In just one week the doors open to the Technoport 2015 innovation conference. Here are five reasons Norwegian entrepreneurs and investors should travel to Trondheim on 18 & 19 March:
1. Learn from the past, present and future of Silicon Valley
The impressive line-up of speakers is led by a trio of the brightest brains in and around Silicon Valley. Nolan Bushnell is known as the founding father of video games for his work in bringing Pong (the first ever video game) to market before founding the Atari Corporation. Pascal Finette somehow finds the time to share his entrepreneurial lessons through a daily email newsletter The Heretic, alongside heading up Singularity University’s Startup Lab. Finally, Samantha Quist is a self-taught software developer and Executive Director of Technovation, the global technology competition that challenges young girls to create mobile apps that solve problems in their communities.
2. Learn the ins and outs of crowdfunding – live
Last year four startups raised NOK 700,000 at Norway’s first ever live equity crowdfunding event. This year, Technoport is doing it all again with four more startups raring to go. You’ll also hear from Angela Lamont, former British TV star and now Director of the groundbreaking Lunar Mission One space exploration project. She will explain how innovative research projects can be crowdfunded and the unexpected benefits of doing so.
3. Learn from Norway’s hidden success stories
Geir Førre and Alf-Egil Bogen are two of Norway’s most successful entrepreneurs, making their names not with mobile apps or social networks, but rather the technology that powers our connected world.
They graduated from the same class at NTNU, and went from friends to competitors as both started microchip companies. At Technoport 2015, they come together on stage for the first time to share their stories and lessons learned.
4. Learn how a conference can be gamified
Technoport 2015 isn’t just a conference to talk about innovation, they want to innovate themselves. Last year’s Live Crowdfunding Experiment was a first for Norway. This year, the experiment is all about gamification. Can a conference be gamified? Come along, download the app, and find out! Read more about the plans.
5. Learn about Norway’s technology capital
The Trondheim region is home to 554 technology companies employing over 10,000 people, generating more than NOK 14.4bn (USD $1.9bn) in revenues. Last year, Trondheim’s reputation as a centre for technology-led research and innovation was cemented as NTNU researchers won a Nobel Prize. Students and researchers from NTNU, HiST and SINTEF will be coming to Technoport 2015 to learn how to turn world-leading research into world-leading businesses.
For more details on Technoport 2015 or to register at a reduced rate for entrepreneurs, simply click here.