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Louise Juul Helliksen, Founder & CEO of Transform IT, Public speaker and moderator

 Speech: MC - Master of Ceremonies OBDD 2019

Passionate business founder, CEO & Founder of Transform IT focusing on innovation, business strategy and helping customer explore and succeed with new technology. She is network manager for the national business network XR Norway aiming to build a world-class network of businesses within virtual technologies. Louise is also a public speaker and moderator.  She will be MC'n at OBDD 2019.

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Tom Einar Nyberg, Head of Digital Operations - Robotics, AI & Analytics at KPMG Digital

Speech: Digital Operations within Payroll and Personal Services

Tom Einar Nyberg has a Master's degree Management from the University of Technology Sydney. He has 12 years national management experience including Capgemini and KPMG Norway. He is Head of Digital Operations in the KPMG Digital Practice. This service area offers Advisory & Implementation on how you can leverage Automation, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence and Analytics to transform existing Processes - in order to implement new Digital Operating Models.

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Xiaopeng Li, AI Advisor at Inmeta

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Xiaopeng is a computer scientist turned business strategist in the field of AI, data analytics and IoT. In his current role as an AI Advisor at Crayon Inmeta, Xiaopeng operates at the intersection of management consulting and data science, helping enterprise clients to turn AI buzz into business impact. Prior to joining Inmeta, Xiaopeng was leading strategy and product innovation efforts at Telia Company's global data insights business unit. As a devoted community builder, Xiaopeng organizes and hosts tech meetups such as "Oslo IoT" and "City AI Oslo". He is also a self-proclaimed evangelist of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Thomas Roka-Aardal, Global Business Unit Head, Information Security at Nagarro

Speech: Future roles of AI in IT security

Serving in the IT industry for over 20 years, Thomas has worked across industries and verticals on broad number of domains, technologies and platforms. His responsibility at Nagarro lies with the Information Security global business unit, working closely with customers, practices and centers Thomas joined Nagarro as part of the acquisition of Conduct AS in Norway, where he has taken on a variety of roles for more than 14 years. He is an electrical engineer in cybernetics from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. In his work, Thomas' passion is delivering the opportunities in new technology to how we approach our challenges. 

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Elin Hauge, AI evangelist, advisor & strategist at Inmeta/Crayon

Speech: Beyond the magic AI dust; how we helped customers creating actual business value through AI

Elin is an experienced speaker and strategic advisor with 20 years of business experience, combined with a solid academic track record from science and engineering. She's known for her direct no-fluff approach and her strong stage presence. In Crayon / Inmeta, her role is to help customers navigate in the confusing and overwhelming AI landscape, in close collaboration with Inmeta's award-winning* data science team.  Whilst other companies talk about what's possible with AI, the Inmeta AI team has delivered around 40 actual machine learning cases over the last four years; many of them success stories, and some of them "learning the hard way". In this keynote, Elin will share some of her and the team's key 'notes to self' on success factors and disaster recipes.

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DON BRANCATO, Chief Strategy Architect at Boeing & Standards Contributor

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With 25 years of experience as an enterprise architect, including domain experience in advanced aerospace and security applications, Mr. Brancato is a standards author and insightful consultant. He has demonstrated strong engineering and applied math/physics capabilities in space and aviation modeling/simulation. He has had full-lifecycle software development roles, successfully creating solutions, traceable from business strategy to capability to complex, service-oriented applications. His architecture work is standards-based: TOGAF, FAIR, CMMI, ITIL, et al). He has served as  Chief Enterprise Architect for Vertica, a Big Data platform, supporting enterprise and IIoT data aggregation and analytics. Lately he was Chief Global Technologists at Microfocus and works today as Chief  Strategy Architect at Boeing.

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TONE S. RINGSTAD, CEO AND FOUNDER AT CULTURENGINE DIGITAL PLATFORM

Speech: Disrupting business culture Design of business cultures fit for digital transformation takes insight and big data.

Making the disruptions happen, however, is based on people and their willingness to shift personal values and mindsets.

Tone is the founder and CEO of Culturengine, a digital platform for mining, analyzing and visualizing business cultures. She founded Culturengine with the purpose to make culture more explicit and manageable, to enable leaders to build the best culture fit for their strategy and business ambitions. 
Tone is recognized as an expert consultant within innovative, leadership and values business models. Her work in leadership culture transformation has been published internationally. With background from the oil industry and global leadership, combined with a present role in the startup community in Oslo, Tone is an acknowledged speaker of innovation, transformation and leadership.

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STEFAN MÅNSBY, VP INNOVATION & BIG DATA AT BASEFARM

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Stefan Månsby is an evangelist at Basefarm, for more than 13 years now. At the interface of business, for the past years, Stefan and his international team have been researching and commercializing new business applications within cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Besides that, he gives guest lectures and engages in a select few startups. The time left, is filled with photography and digital music production. 

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Dr. M. Naci Akkøk, Chief Architect at Oracle Nordics

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Dr. M. Naci has 43 years of experience in the computing industry (both hardware and software) and in related research. He has been focusing more and more on applications of computing in areas that relate to bio-medicine and healthcare (indirectly including smart homes, smart cities, smart healthcare etc.), also working in the hybrid domain of bio-electronic nano-devices. He is genuinely interested in how technology impacts society, how technology policies are developed and the undeniable role of education (especially technology education and educational technology) in all that.

