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Tallinn targets tech sector meetings with TalTech support

Tallinn University of Technology, or TalTech, has become a member of the Estonian Convention Bureau, boosting the Estonian capital’s ability to target tech events as its reputation as the Silicon Valley of Europe grows.

The technical university, which offers a dedicated Conference Centre, is positioning itself as a prime venue for events with a cutting-edge technical, science or IT focus. Tech-minded visitors can also take a tour of Mektory, TalTech’s innovation and business centre, to see what new ideas are bubbling in the building’s startup offices, laboratories and hi-tech showrooms. The tour’s add-on workshops cover topics like LED-making, 3D printing and space technology.

ECB Managing Director Kadri Karu said: “Thanks to the collaborative nature of R&D, TalTech has already made a name for itself around Europe and established strong, cross-border ties. We’re hoping those connections can help broadcast the message that this is a great place for large-scale meetups.”

A strong tech community and swiftly-growing start-up culture is marking Tallinn out as a leader in tech innovation. Known as a ‘digital society’, virtually all state-related operations in Estonia are served by e-solutions. Estonia’s education system, which is strong in maths and sciences, and the development of leading technology companies such as Skype and TransferWise have paved the way for a successful tech ecosystem.

Multi-million dollar investments in local startups have become regular events, with 2018 beneficiaries including Estonian ID verification startup Veriff, CRM and sales startup Pipedrive, self-driving robot delivery startup Starship Technologies, and ride-hailing startup Taxify.

The country already has a large number of tech events on its calendar in 2019 including: tech startup event Latitude59; TNC19 – Forging Digital Societies; the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Conference 2019; and robotics festival Robotex International.

TalTech is the second academic institution to join ECB, alongside the Tallinn University Conference Centre.

 

(via: ECB, ZDNet, Work in Estonia)