5G "Hackathon" coming to Latvia in November

On November 27-29, Rīga will play host to 5G policymakers, heads of major industry organisations, and business leaders from Europe, the USA, and Asia for what is described as "one of the leading 5G events worldwide" to discuss the deployment of the first commercially-viable 5G business models.

The second annual Baltic Sea Region 5G Ecosystem Forum (the 5G Techritory Forum), organised by the Electronic Communications Office (ECO) of Latvia will include representatives of IT giants including Huawei, Qualcomm, Cisco, Deutsche Telecomm, Nokia and Microsoft.

 Up to 1,000 attendees are expected, and the event will also host the first-ever 5G policymakers' hackathon and will have a 5G tech expo. The event's focus is on the commercialization of 5G, with an emphasis on smart city, smart mobility, Industry 4.0, and smart media & entertainment.

Full details are available at the dedicated conference website.

"The reasoning for the hackathon stems from the problem that the legal framework is not yet in place for the successful implementation of 5G technology, as well as the solutions it will make possible. The new generation technology is expected to disrupt society, and the legal framework and infrastructure are required in order to simultaneously provide the necessary checks and balances, as well as enable innovation," say the organizers.

The event is organised by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, in cooperation with Electronic Communications Office of Latvia and with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and participation of the European Commission.

“5G is one of those technological breakthroughs that has the potential to change the way we live. We have to be responsible for creating an environment and legislation at a cross- border level that will enable new innovations and increase our economic competitiveness globally. That’s why the first-ever 5G policymakers’ hackathon will bring together the key representatives from all Baltic Sea Region countries to create common recommendations for policymakers, to help them to prepare better legislation for the possibilities that 5G technologies will create, and to establish the region as leaders in 5G innovation,” said Economics Minister Ralfs Nemiro ahead of the event.

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