Latitude is not just your location. It is your personal capacity. Your freedom to think. Your freedom to act.
Estonians have taken freedom to another level by setting up a digital society and an advanced tech ecosystem. We are a country with only 1.3 million people. But a birthplace of 10 unicorns and 1400+ active startups. The ICT sector has quadrupled in value since 2002, now covering 8% of GDP. By measuring the total taxes paid, funds raised, and revenue made, our startup sector has kept growing roughly by 30% YoY. We might be a small country by size, but technology is helping us shape our future in ways we can’t even fully foresee now.
We can do big things. Estonia’s own history has shown that being free – and progressive – can demand pioneering thinking as well as bold moves. The world today is facing a multitude of crises – economic, energy, climate, humanitarian, and war. These are huge challenges for all of us, whether we like it or not. We have also learned from the past that a crisis should never go to waste. Estonia’s president from the 90s, Lennart Meri is famous for saying, if the situation is sh*t, it’s the fertilizer for the future. Let that sink in.
We believe that the solutions for the world’s crises are yet to unfold in the cooperation, collaboration, and coordination between the hard-working people in the fields of technology, startups, government, investment firms, NGO-s, and corporations. As the team behind Latitude59, witnessing the collision of all of these global interest groups and bright minds, we recognize our part in the equation and the potential impact our platform holds.
How can we truly help and not just “enable conversations”? How can we create value and not just amplify the noise? In the context of a conference, how to use our most valuable collective asset – time – in a way that maximizes the positive impact on the world? These can be difficult questions to face, yet we are very willing to go off the beaten track in this new decade of Latitude59’s history.
We call it the Latitude Attitude – driving the change, giving voice to impactful stories, cutting the BS, and unmasking our human side, all while holding on to the quirk, the unique twist, and remembering to appreciate the positive around us.
In short, Latitude59 2023 is going to be bold. Our mission is to recruit thought leaders and spokespeople from all around the globe to talk honestly and openly about what really matters. We will focus on startups and investors who value impact and inclusion as much as we do. We know that every attendee matters if everyone is driven by the same underlying goal – changing the world.
Latitude59 2023 will focus on 3 main agenda points:
1.CRISES & CHALLENGES: Tech Sector’s Response to the Global Chaos
“If the situation is sh*t, it’s the fertilizer for the future.”
– Lennart Meri, former President of Estonia
We’ve got pandemics, wars, economic pinches, energy shortages, and climate extremities. A world full of challenges offers unlimited potential for new startups and technological solutions to be born. Who rises to the occasion? And who fills the gap of resources?
2. MIND YOUR MIND: The Importance of Mental Health
“If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.”
– Arianna Huffington, author, and co-founder of The Huffington Post
Projects have deadlines, but the human experience is unlimited. How to stay wholesome and grow as a person while navigating through a world of collective and individual challenges? Lessons, philosophies, and hacks to face and conquer the invisible battles.
3. SYNERGY & COOPERATION: 1+1=3
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
– Ken Blanchard, public speaker and author on leadership and management
Learning from the powerful stories of others, finding missing puzzle pieces, seeing problems with a new context – it’s clear that a group with an aligned goal can achieve much more than any individual, no matter how dedicated. Synergy is the fast track to success. Let’s make this hive buzz!
Oh by the way, we thank the Sifted team for listing Latitude59 among the top tech conferences in Europe! Honest recognition can be a powerful fuel. If you also resonate with what we do, why not team up? Please reach out to our Partnership Manager, Kaspar to have a chat or simply DM us on any of our social media channels.
So what’s the homework? Ask yourself – what kind of a change do you want to see in the world. What do you need to make it happen? Now, bring that Attitude to Latitude!
See you all on 24-26 May 2023 in Tallinn, Estonia! Tickets for Latitude59 2023 are available here.