Sweden Innovation Days is back on January 17-20, 2022! 

This time as a free four day, global digital event, dedicated to fostering international collaboration to achieve the UN's Global Goals.

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Sweden Innovation Days 2020

17-19 November 2020

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Welcome to a three-day worldwide online event around one of the hottest topics of our times: artificial intelligence!

  • Learn more about the Swedish strategy, the national AI ecosystem and its challenges
  • Listen to thought leaders from the industry, public sector and academia talk about key AI focus areas
  • Get inspired by successful collaboration stories
  • Learn how to innovate and collaborate with startups 
  • Learn how to improve your B2B sales on the masterclass for startups 
  • Discover top innovation hubs from Sweden and around the globe
  • And last but absolutely not least,  the world’s largest matchmaking ever between enterprises and startups will take place during the event!

Innovative clusters from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and the USA join forces with leading hubs from Sweden such as Automation Region, Create Business Incubator, Kista Science City, LEAD, Lindholmen Science Park AB, Linköping Science Park, Minc, Sahlgrenska Science Park, Sting, THINGS, and Uminova Innovation to co-host this unique event.

Sweden Innovations Days are organized by AI Sweden, The Swedish Energy Agency - Energimyndigheten, Ignite Sweden, SISP - Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, and Vinnova - Sweden's Innovation Agency.

Join this global experience on 17-19 November!

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Day 1: AI Sweden - The Talks

Transforming Sweden in the rising era of AI
through national and international collaboration

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With industry and innovation in focus, we will show the amazing power of Sweden as an AI & innovative nation. 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. 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 - 19.30 CET
Format: Online, with tracks on key focus areas
Free registration

Program for Day 1

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What is currently happening in the Swedish AI Ecosystem? Hear from some of our Swedish thought leaders and what they think about the future of both society and AI. 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. 

Track 1 - National strategy:                                      14.00 - 15.00 hrs CET
Track 2 - AI for industry:                                             15.00 - 16.00 hrs CET
Track 3 - Transforming healthcare:                       16.00 - 17.10 hrs CET
Track 4 - Sustainability and climate change:    17.10 - 17.45 hrs CET
Track 5 - Tomorrow's mobility:                               17.45 - 18.35 hrs CET
Track 6 - Our future democracy                              18.35 - 19.30 hrs CET
Closing remarks

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.

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
Sara Mazur - WASP, Sweden

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.

Elena Fersman & Ulrika Jägare - Ericsson, Sweden
Marcus Liwicki - Luleå University, Sweden
Dörte Nielandt - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Amy Loutfi - Örebro University, Sweden
Amitabh Kant - NITI Aayog, India
Silvio Meira - The Digital Strategy company, Brazil
Christian Guttmann - TietoEvry, Sweden

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?

Magnus Bergendahl - Sahlgrenska Science park, Sweden
Markus Lingman - Region Halland, Sweden
Ebba Carbonnier - SweLife, Sweden
Minhong Jang - Lunit, South Korea
Leif Nordlund - Nvidia, Sweden
Peder Blomgren - AstraZeneca, 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.

Victor Galaz - Stockholm Resiliance Centre, Sweden
Dennis Pamlin, RISE, Sweden
Linda Leopold - H&M group, Sweden
Arti Zeighami - H&M group, Sweden
Johan Granström - ABB, Sweden
Shilpa Kolhatkar - Nvidia, USA

Track 5 – Tomorrow’s mobility

Autonomous and flying cars has 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.

Sofie Vennersten - Drive Sweden, Sweden
Anna Westerberg - Volvo Group, Sweden
Linnea Kornehed - Einride, Sweden
Olof Johansson - Swedish Transport Administration, 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 innovation happening in different sectors will also transform the society we live 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.

