Nordic Edge Expo has quickly emerged as one of the leading smart city arenas in the Nordic region. After a hiatus last year due to Covid-19, the conference reappeared in a digital-physical hybrid format 20-23 September this year.
Under the theme “It’s tomorrow”, this year’s Expo set out to start discussions on how we together can shape attractive, sustainable cities and communities – and the need to act immediately.
Nordic Innovation were happy to contribute to discussions about smart cities, mental health and electrified freight.
Launching the Nordic Smart City Roadmap
Our Managing Director Svein Berg was invited to launch the Nordic Smart City Roadmap during the official opening of Nordic Edge Expo.
The roadmap provides a framework for smart city work in cities and municipalities both in the Nordics and internationally. Based on common Nordic values such as trust, equality, and co-creation, it will form a narrative of what constitutes a Nordic smart city – making it globally accessible for cities and municipalities around the world to understand and learn from its purposes and qualities.
The roadmap is co-financed by Nordic Innovation through the Nordic Sustainable Cities program.
Discussing Covid-19 and mental health
The workshop set out to discuss question about measures to proactively prevent a generation of citizens struggling with exclusion from work life and long-term mental health issues, how to meet the challenges that are already there – and how can we utilize health data and make use of artificial intelligence.
Our Senior Innovation Adviser Rasmus Malmborg gave a short introduction to how Nordic Innovation works with health data to address these challenges and to help create the world’s most sustainable and integrated health region by 2030.
Electrified urban freight
Ten years ago, it was unthinkable to most in the industry that freight vehicles would be electrified any time soon. Today, however, we already see several electric vehicles available that are able to solve urban freight needs.
Still questions remain, though. When will they be widespread, what charging solutions do we need, and do these electric solutions cover all urban freight transport needs?
Our Senior Innovation Adviser Nina Egeli participated in a session on electrified urban freight to help answer some of these challenges and present how we work with Nordic mobility actors to change the way people and goods move.