Due to his cross-disciplinary background, with degrees in 6 distinct areas, he often functions as a visionary, strategist, analyst and a mentor.

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Tale Skjølsvik, Professor at OsloMet

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Tale holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from BI Norwegian Business School and has experience as a management consultant from Bain & Company and Gemini Consulting. Tale has worked as a lecturer in strategic management at BI's MBA-program in China. Her research concentrates on the strategic management, digitalization and procurement. She has published papers in a number of leading international journals. She is currently professor at OsloMet focusing on strategy, digitalization and technology.

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STAALE PETTERSEN, VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT SEMTECH INC

Speech: IoT, infrastructure and sensor 

Staale Pettersen is a Vice President at Semtech, which is a leading supplier of high performance analog, mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise cpmuting, communications, and industrial end-markets.  He has also been working as a member of board of directors at LoRa Alliance, which is a non-profit association of more than 500 member companies, committed to enabling larhe scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN open standard. Previously, he also worked as an Engineer at Q-Free Portugal Ltd and as a product marketing manager at Micrel.

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Heidi Frost Eriksen, CEO and Co-Founder at Technebies, Jerrik

Speech: Software eats the world, but only if you find great developers

Heidi Frost Eriksen is an entrepreneurial, tech-savvy executive with 17 years of national and international experience within sales, business development and management, including Tandberg, Atea and Software Innovation. She has helped scaling companies globally, previously at the Norwegian startup Huddly. She is an early stage investor, advisor, and a mentor at fintech accelerator TheFactory. 

 

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Video: NEC ISE 2017 Interview with Heidi Frost Eriksen, Director of Marketing at Huddly

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Ryan Mattinson, Information Security Practice Lead at Nagarro

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Ryan leads Nagarro's global information security consulting practice. He is based in Oslo, with a growing team of talented consultants, researchers and ethical hackers. He promotes the positive social and business value of security and supports business leaders with pragmatic strategies for managing cyber risk.

Ryan is involved in the information security community through research, knowledge-sharing and mentorship. He has written and spoken about security and privacy for the media, industry publications and conferences. He co-hosts the monthly OsloSec meetup and is currently working with the community to organise the BSides Oslo conference.

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Stefan Engeseth, CEO at Detective Marketing

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Stefan is an author, consultant, speaker, shark diver and Guest Professor. Stefan’s ideas range from innovative and future-oriented to bordering on far-fetched. Yet, they all build on the universal truth that without innovation and visions, companies will not grow in today’s highly competitive business world. The question is, how far are you prepared to go?

Over the years, Stefan Engeseth has worked as a consultant with international companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Often he is described as on of the world’s leading experts and speakers in his fields (well he like to say its only common sense).

His lectures have become extremely popular because they are stimulating yet easy to take in and use. He has held over 500 lectures and workshops internationally at corporations and academic institutions.

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ANTONIO GRASSO, FOUNDER & CEO AT DIGITAL BUSINESS INNOVATION SRL (ITALY)

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Antonio Grasso has engaged Digital Innovation projects for Public Sector and Private Companies from the far 2001. He is the founder and CEO of an Italian start-up company: Digital Business Innovation Srl that is an Innovative Start-up recognized by Italian Law 179/2012 active in the Research & Development of Digital Innovation Projects for small and medium businesses. He is watching closely the IoT development and he has designed an innovative framework in the Cloud that can manage IoT device communication using RESTful architecture.

Antonio is a ranked Top 5 Big Data, AI & Digital Transformation Thought-Leader and Influencer by Kcore Analytics

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JAN SOLLID STOREHAUG, CEO AT TENK DIGITALT AS

Speech: What happens when we all are hyper-connected?

Jan has 35 years of experience as manager of Norwegian and international IT companies since he started UNIC (Norway's fastest growing company, regardless of industry, in the 80's). After UNIC he worked in the various position such as General Manager, Chairman and investor. Some of the well-known companies he worked for are: RiksNett (later Telia Internet), Digital Everyday (later listed as Bouvet), BI Int. Dev. (BI Norwegian Business Initiaitiave), Active24 (leading European Webhosting Company), DotGlobal (leading international) and Tenk Digital AS  and many more.

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Espen Hjertø, General Manager at Lenovo Datacenter Group Norway

Speech: Why Lenovo invest more than 1B USD in customer oriented Big Data & AI solutions

With focus on smart devices and purpose built design Lenovo has the commitment towards our end customers in delivering the best fit units and solutions to any given situation. In a growing market of smart devices, massive data creation and growing availability to valuable information, we can support you from device to the datacenter in of a Big Data/AI solution. You will see examples on how to make value for you and your customers with Lenovo support.

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JANICKE RASMUSSEN, DEAN MSC PROGRAMMES AT BI NORWEGIAN BUSINESS SCHOOL.

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Janicke Rasmussen is the Dean for all the MSc programmes at BI Norwegian Business School. She is also Associate Professor at the Department of Accounting, auditing and Business Analytics. She was awarded her PhD from Cass Business School in London in 2010, and have work experience from a variety of Companies before starting at BI Norwegian Business School in 2000. 

