Nordic Seattle

Nordic Innovation Conference presented by Ericsson

MAY 3, 8:30am–5PM   |   nordic innovation cONference 
                                            presented by ericsson

Though the Nordic region represents only 3 percent of Europe’s population, the Nordic nations are ranked as global leaders for technology and innovation.

The new Nordic hosted this one-day inaugural conference, which featured keynote talks and panels by tech and innovation luminaries from the Nordic region, including Kristin Skogen Lund (NO), Fredrik Cassel (SE), and Niels Røine (NO). The goal was to build awareness about innovation and opportunity in the Nordic countries and to lay the groundwork for the development of deeper relationships between the tech and innovation sectors in Seattle and the Nordic region.

This conference will be held again in 2019.

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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 
Gro Eirin Dyrnes, Nordic Innovation House 
Dr. John Markus Lervik, Cognite AS
Hartti Suomela, Business Finland

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

Moderator: Katrine Joensen, Consul General, Denmark
Petra Hilleberg, CEO, Hilleberg the Tentmaker
Mathias Björkholm, Pickit
Tor-Ove Henriksen, Skooler
Arne Tonning, Alliance Venture
Thomas Ryd, CEO,


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

Moderator: Claes Olsson, Chairman, Powerlight Technologies (TBC)
Bernt Reitan Jenssen, CEO, Ruter AS
Johan Bjorklund, Ericsson
Goran Sparrman, Seattle Department of Transportation
Knut Eirik Gustavsen, eSmart Systems 
Teemu Lehtinen, Chief Digital Officer, KIRA-digi project


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

Intro: Lasse Karlsen, Norwegian Maritime Authority
Moderator: Lars Johansson, E8 Angels & Fund
Ashish Kumar, CEO, Zunum Aero
Petter Karal, CEO, Seatower
Amy Scarton, Director, Washington State Ferries


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 

Moderator: Jay L. Bruns III
Dagfinn Høybråten, Nordic Council of Ministers  
Jorodd Asphjell, member of Norwegian Parliament
Karin Olofsdotter, US Ambassador, Sweden
Kåre Aas, US Ambassador, Norway 
Kirsti Kauppi, US Ambassador, Finland
Þorbjörg Vigfúsdóttir, Kara Connect

Closing remarks 

Eric Nelson


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