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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Europe’s top tech entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders via 3D hologram today, compelling the region’s most influential innovators to donate financial and technological resources to begin rebuilding Ukraine. At 4.20pm today, President Zelensky addressed seven tech events across Europe, including Dublin Tech Summit at the RDS.

Even amidst the devastation of war, Zelensky said Ukraine continues to develop and pledged to make digital transformation central to his nation’s rebuild.

“Our goal is to make Ukraine the freest digital state in the world,” he said, touching on some of the technologies his government plans to champion as it rolls out a digitally driven rebuild via the United24 platform.

“Ukraine is a chance for a global digital revolution,” he said; “a chance for every technology company and a chance for every visionary to show their value, skills, technologies and ambitions.” 

ARHT Media’s holographic technology enabled the President to appear on stage simultaneously at four of Europe’s largest tech festivals: Stockholm’s Brilliant Minds, London’s Founders Forum, Amsterdam’s The Next Web and Paris’ Vivatech.

His holographic telepresence, produced by Talesmith, was also live-streamed to Dublin Tech Summit, The AI Summit at London Tech Week and SuperReturn Berlin, expanding the reach of his address to 200,000 leaders across every vertical of the tech industry.

Evercoast’s portable volumetric video system captured the address in 3D for a mobile augmented reality experience, available through the below QR codes:




A range of public figures including Gayle King, Nile Rogers, Peter Gabriel, Bernard Henri-Lévy, Amanda Holden, Ozwald Boateng, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also appeared on stage in hologram and video formats, lending messages of support to the people of Ukraine before introducing Zelensky’s hologram. Ukrainian tech founders, Irra Ariella Khi and Dima Shvets also shared heart-felt messages on stage.

Brent Hoberman, Founders Forum Group’s Co-Founder and Executive Chairman said the FF Group joined forces with Europe’s leading tech events and partnered with ARHT and Evercoast to amplify the reach of President Zelensky’s crucial rebuild message.

“We wanted to enable the President to share this important message via hologram and 3D avatar to exemplify the world-changing innovation the tech community is capable of delivering, and to inspire our network to develop and deploy new technologies that can help rebuild Ukraine.” 

Evercoast’s volumetric capture hardware used for the project is being donated to the Ukrainian government, to enable continued communications in extended reality formats. ARHT is also donating the updated equipment used for the hologram capture to The Junior Academy of Science Ukraine, located in Kyiv. The production was made on location in Kyiv and at Garden Studios in London.

The project was created by Martin Williams (Talesmith) and Thomas Hoegh (Garden Studios), directed by Martin Williams, and produced by Mark Wright (Talesmith) and Thomas Hoegh.


About Founders Forum 

Founders Forum Group is an event-powered community and family of businesses supporting entrepreneurs at every stage of their journeys.

FF’s invite-only forums unite founders, investors, corporate and government leaders to tackle era-defining questions in iconic locations across the globe. This year’s event line-up includes flagship forums in Singapore, London, New York and Berlin.

Since 2019, Founders Forum has partnered with Informa Tech to celebrate the strength and diversity of UK tech through London Tech Week. The joint venture allows London Tech Week to enrich its impact and expand its reach with sector-specific and diversity-driven events including ClimateTech, Elevating Founders, EQL Her, the Future of Work summit, and HealthTech.

Fuelled by the connections and ideas forged at the group’s flagship events, Founders Forum businesses support the needs of today’s founders via education (01 Founders, Framework, Smartup, and the Centre for Entrepreneurs’ NEF+ programme), professional services (Founders Keepers, Founders Law), networking (Grip), investment (Creator Fund, Founders Factory and firstminute capital) and charitable giving (Founders Pledge). In 2021, the group sold its innovation strategy consulting firm, Founders Intelligence, to global consultancy, Accenture.

About Talesmith 

Talesmith is a multi-award winning production company at the forefront of premium factual content for broadcast, museums, cinema, immersive AR and cutting-edge VR. Its BAFTA and Emmy-winning leadership team of Martin Williams, Ruth Roberts and Mark Wright has worked across some of television’s most successful factual productions of recent years, partnering with A-list talent including Sir David Attenborough, Prince William and President Obama. As an ambitious and innovative company, Talesmith constantly pushes the boundaries of storytelling, embracing new technologies and techniques.

About Thomas Hoegh

Thomas is the founder of Arts Alliance and Garden Studios. He focuses on user experience from a creative, strategic and economic point of view. His background as an artist and businessman forms the core aspect of Arts Alliance’s competitive edge. As an artist, Thomas has directed over 20 major theatre, television and multimedia performance pieces in Norway,

Japan and the United States. He has backed, built and scaled 50 tech and media businesses across the world.

