Schedule

PROTO
6th September 2021

19:00
Welcome Dinner at the PROTO Invention Factory
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Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Mrs Kaja Kallas. The dinner is only for delegates.

Central Stage: Trusted Connectivity
7th September 2021

Speakers

Luukas Ilves

Moderator of the Tallinn Digital Summit

09:10
Opening Speech by the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas
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Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas

Prime Minister of Estonia

09:25
Keynote by President of the European Council, Charles Michel: Europe’s Digital Revolution
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President Michel will outline the role Digital plays in the EU’s overall strategy. He will share his reflections on the EU’s guiding principles and goals in this field. He will also discuss the concrete actions that the European Council plans in the coming months. President Michel’s speech will touch, among else, on the following areas: the EU’s Strategic Agenda centred on the twin transitions of climate and digital; digital as a cross-cutting tool that is revolutionising countless sectors, notably green technologies or health; the EU’s digital model in a global context and the broader topic of connectivity, including partnerships with other like-minded partners.

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Charles Michel

President of the European Council

09:40
Keynote by US Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo
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Gina Raimondo

US Secretary of Commerce

09:55
Keynote by Secretary-General of OECD, Mathias Cormann: Trust and Connectivity
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At the heart of the B3W lies the Blue Dot Network (BDN), initiated in 2019 by the United States, Japan, and Australia to encourage development by certifying public-private global infrastructure investments that are transparent and high-quality. As many countries look to stimulate their economies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Dot Network could provide a much needed tool for quality infrastructure investment that will support a stronger, sustainable, and more inclusive recovery.

The OECD will support the Blue Dot Network by building an evidence base, mobilising a multi-stakeholder partnership and designing the certification framework. The OECD has already developed many of the key international standards in these areas and has experience promoting policies on quality infrastructure investment.

How could the Blue Dot Network help us to overcome key obstacles to infrastructure investment through greater transparency and alignment with best-in-class international standards? What practical steps need to be taken?

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Mathias Cormann

Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

10:10
Keynote by Executive Vice President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis
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Valdis Dombrovskis

Executive Vice President of the European Commission

10:45
Panel: Rallying the World’s Democracies with Trusted Connectivity
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Articulating a common understanding of the road ahead is the first step in prevailing against our common geopolitical, economic, and sustainable development challenges. However, we must go beyond debates in the abstract and actually set our global connectivity agenda in motion in practice. The panellists will discuss how to root connectivity initiatives such as Build Back Better World, the Blue Dot Network, the EU’s connectivity partnerships, and various other regional initiatives in the principles of Trusted Connectivity and how to proliferate these principles among the developed and the developing world alike. How do we foster innovation and how do we mobilise private investments in infrastructure? How do we resolve the institutional obstacles that impair the utilisation of trust, transparency, and the free flow of data across countries and across different parts of the world? How to make better use of the untapped potential of the several regional cooperation formats that already exist among democratic countries?

Moderator: Kaush Arha, Senior Fellow of Atlantic Council

Speakers

Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas

Prime Minister of Estonia

Mathias Cormann

Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Valdis Dombrovskis

Executive Vice President of the European Commission

Gina Raimondo

US Secretary of Commerce

Mateusz Morawiecki

Prime Minister of Poland

13:15
Bridging the Gap in Cybersecurity Financing
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Andres Sutt

Andres Sutt

Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonia

13:30
Panel: The Leap to a More Resilient Cyberspace
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Cyberattacks and cyber incidents have grown ever more common and devastating in recent years. Carefully-planned and effectively-conducted cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and digital services have had major consequences on societies and have the potential to hinder our digital development. The SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, Microsoft Exchange, and Kaseya cyber operations are just a small sample in a long line of incidents that demonstrate the urgency of increasing cybersecurity. There is no silver bullet to automatically defeating the security challenges laid out before us, hence we must develop a systemic approach to implementing cybersecurity measures. This means the owners of digital systems and service providers—alongside governments and regulators—must increase their spending on making those systems and services cyber-resilient. It is time for governments to consider allocating a certain percentage of their IT budgets to cybersecurity—in the same vein that NATO Member States have agreed to spend 2% of their GDP on defense.