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Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda, Business Development Director at IOTA Foundation

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Wilfried has  16 years of nordic and international experience working for leading established firms and new venture start-ups as corporate strategy/M&A/business development professional, management consultant, intrapreneur and entrepreneur. I pioneered the renewables and cleantech revolution and transitioned to work across silos with disruptive digital technologies.

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Karl John Pedersen, Principal Specialist at DNV GL

Speech: The role of Data Quality in Model and Algorithm Assurance

Karl works in a team of experts in the Data Management Competence Centre. Provide data management, data catalog and data quality expertise to customers across all DNV GL sectors including Health, Maritime, Energy, Oil and Gas, Energy and Business Assurance. Advise on data management and data quality to reduce risk in the use of data and to maximise the value of data assets. Additionally, he works with GIS analysis, primarily for oil, gas and maritime customers.

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Sarah Mannion, Technology Sales Enablement, EMEA at NVIDIA

Speech: From Big Data to Big Results: Real world use cases (and the technology bringing them to life). 

As the amount of data we have increased so does its potential, but how do we turn data into meaningful results and change for our business?  And what do we need to accomplish this?  In this session we will walk through several real-world examples, highlighting customers we have built innovative solutions for and their journeys in turning big data into business transformation.  We will detail their use cases and the steps required to get there, including the technologies and skills required and lessons learned along the way. 

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Dominic Robinson, Policy and Communication at Xplorico

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Dominic was one of the first members of Uber’s policy and communications team in Europe and is now responsible for public policy and communications at the Swedish AI company Peltarion. He has almost 12 years experience in a mix of public relations, branding, public policy, advocacy and influencer campaigns. He has worked on projects in over 25 countries and has worked for the public relations agency Hill+Knowlton Strategies and the anti-corruption NGO Transparency International.

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Johan Fu, Head of Analytics & knowledge at Lånekassen

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Johan Fu is working as Head of Analytics & Knowledge at Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). He is responsible of creating values for Lånekassen by contributing to company's analytics strategy and supporting other departments and stakeholders with key insights.

He previously worked as Customer Insight Manager and Data Scientist in Analytics & CLM Department at Telenor Norge where his main tasks were to create value for the company by using data-driven insights, and insuring effective campaigns, customer dialogue and processes. In addition, doing customer related analyses i.e. CLM, churn models, customer segmentation models, new sales, upsales and cross-sales.

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Thomas Sjøberg, Manager Internet of Things at Atea Norge

Speech: Your data is worth more than your rental income

We generate data all the time. Both as consumers, companies and authorities. The one thing that they have in common is that they rent and own buildings. How can you use this data to optimalize energy usage and create better user experience and how should you approach this?

Thomas has 19 years experience in the field of IT and banking, from operational management, project development, strategic and architectural areas of IT internationally. His specialities include: IT strategy, investment analysis, business and IT requirements analysis, organizational systems, security management, mobile solutions / smartphones and office platform.

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Gustaf Christensen, CFO at Highered

Speech: The globalization of the war for talent

Gustaf S. Christensen has 15 years' experience from management consulting, M&A and Finance from i.e. McKinsey & Co and Orkla. The last two years Gustaf has however been a central part of the management team in Highered, who is helping universities and companies to leverage digital tools & opportunities to find opportunities and graduate talent on a global scale.

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Magnus Jones, Tax Technologist at EY

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Magnus Jones is a Tax Technologist at the law firm of EY. Magnus is an experienced international speaker within digital trends and technology, covering many different areas through some of his roles as a board member of the Norwegian Computer Society Group for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Norwegian Ambassador of European Legal Technology Association, and a lecturer at EMBA classes at BI Norwegian Business School.

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Pie Simonsen Haug, Global Head of HR at Vewd

Speech: Critical use of test tools for recruitment

Pie Haug has a Master's degree in Political Science and Law from the University of Oslo in addition a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Employment Relation from University of Hertfordshire. She is a full-stack HR person, with extensive experience from HR Management, Talent Management, Recruitment & Employer Branding. Pie has been working with HR in Tech companies throughout her career, in a national, regional and global perspective.

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Eirik Norman Hansen, Experienced Public Speaker, Advisor and Founder at EIRIK NORMAN AS

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Eirik has been working with communication, marketing, business development and management in the digital sector since 2000. His goals and ambitions are to understand and help companies and people build brands, grow business and harness change in the connected world and truly understand how the society is constantly changing and how that afflicts both people and organizations because of the constant digital transformation going on.

Specialties: Public Speaking, Business Development, Strategy, Social Media, Digital Marketing and Communication, Concept development, Web and communication, Management.

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ROLF FRYDENBERG, CEO AND PARTNER AT MANAG-E

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Rolf Fryden berg is a CEO and partner at Manag-E and a board member at NoVUG. He has been in the IT industry since 1980 and during these years, he has held technical, consulting, marketing and management positions. He is a strong believer in networking, through on-line communities, users' groups, events and conferences of all kind. He has experience of taking various roles including Consultant, Product manager at HP,  Senior Consultant at KinFiX, president at CSA Norway and Associate Director Consulting at Gartner. His area of experise are: Cloud Comptuing, IT strategy, IT Financial Management, IT Operations Management, IT Service Management, Network Management, System Management, Application Management.

