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Major happenings in the Baltic region this week as the Lithuanian capital Vilnius plays host to three major development events. Those interested in attending the events may be disappointed to learn that they have missed Appcamp, an event which took place this past weekend (November 9-13) which featured some of Lithuania’s finest minds and which was headlined by speeches from Jyri Engestrom (Director of Product Management at Groupon), Kjell Hegstad (Head of Mobile Banking at ING Direct), fund-manager Arvydas Strumskis, and Dariusz Koc (Samsung Evangelist at the Samsung Poland R&D Center), offered participants the opportunity to join into teams and compete for prizes.
Most alluring, perhaps, is the spot at the upcoming Silicon Valley Comes To The Baltics event, which offers the winners a opportunity to showcase their app and gain attention from those present at the event. Ultimately, the big winners among the developers were KeyApp (an interactive unlock system, which was listed as the top app from the event) and Trustribe, SMASH LT and Whemsy, who earned the opportunity to present their ideas at the upcoming The Silicon Valley Comes to The Baltics (here is the list of all winners).
Appcamp acts as a nice entree to The Silicon Valley conference, which will be held at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO in Vilnius today and tomorrow, and will include representatives from some of the largest players on the web, including Google, Linkedin, and Mozilla.
The third event coming to the region is Startup Weekend Lithuania, which runs from November 16-18 at LITEXPO in Vilnius.On Friday, participants will have a minute to pitch their ideas and 30 seconds to answer questions. Ideas which win the approval of the group will then be worked upon and the teams will re-group for a final competition on the last day. The idea that wins on Sunday will be entered into the Global Startup Battle (www.globalstartupbattle.org), which will offer still more lucrative prizes. As with the other events, there will be mentors on hand to guide the teams. In this instance, representatives from Google, VLAB, Mozilla, TEDxSiliconValley, and Linkedin will be on hand to offer support and advice.
In recent years, Lithuania has demonstrated quite a bit of innovation potential, and the most known success story to all is free cross-platform app marketplace and discovery engine GetJar (over 2 billion app downloads). The Lithuanian startups familiar to us at GoalEurope include AdDuplex, BusyFlow, GoodBuzz, InBelly, Tropic Mind, many of which attended European accelerators. Besides Lithuania has its very own startup accelerator Startup Highway.
If these events are any indication, good things can be expected in the years to come from Lithuania.
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