The panelists will discuss, how to tackle the growing cyber threats and whether setting a minimum % of the IT budget could help improve cyber resilience.

Moderator: Raul Rikk, National Cyber Security Policy Director, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia

Speakers

Oliver Dowden

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK

Margarete Schramböck

Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria

Ossian Smyth

Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment

Ireland

Josephine Teo

Minister for Communications and Information

Singapore

Andres Sutt

Andres Sutt

Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonia

Raul Rikk

National Cyber Security Policy Director

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia

15:00
How to be a Pathfinder in Digital Government – Open Innovation to Drive DigiGov Renewal
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The Digital Testbed Framework is an Estonian Government’s new and innovative collaboration model looking to attract partners globally for joint innovation on digital government. It aims to give start-ups, scale-ups or any govtech innovators, access to government’s resources (stack, know-how, etc) to come and build or test groundbreaking new ideas, prototypes, products or whole new digital services, in a world-leading digital government setting. Mr Siim Sikkut will explain the e-Estonia’s journey that led to the Framework as well as outline and announce the initiative.

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Siim Sikkut

Government CIO of Estonia

15:15
Panel: Testbeds and Open Innovation in the Public Sector
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How governments can thrive through public-private partnerships and the role of real-life experimentation, involving multiple stakeholders to the process of digital innovation.

Oftentimes digital innovation in the public sector is hindered by bureaucracy that is built on old, outdated and inflexible frameworks which make integration and collaboration difficult. In this panel we are discussing what governments have done to overcome those obstacles and thrive through co-creation, open innovation and re-using existing solutions/components through testbeds, innovation-labs and more.

Moderator: Anett Numa, e-estonia briefing centre

Speakers

David Clark

Minister for Digital Economy and Communications, New Zealand

Takuya Hirai

Minister of Digital Agency, Japan

Nadia Calviño

Vice-President and Minister for Economy and Digitalization, Spain

Raymond Knops

State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Netherlands

Veronika Remišová

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of Slovakia

Marten Kaevats

National Digital Advisor, Government Office of Estonia

16:45
Closing Remarks and Key Takeaways
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Stage One: Three Seas Initiative (3SI)
7th September 2021

13:15
3SI as an Example of Implementing Trusted Connectivity
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The goal of Trusted Connectivity is to mobilise democracies to invest in a transparent and trustworthy manner into quality infrastructure for the public benefit of improved connectivity, economy, employment and environment. 3SI is an outstanding example of those principles in action. The keynote will highlight how 12 EU Member States have created a cooperation platform and inspired an investment fund for the development of infrastructure in the energy, transport, and digital sectors. Can 3SI along with the fund work as a lighthouse project to illustrate the benefits of combining public and private money to support large-scale, cross-border infrastructure developments in an open and transparent way?

Speakers

Kersti Kaljulaid

Kersti Kaljulaid

The President of the Republic of Estonia

13:30
How to Make Attractive Connectivity Investments?
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The real strength of the market economy rests with the dynamic and vibrant private sector willing to invest. This can only be achieved through the mutual trust and support of the public sector. The main question is what steps need to be taken to build such trust? How to make large-scale, cross-border infrastructure investments attractive for private sector? What are the private or institutional investors looking for? How can governments create the necessary supporting environment?

Speakers

Ms. Boutheina Guermazi

Boutheina Guermazi

Director of Digital Development Department of the Infrastructure Practice Group of the World Bank

13:45
Panel: Building Trusted Connectivity Through the Three Seas Initiative and Globally
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The Three Seas Initiative provides a practical example of cross-border cooperation aimed at developing connectivity in the energy, transport and digital sectors in a transparent and economically viable way. In this panel, representatives of Three Seas governments will discuss how our region, based on the experience gained from setting up the 3SI, can contribute to the global discussions on mobilising private sector capital to develop connectivity – both physical and digital – in a manner based on trust and transparency.

Moderator: Jonatan Vseviov, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Speakers

Pawel Jablonski

Government Plenipotentiary for the Three Seas Initiative, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland

Boštjan Koritnik

Minister of Public Administration of Slovenia

Eva-Maria Liimets

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Giedrė Balčytytė

Chancellor of the Government, Lithuania

15:00
Why Do We Need Smart Connectivity?
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At the 2020 Three Seas Summit in Tallinn, Estonia introduced the Smart Connectivity vision. Its overall goal is to expand digital components across key infrastructure, which will in turn support new business models and technologies. The aim of Smart Connectivity is to establish a growth platform for innovative services and to support economic growth based on innovation. It is about making investments in infrastructure future-proof.

