How smart can smart living be?

October 4, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

Reflections after meeting the leading innovation ecosystems of the world

By Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park

Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park

At the High-Level Forum for Innovation Ecosystems, #HLF_2017, delegations from 23 countries from all over the world met around the theme “Innovation and smart living”. Prominent guest speakers were Yoriko Kishimoto, former Mayer of Palo Alto and Professor Paul Lewis, professor of Urban Planning and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at Université de Montréal – Québec – Canada. The delegation from Lund-Sweden included, apart from Ideon Science Park, leaders from Lund University, Lund Municipality, Innovation Skåne, Science Village, Medicon Village, Kraftringen, Siemens and Skanska.

Being a strong group from Lund amongst the 120 delegates, we were able to follow several panel discussions as well as joined activities staged for networking during three days.

Lund Delegation HLF
Lund Delegation, HLF

First of all, I have to reflect on the fact that the definition of a smart city or smart living is different depending on where you come from. In Lund, it may be a connected test arena for applications and services, or reusing waste energy from a neutron lab (ESS) to heat a part of the city, as presented by Sylvia Michel, CEO Kraftringen.  While in Taiwan, the main focus of the smart city was providing fossil free transportation for citizens, in a business model combining public transportation, biking and a commercial loyalty program, as presented by Hau Chen Mike Lee, Tainan, Taiwan. For Montreal, it also included controlling the city bridge lightning with data from the weather and the flow of the Montreal hashtag tweets on Twitter. Infrastructure for transportation, connected data and energy flows seem to be common themes, but where do the limits go for calling something smart living or a smart city? And are we all not just trying to drive a change into a new more digital and environmentally friendly paradigm? So, in the future, will all cities be smart? If so, what do we call them?

At least we agreed on one thing. The users, the citizens, are the centre of the solutions. They are the ones to use them, and many times are expected to change their behaviour in doing so. The citizens thus need to be more involved in the planning, creation and implementation of a Smart city. This was stated several times during the meetup. Looking around me, I saw representatives from the innovation ecosystem in the shape of leaders of Universities, Science Parks, City government, large corporations, Regions and Incubators. Missing from this think tank – as so often when we discuss science –  was the user herself. Perhaps it would be impossible to add a regular man or woman from the street, but there are scientists that do nothing else but to study people – the behavioural scientists and the social anthropologists. My suggestion to the next High-Level Forum was to invite them to the meeting. In fact, that is exactly what is needed in our own Science Park and we have started by bringing in behavioural science students to help our engineers find the best way to test their ideas in the development process. Smart living – no matter how sophisticated – will not happen without the people willing to be living smart.

Finally, I want to emphasize the feeling of hope that was conveyed during these days. The entire world is trying to change to the better. We are all very aware of the climate challenges, the health challenges and the UN goals for humanity, and all ecosystems of the world are trying to create a better tomorrow. The unifying force in this leaves me with hope and a feeling that if we wanted we could even reach world peace through the friendships we create.

 

Ideas, discussions and robots during Innovation Week at Ideon

June 9, 2017News

Between May 29 and June 2, southern Sweden was buzzing with seminars, events, meetings and exhibitions about innovations. The week is organized by Region Skåne, and there were 140 activities taking place during the week. At Ideon, we hosted two whole day events, as well as a pitching contest within Health Tech. Here is a few highlights from the events.

The overall feeling that we felt during the days was hope. There are many great challenges going forward, but there are also many amazing entrepreneurs and innovators who want to make a difference, who want to contribute to a better world. And we want to be a part of that, together we can create a great future!

Smart Cities

Mats Pettersson, Sensative
Mats Pettersson, Sensative

Per Persson, Director of the Department of Innovation & Economic Development at Lund Municipality started by saying that the municipality can’t do this on their own, collaboration is key in order to succeed with creating a truly smart city.

Eva Dalman, Project Manager for Lund Northeast/Brunnshög continued by saying that when creating this new part of Lund, they focus on finding innovative solutions.

“In order to achieve this, the developers need to collaborate with each other in order to get really innovative in order for us to give them the contracts”, Eva said.

Follow the development of Brunnshög

Mats Pettersson from Sensative, talked about unleashing the power of open IoT.

“The horizontal business model from mobile phone development has not happened yet within IoT, but we are sure that there will be a transformation and we are going to be a part of this”, he said.

Sensative also had their O.I.L = Open IT Lab of 600 m2 open during the day for those who were interested in getting a tour.

“We’ll only use 1/4 of the area and the rest will be open for others to rent with flex or permanent seats” Mats finished by saying.

Get in touch with Sensative here

FutureByLund followed by talking more about the open LORA network that has been established in Lund.

We want to be a meeting place for innovation for all players. It is when different actors come together that new and interesting ideas and collaborations can take flight

Find out more about the LORA network here

Future Transportation

Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg and Mia Rolf, Ideon
Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg and Mia Rolf, Ideon

Mats Larsson from IUC Syd started by describing the complex challenges that we are facing within the transportation system.

“This is a systemic challenge so we need system solutions for transportation, fuel and energy”, Mats finished.

There was also a long discussion afterwards where the audience talked about the benefits of different fuels, materials for batteries and the need for global strategies.

 

Nathalie Kinell from Clever talked about the need to support the resellers as the buyers of electric cars make many more trips to the car dealership before making a purchase.

She also talked about the many possibilities with IoT and big data, like being able to charge the car at home when there is the most energy in the system.

“The questions is, who should develop these solutions? The house developer, the energy supplier or the car manufacturer? There are many possibilities for collaboration”, Nathalie said.

 

Johan Bjurmar from Koenigsegg talked about the innovations needed to build the fastest car in the world.

