02 May TNA Newsletter April 2017

Hello Advocates, Partners and Friends,Welcome to our April newsletter. This month’s newsletter is dedicated to the launch of #SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Forum – our new 3-year Nordic/UK Smarter Cities Collaboration Forum, led by our Smart Cities/IOT working group, chaired by Michael Ferm, Global Head of Public Lighting, Zumtobel, in collaboration with BLOXHUB, LOOP City  and other partners. The first activities of #SmarterCitiesNOW are the City of London Hackathon 20-21 May and our #SmarterCitiesNOW Solution Challenge (details in link and below). We also have news of excellent partner events, the latest Working Group developments, latest news from our partners and more…As ever… if you haven’t yet migrated to Profinda – our Global Tech Advocates – collaboration platform, please do so now, by activating the email, sent to you 8 February from ProFinda or register here https://gta.profinda.com/#users/signinHurry up! There’s business for you in our Global Network!

Latest from the Working Groups

Smart City/IOT Working Group
On 11-12 April, some 100 Advocates and friends came together to launch #SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Forum – our new 3 year Nordic/Baltic/UK Smarter Cities Collaboration Programme, which aims to progress work towards smarter, sustainable cities, through smarter working, working together to knowledge share, progress thinking and develop shared solutions across cities and countries, rather than reinvent the same wheel in different cities. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped shape the lively debates, roundtable discussions and first phase of the #SmarterCitiesNOW work programme.

To those of you unable to attend the launch, click here for #SmarterCitiesNOW objectives and launch event programme. #SmarterCitiesNOW responds to your requests for smart collaboration in our recent survey. Get involved!

At the launch event, participants from the Nordics, Baltics and UK worked together at themed roundtables to identify the key challenges they would like the #SmarterCitiesNOW programme to address (see image). A total of 33 challenges were identified.

The Secretariat is in the process of documenting and prioritizing the challenges, in collaboration with the #SmarterCitiesNOW partners. We will share the challenges and first 6 months’ #SmarterCitiesNOW work programme in the May newsletter.

Launching first two #SmarterCitiesNOW activities:

1) City of London Hackathon, 20-21 May 2017, London

Calling #developers and #startups: can you meet @cityoflondon challenge #HacktheCity 20-21 May, London?
Apply here http://bit.ly/2oqCP3U  to develop data-driven mobility solutions to address City of London congestion problems, knowledge share and team up with developers and startups in London for a chance to have your solution implemented in the City of London and/or promoted to the entire Nordic, Baltic and UK #SmarterCitiesNOW community.

2) #SmarterCitiesNOW Solution Challenge

Calling startups, scale-ups and SMEs: submit your innovative solutions to any of the 8 sustainability challenges, addressed by the #SmarterCitiesNOW programme 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.

Tech Nordic Advocates invites more partners and participants to join the #SmarterCitiesNOW programme. If you would like to get involved, please email info@technordicadvocates.org. 

Health/Welfare Tech Working Group 
The Health/Welfare Tech Working Group, chaired by Jens Andersen, Sales Director, Nordics and Baltics, Ascom, in collaboration with co-chair Sussi Bianco, has launched their new Working Group Programme, which aims to address the key question “How can new technology and innovation help to DISRUPT the current public healthcare model to benefit CITIZENS, HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS and SOCIETY?”
Full details of the programme here. If you would like to get involved in the health/welfare tech working group, please email info@technordicadvocates.org

Latest from our Partners

Gillamor Stephens
For those of you heading to Arctic15, 3-5 May #Helsinki, come hear Paul Gillespie, Partner, @GillamorStephens, deliver his ‘Are you the right CEO for your company?‘ Keynote on Day 1 (3 May), 13.00-14.30: ‘Team and Growth’ track.

Thank you to Torben Klitgaard, Director, BLOXHUB, for a fascinating Keynote at the #SmarterCitiesNOW launch. Check out Torben’s speech, packed with all the exciting work on sustainable urban development, involving startups, SMEs and corporates, going on at BLOXHUB here .

TNA Partner Invesdor would like to share the following blogs:

Invesdor will be at Arctic15 next week. See below.

Goodwille Ltd
With Article 50 recently triggered, and Brexit underway, follow TNA Partner Goodwille’s timeline of events and keep up-to-date on how it may impact foreign businesses looking to expand into the UK. http://goodwille.com/our-latest/article-50-triggered-happens-now/

Zumtobel Group
Zumtobel Group would like to share the following case study: Thorn LEDing the way for students

We welcome additional partners from across the Nordic, Baltic and UK tech ecosystem. Click here for details of the key benefits of being a TNA partner and how to make it happen

Recent events

Startup and Entrepreneurship Conference – 20 April – Nicosia – Cyprus
On 20 April, our Founder and Chair, Jeanette Carlsson, was invited to give a keynote on the key characteristics of a successful startup at the first ever startup and innovation conference in rapidly growing and innovation/startup centric Cyprus. She used key Nordic startups and TNA partners as case studies to illustrate her points.  Click here to see her speech.

Launch of #SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Forum – 11-12 April –  London
See above.

The Copenhagen Fintech Event –  10 April –  London
On 10 April, Copenhagen FinTech and @Copenhagen Capacity hosted a seminar and networking event in London to highlight FinTech opportunities in Copenhagen, as a pre-cursor to Copenhagen once again hosting this year’s Money20/20 Europe Conference. See below for details and reduced price tickets exclusively for TNAers.

Forthcoming events

Arctic15 – 3-5 May –  Helsinki – Finland

On 3-5 May, once again, ArcticStartup host Arctic15 – the leading Nordic and Baltic and TNA partner startup event, which gathers 300+ investors, 450+ startups and 150+ corporates for high quality networking, pitching and deal making in the “Deal Room” – a unique matchmaking solution that makes it easy & efficient for startups to meet as many relevant investors or potential clients as possible. And come hear our very own Paul Gillespie, Partner of TNA Partner Gillamor Stephens (see above) and TNA Founder & Chair Jeanette Carlsson speak in the “Team and Growth” and “FinTech” tracks, respectively, on Day 1 (3 May).  TNA partner Invesdor will also be at Arctic15 next week.

For last-minute exclusive TNA discount on tickets. Email: info@technordicadvocates.org.

Latitude59 – 25-26 May –  Tallinn – Estonia

In Tallinn 25-26 May? Why not come along and meet us at TNA partner event Latitude59  – the Estonianflagship startup & tech event of the world’s first digital society. For exclusive 20% discount on tickets for TNAers, email: info@technordicadvocates.org.

Money 20/20 Europe – 26-28 June – Copenhagen – Denmark

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: info@technordicadvocates.org

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

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Stay tuned for more exciting news in May.

Jeanette Carlsson
CEO & Founder
Tech Nordic Advocates

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