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New IT hobby groups called Smartlabs for 10-19 year olds announced in Estonia, backed by Microsoft

The creation of new hobby groups for 10-19 year olds involve getting instructed in robotics, programming, mobile app and web design. The idea was generated by Vaata Maailma Foundation which has been working on other IT education initiatives in Estonia since 2001 – such as helping with IT education programs …

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Shape-shifting Fitbots from Estonia help shoppers to try on clothes in virtual fitting rooms (video)

In the late 70´s, the members of innovative German band Kraftwerk decided that, for their concerts, they would send look-alike robots to perform, instead of doing the hard work themselves. Kraftwerk’s robots, although looking cool, were basic and could only move their “arms” up and down, and their “heads” sideways. …

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Every Estonian schoolchild will soon be able to write their own code and produce software

Estonian Tiger Leap Foundation has launched a program called “ProgeTiiger”, through which Estonian students in grades 1 to 12 will be introduced computer programming and creating web and mobile applications. ProgeTiiger program will start with students in the first grade, which starts around the age of 7 for Estonians. The …

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Tallinn University of Technology establishes Prototron Fund with the aim of supporting innovative ideas

Start-up fund Prototron was established on August 14 with the aim of supporting innovative ideas in making the first finished product or prototype. The fund was established by the Tallinn University of Technology, Swedbank and Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol. Swedbank supports the fund with 120,000 euros during the first three …

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#estonianmafia: The insider view

It’s rarely when “mafia” actually refers to something positive. However, “Estonian mafia” (or #estonianmafia for Twitter users) has come to describe the entrepreneurial phenomenon stemming from the small country in the Baltics. The term was allegedly coined by the US venture capitalist Dave McClure at a well-known event for tech …

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Rise of The Machines – Skype’s co-founder Jaan Tallinn on why we need to give a serious consideration

One of the founding engineers of Skype and Kazaa recently visited Australia to sound a warning to the human race: fasten your seatbelts, as machines are becoming so intelligent that they could pose an existential threat. Jaan Tallinn (40) argues that human-driven technological progress has largely replaced evolution as the dominant force shaping …

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Erply’s founder & CEO Kris Hiiemaa: “Estonian startups should take full advantage of the opportunities that they’ve been offered”

The energetic chap sitting opposite me is wearing an informal t-shirt and scans his eyes rather quickly through the pages of local weekly newspaper in front of him. By the look, age and dress code he’s fairly similar to Mark Zuckerberg. Like Zuckerberg, the young gent behind a coffee cup …

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The capital of Estonia and birthplace of Skype hosts the European Innovation Academy 2012

The Tallinn University of Technology, in co-operation with tech giants Samsung and Microsoft organised a large-scale event in Tallinn – The European Innovation Academy (EIA) from July 16 to August 3, 2012. It was the biggest training course in the field of innovation ever organised in Europe, bringing together experts …

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Estonian hackathon Garage48 opens a new hub in Tallinn (Video)

Hackathon Garage48 recently opened a new spacious and funky hub in the centre of Tallinn. Garage48 hub is a community led co-working, inspirational space for start-ups and creative, tech and entrepreneurial people from Tallinn and anywhere else in the world. The working language at the hub is English and international …

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