Confirmed Speakers for Oslo Big Data Day 2020
We are continously updating the list with new speakers.
Ingvil Gaasland - Senior consultant at Transcendent Group
Track Leader: Women in Tech
Ingvil is passionate about innovation, technology development, sustainability, diversity and equality, as demonstrated in her job as a senior consultant, through her role as board member of the Oslo EdTech Hackathon association and through the voluntary work she does in the women's network Girl Geek Dinners Oslo. As senior consultant at Transcendent Group, she assists clients with digitization projects. She is active in the firm’s sustainability and CSR group. According to Equaliycheck.it, Transcendent Group ranks as one of the best firms in Norway regarding diversity and gender equality. She is also proud to work for one of Norway’s top five firms in the Great Place to Work index, Ingvil has thorough experience in digital product development from her 15 years in Gyldendal where she worked with business development of digital products and services in the educational sector, mostly in the role as project manager. She has led the way for new approaches to learning on student’s and teenager’s terms by being early with innovative products and services, such as mobile apps and learning games. Through volunteering for Girl Geek Dinners she has contributed to networking events that aim to motivate more women to assume jobs within technology and digitalization. Since 2016 she has contributed to more than 15 tech events on various tech topics. Ingvil is genuinely enthusiastic when she believes she can make a difference – whether by connecting interesting people or companies, developing new ideas or making interesting events where people can learn from each other. She is also fascinated by the power of technology and the difference it can make in people’s lives. And she brings her curiosity and enthusiasm to her new task as track leader of Women in Tech at Oslo Big Data Day.
Gordana Abramovic, PhD - Data Scientist at Inmeta
Speech: An introduction to separable convolutions
Why would we choose separable convolutions? How did the concept begin? Background of spatial separable convolutions Background of depthwise separable convolutions Examples of their wide application.
Gordana holds a doctorate in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School and has experience as a Data Scientist from media and IT industry. She worked as a senior lecturer at University of Oslo and BI at both Bachelor and Master of Science level lecturing on leadership, diversity and organization. Gordana’s research was conducted as quantitative studies and focused on diversity management and inclusive leadership. Her work is published in a number of international journals. She is today Data Scientist consultant in Inmeta focusing on statistical modelling, machine learning and artificial intelligence supporting customers in a variety of business challenges.
Paul Are Angell Killie - Senior Advisor at Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (Difi)
Speech: Who knows how to spend 500 BNOK per year?
With Peppol BIS (EHF) as feeder, we will collect business transactions from public procurement process. Data will be stored in a datalake, processed and delivered for use by different audiences. In addition to public users we see open data to be a huge source for Norwegian companies to build and deliver services. With the expanded use of Peppol BIS globally, the concept can easily be expanded to other countries and copied to the private sector. Starting with the Norwegian public sector, the concept has global potential.
Paul has a long carrier in the ICT industry before he joined Norwegian Digitalisation Agency. In his 28 years in IBM, he served different business responsibilities leading the public sector and software division. He has led IBM Nordic reorganization and introduced new sales procedures in IBM Europe. He worked at IBM HQ in New York as a business member in worldwide projects. In the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency, he leads adopting emerging technologies into public procurement.
Bjørn Børresen - Director at Norsk Helsearkiv
TONJE HESSEN SCHEI - DIRECTOR AT UPNORTH FILM
After 5 years with unique access to the pioneers on the frontlines of the booming AI industry in the US, Europe and China, director Tonje Hessen Schei is ready with her new feature documentary "iHuman". Through some of the brightest minds in AI, this film draws the roadmap to where we are going. How does AI impact who we are? What is at stake, and who is in charge?
Director Tonje Hessen Schei is a Norwegian award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked with independent documentary production since 1996. Tonje is the director of DRONE, a documentary on the secret CIA drone war. The film won the Norwegian Gullruten and Amanda awards, the Golden Nymph Award and received the award for The Most Valuable Documentary of the Year at Cinema for Peace in Berlin. Tonje has been featured in national and international media, including The Guardian, Monocle, VICE, Wired and has been on the BBC and CNN.
