Oslo Meets Hackney is an annual event since 2013 and is organized in connection with the lightning of the Oslo Christmas tree downtown London. It’s purpose is to strengthen the business ties between Oslo and Hackney within the tech and creative industries sector and city government services.
The event gathered pioneering and innovative scale-up founders, city officials, investors and companies in the fields of entrepreneurship, tech and investment. It was hosted on 6 December at Shoreditch Platform.
The program of the day included a workshop for Oslo-based scaleup founders and international investors and key professionals to share experiences, insight and network. Two Norwegian companies, Urban Sharing and Attensi, presented their main challenges for scaling globally and everyone took part in the discussion after. We had keynotes like Martin Falch (360Leaders), Mike Butcher (Techcrunch), Benjamin Webb (Deliberate PR), James Swantson – Voyage Control and many more
After followed a networking session with the launch of Oslo European Green Capital 2019 in the presence of Mayor Philip Glanville of Hackney, Counsellor Guy Nicholson of Hackney and Vice Mayor for Business development and Public ownership of Oslo – Kjetil Lund.
The last session of the day challenged city government officials from Oslo and Hackney. The goals were to learn from each others best practices and initiatives through a workshop. We discussed how to engage with citizens and business about change, how to reduce traffic in central business districts and how we can better support Oslo and Hackney businesses with green solutions. Lastly we had a speed-dating session and discussed collaborations, a joint calendar, opening up networks from both sides and helping cohorts and ideas for Oslo MeetsHackney 2019.
On behalf of the city of Oslo, the event was organized by Oslo Business Region in collaboration with 360Leaders, the Norwegian Embassy in London, Borough of Hackney, The Europas (Mike Butcher from Techcrunch), Agora London and companies and organizations from London and Oslo.
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