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We all live in a global village

There is nowhere in the world that isn’t affected by globalization, and it has been like that for centuries. The world is interconnected, and people are on the move, either through choice or because of the tough realities they face at home.

Estonia is a small country. We are just 1.3 million people, but we’ve come a long way in the 33 years since we restored our independence. While people used to leave Estonia in large numbers, today our success story and innovative digital society have attracted thousands of talented people. Together we can make Estonia the centre of a global village. This is why Latitude59 the exact location of Estonia has been and will continue to be the flagship, most international, and most diverse tech conference in our region. At home and abroad we are on a mission to make Estonia bigger, and through that to connect different parts of the world with us, and also with each other.

What is a global village?

The term was coined in the early 1960s by Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, who was writing about how new communication technologies were creating an interconnected world. In more recent years, American journalist Thomas Friedman has defined the global village as a world “tied together into a single globalized marketplace and village”.

Today we are all connected across the globe, and we all know what is going on around the world. Yet at the same time, we are sometimes more apart than ever. Two sides to the technology world, and what a controversial way to be. But together we can find the solutions to the challenges and opportunities that this world creates.

Global Village at Latitude59 2024

Each year the number of countries represented at Latitude59 has been getting bigger and bigger – in 2022 it was 50+, and last year it was already 65. We’re hoping to keep this up and welcome more and more diverse audiences to Estonia who are interested in this regions’ startup ecosystem and developments.
At the moment we know that there are very interesting delegations coming from Italy, Japan, Brazil, India, Kenya, Singapore, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia  UK, Belgium, Czechia, and the list goes on. Many of these delegations include startups, investors, and government officials.

It’s wonderful that people are coming to Latitude59 from so many countries! We are very excited to welcome all our international guests to build bridges and encourage each other to take bolder steps toward creating a positive impact together.

We have seen the value of bringing different ecosystems together and we continue to do so. It is very cool to say that Latitude59 has already been to Canada in 2019 where Latitude44 happened, and our first Latitude59 satellite event took place in Kenya Nairobi in December 2023 with 700 people attending. 
It is amazing how much people can achieve together. When we connect and share values, we understand that we all have the capabilities to contribute to a better world. I’ve been lucky to have seen it, and to contribute to it. So be bold. Build the world you want.

NFM Publishing Team
NFM Publishing Team
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