Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Nordic cluster collaboration

In the days before the X-mas holiday a meeting to discuss Nordic collaboration was held at the Kista Science Center in Stockholm.

The meeting was initiated by Wireless future to achieve a Nordic collaboration in wireless technology and market areas where a larger Nordic cluster may achieve more then regional or national clusters.

There are several such areas. One is to achieve global visibility. Today the GSMA Mobile World Congress is considered the best alternative. MWC is mainly a meeting place for large Operators, mobile phone and system manufacturers, but it works as national pavilions creates visibility at an an affordable cost for SME's. In other parts of the world that are just as important markets for our industry there are no such initiatives. On CTIA i April, the second most important congress, so far only one Nordic SME (from Finland) has registered. Maybe we can achieve more for less by collaboration on CTIA, Mobile Asia and other important exhibitions, and why not establish a large Nordic Meeting place instead of lots of small regional congresses.

Other ares of collaboration is within sharing of competence, resources and networks, or within standardization, research and innovation.

Representatives from almost all the leading Nordic wireless clusters participated. Here you can find presentations of the clusters in the meeting and other presentations from the meeting.

Conclusion of the meeting was to establish Nordic Wireless to become a:
  • Connector!


  • Business!


  • Collaboration!

Other results of the meeting was that:

In Barcelona Tomas Bennich in SMA will help to connect for Nordic companies interested in beeing evaluated to come one of the most prestigious "company to watch" lists in the world.

An offer to take over free space from Kvalberg at the Mobile World Congress was sent to all Nordic countries. This space is now booked by Boost Communication.

Wirless future will send out an invitation from Innovation Norway regarding assistance for booking of meeting rooms and an offer for a breakfast seminar at CTIA to the other Nordic Mobile clusters to invite also companies from other Nordic countries to share this invitation.

Technopolis suggested to make Access Forum an event where Nordic wireless companies meets international Venture Capital firms. We will come back with more information on this.

Telecom City and the ICT cluster of North Denmark suggested to make a Nordic Invitation of their activities (Cat Walk and Wireless VITAE). This will be done through a Nordic Wireless Group on Linked in that was established.

My impression was that there is genuine will to cooperate on a Nordic basis and we should be able to achieve much more with time. There is not much on the Nordic Wireless Group yet, but why don't you register and start a discussion.