Hello Advocates, Partners and Friends,Welcome to our May newsletter, dedicated to a progress update on #SmarterCitiesNOW: Our 3 Year Sustainable Urban Development Forum, led by a steering group of TNA Smart Cities/IOT working group chair Michael Ferm, Global Head of Public Lighting, Zumtobel, BLOXHUB, LOOP City and the TNA Secretariat. See below for details of the first #SmarterCitiesNOW activities. We also have latest Working Group developments, new Business Members to welcome, news from our existing Business Members, events and lots more…As ever, if you haven’t already done so, register here to join Profinda – our Global Tech Advocates – collaboration platform.Latest from the Working Groups
Smart City/IOT Working Group
On 20-21 May, we ran the first post-launch activity within our #SmarterCitiesNOW Nordic/UK collaboration with the City of London Hackathon in London.
#HacktheCity – City of London Hackathon challenged teams to develop solutions to improve the flow of people, goods and services in the Eastern Cluster of the City, using publicly accessible City of London traffic data. Teams were asked to develop a solution to reduce the negative impact of population density. Harry Dobbs Design’s winning solution proposed using Smart Urban Design to address these issues, with a strategy for how the public realm might be more efficiently shared by its users over time. The runner-up design was produced by a team from Skidmore, Owings & Merril and Klimaat, with data analyst Can Khoo. The Flow uses data to re-think the public realm of the Eastern Cluster, using computer modelling techniques to give the best space to people by emphasising pedestrian use. For more information about the solutions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Dobbs Design’s Winner with Benjamin O’Connor, Director, The City Centre and Jeanette Carlsson, TNA Founder and Chair
Have you got what it takes to win the #SmarterCitiesNOW Solution Challenge?
Our second activity under #SmarterCitiesNOW is our #SmarterCitiesNOW Solution Challenge. If you have – or are working on – a smart solution to any one of the 8 sustainability challenges addressed by the #SmarterCitiesNOW programme (details in link), join the competition NOW for a chance to win one year’s free workspace at the super exciting Good Hotel in London OR a place on the shortlist of the BLOXHUB/Rainmaking Loft accelerator programme in Copenhagen. Click here: #SmarterCitiesNOW Solution Challenge for details and competition rules. Deadline for submission: 15 September 2017.
#SmarterCitiesNOW Steering Group Meeting
On 18 May in Copenhagen, the #SmarterCitiesNOW Steering Group met for the first time to shape the first 6 months work programme. See below under BLOXHUB for details.
Launch of #SmarterCitiesNOW Community Platform
We have launched a dedicated #SmarterCitiesNOW Community platform. If you want to be part of our #SmarterCitiesNOW Community and collaboration opportunities, email email@example.com and we will invite you onto the platform.
Tech Nordic Advocates invites more partners and participants to join the #SmarterCitiesNOW programme. If you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Health/Welfare Tech Working Group
Launch of TNA health/welfare Tech Community Platform
Many of you have asked us in recent months if we have a dedicated community platform for the TNA health/welfare tech working group, as you would like to talk directly to each other, share files and events and discuss topics in a dedicated forum.
We are delighted to be responding to this with the launch of our new TNA Health Tech Working Group Community Platform on Slack. Working Group members have received an email with details on how to join. If you are interested in our health/welfare tech activities, and would like to join the platform, email: email@example.com
Se events below for our upcoming health tech events.
New Business Member – Please Welcome JA Kemp To the TNA Family !!!
We are very excited to welcome JA Kemp to the TNA Business Member family.
Below are JA Kemp’s thought on joining TNA:
“We are delighted to have joined Tech Nordic Advocates. We bring to the network our specialist expertise in patents, trade marks and designs. We look forward to learning about the knowledge, skills, creativity and entrepreneurial successes of other members. J A Kemp is one of the leading patent and trade mark attorney firms serving the needs of technology-driven businesses in Europe, with offices in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Munich. Our attorneys have long experience of helping start-up companies, spin-out companies and other fast-growing businesses to formulate and evolve a cost-effective intellectual property strategy that suits each stage of their development. We advise all four of the leading universities active in technology transfer in the UK as well as many other universities across Europe, the USA and elsewhere in the world, helping academic inventors to bring their ideas to market and maximise the value of their intellectual property. We can be brought in to add value at any stage in the development of any technology-driven company. As a client’s business grows, we are there every step of the way, advising on the appropriate intellectual property strategy to cover expansion into new geographical markets and protect innovative developments and applications of the core technology. Our work includes drafting, filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications in the UK, Europe and internationally. We lead the field with our experience and success rate in oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office.
