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ICT Week brings the global leaders in the ICT field to Estonia

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In April, Enterprise Estonia will be leading the international information and communication technology week “Estonian ICT Week 2014” in Tallinn, in cooperation with the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Garage48, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Estonian ICT Week 2014”, taking place from 23–30 April, consolidates important events focusing on technological entrepreneurship and international public sector key events into a single week. In addition, there will be several receptions and meetings for visitors to ICT week, the objective of which is to facilitate the creation of cooperation relationships both in Estonia and all over the world.

“Cooperation has been an important keyword in our current IT-success. I am pleased that within the framework of IT week we are able to show the world how innovation and the culture of start-up companies, awareness of problems with network neutrality and the capability to implement IT solutions on a national level are connected,” said Toomas-Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia.

“The foundations for creating excellent technology and IT start-up companies and for events required for developments have already been laid. Now we are bringing them together in one week, in order to create an annual spring Tallinn IT week with an international reach. In order to further develop the idea of Talsinki, we need to create, in addition to the very distinguished Slush autumn conference in Finland, a similar key event in spring, in Tallinn. Otherwise, there is no hope that international financiers and creators of start-up companies would gather in Estonia and hopefully also stay here,” said Martin Hirvoja, Member of the Management Board of Enterprise Estonia.

Expected to take part in the week, which is endeavouring to become the annual top event in the field of ICT in the Baltic and Nordic region, are opinion leaders in the field, entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, top foreign government officials, and representatives of international organisations.

The following events are taking place during Estonian ICT Week 2014:

  • The conference “Change, Quick!”, held by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL), the focus of which is on the role of IT in (re)shaping the business models of other sectors and the keynote speaker of which is Stephen Prentice, Vice President at global survey company Gartner.
  • Latitude59, a networking conference for investors and start-up companies aiming at global growth.
  • Popular development weekend Garage48, in which the participants aim to take an idea from prototype to actual service within 48 hours.
  • Nordic Digital Strategies Day, organised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.
  • Annual conference of the Freedom Online Coalition: “Open and Safe Internet for All”, with high-level participants and organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

To view the full programme of IT week, visit the event’s website: http://estonia.eu/ictweek/