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Hamik Sevan, Senior Solutions Architect at Telia Norge

Speech: How Telia used Data Science Studio for Collaboration and Predictive Analytics

Hamik Sevan has experiences of working in various well-known companies such as Siemens, Deloitte, and Capgemini under various positions. He also has experience of working as Senior Business Analyst & Project Manager at Sopra Steria and Lead Architect Business Analytics at Crayon. Currently, he works as a Senior Solution Architect- Data & Analytics at Telia Norge.

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DUMITRU ROMAN, SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT SINTEF DIGITAL

Speech: Data markets and the future of data as a currency

Dumitru Roman works as a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF (Norway) – the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. He has wide experience with initiating, leading, and carrying out data-driven and research-intensive projects. He is active in the area of data sharing ecosystems, focusing on innovation projects enabling data-driven business products and services for data management and data exchange. He holds an adjunct associate professorship at the University of Oslo (Norway).

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Hans-Arne Jacobsen, Partner at Nordic Search

Speech: Experience with digital service in recruitment

Hans-Arne Jacobsen has a background as an engineer and economist and has 12 years of management experience in the public sector and industry. For the past 22 years he has been linked to executive search and selection of personnel with special expertise in the engineering/technology companies in particular, and resources to public and other businesses in general. He has been involved in several major recruitment projects for Norwegian business and management

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Izabela Hawrylko, Solution Specialist Data & AI at Microsoft

Speech: How Knowledge Mining helps to solve mysteries of the past and challenges of the future

When the National Archive finally got president's Trump approval to release thousands of previously classified records relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy researchers and history geeks shouldn't be happier. Yet, some of them fell into despair. With no digital search tools provided by the NA, how would they ever be able to search through thousands of documents, many of them handwritten?

Izabela Hawrylko, Solution Specialist in Data&AI at Microsoft Norway will show you how cognitive services came to rescue and enabled everybody to easily look through famous JFK files as well as what the development of Knowledge Mining means for modern organizations.

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May-Line Aga Åsheim, HR Director at Eltel Networks

Speech: Improvement through digitalization

May-Line Åsheim holds a Master's degree in law from the University of Oslo. She is HR Director with more than 15 years of progressive experience in large international companies like Statoil and Hydro. Through her work in international and multitalented environments, she has developed strong communication and management skills using new technology and social media.

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ASU DENIZ, CLOUD SOLUTION ARCHITECT DATA & AI AT MICROSOFT

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Asu Deniz is a Data&AI Advisor at Microsoft Norway. She helps Microsoft customers through their digital transformation journey on Cloud using new emerging technologies such as AI and IOT.

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Valerio Rizzo, Ph.D, EMEA AI Solution Architect at Lenovo

Speech: From agriculture to production: Lenovo´s Intelligent transformation of the food industry

The population is growing exponentially and the increasing GDP per capita drives global demand for resource-intensive foods. As people get richer through economic development, there will be a massive increase in processed food. At the same time, environmental change and intensive agriculture are expected to heavily affect the production and the availability of plant-based foods. How to increase the production rate while maintaining high-quality standards? How to mitigate the environmental damages caused by agriculture? How to optimize and utilize natural resources? Lenovo is enabling advancements in Foodtech and Agtech

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JENNIFER VESSELS, CEO AND INNOVATOR AT NEXT STEP

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Jennifer Vessels, entrepreneur and inspirator led Tandberg's European growth and US launch prior to founding Next Step in Silicon Valley.  Her innovative approach to business growth has been instrumental in Next Step’s success scaling tech giants Google, NetFlix and Tesla, as well as leading business transformation for Adobe, Autodesk and Live Nation. With an MBA from San Jose and MS from the University of London, Jennifer now leads Next Step Norway and the Executive Growth Alliance for Nordic, European and Silicon Valley leaders. 

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Humberto Olivo, Managing Partner at Nordiks Global Copenhagen/Austin

Speech:  Smart City Initiatives

He is based in Austin and very much involved in the "Smart City" revolution in different ways, being Big Data and the use of the "new oil"  key to trigger many Smart City initiatives.Because it’s a relatively new field, the issues of privacy, data gathering, ownership, use, and legal/regulatory frameworks are unchartered territory. Looking at what is happening in Toronto with Sidewalk Labs and the battle they are having with City/data activists and other examples like the creation of the City Data Exchange in Copenhagen and the e-residency program in Estonia.

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Stella Sederlin, Sales Manager, Nordics at Capsule Tech

Speech: Big data in healthcare - a goldmine or a graveyard?

The healthcare sector, though known to be slower than other industries in adopting new technologies, has been pretty fast in catching on the big data trend. However, the hunt to extract intelligence out of disparate seas of data has been a big challenge. The importance of capturing data and basic interoperability to unlock the power of big data has been overlooked. We are at a phase when we desire to run before we can even crawl properly. We will explore together how we can bridge the gap. 

Stella has a background in business administration and nursing. She also has a  broad experience and track-records in sales, business development, marketing, and product management in healthcare IT and in the medical device sector.

