A successful cluster-to-cluster initiative

A week has passed since the first mcb tech conference was hosted by the two clusters -  Finance Innovation and NCE Media. "The conference is a great example of how Bergen's cluster-to-cluster initiatives are truly unique in a national context." says Kristianne Paasche in Innovation Norway.

With a keynote from Professor Richard Rumelt that certainly made an impression on the conference attendees, the mind-blowing and extreme digital development in China presented by Tom Xiong and Jacob Lovén, the duo behind “Digitala Draken”, Artificial Intelligence used in scouting and analyzing talents in the Bundesliga and many more fantastic insights, made sure that the conference provided the audience new and updated outlooks on both strategy, digitalization and new technologies.

Cluster-to-Cluster Initiative  
Special Adviser in Innovation Norway, Kristianne Paasche, who is on the Program Board for Clusters in Norway, praised the joint effort from the Finance Innovation and NCE Media clusters. 

"Bergen's cluster-to-cluster initiatives are truly unique in a national context. With initiatives like these, NCE Media and Finance Innovation has become role-models for what we are trying to achieve, she says, and continues:  

“It is important to highlight the solutions coming out of both the media and the finance industry, since the solutions often are based on the same technology. This will further amplify the cooperation between the clusters.”

 Kristianne Paasche, Special Advisor, Innovation Norway

Kristianne Paasche, Special Advisor, Innovation Norway

Paasche was fascinated by the sessions covering Artificial Intelligence. “I was very impressed by the Watson technology, and what Watson is becoming. How they are developing it into becoming a natural part of society. I think we need to move away from the notion that robots are scary things as seen in the movies to actually see the social value of this technology” she says.

Open Sessions at Media City Bergen

Day two of the conference kicked off with a key note presentation from Petter Lee-Johannessen, EVP & Head of Strategic Partnerships at DNB, followed by several parallell sessions from members of Finance Innovation and NCE Media. See pictures from day two here

Read our member, Sparebanken Vest 's coverage of the mcb tech conference here
Complete summary of the conference by Media City Bergen is available here 

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