Nordic Tech Conferences to attend in 2018
I love talking to Investors, Journalists and Entrepreneurs outside the Nordics about what is happening in the startup scene over here, but even more so I think it’s super awesome when these people come over to visit and experience it for themselves. An event or conference is a great occasion for inviting people over. So in order to make it easier for you all to know when the best time to visit is, I have compiled a list of relevant events taking place in 2018.
Looking forward to share many talks, conversations, handshakes, coffees, lunches, drinks and inspiring moments with you all at these events and conferences during 2018.
This is a living document and it will be updated throughout the year. The list is mainly Nordic focused, but I have also added the main conferences taking place in the Baltics. Big thanks to all the people who helped in compiling this list. ❤ If you see something missing or have some more info to add, please drop a comment in this post!
Monthly/weekly recurring events and events taking place outside the Nordics and Baltics will not be included in the list. For a full overview of all conferences and events taking place in the Nordics including monthly/weekly recurring events visit thenordichub.com/events.
February 6th-7th, Polar Bear Pitching -This ice-breaking event offers startups literally the coolest possible stage for pitching; a hole cut through the ice in the frozen Baltic Sea. Unlike in all other pitching competitions, in Polar Bear Pitching there is no time limit. However, the startups have to give their pitches while standing waist deep in the ice cold water. Takes place in Oulu, Finland.
February 7th-8th, Connect2Capital -offers growth companies, investors and other actors in funding the ideal place to meet in an efficient and inspiring way. The forum is featuring emerging technology companies across various streams such as ICT Industry, Life Sciences Technology and more. Takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden.
February 8–9, Techchill -brings together startup teams, entrepreneurs, challengers and curious minds from the Baltics and beyond. 1000+ Attendees, cross-disciplinary. Organised by Techchill, takes place in Riga, Latvia.
February 15, Media Honeypot -brings together media houses seeking high-quality, innovative solutions, and the startups and growth companies who create them. 400+ Attendees, Media Technology. Organised by Articstartup, takes place in Helsinki, Finland.
February 28th, Technoport -an interdisciplinary meeting-place that brings the whole innovation ecosystem together to ensure those critical, groundbreaking technological advances happen and reach the market. Join the best and brightest in academia, business and industry and make the change happen. Let’s create the future we want, together. 1000+ attendees, Cross-disciplinary. Organised by Technoport, takes place in Trondheim, Norway.
March 8th, Women in Tech Stockholm -to inspire talented women to consider a future in the field of technology. It also wants to inspire and enlighten women already in the industry, to stay within the field, by providing the network and experience of successful people from the wonderful world of technology and media. Organised by some of Sweden’s largest media and technology companies. Takes place in Stockholm, Sweden.
May 14th-16th, Katapult Future Fest -three day festival focusing on the combination of exponential technologies, impact investing, new forms of collaboration and the future society. Takes place in Oslo, Norway.
TBA, STING Day -connects Swedish tech startups with investors from around the world. They exclusively invite the most driven entrepreneurs, the brightest investors and the most interesting industry profiles to help build the global companies of tomorrow. +400 attendees, 50/50 entrepreneurs and Investors. Organised by Stockholms Innovation. Takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. (Invitation Only)
May 21st — 27th, #gbgtechweek -strives to make Gothenburg one of the best tech communities in the world. During one week, several diverse and inspiring events, covering the full range from tech to business, is hosted for the public in Gothenburg. All events are open to everyone and free of charge. Takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden.
May 24th-25th, Latitude 59 — flagship startup & tech event of the world’s first digital society. The conference has grown into the most important startup and venture capital gathering of the Baltic region with world-class speakers & inspiring discussions. +1500 attendees, Cross-disciplinary. Takes place in Tallinn, Estonia.
May 30th-31st, Arctic15 -focuses on making deals and quality networking. There are 15 Tracks from Health and Fintech to AI and Talent. Industry players can use the time efficiently and gather under one roof. The core of it all is one-on-one meetings in Deal Room with pre-screened contacts. Networking is optimised to the absolute maximum with Pre-Event Matchmaking, Ad-Hoc Meetings, Networking Areas, Side Events, Workshops and Roundtables. Cross-disciplinary. Organised by Arcticstartup. Takes place in Helsinki, Finland.
May 31st, Startup Iceland -focused on knowledge sharing across startup ecosystems, to build an antifragile entrepreneurial ecosystem through best practice tools, resources and advice for Iceland. Takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland.
May 31st-June 1st, Upgraded Life Festival -Nordics biggest health startup and innovations event. Here the rising stars of health tech meet more established innovators across the industry. 1100+ attendees, health technology. Organised by Spa Health. Takes place in Helsinki, Finland.
June 4th-5th, Nordic Next -24 hours with some of the greatest minds in technology and investors from the Nordics and beyond, 50–100 attendees, Investor Summit. Organised by The Nordic Web. Takes place in Malmö, Sweden. (RECOMMENDED, Nordics leading Investor summit, Invitation Only)
June 19th-20th, 37 Degrees Celsius -explore and aim to accelerate the innovations and trends that are shaping the future of healthcare systems and life sciences. Organised by Stavanger forum, Kenes Exhibitions and EXCELLER. Takes place in Stavanger, Norway.
