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Innoasis Science Talks: Is the building industry stuck in the past?

How can building organizations move forward with cutting edge, scalable innovation?

Historically, we have understood large incumbent companies as facing inertia, whereas startups struggle to establish and grow their solutions. The recent advent of collaborative innovation platforms, such as incubators, innovation garages, and innovation hubs, has changed the rules for how the ‘Goliaths and Davids’ can work together. Co-innovation in the building industry, such as with the Urban Tech programme based in Copenhagen, presents implications for smart technologies, sustainability, and the future of business development across the sector.

Join the next Science Talk to discuss the suite of opportunities and challenges arising from such programs. 


13:00 – 13:05 Welcome and introduction
13:05 – 13:30 Science Talk
13:30 – 13:45 Introduction to panelists
13:45 – 14:15 Panel debate
14:15 – 14:30 Questions from the audience


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Lara Anne Blasberg is an industrial researcher in the areas of sustainable building, business development and innovation, and smart building technologies, with particular attention to human well-being and user-centred design. She is currently leading the project ‘Smart Building Business Model Innovation’ supported by VELUX, the Danish Innovation Fund, and Realdania, as part of the Smart Buildings and Cities research group embedded in the BLOXHUB Science Forum. Lara obtained her PhD in sustainable building standards from Copenhagen Business School, through the EU Marie Curie programme ‘Innovation for Sustainability’, and she teaches and supervises projects on the topics of responsible business, circular economy, and green strategy. 


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General manager of Construction City Cluster since 2018. Extensive experience from politics and business.

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Chief technology innovation officer / CTIO. Working with technology and project development, business development, innovation in Smedvig Eiendom. Asset Manager for Site 4016 and CEO of Ullandhaug Energy a renewable energy company. MSc in Engineering from University of Stavanger. MSc in Real Estate Management from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Master of Management from Norwegian Business School.

He has previously held positions at ABB, YIT and Caverion.

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