Two-day Startup Nations Summit begins in Tallinn ({{commentsTotal}})

Startups and policymakers will be working together in the hackathon to develop solutions that can actually be implemented in participants' respective home countries.
Startups and policymakers will be working together in the hackathon to develop solutions that can actually be implemented in participants' respective home countries. Source: (Kristjan Teedema/Postimees/Scanpix)

The Startup Nations Summit, the largest meeting of startups of the current Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU, began in Tallinn on Tuesday, bringing startup representatives and policymakers from more than 60 countries to the Estonian capital.

The main theme of the event is deepening cooperation between governments and companies via technological innovations, according to a Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications press release.

In addition to a series of discussions and talks, the Startup Nations Summit will also host the policymakers hackathon Policy Hack, in which nine teams from eight governments from around the world will submit an idea for an innovative policy, which will then be hacked in collaboration with startup companies on Wednesday. As a result, participating governments will leave Estonia with a proof of concept for new political initiatives that can subsequently be implemented in their respective home countries.

The final stage of the Policy Hack will take place in the respective countries that participated in the hackathon once they begin implementing the ideas developed in Estonia in their local legislation.

Teams of policymakers from Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, Guatemala and Estonia will be taking part in the hackathon.

The Startup Nations Summit is organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in collaboration with the European Commission, Startup Estonia, EIT Digital, Dell, and the Kauffman Foundation.

Editor: Aili Vahtla



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