01 Oct Tech Nordic Advocates September Newsletter & Countdown to #SmarterCitiesNOW

Hello Advocates, Partners and Friends,

Welcome to our September newsletter, dedicated to the launch of #SmarterCitiesNOW – the one and only pan-Nordic/Baltic/UK smart city collaboration forum 11-12 October @BLOXHUB, Copenhagen; the official launch of Global Tech Advocates on 16 November in London; our TNA Annual Summit 28 November @Maria0-1 in HelsinkiSlush, November 30-December 1, Helsinki, new partner announcements and updates from our business members.

All the latest from this months events!

TechBBQ, 5-6 September, Copenhagen

We were delighted to support and partner with TechBBQ in Copenhagen, partners of our #SmarterCitiesNOW launch event 11-12 October in Copenhagen. Stay tuned for news of TechBBQ 2018.

Goodwille 20th Anniversary, 14 September, London

It was a real pleasure to participate in TNA Business Member Goodwille’s 20th Anniversary celebrations in London –  20 years of helping Nordic businesses succeed in the UK is an achievement! Huge congrats to Goodwille!

High Tech Summit, 20-21 September, Copenhagen

Along with TNA Business Member JA Kemp, we attended High Tech Summit 20-21 September in Copenhagen. Speaking at the Smart City and Digital Health Tracks was the perfect opportunity to give the latest updates from the Health Tech Working Group, not least the launch of our pan-Nordic/Baltic Health Tech Networking and Collaboration Platform. Download our presentation here. To join the TNA health tech working group networking and collaboration platform, email the Secretariat.

Nordic Edge Expo, 26-28 September, Stavanger, Norway 

We’re just off the plane from an exciting 3 days in Stavanger at our partner event Nordic Edge Expo. Congrats to our Nordic Edge Expo friends for pulling off a great event and thank you to all who came to our talk about the launch of #SmarterCitiesNOW 11-12 October @BLOXHUB in Copenhagen and to our stand – which saw every single one of the 250 printed #SmarterCitiesNOW brochures we brought go in 2 days! If you missed us, download our presentation here

Hot Events Coming Up!!!!

COUNTDOWN TO OUR VERY OWN: Launching #SmarterCitiesNOW, 11-12 October, BLOXHUB, Copenhagen

Our 3 days at Nordic Edge Expo have confirmed what we already knew: you all want a truly interactive, structured smart city collaboration forum to complement traditional smart city conferences, where you can meet peers, working on the same issues/areas as you to discuss shared challenges, share knowledge and experience of what works/doesn’t, learn from each other, find customers, partners, talent and solutions – a forum, where the coffee break, lunch and networking sessions ARE the main event because talking to each other around agreed themes that YOU have decided is THE WHOLE POINT OF THE EVENT!

To meet these needs, we have created #SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Collaboration Forum – an ambitious, ongoing, Nordic/Baltic smart city/sustainable urban development collaboration initiative, led by Copenhagen, working in partnership with the UK, led by London, and chaired by our Smart City/IOT Working Group Chair Michael Ferm, Global Head of Public Lighting, Zumtobel Group and the #SmarterCitiesNOW Steering Group.

Click HERE for the 11-12 October #SmarterCitiesNOW Launch Event Programme and how to get your Tickets. HURRY UP!


We are delighted that the Capital Region of Denmark has joined our growing list of #SmarterCitiesNOW partners as official Greater Copenhagen sponsor of the #SmarterCitiesNOW collaboration forum and Nordic home of smart city solutions.

As such, we are delighted that Christian Bruhn Rieper, Deputy Chief Executive, will deliver the opening keynote and officially open the #SmarterCitiesNOW Collaboration Forum 11-12 October @BLOXHUB in Copenhagen – see Programme.

We look forward to our collaboration with the Capital Region of Denmark and other Nordic and Baltic councils and regions.


COUNTDOWN TO OUR VERY OWN: Annual Summit “Growing the Nordics and Baltics into a Global Tech Hub”,28 November, Maria 0-1, Helsinki

This year, we’re excited to be in #Helsinki for our 2017 Summit. And where else to host our pre-SLUSH Summit than our Helsinki home, the one and only – Maria 0-1, in collaboration with Arctic Startups. Going to Slush Nov 30 -Dec 1? (see below), make sure you arrive in time for our 28 November Summit, focused on “Growing the Nordics and Baltics into a Global Tech Hub. Tickets and draft programme here.

Slush, 30 Nov to 1 Dec 2017
Heading to Slush – Europe’s biggest tech event? For exclusive TNA discounts on tickets, email the Secretariat

For other TNA and Partner events planned for Autumn 2017, see the Event page on the TNA website .

Latest from the Working Groups

Smart City/IOT 
The Smart City/IOT Working Group, led by Michael Ferm, Global Head of Public Lighting of Business Member Zumtobel Group, are fully focused on the LAUNCH next month of the SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Development Collaboration Forum @BLOXHUB, Copenhagen 11-12 October (see above).

