Creative Technology Day 2019 in pictures: Mingling, learning — and a flying hologram hamburger
Did you get to experience the inspirational community at the Creative Technology Day, or did you miss out? Either way — here are some photos from one of this year’s most creative gatherings in the startup community.
All photos by: Startup Norway
On Thursday last week, Startup Campus was the arena for a truly limitless event: The Creative Technology Day, where several startups got to showcase their innovative products — as well as meeting community builders, potential investors and customers. We were eager to see just how many people would be available to join us for this event, and we were not disappointed: More than 250 people had signed up for the event, and the turnout was amazing. Our event space was very much buzzing with both innovative mindsets and interesting conversations.
However, we are very much aware that the creative industries are much bigger than this — they are after all among the fastest growing sectors in the world today. Still, ambition and perseverance are key elements in making an impact — and we have the photos do document what kind of evening this was. So scroll through the photos below — maybe you’ll see yourself, or someone you recognise!
Ingrid Skrede, the CMO of the AR hardware startup Ludenso, says they got to pitch their new, disruptive ed tech project, which is a 3D modeling tool that lets kids become digital creators, where they can explore their own creations in augmented reality (AR).
We [Ludenso] found the Creative Technology Day truly inspiring. It was a great arena to meet forward-thinking and creative entrepreneurs, as well as experienced and knowledgeable thought leaders from the creative industries. As we are currently looking for seed investors with experience from the gaming and the educational sectors, the Creative Technology Day was a the perfect arena to connecting with inspiring thought leaders in our field.
Huibert de Jong from AR-T says they joined the Creative Technology Day to showcase the latest technology in the field of web-based augmented reality.
The Creative Technology Day was a good possibility for us to show the latest technology in the field of web-based Augmented Reality. Our project AR-T is based on a collaboration between 3 organisations: De Jong Media (artwork), Arctic Movement (management) and XTEND (technology) and it was our main target to showcase the new technology used for our project AR-T.
Ingrid Skrede from Ludenso says the event enabled them to connect with innovators who just wanted to try out the solution, and who shared their ideas in return. Skrede says this was valuable for the startup, as they can use the new insights both when they improve they improve the solution, and the market strategy.
The creative industries are in a continuous expansion, and play an increasingly important role in education, art and gaming. Though the sectors are very different — they also have a lot in common. Attending events like this makes it easier to share knowledge, and thereby learn how to create a sustainable economic growth. Events like the Creative Technology Day boost creativity, as different business models can serve as inspirational sources. This is important to us in Ludenso, as we believe that people work faster and smarter when they get access to a broad set of ideas from a varied set of sources.
Christoffer Bølla Riseng from Requestify says they loved the Creative Technology Day.
The event was held at an awesome venue [Startup Campus] with great speakers. It was also cool that Angel Challenge/Startup Campus decided to use our app ass the designated music player during the event.
Riseng also shares how the event has had a business-impact on the startup.
We got a new partner! Back2social loved our product, and decided to use us at their event on Saturday.
Christoffer Bølla Riseng from Requestify says he would love to see the Creative Technology Day come back to Startup Campus.
Events like the Creative Technology Day are great networking places for meeting other startups in the industry, and highlight why investors should look to invest in creative startups. Hopefully this is the start of an investment boom in creative tech.
Ingrid Skrede from Ludenso says several investors approached the Ludenso stand after she did her pitch onstage (where she pitched the startup’s new disruptive ed tech project). Skrede adds that they will be following up these investors, and are eager to see where it might take them. Among the other attendees Ludenso got to connect with, there were several talented entrepreneurs, who know investors they wanted to connect Ludenso with.
But if the Creative Technology Day is coming back again, we would love to get a better chance to talk to the people most relevant to us. With lots of enthusiastic and fun people coming to our stand, though we loved the energy (!), it was a little hard to focus our attention on the investors we were there to meet. A fun idea could therefore be to do speed dating with investors, where they could share their thoughts and ideas, so that we could learn from their advice — and possibly get an investment from the right type of investor.
Huibert de Jong from AR-T (who provided us with the entertainment of a flying burger, a flying shoe, and even a flying Coca Cola can — among other things) says events like the Creative Technology Day hold the key to making the creative industries truly excel.
Norway does not play a significant role in the Creative Industry at international level and we can change this through more events like this where sharing knowledge and new ideas are paramount. It is important to look beyond borders because the creative industry is undergoing rapid change, and a strong national creative industry makes it much easier to integrate new technologies into our projects — and this means we have to share and collaborate much more. Together we can do more.