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
North Pole Stage
South Pole Stage
Expo Area
Workshops
Side Events
North Pole
10.00-10.30
Opening show
Speakers: Karlis Kivlenieks, Indriķis Muižnieks, Tālis Juhna, Valdas Jaskūnas
10.30-10.55
Making labour markets smarter
Speaker: Kārlis Kanders

The future demand of jobs and skills is presently shaped by technological change and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, among other major trends. To ensure that everyone is better equipped to navigate the changing labour markets, we need novel ideas and solutions. Big data and data science can help make labour markets smarter, fairer and more efficient by anticipating the impact of disruptive trends, identifying promising career pathways for displaced workers, and providing tailored guidance to job seekers and employers. In this talk, I will share the research and initiatives pursued at Nesta, an innovation foundation based in the UK, to support individuals, organisations and governments to prepare for the future of work, and I will discuss how entrepreneurs can help in this challenge.
10.55-11.20
Building a science-based startup: Is an efficient academia-startup partnership possible?
Speakers: Ginvile Ramanauskaite

There is a growing number of startups being born in universities, but is this the only way to build a science-backed startup? Is it possible to have a working partnership between academia and outside entrepreneurs? Recently, BitDegree has worked with Vilnius University to research learner motivation to study online and is now building-in elements based on the insights gained. In the talk, Ginvile will share more details on the ups and downs of the partnership, the science behind BitDegree and the planned future collaborations.
11.20-11.30
BREAK
11.30 - 11.55
START-UP BUILDING EXPERIENCE - do's and dont's of early stage startups
Speakers: Raimonds Kulbergs

Raimonds has gone through the intensive 500Startups accelerator program in San Francisco. He is also advising both enterprises and startups on digital product building and growth. He will talk about practicalities on starting a star-up, avoiding emotional traps and trick.
11.55-12.20
Importance of fundamental physics research with examples from Ventspils and MIT
Speakers: Artūrs Vrubļeviskis

Spending taxpayer money on applied physics research with clear practical goals like faster computer chips or more efficient car engines is easier to justify than investing in fundamental physics research. However, using two examples from Ventspils and MIT I will argue that fundamental physics research can also be of significant consequence to the society and deserves your attention and support. First, I will present the research of the Solar Physics Research Group at the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre and the importance of space weather predictions. Second, I will share the example of the company "Butterfly Network" and its origins in fundamental astrophysics research at MIT.
12.20-12.45
Fireside Chat with Alex Green
Speaker: Alex Green
Moderator: Līna Marta Sarma

12.45-12.55
BREAK
12.55 - 13.20
A difference made. Together
Speakers: Ģirts Bērziņš

On the day of October 28, 1820 the first innovation by Swedbank went live. The innovation scaled and made room for many more innovations for many more years for many more people. What have we learned so far and what we see ahead?
13.20-13.45
Defending Democracy in the Disinformation Era
Speakers: Elizabeth Wahl

Disinformation has infected the internet and people's minds to the point that we can not even agree on a common reality. This is especially problematic as the world battles a pandemic, as people are in dire need of factual, reliable information. Meanwhile, democracies are imperiled by a deluge of disinformation spread by political extremists and hostile foreign powers. How do we defend democracy in an unprecedented era of disinformation?
13.45-14.15
OVERCOMING DISINFORMATION
Speaker: Jānis Rungulis, Elīna Lange
Moderator: Mārtiņš Daugulis

14.15-14.25
BREAK
14.25 - 14.50
Covid-19 application international success story
Speakers: Ieva Ilves, Arvis Zeile
14.50-15.15
We, the post digital people. Can your enterprise survive the "tech-clash"?
Speakers: Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

People's perceptions of and relationships with technology are changing. And with these changes, we are seeing a really interesting inconsistency emerge. On one hand, people are seemingly rejecting technology and being frustrated. "Techlash," or backlash against technology, is appearing in many forms—like digital detoxing, people wanting to reduce screen-time, and governments putting more regulations on technology. On the other hand, technology has become a pervasive part of the human experience. People are increasing their usage and dependence on technology for everything in their lives.
15.15-15.45
The New Normal - REMOTE Business & Life
Speaker: Tassilo Ott, Anastasia Zencika
Moderator: Zane Bojāre