Valeriya Naumova - Director at Simula Consulting
Speech: Bridging academic discoveries and real-world applications in machine learning
Valeriya Naumova is leading a new tech consultancy company, Simula Consulting, which is a daughter company of the Simula Group. Prior to this, Valeriya led the Machine Intelligence Department at Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering. Valeriya has more than ten years experience in machine learning and data-driven modelling. She has been leading several research and industrial machine learning-based projects, focusing on the development of theoretical approaches and numerical methods for learning from samples of complex high-dimensional data sets for various real-life applications.
Linda Grasso - Industrial Engineer , DigitalTransformation Influencer and COO at dbi_srl
Speech: The importance of empowering women in Tech to build a better future.
Linda Grasso is Chief Operating Officer at Digital Business Innovation Srl, an Italian Innovative Startup active in the world of R&D Consulting. She’s an Industrial Engineer passionate in Digital Transformation and STEM. After Honors Degree at “Università di Napoli Federico II”, Linda started pursuing a business career that combines Emerging Technologies and Engineering Doctrine. She manages many projects in different fields, eg - Healthtech, Insurtech, IoT & Buildings - through the use of both operational and strategic planning approach. Linda strongly believes in empowering Women in Tech and their leadership skills for a better future.
Kaarel Moppel - Senior Database Consultant at Cybertec Nordic
Speech: PostgreSQL - an Open Source database as a connector for traditional, NoSQL and IoT data steams
PostgreSQL - an Open Source database as a connector for traditional, NoSQL and IoT data streams PostgreSQL is an extremely mature RDBMS, with more than 20 years of global open-source development effort behind it. The question is how can one profit from that stability in today's world of Cloud, IoT and Big Data? How to tie the knots between all those different platforms and data formats with minimal effort? PostgreSQL has an answer for that - Foreign Data Wrappers, based on the SQL/MED standard. And the good news is that with 99% probability your data source X (traditional RDBMS, BigData or NoSQL solution) is already supported and ready for integration. Also software project maturity doesn't have to mean stagnation - PostgreSQL also has all the means for performing modern Data Analytics and Machine Learning there where the data lives - inside the database! This talk will give an overview on some typical data integration and analysis approaches using the PostgreSQL engine.
Alexandra Gunderson, Chief Data Scientist at Sherpa Consulting AS
Speech: Predictive Maintenance - Fantasy or Reality?
Advances in AI and machine learning have been tremendous in recent years and impact our lives in many different and significant ways. We've seen self-driving cars become a reality, we are able to communicate with our homes using Alexa, and we are able to draft responses to our emails using AI virtual assistants. Naturally, we expect similar advancements within heavy industries. Predictive Maintenance has been hailed as the Holy Grail for industries including oil and gas and maritime, where equipment failures are costly and safety is a priority. The reality is disappointing, and that is that we have fallen short. In this talk, we will discuss a methodology for succeeding with predictive maintenance by building hybrid engineering and machine learning models that may be applied cross-equipment and industry.
DON BRANCATO - CHIEF STRATEGY ARCHITECT AT BOEING & STANDARDS CONTRIBUTOR
With 25 years of experience as an enterprise architect, including domain experience in advanced aerospace and security applications, Mr. Brancato is a standards author and insightful consultant. He has demonstrated strong engineering and applied math/physics capabilities in space and aviation modeling/simulation. He has had full-lifecycle software development roles, successfully creating solutions, traceable from business strategy to capability to complex, service-oriented applications. His architecture work is standards-based: TOGAF, FAIR, CMMI, ITIL, et al). He has served as Chief Enterprise Architect for Vertica, a Big Data platform, supporting enterprise and IIoT data aggregation and analytics. Lately he was Chief Global Technologists at Microfocus and works today as Chief Strategy Architect at Boeing.
