Samuelsen scours Silicon Valley

On Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen’s first trip to the US, he flew right over the capital in Washington DC, and headed straight to Silicon Valley – the capital of tech.

Anders Samuelsen tries VR at Unity in San Francisco
Anders Samuelsen tries VR at Unity in San Francisco

#Techplomacy might just sound like a buzz word, but delve deeper and we can see that there is a lot more behind the idea of using diplomacy in the world of tech. Tech is not the future, it is here right now, and it is through tech that we will most likely end up solving not only the world’s diplomatic problems, but its problems full stop. However, with policies and politics often standing in the way of allowing technology to advance, applying diplomacy is vital.

This idea of a concept of “Techplomacy” was what resonated throughout Anders Samulelsen’s Silicon Valley visit. He began his day at IBM talking with Zvika Krieger from the State Department, before moving on to an immersive demonstration of how IBW Watson can be used for everything from analysing crowdsourced image data from the Boston bombings to help fight terrorism, to sifting through the newest oncological medical research data to provide the most advanced healthcare for patients, to getting personality insights based on a person’s tweets.

Samuelsen and his delegation then made their way to Unity to get hands on with VR, before sitting down with Danny Lange to discuss machine learning.

Samuelsen ended the day at the SCALEit Nordic Startup Pitch Night where he spoke to the crowd about how by combing the energy and vision from tech entrepreneurs, with the right politics and frameworks, we can create new jobs and a bright future together.

Read the excellent feature article in Politiken by Adam Hannestad, with photos by Emilia Flockhart at http://bit.ly/2n8KF0r, and see more photos from Samuelsen’s trip at http://bit.ly/2nDSONn

Singularity University establishes new organisation in Denmark

The acknowledged think tank and educational institution Singularity University from Silicon Valley has chosen Denmark as location for its next collaborative venture. The new organisation, operating under the name SingularityU Denmark, will be located in a 5000m2 innovative environment in Copenhagen Science City and is expected to boost digitisation, innovation and entrepreneurship in Denmark.

Singularity DK
Singularity DK

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Anders Samuelsen, welcomes Singularity University to Denmark and predicts good prospects for the new innovation hub:

“When I visited Silicon Valley last week Singularity University was the first item on my agenda – and with good reason. SU bridges the gap between global challenges and technological solutions, which is important for us if we want to keep one step ahead of the future.

I am immensely pleased that SU has chosen Denmark as new innovation hub and the only second location outside Silicon Valley. It underlines that Denmark is world leading when it comes to innovation and digitisation. I am convinced that SingularityU Denmark will contribute to creating a dynamic hub for entrepreneurs, companies and researchers and prepare Denmark for the future.”

SingularityU Denmark will offer a number of educational and innovation programmes that combine the latest within exponential technology with future business areas.

According to Singularity University’s Global CEO, Rob Nail, who recently participated in the Danish government’s Disruption Council, it is no coincidence that Denmark is chosen as location for the new hub:

“Denmark is a recognized global leader in many areas of technology, including green tech, biotech, pharmaceutical sciences, telecommunications, IT, design and we all know the successes born in Denmark: LEGO, Universal Robots and Skype, to name a few. Our intent with the new business venture is to build on these achievements and create new opportunities. I was told that LEGO is short for “leg godt,” and SU wants to “play well” in Denmark.

Laila Pawlak, CEO for the new SingularityU Denmark, adds:

Being able to announce SingularityU Denmark is a huge recognition of our country. It gives us not only an opportunity to strengthen the Danish business community, it also creates a unique international position for Denmark.”  

The educational programmes will have expert faculty selected from within Scandinavia and around the world. Large corporations, SME’s, start-ups and public organisations are able to enter partnerships with SingularityU Denmark and get access to customized programs.

Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley and Invest in Denmark have close ties with Singularity University and are supporting the establishment of SingularityU Denmark.

Next generation printed solar cells

Proud to announce that our Danish partner FOM Technologies are providing “a centerpiece of the new Clean Energy Institute‘s Clean Energy Testbeds” with their 28-feet Roll-to-Roll printer for next generation flexible solar cells.

