North Pole Stage
South Pole Stage
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Side Events

10:00 - 10:10 OPENING REMARKS
Speakers: Indriķis Muižnieks (University of Latvia),
Ieva Siliņa (Chancery of the President of Latvia)
10:10-10:30 Becoming an Entrepreneur - What Does it Really Mean?
Tips and tricks, ideas and insights from experienced experts and young entrepreneurs who have just made their first steps in the world of business.

Speakers: Gundars Bērziņš (University of Latvia),
Dāvids Svēte (Baltic Landlords),
Marija Ručevska (Helve).
Moderator: Līna Marta Sarma (Riga Tech Girls)
10:30-10:55 Leaders Wanted: Masters of Change at a Moment of Truth
According to the Accenture Technology Vision 2021, technology was a lifeline during the global pandemic – enabling new ways of working and doing business, creating new interactions and experiences, and improving health and safety. Technology forever changed expectations and behaviors and created entirely new realities across every industry. As companies shift from reacting to the crisis, to reinventing what comes next, the boldest, most visionary leaders – those who use technology to master change – will define the future, says the 21st annual report from Accenture predicting the key technology trends that will shape businesses and industries over the next three years.

Speaker: Stanislavs Hilcuks (Accenture)
10:55-11:20 From a Company of 10 to Teams of 10 - Career Growth at Startups
The career development path in established organizations is defined and clear. However, like everything else, it is not so straightforward at startups. How can you take most of your experience at a startup? How can you grow as a professional and reach new heights in the ever-changing environment? Meet Printify team members who will share their stories and also answer your questions.

Speakers: Lota Plezere (Printify), Nora Jonāse (Printify), Brian King (Printify).
Moderator: Hodhaifa Khadraoui (Printify)
11:20-11:30 BREAK
11:30-12:00 Let's Be Sustainable - The Time is Now
How can innovations contribute to a sustainable and green society and economy? A discussion about the need to emphasize sustainability and environmental issues in order to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.

Speakers: Gatis Zamurs (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia),
Mārtiņš Zemītis (European Commission Representation in Latvia),
Kristīne Nagle (Impact House)
Moderator: Dace Helmane (InCSR)
12:00-12:25 Biomimicry - Learning from the Genius of Nature
The lecture explores the new emerging practice of Biomimicry. Consulting and learning from living systems to find innovative and more sustainable solutions to our challenges. From broad natural principles to guide our decision-making process to successful case studies of bio-inspired products, biomimicry shows potential for boosting creativity and problem-solving skills. A tool that all professionals could embrace for improving competitiveness as well as the sustainability of their ideas.

Speaker: Alessandro Bianciardi (Planet s.a.s)
12:25-12:50 The Jungle of Communication - How not to Get Lost?
When you are starting a company, you have to manage everything. Communication is not an exception. You should post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok. The text is not enough. You have to make pictures and videos. Company profiles are not enough - you have to keep your personal profile up to date as well. And what about PR activities? You have to work with journalists, write blog posts. Or probably you don't have to do it. This discussion will help you understand what communication activities are really worth it in which company development stage.

Speakers: Jānis Palkavnieks (Draugiem Group),
Juris Jurāns (TVNET),
Angela Jafarova (Datorium).
Moderator: Ieva Treija (
12:50-13:00 BREAK
13:00-13:25 What is a Balanced Organization?
The one that changes – survives. How do you know what, when and how to change in an organization so that it survives instead of bringing surprises? Human based organizations like all of those you know and are part of yourselves are complex systems. Complex systems are uncertain and unpredictable the same way customer and market needs are. How to be effective in these conditions so that the organization survives?

