The Lerchendal-conference, also known for being the Norwegian answer to Davos, is a meeting place for leaders within the Norwegian industry, research environments and public management. The theme for this years conference was “From visions to execution – Norwegian competitiveness in a digital world”. With talks from profiles such as prime minister Erna Solberg, chief technology officer in Microsoft, Shahzad Rana, and executive vice president in SINTEF, Alexandra Bech Gjørn, the conference provided a comprehensive program where innovation was in focus.
Being students at NTNU School of Entrepreneurship and hopeful entrepreneurs, some of us were lucky enough to participate at this years conference. Through quality discussions around the tables, panel debates and good presentations, we really get the pulse of social development here in Norway. In the video below we talk to the principle of NTNU, Gunnar Bovim, about the importance of study programs like ours.
If we are to remember one thing from the conference, it can be summed up in a quote from the General Director for research and innovation in EU, Wolfgang Burtscher:
“Innovation has never happened so fast before and it will never be so slow again”