Martin Kiener (right) the CEO of FOM Technologies, with examples of the photovoltaic cells that the company prints on plastic sheeting to manufacture solar panels at a fraction of the cost of silicon or glass.
BELLAMY PAILTHORP / KNKX

Learn more at: http://bit.ly/2m1EXje & http://bit.ly/2ljsd3D

SCALEit Teams – February 2017

This week we welcomed our newest cohort of SCALEit Teams to the Bay Area, where they will spend an intense week gaining new knowledge, attending lots of meetings, and perfect their pitches. 

Scaleit
Scaleit team

Meet the teams:

Mobile solution for IV treatment

OSAA develops and markets a new medical device, IV-GO, that enables patients to be mobile during IV treatment. Benefits are both economic and include faster recreation and fewer hospital bed days per patient. Winner of Venture Cup Challenge 2017.

OSAA develops and markets a new medical device, IV-GO, that enables patients to be mobile during IV treatment. Benefits are both economic and include faster recreation and fewer hospital bed days per patient. Winner of Venture Cup Challenge 2017.

Forside

Corporate collaboration to boost energy optimisation

Better Home is a collaboration between Danfoss, Grundfos, Rockwool and Velux to boost energy optimization and renovation of single-family houses. Families can get a free online check of their house, and Better Home will create a tailored solution for local craftsmen to implement using their products.

Better Home is a collaboration between Danfoss, Grundfos, Rockwool and Velux to boost energy optimization and renovation of single-family houses. Families can get a free online check of their house, and Better Home will create a tailored solution for local craftsmen to implement using their products.

http://www.betterhome.today

Formwork robotics

Odico’s technology revolutionizes the production of geometrically challenging

Odico’s technology revolutionizes the production of geometrically challenging moulds. Odico’s patent pending software offers hotwire cutting of casting mould and Odico specializes in translating clients’ 3D files to coordinated robotic movements by software.

http://www.odico.dk/

Digital gaming subscription service.

OnePlay offers a digital subscription service, where users have access to download and play 2.000+ premium games from more than 75 different publishers for PC and Android devices.

http://www.oneplay.com/

Making transparent connections between brands and content creators

Woomio is a data tool for marketers to 1) help identify relevant content creators and 2) measure on their collaborations. Content Creators (e.g. bloggers) have the ability to sign up and create a free profile to showcase their influence.

https://www.woomio.com/en/#/businesses

Find a tutor

Zedubra allows students of all ages and levels to find exactly the tutor they need. Their software platform provides a link between students who academically can help each other in their local area, based on criterias such as subject, age and rating.

https://zedubra.com/da-DK/

Tailored platform to sport associations

Sportlas is a tailored software platform to sports clubs and associations to handle and collect members, payments, team schedules, competitions, news feed etc. in one place – internally and externally.

http://www.sportlas.com

Specialized EDI solutions

iEDI develops software and offers Electronic data interchange solutions for administration to enterprise customers within sales, purchase and procurement.

http://www.ducedi.com/

Collects all your social media

Spinnid is an app that combines and links the largest social media platforms and in order to give the user a complete coverage of the person you wish to follow. With one entrance, it is possible for the user to get a complete overlook of the SoMe-activity of their favorite singer, actor etc.

Spinnid is an app that combines and links the largest social media platforms and in order to give the user a complete coverage of the person you wish to follow. With one entrance, it is possible for the user to get a complete overlook of the SoMe-activity of their favorite singer, actor etc.

Interns Wanted for Fall 2017!

Intern Advert
Interns wanted for fall 2017

Twice annually, Innovation Centre Denmark offers students enrolled in a Danish masters program the opportunity to join our team in Palo Alto for a six-month internship.

There are four positions available in the fields of Investment, Corporations, Marketing, and R&D. We’ve previously welcomed candidates from a wide range of studies ranging from business, to political science, and beyond.  

Applications for our fall program are accepted until March 15th, and the deadline for spring applications is September 15th.

We encourage you to read more about the positions at ICDK SV Internships Fall 2017 and apply by emailing svicdk@um.dk.

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