Speaker: Ivo Peksens (Cognizant)
13:25-13:55 Give Us Money!
A panel discussion on venture capital, how to raise it and what the key strategies are to get funding.
Speakers: Sandra Golbreich (Baltic Sandbox),
Helmuts Lejnieks (LatBAN),
Liina Laas (The Better Fund).
Moderator: Marta Matisone (SmartLaws)
13:55-14:20 Low-Tech Ocean Plastic Recycling and Potential Applications to Boatbuilding
With some development of open-source finite elements simulation and die design, Low-tech ocean plastic recycling is on the verge of reaching new capabilities, one of them being boat building. It might drastically reduce carbon footprint and investment costs for small boats and small-volume production.
Speaker: Guillaume Pic-Rivière
14:20-14:30 BREAK
14:30-14:55 Future Scenarios and Innovations in the Digital Field
In the recent months, the world has become used to digital alternatives and solutions more than ever before. What is new in the digital field, and what innovations and surprises can we expect in the future?
Speaker: Vytautas Kubilius (Google Baltics)
Moderator: Pauls Siliņš (Riga TechGirls)
14:55-15:25 Coming Closer Together. The Hybrid Transformation of B2B Communities
Before the pandemic, communities were mainly meeting regularly via real life meetings and events, and had only limited digital contact during the time between meetings and the next event. Because of Covid-19, many organisations have had to switch their working formats to digital formats. It is expected that by 2023, most of the events will have returned, but the question is – what will happen to the digital channels? Will new platforms emerge or will the established players survive and transform? How can startups use this communication transformation process in order to establish something new? Is "hybrid" only a temporary and somewhat meaningless buzzword or something really fundamental and important?

Speakers: Tassilo Ott (Talque),
Kaspars Dancis (Whimsical)
Moderator: Adele Pužule
15:25-15:50 Investment opportunities in the securities market and how Latvians are taking advantage of them
A short introduction on the investment services that are available in the Latvian market and the comparison of Latvian customer investment experience with international trends. How do the Baltic household's investment habits compare with the EU, and what investments are most popular among Baltic investors?

Speaker: Jānis Bebris (Luminor)
15:50-16:00 BREAK
16:00-16:30 The Reality of Launching a Business: Startup Founder Stories
What skills does it take to become an entrepreneur? What are the first steps to be taken, and what are the most common challenges met by young entrepreneurs along the way? A discussion among three startup-founders on the truth behind launching a business.
Speakers: Jānis Volbergs (Zoomcharts),
Jānis Strods (Edurio),
Sigvards Krongorns (Cast Print)
Marina Petrakova (VREACH).
Moderator: Anna Andersone (Riga Tech Girls)
16:30-17:00 How Start-ups Can Facilitate Smart Sustainable City Development
During the discussion, a Riga City Council representative will explain what has been done in the pilot territory and how it differs from other territories in Riga. In addition, two startup representatives will tell more about their experience while piloting their business ideas in the Riga Pilot territory in the VEF district.

