Join us on October 9th at the Icebreakers'20 festival, this year in a digital environment!
09.10.2020.
online
the new normal
Icebreakers'20
The mission of Icebreakers has always been to encourage, inspire, create opportunities and give the tools to start your own business.
This year we want to show students and young professionals that a crisis is nothing but another opportunity to start something new, to change the course of unfortunate events and find inner resources even in times when the outside world is so uncertain.
It is crucial that young people not only understand the mechanism and different phases of an economic crisis, but also discover the possibilities of creating their own jobs by becoming entrepreneurs and founders.
In Icebreakers 2020 we will learn about attracting funding and grants, navigating in the new social distancing economy, we will create new, strong teams and find unique solutions to overcome this unexpected and sudden obstacle the world is facing today.
More about Icebreakers'20

The mission of Icebreakers has always been to encourage, inspire, create opportunities and give the tools to start your own business.

This year we want to show students and young professionals that a crisis is nothing but another opportunity to start something new, to change the course of unfortunate events and find inner resources even in times when the outside world is so uncertain.
It is crucial that young people not only understand the mechanism and different phases of an economic crisis, but also discover the possibilities of creating their own jobs by becoming entrepreneurs and founders.
In Icebreakers 2020 we will learn about attracting funding and grants, navigating in the new social distancing economy, we will create new, strong teams and find unique solutions to overcome this unexpected and sudden obstacle the world is facing today.
More about Icebreakers'20
agenda
Side Events
Workshops
North Pole Stage (Coming Soon)
South Pole Stage (Coming Soon)
Expo Area (Coming Soon)
workshops
Online Workshop
BECOME A MASTER OF MS TEAMS
Call for festival technical and communication support team!

We are looking for 10 active, communicative and motivated students who want to be a part of the Icebreakers'20 family and festival technical and communication support team. You will have an opportunity to use your knowledge gained in Microsoft workshop to support festival speakers, workshop and expo area teams.
This hands-on workshop led by Kristaps Sedols, Senior Productivity Solutions specialist at Squalio Latvia, will enable you to use Microsoft Teams to its fullest potential.
During this workshop you will learn about Teams features which allow to communicate, collaborate on projects, organize meetings and video calls, and store and work with documents in real time.
Apply and join Microsoft training, and gain hands on experience on MS Teams.
Online Workshop
Personalization: An Unexpected Journey
As users get more demanding, it`s a huge struggle to dominate in your niche with the existing martech tools. Users are more cautious and expect to see more relevant content from the companies. We have to use personalization smart to communicate with the users, so that we could provide the best possible end-to-end customer experience.During the presentation we will cover such topics as:

  • How to manage multiple campaigns with limited place of exposure and different user interests?
  • How to get most out of the visitors, that visit our channels?
  • What are the pros and cons of the personalization?
Online Workshop
Data-driven user experience and usability workshop (Face to Face)
Join us and get inspired by Renārs Neimanis and Valts Rozentāls stories. During the workshop attendees will learn how to discover and fix usability issues and improve user experience with data-driven decisions.
The number of participants is limited to 20 people. You must apply if you want to participate!
The workshop will take place on Bite Latvija premises: Uriekstes street 2A, Riga, LV-1005, 2nd floor (follow the indications).

PRESENTATION by Renārs Neimanis: Personalization: An Unexpected Journey
As users get more demanding, it's a huge struggle to dominate in your niche with the existing martech tools. Users are more cautious and expect to see more relevant content from the companies. We have to use personalization smart to communicate with the users, so that we could provide the best possible end-to-end customer experience.
WORKSHOP by Valts Rozentāls: Data-driven user experience and usability workshop
During the workshop attendees will learn how to discover and fix usability issues and improve user experience with data-driven decisions. Each attendee will be able to analyze different heatmaps, video recordings from real customer experiences, to find any usability problems that could result in the user leaving the website.
Online Workshop
Building Cyber Resilience in a VUCA workspace (Online)
Cybersecurity jobs have quickly become a priority for businesses all over the world as the number of cyber risk increases.
The unpredictable nature of information security means that certain tasks will always need to be ready for tomorrow.
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a Cybersecurity Professional is like?
If you're thinking about earning a cybersecurity career or cybersecurity training, here's an intro to what you can expect.
Join our cybersecurity workshop and discover more.
Online Workshop
How to avoid building the wrong product for the wrong market. Getting started with asking the right questions.
What participants will do during the workshop:
In the beginning, every business model is just unproven assumptions about product desirability, technical feasibility and market viability. The goal of startup founders is to discover the truth. To collect objective evidence that the assumptions in the model are valid, or not.Workshop participants will be introduced to the lean startup methodology for experiment-driven business model discovery. With the help of examples we will go through the steps of business model analysis, assumption mapping and experiment design, which enable validated learning. Participants will also receive feedback on prioritizing the assumptions behind their own business models and on formulating the right questions to be validated.

