Estonia to kick off an international technology conference in Helsinki

Enterprise Estonia, the e-residency programme and the Tallinn Music Week festival will host the official opening party, Enter e-Estonia, of the international technology conference, Slush, in Helsinki, Finland, on 29 November.

Taking place in the three-chambered heart of the Helsinki nightlife – Kuudes Linja, Kaiku and Stidilä complex – in the colourful district of Kallio, the party features thrilling live acts and DJs from both sides of the Gulf of Finland, innovative Estonian tech companies and samples of the Estonian cuisine.

kersti-kaljulaidThe Enter e-Estonia party will be opened by the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, who will deliver a welcome speech at the opening ceremony.

Celebrating its second birthday, the e-residency team will greet all the present and future global citizens at networking and cake tasting. Estonia’s second largest town, Tartu, will be represented by its town council and companies Mooncascade and SprayPrinter as well as Tartu Science Park.

The sales management tool, Pipedrive, will host a coffee bar at the Kaiku club, while Teleport will present its software that helps people discover what their ideal place to work and live would be. The funding and trading engine for growth companies, Funderbeam, along with the online language learning company, Lingvist, will settle at the bars of Kuudes Linja.

The evening’s music programme, presented by Music Estonia and the Tallinn Music Week festival, features live acts and DJs. The Finnish-Nigerian rapper and producer Noah Kin will show his trademark incredulous and inter-rhymed lyrics, while the Estonian electropop act, NOËP, will spread sizzling harmonies and euphoric chant-along tunes. Fabled godfathers of Estonian indie, Röövel Ööbik, will attempt to prove that even after over 30 years in business they can still betray the ideals of every punk-orthodox and indie-puritan with charming nonchalance.

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Slush is a leading technology conference in the Nordic region, meant for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and the media. Close to 2,000 startups, 800 venture capitalists and 700 journalists from over 100 countries are expected to attend Slush this year.

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Cover: Röövel Ööbik (courtesy of Tallinn Music Week.)

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