The focus of the keynote will be on the vision of Smart Connectivity and the ways of implementing this bold approach in practice.

Speakers

Andres Sutt

Andres Sutt

Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonia

15:15
How Does the Blue Dot Network Catalyse Smart Connectivity and Trusted Investments?
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The OECD is a well-known global standard setter on business conduct, sustainable infrastructure finance and good infrastructure governance. In June 2021, the OECD launched a multi-stakeholder design process for the Blue Dot Network certification framework to help countries pursue quality infrastructure investments by promoting the application of robust international standards, best practices and open market principles.

How could the Blue Dot Network act as a driver of sustainable growth in the CEE region and how could it support implementing the Smart Connectivity vision?

Speakers

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Mathilde Mesnard

Acting Director, OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs

Van Oord

Govert van Oord

CEO, Dredging Van Oord group. Senior Member of the Blue Dot Network Executive Consultation group, OECD

15:30
Keynote Case Study: Smart Connectivity in the Cloud
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Smart Connectivity considers how to expand digital components across key infrastructure to support new business models and technologies. Cloud technology is a tool to make this reality, and in this session Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz, Vice President for EMEA Public Sector at Amazon Web Services, will share the benefits customers draw from using the cloud. The session will use customer cases to illustrate how the cloud is already used in the energy and transport sectors to help customers innovate at a faster pace.

Speakers

Isabella Groegor Chechowicz

Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz

Vice President for EMEA Public Sector at Amazon Web Services

15:40
Case Study 1: Trusted Connectivity Brought to Life
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Just as 3SI is an excellent example of implementing the guiding principles of Trusted Connectivity on a strategic level, Greenergy Data Centers is an outstanding case study of the outcome on a very practical, business level.

Greenergy Data Centers was the second project funded by the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund contributing to the creation of the biggest, most secure and most energy-efficient data centre in the Baltic States. Greenergy Data Centers aim to develop additional energy-efficient and sustainable data centre facilities in Eastern and Central Europe, laying the groundwork for the digitalisation of the modern world.

The founder of Greenergy Data Centers will provide an overview of how the process works starting from the concept of transparent financing to building a crucial part of infrastructure we can all use.

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Üllar Jaaksoo

Üllar Jaaksoo

Founder of Greenergy Data Centers

15:50
Case Study 2: Climate Neutral Security of Supply Through Smart Connectivity
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A smart, deeply digitalised energy system is needed to ensure climate neutral security of supply for customers in highly distributed power systems with a high shares of intermittent i.e renewable energy generation. Digital, real-time and close to real-time applications are ultimate enablers and essential to operating future energy systems. The change in the energy sector sets a customer in the centre of the energy system and creates a lot of new business models for companies entering the energy market, from virtual power plants to off-grid solution for the households. On the national level, smart connectivity and active energy management provides economic growth through new services to citizens and lowers the carbon footprint of the country.

Speakers

Taavi Veskimägi

Taavi Veskimägi

Chairman of the Board at Elering Ltd.

16:00
Panel: How to Create Trust in Smart Connectivity?
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The panellists share their views and discuss how to create trust in digitalisation to enable smart connectivity. By agreeing on common standards and guaranteeing the free flow of data, we create the necessary transparency and trust.

Moderator: Üllar Jaaksoo, the founder of Greenergy Data Centers

Speakers

Andres Sutt

Andres Sutt

Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Estonia

Vlahutin

Romana Vlahutin

Ambassador at Large for Connectivity, European External Action Service

Isabella Groegor Chechowicz

Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz

Vice President for EMEA Public Sector at Amazon Web Services

Taavi Veskimägi

Taavi Veskimägi

Chairman of the Board at Elering Ltd.

