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ZEST 2017
19-20 September 2017
09:00 - 17:00
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands

Contact Person
Malta Communications Authority (Alistair Farrugia)
Event Overview

ZEST is a two-day event for the startup community in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. ZEST presents an ideal platform for networking and showcasing disruptive tech innovations. ZEST is the place where great speakers deliver valuable content, in a fun and relaxed environment. The programme features talks, panels and workshops on technology, disruption and all things startup.

Malta’s startup conference, ZEST, will return this year with an even more exciting line-up of leading local and international speakers, wider international participation, and unprecedented networking opportunities. ZEST is the main gathering for tech startups based in Malta where technology disruption is central to the discussions. It also serves as an excellent opportunity to attract foreign players to experience the island.

This year’s edition, taking place on the 19 and 20 September at the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort and Spa, is expected to attract over 500 participants mainly CEO/founders, investors, talent, influencers and professionals. The event is unique in bringing together a cosmopolitan crowd of locals, expats and fly-ins, whilst offering the ideal setting for attendees to discover opportunities and build lasting relationships.

In contrast to the traditional business conference, ZEST adopts a very informal, no-nonsense format, where talks are short, yet sharp. Discussion topics will include business foresight, investment, scaling strategies, organisational culture, and the impact of emerging technologies on established verticals such as finance, content and hospitality.

A novelty this year is the introduction of satellite events targeting niche communities and giving more space for specialist discussion and networking to take place outside the main event. Efforts are also in place to grow the ZEST after party, which offers all delegates an ideal environment for informal social interaction and community engagement.


Some of the remarkable speakers announced for this year’s event include Dr Ulrich Bez, the man who turned Aston Martin to its greatest success; Jenn Hirsch, Global Technology Trend Scout for Ernst & Young; Paul Teng, Co-Founder and Group-CEO at SIXCAP; and Samer Karam, Creator and Organiser of BDL Accelerate.

Returning for this year’s event Monty Munford, tech journalist for Forbes and the BBC, describes ZEST as an excellent tech conference qualifying as “one of my Top Five for 2016”. Funderbeam’s Kaidi Ruusalepp, also returning in 2017, regards ZEST as a stand out event commending “the combination of amazing networking, fascinating talks, and an incredible location”.

Malta’s home-grown startups present at ZEST will include names such as Altaro, Hotjar and Oulala, as well as Sherpa. 

See the event website for the full list of participating speakers

Registration Information

ZEST Malta 2017 is organised by the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) in collaboration with various other public entities and stakeholders. For the second year running, the MCA has teamed up with the Times of Malta as its official media partner. Individuals interested to attend are encouraged to secure their tickets on sale at  Ticket sales are live on the event website.

FinanceMalta members are entitled to a special discount; please email us on for the discount code.

ZEST 2017

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