Building for Impact
The Human Side of Tech
startup people


The main theme and buzzword of 2019 was impact. The burning questions about the impact of technology on our daily lives and how to leverage it for the greater good were heavily discussed during the two days of the conference. The good, the bad and the ugly side of entrepreneurship and startup life and the darker side of entrepreneurship - balancing technology, entrepreneurship and healthy life, which is increasingly an issue not limited to the sleepless startups.

Founders from Couchsurfing, AngelList, CoinList, Vinted – the Lithuanian startup that back then had just raised another 50M, and now is Lithuania's first unicorn, and Testlio, an Estonian success story, all took the stage, meet all of the 2019 speakers below!

Casey Fenton


Joshua Slayton


Milda Mitkute


Kristel Kruustuk


Ginny Fahs


Stewart Rogers

Analyst at large

David Ryan Polgar


Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist

The Human Side

2077 attendees from 49 countries made their way to Riga, including 440 startup representatives, 136 international investors, 110 students and academics, 77 media representative, as well as 46 corporate executives – and that’s not to mention the 6687 people tuning into the live stream. Moreover, it was an international team of 120 volunteers who made this happen.

And one of our coolest areas in the 2019 venue was the family-friendly Future Founder Playground that invited parents to bring their kids 0-12 along – the Playground offered workshops on coding, virtual reality, robots and more for the kids aged 6-10.

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