15.45-15.55
DJ BREAK
15.55 - 16.20
Fireside chat with Maximilian Birner
Speakers: Maximilian Birner
Moderator: Ansis Egle

16.20-17.50
10K Pitch Battle
Speakers: Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

People's perceptions of and relationships with technology are changing. And with these changes, we are seeing a really interesting inconsistency emerge. On one hand, people are seemingly rejecting technology and being frustrated. "Techlash," or backlash against technology, is appearing in many forms—like digital detoxing, people wanting to reduce screen-time, and governments putting more regulations on technology. On the other hand, technology has become a pervasive part of the human experience. People are increasing their usage and dependence on technology for everything in their lives.
17.50
Performance by Founder and CEO of GameChanger Audio (Plasma Pedal) Iļja Kruminš
18.20
Award and closing ceremony
South Pole
10.30-10.55
Trends in digital healthcare: unlocking the hidden value of health data with a "21st-century screwdriver
Speaker: Emil Syundyukov

Limitation for accelerating the collaborative research has long existed before the COVID-19 Pandemic. Within the Pandemic crisis, the challenge was raised and the interest was shown by multiple industries, seeing the biomedical and healthcare topics as a cornerstone for "getting back to normal". Laying in the challenges within siloed, unharmonized biomedical datasets and legal aspects, also including challenges of patients and population engagement into the research initiatives, during the presentation, based on the case studies of multiple companies (including Longenesis), we will talk on how technologies can be used as a modern "screwdriver", for applying its instruments towards making use and opening the hidden value of health data.
10.55-11.25
Biobanking and big data
Speakers: Mārcis Leja, Baiba Vilne, Lauris Cikovskis
Moderator: Elīza Avotiņa


Discussion will focus on a need for biobanks, obtaining and storing bio samples. Big data creation, storage; HPC data. The panel discussion will take a closer look to the student's opportunities to participate in medical research.
11.25-11.50
Grow Hourly Rates and Competitiveness: Lessons from Western Europe
Speakers: Laurynas Sabonis

In this presentation, Laurynas will explain how software services are becoming a commodity and how making products instead of providing services increases the hourly rate for written code.
    11.50 - 12:00
    Break
    12.00-12.30
    Food trends of the future
    Speakers: Rūta Ozola-Davidāne, Vaira Obuka
    Moderator: Nadīna Elekse


    From smart packaging to a whole meal in your pocket - how will the future of our food look like? What are the main focus areas of research in Latvia and what changes can we expect on our plates in the next decade?
    12.30-12.55
    Revenue to zero, one month of runway left! What now?
    Speaker: Manuel Koelman

    This is a Corona turnaround story about building a durable company culture, a REMOTE team, pivoting, re-imaging an industry, and leading during a crisis. It is also about pirates, blue oceans, big bets, a treasure hunt, crew love and ARRRs.
    12.55-13.20
    Is Design Thinking an exclusive property of designers? What can we do with it in our daily life?
    Speaker: Lilita Sparāne

    Nowadays Design Thinking is widely used not only as a creative method but also quite often as a buzzword. There are many different views about it, whether Design Thinking is a holistic concept of design learning, or it is multidisciplinary concept which aims to deliver a special methodology for interdisciplinary creative work. Or maybe it is something else? All those provocative questions will be looked at from the non-designer point of view.
    13.20 - 13:30
    Break
    13.30-13.55
    The importance of multifaceted education in the labor market
    Speaker: Greta Šmaižytė

    The importance of multifaceted education in career and future design. Vytautas Magnus University's experience in combining incompatible fields of study and the practice of developing unique and competitive personalities in the labor market.
    13.55-14.25
    Business meets art. Stories from creative industries
    Speakers: Alise Gurenko, Sigvards Krongorns
    Moderator: Julia Gifford
    14.25-14.55
    Defining business goals
    Speakers: Aigars Rostovskis, Gundars Bērziņš
    Moderator: Egija Gailuma
    14.55 - 15:05
    Break
    15.05-15.30
    Smart objects boosted by artificial intelligence
    Speaker: Joel Rubino

