Taavi Kotka Keynote Topics
Winter is coming
Our world is about to undergo radical transformation, but are governments ready? Just like there has been disruption in areas like transportation (Uber) and accommodation (Airbnb), there will be disruption in the public sector as well. Using e-Estonia example, Taavi will explain in his exceptionally humorous way how governments cannot enjoy being the monopoly anymore and how this will hit countries both big and small around the world. Virtual countries, data embassies, digital citizenship and national cryptocurrencies will all be discussed. The audience will be inspired, slightly worried and full of interest to study and discuss more about the change affecting their own sectors and how they can prepare.
Trust your engineers
Taavi will explain how Estonia became e-Estonia, the world’s most advanced e-government. Using real and fascinating examples, Taavi will demonstrate why it is important to focus not only on technology but also to shift people’s mindset across the whole of society. Our understanding of privacy and data protection is just as important as cloud or strong digital identity. Country wide reforms take time, but Taavi will explain how to use certain catalysts that can speed up the process: like once-only policy, no-legacy policy, innovation through pain etc. If time permits, Taavi will also discuss the future of countries and e-governments.
7 principles of creating a digital society
Taavi will provide a clear and comprehensive roadmap for governments and cities about what needs to be put in place technologically and institutionally to become a digital society. This talk is designed for audiences who already know that the change is needed and is looking for practical guide to the steps that need to be taken to achieve that change.
Beyond digital government
The journey towards digitalisation is fascinating, but where to next? This inspirational speech explains what can be achieved and accomplished if a country is truly digital. How does it change governing models, how can countries become borderless (through e-Residency) and virtual, is it possible that a government has a real-time overview about the whole economy etc. Taavi will provide concrete and tangible examples that every person can relate to themselves.
How I failed as a government CIO
Estonia’s digital success is world famous, but is it so rosy behind the scenes? Taavi will describe in his own humorous way what can go totally wrong even in tech-savvy countries and why no-legacy is so important. We all make mistakes and sometimes they are so big that they affect the whole society. This keynote is especially popular among techies.