This started as an idea 23 years ago, now it is reality. A focus on challenges and innovation is key

 

51 % of transports in cities are light enough and short enough to move by bike. With this statement, Staffan Solve from MOVEBYBiKE changed the focus from cars to bikes.

“One of the main advantages with using bikes for transporting goods is that they are not stationary in the city, they can move around everywhere and do not take up as much parking space as trucks and vans”, Staffan said.

Health Tech

Bonesupport, Eva Liden
Bonesupport, Eva Liden

Marianne Larsson from Innovation Skåne talked about how we can combine life science and connectivity, in order to can claim the area of Health tech in the Nordics. One of the ways to achieve this is by building a Nordic tech and test bed.

 

Eva Lidén from Bonesupport talked about the development of this company from research at Lund University to a now international health tech company. This is an area that will affect many people; 1/3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will experience at least one osteoporotic fracture in their life. One of the challenges is breaking in with a new product in a traditional market:

“It can be difficult to overcome tradition, what people are used to use. You need to have people who know how the market works, because every market is different”, Eva said.

How the Bonesupport products work: https://www.bonesupport.com/en-eu/
BrainLit treated us to a live demonstration of their intelligent lighting system, by taking the audience to their showroom that was set up at Mobile Heights Center. The light mimics the natural daylight and changes over the day. You can find out more about the daylightindoors from BrainLit here.

Henrik Dahlin from IBM talked about Watson in healthcare. One of the main advantages in using Watson for diagnosis is that the computer can process huge amounts of data:

“A doctor needs to spend 29 hours each work day to absorb latest medical literature, compared to 3 seconds for Watson”, Henrik explained.

Biohacked CEO

Our CEO Mia Rolf got a chip implanted in her hand by Biohax International at their NFC Implant Party. Hannes Sjöblad from BioNyfiken and Jowan Österlund from Biohax also talked about what you can do with a chip implanted in your hand. Mia wants to open doors without keys or tags with her chip, what would you like to do?

Disruptive Morning

The Thursday started of with disruptive morning, with two speakers who are in the middle of disrupting their business area.

Before that, we got an introduction from Richard Dasher from Stanford University who gave his thoughts on what disruptive businesses will look like going forward.

Daniel Persson from Min Doktor talked about the journey that they are on and how digital solutions can support the doctors in their work.

Min Doktor was founded in 2013 by a doctor who saw the need for a new way of working and who saw that digitalization provided an opportunity to improve the situation for both patients and health professionals. Together with expertise in development and IT security, they have built up Min Doktor to become Sweden’s leading digital healthcare provider.

He had some advice as well for those who are thinking about starting a disruptive business:

Don’t be afraid, go for your dream!

Next, an old friend returned to Ideon, Jon Hauksson from Storytel, and he talked about their early days when the company was called “Bokilur”. One of the big game changers for Storytel was when Netflix and Spotify started to grow, then customers got used to subscribing to streaming services. From the start in 2005, Storytel have grown to an international company that have bought other publishing houses. And now they are even producing their own content; “Storytel Original stories”.

How technology saves the planet

William Håkansson, Vultus
William Håkansson, Vultus

Maria Sätherström-Lantz from WIN Water presented some interesting companies with great visions for the future.

Mats Eliasson from ReGen Villages talked about how they want to create a new version of a traditional village, an eco-community that is self-sufficient in terms of energy, waste and food production but highly connected in every way. There are plans for building in Lund as well, and we are looking forward to see those plans moving forward.

William Håkansson from Vultus descibed how they are using weather data, drones and machine learning to reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides wihtin agriculture.

Today, 90 % of pesticides are wasted, William Håkansson

“This year, even we in Sweden will learn why we need to save water, we need a paradigm shift”, this was said by Sara Sterner from Orbital Systems. Based on founder Mehrdad Mahdjoubi’s work with the NASA Mars missions, Orbital Systems technology has a focus of reducing the waste of water.

Living and Working with Robots

Panel discussion on robotics
Panel discussion on robotics with Johan Wester, Per Sikö (Jayway), Klas Nilsson (Cognibotics), Mattias Fras (Nordea) and Frida Tibblin Citron (IUC Syd)

With this session we wanted to have a conversation about what robotics, AI and Machine Learning is and how it will impact us going forward.

Klas Nilsson and Maj Stenmark from Cognibotics talked about what robots can and can not do and we learned that robots will take over some of our jobs in the future, but not always the ones we think.

“Simple jobs for a human, like cleaning, is not easy for a robot, because it requires adapting to new situations”, Maj Stenmark explained.

Per Sikö and Martin Gunnarsson from Jayway talked about how Artificial Intelligence is changing our world today, and gave a few predictions about the development in the future as well. Per also pointed out that it is easy to focus on the technology, when it is important to think about what the tech can do for the customer.

Mattias Fras from Nordea talked about the big changes that are happening within the financing sector.

“45 % of work in the global economy can be automated, but less than 5% of all jobs can be fully automated”, Mattias Fras said.

Mattias also offered some tips on finding success in this digital era:

  • Have guts, dare to try
  • Have an open mindset
  • Remove conventional waterfall development

Johan Wester hosted a panel discussion with representatives from Jayway, Cognibotics, Nordea and IUC Syd where the focus was on the opportunities, challenges and implications with robotics and AI. The panel didn’t always agree on what robots will be able to do in the future, and how creative jobs they can actually perform. But they all agreed on that the changes are here and that we as humans must change with it. Klas Nilsson summed it up quite well:

This discussion about loosing jobs to robots is wrong, changes like this have always occurred, Klas Nilsson

More material

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