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Thinking in Billions 2023

18. May 2023

Thinking in Billions welcomes all ecosystem key players and decision-makers from the public and private sectors. This is the first official side event of Latitude59, taking place on May 24 from 9:30-13:00 at Nobel, Proto Factory. We will bridge the gap between the public and private sectors, and discuss what role good communication models play in fostering the change. 

For Thinking in Billions 2023, we will analyze these collaborations and questions, especially in the context of deep tech as an example of where intersectoral collaboration can be most impactful. The event will share the best practices and success stories from various countries as well as initiate collaboration between governments, founders, universities, investors, and research institutions on how to enable us to truly think in billions.

Kicking off at 9:30 on the morning of May 24, the opening words of Thinking in Billions are given by Tiit Riisalo, the Estonian Minister of Information Technology. In 2016–2021, he was the Director of the Office of the President of the Republic. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1995 with a degree in public administration and furthered his education in the same field at the University of North Carolina, USA, in 1993. In 2011, he studied social psychology at Stanford University and New York University.

The day will be led by Florian Marcus, an expert on internet and technology governance. Having lived, studied and worked in three different countries, Florian has learned to appreciate Estonia’s vision of a digitally accessible government that serves its citizens rather than the other way around. With his work experience spanning both the private sector and government, he has witnessed the shortcomings, aspirations and struggles of each side. He also likes to dig into the metrics and data underlying various rankings and other valuable comparisons, which can help Estonia advance its e-Governance model even further.

Opening Keynote by Alexander de Carvahlo

Alexander de Carvalho is theCo-Founder and CIO of PUBLIC, the leading European government-focused technology company. His Keynote will focus on the biggest challenges facing our societies today. Public services simply need to get better. Technology has to be at the heart of how governments deliver for their citizens. Digital know-how cannot simply be a good-to-have but has to become a must-have. And governments everywhere need partners who share their mission but also understand how to drive technology-enabled change. At PUBLIC, the company he co-founded six years ago, we have always been a place for big ambition and unapologetic optimism for the ability of technology, applied smartly and sensitively, to transform public services for the better.

Fireside Chat with Sille Kraam

Sille Kraam, Estonia’s Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development at the Ministry will shed light on what the next steps are for Estonia in regards to building a coherent and cooperative space for innovation to prosper. Sille’s extremely diverse portfolio of professional experiences ranges from industrial policy and Estonian export-growth to FDI-s and the deeptech ecosystem. She loves systematic thinking and people who are courageous enough to pitch their crazy ideas. People who are not afraid to take risks and fail – as failure is just one step closer to success. For this fireside chat, she will be joined by Alexander de Carvahlo.

1st Panel: Founding the Future

Founding the Future panel brings together a group of visionary startup founders in the field of deep tech, focusing on future technologies that have the potential to transform society. President Kersti Kaljulaid, renowned for her expertise in future society topics and commitment to fostering innovation, moderates the engaging discussion. The panel explores the profound impact of deep tech startups on various industries and envisions a future driven by cutting-edge technologies.

We will hear from Mari-Ann Meigo Fonseca, co-founder of Gelatex – the company behind the fastest and most cost-effective technology for nanofiber production. Mauricio Esguerra, the founder of Magment, is working on cutting-edge wireless inductive charging infrastructure. And Kristjan Korjus, the co-founder and CTO of Pactum, an AI-based system that helps global companies to automatically offer personalized, commercial negotiations on a massive scale.

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2nd Panel: Collaborating in Billions

We all know that very impactful things can grow out of public-private partnerships. But what are some real-world examples of how it can be done, and how do we create ecosystems which naturally birth these types of collaborations? We will dive deep into different perspectives from around the world on what it takes to foster successful collaborations between the public and private sectors.

We are going to hear from Pramod Bhasin, founder of Genpact and board member of numerous industry-leading companies, Jochen Zimmermann, the Head of the Department for Startups and Digital Hubs in the German government, Madelynn Martinere, the Managing Director of Zebras Unite Co-Op, the US founder-led community, building a more inclusive economy and it will be moderated by new age Estonian media house Levila’s founder Daniel Vaarik.

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Thinking in Billions is an official side event of Latitude59, organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, Accelerate Estonia, Startup Estonia, and Latitude59. Find more info and the detailed agenda for Thinking in Billions here.