June 6th-16th, Symposium -created in 2015 by Spotify’s Founder Daniel Ek and Ash Pournouri, Founder of At Night Management, Symposium Stockholm provides a week-long festival for creative individuals with powerful ideas to come together and experience a creative home, at the intersection of tech and music. Takes place in Stockholm, Sweden.
June 12th-14th, Startup Extreme -The World’s’ Most Extreme Startup Conferencival, Cross-disciplinary. Organised by Startup Norway, takes place in Bergen and Voss, Norway.
TBA, Startup Reykjavik Investor Day -ten participating teams will present their business opportunities to investors and guests. Organised by Icelandic Startups. Takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Invitation Only)
TBA, The Shift, -an annual event designed for tech entrepreneurs and innovators, to give you hands-on tips and tools to grow your business. Takes place in Oslo, Norway.
TBA, Rainmaking Summit -so you’ve recruited the director of digital transformation — then what? Do you engage with startups? Do you form teams — away from the core business — in order to free creativity and avoid being dragged back into legacy corporate thinking? In a year’s time, will you have anything to show the board on what your digital team has actually delivered? Takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
September 4th-5th, The Conference -two-day exploration of human behavior, new technology and how to make things happen. Organised by Media Evolution. Takes place in Malmö, Sweden.
September 24th–25th, TechBBQ -two-day international tech-startup summit by and for the startup community focused on networking and business opportunities, 4000+ attendees and about 1500 startups, Cross-disciplinary. Takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TBA, Techfestival -is where humans and technology meet. A non-profit initiative exploring a new, progressive agenda on technology. Cross-disciplinary. Takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TBA, Fika Pitches -kicking off sthlm tech fest in the right way with all investors, international and Swedish, in the same room for some high-quality pitches. Of course a classic Swedish fika, with kaffe and bulle, is also served — apart from investable startups. Organised by SUP46 & Nordic Makers. Takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. (Invitation Only)
Date TBA, STHLM TECH FEST -every startup founder, investor, designer, developer, and journalist comes together to share, be inspired and meet the whole startup ecosystem, and welcome visitors from 20+ countries. Organised by #Sthlmtech and key players in the Sthlm startup scene, takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. (Biggest tech startup event in Sweden)
September 25th-27th, Nordic Edge Expo -largest smart city event in the Nordics. For everyone engaged in technological solutions that will make cities, communities, companies and homes smarter. Takes place in Stavanger, Norway.
September 24th-28th, Oslo Innovation Week -brings tech experts, startups, game changers and investors together to collaborate, solve problems and move forward, 75+ satellite events, 9500+ attendees. Organised by Oslo Business region. Takes place in Oslo, Norway.
October 25rd-26th, SingularityU Denmark Summit -join more than a thousand Scandinavian doers, thinkers, leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, students and executives for an intensive two-day deep dive into Our Exponential Future. Takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
November 30th-December 1st, Digital Freedom Festival -a meeting place to celebrate digital culture and to debate on the benefits of digital revolution, policy, startups, lifestyle and corporate. Takes place in Riga, Latvia
TBA, Swedish Startup Gala -the annual celebration of the Swedish startup heroes and the flourishing startup scene. Every year during the event a new person is inducted into the Swedish Startup Hall of Fame. Organised by SUP46. Takes place in Stockholm, Sweden.
TBA, Uppstart -an informal and relaxed conference for anyone interested in the European technology startup scene to meet up, learn, but most importantly, to have fun. Attendees can Listen to world class speakers, meet startups, investors and press, or party like it’s 1999 at the official after party. Takes place in Uppsala, Sweden.
December 4th-5th, SLUSH -brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 17,500 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers, Cross-disciplinary. Organised by SLUSH. Takes place in Helsinki, Finland. (RECOMMENDED, Europe’s leading startup event)
TBA, DI Startup tour finale -after crowning winners in six Swedish cities they all travel down to the capital to deliver their pitches ones again. A jury of investors is present to comment and give feedback but the audience decides who wins. Organised by Dagens Industri. Takes place in Stockholm, Sweden.
TBA, Sweden Demo Day -Sweden’s largest and most spectacular un-conference for startups and investors in the digital realms. Displays and crowns the up-and-coming, under-the-radar, Swedish digital superstars of tomorrow. Takes place in Stockholm, Sweden.
Date TBA, Nordic Buy Out Forum -the annual M&A event that joins the venture capital and private equity industry and others involved in the transaction market in Norway and the other Nordic countries. Organised by Wiersholm. Takes place in Oslo, Norway.
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Big thank you to all the investor, journalists, community builders and entrepreneur who have provided me with their input to make this list showcase the best occasions to visit the region.
This is a living document and will be updated throughout the year. If you see something missing or have some more info to add for any of these drop a comment in this post, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Note, Monthly/weekly recurring events and events taking place outside the Nordics and Baltics will not be included in the list. For a full overview of all conferences and events taking place in the Nordics including monthly/weekly recurring events visit thenordichub.com/events.