Speakers: Inese Andersone (Riga City Council), Kārlis Mendziņš (SimpleCharge), Keitija Litte (Velorūme).
Moderator: Viesturs Celmiņš (VEFRESH)
17:00-18:30 10K PITCH BATTLE
18:30-19:00 Improv Comedy Riga - Improvised Scenes About Everything
10:30 - 10:55 Hobby and Business: The Potential of a New Entrepreneur
Students who want to start a business don't have to wait until after they graduate to get started. There are plenty of steps and opportunities aspiring entrepreneurs can take to prepare themselves for the real world while still in university. University can be a great place to start forming business as this environment offers many free resources that aren't typically available to those who aren't in university. Of course, almost everyone has to come across a business idea failure, but that's not the end of the business, it is possible to achieve success by acquiring new knowledge and of course working.
Speaker: Zane Gusta (Liepāja University)
10:55 - 11:25 Museums in the Digital Age
How have museums adapted to the digital age and introduced technology in their everyday work? What digital processes are involved, and how have they changed the possibilities and prospects in the specific field?
Speakers: Simona Grigaliuniene (Lithuanian Business University of Applied Sciences)
Elīna Vikmane (Latvian Academy of Culture)
Elīna Bērziņa (Latvian National Museum of Art)
Moderator: Alise Pokšāne
11:25 - 11:50 What Does it Take to Be a Successful Woman in Business?
Success means the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. But what does it take to be successful in business?
Speaker: Irina Senņikova (RISEBA University)
11:50 - 12:00 BREAK
12:00 - 12:30 Mentors vs Coaches: Who Can Add More Value to the Startup Journey?
It's easy to get confused about the differences between coaching and mentoring. When you're trying to make big strides in your business, the benefits of both mentorship and coaching may not always be obvious. We will explore the roles mentors and coaches can play to help startup succeed.
Speakers: Evija Vaščensko (Open Mind Management),
Zeev Strutsovski (Venture Faculty).
Moderator: Aija Brūvere (RISEBA University)
12:30 - 12:55 Succeed amid Digital Marketing Chaos - Scope of the Future
Be fast, build the trust and be authentic - these are the key words for success amid digital marketing chaos. Brand trust and loyalty are becoming more and more interconnected. On the other hand, if fast, then the main characteristic feature of trends - to meet people's needs more holistically and authentically. Trust - deliver what is promised, ensure transparent and reliable messaging. How to find the balance among trust, speed, and authenticity?
Let's try to find answers.
Speaker: Jolanta Derkevica-Pilskunga (Turība University)
12:55 - 13:25 The Future of AI and Jobs
A panel discussion on artificial intelligence, the opportunities it provides, and its impact on the jobs and workload in different industries.
Speakers: Aleksejs Vesjolijs (TSI),
Marloes Pomp (NL AI Coalition)
Moderator: Aldis Ērglis
13:25 - 13:35 BREAK
13:35 - 14:00 Team Voilà - Investing in Experiences
"Team Voilà" encourages everyone to feel the hype by creating fun routes to get to know different regions of Latvia. How did their business journey start? What help have they received from the LU Student Business Incubator? What have been the greatest challenges and biggest highlights of launching their business? Hear from the founder of the company, Daniela Studente. The audience is invited to be involved and ask questions during the presentation.
Speaker: Daniela Studente (Team Voilà)
14:00 - 14:30 Is Robotics Only for Engineers?
Robotics is a rapidly growing field with more companies and industries looking to automate. However, this is also a quite intimidatig field to get into - robotics involve the design, construction, operation, details of both hardware and software as well considering ethical and practical issues of the machine and many other aspects. Can somebody without an engineering degree handle it? In this discussion we will take a look at different roles and opportunities in this future mega trend industry.
Speakers: Roberts Kadiķis (Institute of Electronics and Computer Science),
Emmanuel Merchan (Transport and Telecommunication Institute)
Moderator: Anastasija Babarikina
14:30 - 14:55 Big Data - a Doctor's Assistant or a Threat to a Patient's Right to Privacy and Confidentiality?
How is data used in modern medicine? What risks and threats are there for Big Data's faster entry into medicine? What are the risks of more and more data entering the e-environment thinking directly about security and confidentiality? A panel discussion on Big Data in medicine and whether it is an advantage or a threat to the system.
Speakers: Karīna Palkova (Rīga Stradiņš University),
Maija Radziņa (Rīga Stradiņš University),
Signe Bāliņa (University of Latvia)
Moderator: Kristaps Zaļais (Rīga Stradiņš University)
14:55 - 15:05 BREAK
15:05 - 15:35 Why Critical Thinking Is Not Easy
No one is born critically and rationally thinking. It is a skill we can develop over the course of our lifetime. However, our psychology, social media and other factors make thinking critically difficult.
Speakers: Artis Svece (University of Latvia)
Jana Altenberga (Centre for Media Studies at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga)
Moderator: Mārtiņš Hiršs (SkeptiCafe)
15:35 - 16:00 Understanding Science-Based Business and the Ecosystem Around It
"Every business has its own challenges including those that have science-based applications at their core. What are the specific challenges? How to overcome them? What does the ecosystem around such businesses consist of and how can it help? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this presentation.
Speaker: Lauma Muižniece (Investment and Development Agency of Latvia)
16:00 - 16:30 Open innovations in Higher Education Institutions - How to Involve Students in Improving HEIs?
How can higher education institutions involve their students in improving the quality and environment of the institution? What is the role of open innovations in HEIs? A panel discussion among academic staff members and students of Baltic universities.
Speakers: Līga Peiseniece (BA School of Business and Finance),
Eva Ūbele (BA School of Business and Finance),
Märt Aro (EdTech Estonia)
Moderator: Vilhems Karlsons
16:30 - 17:00 Digital and Smart Ports
How can digitalisation help port development? What are the innovative solutions and challenges for the digital development of the port? Do ports plan to participate in the development and implementation of 5G? A panel discussion about the tendencies and future prospects of digital and smart ports.
Speaker: Deniss Bičkovs (Latvian Maritime Academy)
Moderator: Māris Krastiņš
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