The First-ever 5G Policymakers' Hackathon - an important platform for future innovations

The first 5G policymakers' hackathon will be held on November 26-27 in Riga and will bring together participants from businesses, mobile operators, European and national policymakers, and lawyers to map existing policy and develop recommendations for approaches to policy adaptation to support 5G deployment in the Baltic Sea Region. The event is organised by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, in cooperation with Electronic Communications Office of Latvia and with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and participation of the European Commission to ensure effective collaboration of required parties to achieve maximum relevance of the hackathon's output. 

The reasoning for the hackathon stems from the problem that the legal framework is not yet in place for the successful implementation of 5G technology, as well as the solutions it will make possible. The new generation technology is expected to disrupt society, and the legal framework and infrastructure are required in order to simultaneously provide the necessary checks and balances, as well as enable innovation. 

The necessary legal framework is not yet in place for the successful implementation of 5G technology in Europe. The new generation technology is expected to disrupt society, and the legal framework and infrastructure are required in order to simultaneously regulate as well as enable innovation. 

The devised recommendations will be presented to the Nordic Council of Ministers, the European Commission, as well as presented to 5G stakeholders participating in a roundtable at the 5G Techritory Forum.