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Trondheim Developer Conference 2014
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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

Manifestasjon 2014
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Gøril ForbordOctober 10, 2014

Technology Optimism and Touching Awards

“We must ensure that the different innovation environments collaborate and meet more”, said HRH Crown Prince Haakon as he opened the Manifestasjon 2014 business conference.

Technoport’s representative paid extra special attention to HRH Crown Prince’s request. We now look forward to 18 & 19 March next year for our very own #technoport15, one arena where the main purpose is that innovators will meet.

A commitment to the development of a green, global world economy, and innovation and entrepreneurship as a tool for realizing this were the foundations of Crown Prince Haakon’s speech.

“We need a strong commitment to research, and support for innovation and entrepreneurship. The big shift we are going through, and that much of the development must be about, is the big transition to renewable energy”, he stressed.

A technology optimist

Crown Prince Haakon emphasised that rich countries like Norway must go ahead and take the risk and cost associated with developing new technologies that will give us a green, global economy.

“I am a technology optimist. I have always believed that technology will go ahead and give people the products we really want – and that makes us environmentally friendly shoppers, without the consumer necessarily have to be consciously driven by idealism”, told the Crown Prince, before he revealed he has a preference for a certain type of electric vehicle.

“I’m a big fan of raw electric cars and the cars that people want because they are the best and toughest; not because they feel an obligation to buy one of these green cars.”

Touching awards

The theme of this year’s Manifestasjon was the commercialization of technology, one of two strategic areas of focus for the Chamber of Commerce in Trondheim.

Over 700 managers and key personnel in the Trondheim region’s business and community leaders attended Manifestasjon 2014 There was a good atmosphere, interesting lectures and extremely good “mingle factor”.

Prizegivings have a tendency to touch yours truly. It was in this respect a busy evening when both the distribution of total 1 million in Adolf Øyens start-up grants to ThermaSIC, BeatStac and AssiTech and a very well deserved Madame-Beyer Award for Chamber of Commerce manager, Berit Rian, produced tears in my eyes.

Crown Prince Haakon

See also: Imponerte kronprinsen med «rullator i trapp» (Byavisa)

Photo credit: Gry Karin Stimo / Næringsforeningen

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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.

DON’T MISS OUT – REGISTER TODAY FOR JUST NOK 1,000

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(Are you a student? Click here to register)

Share the Problem
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David NikelOctober 5, 2014

The Power of the Crowd in Copenhagen

Regular readers of the Technoport Playground will know how proud we are of our Share the Problem concept. Our latest event was held last week at DIGS here in Trondheim, all about the future of the transport system in Norwegian cities. A full report is coming soon!

Our Share the Problem concept is one example of what is commonly referred to as crowdsourcing.

Definition of crowdsourcing

Definition via Google

Of course, we’re not the only organisation out there to embrace the power of “the crowd”

There’s a whole bunch of private sector companies, governmental organisations and charities doing similar things.

Introducing Crowdsourcing Week Europe

Crowdsourcing Week EuropeCrowdsourcing Week Europe 2014 explores the best practices in crowdsourcing and the collaborative economy that are fundamentally changing society, mindsets and possibilities across all industries.

Taking place from 14-16 October in Copenhagen, CSW Europe follows a successful global conference in Singapore that saw forward-thinkers from 31 countries converge to learn, network, and engage. CSW Europe’s program will provide an equally in-depth look at the impact of the crowd economy, crowdfunding, and crowd technologies—and what it means for you. Learn from 30+ crowd­sourcing experts at the frontier, discover what this shift means for your industry, and learn how to leverage the crowd for your organization.

Speakers comprise of pioneers that are leading disruptive, crowd-driven transformations in their industry. Nathan Waterhouse, openIDEO; Troels Lange Anderson, Lego; and Ken Webster, Ellen MacArthur Foundation are just a few of the speakers who will be highlighting how crowds are driving ideas, innovation, and acceleration.

A nice feature of this conference is the themed approach, allowing you to pick and choose the days most relevant to you:

  • Tuesday, October 14 – Crowd Economy: Big Picture Impact
  • Wednesday, October 15 – Crowdfunding: Invest, Innovate & Accelerate
  • Thursday, October 16 – Crowd Technologies & Business Models

Here at Technoport, we work with crowdfunding (Live Crowdfunding Experiment) and crowdsourcing (Share the Problem) on a regular basis so we’re confident this conference will be of interest to our crowd.

Check out the full agenda here.

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Hermann Ørn VidarssonAugust 22, 2014

Waltz with Investors?

How does it sound to pitch your start up on the red velvet in a Vienna Ballroom?

Last year we visited  a quite intriguing conference in Vienna called Pioneers. Its been going for few years and has established it self as one of the leading Central European events for Start ups.
What really impressed us in 2014, besides the beautiful venue its held, was the quality of the pitches and start ups that got presented. The thickness of the wallets in the panel reviewing them wasn’t a drawback either. Long story short, its quite an opportunity for getting attention outside of scandinavia.

It is closing in on this years conference and the deadline for start ups that wish to present at the event is already on the 1st of September.
This year they also added a few more rewards to those who win the major pitching competition (the Pioneers Challenge 2014).