ANTONIO GRASSO - FOUNDER & CEO AT DIGITAL BUSINESS INNOVATION SRL (ITALY)
Antonio Grasso has engaged Digital Innovation projects for Public Sector and Private Companies from the far 2001. He is the founder and CEO of an Italian start-up company: Digital Business Innovation Srl that is an Innovative Start-up recognized by Italian Law 179/2012 active in the Research & Development of Digital Innovation Projects for small and medium businesses. He is watching closely the IoT development and he has designed an innovative framework in the Cloud that can manage IoT device communication using RESTful architecture.
Antonio is a ranked Top 5 Big Data, AI & Digital Transformation Thought-Leader and Influencer by Kcore Analytics.
DOMINIC ROBINSON - AI ETHICS CONSULTANT
Dominic is the owner of a consulting company that helps organisations and companies working with advanced technologies operationalize ethics and turn principles into practical and tangible business systems and processes. He has a background in ethics design, public policy and communications and has worked for Uber, the anti-corruption NGO Transparency International and the Swedish AI software company Peltarion.
TONE RINGSTAD - CEO & FOunder AT CULTURENGINE
Speech: Is the Nordic Business Culture fit for fight?
We have gathered culture data from more than 2000 leaders and teams in over 100 business units in the Nordics. Through taking our culture survey they have provided data in their own culture project, but we have also gained a unique insight in the collective Nordic business culture. Through big data culture analytics, we will answer key questions around the Nordic Culture: What is Nordic business culture? What are some of the prioritized values that drive business performance in the Nordics? Is there a Nordic mindset, and how does it play out? Is the Nordic business culture fit for the future?
Tone's expertise is combining business strategy and operational goals with organizational culture and leadership transformation. Her recent role as a founder and CEO of Culturengine, a SaaS platform delivering culture assessments, analytics and culture learning, has been possible through an entrepreneurial approach and exploring mindset. She has deep expertise in values systems and culture insight, applicable to business development and leadership. In the last 20 years, she designed and delivered business development based on strategy, culture and leadership in a variety of business and functional areas.
ALEX MOLTZAU - ASSOCIATE AT KPMG NORWAY
Speech: 500 days of Artificial Intelligence
Alex is one of the top 50 writers about Artificial Intelligence on Medium, a platform with more than 60 million members. He is a full-time student at the University of Oslo and has the last year been working as a consultant with KPMG International Development Advisory Services. He has a mixed educational background within management, anthropology, political science and computer science with a keen interest in combining knowledge from people social science theory with those working within the development and implementation of technology. He runs a research community called AI Social Research. Additionally he is the head of a working group on climate and sustainability within the digital ethics council NORDE part of the Norwegian Computer Society.
500 days of AI is a personal journey to write one new article every day about artificial intelligence. He is now more than halfway to his goal and will be edging towards 300 days during Oslo Big Data Day. For this speech Alex will be talking about how it is to write every day about AI, and what he has discovered along the way. Alex has read most of the national AI strategies on the planet, and he has been working to combine thoughts about AI with the current climate crisis that we find ourselves in. As such the talk will be about the joys and tribulations of pursuing an understanding of AI.
Claudio Andres Rivera, Director of Bachelor's Programs at RTU Riga Business School
Speech: Developing the future leaders for digital Nordic – The Riga Business School story
Globalization, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial convergence, Sustainability movement …the job market and the society at large in the Nordic countries and elsewhere are disrupted. We are facing an epochal change, a dawn of a new era for job providers and job seekers alike. We need to start equipping future leaders with a new and interdisciplinary set of skills and competences. This requires strong innovation in education. During this keynote, Prof. Claudio Rivera will provide you with the path that RTU Riga Business School (RBS), a premier Business School in Northern Europe, has chosen for its students. Moving beyond traditions, RBS has launched two joint programs with the New York State University at Buffalo and one dual-degree with BI where the focus is on developing the students' brainpower, building their character and learning practical abilities.
