A flying hologram burger, but also mingling and learning: What an evening we had with our fellow creative techies! Photo: Startup Norway

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!

Innovation Norway’s Margit Klingen Daams (Senior Advisor Creative Industries at Innovation Norway), discussing with LastCall’s CEO and founder, Pouria Ruhi. Photo: Startup Norway
As part of the event, we hosted several mingling sessions. One at the beginning, one in the break, and one at the end of the event. Photo: Startup Norway
Our attendees were served pizza, chips, alcohol and more fruity refreshments. Photo: Startup Norway
Arne Peder Blix (investor, and CEO of Friend Software Corporation) and Christian Wierød (Unite Living). Photo: Startup Norway
Ingrid Skrede (CMO of Ludenso), with two friends who also attended the event. Photo: Startup Norway

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.

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The part of our event space reserved for presentations and pitches were also getting filled up. Photo: Startup Norway
Matt Smith (CEO of The Lunicorn) and Anniken Fjelberg (CEO of 657 Oslo) in front of the stage before the event is about to start. Photo: Startup Norway
Angel Challenge’s project leader, Virginia Vegas and Angel Challenge’s investment manager, Bjørn Christensen. Startup Norway’s creative director, Thomas Refvik, is seated in the back of the photo. Photo: Startup Norway
As part of their stand, Last Call had a continuous screen showing what Last Call is aiming to alleviate — one of our “first world problems”: The FOMO (fear of missing out). Photo: Startup Norway
As part of our promotion for the Creative Technology Day, we created a video showcasing some of the interesting and promising Norwegian startups — all of them attendees at the event. Photo: Startup Norway
Knut Wien (Angel Challenge’s Founding Partner), along with Virginia Vegas onstage. Photo: Startup Norway
Virginia Vegas, talking about the inspiration behind Creative Technology Day. Photo: Startup Norway
Margit Klingen Daams, welcoming the attendees to the event. Photo: Startup Norway
Margit Klingen Daams. Photo: Startup Norway
The attendees (and the audience) was a truly diverse one for the Creative Technology Day! Here, Peder Børresen (formerly a founder of Moods of Norway, now the founder of Holocap) is listening to the presentations onstage. Photo: Startup Norway
Anniken Fjelberg from 657 Oslo, talking about investing in creative technologies. Photo: Startup Norway
The Creative Technology Day encited a great deal of wonder and interest among the attendees — both in terms of where the creative industries are heading, and what potential this opens up for all of us. Photo: Startup Norway
Even Ifar Fossland (startup coordinator at Angel Challenge) was tasked with keeping track of the time duration of each presentation onstage. Photo: Startup Norway
Margit Klingen Daams, Marianne Bratt Ricketts (Vibbio), and Stein B. Kvae (DRYLAB). Photo: Startup Norway
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Mathilde Emilie Johnsen from the Astrup Fearnley Museum had a presentation on the merging of arts and tech, and how this will change our experiences at museums. Photo: Startup Norway
Knut Wien. Photo: Startup Norway
Erik Brataas from Arctic Rights Management, had a presentation about music and tech. Photo: Startup Norway
Eirik Lilland Nerdal (startup manager at Angel Challenge), introducing the pitching session where many of the startups came onstage to do fire-pitches. Photo: Startup Norway
Jørgen Ekvoll from Adbooker. Photo: Startup Norway
Mathias Hov from AmmaCreative. Photo: Startup Norway
Huibert de Jong from AR-T. Photo: Startup Norway

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.

Hermund Arntzen Dale from Asamt. Photo: Startup Norway
Tron Markus Eckbo Endresen from Atelier. Photo: Startup Norway
Kristin Over-Rein from BoldBooks. Photo: Startup Norway
Robin Amir Rondestvedt Moudnib from Decentralize IT. Photo: Startup Norway
Kevin Hansen from Digipilot Games. Photo: Startup Norway
Åse Ytreland from DRYLAB. Photo: Startup Norway
Peder Børresen from Holocap. Photo: Startup Norway
Marcus Horn from Joytech. Photo: Startup Norway
Pouria Ruhi from Last Call. Photo: Startup Norway
Ingrid Skrede from Ludenso. Photo: Startup Norway

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.

Viktor Emanuel Sanden Espedal from Nordic Vagabonds. Photo: Startup Norway
Erling Magnus Solheim from Playpulse. Photo: Startup Norway
Viral Shah from Recess. Photo: Startup Norway
Christoffer Bølla Riseng from Requestify. Photo: Startup Norway

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.

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Trond Simonsen from ROEST. Photo: Startup Norway
Terp. Photo: Startup Norway
Vibbio. Photo: Startup Norway
Camilla Watz Johannessen from 657 Oslo. Photo: Startup Norway
Trond Simonsen, showing event attendees how to use one of the sample roasters the company creates. Stian André Weiseth is standing next to him. Photo: Startup Norway
Tron Markus Eckbo Endresen from Atelier is showing UiO student Vilde Slagsvold how to use the Atelier app. Photo: Startup Norway
The Creative Technology Day also facilitated for good — and relatively informal — meetings between both investors and startups. Photo: Startup Norway
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Åse Ytreland from DRYLAB. Photo: Startup Norway
Solveig Indregård, Evelina Čikas, and Helene Grova behind the bar at Startup Campus. Photo: Startup Norway
Stian André Weiseth (AI consultant at Nornir) and Miguel Silva. Photo: Startup Norway
Harri Manninen (founding partner at Play Ventures) and Teodor Baade Bjerrang (SNÖ Ventures). Photo: Startup Norway
Christoffer Bølla Riseng (Requestify), Erik Brataas (Arctic Rights Management), and Per-André Marum (Panamera IMD). Photo: Startup Norway

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.

Per-André Marum (Panamera IMD) discussing AR technology with Ingrid Skrede (Ludenso). Photo: Startup Norway

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.

Ingrid Skrede showcases the Ludenso AR glasses to an AR enthusiast. Photo: Startup Norway
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We even had flying (hologram) burgers at the event! This one was provided by AR-T, one of the startups attending. Photo: Startup Norway

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.

Harri Manninen (founding partner at Play Ventures). Photo: Startup Norway
Harri Manninen (founding partner at Play Ventures). Photo: Startup Norway
Marianne Bratt Ricketts, CEO of Vibbio, while she was onstage during the presentation of Vibbio. Photo: Startup Norway
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Benedicte H. Tandsæther-Andersen

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Content Creator of Startup Norway (Angel Challenge and Startup Extreme). Email: benedicte @ angelchallenge . com

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