The workshop is organized by POWER and technology venture studio Ideas Forward.

Meet the moderators of the workshop:
Stefanos Tsiakmakis - co-founder of BIO2CHP PC, an Aristotle University's spin-off, where he leads
business development, a co-founder and managing partner of Ideas Forward PC.
Nikolaos Tsoniotis - co-founder and managing partner of Ideas Forward PC. His expertise
includes Product Strategy and Innovation & Product Management.
Dimitrios Kourtesis - managing partner of Ideas Forward, technical consultant for the
European Commission Joint Research Centre (Sustainable Transport Unit) as well as
program manager and startup coach at OK!Thess.
Official side events of Icebreakers
While you are waiting for the main festival day, join one of the Icebreakers side events
Online
What should you build now to be successful after 3 years?
What is the next hot thing that people will need and investors will be ready to give you money to build it?
We invite representatives from startup accelerators and business angel networks to discuss what are the trends in different industries, how will the future look like and what should you focus your attention on to build something that will be needed, not what was needed yesterday!
Join this event and ask your questions!

The event is happening online, that is why you only need to press Going on the Facebook event page
Online and face to face
The role of communication in business development - what did Covid-19 change?
Successful communication is one of the cornerstones of development in any company, nonetheless every communication mistake can severely undermine the company's operations. In the vent of crisis, communication, marketing, and public relations are the areas where the budget is reduced.
MODERATOR:
Haralds Burkovskis
PARTICIPANTS:
Visual communication expert Gundars Strazdiņš
Jānis Zeibots, Finance Director of Turība University
Jolanta Derkevica – Pilskunga, Founder and CEO of JDP Integrated Communications brand
Jānis Lielpēteris, Deputy Director of the LCCI Policy Department

The spread of Covid-19 caused difficulties for many companies, which reduced communication resources accordingly. Is it right to save at the expense of communication during a crisis, or vice versa - in such circumstances, should we invest as much as possible in communication? How did many Latvian companies react during the Covid-19 crisis? How has the pandemic changed the style and methods of business communication?
These and many other issues will be analyzed by experts in the panel discussion "The role of communication in business development - what did Covid19 change?".
The number of seats in person is limited, but it will be possible to watch the discussion live on the festival's Facebook page.
To attend the face-to-face discussion, please complete the application form bit.ly/ICEBREAKERSxTURIBA

Please be informed that the discussion will be photographed. The resulting materials can be published.
Face to face
RISEBA Movie night
RISEBA is a place where business meets art with talented filmmakers and producers. So technically speaking Icebreaker will meet RISEBA and business minded people will be able to enjoy our student best movies.
RISEBA Movie night will offer you to see the best student short films in many genres. Grab a popcorn and come relax your business mind, before getting back to work.
The number of participants is limited to 50 people. Apply here bit.ly/RISEBAmovienight

The event will take place on RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6 (Dance hall), Durbes street 4, Riga
Online
Insight into the Startup ecosystem and opportunities in the USA, Norway and Denmark
Sometimes starting a business is like jumping into the unknown and the questions tend to be more than an answer. However, in order to facilitate this process and support new entrepreneurs, a wide range of support is available not only in Latvia, but also abroad (accelerators, grants, scholarships, development programs, etc.). But how to find the right one?
To help find you the most suitable support, in this webinar the heads of foreign representatives offices of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia will share information about the startup ecosystem as well as the support and development opportunities available in US, Norway and Denmark.