    Artificial intelligence is the buzzword of the moment and conveys a lot of fantasy for humans... but 200 million machines on earth just want to do a better job. How artificial intelligence technology can easily help manufacturers make their production lines "self-aware" and improve their maintenance in a predictive and very simple way?
    15.30-15.55
    Hybrid Traveling
    Speaker: Gints Adams

    The main aim is to improve the quality of daily life for the people, either they are running away from discomfort or they are willing to gain excitement, it is all there. Hybrid Traveling is a combination of tools to activate our 5 senses using 5S Technology thus having an imminent positive experience and a state of relaxation and joy. Based on East & West Knowledge & Research this method is one of the fastest to relax in limited surroundings, get quality time only for yourself, and recharge. At the same time in cooperation with the Latvian maritime academy part of Hybrid Traveling is used to gradually prepare our 4/5G Remote technology for industrial use to improve quality and safety standards on the water.
    15.55-16.20
    VC perspective: Software vs. EnergyTech. The Good, the Bad and the Covid-19
    Speakers: Eva Arh, Rokas Peciulaitis, Marili Merendi
    Moderator: Olga Barreto Goncalves

    The devastating impact of Covid-19 is here to last: while some are counting losses, others unearth opportunities they never knew existed before. The VC world is embracing a lot of changes, too. By choice or by force. How does the celebrated "new normal" look from here?
    expo
    CV Online
    11.00-12.00
    Aivis Brodiņš, Country Business Manager, CV Online
    What does the job market demand?

    Get an insight about the latest job market tendencies, most demanded jobs and skills and how to be successful when looking for a job.
    European commision
    The European Green deal – a switch to a greener lifestyle!
    Did you know that it would take 2.8 Planet Earth to sustain our current lifestyle? An interactive video presentation about the main of European Green Deal: clean energy, energy efficiency, smart mobility, eliminating pollution, organic farming, and biodiversity.
    #EUGreenDeal #StrongerTogether
    Ventspils Business Support Centre
    12.30-12.35
    Successful business two steps away

    ● Ventspils - The Tech Wonderland by the Sea

    12.35-12.50
    Entrepreneur - a person who owns and manages

    ● Development of a new business idea
    ● Training and retraining
    ● Investment attraction

    12.50-13.00
    Business development in Ventspils - an opportunity to be a leader

    ● Ecosystem and urban supply
    ● Bonus package and how to get there

    13.00-13.05
    From idea to first million $


    13.05-13.15
    Dream BIG

    ● StartUp presentation and personal experience

    14.30-14.35
    Successful business two steps away

    ● Ventspils - The Tech Wonderland by the Sea

    14.35-14.50
    Entrepreneur - a person who owns and manages

    ● Development of a new business idea
    ● Training and retraining
    ● Investment attraction

    14.50-15.00
    Business development in Ventspils - an opportunity to be a leader
    ● Ecosystem and urban supply
    ● Bonus package and how to get there

    15.00-15.05
    From idea to first million $


    15.05-15.15
    Dream BIG

    ● StartUp presentation and personal experience



      Commercialization reactor
      11.30-12.30
      A unique workshop, where you can learn in 45 minutes how to start building your own deep-tech start-up from scratch and successfully developing it, investing only your time and efforts, not money.
      In the agenda:

      - What is the Ignition Event, where scientists and entrepreneurs create real start-ups, and how can You become one of them?
      - What is the Commercialization Reactor, who provides support and investment to young deep-tech start-ups?
      - Practical part, where you work in teams with a real scientific technology description and present your business ideas.
      - Special guest
      - Experienced deep-tech entrepreneur shares his own story with you.
      - Discussions, Q&A
      University of Latvia Business Incubator
      11:00 - 11:20
      Ask us anything - Q&A with business incubator (LIVE)
      Use slido to ask your questions: https://app.sli.do/event/2sacxxen
      Event code: #SBI20

      12:45 - 13:15
      5000 EUR in 8 weeks for students with business ideas (LIVE)
      14:00 - 14:20
      F Creators - Internship in a business incubator (LIVE)
      15:00 - 15:40
      Find your startup team member - biggest matchmaking in Baltics (LIVE)


      * between live sessions you can join our expo booth to see pre-recorder videos about what we do and how we can help you!
      Riga Technical University
      10.30-11.00
      A presentation on RTU Design Factory and "RTU Innovation Grants for Students"

      11.00-11.45
      Creative Tuesdays Q&A

      12.00-12.45
      What is it like to participate in RTU business pre-incubator IdeaLAB?

