29 April 2021

All Danish universities join forces for the largest research and tech fair in the Nordic region

Technology

DIGITAL TECH SUMMIT will be Denmark's unifying showcase for digital technologies and a venue for strong research environments, technology leading companies, and start-ups. The Department of Computer Science is co-organizing the event.

Copenhagen from above

Artificial intelligence, quantum computing and machine learning are technologies that are transforming our world and will become the next gamechanger for Danish companies. Being a leader in digital technologies is crucial for both the individual company and Denmark's entire competitiveness.

This is why the entire community of Danish universities now join forces with the Danish ICT Industry Association (IT-Branchen) and The Media House of Technology (Teknologiens Mediehus) to create a focal point for showcasing the latest research and the large number of businesses and start-ups driving the digital development in Denmark and the Nordic region.

Together, they will ensure that the strong position of Danish research within digital technologies is transformed into new business models with companies in Denmark, will stimulate growth in small and medium-sized enterprises and unicorns, and promote innovation and startup activities in our society.

- With Digital Tech Summit, we want to create the Nordic region's leading research-based technology summit where companies and researchers can meet and get inspiration. Digital Tech Summit is an important element in UCPH's work on bridging research and industry. We want the Danish business community to be able to use and develop the best digital technologies and gain access to strong competencies, says Anders Pall Skött, head of Business and Innovation at the Department of Computer Science and manager of SCIENCE AI Center.

Prominent keynote speakers confirmed

When the DIGITAL TECH SUMMIT 2021 welcomes the visitors on 30 November and 1 December in Øksn­ehallen/the DGI City in Copenhagen, they can meet and listen to some of the most talented and renowned researchers, business leaders and technology leading companies as well as innovative start-ups, offering a gourmet tech talk buffet at Michelin level.

Our keynote speaker is the Vice-chair of the EUROPEAN Commission, Margrethe Vestager, who will share her visions for a strong European digital leadership through targeted research and technology-based initiatives, focusing in particular on how we develop and use AI.

Another main name is world class researcher Serge Belongie, professor and research director at the renowned Cornell University in New York. As CEO of the upcoming AI Pioneer Centre, a research centre to be located in Copenhagen with DKK 350 million and five Danish universities in the back, with the ambitions of bringing Danish research in artificial intelligence to the very top, Serge Belongie will share some of the latest research areas within the use of computer vision and image recognition, which will strengthen not only the Danish society, but have a global impact in the coming decade. Examples are improving diagnostic methods in the health sector, optimizing the transport sector or to strengthen the green transition.

Natasha Friis Saxberg, CEO of the Danish ICT Industry Association, and DTS partner says:

- We see it as a clear advantage that both large and small companies get close to the world of research and derive direct benefit of the many new technologies that are being developed in recent years. It is a societal goal to improve the competitiveness of companies and strengthen their digital opportunities through exchange of knowledge with the universities.

Meet 90 exhibitors of new technologies

At the fair, around 5,000 visitors can meet 90 exhibiting companies, including Maersk, AMBU and 3Shape, who will be presenting their latest technological solutions and invite job candidates for a talk.

Brand new business ideas are presented in the start-up corner. Among the conference's main sponsors IDA (The Society of Danish Engineers) and the Otto Mønsted Foundation, who support the concept that researchers, companies, and the many visitors get the unique opportunity to meet and come together to create new innovative solutions.

Nina Movin, the CEO of the Otto Mønsted Foundation, adds:

- It's fantastic when the universities are working together to elevate us as a digital nation. A focal point for university environments and businesses is something we choose to support. This is in harmony with our overall objective to support Danish trade and industry and the very talented researchers.