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Christoffer Frenning, Leading Cloud + AI at Microsoft

Speech: 212 billion reasons why we need the cloud

Christopher Frenning takes you on a journey to understand why data is the new oil in a digital transformation that affects every citizen, explains why artificial intelligence leads to fewer, not more robots, and sums up how the landing of hyperscale clouds in Norway lead to agility and innovation for everyone. Frenning leads Cloud and Artificial Intelligence in Microsoft Norway.

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Helga Brogger , President at Norwegian Society of Radiology

Speech: AI in Radiology

In her lecture, AI in Radiology, Helga M. Brøgger, provides insights into the interface between clinical practice and AI in radiology. She will examine opportunities for tailored diagnostics and improved logistics. She will address practical, legal and ethical issues regarding the use of AI.

Helga M. Brøgger is a graduate with a BA and MD from the University of Oslo. She works as a Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist at Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål. She is President-elect of the Norwegian Society of Radiology. She is a Board member of the Norwegian Medical Association for Health Technology and Innovation. She has a profound interest in health technology, with a special focus on artificial intelligence.

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Majda Petric , PhD, Data scientist at CGI Advanced Analytics Solutions

Speech: Unlocking NB-IoT solutions on Brage oil platform in the North Sea Today

Oil and gas companies are tasked with improving the efficiency of their operations while reducing their environmental footprints, providing safe working environments and finding support structures for new developments. The deployment of IoT solutions, which incorporate advanced cloud-based data analytics and predictive reasoning, enables companies to harness, analyze, and act on large data sets from their physical assets. We will show how CGI, in partnership with Telia and Tampnet, has unlocked that potential on Brage, which became the first NB-IoT enabled oil platform in the world.

Majda is data scientist at CGI Advanced Analytics Solutions with Ph.D. in Telecommunications and background in research, industry and consulting. She has experience with machine learning, mobile systems, wireless communications, positioning. 

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Morten Jensen, Global Digital Innovation Projects Manager at Schlumberger

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Morten has worked with software development for Schlumberger in Norway and internationally for more than two decades. In the early years, he rolled out agile software development practices for the company and managed multi-discipline projects with global coordination. He managed the software development centers in Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen dedicated to the development of industry leading technologies such Petrel* subsurface modeling platform and the Ocean* open software development framework. He established and led the Software Technology Innovation Center (STIC) in Silicon Valley, California, dedicated to the digital transformation of Schlumberger products and services, before returning to Norway in 2017.  In his current role Morten has global responsibility for digital innovation projects in collaboration with key strategic customers to accelerate innovation and adoption of Schlumberger digital technologies.

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Amir Sasson, Provost and Professor at BI Norwegian Business School

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Amir takes an eclectic approach to both life and research. He has lived in five different countries, has travelled for more than a year around the world and continues to do so, and has learned economics, law, management and sociology. He speaks three languages on daily basis, sometimes all three in one sentence. Questions left unanswered motives his research endeavors. He has been answering questions relating to business models, the return on entrepreneurship, ensuring adequate access to debt capital to entrepreneurs, competitiveness in high cost countries and lately the transformation of strategy and logistics. He is passionate about network theory and network-based business models.

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Curt Rice, Rector (President) at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University

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Curt is the Rector (president) of OsloMet, the third largest university in Norway with 20,000 students. He is working to implement a strategy for digital transformation at OsloMet and he used to head the Board for Current Research Information System in Norway (CRIStin). Curt currently serves as the is a leader of Norway's Committee on gender balance and diversity in research. He is a linguist by traning and used to work as a professor at the University of Tromsø, where he was the founding director of UiT's first Center of Excellence, the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). After six years in that position, he became the Pro Rector (VP) for Research in Tromsø in 2009, before moving to Oslo in 2015.

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Lasse Meholm, Head of Blockchain & DLT Strategy - IT at DNB

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Lasse has been working with IT Strategy, Risk Management and Financial Portfolios since 1986. He started the successful software company named Tazett in 1990, sold it to TietoEnator in 2000. Tazett developed Portfolio management software for stocks, bonds, derivatives, forex and fund management based on Windows/Client server technology. Maybe the first in Scandinavia to sell windows based portfolio management systems in 1994. (Most people still used DOS)

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Cansu Akarsu, Design Manager at Laerdal Medical

Speech: Worry-free scale up of resuscitation training made possible with AI

Cansu designs to tackle healthcare challenges and drive positive change through co-creating solutions that have local ownership. At Laerdal, she designed and implemented training solutions for health care workers when assisting birth and caring for mothers and newborns in low income settings. Cansu’s current role is leading the organizational implementing of Design Thinking across the cross-functional teams at Laerdal. She is taking an Executive MBA with Digital Specialization at BI Norwegian Business School.

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Christian Butenschon, Founder and CEO at ICONFIRM AS

Speech: GDPR in real estate industry

Senior and hands-on executive with broad international experience from a variety of industries. Passionate about practical data integrity, efficiency and privacy. Actively helping companies to exploit the opportunities arising from becoming GDPR compliant.

Business, financial and organisational leadership across different stages of company life cycles and market maturity. Strong holistic, commercial and strategic mind-set with documented execution power. Finding solutions and solving problems.

