In mid August, I landed amidst the amazing team at Urban ICT Arena. I’ve spent most of my time during my first month here meeting with our partners. This month has convinced me that what the majority of us think is tomorrow’s technology is already here – in and around Kista.
Although technology is moving ahead, policies are often lagging behind. For example, in Kista we’ve had an autonomous bus going up and down our high street this year. Policymakers wanted us to define what was the front and back of the bus – contributing to a significant delay in the project.
Urban ICT Arena is set up as a pot luck where everybody’s invited. Like any good pot luck, the secret lies in the mix of ingredients, leading to unexpected meetings between people from different sectors, different technologies and different walks of life. All of this is contributing to breaking down silos and creating innovative partnerships – a necessity for new and agile policies for the future.
This also means that we are well suited to drive new policies forward. In the co-creation space we can be the neutral broker in policy development – we can invite startups, corporates and policymakers to the same table and provide a safe environment for everybody to contribute on their terms.
My focus in the arena will be the entrepreneurs in and around the testbed. How can we support their development and contribute to policies that takes their innovations to market faster? Can we fast track the innovation system in Stockholm through the testbed?
But right now my focus is how we reach the small and medium sized enterprises, do they know that we exist amidst the buzzing innovation ecosystem in Stockholm?
Do you have ideas for how we can support SMEs better? Drop me an or come by Kista for a coffee – I’d love to hear from you!