Virginia Dignum - WASP, Sweden
Mikael Hagström - AI Forum & PlanetSmartCity, USA
Henri Verdier - Government office, France
Elena Kell, Women in AI and H&M Group, Sweden
Evelina Anttila, Peltarion, Sweden

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Launch of the AI Startup Landscape

19:30-20:00 Central European Time

After the AI Talks, join us for the release of the AI Startup Landscape including 500+ startups from France, Germany and Sweden!

Listen to representatives of their governments, startups and the organizations behind the landscape discuss the importance of the landscape in accelerating AI in Europe. And, of course, find out which are the startups featured on the map.

This landscape marks the initial steps in mapping the AI startup ecosystem in Europe.

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Day 2: The Ignite Conference

How to succeed in startup + corporate collaboration

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Get inspired by the best collaborative practices and learn how to innovate together with AI startups during this interactive conference.

The program of the conference includes:

  • Collaborative stories between corporations, municipalities and AI startups. ABB, Alfa Laval, FLIR Systems, IBM and Uppsala Municipality will share insights of their collaboration journeys with startups.
  • A deep talk on innovation with Darja Isaksson, Director General at Vinnova - Sweden's Innovation Agency, and Robert Andrén, Director General at the Swedish Energy Agency
  • Grand Opening with Marie Wall, startup expert at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation of Sweden
  • Pitches by AI startups from 10 countries

You find the program for the conference below.

The day includes breakout sessions such as:

  • Corporate workshop: How to innovate and collaborate with an AI startup
  • Ignite Public Inspirational Session: Gain insights into how startups help accelerate digitalization and innovation in the public sector in this session for change leaders and innovation managers from municipalities and public-owned companies (click here for more info and registration
  • Masterclass for startups – how to improve B2B sales. By Startup Sweden.
  • Innovation Ecosystem International Benchmark: a break-out session for incubators and science parks from Sweden, France and Germany (click here for more info and registration)
  • An international talent matchmaking (click here for more info)
  • Local events at the co-hosts innovation clusters

More details about these breakout sessions below.

Date: 18 November
The Conference:
 14.00 - 17.30 CET
Breakout sessions:
The majority of these events will take place during the morning (Swedish time) but there might be others that will be held after the event to adjust them to their local time. More information will be provided soon. 
Format: Digital. Note that some local events might be held on-site.
Free registration

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Program for The Ignite Conference

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Note: Preliminary times. All times are in Central European Time

14:00 Welcome to The Ignite Conference

14:01 Grand Opening with Marie Wall, startup expert at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation of Sweden
Innovation is crucial and collaboration is the key! Marie Wall will speak about the importance of corporate, public and startup cooperation when striving for innovation. How can all three sectors work together to gain new perspectives and greater economic and environmental sustainability?

14:08 The Ignite Mission
Interview with Stina Lantz, Program Manager at Ignite Sweden

14:13 Transforming Democracy - A Collaborative Story by Uppsala Municipality and Parlametric
Bringing together Parlametric and Uppsala Municipality allowed local people to better communicate what’s most important to them. When startups cooperate with the public sector it can transform democracy by increasing inclusiveness and connectivity. Presentation followed by Q&A

14:28 Global AI Startup Pitch Contest
First round of pitches with the participation of these startups: SparkBeyond (Israel), D’tonics (South Korea) &  BlinkIn (Germany).

14:38 Interactive session

14:55 Transforming Energy - A Collaborative Story by IBM and Greenlytics
Greenlytics is using technology to better integrate renewable energy into the power system. By coming together with IBM, they are gaining the resources to upscale and address sustainability challenges in the energy sector more effectively.
Presentation followed by Q&A

15:10 Global AI Startup Pitch Contest
Second round of pitches with the participation of these startups:  Greater Than (Sweden), Raks (Brazil) & Artelus (India).

15:18 Interactive session

15:39 Transforming Industry - A Collaborative Story by Alfa Laval, Ekkono Solutions and FLIR Systems
After several successful collaborations, Ekkono Solutions, FLIR Systems and Alfa Laval have now joined forces to transform industrial maintenance systems using machine learning. This case highlights how corporations can cooperate not only with startups but also with other large companies to create a new horizon of innovation.
Presentation followed by Q&A

15:54 Global AI Startup Pitch Contest
Last round of pitches with the participation of these startups: QWAM (France), ZaiNar (USA) & Coldstart (Canada).

