Nordic Innovation Conference presented by Ericsson

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Date(s) - 05/03/2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Nordic Heritage Museum


It’s an exciting time for Seattle with the opening of the new Nordic Museum in Ballard. The first week of May will see a whole array of events leading up to the ribbon cutting ceremony, open to all, on May 5th. Read more at SACC-Seattle is working with the Nordic Museum on the Nordic Innovation Conference, presented by Ericsson, on May 3rd. We welcome you all to join us:

May 3rd: Nordic Innovation Conference presented by Ericsson, Nordic Museum

A one-day conference featuring keynotes and panel discussions by technology leaders from the Nordic region. The goal of Nordic Innovation Conference is to build awareness about innovation in the Nordic countries and to lay a groundwork for the development of deeper relationships between the technology and innovation sectors in Seattle and the Nordic Region.

Sponsored by Ericsson with additional support from the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic Innovation Conference is part of the Nordic Innovation Days.

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Registration and Morgonfika

Welcome and Introduction 

Eric Nelson, CEO, the Nordic Museum
Birger Steen, Trustee, the Nordic Museum

Keynote: The Future of Work — Prosperity and Well-being for All in the 21st Century 

Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO, Confederation of Norwegian Employers

Keynote: Business in the Nordics, Viewed from a US Perspective

Vahe Torossian, CVP, MSFT Western Europe

Panel Discussion: The Nordic Startup Explosion 

Moderator: Todd Bishop, Geekwire
Fredrik Cassel, Creandum
Dr. John Markus Lervik, Cognite AS
Gro Eirin Dyrnes, Nordic Innovation House
Erik Benson, Voyager Capital

Panel Discussion: Coming to America — Venture-backed Migration in the 21st Century 

Petra Hilleberg, CEO, Hilleberg
Mathias Björkholm, Pickit
Tor-Ove Henriksen, Skooler
Arne Tonning, Alliance Venture


Keynote: 5G, IoT, Autonomy, and the Future of Cities 

Peter Linder, Ericsson

Panel Discussion: Changing the World from its Northeast Corner I — The Nordic SmartCities Movement

Bernt Reitan Jenssen, CEO, Ruter AS
Johan Bjorklund, Ericsson
Knut Eirik Gustavsen, eSmart Systems


Panel Discussion: Changing the World from its Northeast Corner II — The Nordic Cleantech Disruption and the Race to Zero

Lasse Karlsen, Norwegian Maritime Authority
Kjell Waloen, VP, Polestar, Volvo
Ashish Kumar, CEO, Zunum Aero
Petter Karal, CEO, Seatower

Break: Nordic beverage tastings and finger food


Keynote: Play, teamwork, and performance, or How to Rule the Olympics
Niels Røine, EVP Communications, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports

Panel Discussion: Nordic Ways — Values that Underpin Innovation and Business Success 

Dagfinn Høybråten, Nordic Council of Ministers
Kristin Skogen Lund, Confederation of Norwegian Employers
Karin Olofsdotter, US Ambassador, Sweden
Katrine Joensen, Counsul General, Denmark
Kåre Aas, US Ambassador, Norway

Closing remarks 

Eric Nelson