What have we learned from Oslo Innovation Week 2017?

Year after year, Oslo Innovation Week is a must-attend event in the calendar of many established businesses, young talents, investors and just those who seek for the inspiration.

This year thru 50 events held in various locations of Oslo from 25th till 29th of September, we saw facilitated solutions that solve global challenges via cooperation between young entrepreneurs, investors, and technical experts. In this respect, Oslo Innovation Week event is unique in Scandinavia. The companies such as BySpare, Choose, Requestify and Technebies are examples of startups that aggressively stepped into the market and have announced their desire to win the world during the Innovation Week.

But what was my impression, as a representative of the maritime industry?

High-tech, digitalisation, big data management, and sustainability were highlighted as the main topics of the discussions, however, I would expect more in terms of how shipping and offshore industries can use the innovation for their needs. More companies like Blueye Robotics with the development of underwater drone for ocean exploration, or FHS AS, Flexi Harbour Systems, a developer of the environmentally friendly and efficient automated port systems. 

My favourite event DNB NXT 2017 which is “Norway’s biggest and most influential meeting place and festival for investors and entrepreneurs”, did not have the maritime industry in the list of industries, so it was challenging for young talents to find investors with particular industry interests and background.

Industries as health care, public transport, food production, and energy have already been used technology as blockchain, drones, 3D printing, data exchange, at full speed, while in shipping a lot is still at the initial stage. It was inspiring to learn during e-Estonia conference, that a small country of Estonia has one of the most sophisticated digital systems, including e-residency, mobile ID, e-health and data exchange system that make easier all aspects of people's lives. Transparent and location-independent access to public transport, tax authorities, and bank system has become the reality thanks to digital transformation of the country. A good example for all of us.

All in all, this was a great week and an impressive number of attendees and fantastic speakers. I have learned a lot. Although we do have Nor-Shipping, I would love to get maritime industry more active next time at innovation week as well!

Please visit innovation hub at www.shipcosts.com/innovation-hub and get in touch with us to share ideas and your innovation experience in making a maritime industry more attractive for everyone, and in particular, for the young generation.