Claudio A. Rivera, Ph.D. Educator, Writer, Social Innovator. RTU Riga Business School Associate Professor in Leadership and Director of the University of New York at Buffalo/RBS Bachelor’s Programmes in Business and IT. He is also the Lead of Education for the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia. As such, he is one of the leaders in the design of one of the most significant reforms in Higher Education since the regaining of the independence. Claudio has a long track of experience in public speaking, consulting and research. He has also successfully founded several social ventures connected with education and innovation. As a professor, Claudio has developed several leadership programs and has been teaching in many countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. He has published extensively, including five books as author and co-author. His main areas of interests are youth development, social entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary education, servant leadership and social innovation.
STEFAN ENGESETH - FUTURIST, AUTHOR OF SHARKONOMICS.COM
Author, consultant, speaker, shark diver and Guest Professor at NYU Prague. Stefan’s ideas range from innovative and future-oriented to bordering on far-fetched. Yet, they all build on the universal truth that without innovation and visions, companies will not grow in today’s highly competitive business world using technology & AI strategies. The question is, how far are you prepared to go?
Over the years, Stefan Engeseth has worked as a consultant with international companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Often he is described as on of the world’s leading experts and speakers in his field.
His lectures have become extremely popular because they are stimulating yet easy to take in and use. He has held over 500 lectures and workshops internationally at corporations and academic institutions.
BIRGIT MARIE LIODDEN - Founder & CEO at The Ocean Opportunity Lab
Speech: Women Who Change The World
Henrik Brattlie - Analytics and Data Engineering at Avanade
Speech: Green Field digitization - AI in unexpected places
Henrik has been working in the IT-industry for over 15 years in different roles in private and public sectors. He has experience from service management, product development, data engineering and analytics. Over the past years Henrik has focused on bringing value from data and analytics to projects ranging from Industry 4.0 in production companies, to application development in the health sector. He is also very interested in the field of Digital Ethics, the value of embedded analytics and the fight for data democratization. Henrik holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Oslo University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA / OsloMet).
With sensors, data, IoT and AI comes new possibilities. Industries with a strong IT focus and pedigree, have been quick to capitalize on the new technology. New complex solutions have disrupted old operating models and markets. But how complex does the solution need to be to bring value? And are there still business areas and traditional industries where AI hasn’t been introduced? In this talk we’ll discuss how AI and IoT can be of great use in green field industries and look at some examples.
SERGEI PEDERSEN - PODCAST HOST AT VIRTUELL HVERDAG
Podcast leader during Oslo Big Data Day 2020
Christian Egeberg - Developer at Knowit
Speech: Processing of Industrial IoT data streams
Experiences from developing in production, high volume IoT data stream processing solutions that utilize aggregation, KPIs and machine learning in a flexible, generic and reusable way. Briefly touching topics like introduction, strategies, architecture, temporary storage, precalculation, aggregation, configurable rules, machine learning model integration, performance and scaling.
Christian has spent the last few years developing cloud based data engineering and storage solutions for processing of high volume industrial IoT data streams. He also enjoys tinkering with all kinds of gadgets, and low light photography.
Humberto Olivo - Managing Partner at Volpi Ventures LLC (Austin, Texas)
Speech: Innovation, Impact Investments and the Creative Industries - A new path to Sustainability?
"Creative People solve Problems" Many of the businesses that artists, designers and other creatives start balance financial profitability with concern for the planet, their workers, and their community. These socially-focused companies seek capital from impact investors who understand the power of art, design, culture, heritage and creativity to drive positive environmental and social impact. Together, investors and entrepreneurs can grow the creative economy to become more inclusive, equitable and sustainable. I will try to make The case for investing and funding startups in the Creative Economy.
