Let’s focus on actionable steps for digital transformation

We are very glad to meet you at our 5th annual international e-Governance Conference on 21–22 May in Tallinn, Estonia. The 6th e-Governance Conference ‘Giant Leaps Start With Small Steps’ focuses on the practical aspects of how to convert the vision of digital transformation into actionable steps.

According to Hannes Astok, Deputy Director of the e-Governance Academy, governments have an important role in orchestrating the process of inclusive digital transformation for the whole society.

“Taking a giant leap in innovation requires good leadership and means breaking the vision into actionable steps. This year’s discussions will focus on the practical aspects of the strategic design of digital agendas and collaborative models for e-governance.” – Hannes Astok

The Conference topics are:

  1. Converting a vision into actionable steps: what are the essential steps in a digital transformation and how can you get started?
  2. What is the role of government in leading digital innovation and digital inclusion in society?
  3. How can you make the digital a cross-cutting part of a country’s development and how can you finance it together with donors?
  4. Adopting the big changes: How can the transition to a cloud-based services architecture affect governments?

The conference speakers include the Minister of Foreign Trade and Information Technology of Estonia, Mr. Kaimar Karu; author of the bestseller “Non-Bullshit Innovation,” David Rowan; the Washington Institute scholar, Avi Jorisch, and other top visionaries and practitioners of digital transformation from Estonia and around the world.

The 6th e-Governance Conference will host more than 400 participants from various countries. “We invite governments, local authorities and businesses to share their lessons learnt on digital transformation and take a closer look at the experiences of other countries to set brave goals and plan the next steps in their country. Collaboration between countries, regions and sectors is key to benefitting from innovation,” says Hannes Astok.

This year’s conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Linnar Viik, programme director for the e-Governance Conference, sees many parallels between preparing for a moonwalk and digital transformation in government. “As we know, this giant leap for humankind started with small steps: research, meetings, programming, technology development, etc. The same principle applies to digital transformation and e-governance development. Achieving long-term goals with continuous innovation that utilises smaller projects based on common principles will be one of the key learning and sharing objectives of the e-Governance Conference 2020,” says Linnar Viik.

The conference is organised by the e-Governance Academy since 2015 in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tallinn City. e-Governance Academy (eGA) is a think-tank and consultancy organisation founded for the creation and transfer of knowledge and best practice concerning digital transformation in government.


For inquiries, please contact us at conference@ega.ee

For media accreditation, please contact Ms Anu Vahtra-Hellat, eGA Communications Manager at anu.vahtra-hellat@ega.ee