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AI Innovation of Sweden's node in Stockholm is launched!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

AI Innovation of Sweden's new node in Stockholm has now been officially launched! The opening ceremony held at Stockholm City Hall was in front of a packed auditorium with more than a hundred participants from the Swedish AI and innovation ecosystem in attendance in order to learn the latest news on the initiative.

Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor City of Stockholm, hosted the event and the Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan, Irene Svenonius, County Council Finance Commissioner, Region Stockholm and Darja Isaksson, Director General at Vinnova were some of the participants in the programme.

In addition to serving as a focal point in the Stockholm and stimulating development and collaboration between the relevant parties there, the node will also contribute with new projects of national interest and thereby accelerate the applicability of AI throughout Sweden. The node will also attract international talent to Sweden and Stockholm.

AI Innovation of Sweden has already established nodes in Gothenburg, Örebro and southern Sweden, and by establishing the new node in Stockholm, AI Innovation of Sweden has the opportunity to benefit from the unique ecosystem of start-ups, large companies, authorities and training institutions that Stockholm can offer.

'Digitization is undergoing rapid and influential jobs, companies and society. Artificial Intelligence can streamline processors, process large amounts of data and, for example, improve carriers or speed up diagnostics in health care. We need to take advantage of the digitalisation opportunities, in order for us to work together between business, academia and the public to increase our knowledge and at the same time never forget about individuals in order to maintain our Swedish will to change', says Ibrahim Baylan, Minister of Business, Industry and Innovation

Extended team in Stockholm and new node manager 

Kista Science City, which has led the work with the preliminary study, will continue to be responsible for the node after its establishment. Petra Dalunde is stepping in as Node manager, coming most recently from Urban ICT Arena, where she was head of the programme for the open test beds and the collaborative arena.

'The preliminary work carried out through Kista Science City that I am now taking over is fantastic and I am very grateful for all of the support I have received, tells Petra DaLunde.

'It is an honour to receive this important assignment and it suits me extremely well, because I have spent the past five years creating this type of collaboration within urban digitalisation. As an initial step, I will meet with node partners and the Founding partners who are here in Stockholm in order to determine how to best proceed together. AI Innovation of Sweden's team in Stockholm is excellent and we will be ready to take action in no time!'

The rest of the team, consisting of Agneta Jacobson, Mikael Ljungblom, Daniel Gillblad and Mats Hansson will also be placed at the Stockholm node.

The team in Stockholm; Mats Hansson, Mikael Ljungblom, Petra DaLunde, Agneta Jacobson and Daniel Gillblad.  

In connection with the founding of the new node in Stockholm, 11 new partners will be joining including Region StockholmGoogleKTHThe City of StockholmsABBStockholm Business RegionStockholms UniversitetKarolinska institutetthe Stockholm School of EconomicsScania and Länsförsäkringar Stockholm.