2017 was the year the City of Oslo set out to create a unified strategy for its smart city efforts. Serving the municipality and the city, Oslo Business Region has followed up to support these efforts and encourage the startup ecosystem to dive into this new arena. The smart oslo strategy sets out to make Oslo a smart city that innovates with the citizens’ interest and well-being at the core. I believe that to achieve this, entrepreneurs and startups are the essential ingredients on which we depend to succeed.
Our role in the joint venture between businesses, startups and public sector to make Oslo a smart city, is to continuously test and operationalise mechanisms, processes and arenas that can enable our startups, and help our city reach these goals.
Throughout 2017, we’ve done exactly this through initiating experiments such as the worlds first smart city accelerator connecting startups and the municipality, a climathon putting focus on smart climate solutions, an electric mobility car race that showcases the opportunities that lies within the future of transport to, from and in Oslo, and much more. In 2018 we are continuing these efforts, working to further strengthen new and ongoing projects that contributes to making Oslo a smarter, greener and more sustainable city.