Svein Berg speaking in studio at the official Nordic Edge Expo 2021 opening.

On the Edge of Tomorrow’s Sustainable Cities

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.

Watch the whole conference program online (free)

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

In addition, Nordic Innovation co-hosted a workshop on young adults’ mental together with Norway Health Tech and Norwegian Smart Care Cluster.

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.

Learn more about our work with Nordic health data.

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.

Learn more about our work on smart mobility and connectivity.


Portrait Rasmus Malmborg

Rasmus Malmborg

Senior Innovation Adviser
Rasmus has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus has been with LHL International for nine years and worked the last four years as CEO.

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Portrait Nina Egeli

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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