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Sweden Innovation Days - The Talks

What is currently happening in the Swedish AI Ecosystem? During Sweden Innovation Days, AI Sweden and Vinnova host the first day: The Talks. A day about the amazing power of Sweden as an AI & innovative nation - Transforming Sweden in the rising era of AI through national and international collaboration.

Through keynote lectures and panel discussions, thought leaders from industry, public sector, and academia will give their view of the Swedish strategy, the AI ecosystem, and its challenges. We will complement with international keynote speakers - who all will give their view on the development of AI and innovation within all of the six tracks. 

You will learn how you can collaborate in the ongoing transformation, get insights into the areas we are working on, and get inspiration from the real world.

Date & Time: 17 November - 14.00 - 19.00 CET
Format: Online, with tracks on key focus areas
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Track 1 – National strategy

Innovation plays an important role in how competitive a nation stays over time - and it is important for the quality of life for a nation's citizens. Being one of the most innovative countries in the world, the Swedish national strategy for driving innovation is of special interest. Will Sweden stay competitive and innovative also in the future?

On the same note, we are also in - what many express as - a global race of AI. Therefore we will have a closer look at the AI strategy of two of the world-leading nations within the field - Canada and Japan - and compare them to what is happening in the Nordics.

Among the speakers:

  • Ibrahim Baylan - Swedish Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Darja Isaksson - Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency
  • Daniel Gillblad - AI Sweden & RISE, Sweden
  • Jordan Zed - Innovation, Science and Economic Dev. Canada
  • Hiroaki Kitano - Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Japan

Track 2 – AI for industry

Tech is changing the game for many companies, so also for industry. With the rising era of AI, enterprises and industrial companies are making use of machine learning and other technologies within the field to transform their operations. AI has the potential to transform the industrial world and in this track we will listen to thought leaders in the field on what they are doing and how they are transforming.

Among the speakers:

  • Elena Fersman - Ericsson, Sweden
  • Amy Loutfi - Örebro University, Sweden
  • Marcus Liwicki - Luleå University, Sweden
  • Silvio Meira - Digital Strategy company, Brazil

Track 3 – Transforming healthcare

AI can lead to improved healthcare and increase the productivity and efficiency of the healthcare sector. It has the potential to improve the day-to-day life of healthcare practitioners, letting them spend more time caring for patients, and saving more lives. But we also have to ask ourselves if we focus enough on keeping people healthy, or if some things need to improve? And could it then be done with the help of AI?

Among the speakers:

  • Markus Lingman - Region Halland, Sweden
  • Ebba Carbonnier - SweLife, Sweden

Track 4 – Sustainable energy and fighting climate change

We need to act now to reverse the damage we’ve done to our planet - to be able to have thriving societies in the future. Technology and the transformation towards a greener world are probably the most important keys in fighting climate change. In this track, we will listen to what role businesses and the use of AI can play.

Among the speakers:

  • Linda Leopold - H&M group, Sweden
  • Johan Granström - ABB, Sweden
  • Shilpa Kolhatkar - Nvidia, USA

Track 5 – Tomorrow’s mobility

Autonomous and flying cars have been on the agenda for decades - but how far have we come and what do the major Swedish players view as tomorrow's mobility? In this track, we will explore how leaders from the industry see transportation and mobility change in the near future.


  • Anna Westerberg, Volvo Group, Sweden
  • Linnea Kornehed - Einride, Sweden
  • Anoop Chawla - Indian Institute of Technology, India
  • Anat Lea Bonshtien - Prime Minister Office, Israel

Track 6 – Our future democracy (closing discussion)

All of the changes and innovations happening in different sectors will also transform the society we live in and work in. From new services and products to completely new ways of doing things and moving in cities. So how does this new world look and what do we need to be extra cautious (or curious) about? In this track, we will discuss what the impact of Artificial Intelligence really can have on society - and the future of democracy.

Among the speakers:

  • Virginia Dignum - WASP, Sweden
  • Henri Verdier - Government office, France
  • Mikael Hagström - World Economic Forum

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Sweden Innovations Days is a three-day worldwide online event around one of the hottest topics of our times: artificial intelligence! The event is organized by AI Sweden, The Swedish Energy Agency - Energimyndigheten, Ignite Sweden, SISP - Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, and Vinnova - Sweden's Innovation Agency. Read more here