The results of the collection of ideas for Kratt


Minister Rene Tammist (first from the left in the picture) and Vice-Chancellor Siim Sikkut (first from the right) met with Vootele Veldre (second from the left) and Priit Tinitsa (second from the right)

The Krattid idea competition was won by Krattids, which assess insolvency and predict incapacity for work

74 ideas were received for the crate idea competition of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the State Chancellery expert group, of which the two best were selected and will be implemented. The first of these checks helps to assess companies' insolvency and reduce fraud risks. The second crate, on the other hand, automates the formalization of incapacity for work and saves both the employer and the Health Insurance Fund millions of euros.​

According to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Rene Tammist, the aim of the idea competition was to involve the wider public in the discussion of how the productivity of the Estonian economy and e-services could be brought to a new level by the application of artificial intelligence.


"Both the winning ideas, as well as several other proposed solutions, will help us bring Estonian e-government services to a new level with the help of crates. We want to be at the forefront of the introduction of artificial intelligence, and this means both the development of crates and the creation of a legal framework that takes into account privacy and ethical issues that must be considered when introducing new technologies," explained Tammist.


Among the submitted ideas, the Priit Tinitsa kratt was recognized as the best, the purpose of which is to assess the insolvency of companies and start insolvency proceedings. According to Tinitsa, an effective crate could cut the time required for the process by at least half today. In the process, fraud risks would be reduced and payouts to creditors would be increased. Also, an efficient and fast insolvency procedure would be an attractive argument for investors who want to establish a company in Estonia. In a situation where it is possible to establish companies extremely quickly in Estonia today, the liquidation of a company lasts an average of 3 years, while in Finland it takes 0.9 and in Ireland 0.4 years. However, the Estonian public sector has at its disposal the Business Register database, which is unique on a global scale, and the information collected by the Tax Board, which would make the prediction work quite easy for the Krat.


The author of the second winning idea is Vootele Veldre, whose proposed task would be to modernize the system for formalizing temporary incapacity for work. This would allow doctors to better predict the duration of incapacity for work and assess the employee's ability to partially work at home. Also, immediately after an employee falls ill, the employer would know how long he is likely to be away from work, whether he can partially work at home, and better plan the replacement of the employee. The implementation of the changes described more precisely in Veldre's idea could create significant value for employers, doctors and the general population. According to the calculations of the author of the idea, the establishment of partial temporary incapacity for work would mean nearly 20-30 million euros in benefits payments for employers and the Health Insurance Fund.


The presenters of the best ideas will be recognized with invitations to an international conference in the fallTallinn Digital Summit 2019. The ideas announced as the best are put into work after analysis and technical refinement and implemented.


The idea collection of crates is part of the crates project, within the framework of which the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the State Chancellery have convened an expert group of representatives of state institutions and the private sector. The task of the expert group is to develop specific proposals by May 2019 on which areas would benefit Estonia the most from crates and what measures to support their introduction. At the same time, proposals related to the use of crates are developed for the development of the Estonian legal space in order to ensure legal clarity and the necessary safety.


See what other exciting crates were submitted to the competition:


  • Kratt, which compares the areas of state-issued logging permits with satellite images and identifies possible illegal logging from it.


  • Kratt, which adjusts traffic light cycles in real time, taking into account information from traffic cameras throughout the city, to increase the efficiency of traffic flows.


  • Kratt, which recommends routes for light traffic routes to be planned, using public databases of sports apps - such as Strava and Endomondo.


  • Kratt, which recommends further professional choices to graduates by monitoring their academic performance and the results of aptitude tests and comparing them with the labor market demand.


  • Kratt, which transcribes calls made to the police and rescue services, and based on the received information, recommends damage prevention measures (e.g. patrol locations).


  • Kratt, which directs requests and letters to the right people in national document management systems, taking into account the progress of previous similar requests.


  • Kratt, which recommends prescription drugs with the same active ingredient but at a lower price, to reduce people's drug spending.   


  • Kratt, which evaluates companies' annual reports and other public financial indicators and reports companies with potentially suspicious tax behavior to the tax office.


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