Humberto is a seasoned investment banker, technology entrepreneur and venture capital investor. With a background in M&A, Private Equity and Investment banking working for Citibank and Santander in Latin America, Mr. Olivo has invested, co-founded and backed several technology initiatives in the US and LATAM in the Technology, Energy, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Smart Cities and Media. Mr. Olivo is a Managing Partner of Volpi Ventures LLC a Private Equity Firm in Austin, Texas, and is also the Co-Founder of the MAria project promoting the Nexus between Culture and the Creative Industries with Impact Investment Funds. Mr. Olivo is fluent in Spanish, English and French He is also a competitive cyclist and 4 times Ironman Finisher.
Hans Olav Hilsen - Data Scientist at Unacast
Hans Olav Hilsen is the Technical Lead of Unacast’s platform product Turbine, an award-winning platform designed to turn raw location signal (GPS, telco and wifi) into human mobility insights. Before joining Unacast in the fall of 2018, he worked two years as a consultant in BearingPoint. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Matilda Dorotic - Associate professor at BI Norwegian Business School
Speech: Future of smart city technologies and customer well-being
Sustainable smart city technologies (SCT) at heart are supposed to be about citizens, yet so far most of the discussions and developments in smart city domains were mainly focused on technology (i.e., how companies or governments can create good technical solutions). The implicit assumption is that citizens would understand the benefits and embrace SCT as a future. Popular press and consulting reports are positive and optimistic. However, we identified serious concerns in credibility of their "evidence". Typically, these studies ask a selected group of participants who are highly engaged with SCTs or who co-create SCTs, to evaluate their benefits and their attitudes towards its adoption and benefits, which leads to positivity bias. In a series of studies we test how citizens perceive different SCTs on different dimensions (i.e., safety, privacy concern, trust, safety, sustainability, usefulness). We found that in many instances consumers are highly skeptical, that they do not clearly value the benefits of SCTs, nor have trust in their beneficial implementation. This may have significant implications on the success of implementation of SCTs and undermine the main goals SCTs are supposed to achieve in terms of sustainability. we try to identify ways forward by looking at SCT impact on citizen wellbeing. The effect of SCTs on citizens’ well-being can be better understood by identifying the underlying psychological states and mechanisms that make people react in specific ways towards SCTs. This will help us to understand and predict citizens’ responses after the implementation of SCTs using virtual reality, text mining or ML algorithms like deep learning.
Researcher at BI My current research focuses on sustainability of smart city technology and the impact of those technologies on customer wellbeing with partners like Oslo Police, Oslo Kommune, Nordic Edge (smart city cluster of Innovation Norway), DOGA, NTNU, University of Agder (potentially also Simula Research Institute collaboration etc.) In the sphere of smart-city (IOT) research, I conducted both lab experiments to evaluate psychological impact on citizen perceptions as well as data analytical studies that evaluate causal impact using the empirical evidence. We are working towards the use of ML and AI to analyze multiple data sources to evaluate and predict how customers relate to technology, how SCT technologies change consumer attitudes and behavior and which KPIs should municipalities and firms use to evaluate the impact of smart technologies on citizens.
Ole-Johan Skrede - PhD candidate at Oslo University Hospital
Speech: Deep learning for prediction of colorectal cancer outcome
We have developed an automatic method that predict patient outcome after primary colorectal cancer resection by directly analysing scanned microscope images of thin tissue sections from the resected tumour. Last year we evaluated the performance of the method, and this February our findings got published in the Lancet. In this talk I will present the method, our experiments, and the results.
I am employed at the Institute for Cancer Genetics and Informatics at Oslo University Hospital. At the institute, I develop and implement computer programs related to prognosis and diagnosis of various cancers using digital image analysis and deep learning. I am also associated with the Institute for Informatics at the University of Oslo as a PhD candidate.
Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda - Business Development Director at IOTA Foundation
Speech: IOTA - Digital Trust for the next generation Internet of Things
Taking a few concrete use cases, Wilfried will explain how IOTA can enable a new open and transparent digital infrastructures for smart cities and smart nations and facilitate secure communication and Machine-to-Machine data microtransaction needed to power up new digital innovation. A particular focus will be given around these themes: Security and privacy, smart city innovation at the cross road of energy, mobility and real estate.
Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda is Business Development Director at IOTA, a global Foundation developing a DLT / Blockchain protocol for the digital economy and the future of automation. Prior to his joining IOTA in 2016, he worked in strategy-M&A, business and corporate development for enterprises and startups in the energy, cleantech and infrastructure engineering sectors. Pioneering the offshore wind industry in the early 2000’s, he is now working at the forefront of the Internet-of-Things era, engaging a wide ecosystem of multinationals and public sector enterprises to address Digital Trust challenges ahead and unleash a new wave of value creation and data driven business models. Wilfried is based in Oslo and holds a Masters of Engineering from France and Norway, and a global executive MBA from INSEAD.
Tereza Kuldova - Researcher II at Oslo Metropolitan University
Speech: Algorithmic Governance and the Question of Trust
Worldwide, law enforcement and border agencies are experimenting with intelligent surveillance technologies and predictive policing tools that utilize different forms of artificial intelligence (AI). Governments use algorithmic risk-assessments to analyze their citizens and to make decisions about anything from benefit claims to deployment of social workers based on the citizen’s ‘vulnerability profile’. Companies use software such as HireVue to predict future job performance of potential hires. Artificial intelligence embodies the promise of efficiency, objectivity, and the neutrality of ‘hard data.’ But while advances in machine learning can revolutionize certain areas and create positive impacts, we know that even carefully designed, transparent, and explicable algorithms are only as good as the data they process. Citizens are mobilizing to challenge opaque predictive policing systems that disproportionally target those already marginalized, adding new layers of injustice and harm; they question their accountability, legitimacy and trustworthiness. Academics speak of ‘the New Jim Code’, ‘algorithms of oppression’ and ‘weapons of math destruction’. The question is not merely one of ‘bias’, but one of reinforcement of structural harms and injustices, of social sorting, liquid surveillance and exclusion. Lack of accountability and transparency combined with new forms of harms associated with algorithmic decision making will undeniably impact levels of trust and perceptions of legitimacy of governments, corporations and businesses. Grounded in extensive research on the rise and logic of anti-establishment resentment, the presentation will think through the potentially explosive combination of populism and decreasing political legitimacy in the context of the rise of algorithmic governance.
Tereza Kuldova, PhD is a social anthropologist and Senior Researcher at the Work Research Institute, Oslo Metropolitan University. She is an author and has written extensively on topics ranging from populism, organized crime, nationalism, philanthrocapitalism, legitimacy, risk, sovereignty, fashion, design, aesthetics, branding, intellectual property rights, philanthropy, India, to outlaw motorcycle clubs, subcultures, and anti-establishment resentment. She is currently working on the topics of algorithmic governance, surveillance, and artificial intelligence in policing and the welfare state. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology, as well as of the Extreme Anthropology Research Network and of the Algorithmic Governance: Research Network. For more information, please visit: www.tereza-kuldova.com.
Pelin Hizal Smines - Co-founder and CEO at Sammevei
MC of plenary session (Corporate Issue)
Pelin Smines is the Co-Founder and CEO of SammeVei who works with public transport agencies and municipalities to integrate ridesharing for establishing sustainable transportation system for daily commuting.
Pelin believes in building self-sufficient commuter communities. She works for including private electric car capacity into public mobility system to operate the largest emission-free fleet in the cities.
Pelin has has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and product management. She launched several innovative banking products and services that were rewarded by Visa Europe. The two mobility projects she developed with her team were granted more than € 3 million by European Commission.
Pelin holds an Executive MBA from Istanbul Technical University and also Ma in international affairs from Galatasaray university.