Effective and inspirational leadership of culturally and functionally diverse teams. Profound believer in employee engagement through empowerment and coaching as well as lean decision structures - balancing accountability and responsibility. Builds trust and relationships with external and internal parties.

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Halfdan Jensen, Partner at Nordicsearch

Speech: Making competence available

Halfdan Jensen has a background as a geologist and business economist and has 14 years of management experience from the IT industry. He has worked in all parts of the value chain (distribution, producer and consulting company). For the past 12 years, he has been associated with management selection and selection of senior specialists as well as sales resources within technology-oriented businesses in particular, and resources for the rest of the business sector in general. He has been involved in several large recruitment projects for Norwegian business and public administration.

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Johan Steffensen, Nordic BDM Workstations Enterprise & Public Sector at Lenovo

Speech: Why Lenovo invest more than 1B USD in customer oriented Big Data & AI solutions

With focus on smart devices and purpose built design Lenovo has the commitment towards our end customers in delivering the best fit units and solutions to any given situation. In a growing market of smart devices, massive data creation and growing availability to valuable information, we can support you from device to the datacenter in of a Big Data/AI solution. You will see examples on how to make value for you and your customers with Lenovo support.

The population is growing exponentially and the increasing GDP per capita drives global demand for resource-intensive foods. As people get richer through economic development, there will be a massive increase in processed food. At the same time, environmental change and intensive agriculture are expected to heavily affect the production and the availability of plant-based foods. How to increase the production rate while maintaining high-quality standards? How to mitigate the environmental damages caused by agriculture? How to optimize and utilize natural resources? Lenovo is enabling advancements in Foodtech and Agtech.

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Peder Østbye, Special Adviser at Norges Bank

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I am professionally interested in how new technology and science impact market power, risk, and responsibility. I am also interested in the validity of arguments based on models and computer simulations.

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Hans Olav Vogt Myklebust, Data Scientist at Intility

Speech: Utilizing GPUs to Speed up Data Modeling

Hans Olav holds a master's degree in physics and mathematics from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science in Trondheim. He works as a Data Scientist at Intility, a technology company based in Oslo. Gaining insights in large amount of data can be a time-consuming process when computational power is limited. Hans Olav has worked with large data models accelerated by GPUs, significantly improving model training times. His talk demonstrates the benefits of utilizing a GPU when training data intensive models, and when it may be applied.

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Torgeir Micaelsen, Partner TRY Råd at TRY reklamebyrå

MC of Plenary Session (Public Issue)

Torgeir is a former Member of Parliament, chairman of the Finance Committee and spokesman on health policy for the Labor Party. He graduated from the University of Oslo with a bachelor's degree in social sciences and the Executive Master of Management, BI Norwegian Business School. He has a background as founder and consultant in Aktiver AS, a social technology consulting company.

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JØRN LEIN-MATHISEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR BUSINESS ANGELS NORWAY, INTERNATIONAL HOUSE

MC of Plenary session (Public Issue)

Jørn Lein-Mathisen started his first company at the age of 16 and became an angel investor at the age of 23.  In 2013, he founded the only international incubator in Norway, Oslo International Hub, running International House in Oslo. He has helped over 300 international startups since 2013 and is now in charge of building up Business Angels Norway, the national association for angel groups. He made his first angel Investment in 1996 and is currently in 38 pre-seed investments. He was previously parliamentary advisor to the current prime minister of Norway. He also has experience of working at UN, the MFA and at the European Commission as well as for Boston Consulting Group and dot.com.

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Shahid Skar, Associate Partner at IBM Global Business Services

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Shahid Skar is currently an Associate Partner in IBM Global Business Services, leading innovation teams to help customers harvest value from Cognitive and Cloud computing. Shahid has a varity of professional experience, starting his career in the Norwegian Armed Forces before he had his first rotation in IBM. After 8 years in Microsoft and Intelecom, Shahid rejoined IBM in 2018. Shahid holds an Executive MBA in Economic Control from NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

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Audun Fauchald Strand, Principal Engineer at NAV

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Audun is leading the team building the NAIS platform and he is also working on transforming the development and operations culture at NAV. 

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Besim Ismaili, CEO and founder at Numus

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Besim Ismaili is a MIT certified Data Scientist, Data Strategist who is helping companies in their Digital Transformation process. He has a decade experience in the field of Information Technology including 6 years of experience in Business Intelligence, Data Analysis and Deisgn, Data Warehousing, Data Modelling, Mathematical Modelling, Statistics and lately Data Science. Currently, he is a , CEO and founder of Numus, CIO and co-founder/Board Member at ELA AS and a Senior Business Intelligence Conusltant/Data Scientist at GroupM Norway. He took professional education in Data Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015.

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Jenny Mollung, Adviser at Trifid

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Manuel Antonio Pettersen Lains, Co Founder at BitSpace

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James David Tandy , CTO at BitSpace

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Ivar Duserud, Chief Operating Officer at BitSpace | BitGate

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Hilen Amin, VP, AI Solutions at SingularityNET

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Hilen is the VP of AI Solutions for SingularityNET and has over 25 years’ experience in product management, data analysis, and consulting. Based out of London, Hilen has a Masters degree in Engineering and a PhD in Superconductivity, both from Cambridge University. He has focused his career on adapting AI solutions to a wide range of industries including transportation, healthcare, communications, energy, finance, materials, retail, and consumer electronics. Recently, he served as the VP of Analytics at BuildDirect and the VP of Advanced Analytics at Symphony Teleca (acquired by Samsung).

