Part 1: Corporate Innovation

Sigve Brekke came from the position as EVP and Head of Region Asia. Has been instrumental in building Telenor’s footprint in the region. From being part of setting the initial direction in 1999, he has been a key driver and shaper of making Telenor a leading force in key Asian markets.

Mr. Brekke is now leading the transformation of Telenor Group from a telco to a digital services company, investing in Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things and aqcuiring or investing in startups within these and related areas. 

  • Bjørn Ivar Moen
  • Head of Mobile Consumer Unit, Telenor Norway

Bjørn Ivar Moen is the head of Mobile Consumer Unit, Telenor Norway. He has been at Telenor in various positions in Norway and Sweden since 2000. He holds an engineer degree in Micro processor- and computer science. 

  • Thor Olav Mørseth
  • CEO, Digital Norway

Mørseth is the newly appointed CEO of Digital Norway, an initiative that aims to accelerate the digitalization of the Norwegian business sector. Mørseth has a degree in economcis from NHH and a MBA from Copenhagen Business School. He came from the position of the Editor in Chief, of the Norwegian daily newspaper, Adresseavisen. 

  • Ove Fredheim
  • Head of Enterprise Unit, Telenor Norway

Ove Fredheim has been at Telenor since 1992, most recently as the head of Telenor in Serbia and Montenegro. Fredheim, has a masters degree in Marketing and Management from Norwegian Business School BI. He is also a board member of Abelia, the business association of Norwegian knowledge and technology based enterprises.

Part 2: Building the Hyperloop

  • Per Espen Stoknes
  • Researcher, Handelshøyskolen BI, Center for Green Growth and deputy member of parliament (MDG)

Per Espen Stoknes is a Researcher heading up BI's Center for Green Growth, which works on climate issues in a holistic, multidisiplinary and long term perspective. The focus is on what can be done to reduce climate gas emissions at the global, national, corporate and individual level. He is also the no. 2 Green Party candidate in Oslo for the Norwegian parliament in the election this year.

  • Dirk Ahlborn (us)
  • CEO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Dirk Ahlborn is the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) and the Founder and CEO of JumpStarter Inc. Founded in 2013, HTT designs and builds the most highly profitable, fastest, safest, and environmentally friendly transportation system for passengers and goods. HTT utilizes JumpStarter’s crowdfunding and crowd collaboration platform JumpStartFund and is thus able to leverage technology and a 800+ team of global experts to bring disruptive innovation to the traditional transportation industry. Hyperloop first gained public interest when entrepreneur Elon Musk published a white paper describing a futuristic mode of transport that would transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about thirty minutes. Musk handed the concept to the public and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies rose to the challenge. 

Part 3: Innovation Challenge

  • Vincent Aardalsbakke
  • Lead of Robotic Process Automation, EVRY

Vincent Aardalsbakke is Lead of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) at EVRY, Norway’s largest IT company. Vincent holds a MSc in Economics and Business from NHH Norwegian School of Economics and part of EVRY’s innovative team of experts who has developed new services and customer solutions based on intelligent automation and cognitive solutions.

  • Geir Olav Aas

Geir Olav is leading the Primary care business in Imatis. He has extensive management experience from the ICT business, from companies like Oracle, SAP, IFS and EVRY, focusing on both public and private healthcare. Geir Olav's passion is oriented towards driving customer innovation, focus and value, within all Imatis operations.

Part 4: Corporates + Startups = True?

Special Workshops - Tech Bokbad
  • Nicolai Strøm-Olsen
  • Author and Editor, Frekk Forlag

Nicolai Strøm-Olsen is editor at Frekk Forlag and General Manager at KUNSTforum. He has co-authored the books Startup Israel and Konkurransekraft - Gründere som endrer Europa.

  • Tech Bokbad
  • Maria Amelie

Maria Amelie is a writer and a journalist.As a journalist at Technology Weekly,, she started to write more about technology and entrepreneurship and got an award Best Startup Journalist in Norway. She became more passionate about entrepreneurship, so in 2015 she quit her job and started writing her fourth book. Two years later, after a lot of research and over 50 interviews with some of most exciting and global Norwegian tech founders, she published the book “Alt eller ingenting“ (All or Nothing)

Special Workshops - GET YOUR IP ACTTOGETHER!
  • Bjørn Lillekjendlie
  • Director Patents Department, Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO)

Bjørn leads the Patents Department at NIPO, and his professional interests concentrate on strategy, innovation management, and commercial use of IP. As former Research Director, Innovation Manager, and CEO his background includes commercial development of a broad portfolio of technology-based start-up companies through seed capital funds, seed capital brokerage, business development, establishing sales channels, and licensing.

  • Felipe Aguilera-Børresen
  • Senior IP Adviser, Innovation Norway

Felipe provides advice on intellectual asset management (IAM) and business-driven IP strategies for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises. Felipe has been appointed Expert Advisor to the European Commission on the enforcement of IPR for SMEs. He has previously served as a board member of Licensing Executives Society (LES Scandinavia)

Special Workshops - The Future of business is circular
Special Workshops - Bli med å digitalisere norsk næringsliv
Special Workshops - The good, the bad and the ugly - Build2Grow
  • Salvador Baille
  • CEO, Intelis

Salvador Baille is CEO of consultancy firm Intelis. He was investment manager of Telenor New Business and partner at the management consultancy firm Core Group.

Special Workshops - Contemplative Tech
  • Chris Dancy
  • "The world's most connected man"

"The world's most connected man"



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