DFF, a "global technology, startup, corporate, policy and lifestyle festival" that debuted in 2016, will take place for the second time from November 27th to 28th in Riga, at the historic Riga Latvian Society building.
It will offer an opportunity for startups to showcase their ideas and take part in a competition organised by 500 Startups, in which the winner will get a fast track to the Silicon Valley acceleration program.
This year the festival will gather more than 1,300 participants who will discuss the latest trends and discoveries in digital technologies, as well as their impact on startups and corporations, policymaking and modern lifestyles.
“The festival and Latvia have received global recognition”, said Uldis Leiterts, one of the founders of the DFF and co-founder of one of Latvia’s most successful startups Infogr.am.
“The topics included in the festival are very pressing and important. The competition in cooperation with our partners at 500 Startups from Silicon Valley has produced positive results - last year’s winner Funderful is growing and developing in new markets. We want the DFF to become the most influential digital culture event in Northern Europe where business people, investors, corporates and policy makers are on the same wavelength, and gain the inspiration and knowledge to embark on promising new business endeavors,” Leiterts said.
The main topics for this year have been announced as Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities, Fintech, Cybersecurity, Green Technologies and the intriguing 'Digital Detox'.
The organizers also say they are aiming to have women as half of the speakers at the festival.
The Digital Freedom Festival is inviting seed stage startups to participate in a pitching competition in cooperation with the world’s largest startup accelerator, 500 Startups.
The 10-15 best startups will be invited to participate in the individual workshop with 500 Startups mentors on November 26, and the best 3-5 will pitch their ideas on the main stage at the Digital Freedom Festival on November 28. The winner will receive an invitation to Silicon Valley to participate in an acceleration program there.
More details and ticket prices can be found at www.digitalfreedomfestival.com.