The Great Northern official opening day!

11 januari 2017

On January 16th you're invited to The Great Northern's official opening day - we have a free, lazy breakfast, great keynote speakers such as Vincent Dignan (voted best talk at SXSW V2V 2016)and David Eriksson from North Kingdom,
a game-themed party, panel discussions, free coffee, workshops and much more. Admission is free and there is no need to sign up or register!

Grand opening day program - Monday, January 16

7.00 - 10.00 Lazy breakfast
At your leisure, served in the Plaza.
(PLEASE NOTE: Breakfast is on a first-come, first-served basis)

9.30 - 10.00 Opening address
Skellefteå Science City welcomes everyone to the TGN Grand Opening and speaks briefly about TGN. Followed by a brief presentation about BizBuz and then an outline of the week’s program. Michael Stenmark will present Artic Game Lab and Global Game Jam, which takes place at TGN on January 20-22.

10.00 - 10.40 Keynote:
David Eriksson on Designing for the Experience Age
In the age of “experience”, design is no longer critical just from a functional perspective. Design also needs to have an emotional impact on the user that supports the overall design objective. In this session you will learn how North Kingdom uses empathic design in creating experiences, products and services for clients such as HBO, Ferrari, Google, Lego, Supercell and more.

11.00 Innovation (panel)
Discussion regarding the benefits and challenges of large, established companies sitting in co-working innovation houses. Skellefteå Science City’s Emina Kovacevic leads this panel which includes Christoffer Svanberg from Skellefteå Kraft, as well as Lisa Önnerlöv from Boliden and Michael Carlberg Lax from InfoVista (former Ascom).

Lunch break- TGN's very own soup kitchen
(PLEASE NOTE: Lunch is on a first-come first-served basis)

Moderator Li Skarin will guide us through the afternoon.
Li Skarin is CEO & founder of Massa Media, a radio and TV production company working mainly with Swedish national TV and Swedish Radio.
Hosting national Swedish Radio shows and as a creative director she is developing new ideas and new media. Owner of a horse ranch outside Piteå, and a dedicated dressage rider.

13.30 Keynote:
Leif Rehnström, CEO, Hello Future, on the "Third Wave" of the internet
Hello Future’s Leif Rehnström talks about the “Third Wave” of the internet and how it will affect the Skellefteå business ecosystem. Hello Future is a digital transformation agency that helps people and organizations reach their full digital potential through product design and business strategy.

14.30 Keynote:
Marta Svetek of Freeformers, on the future of work, and how to make it awesome

The tech startup world has been questioning the traditional way of working for years. But ping-pong tables, remote working and Slack aside, what fundamental changes in the way we work can we expect in the future? What changes should we be striving for? Will CVs and university degrees still matter? Will we even still have work to do or will robots take over everything? Marta takes an inspired, people-focused look at these questions and much more in her talk.

15.30 Succeeding internationally (panel)
How do you translate success in your home market into international achievement? This panel includes David Eriksson from North Kingdom, Jeanette Carlsson from Tech Nordic Advocates and Kevin Forss from Noted Media.

16.30 - 17.30 Keynote:
Vincent Dignan on Growth Hacking
Joining us from the UK is the world's most infamous "growth hacker", Vincent Dignan, winner of best speaker at SXSW V2V in Las Vegas and fresh from the launch of his successful book, "Secret Sauce: A step-by-step guide to growth hacking”, and accompanying 100-date world tour. Expect fireworks!

17.30 Afterwork buffet
(PLEASE NOTE: Buffet is on a first-come, first-served basis)

19.00 Evening party
This is where the gaming community at TGN gets to show off. Sofia Andersson Lundberg curates the evening’s musical entertainment.

Free admission!
No need to sign up. Meals are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Great Northern is a tech/cultural/creative melting pot in Skellefteå where design, technology and business blend to form a thriving startup community. It is an ambitious mix of co-working space, incubators, event arenas, startups and established businesses.