*Time indicated in Central European Time (CET)

10:00 - 11:00

5G Mobility: Hot 5G use cases, hurdles and best governance practices

In 2021, a number of cities in Latvia saw the first 5G network deployment. What are the latest developments in 5G mobility, what practical steps can cities take to accelerate mobility tests in 5G? What do network providers expect from the public sector? The panel discussion will focus on market offers, necessary improvements in regulation, and public service digitalization. The panel will disentangle the current blockers for infrastructure development, give direction for the best governance practices from international experts as well as set the agenda for the next steps in 5G deployment in Latvia.

Viesturs Celmins

Managing Director, VEFRESH

Elina Lidere


Jānis Upmanis

CEO & Co-founder, getUgo

Mitch De Geest

CEO, Citymesh

Ilona Platonova

Project Coordinator, Riga City Council

10:00 - 12:00

Nordic Council of Ministers 5G Monitoring Tool workshop

Invitation-only event for Nordic and Baltic 5G experts. The workshop is facilitated by Nordregio.

12:00 - 13:30

ITU 5G ecosystem development in Europe – discussing private and public initiatives

In line with the overarching topic of the 2021 5G Techritory, “the real value of 5G”, one of the main challenges currently being faced by the ecosystem is that there remains uncertainty on the market’s development and 5G use cases. This session will focus on strategic approaches to 5G ecosystem development as the main solution to this challenge.
The Session will offer leadership, guidance and insight into the actions needed for the development of 5G ecosystems which are conducive to new use cases and therefore positively impact all sectors of the economy.

Jaroslaw Ponder

Head of the ITU Office for Europe, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Tālis Linkaits

Minister of Transport of Latvia, The Ministry of Transport Republic of Latvia

Tony Sceales

Programme Development Lead, 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, DCMS

Ramazan Yilmaz

Head of Department, Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey

Jin Hwang

VP, Sales & Marketing, ATDI

12:00 - 15:15

VARAM Latvia. Level-UP!

Moderator: Kristaps Pētersons

12:00 – 12:15 OPENING address / Opportunities: E-Latvia, vision and development
Artūrs Toms Plešs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in Latvia.

12.15 – 13.00 DESIGN section
Digital Solutions to Improve the Customer Experience
Evija Šturca, Partner, Advisory of KPMG in Latvia

Digital by Design: Building a Platform to Revolutionize E-Commerce
Zoltan Szalas, Printify Head of Growth

WM5G successes and lessons learnt for other countries
Robert Franks, Managing Director of West Midlands 5G project

13.00 – 13.50 TECHNOLOGY section
TechSprints and Transformation: the Emerging Regtech Revolution
David Ehrich, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Innovation and Experimentation in Public Administration. Latvian Mobile Telephone Case Study about Data-Based Public Sector Development
Dr. Juris Binde, President of Latvian Mobile Telephone

Business Agility in the public sector – How Swedish government authorities have become customer centric and accelerated innovation
Anders Grahn, Founder and Partner of Recoordinate

13.50 – 14.35 SKILLS section
Riga TechGirls Case Study on how Digital Skills Reduce Gender Inequalities and Stereotypes and Empower Women
Anna Andersone, CEO, Mentor, Board Member of Riga TechGirls

How to teach to inspire learning?
Gatis Ozols, Deputy State Secretary on Digital Transformation Issues, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia

AI as a human helper in SEB
Iļja Nogičevs
, SEB Digital Development Manager

14:35 – 15:15 panel discussion / Digital transformation: Mission Possible
Toms Artūrs Plešs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Ingmārs Pūķis, VP & Member of the Management Board, Latvian Mobile Telephone
Evija Šturca, Partner, Advisory of KPMG in Latvia
Volker Wittpahl, Managing Director of Institute for Innovation and Technology
Moderator: Kristaps Pētersons

Inspired by the Republic of Latvia’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, one of the forum’s "5G Techritory" elements will be conference "Latvija. Level up!" – conference will focus on digital solutions as a means for the corporate and public sector to not only grow, but grow faster. During the conference, digital solution experts and practitioners will share their knowledge and digital transformation shortcuts, helping stakeholders to reach the next level faster by covering digital transformation stories through prisms including design, technologies and skills.

Kristaps Petersons

CEO, EK Stream

Artūrs Toms Plešs

Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia

Evija Šturca

Partner, KPMG Baltics

Zoltan Szalas

Head of Growth, Printify

Robert Franks

Managing Director, WM5G

David Ehrich

Co-founder and Executive Director, Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Dr. Juris Binde

President & Chairman of the Management Board, LMT

Anders Grahn

Principal Enterprise Agility, Recoordinate

Anna Andersone

Chief Empowerment Officer, Riga TechGirls

Gatis Ozols

Deputy State Secretary on Digital Transformation Affairs, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia

Iļja Nogičevs

Head of Digital Banking Latvia, SEB

Ingmars Pukis

VP & Member of the Management Board, LMT

Volker Wittpahl

Director, Institute for Innovation and Technology

13:30 - 14:30

Nordic Baltic 5G showcases

5G is going to change everything around us, and will drive the development of new solutions in every sector – enabling us to make the transition to a greener future with sustainable growth. The opportunities of the ongoing 5G roll-out effects all parts of our societies. 5G is an important tool to make our region even more interconnected and integrated. This event will highlight 5G showcases from the Nordic region, and plunge into a discussion of importance of cross-border cooperation, developments and what the future holds.

André Jamholt

Senior Adviser, Nordic Council of Ministers

Nicolai Laugesen

Global head of bid & commercial excellence, Falck

Erik Jonuks

CEO, Ekobot AB

Elīna Lidere

Innovations Ecosystems Lead, LMT Innovations

Peter Burman

Program Manager, Boliden Mineral AB

14:30 - 16:00

Mission Sea 2030: an introduction to the Digital Twin of the Baltic Sea

Mission Sea 2030 is an ambitious initiative that seeks to, among other things, introduce a control mechanism to save the Baltic Sea via a digital twin. The event will cover the overall objectives of the Mission Sea project and dive deeper into the vision and high-level architecture of the digital twin concept, as well as related elements. The session will conclude with a panel discussion on the motivations, practicalities, and next steps for this project.

Julia Gifford

Co-founder, Truesix

Jānis Nīgals

Leader of the Mission Sea, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA)

Marios Nicolaou

Program Director, 5G Techritory

Inese Andersone

Head of Development Committee of Riga City council, Riga City Council

Viesturs Zeps


Raimonds Lapiņš

Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia