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Nordic Innovation Summit 2023

May 10-12, 2023 | National Nordic Museum | Seattle, WA


National Nordic Museum's 2023 Nordic Innovation Summit

The Nordic countries and the US Pacific Northwest are home to some of the most innovative companies anywhere in the world.

Launched in 2018 by the National Nordic Museum, the Nordic Innovation Summit annually brings together thought leaders in innovation and technology to exchange ideas, discuss issues, and explore opportunities of mutual concern; the goal is to accelerate innovation and jumpstart economic and cultural exchange.

Led by Chair Birger Steen, the NIS Program Committee is currently recruiting presenters from the United States and all five Nordic nations. Coming May 10-12, 2023, the National Nordic Museum's 2023 Nordic Innovation Summit will include:
• Full day of compelling keynotes and panels addressing today’s most important topics
• Opportunity to meet and network with innovation leaders from the Nordics and US
• Special event for investors, innovators, and startups

Watch the National Nordic Museum's 2022 Nordic Innovation Summit presented by Ericsson 

The morning sessions on May 19 were broadcast live and the recording of these sessions is available here. More individual sessions are available under Highlights at the bottom of the page or at YouTube/NordicMuseum.


May 19 Morning Sessions (livestream)

The 2022 Nordic Innovation Summit dealt with the most important issues confronting the world today. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the threat of cyberattack and the need for enhanced security and energy independence looms large in the minds of government leaders and corporations. Watch and be inspired to innovate for a more stable, peaceful future.

Enjoy a must-see keynote from President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and watch sessions with top executives from companies like NesteIcelandairHackerOneKerecis, and more in the livestream video above or individual sessions in Highlights at the bottom of this page.

The 2022 Nordic Innovation Summit was in person at the National Nordic Museum in Ballard, Seattle on May 19, 2022.


May 10-12, 2023


Seattle, WA

Watch 2022 Summit


Keynotes, presentations, and speakers will be announced shortly for 2023. Below are speakers and video of sessions from 2022 and earlier Nordic Innovation Summits.


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    Lilja Alfredsdottir

    Minister of Culture and Business Affairs, Iceland

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    Maria Amelie

    CEO and Co-Founder of Factiverse

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    Eustace Asanghanwa

    Principal Program Manager, Internet of Things Security R&D

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    Dr. David Battisti

    The Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington

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    Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir

    Funder, PayAnalytics & Associate Professor, Management Science and Statistics, University of Maryland

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    Jim Brisimitzis

    Founder and General Partner, 5G Open Innovation Lab

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    Peter Cohan

    Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Washington

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    Chris Cooper

    VP North America, Sustainable Aviation

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    Heiða Njóla Guðbrandsdóttir

    Deputy COO, Icelandair

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    Stefania G. Halldorsdóttir

    Chairman of the Board, Voice of the People – Language Technology

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    Sigurlina Ingvarsdóttir


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    Lars Johansson

    Co-Founder and Managing Director of E8 Ventures

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    Dr. Ari Jónsson

    CEO, AwareGo

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    Tryggvi Jonsson

    Technical Software Product Manager, Marel
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    Isaac Kato

    Managing Director, Techstars

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    Mads Birgens Kristensen

    Head of Urbanism, Cobe

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    Anniken Krutnes

    Norway's Ambassador to the US

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    Sami Lahdensuo

    VP for Government and Institutional Relations, Finnair

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    Peter Linder

    Head of 5G Marketing, Ericsson

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    Niklas Lund

    Director, Rockton

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    Arul Menezes

    Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft

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    Mårten Mickos

    CEO, HackerOne

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    Jens Molbak

    Trustee, National Nordic Museum

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    Ingvar Pétursson

    Board Member and Investor, Eyrir Vöxtur

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    Hjalti Porainsson

    Vice President of Software, Marel
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    Jarand Rystad

    Founder of Rystad Energy

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    Tuula Rytila

    Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Digital Stores

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    Okko-Pekka Salmimies

    Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles

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    Melanie Schneider

    CEO, Beedle

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    Malena Sell-Myllyoja

    Senior Specialist, Sitra

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    Fertram Sigurjonsson

    Founder and CEO, Kerecis

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    Carrie Song

    VP Renewable Road Transportation Americas, Neste

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    Dmitriy Starson

    Founder and CEO, Passio

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    Birger Steen

    Partner, Investment Team, Summa Equity, and Chair, Nordic Innovation Summit

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    Todd Stavish

    MD, SRI Ventures

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    Katrin Steinthorsdottir

    Geologist, University of British Columbia

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    Lisa Stiffler

    Reporter, GeekWire

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    Dr. Robert Strand

    Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

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    Dr. Nikko Strom

    Distinguished Scientist, Amazon

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    Dr. Marie Louise Sunde

    Founder and CEO Equality Check

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    Örn Valdimarsson

    Managing Director of Eyrir Venture Management

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    Pekka A. Viljakainen

    Chairman of the Board, Finnforel Oy and All Capital


2020-2022 Highlights


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"I have had opportunities to attend /or speak in various meetings/ events, however I must say that Nordics Innovation Summit is among those that are best organized and will be one of those that I will remember with a great participation experience! Congratulations for an excellent summit! Thank you for inviting Neste and for having me in the event. Looking forward to another opportunity to meet again in the future!"

    —Carrie Song, Neste

"The Nordic Innovation Summit is really my favourite event in the US – professional, interesting, innovative, friendly and fun! I had three amazing days!"

    —Cecilia Lif, Embassy of Sweden

"Thank you for a well-executed event with world class speakers and agenda."

    —Rob Balconi, Ericsson


We wish to thank the following Sponsors for their support of the 2022 Nordic Innovation Summit:

Level One Sponsors

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Level Two Sponsors

  • Neste logo
  • nordic council of ministers logo
  • Eyrir logo

Level Three Sponsors

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  • Seattle Bank
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Level Four Sponsors

  • Icelandair
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  • Nordic Innovation House
  • norweigan consulate general
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  • Washington State Department of Commerce


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