The King showed great interest in new technologies and artificial intelligence

Smart Innovation Norway was one of a select few Halden-companies that were present with its own stand when His Majesty King Harald opened the new biogas plant for Norske Skog Saugbrugs Monday 3rd of April. The King was greeted by more than 1,000 schoolchildren from Halden, got a tour of the new biogas plant and engaged in good dialogue with the CEO of Smart Innovation Norway, Ole Gabrielsen. The King was very interested in hearing about how the innovation environment is working on new technologies and on artificial intelligence.

Together with representatives from Nexans, IFE and Østfold University College, Smart Innovation Norway was present when H.M. King Harald opened Norske Skog Saugbruks’ new biogas plant in Halden. After the official ribbon cutting and opening of the facility, the King visited the different stands, where he learned more about the companies presenting. At IFE, H.M the King. tested VR glasses and at the stand of Østfold University College he was shown how a new 3D printer work.

Ole Gabrielsen, CEO of Smart Innovation Norway, told the King about the innovation environment in Halden, how new technology will shape our society and how it can help to create sustainable economic development in the years to come. H.M. King Harald was curious and enthusiastic on the opportunities that will arise with the use of artificial intelligence and had a cheerful tone with Smart Innovation leader. “It was very nice to be allowed to introduce our innovation-environment for the King. He was interested in what we had to say and had many good reflections on the challenges and opportunities that present themselves with the arrival of new digital solutions”, says Ole Gabrielsen.

H.M. King Harald is not the only one who has taken an interest in innovation-environment at Smart Innovation Norway. Only this year, several renown persons from politics and business have visited Halden to gain insights to the cluster innovation projects and areas of expertise. Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland, EU and EEA Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Hadia Tajik and NHO Director Kristin Skogen Lund are just some selection of these.

“Smart Innovation Norway with its NCE Smart cluster, has never been more relevant in national or international context. We succeed in linking innovation and our research projects to the market to create value for end users and for society as a whole, and we believe this trigger interest among the leaders in the business world. In addition, we link strategic ties with leading digital network and environments in which we share expertise across sectors and industries. Having an open and flexible sharing culture is crucial in order to succeed in our future work – and to claim the role as the digital motor in Norwegian industry, “concludes Gabrielsen.

Ole Gabrielsen, CEO, Smart Innovation Norway and His Majesty King Harald (Photo credit: Halden Arbeiderblad, Atle Wester Larsen)