Jan Sollid Storehaug - CEO Tenk Digitalt AS
MC of plenary session (Corporate Issue)
Jan has 35 years of experience as manager of Norwegian and international IT companies since he started UNIC (Norway's fastest growing company, regardless of industry, in the 80's). After UNIC he worked in the various position such as General Manager, Chairman and investor. Some of the well-known companies he worked for are: RiksNett (later Telia Internet), Digital Everyday (later listed as Bouvet), BI Int. Dev. (BI Norwegian Business Initiaitiave), Active24 (leading European Webhosting Company), DotGlobal (leading international) and Tenk Digital AS and many more.
Tom Gilb - Sr. Partner at Gilb International
Speech: “Big Data Values: A multi-value framework for understanding Big Data Strategies”
“Big Data Values: A multi-value framework for understanding Big Data Strategies” Big Data has many qualities (like security, privacy), costs (cost to acquire, to maintain, to protect), and other values (public confidence and trust). We should ideally define the most critical Big Data Values for us, and quantify them all so that we can reason logically about Big Data decisions, and choose high value strategies. Of course the easy alternative is to not be so systematic and to learn the hard way.
Author of over 10 Books. Joined IBM in 1958. Consulted with major multinationals. Focussed on analysing all systems values quantitatively. See www.Gilb.com
Evita Nedzvecka - Head of representative office in Norway at Investment & Development Agency of Latvia
Speech: Panel discussion "Magnetic Latvia"
Evita Nedzvecka is the Head of the Representative Office in Norway, at Investment & Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA). She also holds a position as the Counsellor of Economic and Commercial Affairs at Embassy of Republic of Latvia in Norway. She is a strong advocate of creating business endeavors between Norway and Latvia by promoting entrepreneurship, supporting business development and export, promoting Latvia as an attractive investment destination, while attracting Norwegian investments to Latvia. Evita is enthusiastic about building new partnerships and helping companies and communities to thrive.
Speech title: Panel discussion "Magnetic Latvia"
Klas Pettersen - CEO at NORA
Cathrine Pihl (Næss) Lyngstad - Office Manager at NAV IT Data and Insight
Tomas Eric Nordlander - Research Director at Institute for Energy Technology
Jürgen Jürgenson - Head of Business Development / Partner relations at Thorgate
Mali Hole Skogen - Technology and sustainability director at ICT-Norge
Speech: The importance of big data for sustainable development of cities
The increasing availability of large datasets gives us the opportunity to make analyzes that are crucial to the development of the smart, sustainable and just cities and communities. Nevertheless, we see that policymakers and politicians today make little use of these opportunities today. The lack of big data analyzes as a basis of political decisions is a serious matter especially when it comes to sustainable development. How to change that?
Mali Hole Skogen has worked on sustainability issues throughout her career and has previously led the Cluster for Renewable Technology (OREEC), the organization Hold Norge Rent and several other projects and organizations. She has a strong commitment to digitization and data mining as a tool for the development of smart, sustainable cities, municipalities and communities. In addition to working on sustainability policy, Mali is working on developing a new project portfolio with themes such as mobility and transport, smart buildings, circular economy, procurement of digital solutions for smart communities. Mali holds a master's degree in ecology with a major in mathematics and statistics
Lene Diesen - CEO at Semine AS
Lucas van Laack - Senior Energy and Environmental Advisor at Rambøll Norge AS
Speech: Digital wind tunnels and climate data forecasts
Lucas is a senior advisor with 7 years in the AEC sector (Architecture, Engineering and Construction). He is a trained architect as well as chartered engineer, specialised in sustainable building design - a hybrid so to say. His work and research is focused on taking design ideas through parametric optimisation processes to deliver innovative and robust solutions. For building projects ranging from masterplans in the Middle East, corporate headquarters in San Francisco to high rise structures in Asia and the Pacific, he is using innovative methodologies for big data sets to enhance tomorrow's building design.
