and Identity

Silicon Valley - March 22nd

Our event in Silicon Valley brought the e-Residency team to the heart of tech. The core topic of this event was e-residency, but the event is also about Blockchain, Fintech, Security, e-Government and how a legally recognised e-identity can integrate with all this. Does e-Residency offer American startups and companies the chance to use Estonia as a Delware of Europe?


The event was at Plug & Play in Sunneyvale, also home of Enterprise Estonia in Silicon Valley.




Kaspar Korjus - Managing Director of e-Residency in the Government of Estonia

At 27, Kaspar has overseen the introduction of e-Residency across government. He will share how they were mandated by their Prime Minister to launch e-Residency as a 'startup,' and how they have gone about this. In 2015 Kaspar has been chosen by Forbes Estonia as one of the “30 under 30” people as #1 in Technology and Finance.



Rainer Sternfeld - Founder and CEO of Planet OS

Rainer Sternfeld is the Founder and CEO of Planet OS, the Industrial IoT company that develops data infrastructure for geospatial sensor networks, Environmental Intelligence and Earth Observation. A robotics engineer and product developer by training, Rainer is an experienced entrepreneur and product strategist in Silicon Valley focused on data-driven businesses. He started his career with designing EOD robots and later established the world's first nation-wide fast-charging network for electric cars in Estonia, when he was the Business Development Manager at ABB Baltic States. Rainer also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Ocean Council, and is the co-designer of the Statue of Liberty of Estonia.


Richard Horning - Chairman at Silicon Vikings and Honorary Consul of Estonia

Richard Horning is Silicon Vikings Chairman and is Honorary Consul of Estonia for Northern California. He has been practicing law since 1969, currently at Reed Smith in Palo Alto, California. He specializes in counselling high technology and e-commerce companies in all stages of development, from start-up to Fortune 50, with particular emphasis on funding transactions, intellectual property protection, licensing, contract and antitrust issues. He also has substantial experience in representing high technology companies in litigation and arbitration matters, in both international and domestic venues. Richard is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and also holds a BA in Political Science from Berkeley.