About AHRT Media

ARHT Media is the global leader in live hologram technology with a wide array of solutions for all kinds of applications and the largest holographic telepresence network across the world. ARHT beams presenters to appear remotely as lifelike, interactive holograms for real-time interactions and online via its Virtual Global Stage™. Its latest innovation, CAPSULE, is a new touchscreen 4K hologram display capable of creating memorable interactive experiences that completely reimagine viewer engagement and open even more applications for holograms. With proprietary end-to-end technology, ARHT can capture, transmit and display holograms of presenters in high-quality and ultra-low latency, offering a sense of presence and delivering great impact.

About Evercoast

Evercoast enables a new age of content and communication in the form of 3D digital humans. They provide industry-leading capture, rendering, and streaming of high-quality, cost-effective 3D volumetric video for use in virtual production, mobile augmented reality, virtual reality, and the growing metaverse. Evercoast’s cloud software platform powers real-time telepresence and recorded 3D digital humans for clients like Verizon, Comcast, WarnerMedia, AbbVie, NYU, Providence Health, and others.

Event Partners

About The AI Summit London 

The AI Summit London is where commercial AI comes to life. Brought to you by Informa Tech, and as the headline AI event of London Tech Week, the summit attracts a stellar audience – ranging from tech giants and FTSE boardrooms to policymakers, technical leaders and start-ups – who gather each year to network, learn and champion positive digital change for business and society. The London event is the European activation of The AI Summit Series, which also runs in New York, Singapore and Austin each year. Together these events provide a global platform for a diverse range of individuals to discuss and explore the transformative power of AI – whether that be enterprise application, vendor development, policy formation or sustainability initiatives.

About Brilliant Minds 

Brilliant Minds Foundation is a global platform for creative individuals to come together on world-changing ideas. The aim of the Brilliant Minds Foundation is to be the foremost future-gazing impact organisation and support founders with transformative ideas that make the world more sustainable, creative and collaborative.

Brilliant Minds Foundation is rooted in Swedish values of openness, transparency, equality, trust and social responsibility. It is Brilliant Minds’ ability to convene a unique and diverse set of pioneers who inspire, build bridges, fearlessly innovate and display extraordinary leadership that equips the organisation to accomplish its mission of accelerating positive impact.

Every year in Stockholm, Brilliant Minds brings together the most creative and influential individuals in the world. It has welcomed attendees and speakers including President Barack Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell, Secretary John Kerry, Yuri Milner, Evan Spiegel, David M. Solomon, Solina Chau, Diane von Furstenberg, Greta Thunberg, Eric Schmidt, Pharrell Williams, Marina Abramovic, Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Forest Whitaker, Robyn, The Weeknd, Jack Dorsey, Musk Family, Tove Lo, Swedish House Mafia and many more outstanding people.

About The Next Web 

The world is changing with the speed of tech. And The Next Web has its fingers firmly on its pulse. The Next Web is a global super connector for startups, scaleups, corporations, governments and funding providers. Multiplying their journeys through media, events, innovation programs and co-working spaces. Its annual conference has been a mainstay in the agendas of startups, investors, corporates and governments alike for over a decade, drawing 10,000 visitors from all over the world to the tech hub of Amsterdam each year. There, serious business mixes with serious fun to build what’s next in tech, now. The Next Web is a Financial Times company.

About VivaTech

VivaTech is the biggest startup and tech event in Europe and is recognized worldwide as a powerful catalyst for business transformation, startup growth and innovation for the common good. Since 2016, VivaTech has brought together in Paris the world’s top business leaders, startups, investors, researchers and thinkers for a unique experience combining inspiration, networking and a showcase for innovation. Starting with the 2021 edition, VivaTech is now enriched with a digital platform that connects a global community of innovators.

About Dublin Tech Summit

Dublin Tech Summit (DTS) provides a uniquely intimate Irish cultural and networking experience, connecting the AtlanTECH community by providing a gateway for global tech leaders to meet and debate what is happening next in our fast-paced world. Dublin Tech Summit aims to foster stronger cooperation across ecosystems, connect tech communities, and develop long-lasting partnerships that will drive innovation and entrepreneurship into our shared future. Founded in 2015, the first summit was held in 2017.

About SuperReturn

SuperReturn International is the world’s largest and most prestigious private capital conference, bringing together an unrivalled gathering of C-suite and other senior executives from leading institutional investors, private capital investors and service providers from across the globe for 4 days to network and share valuable strategic insights. The conference, which has been running for 24 years, is widely acknowledged to be a must-attend in the industry’s annual calendar.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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