      13.00-13.45
      University Incubator Q&A

      14.00-14.45
      Demola Latvia Information Day

      15.00-16.00
      "Product Development Project" - Best student projects
      RISEBA
      11.30
      Aleksandra Dombrovska RISEBA – the place where business meets art.
      Over the last two decades RISEBA has gone through a substantial transformation from a small ambitious business school to a university that provides not only business and management programmes but also studies in communications, audiovisual media arts and architecture.
      New Door
      11:00-11:30
      Social business opportunities in Latvia

      12:00- 12:30
      Social business opportunities in Latvia


      Latvian Space Industry Association
      10:30-11:00
      Space industry in Latvia, cooperation with European space Agency, Act In Space hackathon in November

      11:30-12:00
      Space industry in Latvia, cooperation with European space Agency, Act In Space hackathon in November

      12:30-13:00
      Space industry in Latvia, cooperation with European space Agency, Act In Space hackathon in November
      Power
      10.30
      How to find internships in European start-ups?

      11.00
      Internship varieties in start-ups – face-to-face, remote and blended?

      11:30
      How to gain most from remote internships in start-ups?

      12:00
      Placements that emPOWER –how to make your internship at start-up truly meaningful?

      12:30
      Tips on how to find a suitable/matching placement at start-ups
      McCann
      14.45-16.15
      COVID TOP10 Moderator: Tata Baranovska
      TOP 10 learnings - communication in the time of COVID. What can we learn from this period, how to adapt the learnings and what trends are here to stay. A creative workshop on implementation of the new tactics.
      Connect Latvia
      12:00-12:15
      Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp, Rolands Bogdanovs

      12:30-12:45
      Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp, Antra Adiene

      13:00-13:15
      Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp, prof. Alan Barrel

      13:30-13:45
      Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp, Zigurds Uldriķis

      14:00-14:15
      Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp, Mark Layzell

      14:30-14:45
      Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp, Jānis Delviņš
      workshops
      Sign up and join one of the workshops to get a hands on experience
      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.
      Online Workshop
      How to fail fast?
      In this workshop we will look at the process of design thinking for validation, lean startup fail stories, definition of hypotheses and different experimentation tools for business ideas. Participants will have a chance to anonymously share their personal failing experience with others. We invite everyone who has a business idea to join these exercises to challenge and test them, learn some tips and tricks on improving and share their experience with others.
      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
      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".
      Adviser to the President of Latvia
      Ieva Ilves
      Ieva Ilves is advising the President on digital policy and information technologies. Her focus is to build strong digital Latvia, where people, ideas and companies benefit from technologies be it in their daily life, their hobbies or their businesses. Under the leadership of the President she encourages the discussions and search for solutions to protect the democracy in the digital age. It entails freedom of speech, privacy and rule of law online, while promoting innovation and technology growth. Previously Ieva Ilves was in charge of cyber security policy at the Ministry of Defense and served as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad. Ieva spent three years in Silicon Valley to enrich the perspective on future of technologies.
      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.
      University of Latvia
      Elīza Avotiņa
      Eliza is ophthalmology resident in University of Latvia. Parallel to studies she works in Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine. Have experience of coordinating research activities in the field of oncology, including biobanking purpose.
      Startup Wise Guys
      Zane Bojare
      Zane is the Head of Marketing at one of Europe's oldest and most active startup accelerators: Startup Wise Guys and Co-creator at Riga Tech Girls. She is also the co-founder of Lude, a social enterprise, and spearheads the development of a comprehensive report on the Baltic startup scene. Untypical in the tech and business scene, Zane holds a Master degree in Philosophy.
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