10 innovative hi-tech events in the Baltic Sea region

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10 innovative hi-tech events in the Baltic Sea region

Go Vilnius, the official business and tourism development agency of the City of Vilnius, runs us through some of the cutting-edge tech events happening in the region.


The countries of the Baltic Sea Region are considerably tech-savvy.

Each has relatively well-established knowledge sectors filled with strong international companies, which are helping to attract and develop relevant events.

From ICT, R&D and FinTech to biotechnology, industry 4.0 and MedTech, the growth of knowledge-intensive sectors across the region is increasing.

In fact, both Lithuania and Estonia are atop the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Knowledge Economy Index, which measures the performance of the 38 economies where the Bank invests, alongside the economies of eight frontier innovators, including the USA, Germany and Japan.

No doubt, strong ecosystems in each sector can have a valuable impact on events that are coming from these sectors and can support PCOs and associations once they’ve decided on a host city. According to the ICCA, the number of technology-based events hosted in the Baltics has almost doubled since 2016.

Here are 10 exciting hi-tech events that have either taken place recently or are slated to happen in the coming months across the Baltic Sea Region.

  1. Fintech Inn: The largest fintech conference in the Baltics, Fintech Inn is a forum where established companies, startups, investors, associations, policymakers and technology leaders from over 30 countries convene to exchange knowledge and discuss industry challenges. The two-day conference will be held in Vilnius this November.
  2. Tallinn Digital Summit: Held this past September in the Estonian capital, this two-day summit is where the frontrunners of digital nations drive the global conversation on digitalisation. This year’s event put particular focus on AI for public value and featured some 40 experts leading discussions on using AI in the context of smart cities, law enforcement, and healthcare.
  3. Nordic Future: Taking place in Helsinki next year, Nordic Future aims to bring together innovative local entrepreneurs with global investors, thought leaders, eco-systems and innovation communities to co-create a future marked by global innovations.
  4. Digital Freedom Festival: This conference will be held in Riga this November and will gather more than 1,500 tech and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policymakers, investors and motivational speakers from around the world.
  5. Stockholm Tech Fest: Held this September in the capital of Sweden, the five-day event featured 5,000 startup founders, investors, designers, developers, and journalists from 20+ countries who came together to share, be inspired and meet the whole Stockholm startup ecosystem.
  6. MCT Summit: An annual community event for Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) where they can learn and share with fellow trainers from around Europe and the world. This year’s summit was held in Vilnius in September and featured top international speakers and three days of development opportunities like programme certification exams.
  7. Latitude59: A gathering for people serious about startups, investing, and the future of governance that’s being held in Tallinn next May. The agenda features speakers slated to lead discussions on the future of tech, education, humanity, ethics, government, living environment, and more. The event is expected to draw some 2,500 attendees, 22+ investors and over 2,000 matchmaking meetings.
  8. Infoshare: This year, one of the most important IT events in Poland took place in Gdansk. Over 2,5000 startup representatives, developers, investors, executives, innovation leaders, marketers, and media gathered to explore the world of technology.
  9. ICIST 2019: Hosted in Vilnius this October, the International Conference on Information and Software Technologies brought together researchers, engineers, developers, and practitioners in information systems, business intelligence, software engineering and information technology applications.
  10. International Scientific Conference on Information Technology and Management Science (ITMS): Hosted in Riga this October, the 60th anniversary edition of conference brought scientists and researchers together in an effort to promote and encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas and tools related to information technology, information systems, computer technologies, data processing, system security, e-commerce, e-governance and more.

As knowledge sectors keep trending in the right direction across the Baltic Sea Region, there’s never been a better time for international meeting planners who have clients within these sectors to put it on their radars. In fact, a perfect starting point would be CONVENE, the Baltic Sea Region’s leading trade show for the meetings and events industry.

The annual show – which is being held for the 8th consecutive year in Vilnius on 12-13 February 2020 – offers a full Hosted Buyer programme where meeting planners can meet face-to-face with service suppliers, venue representatives, convention bureaus, DMCs and PCOs. The programme also includes complimentary return airfare within Europe and accommodation in one of several partner hotels in Vilnius during the show. What’s more, CONVENE offers its Hosted Buyers the opportunity to take one of several post-show familiarisation tours to a regional destination, which means you can see first-hand why so many knowledge sector events are choosing the Baltic Sea Region.

Find out all about the trade show and the value it could bring both your business and customers by visiting the CONVENE website.

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.

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