The very first Nordic Edge Expo was staged in 2015 as a two-day event. A gathering of 500 attendees from 14 countries, with 23 exhibitors. The concept was to bring like–minded people together to find out what was happening in our cities and communities and how we could make them smarter with the developing technology available. Early on, our goal was to make Nordic Edge Expo the leading meeting place and smart city conference in the Nordics as a driving force in developing smart, sustainable and liveable cities, on account of the strong public sector, success in innovation and business and democratic values held in the region.
Since then, we have built up the conference and exhibition to take an international position in the smart city market and putting smart city Stavanger on the map, while holding close ties with organisations from our Nordic neighbours.
In 2017, a three-day programme saw the H2020 Triangulum project join the conference programme; Stavanger being one of the main Lighthouse cities. This brought us further close ties to several other European organisations who have been dedicated partners over the years. KnowHow Edtech also joined the conference on the third day and has been a side conference every year since.
By 2018, we were up to 5000 attendees from nearly 50 countries with 200 exhibitors and introduced our ‘Start-up Village’ area in the exhibition hall for new and young companies.