and how social media is used to connect and disconnect us.

 

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She was one of the key business strategists behind The Blair Witch Franchise marketing campaigns, leading the team responsible for revolutionising the way the Internet and film marketing were viewed. Allison enjoys cooking from scratch, bicycle rides on flat terrain, conga lines and diving boards.

 

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ADDICTED TO LIKES?

Poppy Jamie is an entrepreneur, Founder of 'Happy Not Perfect', and Co-Founder Pop and Suki. Poppy started her career at 19 years old when she became the youngest entertainment presenter at the UK’s largest news organisation ITN.

She was still studying politics at the London School of Economics during the time and since graduating. Now 26, she has hosted shows for ITV2, MTV international, Extra USA, TEDx and launched the very first talk show on Snapchat’s Discover, Pillow Talk with Poppy. She is launching an app alongside a book in January, Happy Not Perfect.

The aim is to help as many people as possible with their emotional wellbeing and brain health. Poppy is also launching a direct to consumer accessories line along side her best friend Suki Waterhouse, Pop and Suki.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


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In a hyperconnected world, where mobile devices have become appendices to our body and people check their social media accounts hundreds of times a day, human interaction is sacrificed daily in favour of digital exchanges. In his talk from TEDxStockholm event "Generation WHY?", psychotherapist Patrik Wincent takes us on a journey through his own Internet addiction, and gives us valuable tips to avoid becoming digital zombies.

 

Patrik Wincent is the founder of ”Internetakuten”, a company with the main focus of offering counsel to people who are dealing with digital stress and to offer education in how to prevent and recognize digital stress. Patrik Wincent has also founded ”Dataspelsakuten”, a company which is similar to Internetakuten, but deals with people who are struggling with video gaming addiction.

 

Patrik Wincent is an authorized psychotherapist, he is a coach, a writer, a lecturer and spoken word artist. But most importantly, Patrik is a father to a teenager and so he fully understands the challenges that parents are faced with when it comes to having children that are growing up in this digital era.

Follow Patrik online at patrikwincent.se.

 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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TGM: AS MAYOR OF THE CAPITAL OF LITHUANIA, WHAT IS YOUR POINT OF VIEW ABOUT TOURISM?

MR. SIMASIUS: In Lithuania and especially in the City of Vilnius, the tourism has an enormous importance for the transversal development and impulse of our modern economy. In recent years, our city has been positioning itself in the minds and preferences of the international tourist, who wish to enjoy and discover an extraordinarily well-connected destination, Vilnius is never more than three hours away from any European destination by air, with an airport less than 15 minutes away from the city centre. Lithuania is one of the safest countries in the world, which offers a high level of standards of quality services, infrastructure and tourism comfort, in a setting full of culture, flavours and traditions. Our hospitality towards the visitors has a very special characteristic, since in addition to the kindness the Lithuanians who are professional host in the tourism; speak at least 5 or 6 languages, being a great competitive advantage in this sector.

 

TGM: WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT TOURIST PRODUCTS TO PROMOTE VILNIUS IN THE WORLD?

MR. SIMASIUS: The Vilnius Old Town and the “Kernave” mound complex are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The protection of the Vilnius Historic Centre is ensured by the specific provisions stipulated by the Laws on National Security, on Protection of Immovable Cultural Heritage. Vilnius and Lithuania is among the fastest growing innovators in all Europe. Our City is internationally recognized as one of the most knowledge-intensive and innovative destinations, in general is proud of record scientific achievements in the ICT, manufacturing and clean-tech sectors, life sciences, shared services, electronics and more, for this reason Business Tourism and MICE have a great relevance.

 

TGM: IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOUR OPINION ABOUT MEETING TOURISM OR MICE INDUSTRY IN VILNIUS:

MR. SIMASIUS: Vilnius, with its first-class business infrastructure has become an attractive option for international meeting planners and event organisers. Our magnificent diverse choice of hotels and amazing conference venues, including centuries-old mansions, castle halls, rebuilt royal palaces, modern glass towers, big arenas and large open-air squares are ready to accommodate needs of any meeting or event. In Vilnius, Meeting planners will find the latest multimedia technologies and lots of free high-speed Wi-Fi access points in many hotels, venues and other public areas of the city. CONVENE organized by Vilnius Convention Bureau is the premier boutique exhibition for the meetings, events and incentives industry in the Baltic Sea Region, is a business to business international event which accelerates the interest and demand for holding professional conventions in the region, with a strong focus on education and knowledge and an exciting series of high quality business networking.

 

TGM: WHAT ARE THE NEXT TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN VILNIUS?

MR. SIMASIUS: We are planning an important extension and remodelling our International Airport with the highest technology and the best quality standards, with the purpose to generate more global tourism focused on a long-term connectivity vision.

 

TGM: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO INVITE THE PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO COME TO VILNIUS AND ORGANISE EVENTS OR ENJOY THEIR HOLIDAYS IN VILNIUS:

MR. SIMASIUS: You have to remember that Vilnius charms with its an amazing labyrinthine renowned Old Town, is like an open book, leaving vivid illustrations of the history of all European styles, and elegant city centre decorated with many open squares and parks, inviting you to discover one of the most beautiful and charming destinations in the world. WELCOME TO VILNIUS!

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