Heading towards a more automated and augmented world, how do we cope with that?

Right now we are in the middle of an industrial revolution which puts the industry’s innovative thinking to the test. In order to meet the global challenges, higher demands than ever are placed on the industry’s skills, changeability and willingness to cooperate. What if big corporates would start thinking like a startup, can it help them win today´s ultra-competitive environment?

In the modern industry digital twins are used; digital images of a machine, process, factory or an entire world. New abilities that create new insights, lower costs, enable us to make faster decisions and strengthen our own intelligence. We can connect internal processes with production that can be answered in real time and anticipate future needs.

Digital transformation is a revolution in the industry. Are we facing a revolution in the industry and what does it take to keep up with tech change today? That’s something we will dive into at Umeå Tech Arena this time.

How to develop a business idea

In the afternoon we will start Umeå Tech Arena by being inspired by an entrepreneur, that let us understand how it is to develop a business idea. After that you will be listening to pitches from a couple of entrepreneurs from Uminova Innovations Startup Program. The program helps the entrepreneurs to see if their business idea has a potential or not.

And as usual, there is a lot of time for networking and making new friends within the startup- and techcommunity.


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On stage

Conny Svensson
Head of Digital Transformation and AI Practice Lead, CGI Sverige AB

Keynote: The world as we know it is about to change, big time!

AI is driving automation and augmentation while delivering new sensations. Join this presentation in following the story of the human kind and what we can learn from history as we’re going into a new age where experience is everything and digital copies of the world turn our organisations and lifes up side down.

Conny Svensson

By merging the history with the big trends of today with a mix of new emerging technologies Conny has an intuitive way of seeing the big picture and tell the stories of what is happening now and tomorrow. Having a solid background in technology Conny has always been interested in how it can form society, create value for the individual and transform businesses. After 20 years in the IT-industry he now helps organisations to face the biggest change of them all, Artificial Intelligence.

Martin Ärlestig
Plant manager at Komatsu Forest

Panel member in the fireside chat

Martin has worked within Komatsu Forrest for over 20 years. He has been the technical manager responsible for product development and construction among other things. Martin Ärlestig comes from a background in industrial automation.

Martin Wiklund
Founder & CEO Sportswik

Part 1: Keynote - How to develop a business idea

Martin Wiklund is founder & CEO of a sports/tech/media company called Sportswik. He is fascinated by new technology, disruptive ideas and inspiring people.

Martin was a former business coach for tech startups, developer, solution architect & technology evangelist. He is still very interested in the details about the technology behind disruptive innovations.

Sportswik is an app and media platform that makes everyone with a smartphone a reporter. Everyone in the match can photograph, film, comment and report goals and other match activities with the app.

Niklas Åström
CEO of ÅLÖ group

Panel member in the fireside chat

Niklas Åström, CEO of ÅLÖ group. Niklas has a broad experience from the Industry and been managing many disciplines, as VP Global Sales, VP Global Sourcing and he was part of Ålö´s establishment in China. His passionate about change and sees change as the normal status in a successful company

Catarina Berglund
Innovation Manager, Automation Region

Participant in discussion: Collaboration and ecosystem

Automation is the future industry in Sweden and are of great importance for competitiveness and the major issues surrounding resource use, energy and the environment. The Automation Region, a non-profit association / corporate cluster and a center formation at Mälardalen University, links companies, authorities, research and education. The purpose is to strengthen and make visible our world-leading automation industry and our great automation and production expertise. Catarina Berglund leads a team that consists of senior automation experts, innovation leaders, communicators and strong change leaders. We have the privilege of making a difference together with our companies and partners.

