Please note that we have max attendance of 35 for this event, so sign up early to reserve your seat (event is free)
Please join us for two-part event at Innovation Center Denmark (ICD): (1) A discussion with two “early stage” Nordic edtech entrepreneurs ("edupreneurs") who are in Silicon Valley this summer; and (2) Short presentations by two interesting and upcoming Danish tech startups that are visiting Silicon Valley.
In the first part of the program, Søren Juul Jørgensen, Executive Director of Innovation Center Denmark, and Eilif Trondsen, Chair of Silicon Vikings SIG on Entrepreneurship and Learning, will have a discussion about their "edupreneurial" startup journeys and recent Silicon Valley experience with Endre Elvestad, the Founder of the Norwegian startup SignLab Ai, and with David Kofoed Wind, the CEO and Co-Founder of the Danish startup, Peergrade. Endre is currently participating in the Global Solutions Program of Singularity University and David and his colleagues are part of the acceleration program at Y Combinator.
After this discussion and a brief break, we will have two presentations by Cybot and IndieFrame that are currently visiting Silicon Valley. See below for a brief description of Cybot and IndieFrame.
In our conversation with Endre and David, Søren and I expect to cover a number of issues and topics, including the following:
- Their visions, motivations and experiences so far in their entrepreneurial journeys
- How they see the current Nordic startup environments—especially in Norway and Denmark—and how they differ from what they see in Silicon Valley
- What are the opportunities and challenges they see ahead as they plan to scale their operations—and how do they expect to deal with the staff geographical location issues
- What have their experiences been so far in the programs they are currently participating in at Singularity University and Y Combinator?
We will also give you a chance to ask Endre and David questions, so come prepared to engage with our panelists. All our sessions are highly interactive, informative and fun, so come and join what should be a great and interesting event.
Brief Bios of Panelists and Moderators:
David Kofoed Wind. David is Co-Founder and CEO of Peergrade and a PhD-student at The Technical University of Denmark. Peergrade helps teachers teach critical thinking to students through student-to-student feedback. David does research on machine learning, data science and learning analytics. He and his Peergrade colleagues are currently participating in the Y Combinator acceleration program.
Endre Elvestad. Founder of SignLab, a global platform for teaching parents of deaf children sign language. Former member of the Member of the Norwegian National Commission on Use of New Technologies in Higher Education. Master in CS with a focus on the intersection between AI, VR and human learning. Currently participating in the Global Solutions Program of Singularity University (SU). Also participated in the first cohort of SU’s Copenhagen program the spring of 2017.
Søren Juul Jørgensen. Søren is the Executive Director of the Innovation Center Denmark (ICD), a bridge between research institutions, companies and capital in Denmark and Silicon Valley. ICD accelerates the entry of Danish companies into Silicon Valley; facilitates research cooperation and provides inspiration to help drive innovation in Denmark. Søren is Board Member of Nordic Innovation House and an External Examiner at Aarhus University and Associated Professor at University of Copenhagen.
Eilif Trondsen. Eilif—a transplanted Norwegian who has spent his whole professional life in Silicon Valley—has led and participated in a number of syndicated research programs and numerous consulting projects during his 35 years at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) and Strategic Business Insights (a spin-out from SRI, located on the Menlo Park campus of SRI). Eilif has also been Adjunct Professor of Economics at a number of Bay Area universities. Most of his work has focused on eCommerce, Learning, Innovation, and Virtual Technologies, and in recent years much of his work has focused on the Nordic region, especially Finland and Norway, including projects for Tekes and the Norwegian Research Council, and two projects funded by Nordic Innovation. He is currently the project leader of a new Nordic Innovation project awarded to Silicon Vikings, which will build a Nordic EdTech Network. He has been a Board member of Silicon Vikings for the last 5 years, and have been the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship and Learning since its beginning
Two Danish tech company presentations—Brief Company Descriptions
Cybot—www.cybot.com—CEO Daniel Johannsen
New regulations on ePrivacy and data protection in the EU (ePR/GDPR), require that any website operator in the world serving visitors from the EU, informs about any tracking, document data shared with third parties and obtain consent from the visitors. Website owners struggle to implement compliant solutions and think of the task as expensive and burdensome or even impossible.
Cybot has developed a self-serve cloud service, Cookiebot, which makes it easy and affordable for website owners to comply. The service continuously scans the customer’s websites for cookies and similar tracking technologies, generates the necessary documentation and information, and automatically handles the visitor’s consent state. By embedding two script tags and a few mark-ups on the customer’s website, Cookiebot provides a fully compliant and automated solution. Cybot is currently in use on 7,000 websites in 20+ countries (US included) across all industries and company sizes.
IndieFrame—www.IndieFrame.com—Co-Founder, Cecilia Valsted
Indieframe is an independent digital distribution platform that brings the content creator and the media together. It is a worldwide database of user-generated content for photos and video.
INDIEFRAME believes that money should go directly to the content creator (director, producer, journalist, local smart-phone user) within a free market and the content producer should determine the rights and the price for their own content. IndieFrame provides this platform and is available on both desktop and iOS. IndieFrame’s technology makes it easy to upload content directly from a camera, tablet and smartphone and allows for seamless distribution directly to News Media, TV stations, web blogs, as well as for educational uses, presentations and other media needs from around the world.