16:03 Interactive session

16:24 Transforming Safety - A Collaborative Story by ABB and Univrses
The kommersialisering priset winning collaboration between ABB and Univrses aims to transform safety within the mining industry. Highlighting the importance of an ‘internal champion,’ this collaboration brought together the right people at the right time to solve a complex issue.
Presentation followed by Q&A

16:39 Deep talk: From innovation to implementation and commercialisation
A deep talk about innovation between Darja Isaksson, Director General at Vinnova - Sweden's Innovation Agency and Robert Andrén, Director General at the Swedish Energy Agency. They will focus on how startups can move forward from experimentation to a sustainable business model. It will also include discussions on how each of their agencies helps this process and what roles they would like to see corporates, the public sector and decision-makers play.

17:04 Panel discussion: Best practice on startup collaboration - A Corporate Perspective
Anna-Karin Lindblom (Director Accelerated Innovation, Husqvarna Group)
Frédéric Fourié (Incubator Program Office Europe, Michelin)
Per Krokstäde (Innovation & Strategic Partnership Manager, Inter IKEA Systems)
Vanessa Ware (Project Leader, Allmännyttans Digitaliseringsinitiativ - Public Housing Going Digital project)

17:24 Closing remarks

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Breakout sessions on 18 November

Startup Masterclass – Improving B2B Sales

Time: 10:00-11:30 CET

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The program includes keynotes and a lively panel session where entrepreneurs share tips, advice and insights on how to get that sale.

(Note: preliminary times)

10:00 Introduction
Arash Sangari, Program Manager, Startup Sweden
Ronja Koepke, Co-founder of Investpodden (moderator)
Stina Lantz, Program Manager, Ignite Sweden

10:10 Learnings from Scaling Globally
Johanna Wollert Melin, CEO/Founder Trice Imaging

10.20 Panel sharing Tips, Advice and Insights in Sales
Francesco Mazzotta, CEO/Founder at Pilloxa
John Elvesjö, Founder of Tobii/ Managing Partner at Brightly Ventures
Kajsa Arvidsson, CEO at Seliro
Karin Ebbinghaus, CEO at Elonroad

10.40 What does PoC Success mean?
Melissa Jenkins, Chief Strategy Officer at Ekkono Solutions

10.50 B2B Sales Strategy in the Public Sector
Martin Sjöstrand, CEO at Lexplore

11:00 5 Key Takeaways for Successful Sales
Jakob Nielsen, Sales Coach at Ignite Sweden

11:30 Conclusion

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This breakout session is co-hosted by Startup Sweden

Ignite Public Inspirational Session

Time: 10:00-11:30 CET

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How can working with startups accelerate digitalization and innovation in the public sector?
For the last two years, Ignite Sweden and Kista Science City have been working with municipalities and public organizations matching them with the right startups for their needs and challenges by using Ignite Sweden's successful method for needs assessment and matchmaking.
Join this inspirational session together with change leaders and innovation managers from municipalities, public companies and startups.

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This breakout session is co-hosted by Ignite Sweden and Kista Science City.

Innovation Ecosystem International Benchmark

Time: 10:00-12:00 CET

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Create insights into the design, the success factors, and the differences and similarities of the Swedish, Germany and French innovation ecosystems in this session. The meeting aims to inspire further development of each country's innovation support system and to initiate a systematic and mutual learning process between the participating countries.
The session is aimed at CEOs of incubators and science parks from Sweden, France and Germany.

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This breakout session is co-hosted by SISP - Swedish Incubators & Science Parks

International Talent Matchmaking

Time: 10:00-15:00 CET

Are you looking for new talent for your company? In this breakout session, you will have the chance to be matched with up to 6 international talents based on your needs and their competence. You will meet them in 20-minute meetings. When you find the right talent, Sweden ICT can guide you to the right support to relocate to Sweden.

