Microsoft Europe aims to bring more than 20 partners to their CityNext exhibition at Nordic Edge Expo in October, as well as a world-class keynote speaker to the conference.
- Microsoft will help develop Nordic Edge Expo as the main smart city event in the Nordics. The Nordic countries are very attractive from a smart cities point of view given their economical wealth, strong public sector and engagement in green technologies and smart city solutions, says Jose Antonio Ondiviela Garcia, Smart City Lead in Microsoft Europe.
Nordic Edge Expo aims to be one of Europe's most important meeting places for everyone engaged in new technological solutions that make cities, businesses, organisations and homes smarter. These solutions are an important part of the answer to challenges facing the world, especially when it comes to the environment and increasing urbanisation.
- Microsoft is one of the key players in the smart cities category and we are delighted to have their strong involvement. By cooperating with Microsoft and several other partners, we will ensure that Nordic Edge Expo is the place to learn more about innovative solutions that make cities and communities smarter, says Herbjørn Tjeltveit, CEO of Nordic Edge Expo.
The Expo´s main features are an international conference and an exhibition of smart technology. The event brings together politicians, technologists, entrepreneurs, capitalists, journalists, professors and students, as well as anyone interested in making better solutions for the future.
- Meeting people face-to-face to share knowledge is just as important and inspiring in our digital world. The Nordic Edge Expo is a place for a variety of people to meet. We strongly believe that this fusion of people results in greater development of ideas and innovation, as we experienced from the vibrant event we had last year, says Tjeltveit.
Stavanger has its own edge on smart cities. The Stavanger-region is the epicentre of the oil and gas related technology cluster that has given Norway the opportunity to build up the Government Pension Fund whilst, according to the UN, ranking as the world's best country to live in. Technology and knowledge developed in the oil cluster can be used in many other areas. Smart technology and cities is an example of one such area, within which advances have already been made. Stavanger is one of three lighthouse cities in the EU´s Horizon2020 project, Triangulum. The region is home to the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster (NSCC) and has a growing number of established companies and start-ups that work with smart city technology. The whole region also runs on one of the world best fiber-optic networks, making it an ideal area for digital solutions.
- We are very grateful for the opportunity-led attitude of cooperation t backed by strong political ambition in the Stavanger-region. We are excited to work in close partnership with Nordic Edge Expo to develop a world-class smart city event in Stavanger, says Ondiviela Garcia.
Nordic Edge Expo 2016 will take place on the 6th and 7th of October 2016 in Stavanger Forum. Nordic Edge Expo is a Non-Profit organisation that aims to promote smart technology and is founded by a cooperation of organisations, municipalities and companies seeking to develop the smart city opportunity.
- We are excited about our partnership with Nordic Edge Expo and our joint ambition to help foster innovation and industry around Smart City technologies. The theme of the conference aligns perfectly with our focus areas in Norway, including transportation, energy, welfare technology and smart homes. We look forward to contributing to the success of the conference together with our ecosystem of partners, says Øystein Sulutvedt, Head of the Smart City Department in Microsoft Norway.