Stage Two: Digital Public Infrastructure
7th September 2021

13:15
Meaningful Connectivity for Accelerated Digital Transformation Worldwide
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The COVID pandemic has thrown digital connectivity into the spotlight, and dramatically highlighted what it really means to be unconnected. But while the citizens of a handful of wealthy nations enjoy ready access to ultra-fast broadband, nearly half of humanity has still to connect to the internet for the very first time. What will it take to connect the world, and ensure that all people, everywhere, have access to the immense opportunities digital access affords?

Speakers

Doreen Bogdan Martin

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union

13:30
Disrupting Digital Barriers for the Next Generation
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Fast-paced development of digital services and related technologies have created a rich foundation for new kinds of innovations, but also inherent risks: expensive rigid silos and vendor locking. We are looking at new kinds of architectural concepts for both reusability and standardization that would enable building and supporting interoperable digital services that cross all sorts of traditional borders and would allow us to take globalizing digital governments and economies above and beyond of what we can imagine today.

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Kristo Vaher

Chief Technology Officer, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

13:45
Panel: Building Digital Public Infrastructure
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Governments from different parts of the world are constantly reinventing the bicycle when it comes to the deployment of different digital services. What if we could create reusable and interoperable building blocks that could be utilized in different governments as digital public goods? Government digital services are in many cases stuck in legacy components that do not provide the necessary flexibility and do not adapt to ever-changing conditions and expectations fast enough.

An initiative GovStack.global by ITU, DIAL, Germany and Estonia aims to tackle these problems on the global scale. By the world leading best practices we know that we can empower governments to take ownership of their digital futures by building more effective and cost-efficient digital government services.

Moderator: Nele Leosk, Ambassador at Large for Digital Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia

Speakers

Hani Eskandar

Hani Eskandar

Senior Coordinator at the Digital Society Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU

Kate Headshot

Kate Wilson

CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance DIAL

Liv Marte Kristiansen Nordhaug

Secretariat Co-Lead, Digital Public Goods Alliance Policy Director, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Tony Shannon

Head of Digital Services, Office of Government Chief Information Officer at Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Ireland

Lacina Koné

Director General, Smart Africa

David Roos

David Roos

Deputy Head Sector Programme Digital Development

With the rise of AI, we’ve entered another stage of digital transformation. But a big part of the future will be based and delivered by good quality data and asking the right questions. This is especially true in complex government and multilateral settings. Data needs to flow freely across country borders in a privacy-preserving and seamless manner. The pandemic has demonstrated the need and value this can provide to the global community and pointed out several shortcomings, including lack of trust, agreements, standards and data management. The panel focuses on what is necessary to make the ground more fertile for new ideas and services across sectors and borders.

Moderator: Ott Velsberg, Chief Data Officer, Estonia

Speakers

Christopher Burns

Director of Technology in the Innovation, Technology and Research Hub of the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation at USAID

Amandeep Gill

Project Director, I-DAIR

Massimo Marelli

Head of Data Protection Office, ICRC

15:45
Smart Planning – Unlocking the Development of Smart Cities Through Data Standardization
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In order to achieve the full potential of smart cities we first need to make sense of the underlying data. But how can we make built environment data from different sources comprehensible for both machines and humans alike? What does a common language for construction actually mean for the building lifecycle and international collaboration?

Speakers

Bips Konference 2016

Gunnar Friborg

Product and Standardisation Manager at Molio - Construction Information Center in Denmark

16:00
Panel: How to Harness the Power of Data to Improve Our Built Environment?
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Developing a practical, sustainable, accessible and aesthetically pleasing living environment has always been a challenge. With the rise of the digital age we have a vast array of new tools at our disposal that can better analyze, simulate and optimize the building lifecycle – from planning, design, construction to renovation, demolition and recycling. In the expert panel we will explore how to navigate the expanding sea of data and how to keep the process human-centric. During the discussion we will provide key take-aways on how governments and the public sector should manage built environment data.

Moderator: Jaan Saar, Head of Digital Construction at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications

Speakers

Bips Konference 2016

Gunnar Friborg

Product and Standardisation Manager at Molio - Construction Information Center in Denmark

Kermo Mägi

Spatial Plans Database Product Owner at the Estonian Ministry of Finance

Damiano Cerrone

Consultant in the Urban Transformations team at Demos Helsinki

Toomas Türk

Head of Future City (Data, Digital and Innovation) at City of Tallinn

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