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Welcome reception at the Barge Centre Theme Park

Join us at the Barge Centre Theme Park, a short drive from downtown Tartu or a scenic 20-minute riverside walk. The reception venue is located right on the banks of the Emajõgi River, in a workspace that has just seen the completion of a 23-meter wooden ship. So, leave the high heels and ties at home, and embrace loose, comfortable clothes and shoes.

At the reception, witness the preparation of freshly caught fish for smoking, create miniature wooden replicas of the barge, and lend a hand in blacksmithing. Short rides on the Emajõgi River aboard the Jõmmu barge will also be offered. Most importantly, it's an opportunity to meet your peers and network throughout the evening.

Opening Remarks

Hannes Astok Executive Director, e-Governance Academy 


Alar Karis — President of the Republic of Estonia

Keynote: Revealing the art of survival

Ukraine’s resistance and art of survival are inspiring worldwide. This keynote will look into the wins and innovations Ukraine is working on despite the war and investigate the road to building a competent digital community. 

Mykhailo Fedorov Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology Development - Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Panel discussion: Accessing digital markets

Tailored for non-EU states seeking entry into the Digital Single Market, this session, drawing from Ukraine’s experience, will provide insights into regulatory, technological, and managerial transformations, and discuss broader implications, success factors, and real-life impact on ordinary people.  

Valeriya Ionan — Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for European Integration, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine 

Oleksandr Fediienko — Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine 

Oleksandr Potii — Deputy Chairman of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine 

Mstyslav Banik — Director of eServices Development Directorate, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine (moderator) 

Parallel session: Unleashing democracy with collaborative solutions

Participatory budgeting, a widely embraced democratic tool globally, merges traditional and digital democracy. The session will explore strategies for mainstreaming citizen participation in government across diverse contexts and insights into digital tools and socio-political settings. 

Carla Bezerra — Director of Digital Participation and Network Communication at the General Secretariat of the Brazilian Presidency of the Republic, Brazil 

Pablo Aragon — Research Scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation, Spain 

Pekka Tuominen — Anthropologist at the University of Helsinki, Finland 

Jarno Laur — Head of Tartu Municipality, Estonia 

Dmytro Khutkyy — Expert, e-Governance Academy (moderator) 

Kristina Reinsalu — Senior Expert, e-Governance Academy (moderator) 

Presentation and discussion: Transforming digital buzz to business success

Efficient digital government is the foundation for an attractive business and innovation environment. This session will explore how digitalisation can attract and retain top talent and investments in the competitive global market and how public-private partnerships contribute to maximising digitisation efforts for citizen prosperity and business development.  

Raido Lember — Expert on digital economy (moderator) 

Workshop: Opening Pandora’s Wallet

Digital Identity Wallet is a new way to manage and share one’s personal identity and related information. This workshop will offer participantsespecially business and technology managers - a deep dive into implementing this cutting-edge solution and exploring its societal applications beyond the EU, emphasising cross-border interoperability, and covering accessibility, security, and the privacy aspects of the revolutionary Digital Identity Wallet concept.  

Presentation: Unveiling Estonia's Digital Renaissance

After three decades of digitalisation processes in Estonia, the time is ripe to leap to the next level of citizen-centric public service provision. The private sector has already delivered added value through personalised content for a long time, and the government has some catching up to do. E-Estonia is globally known as a functioning living digital society. Participants will be guided through a “Brief Journey of Becoming Digital with e-Estonia“ of digital governance, legislation, budgeting, co-creation, and lessons learned. 

Erika PiirmetsDigital Transformation Adviser, e-Estonia Briefing Centre 

Fireside chat: Investigating public-private cooperation in cybersecurity

Achieving digital success hinges on robust cybersecurity measures. This fireside chat will delve into the crucial matter of allocating responsibility between the government and the private sector in countering cyber threats, particularly concerning critical infrastructure and explore effective strategies for strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure. 

Andrew Grotto — Program Director, Stanford University 

Merle Maigre — Head of Cybersecurity Competence Center, e-Governance Academy 

Science party “Joy of discovery”

The largest science centre in the region, AHHAA Science Center is hosting more than 200,000 guests every year. This evening, the entire center will belong to #egov2024 participants to experiment and explore hands-on science and watch science theatre show. You can joyfully rediscover the basic facts of physics, chemistry, and biology while having good food, drinks, and the company of peers! Dress smart casual to enjoy the science party in full swing.


Time: 20:00

Location: AHHAA Science Center

Keynote: Unleashing the digital tiger

Estonia’s digital story is inseparable from the Tiger Leap Programme. This keynote will uncover insights into navigating the Estonian digital society and the strategic levers leaders employ to steer digital development effectively. 

Luukas Kristjan Ilves — Government Chief Information Officer, Estonia 

Panel discussion: Switching on enlightened leadership

Leadership continuity is vital for digital success, especially as digital governance initiatives often transcend electoral cycles. This session with political leaders will explore strategies for sustaining momentum amid political fluctuations and offer insights into engaging policymakers, fostering motivation, and ensuring the will for digital transformation endures organisational and political shifts.

Keynote: Freeing human potential

A vibrant and participating community is one of the cornerstones of modern society. Digital advancements, while enabling, pose challenges to civic space. This keynote will delve into global, regional, and national norms to protect fundamental freedoms and cultivate a supportive environment for healthy civil society in the digital age.


Doug Rutzen — President and CEO, International Centre for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL), US 

Presentations and discussion: Synergising digital and green transformations

Digital transformation fortifies security, prosperity, and openness, while green transformation cultivates healthier, happier societies. The secret of success is amplifying the synergy between these forces for maximum impact. This vibrant panel will explore global examples of democratic green and tech innovations and discover the value of citizen engagement in shaping climate policies.  

Fabro Steibel — Executive Director, the Institute for Technology & Society, Brazil 

Sophie Guillain — Environmental participation practitioner, Res Publica, France 

Raimond Tamm — Deputy Mayor of Tartu, Estonia  

Kristina Reinsalu — Senior Expert, e-Governance Academy (moderator) 

Parallel session: Unbolting digital tools against crisis

Wars, pandemics, and natural disasters are millennia-old challenges states face to this day. Fortunately, we live in a time when modern digital governance solutions can bolster the readiness of any country for a quick and effective response. During this session, politicians and leaders worldwide can learn how to prepare for a crisis digitally and explore ways to achieve synergy between human skills and digital technologies. 

Yurii Kopytin  Senior Expert, e-Governance Academy (moderator) 

Keynote and discussion: Revealing Secrets in Designing People-Centric Services

This session will discuss the secrets of getting good at designing people-centric public services that work for their users. Factors for success such as skills, collaboration, and smart digital choices, must be developed and challenges such as legal compliance, limited user engagement or outdated technology need to be left behind.

Lou Downe – Founder, The School of Good Services, UK

Piret Hirv — Senior Expert, e-Governance Academy (moderator)

Keynote: Unleasing the future of success

Digital technologies do not, by default, lead to citizens who can think, be innovative, and successful. Rather, digital technologies must be designed with that specific goal in mind. In this keynote, Jaan Aru will discuss some quirks of the human mind that need to be considered to develop technologies that facilitate human flourishing for future success in the digital world. 

Jaan Aru – Associate Professor at the University of Tartu, Estonia 


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