Lauma Muižniece – Director of Technology Department at LIAA
Opening, moderator. Support for entrepreneurs and startups offered by LIAA (5-10 min)
Evita Nedzvecka – Head of the LIAA Representative Office in Norway
Business environment in Norway: things you should know to succeed (15-20 min)
Gints Norlinds – Head of the LIAA Representative Office in Denmark
Startup ecosystem and opportunities in the Denmark (15-20 min)
Toms Zvidriņš – Head of the LIAA Representative Office in the United States of America
Startup ecosystem and opportunities in the USA (15-20 min)

The event is happening online, that is why you only need to press Going on the Facebook event page
Online
Meet the startup - virtual tour at Catchbox
Meet the startup! Join our virtual tour and meet Catchbox - startup which has gained some serious recognition in many conferences and companies. Do you know what Catchbox is doing? How they started and why? What are their future plans and how strong the team is?
All this and more you will find out on October 6 at 14.00 PM when we will have a virtual tour in Catchbox office and a good talk with it's CEO Mikelis Studers!
Join us and be inspired by hardworking, motivated and active startup members! All this - LIVE on Facebook!

The event is happening online, that is why you only need to press Going on the Facebook event page
Online
Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool to Solve Pressing Issues
Social entrepreneurship has become more and more vital business tool in our society. Business nowadays does not only mean purely getting profits, it can also mean solving social issues whilst creating business opportunity, creating more workplaces and eventually leading to profits. Therefore we invite you to participate in the event and get to know how social entrepreneurship can help to solve pressing issues, current situation in Latvia to become a social entrepreneur, success stories from companies all over the world that show how social enterprise can be a stable business. We will briefly give insights to social business accelerator NewDoor and ReachforChange that can help taking you social initiative to next level. You will have the opportunity to participate in workshop trying to solve social issues and trying to create a business case out of it.

