Ambassadors’ Smart City pitch

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.


Smart Cities Norway network

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.

We organize the Ambassadors’ Smart City pitch as a continuation of our efforts to foster cooperation, co-creation and sharing of knowledge related to smart cities. We think that this will not only forster business relations, but also give insights into cultural differences related to smart cities in the different countries, and inspire joint actions towards creating a global market based on fair access.

The following ambassadors will pitch @Arendalsuka 2019

  • Young-Sook Nam, Republic of Korea

  • Anna Mária Sikó, Hungary

  • Denisa Frelichova, Slovak Republic

  • Nancy Rossignol, Belgium

  • Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Royal Danish Embassy

How the pitch will be organized

Each ambassador will have a 5 minute pitch followed by 2 minutes of questions from the panel. Once all ambassadors have pitched we open up for questions from the audience.

What the pitch contains

  • Does your country have a national strategy for smart cities?

  • How is the UN sustainability goals connected to smart cities in your country?

  • Who are the leading smart cities in your country and what are their focus areas?

  • Are there any smart city networks in your country and are they linked internationally? Are the networks for cities only or do they also include private companies, academia, research, citizens etc.?

  • What smart city solutions can you export from your country?

  • What smart city solutions does your country need?

  • Do you provide tours to visitors?

When: Arendal, Norway on the 13th of august 2019

Nordic Smart Network - our international partners

We work with other smart city networks outside Norway. Here we share lessons learned on running our smart city network. The goal is to create a network for promoting Smart City ideas and solutions across borders.

About Arendalsuka

"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.

We aim to lower the threshold for political participation and inspire to civic engagement, by creating a politically independent forum where everyday citizens meet political leaders, business leaders, entrepreneurs, governmental organizations, media and NGO's.

Arendalsuka takes place every year in mid-August, week 33. For 5 days, we fill the city of Arendal with an interesting and educational variety of exhibitions and events."