Nordic Edge started with the conference and exhibition hosted for the first time in 2015. From its humble beginnings with 500 attendees it rapidly grew into a valuable meeting place for smart city players across the Nordics. In recent years around 200 co-organisers from across the Nordics and beyond have ensured new insights at the leading smart city conference and exhibition in the Nordics. At Nordic Edge Expo 2020 more than 300 organisations, sponsors and co-organisers contributed to a fully digital version of the Nordic region’s largest meeting place for smart cities and communities. Overall 26.500 people from 51 countries participated in the week long event. Read more about it here.
In 2018 we were recognised as the official Norwegian innovation cluster on smart cities and communities by the national cluster programme. By this recognition we are tasked with opening the door for our members to the trillion dollar global market for smart city products and services.
In 2019 we organised our first major events outside of the Nordics. In the spring politicians, public officials and companies joined the first Nordic Edge China. The week long international knowledge exchange saw key stakeholders from the five Nordic countries and China showcase solutions, build relations, share knowledge and competence.
The success was due to be repeated and scaled in the spring of 2020. The same year we were due to build the Nordic smart city brand with its forward-leaning public sector, services and solutions in North America.
The cluster is a hub for year-round activities, public-private partnerships, projects and business development. Our new tool box Innoasis will accelerate innovation and transformation in the Nordic region through its co-working space with lab facilities, the network and expertise to take a concept from idea to the international market. Quadruple helix collaboration is underway through ongoing events and activities through Innoasis. This will steadily progress towards the completion of the rebuild of the physical building in December 2021.