The event is happening online, that is why you only need to press Going on the Facebook event page
Stay tuned, more speakers will be announced soon!
Amazon Prime Video
Alex Green
Alex Green is Managing Director of Sport for Prime Video in Europe. Alex created the strategy and spearheaded the rights negotiations to secure live sport on Prime Video for the first time in Europe including ATP Tour, WTA Tour and US Open tennis in the UK, English Premier League in the UK, Roland-Garros tennis in France and UEFA Champions League in Germany. Alex is also responsible for the execution of this sports coverage, including Prime Video's first season of Premier League coverage in the UK in December 2019, the first time that domestic audiences had seen fully comprehensive live Premier League fixture rounds.
Alex also launched Prime Video Channels for Amazon in the UK and Germany, the add-on channels subscription service offering Prime members over 100 additional channels like Starzplay, Discovery, Eurosport Player and ITV Hub+.
Prior to Amazon, Alex led British Telecom's TV business including launching BT Sport on multiple platforms, launching BT's YouView box, bringing Netflix onto BT TV, creating BT's TV Everywhere OTT service and BT Sport's launch of UltraHD coverage. Alex was also BT's director on the board of YouView.
Before BT, Alex led Virgin Media's TV product business, including the launch of TiVo and Virgin Media's TV Everywhere OTT service, as well as being responsible for virginmedia.com. Earlier in his career, Alex spent 8 years at News International, the UK arm of News Corporation, where he led strategy and business development and took the newspaper brands into digital media.
Alex has an MBA from INSEAD business school and a BA in PPE from University of Oxford
BitDegree, Vilnius University
Ginvile Ramanauskaite
Over the professional life Ginvile has worked in consulting, HR and startup marketing positions, not to mention co-organizing TEDxVilnius for 7 years - all of which helped to build a universal skillset needed to deal with multi-layered challenges of EdTechs. For the past 2 years Ginvile has been working as a Head of Product and B2B at BitDegree, Lithuania-based online education platform for professional development in digital skills, and has been overseeing the development of multiple platform features and system parts. She is leading several major projects at the company including R&D project on student motivation in cooperation with Vilnius University, platform gamification and, most recently, the development of the solution for transparent P2P blockchain micro-scholarships.
Accenture
Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis
In the IT and DevOps-ish field since 2005. Currently leading 150 DevOps, SRE and Cloud people group in Accenture Latvia. He does a lot of talking internally for Accenture and its clients. Also, speaks at local and abroad IT conferences. Uldis about himself - "I believe there is no "single me". While being a technician and problem solver by my heart, during the last 6-7 years I have been very much interested in group psychology and therapy. Some 5 years I spent doing a lot of acting and directing in a theater. In March of 2018, I started building my theater troupe. Luckily my role in the company allows me to try out different methods and experiment with culture and hierarchies. I hate reading books but currently, that's the only way, how to open my mind for new ideas."
Vytautas University
Greta Šmaižyte
Greta Šmaižytė has worked for 5 years in a non-government organization - Vytautas Magnus University Student Representative Council. There she began volunteering, later on became coordinator of the Academic Affairs Committee and then President of the Council. She has a lot of experience in higher education and now she is a senior specialist in Vytautas Magnus University Career Center as well as getting her Master's degree in Corporate Strategic Management.
capital300
Eva Arh
Eva is a Principal at capital300, a leading European venture capital fund that invests together with international top VCs across Central Eastern Europe and the German speaking area. Previously she worked with founders at Austria's biggest high-tech incubator, leading activities related to fundraising & internationalisation. She has also served as a CFO and Investor Relations manager in tech startups. She holds a Master Degree in International Management / CEMS from Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Cartesiam
Joel Rubino
Joël Rubino began his career in 1984 at the IBM research center in Nice. After holding various technical, marketing and sales positions during the first 10 years of his career, in 1997 he joined IBM Software division in New York as Director of worldwide developments on a range of IBM software.
Upon his return from the United States in 2000, he joined the management board of IBM France as Marketing Director. In 2005 he was appointed Vice President of Marketing Europe, based at IBM Europe headquarters in Madrid. In 2008 he took over as Vice President of Small Business Sales for Europe.
Upon his return to France in 2011, he joins the IBM France Management Committee as Vice President in charge of digital transformation and relations with presidential candidates.
After 3 decades at IBM, he decided in 2012 to found his own start-up, Apicube, specialized in big data and social media analytics for marketing departments where he was CEO.
In 2016 he cofounded Cartesiam, a company specializing in embedded artificial intelligence "at the edge", where he currently holds the position of CEO.
Koatum, Longenesis
Emil Syundyukov
Emil Syundyukov - computer scientist dedicated to problem-solving in Healthcare and Education. Emil has 8 years of experience in applied research, combining competence in Computer Science towards the applications in Healthcare. In parallel with academic experience, previously co-founded and worked in multiple Startup ventures, and for the last 2 years is a CTO of Longenesis, uniting medical specialists and computer scientists,working with the industry leaders towards accelerating the collaborative research withing the biomedical ecosystem worldwide.
University of Latvia
Gundars Bērziņš
Gundars Berzins is dean of the University of Latvia's Faculty of Business, Management and Economics and professor. He holds a doctorate in management science and as a leading researcher has participated in many research projects and has authored a number of international scientific publications. His research interests include business strategies and regional policy. At the same time, he is also a member of the board at the SSE Riga Foundation and a member of the UL Student Business Incubator Council. He has previously held a post of Chancellor of the University of Latvia. For a long time, he also had a private business. His passion is the importance of strategy and strategic thinking in business. He is excited to read lectures on "Management theories", "Business Strategy and Policy Management" and "Strategic and Operational Planning".
Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
Ilga Gedrovica
After getting her PhD in Food Quality and Technology, Ilga started working closely with entrepreneurs and many new innovative foods products have been created together – cereals MILZU!, fruit, berry and vegetable snacks for SIA GARDEN SNACKS, crispbread KRIPPU, BEE BITE products as well as BrainBerry energy bars. As the result of her work, she was awarded the Latvian Academy of Sciences Award for "The Most Significant Achievement of Latvian Science in Practical Applications in 2015". As an associate professor and leading researcher of the Faculty of Food Technologies of the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Ilga analyses the characteristics of many different food sources, traditional and exotic. Currently Ilga is exploring how various insects and larvae may be used as alternative sources of protein.
European Commission
Jānis Rungulis
Janis Rungulis has been part of the EU's East Stratcom Task Force since 2015. Janis has been developing communication campaigns across the Eastern Partnership region to raise awareness about tangible benefits that the EU is bringing to people there. Since this year, he is more involved in the team's efforts to address pro-Kremlin disinformation: Janis coordinates the awareness raising campaigns. Previously Janis Rungulis was the spokesperson of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Brussels dealing with telecommunications, transport, energy, environment, education and other topics. Janis has also worked for the leading public relations (Porter Novelli), advertising (DDB) and media agencies (Omnicom Media Group) in Latvia.
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