Leveraging experience, insights and tools from governments, academia, the private sector and civil society, TDS2019 will explore the benefits and risks of the AI. The conference will hold conversations on how AI is understood and applied in various fields of government, business and society – through operational, regulatory and ethical lenses.


Progressive automation in the provision of public services and spreading of AI across industries reiterates the need for better understanding and collaboration across domains and borders. The Summit aims to spotlight ideas and encourage sharing of insights that can serve as inputs for policies and joint ventures of research and experimentation.

As a free and open exchange, the conference will provide a platform to explore the application of AI-powered technologies in the following practical core sectors:

  • Govtech innovation in public service delivery and improved government efficiency;
  • evolution of labour demand, education and skills development;
  • how AI is transforming the law and how law is transforming AI;
  • provision of personalised healthcare;
  • application of AI in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • smart cities;
  • building trust for use of AI by law enforcement


Under the core theme of public value, the discussions will look at how the governments, businesses and societies can gain from AI, how to design collaborative, more coherent and effective solutions, but also how to solve challenges that this technology brings to public trust, employment, safety and fairness.

The summit will be divided into plenary sessions and parallel panel discussions to provide insights into trends, innovations, impacts, and dilemmas.

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Programme for Journalists

Monday, September 16th

  • 11 AM – 12.30 PM e-Estonia showroom

Get the full overview of Estonian e-solutions from the e-Estonia Briefing Centre. We work closely with our public and private sector partners for tailored briefings to suit each visiting delegation. Visitors are given an inspirational introduction to what makes the digital society, from electronic ID to data privacy, cyber security, autonomous transport and much more. We show you what is needed to accelerate digitizing, from policy making to overcoming challenges, and introduce you to the Estonian IT industry. Read more

  • 2 – 3 PM NATO CCD COE

The heart of the Centre is a diverse group of experts from 25 nations. We bring together researchers, analysts and educators from the military, government, academia and industry. Read more 

  • 4 – 5 PM EU-LISA

For the first time in its history the European Union has an agency responsible for managing and promoting information and communication technology (ICT) as a key success factor for the implementation of the Union’s policies in the area of justice, security and freedom. Read more 

  • 8 PM dinner at Tallinn Seaplane Harbour


Wednesday, September 18th

eID Forum 2019, Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel, Põhja-Puiestee 27a),

8.30 AM – 4.30 PM

Estonia Digital Leader of Europe

Ott Vatter, e-Residency, Deputy Managing Director, Estonia; Adam Rang, Chief Evangelist, Estonia; Hannes Astok, eGovernance Academy, Deputy Executive Director, Estonia

Emerging Vertical Mobile ID Markets

Tor Fridell, LADOK, Sweden; Henry Kliegel, Ximedes GmbH, CEO, Germany; Eugene Mckenna, ECCA, Co-Founder, Ireland; Mobile Bank ID, Sweden; Sebastian Elfors, Yubico, Solutions Architect, USA


Bruno Lamoreux, Foreign Ministry, MOE Project Director Vote By Internet, France; Jean Souto, Specialist ID Digital Security; Gerrit Fischer, Magna BC, South Africa; Albert Royo, Gov2U, Director of Public Affairs, EU

Towards Interoperable Mobile National Identities