Oslo Innovation Week - Whats Hot

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They say once is an accident, twice is a coincidence and three times is a tradition. Then with this being the 12th time Innovation Week comes to Oslo, I think we can class it as pilgrimage. 

Tomorrow over 10000 people will descend on Oslo for a 5 day event (Monday 25th to Friday 29th), which boats 50+ events, 3 full-day conferences, talks, pitching, workshops and afterwork parties.

This years OIW (Oslo Innovation Week) is particularly interesting as they have placed ‘changing the world we live in’ as the underlying theme of the week’s activities. Meaning the 5-day long event will shine a spotlight on entrepreneurship, technology and innovations that push the world forward towards sustainable change, so undoubtedly Oslo will be a smorgasbord of interesting ideas for a better world.

As a non-native, but living local, I thought i’d spend my Sunday picking out my weeks agenda, and share that with you all, hopefully it will be useful in navigating the weeks hot topics and events.

Monday, 25/09

Daytime, 2-5:30PM, OIW Opening @ Vippa.

Head over to Vippa at 1:30pm and grab lunch from one of the many food trucks in the converted warehouse (never seen that before :) ha but its cool so come over!) This is a place I recommend when visiting Oslo in any case so think of it as 2 birds one stone ;)

The actually kick-off which includes keynotes from the likes of Anita Krohn Traaseth (CEO of Innovation Norway) and Cilia Holmes Indahl (Aker Biomarine), runs from 2-5:30pm and is sure to set the tone for the whole week so a must go!

Evening: Monday Mixer at SALT

The consensus will no doubt be to head the 300m walk towards the opera house and join the party at SALT. Emergence Projects - a cool firm who work on sustainable and interesting projects will inspire with an experience aiming to start conversations around what will feed us in the future. Plus their will be other talks on sustainability, amongst the live music, beer and food tents, so if you are going to go out on a school night, this is probably your best excuse! See you there.


Tuesday, 26/09

Morning: 9am-12pm, Digital Transformation: will you sink or surf @ EGGS Design

Sounds fun. This event will try to decipher navigating the changes in an increasingly digital world, and adapting your business model to embrace change.

Afternoon: 1300-1600, 100 pitches @ SALT

Here from some of the best seed stage startups in Norway, as they pitch for their chance to be in the grand finale at the DNB NXT event on Sep 28th. 

Evening, 5:30pm-9pm, Meet the Disruptors @ Vika Kino

Think this will be an interesting one, with a topic of “all the solutions we need to make the world a better place exist, all that is needed is to bring them to scale” This will be followed by the film screening of Al Gore's new movie 'An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power'.

For tickets see here: https://tikkio.com/t/c2a4de1fe3d36b31674438a548ce5560


Wednesday, 27/09

Morning: 8am-10am, Smart Working City @ Deloitte.

Marianne Sætre from Snøhetta (the world famous architects that designed the opera house, which by Wednesday you would have walked past about 10 times at least…..quite gorgeous.) Come to the Deloitte building to hear about the changes in how we work today, and how commercial architecture will shape the way we work better tomorrow.  

Afternoon:10am-1pm, Explore the ocean through a digital diving mask and the Pioneer underwater drone @ OHOI.  

This will be an awesome one! Blueye Robotics, a kick-ass startup I referred to in my  last article here, will be joined by MovieMask and others to demonstrate how Norwegian hardware is leading the way in solving many of the worlds sustainability issues. 

Afternoon: 3-5pm, Katapult Accelerator & Nordic Impact Startup Showcase, @ SALT

Hear from the 12 startups currently in the Katapult Accelerator, hosted by the very smooth voiced author of the Loud American, Sean Percival.

Evening 7pm-late, 657 - 5 Year Anniversary! @ 657

Oslo’s very own creative industry focussed co-working space 657 will be hosting a celebration to end all celebrations for their 5th anniversary :) …… let’s be honest when creative people are around everything is just a little bit cooler.


Thursday, 28/09

Morning: 9am-5pm, Nordic AI Summit Norway @ SALT

If you want to learn more about AI and its actual practical application in today’s consumer society, this is the event to join.

Afternoon:11am-7pm DNB NXT 2017 @ DNB

DNB NXT is an event bringing ideas, knowledge and capital together, and promises to be one of the headline events of the week.

Come See Me at 2pm - You will also find me talking at 2pm on the lecture stage about the article I wrote a few weeks back Why Norway? Why now! The talk will be an extension with a more focussed angle on why invest in Norway, and the state of the startup ecosystem. 


Friday, 29/09

Morning: 8am-9:30am, Impact for breakfast. @ Nordic Impact.

A nice way to round off the week by learning how to better impact invest.


Rest of the day: 4pm-Late, The Big O! @ SALT

This is where you will find your cultural smorgasbord, with live performances, art and all kinds of other cool things. See you there.


So I have told you what is Hot this OIW, Now for what’s not;

Well I had planned to say the weather, but so far it's not forecast to rain, and the week should average around 14 degrees celsius, so that kind of killed the joke…...happy sunday :) thanks for reading, Matt.  

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