The iNovuss startup festival program translated into English

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One of the summer's biggest startup events is happening this weekend in Riga - iNovuss. Here's what you can see and do. In English.

One of the summer's biggest startup events is happening this weekend - iNovuss. It's a free event hosted by the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) on the Lucavsala island in the middle of the Daugava river in Riga. And it's heavily focused on Latvian content. However, there will be many international speakers and guests that non-Latvian speakers can enjoy.

Unfortunately the website is only in Latvian, but never fear, we've got your back. We've translated the English-language portion of the festival into English, along with instructions to apply and how to get there. You don't have to be Latvian to enjoy the festival.

The majority of English-language presentations will be held on the “Magnetic Latvia” stage. Here's the program, translated into English. All of the lectures are in English, unless otherwise specified:

Friday, August 25th

10:15-10:30 - Opening remarks

10:30-11:00 - How to Embrace Changes - by Soulaima Gourani

Soulaima Gourani is an entrepreneur, life coach, author, award receiver, and has worked with LEGO, DELL, Microsoft BMW and more to inspire change, new approaches to work, thinking and living.

12:00-12:30 - Musical performance by Matiss Cudars, TRIO

12:30-13:00 - The Future Is Not How It Used To Be  by Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen is an entrepreneur, lecturer, cyborg, human rights activist and pioneer in the digital environment. He as himself become a cyborg and strives towards bringing technologies closer to people. He'll offer us a look into the crossroads of technology and evolution. He'll make us think about where we come from and where we're heading.

13:00-13:30 - Earthbeat by Moon Ribas

Moon Ribas is an avant-garde cyborg artist whose body-embedded technologies give her the avbility to sense earthquakes. She will share in her expereince and feelings, and will also express those through a performance, letting each viewer feel the connection with both our planet and our moon.

14:30-15:00 - Musical performance by Elizabete Balcus

15:00-15:30 - Technology for Exponential Humanity by Cecilia Tham

Cecilia Tham is an entrepreneur, lecturer, innovatin activist and the founder of several startups. She enthusiastically chases innovations, putting a focus on technologies and design. Her talk will makes us think about how we can change our attitude, behaviour and action to benefit ourselves and beget a better future.

15:30-16:30 - The Dark Side of the Future of Technology by Menny Barzilay

Menny Barzilay is an entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert and advisor to leading global organizations and businesses. He'll make us thinkg about the light and dark side of technology in the digital era.

16:30-17:00 - Musical performance by Elza Rozentale and Latvian ethnojazz group “Bur mani”

17:00-17:30 - Panel discussion “Latvia and the Era of Future Technologies”


Moderator – Andris Ozols - Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA)
Arvils Ašeradens - Minister of Economics
Cecilia Tham - entrepreneur, lecturer, innovation activist
Menny Barzilay - entrepreneur, cybersecurity strategist
Scott Cohen - entrepreneur, cyborg, and human rights activist

17:30 - 18:30 - Discussion in Latvian “Daring and persistence”

18:30 - 19:00 - Musical performance by Audience Killers

19:00 - 19:30 - Cities and the Next Industrial Revolution by Alastair Parvin

Architect and designer Alastair Parvin is the co-founder of the innovative construction platform WikiHouse Foundation. He'll take us through the future of city strategic planning and will tell us about the importance of the next industrial revolution on our everyday lives.

19:30 - 20:00 - Business as Unusual by Stefan Hyttfors

Stefan Hyttfors, futurist, lecturer and author. One of the most remarkable Scandinavian futurists whose favourite question is "Why not?". His mission has become preparing us for changes, he'll invite us to succumb to them, look to the future, and dare to have an exhillarating experience and success in our lives.

20:00-20:30 - Erica Synths in action - KODEK live musical performance

Saturday, August 26th

 11:00-11:45 - Creative Business Cup final

The “Creative Business Cup” is an international network of innovative entrepreneurship, which connects startups, industry experts and the global market. Every year 100 national partners from all over the world host the "Creative Business Cup" competition. Country winners from all over the world compete in an international final, which happens every year in Copenhagen during "Global Enrepreneurship Week". In this final we'll hear 5 of the best ideas from Latvia that will compete for the opportunity to go to the competition's international final in Denmark.

12:00-12:30 - Musical performance by Bandmaster

13:30-14:00 - Humanity as the foundation for future change and innovation by Steve Keil

Steve Keil is an entrepreneur, university lecturer, and successful startup founder. He'll invite use to overcome our stereotypes, change our habits, as well as our regular business models.

14:00-14:30 - Creative Business Cup awards ceremony (in Latvian)

14:30-15:15 - Musical performance by Alaska Dreamers

15:15-15:30 - Drone race awards ceremony (in Latvian)

15:30-16:00 - Travelling feeds creativity  by Aigars Lauzis (in Latvian) 

How to register?

Registration is free and is done online, the application deadline is August 24th, 5pm.

Click on this link to be taken to the application page.

You'll be asked to fill out information about yourself. It's in Latvian, but here's the translation for you:

You'll then receive an email containing a unique QR code, which will function as your entrance ticket. You can either print it out, or show it on your phone. You can also use the QR code to register for the event app, which you can download here.

How to get there?

 If you're traveling from the city center, you can use the following public transit options to the “Lucavsala” stop:

19th trolley accross from the University of Latvia main building
24th trolley also accross the street from the University of Latvia 
233rd minibus from the minibuss bus stop, across from the Origo shopping mall and railway station

You can ride your bike over the “Salu” bridge to the Lucavsala island - that's the second island if you're riding from the city center.


 The festival territory will offer food, drinks, and wifi, will have a sectioned-off bicycle rack, as well as ample parking. 

Have a great time!