Some say that Estonia has become the next Silicon Valley of Europe with so many outstanding startups, people with a global mindset and the buzzing tech community in the capital Tallinn. Whether you already live here or are thinking about relocating soon, there are several upcoming tech meetups and conferences in Estonia you might want to attend. Networking, hands-on workshops, keynotes on trending topics and parties are just some of the experiences you can dive into while attending all these tech events.
11 and 12 April at Kultuurikatel in Tallinn: GameDev Days
GameDev Days Conference brings together the Estonian gaming scene with the world’s leading companies related to game development which makes it a great networking opportunity. If you are running a business, seeking wisdom, or want to be in the spotlight, GameDev Days is the place where business meets creativity.
April 18 at SPARK HUB in Tartu: UX TARTU 2019
UX Tartu will take place for the third time in Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia. The event, which has previously featured speakers from Spotify, Booking.com, Velvet and Pipedrive, brings the UX community together to rock this world once again.
16 and 17 May at Kultuurikatel in Tallinn: Latitude59
Latitude59 2019 with nearly 2,500 attendees, including 250 investors and more than 700 startup representatives, this tech gathering brings together key players who are serious about startups, about investing, as well as about the future of smart governance. The event allows you to use a variety of networking opportunities, in-depth discussions with top international players, several pitching rounds for both startups and investors. There will also be a startup demo area with the 50 most relevant startups from the Baltics and Central and Eastern Europe.
29 to 31 May at Kultuurikatel in Tallinn: Nordic Testing Days
Nordic Testing Days is an annual conference primarily aimed at software testers. However, over the last few years we have branched out, welcoming others ranging from programmers to UX specialists, project managers to designers etc. In other words, everyone who is interested in dipping their toes into testing and contributing to a smoother software development cycle and quality. We believe this will help diversify learning across the board.
16 to 20 June at Kultuurikatel in Tallinn: TNC19 – Forging Digital Societies
TNC is the largest and most prestigious European research and education networking conference. TNC19, the conference’s 35th session, will be hosted by EENet of HITSA, the Estonian Education and Research Network, and will be held in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital city. This year’s conference theme, Forging Digital Societies, is inspired by two main concepts: the idea that computer networks, by supporting human interactions, help to create and forge digital societies is combined with the innovative model of Estonia’s e-residency programme.
29 June at TalTech in Tallinn: Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Conference 2019
ICR has been taking place at TalTech since 2015. The event brings together hundreds of participants from various academic backgrounds to share their research on information and communication technologies. The conference will run in parallel sessions dedicated to more specific research areas, each session being chaired by established scholars and professionals.
12 September at Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia in Tallinn: Tech Day 2019
Tech Day brings together IT specialists and leaders, corporate heads, as well as those interested in technology. Tech Day is the biggest technology conference in Estonia where you will learn about the latest technology news and best practices in their leadership, security and innovation perspectives. This year’s conference will focus on transformation, concerning the impacts, risks and opportunities of technology and the digital revolution in a wider context, e.g. for enterprises, the corporate sector, and people in general.
16 to 19 September at Park Inn Radisson Meriton Conference and SPA hotel in Tallinn:The 14th IFAC/IFIP/IFORS/IEA Symposium
The objective of the symposium is to provide an international forum for the latest scientific and technological achievements in Human-Machine Systems research. The symposium aims to bring together researchers working in this field and provide them with opportunities to exchange ideas, review results achieved and develop a vision for future research.
17 and 18 September at Kultuurikatel in Tallinn: eID Forum
The eID FORUM works for open dialogue between industry and governments, promoting discussions on eID technology and eID solutions, integration and interoperability, as well as advance industry ideas for innovative eID services that will improve our future.
26 to 27 September at Kultuurikatel in Tallinn: GeekOut
GeekOut is a technology conference that started as a one-day event in 2011 and has grown into a full-blown, two-day show for amazing developers. The focus of the conference is on Java and other JVM languages, the JVM itself, modern C++, covering developer tooling, solution architecture, programming methodologies, continuous delivery, and high-performance computing.
October 3 at Vaba Lava in Tallinn: PyCon Estonia 2019
PyCon is an annual conference aimed at promoting and educating people about the Python programming language. During the event, participants will join talks and workshops covering all things Python including Machine learning, Data Science, and IoT. This year, the primary topic is the future of Python.
29 November to 1 December at Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn: Robotex International
Robetex International is the biggest robotics festival worldwide. Thousands of attendees, including engineers, CEOs, students and families, come together to be inspired by industry leaders, examine new startups and of course build robots for various challenges. It is also an opportunity to dive into the latest technology innovations. The festival will consist of many competitions, keynotes, workshops and much more.
Events not to miss next year:
sTARTUp Day – 29-31 January 2020
sTARTUp Day brings together more than 100 world-class speakers and 4000 attendees to discuss new technologies, business and innovation. It is also a chance to exchange startup success stories and lessons learned. The two-day event includes several pitching competitions, hands-on seminars and a large expo area where companies showcase their latest innovations.
0100 Conference – usually in January
0100 Conference is a one-day event dedicated to the venture capital industry. The event mainly focuses on investors. The event aims to bring together investors from the Baltics and Nordics to talk on a wide range of subjects. It also a platform to share insights and build a valuable regional network.
North Star AI – usually in March
North Star AI is a technology conference focusing on technical aspects of data science and machine learning. The event takes a closer look at data platforms, algorithms and tooling. Here, the topics range from data engineering to meta-learning with applications, text processing, healthcare, transportation, deliveries, music, movies and even more.
FinanceEstonia Forum – usually in March
People use a lot of buzzwords to predict the future and describe the potential paths the world of finance may take as it continues to evolve. Much of it seems to be just talk, but there are also real patterns emerging that point to an increasingly efficient and democratic future for the financial sector globally. The conference takes you on a journey along the paths to the future and shows you whether and why traditional financial institutions might lose ground and how new solutions might emerge from surprising sources. Here, you can also take a look at the realities of cyber security and fintech.
Refresh Conference – usually in September (the event will be back in Autumn 2020)
Refresh Conference is a product, design and front-end conference that provides fresh inspiration for building great product experiences on the web. The first conference was held in Tallinn four years ago, while last year it brought together 20 speakers and 700 attendees. The programme of events covers a variety of themes from project development to UX, as well as design to front-end engineering.
Source: Work In Estonia, https://www.workinestonia.com/tech-events-in-estonia-to-consider-today/