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This breakout session is hosted by Sweden ICT
Only for Swedish companies

Sales boost

Time: 13:00-14:00

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The key to successful sales lies in the preparation. This session is a crash course for startups on how to best prepare your meetings with corporates. Our Head of Sales Coach, Christian Malmsten, will share his best tips to help you close more deals and increase the possibility to get B2B customers.

Register to Sweden Innovations Days to access this session.

Day 3: The Ignite Matchday

The world’s largest tailored startup + corporate
matchmaking ever!

120+ selected AI startups from Sweden and beyond will have the chance to meet over 65 corporates and public sector organisations from all around the globe in 400+ pre-booked curated matchmaking meetings!

Applications for the matchmaking session are now closed. But you can still register to join these two side activities open for everyone:

  • An online discovery journey of 23 highly innovative hubs from Sweden and 9 countries (Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and the USA)
  • Presentations and Q&A on the funding and future network opportunities offered by every participating country. By Vinnova and international funding institutes

Date & Time: 19 November - 6.00 - 22.00 CET
Format: Online
Free registration

Program for Day 3

Funding and future network opportunities

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Interested in deepening collaborations with contacts you develop during Sweden Innovation Days? Join this session held by Vinnova for great information on funding and organized network possibilities!

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about relevant funding programs and potential future activities you can get involved in around the world.

10.00- 10.30
Japan, South Korea & India
Israel, France & Germany
Brazil, Canada & the USA
*Times are in Central European Time

Online discovery journey of innovative hubs around the world

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Discover incubators, science parks and innovation hubs from Sweden, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, South Korea, and the USA.
Find out why they are among the leading hubs in each country and how they are working towards innovation. Learn about their offer to startups and the chances to join their programs and projects
Every half an hour a new hub will introduce its organisation, followed by a Q&A.

8:45 You’re welcome! Swedish life science hubs working together for you, by Salgrenska Science Park, Testa Center and AstraZeneca's BioVentureHub (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Korea Business Environment and Startup Ecosystem, by K Startup Center (South Korea)
A startup journey in Malmö, by Minc (Malmö, Sweden)
  Co-create for corporates, by Nasscom Center of Excellence-IoT & AI (India)
Lindholmen Science Park (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Start-Up Nation Central (Israel)
Energimyndigheten - Swedish Energy Agency
Svenska Mässan - The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
Interactive lunch
THINGS & Sting (Stockholm, Sweden)
UnternehmerTUM (Germany)
Welcome to Kista Science City and innovation hub Urban ICT Arena, by Kista Science City (Stockholm, Sweden)
Hub France IA (France)
Swedish interactive fika
Linköping - Where ideas become reality!, by Linköping Science Park & LEAD (Linköping, Sweden)
Tecnosinos (Brazil)
MobilityXLab (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Umeå – a creative and dynamic last stop before the wilderness begins, by Uminova Innovation (Umeå, Sweden)
  Overview of The DMZ at Ryerson University - a world leading technology accelerator, byDMZ (Canada)
Get to know vibrant Västmanland
Create Business Incubator & Automation Region (Västerås, Sweden)

Nordic Innovation House - Silicon Valley (USA)
Wrap up

*Times are in Central European Time

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Speakers - AI Talks - 17 November

Amitabh Kant
CEO, NITI Aayog, India

Amitabh Kant is presently CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog). He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India-An Incredible Story, Incredible India 2.0 and has edited “The Path Ahead- Transformative Ideas for India”. Kant has been a key driver of the “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country” initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations.

