Icebreakers'20 video recordings

North pole stage

Importance of fundamental physics research

Importance of fundamental physics research

Spending taxpayer money on applied physics research with clear practical goals like faster computer chips or more efficient car engines is easier to justify than investing in fundamental physics research. However, using two examples from Ventspils and MIT I will argue that fundamental physics research can also be of significant consequence to society and deserves your attention and support. First, I will present the research of the Solar Physics Research Group at the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre and the importance of space weather predictions. Second, I will share the example of the company "Butterfly Network" and its origins in fundamental astrophysics research at MIT.

Defending Democracy in the Disinformation Era

Defending Democracy in the Disinformation Era

Disinformation has infected the internet and people's minds to the point that we can not even agree on a common reality. This is especially problematic as the world battles a pandemic, as people are in dire need of factual, reliable information. Meanwhile, democracies are imperiled by a deluge of disinformation spread by political extremists and hostile foreign powers. How do we defend democracy in an unprecedented era of disinformation?

Smart objects boosted by artificial intelligence

Smart objects boosted by artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the buzzword of the moment and conveys a lot of fantasy for humans... but 200 million machines on earth just want to do a better job. How artificial intelligence technology can easily help manufacturers make their production lines "self-aware" and improve their maintenance in a predictive and very simple way?

Fireside chat with Maximilian Birner, BOXHUB

Fireside chat with Maximilian Birner, BOXHUB

Ansis Egle, Marketing leader at TVNET GRUPA, is talking with Maximilian Birner, co-founder, and CEO of BoxHub. In this talk find out if the idea of alternative use of shipping containers can impact climate change and how it can improve the environment. Is container architecture a growing industry?

 A difference made. Together

A difference made. Together

On the day of October 28, 1820, the first innovation by Swedbank went live. The innovation scaled and made room for many more innovations for many more years for many more people. What have we learned so far and what we see ahead? All these questions and many more will be answered by Ģirts Bērziņš, Head of Digital Innovations at Swedbank Group.

Making labour market smarter

Making labour market smarter

We had the pleasure to invite Kārlis Kanders, principal researcher at NESTA, an innovation foundation based in the UK, to talk about the future of work. He says that the future demand for jobs and skills is presently shaped by technological change and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, among other major trends. To ensure that everyone is better equipped to navigate the changing labor markets, we need novel ideas and solutions. Big data and data science can help make labor markets smarter, fairer, and more efficient by anticipating the impact of disruptive trends, identifying promising career pathways for displaced workers, and providing tailored guidance to job seekers and employers.In this talk, Kārlis is sharing the research and initiatives pursued at Nesta to support individuals, organizations, and governments to prepare for the future of work, and is discussing how entrepreneurs can help in this challenge.

Overcoming disinformation

Overcoming disinformation

Mārtiņš Daugulis, journalist, lecturer at Riga Stradins University and moderator of this discussion asks to both panelists why should we be careful when we speak about disinformation? What characterizes disinformation, what is it really from a scientific perspective? Together they will uncover challenges of disinformation in the digital environment, and look for new solutions for self-protection against disinformative activities.

Fireside chat with Alex Green, Prime Video

Fireside chat with Alex Green, Prime Video

Līna Marta Sarma, the representative from Riga Tech Girls and moderator of this fireside chat, asks Alex Green, Managing Director of Sport for Amazon Prime Video, what has changed during the pandemic for the Amazon Prime Video, about the Gen Z behaviour and entertainment content in an online format. Alex says that it (online entertainment) is nothing like going to the stadium, feeling the atmosphere, hearing the sound and seeing the scale of it. People love that, they love going to the theater and cinema as well. People like that shared experience, watching something together, hearing other people’s reactions. TV and what we can show online only complements that. The two (online and physical entertainment) live side by side.

Can your enterprise survive the "tech-clash"?

Can your enterprise survive the "tech-clash"?

People's perceptions of and relationships with technology are changing. And with these changes, we are seeing a really interesting inconsistency emerge. On one hand, people are seemingly rejecting technology and being frustrated. "Techlash," or backlash against technology, is appearing in many forms—like digital detoxing, people wanting to reduce screen-time, and governments putting more regulations on technology. On the other hand, technology has become a pervasive part of the human experience. People are increasing their usage and dependence on technology for everything in their lives.Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis, the keynote of this presentation, tells that we call this year’s technology vision “We - the post-digital people”. The digital is behind us already, we are the new society, people are saying no to the technology and rejecting it. On the other hand, we see the opposite - people are increasing their use of and intimacy with technology.

