May 16, 2019
The Nordic region and the greater Seattle area are global leaders in innovation.

Given the Nordic Museum’s deep roots in both the Nordic region and the Pacific Northwest, the Museum is a natural convener of the innovation communities across both regions. The first Nordic Innovation Conference, held in May 2018, featured exceptional speakers and panels, and launched several collaborative relationships across private and public sectors.

The 2019 Nordic Innovation Summit will build and expand on this momentum. Innovation leaders from the Nordic region and Pacific Northwest will come together to share their insights, build new relationships, explore opportunities for collaboration, and inspire new ways of thinking. The 2019 Summit will focus on a wide range of opportunities, including blue technology (maritime), green/clean technology, smart cities, educational technology, financial innovation, and the Internet of Things.  

The 2019 Nordic Innovation Summit will be held May 16 at the new Nordic Museum in Seattle. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!


past speakers

Fredrik Cassel

General Partner,

Kristin Skogen Lund

Confederation of
Norwegian Employers

Vahé Torossian

Corporate Vice President,
Microsoft Western Europe

Peter Linder

Head of 5G Marketing,

Dagfinn Høybråten

Secretary General,
Nordic Council of Ministers

Lasse Karlsen

Technical Director,
Norwegian Maritime Authority

Karin Olofsdotter

US Ambassador for Sweden

Kåre Aas

US Ambassador for Norway

Kirsti Kauppi

US Ambassador for Finland

Morten T. Hansen

Author and Management Professor at University of California, Berkeley

Casper von Koskull

CEO of Nordea

Ulla Maaria Koivula

CEO and Founder of ThingLink

Hilde Tonne

Chief Innovation Officer, Ramboll Group

Dr. Jussi Kajala

CEO of 3DBear Inc.

Kristoffer Vik Hansen

CEO and Co-founder of Spare

Lasse Karlsen

Technical Director in Norwegian Maritime Authority

Mervi Pänkäläinen

CEO and Founder of Mightifier

Milla Kokko

CEO and Co-founder of HEI Schools

Sari Hurme-Mehtälä

CEO and Co-founder of Kide Science

Oyvind Birkenes

CEO of Airthings

Robert Strand

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

Chris Hansen

Director of Nordic Semiconductor’s Internet of Things Labs

Elaine Weidman Grunewald

Co-Founder AI Sustainability Center

Pamela Lynn Tiller

Senior Advisor, Danish Trade Council, Toronto & Program Manager, Nordic City Solutions

Knut Eirik Gustavsen

CVP and President, eSmart Systems, North America

Christian J. Kofod

Sustainability Manager, North America, ROCKWOOL

Ketil Solvik-Olsen

Former Communication Minister, Norway

Ulf Ewaldsson

Senior Vice President, Technology Transformation, T-Mobile

Tom Alberg

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Birger Steen

Chair of Nordic Innovation Summit

Gro Eirin Dyrnes

Regional Director, Innovation Norway, San Francisco & Silicon Valley and Americas


Nordic Museum | 2655 NW Market Street
 Seattle, WA 98107

The new, purpose-built Nordic Museum is the site of the 2019 Nordic Innovation Summit. With “smart” classrooms and tech-interactive exhibits, the Museum represents a blend of Nordic history and Nordic innovation.

In the walkable and environmentally-conscious Ballard Neighborhood, the Nordic Museum is just 6 miles from Downtown Seattle. On-site dining as well as an eclectic blend of neighborhood restaurants and hotels make the Nordic a premier destination.

Thanks to a partnership with the Hotel Ändra, a luxury, boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle, Nordic Innovation Summit attendees will enjoy a generous discount on their accomodations. Please use this booking link and the group code NOR051219.


Registration and morning coffee

Keynote - 
“Great at Work” – Morten T. Hansen, Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Author, WSJ bestseller Great at Work; co-author (with Jim Collins), NYT and WSJ bestseller Great by Choice
IoT Panel: “The coming Internet of Things is nothing short of a Big Bang – and Nordics are leading the way” Introduced by Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP Technology Transformation, T-Mobile

coffee break
BlueTech Panel
: “Can we save our oceans? The role of technology” Introduced by Ketil Solvik Olsen, former Minister of Communications, Norway
Smart Cities Panel: “Cities of the Future – smart, livable, both, or neither?” Introduced by Hilde Tonne, Chief Innovation Officer, Ramboll

EdTech Lightning Talks
: “Finns on a mission: educate the world!” Five Finnish innovators introduced by Milla Kokko, Founder & CEO, HeiSchools
Fireside Chat on Financial Tech: “The future of money: when will banking become global, and what will banking even be by then?” A conversation with Casper von Koskull, CEO Nordea Bank, and Tom Alberg, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Madrona Ventures Group

coffee & drinks break

Future Forum: “AI for good: how do we make it happen?” A conversation with Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, co-founder, AI Sustainability Center in Stockholm, and
Vahé Torossian, Corporate Vice President for Western Europe, Microsoft
Sustainable Vikings: “Nordic ways of working and leading” Introduced by Robert Strand, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. 

Concluding Remarks

Nordic-Northwest Networking Reception: Nordic-inspired hors d’oeuvres  and drinks

Program subject to change

Reserve your seat

Sponsors & Partners

Nordic Council of Ministers
The Nordics - a joint branding project by the Nordic Council of Ministers

Stellar Holdings 
Bright Ideas. Better Communities.

Seattle Bank
Boutique bank providing a personalized service and peace of mind to Seattle area families, businesses, entrepreneurs, and community organizations


Nordic Innovation House 
We give Nordic companies, from startups to corporations, a head start in the most relevant global innovation hubs

Hotel Andra
A Scandinavian styled boutique luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle

Our ambition is to empowering everyone to rise to the development challenges of modern living

Norwegian Maritime Authority
Enabling a greener and safer future for the maritime sector

Stanton Chase
Excellence in C-level retained Executive Search locally and globally

Make an impact with Inventio – from strategy development to executive customer events


eSmart Systems
eSmart Systems' intelligent analytics platform captures, analyzes, visualizes and converts real-time operational data into actionable insights to enable next-generation operational performance

A leading engineering, design and consultancy company working to create sustainable and long-term solutions for our clients, end-users and society at large

A venture capital firm, investing in early stage technology companies predominantly in the Pacific Northwest since 1995.

Consulate General of Finland 
Finland - Cooler thank you think

Manning & Napier 
An investment firm with an independent, opportunistic style helping investors meet a wide variety of investment needs in the most challenging environments

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and be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples.

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