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Trondheim Developer Conference 2014
60David Nikel

David NikelOctober 28, 2014

Startups at Trondheim Developer Conference

Everyone who is anyone in Trondheim’s technology scene gathered at the Clarion Hotel on Brattøya yesterday for the annual Trondheim Developer Conference. Keynotes from JSON-founder Douglas Crockford of Yahoo and PayPal fame and “creativity evangelist” Denise Jacobs surrounded a packed schedule of talks, ranging from building a cross-platform mobile backend in Azure to an introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy.

Opening of TDC 2014

Exhibition at TDC 2014

But it was also an opportunity for several of Trondheim’s startups to exhibit to the 600 attendees, alongside the likes of Microsoft, Evry and Bouvet.

Cloudure logoCloudure offers cloud hosting geared to the needs of the local Norwegian market and was described by one of the organisers as “one of the hottest companies in Trondheim right now”.

Founder Jørgen Aschim Forsell said, “TDC is for the Trønder-community a long-awaited lift. Networking wise it’s awesome.”

“As a startup, we were extremely grateful for the opportunity to present our service directly to the community that could end up using it. We got a lot of good feedback on our service, got to know a lot of new people and ended up with several solid leads.”

Found logoFound offers a fully hosted SaaS solution for the open-source elastic search technology.

First exhibiting as a startup two years ago, Found has grown its customer base quickly outside of Norway, counting the New York Public Library among their many customers. Their business model is one that many companies in the USA are finding success with, something I’ll probably explore more in a future post.

SuperEgo logoSuperEgo has a simple aim. “We want to help people”, says CEO Odd Joachim Aschim.

To do this, they develop apps such as “Stop self-injury” and “Stop bullying me”, designed to offer help to the user exactly when they need it. The app aimed at stopping self-harming allows the user to record and store supportive messages from themselves, their loved ones, or therapist.

FourCFourC is barely a year old but the combined experience of its founders totals decades.

The company provides a future-proof, open infrastructure system platform for huge-scale M2M and IoT deployments. They offer a cloud product to manage your systems along with software to install on each distributed device.

Koosli logoKoosli is a search engine under development, with an emphasis on people and privacy. Coming soon…

There were plenty more companies on display of course, but these ones specifically caught my eye.

TDC founder Save Asmervik was thrilled with the turnout, which has consistently grown each year since the first event in 2012.

“It’s a real local event. The attendance is 90% from Trondheim, and most of the other 10% are external speakers”, he said.

“For next year we hope to get more students involved as there are over 2,000 studying Computer Science and related subjects here in Trondheim.”

Asmervik also told me he’s looking to increase the number of local startups exhibiting next year. Of course, it’s important to keep the quality level high (quality over quantity all day long) but with the number of emerging startups from NTNU’s School of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer Office, this should be achievable.

Programming conference in Trondheim

Exhibition hall at TDC

Photo credits: Ina H. Stenvig, TDC

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14Hermann Ørn Vidarsson

Hermann Ørn VidarssonOctober 7, 2014

Technoport 2015 Starts Here

Technoport summons challengers, creators and capital providers to Trondheim for the Technoport 2015 conference.

Together we shall awaken the entrepreneurial mindset and answer:

  • How can the entrepreneurial mindset improve established businesses?
  • What is the dark side of the entrepreneurial mindset?
  • How can adopting an entrepreneurial mindset solve global challenges?

From 18-19 March, Technoport 2015 will mash-up the freshest thoughts and trends within innovation, brought to you by top-notch, thought-provoking speakers from around the globe. We will introduce you to new concepts and innovations, while testing out new tools for idea development and problem-solving.

At Technoport 2015 we want YOU to:

THINK about emerging trends and new ways of doing things

MEET & SHARE to build your network, both locally and globally

EXPERIMENT and try out new approaches for evoking innovation

ACT! Use this creative input to change behaviours in your startup or workplace

Before we release the full program, we offer a strictly limited number of super early bird tickets. To reward you – the most creative, challenging and innovative minds out there – we offer the tickets at just NOK 1,000, one-third of the cost of the full-price ticket.


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Day 3
60David Nikel

David NikelMay 4, 2014

Day Three at Technoport 2014

Technoport 2014: Day 1Day 2 – Day 3 – Live Crowdfunding Experiment

After a successful late night at the Live Crowdfunding Experiment, you could be forgiven for expecting a low turn out for the final morning of Technoport 2014.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

The main hall was bustling for “Into a Crystal Ball” to look ahead at the challenges and opportunities for all of us. David Rowan, editor of WIRED UK magazine, revealed some of the “future” technologies that are already with us, such as OMsignal’s biometric-tracking technology and the DNA-hackers of BioCurious. His talk was immediately followed by Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, who took a more considered approach to the opportunities and surprises of the future.

“The median age is doubling in some parts of the world – the age of youth is gone” – Ian Goldin

Technoport Day Three

Share The Problem

Wednesday’s Share The Problem with A-Aqua was the best attended of the conference. Technoport Project Manager Rob Moore tells us what happened:

“We developed ideas for enhancing an emergency response system for processing human waste in crisis zones. A-Aqua gave us problem areas which went beyond their expertise in engineering – things like energy supply, secondary uses of waste and training end-users in how to use the system.”

“One of the outcomes was the suggestion that A-Aqua build the manual onto the system directly – meaning the user manual would be built onto the wall of the system with graphics. The company exchanged details with the participant who suggested this, and will look into potentially collaborating with NTNU industrial designers to develop this idea.”


Third Day

Later on Wednesday, a selection of speakers looked at what we can learn from the art of visual storytelling when we are trying to make sense of an ever-growing flow of unsifted data. Italian information designer Valentina D’Efilippo wrapped up the session by showcasing the latest in infographics to aid data visualisation.

Our excellent host Leo Johnson, who kept us smiling, engaged and hugged-up all week, then unveiled the brand new film from Technoport 2014, which you can watch below.

That was Technoport 2014 – thank you so much for playing a part!