About Smart Cities Norway
Smart Cities Norway - Network is an informal network that gathers members from civil society, municipalities, startups, research, businesses and government agencies. With our 200+ members, we are the largest Smart City network in Norway.
In order to succeed in developing a society that is smarter, more sustainable and more liveable than today, we believe that interactions across public and private sectors and industries is crucial.
Our approach is that knowledge become more valuable when it is shared and that interesting things happens when people of different backgrounds work together.
Smarte Byer Norge AS drives and organises the network, as a CSR-activity. Our mission is to help accelerating smart city development in Norway.
We are also a consulting and advisory company that offers services for public authorities (cities, municipalities, regions, state agencies), companies, research institutes and academia, NGOs and others. Our services includes organising innovation events for municipalities like hackathon, ideathon. We also arrange smart city introduction courses to strategy and technical open data consulting.
Arendalsuka is an national annual event and has since 2012 been the largest political gathering in Norway. The event has a clear mission to strengthen the belief in political empowerment and democracy through an open debate and involvement. For 5 days, politicians, interest groups, businesses and startups filled the idyllic city of Arendal with an interesting and educational variety of exhibitions and events. Smart Cities Norway was there and hosted debates and inspiring lectures. Check out our events here
Denisa Frelichová, the ambassador to Slovakia in Norway, pitch during Arendalsuka 2019 and the unique standing of the event itself is published at the webpage of Smart Cities Klub Slovakia. In addition to Arendalsuka, the article highlight Smart Cities Norway initiative to promote smart citiy projects in other countries as inspiration.
The challenges and opportunities related to smart cities are global. We have invited ambassadors to the Kingdom of Norway, to a session where they pitch their respective countries’ vision, ambition and initiatives related to Smart Cities & Communities.
Exchange of experience between cities and municipalities, as well as across borders, is crucial if we are to develop smart, sustainable and livable cities. Earlier this week, we entered a cooperation agreement with our sister organization in Slovakia. Now, we are entering a partnership with the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.
Smart Cities Norway and Smart Cities Klub Slovakia have today come together to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation to promote and building Smart cities, focusing on knowledge-transfer, good practice sharing, education of city staff and community