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Amy Loutfi
Professor Information Technology, Örebro University

Amy Loutfi is a Professor in Information Technology at Örebro University and leads the research group - AASS Machine Perception and Interaction Lab. Amy is also active in the programme management group for Wallenberg Autonomous Sensor Systems Programme in the AI branch. Amy Loutfi received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2006 with a research topic in machine perception. Specifically, she researched about how gas sensors could be integrated onto robotic platforms and how these robots can interact with humans in order to solve a range of problems that required sensing and perception. She has since broadened her research interests to include general research directions within machine perception, where AI methods like Machine learning are used for the interpretation of sensor data. She also has broadened her research in the area of Human Robot Interaction where she has studied HRI in various platforms that include fully autonomous robots, but also teleoperated robots

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Anat Lea Bonshtien
Chairman and Director, The Smart Mobility Initiative-Israel's Prime Minister's Office

Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien is the Chairwoman and Director of the Smart Mobility Initiative at Israel’s Prime Minister Office. The initiatives coordinate the activities of 11 government ministries and agencies around placing Israel as a hub of technology and know-how in the fields of smart mobility and fuel alternatives. Dr. Bonshtien also heads the annual Smart Mobility Summit bringing 4,500 guests and top level speakers from over 40 countries across the globe. https://fuelchoicessummit.com/ . Dr. Bonshtien serves on the Board of Directors of EcoMotion smart mobility community which was launched under the initiative https://www.ecomotion.org.il/ and the Israeli Smart Transportation Academic Center. Dr. Bonshtien is a former Mimshak Fellow, a science and policy fellowship program which integrates scientific knowledge with decision making. Dr. Bonshtien holds an MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

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Anna Westerberg
Senior VP, Volvo Group Connected Solutions AB

After graduating with Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management, Anna worked in different managerial business roles and joined Volvo Group in 2009 as Vice President, Product Management Industrial Engines, Volvo Penta, followed by the position as President, Volvo Group Venture Capital in 2014. Anna has international management experience as well as extensive experience from Management consulting for several global corporations and has been based both in London and New York. She has a solid background in the area of new strategy implementation focusing on identifying partnerships in areas with high-technology innovation in software and electronics.

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Anoop Chawla
Professor and Volvo Chair, Indian Institute of Technology

Prof Anoop Chawla graduated in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi and followed it by a PhD from IIT Kanpur. He has been working in the areas of Computer Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis, with a focus on automotive safety and biodesign, impact biomechanics and FE Human Body Model development and its repositioning. He has also been actively working in the area of Crash data collection and crash analysis in India with the aim of reducing road crash fatalities in India and promoting road safety. He has published more than 70 research papers in International Journals and over 100 in various conferences and holds over 30 patents. He is life member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Fellow of Institute of Engineers, India and Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers, India.

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Arti Zeighami
Global Head of AI, Analytics & Data, H&M Group

Arti Zeighami is a senior executive and a business leader at H&M group whom, as Chief Data & Analytics Officer, is responsible for all the AI, Analytics & Data capabilities within the entire group, including all the brands.

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Aurore Belfrage
Senior Advisor

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Christian Guttmann
Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, TietoEVRY and Executive Director at the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII)

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Daniel Gillblad
Co-Director, AI Sweden / Director of AI Research at RISE

Daniel Gillblad is the co-director for Scientific Vision of AI Sweden. He has a background in AI, machine learning, data analytics and their practical applications, and has for many years been working with digital- and research strategies in industry and academia. He holds a PhD in Machine Learning and a MSc in Electrical Engineering, both from KTH, Royal Institute of Techology in Stockholm, and has lead research projects, groups and laboratories for almost 15 years.

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Darja Isaksson
Director General, Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency

Darja Isaksson is since August 2018 Director General at Vinnova – Sweden´s Innovation Agency. She is the founder of two agencies, working with business- and product development for clients such as Sony Ericsson, IKEA and Husqvarna. Apart from being executive advisor and board member of multiple companies, she has served as advisor to the Swedish Government in the Digitalisation council as well as the Swedish Prime Ministers Innovation Council, evaluated national research and innovation programmes and served on the board of Swedish research institutes RISE ICT and RISE Interactive. As a result of her work, she has been awarded "Most powerful opinion maker in Sweden", and is listed as one of the "Worlds' 100 most influential people in digital government."

