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, and see more photos from Samuelsen’s trip at

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