Ginvile Ramanauskaite: Is an efficient academia-startup partnership possible?

Ginvile Ramanauskaite: Is an efficient academia-startup partnership possible?

There is a growing number of startups being born in universities, but is this the only way to build a science-backed startup? Is it possible to have a working partnership between academia and outside entrepreneurs? Recently, BitDegree has worked with Vilnius University to research learner motivation to study online and is now building-in elements based on the insights gained. In the talk, Ginvile shares more details on the ups and downs of the partnership, the science behind BitDegree and the planned future collaborations.

South pole stage

Biobanking and big data

Biobanking and big data

The discussion is focusing on a need for biobanks, obtaining and storing bio samples. Big data creation, storage; HPC data. The panel discussion is taking a closer look at the student's opportunities to participate in medical research.

Grow Hourly Rates and Competitiveness: Lessons from Western Europe

Grow Hourly Rates and Competitiveness: Lessons from Western Europe

In this presentation, Laurynas will explain how software services are becoming a commodity and how making products instead of providing services increases the hourly rate for written code.

Hybrid Traveling

Hybrid Traveling

The main aim is to improve the quality of daily life for the people, either they are running away from discomfort or they are willing to gain excitement, it is all there. Hybrid Traveling is a combination of tools to activate our 5 senses using 5S Technology thus having an imminent positive experience and a state of relaxation and joy. Based on East & West Knowledge & Research this method is one of the fastest to relax in limited surroundings, get quality time only for yourself, and recharge. At the same time in cooperation with the Latvian maritime academy part of Hybrid Traveling is used to gradually prepare our 4/5G Remote technology for industrial use to improve quality and safety standards on the water.

The importance of multifaceted education in the labor market

The importance of multifaceted education in the labor market

The importance of multifaceted education in career and future design. Vytautas Magnus University's experience in combining incompatible fields of study and the practice of developing unique and competitive personalities in the labor market.

Unlocking the hidden value of health data

Unlocking the hidden value of health data

Limitation for accelerating the collaborative research has long existed before the COVID-19 Pandemic. Within the Pandemic crisis, the challenge was raised and the interest was shown by multiple industries, seeing the biomedical and healthcare topics as a cornerstone for "getting back to normal". Laying in the challenges within siloed, unharmonized biomedical datasets and legal aspects, also including challenges of patients and population engagement into the research initiatives, during the presentation, based on the case studies of multiple companies (including Longenesis), we will talk on how technologies can be used as a modern "screwdriver", for applying its instruments towards making use and opening the hidden value of health data.

VC perspective: Software vs. EnergyTech

VC perspective: Software vs. EnergyTech

The moderator of this panel, Olga Barreto Goncalves, says: “The devastating impact of Covid-19 is here to last: while some are counting losses, others unearth opportunities they never knew existed before. The VC world is embracing a lot of changes, too. By choice or by force. How does the celebrated "new normal" look from here?” Check this discussion, where panelists from two different areas are joining, representing EnergyTech VC and Software VC and being a part of investing in startups. What is really particular to EnergyTech vs what is particular to Software?

Is Design Thinking an exclusive property of designers?

Is Design Thinking an exclusive property of designers?

Nowadays Design Thinking is widely used not only as a creative method but also quite often as a buzzword. There are many different views about it, whether Design Thinking is a holistic concept of design learning, or is it a multidisciplinary concept which aims to deliver a special methodology for interdisciplinary creative work. Or maybe is it something else? All those provocative questions will be looked at from the non-designer point of view.

Food trends of the future

Food trends of the future

Nadīna Elekse, communications manager at Riga Technical University Design factory and the moderator of the panel discussion, tells that the food system and the food industry is a bit more complex. It’s not just the things that end up on our plate, it’s the whole logistics of it, it’s how we grow it, how we consume it, how we package it, and at the end of the day, it’s all of the things that go to waste. She tells, that there is a critical need for innovation and young minds as the food industry is broken.In this panel, you will have a chance to meet two researchers and winners of the EIT Food Innovation Prize - Rūta Ozola-Davidāne and Vaira Obuka. Together they are talking about what the future of our food will look like? What are the main focus areas of research in Latvia and what changes can we expect on our plates in the next decade?