Smart Business in the Arctic: Blue economy, technology and society

Welcome to the January Seminar 2019. This years topic is Smart Business in the Arctic, where we will debate issues connected to Blue economy, technology and society.

The High North Center for Business and Governance and Nord University Business School have the pleasure of inviting you to the January Seminar 2019
Smart Business in the Arctic: Blue economy, technology and society
When: 09:00-12:15, 15th of January 2019
Where: Litteratursalen, Stormen Library
The High North is rich in natural resources, which opens a significant potential for regional economic growth. However, this requires that all stakeholders involved in the Northern territories are able to address and solve problems that are unique to the Arctic.
As of today, there is a claim that the growing use of ICT technology and “smart” city-, community-, region- and governance can potentially contribute to a “smarter” economic, social and environmental development of the Northern regions and open up new areas for public innovation. However, while interest in “Smartness” is growing, holistic initiatives are rather uncommon in the High North.
This seminar aims to share existing experiences of “Smart” initiatives in the Arctic and discuss potential challenges and opportunities for business development in a frame of blue economy, technology, and society demands.
The seminar assembles various stakeholders from Norway and abroad, representing industry, governmental and non-governmental bodies, higher education and research institutions.

The seminar is free to attend, but requires registration due to limited seating and lunch.

Moderator: Director Frode Mellemvik, the High North Center for Business and Governance
09:00-09:30: Opening remarks by Tomas Norvoll, president of Nordland County
09:30-09:45: Daniel Bjarmann-Simonsen, State Secretary for the Minister of Trade and Industry 
09:45-10:00: Arve Ulriksen, CEO Mo Industrial Park: Sustainable industrial growth in the Arctic: Best practice with local and global impact
10:00-10:15: Øistein Aleksandersen, CEO Nofir: Recycling discarded equipment from fishing and fish farming
10:15-10:30: Monica Ahyee, Director Innovation Nordland

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:00: Stephen Skjelvan, leader of development and innovation, Bodø Municipality: Blue field focus within the Smart Bodø programme
11:00-11:15: Researcher Aase Kristin Lundberg, Nordland Research Institute: Legitimate and inclusive participation in smart city development. Experiences from Bodø Living Lab
11:15-11:30: Anatoli Bourmistrov, Professor Nord University Business School: : Foresight as a learning platform for Smart City development
11.30-11.45: Petter Nore, Professor High North Center
11:45-12:15: Panel debate. Moderator: Communication Adviser Trine Jonassen, High North Center

12:15: Lunch