"Vision to be the leading innovation environment in the automation industry in Europe"


Stina Lantz
Program Manager, Ignite Sweden

Participant in discussion: Collaboration and ecosystem

Ignite Sweden is aiming to foster commercial collaboration between startups and corporates. The program operates nationwide and is lead by incubators STING, LEAD, THINGS, UMINOVA and MINC, in close collaboration with SISP. The program also investigates pitfalls and success factors in startup - corporate collaboration. At the moment, more than 100 corporates have met 350+ startups in over 2 000 curated meetings since spring 2017. Before Ignite Sweden, Stina has spent her most recent years arranging some of the largest Swedish tech events for the Swedish and International B2B tech scene, where matchmaking and tailored hackathons were a crucial ingredient. An entrepreneur at heart, Stina has a profound background in business development and marketing in small and middle-sized B2B tech companies. She founded her first startup, focused on streaming online video, more than 16 years ago. After that she has been holding leading positions in tech intense scale ups on their road to international expansion, working with customers like Ericsson, Telia, Microsoft, and IBM.

Tove Rådelius
Investment Manager, Norrsken Foundation

Part 1: Participant in the Investor discussion

Tove Rådelius is an Investment Manager in Norrsken Foundation's impact VC fund, investing in early-stage scalable tech companies that have a positive social or environmental impact. Prior to joining Norrsken, Tove worked in London at buy-and-build investment firm Marwyn Capital and PwC’s Deals Advisory practice specialising in Tech, Media and Telecom companies. Tove is ACA qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Sandor Albrecht
Vice President at AI@RISE

Panel member in the fireside chat

We are in the midst of yet another industrial revolution driven by the label ICT, e.g. 5G, IoT, automation, virtualization, and most importantly; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. What's different with this industrial revolution is that it’s use case driven, meaning it’s not only impacting a specific industrial area but all areas in society. In order to understand what kind of impact it can and will have on society, we have to have a more holistic view and put it in context of societal challenges e.g. well-being, ethics, and digitalization of industries and public sector. In order to embrace and get the full potential of this change, they players of society have to open up, to create and to drive ecosystems across the current boundaries.

Sandor Albrecht

Sandor Albrecht is a community builder and change driver. He is passionate about innovation and technology incubation.

Albrecht is Vice President at AI@RISE, that means he works with teams that explore new ways of connecting human beings, industries and AI technologies, all in the pursuit of making it more secure and enjoyable to work and live in a sustainable world.

Before he joined RISE in September 2018, he worked at Ericsson for twenty years in Hungary and Sweden as a leader in product development and corporate research. He was the founder and head of Ericsson Garage, Ericsson’s global innovation and incubation platform.

Albrecht received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1993, and his PhD from the same institution in 2004. He also holds a Master of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia in Canada and holds a Master of Business Administration from Central European University Business School, Budapest, Hungary.

Anette Nordvall
Early stage Nordic Tech Investor & Chairwoman We Don't Have Time

Part 1: Participant in the Investor discussion


Anette Nordvall is currently a partner at Stockholms Business Angels - STOAF, a partnership and syndication of Business Angels actively investing in early stage technology and Medtech in Sweden. Venture Advisor to US East coast VC Capital A Partners active in the Nordics. Awarded Vinnova-Wallenberg Fellowship to Stanford University and Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto, CA, USA, researching angel investing and common investment values between the Nordics and Silicon Valley during 2016. Appointed by Swedish Business Magazine Di Digital as one of Sweden’s Most Powerful Tech-investors 2015, 2016. Named at Nordic100 Most Influential Person 2017. Nominated as Pay-it-forward Investor 2017 at Swedish Start-up Gala. Mentioned in EBAN 2018 report on 200+ most active Business Angels in Europe. Cored at Venture Cup Swedish Country final 2018 as "Sweden's nicest Business Angel”. And, Chairwoman for We Don't Have Time – Empowering Green Planet Business choices.

Program, Tuesday Nov 26

Doors are opened


Norrlandsoperan

Part 1: How to develop a business idea

In the afternoon we will start Umeå Tech Arena by being inspired by an entrepreneur, Martin Wiklund from Sportswik, that let us understand: "How it is to develop a business idea". After that you will be listening to pitches from a couple of entrepreneurs from Uminova Innovations Startup Program. The program helps the entrepreneurs to see if their business idea has a potential or not. You will also listen to a conversation with the investors Anette Nordvall, Nordvest and Tove Rådelius, Norrsken Foundation regarding "Tomorrow trending startups".