Would you like to join the #SmarterCitiesNOW Collaboration Forum?
Want to join our #SmarterCitiesNOW collaboration forum, share know how, experience, challenges, best practice, find customers/partners or promote your solution to the only pan-Nordic smart city/sustainable urban collaboration network around, email the Secretariat for access to our pan-Nordic/Baltic #SmarterCitiesNOW networking and collaboration platform.

Health Tech 
We were excited to share the latest from the Health Tech Working Group at this year’s High Tech Summit in Copenhagen. For full details, check out our presentation on the TNA Blog.

If you would like to join the TNA Health Tech Working Group and the Health Tech Working Group Community Platform, to connect with other Working Group members and collaboration initiatives, please email the Secretariat.

DON’T FORGET – If you’re already a Health Tech Working Group member, you should already have access to the Health Tech Working Group Community Platform.  Please accept the email sent to you. For any queries contact the Secretariat.

News from Existing Business Members

Invesdor comes to Sweden, 4 October, Stockholm
Invesdor welcomes you to get to know us and hear some of the companies we have currently in their offering periods both domestically in Sweden and from abroad. We welcome potential partners interested in working with us, investors interested to invest in great companies and entrepreneurs interested in future funding rounds. Get you tickets here.

Invesdor would also like to share the latest news from their blog see below:



Goodwille Ltd
Goodwille, a TNA partner, built on commitment to quality and service this month celebrates 20 years as one of the leading providers of professional business services. With a vision to make international business easier Swedish business woman Annika Goodwille founded the company in 1997 offering a unique solution – all the advice and services you need from one company with unparalleled crossborder experience. To read more about their work and experience in helping businesses enter the UK, please click here.

JA Kemp
IP Essentials for Tech Transfer: The UPC and Unitary Patents 5 October, London
The patent system in Europe is set to undergo its biggest change in decades with the introduction of a new Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the availability of a new pan-European “Unitary Patent” (UP).  With the UK having recently taken steps towards ratifying the Unified Patent Court agreement, we could see changes starting to come into effect before the year is out.  Patent owners and applicants should be considering both what action to take with their existing portfolio and whether they want to obtain unitary patents in the future.Agenda

•             What are the UPC and Unitary Patents and why do I need to know?

•             What do I need to know and when?

•             What are others doing?

Join us for a late-afternoon session where we address this topic, providing some practical advice on managing these up-coming changes in the technology transfer arena, and taking a look at how the implementation of the UPC and the Unitary Patent might affect your day-to-day decision making.
Click here to register.

Gillamor Stephens 
The summer is over and the next stop is Christmas! We will be joining TNA at #SmarterCitiesNOW, Copenhagen and the TNA Summit, Helsinki. In the meantime, our day job is building the exec and non-exec teams for venture and private equity backed companies across Europe, but with lots going on in the Nordics and Baltics. Presently working on CEO roles in Sweden and Norway; Chairman of the Board in Finland and VP Global Sales in Sweden across radio tech, cloud, B2B and B2B2C software. How can we help you?

In addition to hosting our exciting  #SmarterCitiesNOW Sustainable Urban Development Collaboration Forum BLOXHUB would like to share information on a number of other exciting events:BLOXHUB Science Forum: Architecture as software
Join the Science Forum when world famous architect and researcher Daniel Davis from WeWork and Director at Autodesk Azam Kahn pay a visit to discuss Architecture as Software – How can we shorten the feedback loop between building/environment and use?
Date: 5 October 2017 Time: 3.00-5.00 p.m. (drinks and networking from 5.00-6.00 p.m.)
It’s free of charge – first come first-served available here

BLOXHUB Mornings: BLOXHUB Mornings is a series of urban morning events – always spinning around the good city life – how do we obtain it? What kind of innovations and changes are necessary? How can collaboration across architecture, construction, digitalization and design create better city solutions?Date: 5 October 2017 Time: 8.00-9.30. (Croissants and coffee at 8:00 – talks at 8:30).
Tickets are free – first-come first-served available here.

What does the government’s new business policy proposals mean for the export of Danish urban solutions? And how can we meet the challenges of local and global cities through digitization? Panel discussions and short presentations, e.g. with the Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.
Date: 6 October 2017 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Event in Danish. Tickets are free – first-come first-served available here.

Click here for details on how to become a TNA business member and business benefits.

TNA Media Partner – 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.

Don’t forget you can hear Editor Neil Murray discussing the State of Play of Nordic and Baltic Startup and Tech at the Tech Nordic Advocates Annual Summit on 28th November, Helsinki. Secure your ticket today by clicking on the link above.

Our Global Tech Advocates family

The recent launches of Tech Singapore Advocates and Tech Spain Advocates with more to come underscore just HOW FAST our Global Tech Advocates global tech leader network is growing. “The Tech World Tour” event on 16 November at HERE EAST at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford in London is the official launch of Global Tech Advocates, where 900  tech leaders from around the world will convene with high profile speakers to host frank discussions, heated debates, outstanding tech startups and a unique spirit of collaboration, networking and support to officially launch the world’s only global tech leader network. Grab your tickets here!

As ever, if you haven’t already done so, register here to join Profinda – your gateway to our Global Tech Advocates – family

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Stay tuned for more exciting news in October