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Torbjørn Bull Jenssen, CEO at Arcane Crypto

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Torbjørn is an economist with a great interest in data processing and data-driven analysis, complexity theory, digitalization, macro-fiance, money, Bitcoin and blockchain.

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Stig Aleksander Kjos-Mathisen, Managing Director at Norwegian Block Exchange AS

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Abhishek Thakur, Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai

Speech: Virtual assistants and their use in the industry

Abhishek is the Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai and has been ranked world # 3 on Kaggle in the past. In this talk, he will talk about virtual assistants and their use in the industry with practical applications particularly in finance and insurance industries. He will also talk about different ways a can be built and will demonstrate how to build a simple chatbot using python and deep learning. The talk will detail the usefulness of virtual assistants in the industries with clear focus on how they are implemented. The talk will also discuss the essential and most necessary components a chatbot or a virtual assistant should have.

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Martin Knutli, Blockchain adviser and business developer at Blockchangers

Speech: Can blockchain technology help put you in charge of your own data?

Martin is currently working as a business developer at Blockchangers, the leading blockchain studio in Norway. 

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Wilhelm Myrer, CEO at Empower

speech: Oslo Blockchain Cluster, the Norwegian industry cluster for blockchain and DLT 

Wilhelm Myrer is a tech enthusiast (Blockchain/DLT/Apps), and has passion for Renewable Energy, and Business development. He is currently founder of Empower which aims to build a global plastic waste recycling ecosystem powered by blockchain technology.

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Elin Leikvang, Senior Engineer at The Norwegian Public Road Administration

Speech: Think big and work agile – a practical example

The Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA) as a central governing body and owner of several of the Norwegian roads already has significant responsibility. This responsibility will keep growing as the transport systems of the future development with increased digitalization and data access. With self-driving cars and buses quickly going from utopia to reality, the role of the NPRA will become even more critical as the new transport systems will require enormous amounts of detailed data and services that don't exist today. How to approach such a task?

Elin Leikvang is an engineer with the Norwegian Public Road Administration, focused on technical project leadership within innovation projects. She currently works on the National Roads Database (NRDB), a key component in the data puzzle for the new generation of intelligent traffic systems. Elin and her team were also awarded the 2018 International Road Federation Global Road Achievement Award in the category Urban Planning and Mobility for the project The Geofencing Oslo Demo.

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Ingunn Carelius, CEO and Advisor at Trifid

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Ingunn Carelius is an advisor and the CEO of Trifid. She is managing the Intelligent Transport Systems Pilot program at the NPRA. The program has several practical test cases both along highways, and in different cities, including infrastructure to road communication, different sensor components, prediction of travel times, geofence technology and self-driving buses to mention a few. In all these test-cases the collection and use of data is core. Ingunn has extensive project management experience and has previously been the CIO for Fjellinjen. She also has a master of technology management from NTNU.

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Øyvind Grøndalen, TheFactory

Øyvind is the track leader in the proptech track

Øyvind holds a Master degree in Business administration from the University of Bath and is an experienced business advisor with 22 years of business experience from the IT industry. The 3 last years Øyvind has worked primarily with startups as an investor and now he is responsible for the Proptech accelerator at TheFactory. 

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Gustaf Cederstrom, Director, Sr.Advisor BI & Big Data at CGI

Speech: Uddeholm and CGI have expanded the relationship through a journey of exploring Uddeholm’s digital transformation. Create a machine learning model, which based on algorithms calculates which single process parameters or which combinations of process parameters that affect cracks, from large amounts of data.

Working as a Business advisor, I focus on strategizing for the success and growth of a business. We are a hybrid of business coaches, mentors and consultants. Examining previous trends and combining them with forecasts, a great advisor will ask questions and dig deep into their clients’ businesses.

I have been in the IT business since 1993.

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Graham Moore, Co-founder and Head of R&D, Sesam

Speech: Improving results and reducing the cost of Analytics and ML with a DataHub Integration Platform

Graham Moore is a co-founder and head of R&D at Sesam, working on a visionary enterprise architecture helping leadership and architects to see the big picture and solve business challenges faster, cheaper and more effective. Sesam´s vision is democratizing data.

Graham is passionate about building software and have been doing so for the last 15 years. Graham have worked mostly with data and metadata based technologies. Most of his time has been spent building leading edge topic maps, semantic web, graph and metadata management products.

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Juwel Rana, Head of Analytics at Varner

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Øyvind Bakksjø , CTO at Arctic Circle Data Center

Speech: Why the Edge must be more than a bunch of small data centers?

Øyvind has been building distributed software systems for 20 years. He has a Master in Computer Science from NTNU, and has worked for international companies like Google, Yahoo, and Sun Microsystems. Øyvind cares a lot about Norwegian innovation and entrepreneurship, and is now heading the development of Arctic Circle Data Center's public cloud service, Arctic Cloud.