Moderators is Magdalena Lindström and Hillevi Lindelöf from Uminova Innovation.

Main stage, Norrlandsoperan

Mingle and dinner

Mingle and talk to either the participants in the progam and rest of the people in the tech- and startupcommunity in Umeå. The bar will be open and you have the opportunity to buy yourself a vegetarian wrap for 75 SEK (which will make you feel full and satisfied for the rest of the evening).

Foyer, Norrlandsoperan

Part 2: Heading towards a more automated and augmented world, how do we cope with that?

Keynote, The world as we know it is about to change, big time! Conny SvenssonHead of Digital Transformation and AI Practice Lead, CGI Sverige AB . Further presentation below

Fireside chat: Smart industry? Conny Svensson, Head of Digital Transformation and AI Practice Lead, CGI Sverige AB , Martin Ärlestig, Plant Manager, Komatstu Forest, Sandor AlbrechtVice President RISE AI, Niklas Åström, CEO, ÅLÖ.

Collaboration and ecosystem - Trends and challenges? Stina Lantz, Program Manager, Ignite Sweden, Catarina Berglund, Innovation Manager, Automation Region.
 
Nordea Grant Winners Nordea hands out stipends on the total sum of 50 000 SEK to the three most promising business ideas in the Startup Program by Uminova Innovation.

Rest of the program will soon be presented

Moderator is Maria Olofsson  from Uminova Innovation

Main stage, Norrlandsoperan

After-party and mingle

Mingle and talk to people in the tech- and startupcommunity in Umeå or the speakers from the stage program.

Foyer, Norrlandsoperan
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Conny Svensson
Head of Digital Transformation and AI Practice Lead, CGI Sverige AB

Keynote: The world as we know it is about to change, big time!

AI is driving automation and augmentation while delivering new sensations. Join this presentation in following the story of the human kind and what we can learn from history as we’re going into a new age where experience is everything and digital copies of the world turn our organisations and lifes up side down.

Conny Svensson

By merging the history with the big trends of today with a mix of new emerging technologies Conny has an intuitive way of seeing the big picture and tell the stories of what is happening now and tomorrow. Having a solid background in technology Conny has always been interested in how it can form society, create value for the individual and transform businesses. After 20 years in the IT-industry he now helps organisations to face the biggest change of them all, Artificial Intelligence.

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Martin Ärlestig
Plant manager at Komatsu Forest

Panel member in the fireside chat

Martin has worked within Komatsu Forrest for over 20 years. He has been the technical manager responsible for product development and construction among other things. Martin Ärlestig comes from a background in industrial automation.

Read more

Martin Wiklund
Founder & CEO Sportswik

Part 1: Keynote - How to develop a business idea

Martin Wiklund is founder & CEO of a sports/tech/media company called Sportswik. He is fascinated by new technology, disruptive ideas and inspiring people.

Martin was a former business coach for tech startups, developer, solution architect & technology evangelist. He is still very interested in the details about the technology behind disruptive innovations.

Sportswik is an app and media platform that makes everyone with a smartphone a reporter. Everyone in the match can photograph, film, comment and report goals and other match activities with the app.

Read more

Niklas Åström
CEO of ÅLÖ group

Panel member in the fireside chat

Niklas Åström, CEO of ÅLÖ group. Niklas has a broad experience from the Industry and been managing many disciplines, as VP Global Sales, VP Global Sourcing and he was part of Ålö´s establishment in China. His passionate about change and sees change as the normal status in a successful company

Read more

Catarina Berglund
Innovation Manager, Automation Region

Participant in discussion: Collaboration and ecosystem

Automation is the future industry in Sweden and are of great importance for competitiveness and the major issues surrounding resource use, energy and the environment. The Automation Region, a non-profit association / corporate cluster and a center formation at Mälardalen University, links companies, authorities, research and education. The purpose is to strengthen and make visible our world-leading automation industry and our great automation and production expertise. Catarina Berglund leads a team that consists of senior automation experts, innovation leaders, communicators and strong change leaders. We have the privilege of making a difference together with our companies and partners.

