THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) convened in Tallinn, Estonia on June 2-3. Marina Kaljurand, GCSC Chair and former Foreign Minister of Estonia, presided over the meeting, together with the two co-chairs, Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Latha Reddy, former Deputy National Security Adviser of India. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and coincided with the 9th iteration of CyCon. The Chairs, several Commissioners, and other GCSC members, spoke at CyCon at the invitation of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.Read more
On Tueday morning, President Kersti Kaljulaid delivered the opening remarks at the two-day Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2017, which has brought together participants from 115 countries around the world.
"A quarter of a century ago, when Estonia restored its independent statehood, we were a poor country," Kaljulaid said in her opening remarks as published by the Office of the President. "The crucial question stood in front of us — how to overcome the legacy left to us by the Soviet occupation? Our response was — we need to build up a modern, efficient and democratic state. Radical reforms were carried out in all walks of life. The forward-looking idea was to harness the innovative potential of information and communication technology (ICT). Neither we nor anyone else knew 20 years ago how important the internet and ICT would become and what role it would play in the organization of state and society.Read more
HIMSS Europe joins the team for innovative eHealth event to take place in Tallinn, Estonia in October 2017
TALLINN, ESTONIA - (HealthTech Wire / News) - The high-level conference will address how digital technologies and the wider use of health data are changing our lives and the ways of healthcare. Through a combination of educational sessions, interactive workshops and valuable networking opportunities, the conference will not only showcase already existing digital health solutions, but also use-cases and technologies to demonstrate that citizen-centric health services and systems are genuinely valuable. Ultimately, the showcases will confirm that the future has already arrived and needs to be made available to all Europeans.Read more
The Tallinn-based multinational strategic change and technology company, Nortal, is helping Dubai’s government become fully digital by 2021.
According to Andres Käärik, Nortal’s business development manager, the company helped Dubai create a vision and roadmap of where they want to go and advised on how to get there. In a blog post, Käärik explained that by 2021, all Dubai’s public services would be available in electronic channels around the clock, and its government would work 365 days a year. “There will be no need to visit any government service centre in person; users receive the results and documentation of services in electronic form on mobile devices.”Read more
On a Spring afternoon, I’m gazing out the window of an office building on the outskirts of Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, watching people stroll below, when a cream-colored plastic container mounted on black wheels rounds the corner and begins maneuvering its way among the pedestrians. The device looks like a kid’s toy. But in reality it’s a high-tech delivery robot called Starship and potentially the next mega-profitable invention to spring from this snowy, miniature country on the northern edge of Europe—one of the more unexpected launching pads on the planet. “If you look at sci-fi movies set 20 years from now, you don’t see people carrying their groceries. Robots just arrive at their homes,” says Ahti Heinla, cofounder and CEO of Starship Technologies. Reality, he says, has caught up to sci-fi. “About two years ago we realized it was possible to create this part of the future right now.”Read more
The Tallinn-based Estonian startup, Teleport, has been acquired for an undisclosed amount by MOVE Guides, a company that moves and manages mobile workforce.
Teleport was founded in April 2014 by early Skype employees Sten Tamkivi and Silver Keskküla while Tamkivi was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz, a private American venture capital firm. The company’s core product – Teleport Cities – uses data science and matching algorithms to help knowledge workers discover their best places to live and work. Teleport Cities provides income, cost and quality of life data from 260 cities around the world, and served over a million searches by its 250,000 users in 2016.Read more
The largest blockchain conference ever held in the Baltic region lived up to its billing as 250 people from 20 countries traveled to Tallinn, Estonia for Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Tallinn on Mar. 9.
Event organizer Smile-Expo, which has organized similar conferences in Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, said it chose Estonia because of a strong IT environment and government support of blockchain projects, especially in the govtech sector.Read more
E-voting has emerged as an area with many applications, including shareholder voting, according to a Nasdaq report by Richard DeMarinis, principal software engineer at Nasdaq’s enterprise architecture and Heidi Uustalu, head of Nasdaq Tallinn issuer services, and Frederik Voss, head of Nasdaq blockchain strategy.
Nasdaq announced interest in 2016 in a new e-voting platform using blockchain technology on its Tallinn exchange in Estonia. The project leveraged digital ID solutions used by the government to provide ID cards to foreigners through the country’s e-Residency program.Read more
ESTONIA Technopolis Ülemiste has been granted an EUR 11 mln loan by Swedbank to finance the construction of a 13-storey office building in the Ülemiste City business district in Tallinn.
“The office block that’s going up at Lõõtsa 12 represents our biggest property project for the next couple of years,” stated Gert Jostov, the chairman of the board of Technopolis Ülemiste. “It’ll provide around 10,000 sqm of new office space in the district.”Read more
Estonia will be holding the presidency of the EU for its first time during the second half of 2017. As such, it’s expected that the number of foreign officials visiting Estonia will increase exponentially. This is a unique opportunity to present the tech-savvy nature of Estonians.
With approximately 20 high-level events due to take place, as well as up to 12 unofficial meetings of various ministers from all over Europe, it is important to show the world what Estonia has to offer, what the country can do and how Europe could benefit from our actions.Read more