Among other things, the winner can pocket a $50k seed investment from SpeedInvest and a complete travel package to meet VCs in Silicon Valley and London.

So if your idea is ready for the big world out there, check out the application website

 

Technoport Share The Problem Statoil
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Gøril ForbordFebruary 24, 2014

Share The Problem – From the CEO

My one and only assignment during Technoport’s very first Share the Problem event featuring Statoil was to take some notes. Unfortunately, I totally forgot!

I don’t think it happened because I am a forgetful person. I was simply too focused on Statoil’s problem! It was really complex, and not within any of my areas of expertise.

So here goes…

Statoil has a vision. Some time in the future they want to develop on-line monitoring of the environment they are operating in, and thereby be able to operate and take desicions that protects the environment before potential damage is done. An ocean observatory placed in Vesterålen is the first step towards this and they now need input on what sensors to use, how to analyse and use the huge amount of data collected and how to visualise the data from the ocean observatory.

No wonder I needed to focus!

After Statoil’s Innovation Director and Technoport board member, Per Sandberg, had told us about how Statoil is really enthusiastic about this new way of working with open innovation and outsourcing of their innovation challenges, it was the turn of Statoil Project Manager, Mona Låte.

She walked us through the problem, and then the 40 people in the room formed groups to discuss and understand the problem. There were six groups and we were six in my group. Two from start-up companies, one assosiate professor in instrumentation, two from Statoil, whereas one new a lot about the project, and my self. We asked the expert from Statoil many, many questions:

  • Why do you want to monitor the environment?
  • What are the most important metrics?
  • How do you analyze the data?
  • Why is it placed in Vesterålen where you have no operations?

These were all my questions, by the way. My fellow solvers asked some more intelligent questions!

We were then sorted into different groups, with different focus on sensors, visualisation and data analysis. We asked new questions, yet more questions, and then our final task was to give Statoil an advice. It was really interesting trying to come up with ideas, new angels and new questions. My group ended up advising Statoil to decide which are the most important paramenters and use an AUV to collect the data and use wireless transmition of them. So after three hours of constant questioning, some idea sharing, I think I sort of understood what it was really all about.

There is definitely is a business opportunity here, just waiting for the right solvers. If someone can provide Statoil with a simple device with wireless transmission of a few essential metrics, which transform the huge amount of data in a user friendly way into a environmental desition tool for operators, they could sell a lot of devices. Unfortunately for me, I am not that solver. But to be honest, I have done a lot of thinking about on-line environmental monitoring lately. Perhaps one of my fellow Share The Problem participants with greater solver potential than me also does on-line monitor thinking at this very moment!

As a pilot event, we weren’t sure how it would go and what direction it would take, but we were all very excited. A bit nervous in fact, even though there was really no pressure, I wondered what would be the outcome of the workshop, how would the participants react, how many would actually show up? on the outcome of the workshop, or on the number of participants?

A job well done!

CES 2014
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David NikelJanuary 13, 2014

The Internet Of Everything Is Here: CES 2014

The “internet of things” was the cool phrase to say last year, as tech was smashed together with all sorts of everyday objects. It was only a matter of time before this evolved from innovate ideas to consumer products. Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show – surely one of the biggest geek-outs in the world – revealed the latest developments in this rapidly-evolving trend.

The internet of things has become the internet of everything, with all manner of mobile and wearable tech now being developed. The concept is basically connected tech that changes our lives, making them easier, safer, or simply more fun.

Here’s some of the media reaction:

“We went into this whole thing expecting very little in the way of amazing new products and we were pleasantly surprised. The big guys might be boring but it’s the little guys – like early mammals scuttling under the dinosaurs – that make the biggest impact”TechCrunch

“A phantasmagoria of light, sound, and electricity. Actual electricity, and the kind of spiritual, psychic kind that only happens but once a year”The Verge

What caused such a reaction?

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest announcements from the world of mobile and wearable tech:

Virtual Reality with Occulus Rift

Immersive virtual reality is coming on leaps and bounds. Occulus Rift presented their Crystal Cove prototype – an augmented virtual reality headset that puts you into a game. It fixes many of the niggles from previous versions and is the clearest sign yet that we’ll see something on the market this year.

“Of all the exciting, innovative products we’ve seen at CES this year, the Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove” prototype is unquestionably the best of the best”Engadget

Pebble Steel Smartwatch

Kickstarter graduates Pebble promised “something special” and they didn’t disappoint. The Pebble Steel does away with the lightweight “plastic toy” feel of the older models in favour of metal, leather straps, and a more solid construction. Together with a specialist store featuring over 3,000 apps, these are signs that Pebble is growing up fast.

The 3 Doodler

3D printing has up until now been an activity reserved for engineers and the technically-minded. Crowdfunded project 3Doodler opens up the possibilities to the rest of us with its fantastic 3D printing pen that really does let you draw in 3D. It works in a similar way to a 3D printer, by rapidly heating up and cooling plastic as it passes through the head.

But rather than talk, let’s watch. You can’t fail to be amazed!

Elsewhere at CES 2014, it seems the car is rapidly evolving from a means of transportation to our latest connected device. From laser headlights to driverless steering, technology in cars will be a big thing in 2014.

But that’s for another blog post :)

Photo credit: Daniel Incandela