Duke of York to visit Estonia, take part in Tallinn tech conference
Invited by Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, Prince Andrew, Duke of York is scheduled to arrive in Estonia shortly, where he will be giving the opening keynote at tech conference Latitude59, to be held in Tallinn from May 31 to June 1.
Prince Andrew will participate in the conference’s opening panel alongside Rõivas and Tim Draper, the founder of American venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and Silicon Valley entrepreneurship program Draper University.
He will also introduce the Pitch@Palace initiative, founded by the duke in order to support entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas by connecting them with potential supporters including CEOs, mentors, and key business partners.
“It is very exciting that the Duke of York will be returning to Estonia for Latitude59 to engage with Estonia’s tech leaders and bring Pitch@Palace to a new audience,” said British Ambassador to Estonia Chris Holtby. “The UK is already benefiting significantly from its commercial and governmental digital and technological links with Estonia, including through the new UK-Estonia TechLink program, and I am sure that this partnership will become even closer and more productive through this visit.”
Held for the ninth consecutive year in 2016, Latitude59 is one of the most important technology conferences in the Nordic and Baltic startup scenes. This year, global speakers and startups will discuss topics including Virtual Nation, building services on the Estonian e-Residency platform, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and the Internet of Things.
In addition to participating at the tech conference, Prince Andrew will also be visiting Pelgulinn High School to see students demonstrate their programming skills on Raspberry Pi computers, meet with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and visit the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and the e-Estonia Demo Center.
As a representative of the Queen, Prince Andrew is the patron of the field of technology and enterprise. In recent years, his efforts have focused on three core areas — education and skills, entrepreneurship, and supporting science technology and engineering — promoting expertise in these areas, which attract investments to the UK, as well as promoting the further translation of science into business