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Eight countries participated in a policy-making hackathon in Estonia

The winners of the Policy Hack - the Egypt team with team leader Rasha Tantawy and organisers from our Ministry.
The winners of the Policy Hack - the Egypt team with team leader Rasha Tantawy and organisers from our Ministry.

Estonia’s largest meeting of startup companies, the Startup Nations Summit that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 21 and 22 November, has reached its end. At the heart of the event was the policy-making hackathon, Policy Hack, involving two teams of Estonian policymakers as well as teams representing Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Egypt and Guatemala.

"I am glad that in collaboration with the Estonian startup companies, the policy-making hackathon became a reality as the inspiration for it came from the format used by startup companies. The Startup Nations Summit's Policy Hack brought together representatives from startups and governments, each of whom wanted to work out a specific novel policy initiative for their country. This evening, all national representatives travelling home will have a well-thought-out game plan about how to develop their ideas and begin implementing them. The last part of the hackathon is to be completed in their home country. As is the case with hackathons, not all ideas will come to fruition, but we do create all the conditions for the ideas developed in Tallinn, to become reality," said Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.

"Estonia was represented by two teams in the hackathon. First, a testing team for the idea of innovation procurement, wanting to further develop the Public Procurement Act. Their goal is to enable government agencies to gain solutions to posed problems rather than fixed products or services. As a result of such a procurement process, we will be able to use public funds to encourage innovation among Estonian entrepreneurs," commented Minister Palo.

"The theme of the second Estonian team taking part in the hackathon was the Krattlaw, discussing the ethical and legal aspects of deploying artificial intelligence. The digitalisation of work processes and the application of new technologies raises questions about employment and gives new insights into the skills that people need in the future," added Minister Palo.

The meeting of companies and policymakers brought together participants and speakers from over 60 countries. In addition to Minister Palo, Estonia was represented by Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development, Viljar Lubi, and the heads of TransferWise, Taxify, Linguist, Starship and Testilo.

The event was organised by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications together with the European Commission, Startup Estonia, EIT Digital, Dell and the Kauffman Foundation.

Webpage of the event
Watch an introductory video on the Policy Hack

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