"Vision to be the leading innovation environment in the automation industry in Europe"


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Stina Lantz
Program Manager, Ignite Sweden

Participant in discussion: Collaboration and ecosystem

Ignite Sweden is aiming to foster commercial collaboration between startups and corporates. The program operates nationwide and is lead by incubators STING, LEAD, THINGS, UMINOVA and MINC, in close collaboration with SISP. The program also investigates pitfalls and success factors in startup - corporate collaboration. At the moment, more than 100 corporates have met 350+ startups in over 2 000 curated meetings since spring 2017. Before Ignite Sweden, Stina has spent her most recent years arranging some of the largest Swedish tech events for the Swedish and International B2B tech scene, where matchmaking and tailored hackathons were a crucial ingredient. An entrepreneur at heart, Stina has a profound background in business development and marketing in small and middle-sized B2B tech companies. She founded her first startup, focused on streaming online video, more than 16 years ago. After that she has been holding leading positions in tech intense scale ups on their road to international expansion, working with customers like Ericsson, Telia, Microsoft, and IBM.

Read more

Tove Rådelius
Investment Manager, Norrsken Foundation

Part 1: Participant in the Investor discussion

Tove Rådelius is an Investment Manager in Norrsken Foundation's impact VC fund, investing in early-stage scalable tech companies that have a positive social or environmental impact. Prior to joining Norrsken, Tove worked in London at buy-and-build investment firm Marwyn Capital and PwC’s Deals Advisory practice specialising in Tech, Media and Telecom companies. Tove is ACA qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Read more

Sandor Albrecht
Vice President at AI@RISE

Panel member in the fireside chat

We are in the midst of yet another industrial revolution driven by the label ICT, e.g. 5G, IoT, automation, virtualization, and most importantly; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. What's different with this industrial revolution is that it’s use case driven, meaning it’s not only impacting a specific industrial area but all areas in society. In order to understand what kind of impact it can and will have on society, we have to have a more holistic view and put it in context of societal challenges e.g. well-being, ethics, and digitalization of industries and public sector. In order to embrace and get the full potential of this change, they players of society have to open up, to create and to drive ecosystems across the current boundaries.

Sandor Albrecht

Sandor Albrecht is a community builder and change driver. He is passionate about innovation and technology incubation.

Albrecht is Vice President at AI@RISE, that means he works with teams that explore new ways of connecting human beings, industries and AI technologies, all in the pursuit of making it more secure and enjoyable to work and live in a sustainable world.

Before he joined RISE in September 2018, he worked at Ericsson for twenty years in Hungary and Sweden as a leader in product development and corporate research. He was the founder and head of Ericsson Garage, Ericsson’s global innovation and incubation platform.

Albrecht received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1993, and his PhD from the same institution in 2004. He also holds a Master of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia in Canada and holds a Master of Business Administration from Central European University Business School, Budapest, Hungary.

Read more

Anette Nordvall
Early stage Nordic Tech Investor & Chairwoman We Don't Have Time

Part 1: Participant in the Investor discussion


Anette Nordvall is currently a partner at Stockholms Business Angels - STOAF, a partnership and syndication of Business Angels actively investing in early stage technology and Medtech in Sweden. Venture Advisor to US East coast VC Capital A Partners active in the Nordics. Awarded Vinnova-Wallenberg Fellowship to Stanford University and Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto, CA, USA, researching angel investing and common investment values between the Nordics and Silicon Valley during 2016. Appointed by Swedish Business Magazine Di Digital as one of Sweden’s Most Powerful Tech-investors 2015, 2016. Named at Nordic100 Most Influential Person 2017. Nominated as Pay-it-forward Investor 2017 at Swedish Start-up Gala. Mentioned in EBAN 2018 report on 200+ most active Business Angels in Europe. Cored at Venture Cup Swedish Country final 2018 as "Sweden's nicest Business Angel”. And, Chairwoman for We Don't Have Time – Empowering Green Planet Business choices.

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