J A Kemp advises businesses of all types, large and small, across the Nordic region. We have been expanding our client base and geographical coverage for many years. We are regular and frequent travellers to the region, visiting our clients, attending events and speaking at conferences. With 35 PhDs in the firm, we can draw on in-depth expertise in every area of science and technology, including fields that cross technical boundaries. We handle inventions right at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the commercial application of technology. For more information on our technology and sector expertise, please click here.
We welcome enquiries from other new or established members on any intellectual property matter, large or small. We enjoy working with the owners and managers of growing businesses to expand their knowledge and understanding of intellectual property issues and help them to develop and apply, with increasing confidence, an intellectual property strategy that is appropriate to their commercial goals and cost constraints. If you would like to arrange a call or a face to face meeting, please email Toby Hopkin”
Paul Gillespie Partner at Gillamor Stephens writes “This month’s news is written from Tallinn as I prepare for day two of Latitude 59. Great weather, excellent speakers and some truly disruptive start-ups from the Nordics and Baltics. If you haven’t been before, make sure you put it in the diary for 2018. For Gillamor Stephens the European start-up scene is vibrant across the spectrum, from digital B2C through to deep technologies such as AI, graphene, IoT and computer vision. In the Nordics, we are busy in Norway, Sweden and Finland working with exciting companies looking to internationalise their companies.”
On 18 May BLOXHUB hosted the first #SmartercitiesNOW steering group meeting with our own Jeanette Carlsson Founder of TNA, Torben Klitgaard of BLOXHUB, Michael Ferm, John Cox & Jesper Rytter from Zumtobel Group and Vibeke Linde-Strandby & Maria Cecilie Pautsch Weischer from Loop City. Work programme to follow soon.
Meantime, please hold 11-12 October 2017 for our next #SmarterCitiesNOW event @ BLOXHUB in #Copenhagen.
For the latest news from, Invesdor check out the Tech Nordic Advocates Blog and Invesdor newsletter here.
Goodwille Ltd Goodwille sponsors Swedish Chamber event ‘Tech Outside the Box’
Mingling, handshakes, talks and deals – all there when Swedish Chamber patron Goodwille sponsored the annual Entrepreneurship Forum. Showcasing some of the hottest Swedish tech startups, the Tech Outside the Box event was THE event for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, SMEs and anyone with an interest in the power of Scandinavian innovation in the UK. http://goodwille.com/our-latest/goodwille-sponsors-techoutsidethebox/
We welcome additional business members from across the Nordic, Baltic and UK tech ecosystem. Click here for details of the key benefits of being a TNA business member and how to make it happen.
TNA Media Partner – The Nordic Web
The Nordic Web offers exclusive, original, data-driven insight on the Nordic startup scene. Their latest newsletter, which features a roundup of the news in the Nordics and a number of interesting reads, is available on the TNA Blog here.
Arctic15 – 3-5 May – Helsinki – Finland
On 3-5 May @Arctic15 Our very own Paul Gillespie, Partner of TNA business member Gillamor Stephens (see above) and TNA Founder & Chair Jeanette Carlsson delivered at keynote in the “Team and Growth” and “FinTech” tracks, respectively with TNA Business Member Invesdor attending also
Latitude59 – 25-26 May – Tallinn – Estonia
On 25-26 May Tallin played hosted to TNA partner event Latitude59 – the Estonian flagship startup & tech event of the world’s first digital society, attended by TNA, Gillamor Stephens and Invesdor.
Next Up ..More Events!!!!
CareWare Next, 7 June. Århus
On 7 June Århus hosts the Finale of the Care Ware Next Innovation & Entrepreneurship health tech competition, supported by the TNA Health Tech Working Group, Working Group Chair, Jens Andersen, Sales Director, Ascom Nordics and Baltics, and Sussi Bianco, Co-Chair.
Interested in FinTech? On 26-28 June, Copenhagen, once again, hosts Money 20/20 Europe – the European arm of the world’s largest payment and financial services event. As in 2016, TNA are media partners, offering Advocates €200 off the standard ticket price. For more info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
#SmarterCitiesNOW, 11-12 October Copenhagen
On 11-12 October, BLOXHUB host our super exciting, collaborative #SmarterCitiesNOW Forum. Hold the dates and stay tuned for programme in the June newsletter.
TNA Annual Summit “Growing the Nordics and Baltics into a Global Tech Hub”, 28 November, Maria 0-1, Helsinki
We are very excited to have chosen Helsinki for our 2017 TNA Summit. And where else to have our Summit than in our Helsinki home, the one and only – Maria 0-1. Going to Slush Nov 30 -Dec 11? (see below), make sure you arrive in time for our Summit on the 28th. Programme to follow in June Newsletter.