How do you handle present requirements efficiently in the face of future requirements? In this speech we will uncover the world's leading innovations in building performance analysis derived from current and future climate data scenarios. We will showcase a hand-picked range of optimisation examples where big data sets were used to understand, evaluate and optimise environmental building performance. This is a process-driven approach were the right questions have led to push the boundaries of building design, of course based on the efficient handling of - big data.
Louise Juul Helliksen - CEO at Ensure your Data Company
Inga Godø - Account Executive (Healthcare) at Microsoft
Inga holds a double masters degree with a Masters in Science in Business from the Norwegian School of Economics, and a Masters in International Management from CEMS management schools. She has previously worked internationally, amongst others for Netflix, and is now working for Microsoft Norway as an Account Executive for the Healthcare Industry within the Specialist Care segment. With a background as an assistant in Home Care and working with people with autism, she combines her insight on working on the floor in primary care, with her business background and technology enthusiasm in her day to day work.
Sut I Wong - Professor at BI Norwegian Business School
Speech: Digital Mindsets: Recognizing and Leveraging Individual Beliefs for Digital Transformation
In this talk, we present our research on the concept of digital mindset, which reflects employees’ individually-held, general beliefs regarding personal and situational resources in the context of technological change. Specifically, we suggest that employees’ beliefs regarding the extent to which their technological ability is fixed versus malleable (resulting in fixed or growth-oriented beliefs) and the extent to which they believe situational resources to be limited or expandable (resulting in zero- or expandable-sum beliefs), in combination, comprise their digital mindset. We draw from social cognition research to argue that the beliefs that comprise employees’ digital mindset could be particularly important for making sense of and shaping their responses to digital transformation initiatives, which involve a high degree of complexity and ambiguity. Further, we elaborate how employees’ digital mindset will go on to shape the extent to which they see digital transformation initiatives as providing opportunities and resources for professional growth, or encroaching on their ability to display competency and retain work resources, and how this, in turn, will influence the extent to which they engage in (or perhaps withdraw from) digital transformation initiatives. We illustrate our predictions with examples provided by employees and managers experiencing the technological change and uncertainty at work.
Sut I Wong is professor of communication and leadership at BI Norwegian Business School and an adjunct faculty at University of Ljubljana. She is also a Director of Nordic Centre for Internet and Society at BI. She received her PhD in Organizational Psychology from BI Norwegian Business School, and a DBA from Catholic University of Portugal. She was also a research scholar in SCANCOR at Stanford University and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Sut I’s research interests center on leadership, employee proactivity, team innovation and performance. She has developed a gap model, which addresses the expectation and perception differences between leaders and followers. Her current research focuses on the role of leadership in better engaging employees in organizational change, such as digitalization, as well as on how ideal leadership models may influence the interaction between leaders and their followers during change.
Amir Sasson - Provost at BI Norwegian Business School
Ståle Heitmann - CTO at Elvia
Speech: Becoming a large scale radio operator with Google BigQuery
Elvia has 900-thousand devices that continuously communicate meter readings and other telemetry. The communication of this data is implemented via radio mesh which is a peer-to-peer radio communication technology. The company has now become a radio network operator in addition to being a traditional utility company. With no suitable software tools available for managing such a network on the market, Elvia implemented its own based on running large scale queries over the time series data from the devices in Google BigQuery.
Xiaopeng Li - Data & AI Business Lead, Nordics at Microsoft
Emma Siljeäng - CFO at Chalmers Ventures
Elisabeth Falch Slinning - Co-founder & cpo at SMoc.AI
Hilde Lervik - Cloud Platform Lead at Capgemini
To be confirmed
Håkon Reisvang - CEO at i4 technology
To be confirmed
Nils Roald, Sales Director Norway & Iceland at Jazz Networks
To be confirmed
Espen Andersen - Associate - Associate Professor, BI Norwegian Business School
To be confirmed
Patrick Waldemar - Vice President, Head of Technology in Telenor Research at Telenor ASA
To be confirmed
Jonathank Lenk - CEO at Kardia
To be confirmed