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Gordana Elvestuen, Data Scientist consultant at Inmeta

Speech: Recommender systems – From theory to practice

Gordana holds a doctorate in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School and has experience as a Data Scientist from media and IT industry. She worked as a senior lecturer at University of Oslo and BI at both Bachelor and Master of Science level lecturing on leadership, diversity and organization. Gordana’s research was conducted as quantitative studies and focused on diversity management and inclusive leadership. Her work is published in a number of international journals. She is today Data Scientist consultant in Inmeta focusing on statistical modelling, machine learning and artificial intelligence supporting customers in a variety of business challenges.

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Matthew B, Chief Marketing officer at Bitspace

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Christian Lains, Co-founder at BitSpace

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Christian is interested in the nature and value of consciousness; theoretically through philosophy, information theory and psychology; practically through art, meditation, virtual reality and altered states. He is also interested in fintech, particularly blockchain technology, as a means of liberating the external expression of value, much like the internet did for the expression of information. Finally, he also has an interest in the conversion of information to value through artificial general intelligence (AGI), and the expression of intent to action through brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

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Yioula Christodoulopoulou, Co-director at Startup Grind Oslo

Speech: Leveraging ideation with Startup Grind, Founder Institute & YSI

Yioula is skilled at coordinating complex IT projects across multidisciplinary, distributed teams. 
She has 15+ years experience in various roles (software developer, consultant, project manager, team coordinator) from working for both Norwegian and Greek companies. She also has experience of Building strong teams - she has successfully coordinated teams of 3-25 members of various nationalities and roles, across 8 different countries. She has been working in an agile and lean way, and always learning and adjusting.

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JØRN LEIN-MATHISEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR BUSINESS ANGELS NORWAY, INTERNATIONAL HOUSE

Speech: Norway Growth Strategy

Jørn Lein-Mathisen started his first company at the age of 16 and became an angel investor at the age of 23.  In 2013, he founded the only international incubator in Norway, Oslo International Hub, running International House in Oslo. He has helped over 300 international startups since 2013 and is now in charge of building up Business Angels Norway, the national association for angel groups. He made his first angel Investment in 1996 and is currently in 38 pre-seed investments. He was previously parliamentary advisor to the current prime minister of Norway. He also has experience of working at UN, the MFA and at the European Commission as well as for Boston Consulting Group and dot.com.

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Danat Tekie, Co-Founder & Chief External Relations at Young Sustainable Impact

Speech: Leveraging ideation with Startup Grind, Founder Institute & YSI

Young Sustainable Impact (YSI) is a platform for brilliant young entrepreneurs with the vision to create viable solutions to local and global challenges in sustainability. At YSI she has worked as  a team leader for five young entrepreneurs,  led and followed them in their pursuit of creating an actual solution, such as a start-up, set out to solve a sustainable development goal set by the UN. Her role was to facilitate different processes to ensure progress and development of the group and project.

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Dimitris Polychronopoulos, Director at Founder Institute

Speech: Leveraging ideation with Startup Grind, Founder Institute & YSI

Dimitris and the local team is establishing the Founder Institute in Oslo to help early-stage tech startups with structure, network and mentorship to get them off on the right track. The Founder Institute is a Silicon Valley Startup Accelerator in more than 170 cities across six continents. Dimitris completed an MBA at BI Norwegian Business School and participated in the module on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

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Esben Poulsen, Head of Arkwright X

Speech: Arkwright X: Supporting Young Entreprenurs by Incubation

Arkwright X is a business incubator investing in promising tech startups. We combine our knowledge and competencies from management consulting with the know-how and expertise from seasoned entrepreneurs and founders from the Nordic startup scene.
The startups we invest in reside in the Arkwright offices at Aker Brygge for 18-24 months, where we provide them with support, mentoring and strategic advice. Each startup receives an advisory team that will follow them throughout the incubator process, in addition to support from our AX Partners specialized in legal, accounting, marketing and communication.

My responsibilities include:
- setting up the incubator
- running daily operations
- deal sourcing
- working with the startups as strategic advisor

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Alexander Breivik, Founder & CEO at FoodFarm

Speech: The Entrepreneurial Story of Alexander Breivik Serial Founder 

Alexander Breivik is the founder and CEO of Foodfarm, a company on a mission to revolutionize office food by replacing legacy canteens with an innovative workplace food service. Breivik is educated from European Business School (EBS) - London MSc, Global Banking and Finance, and Kingston University BA, Business Management.

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Even Lauritz Iralu Dahl, Co-Founder and COO at insj UiO

Reversed Pitch - Insj UiO

Insj is a free coaching service for students who want help with bringing their ideas to market. Insj offers coaches, mentors, and courses on how to validate your ideas and how to create a good products. I am responsible for internal management, accounting and budgeting, leadership, strategy, human resources and staff development. 

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Åse Straume, Incubator leader at NTNU Accel

Reversed Pitch - NTNU Accel

NTNU Accel is an innovation hub for research-based startups from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Sergiu Maznic , Director at Startup Grind Oslo Chapter

Sergiu will be moderating the discussion focused on young entrepreneurs and startups from universities. 

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. 
300 Cities | 115 Countries | 1,000,000 Entrepreneurs 

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