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Dennis Pamlin
Senior advisor, RISE/Mission Innovation

Pamlin is a senior advisor at RISE, senior associate at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, visiting research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at Renmin university, advisor to Centre for Sustainable Development at Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).and accelerator of digital sustainability at Cybercom. He is currently leading Mission Innovation Net-Zero Compatible Innovation Initiative and collaborating with UNFCC in preparation for the “International Innovation Hub”. https://www.misolutionframewor... he launched a UNEP-FI report about the next generation of leadership in the finance sector and a report about COVID-19 responses as the last opportunity for a 1.5C future.

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Dörte Nielandt
Deputy Head of Unit, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany

2008 – 2013: lawyer at Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå in Berlin (competition- and public procurement law matters).Since 2013: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, different divisions (i.a. European Financial policies, Legal framework for digital services, Artificial Intelligence)8/2018-1/2019: Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation (Swedish-German Innovation Partnership)

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Ebba Carbonnier
Portfolio Manager Nationally Scalable Solutions for Health, SweLife

Portfolio Manager for Nationally Scalable Solutions at Swelife, a Strategic Innovation Programme within Life Science. Examples of some of the national projects within the portfolio are Cell- and Gene Therapy, Biobanking and Prevention of childhood obesity. Carbonnier was previously KI’s Programme Leader for a joint programme between KI and Stockholm County Council. The programme aimed to improve conditions for healthcare and research to enable the rapid transfer of knowledge to personalized prevention and treatment. Key components in the solutions delivered were semantic interoperability, standardized outcome measures and digitization. The programme encompassed five projects and 25 subprojects within the areas of Arthritis, Breast cancer, Diabetes and Heart Failure. Prior to KI, Carbonnier has 14 years of Management Consulting experience, ranging from daily management of teams to creating and implementing strategies for global companies. Managing large scale multinational projects at e.g. AstraZeneca, Microsoft and Sandvik, is an area where Carbonnier has extensive experience. Carbonnier holds an MSc and an MBA with a focus on Operations Management.

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Elena Fersman
Director of AI Research, Ericsson

Elena Fersman is a Research Director in Artificial Intelligence at Ericsson. She is responsible of a team of researchers located in Sweden, USA, India, Hungary and Brazil. She is a docent and an adjunct professor in Cyber-Physical Systems specialized in Automation at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Uppsala University, a Master of Science in Economics and Management from St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and did a postdoc at the University Paris-Saclay. At Ericsson, she had various positions ranging from product management to research leadership. Elena is a member of the Board of Directors of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Elena has co-authored over 50 patent families.

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Elena Kell
Responsible AI Specialist / Ambassador Sweden, H&M Group / Women in AI

Elena Kell is a Responsible AI Specialist at H&M Group and a Women in AI ambassador in Sweden. In her daily work she drives initiatives within ethical and sustainable AI and is strongly committed to working with inclusion, diversity, and gender equality in AI. Elena is a member of Advisory Board for AI Business Consulting Program at Hyper Island and a mentor in Women in AI Ethics global community. She has recently been recognized as one of the TOP-50 Leaders in Research and Equitable Leadership List, released by Remesh.

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Evelina Anttila
General Counsel and AI Ethics, Peltarion

Evelina Anttila is General Counsel & AI Ethics Officer at the AI company Peltarion. Before joining Peltarion she was a lawyer at Mannheimer Swartling, working both in Stockholm and NYC. She has over ten years experience working in business law and holds an LL.M. from Stockholm University. She is a diversity advocate and active in business, tech and AI forums in Europe, where she frequently speaks about AI ethics. She is also a board member of Stockholm AI.

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Henri Verdier
Ambassador for Digital affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

Henri Verdier was born in 1968. Currently, he is Ambassador for Digital Affairs for the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Previously, he was the interministerial director for digital information and communications systems (DG Dinsic) of France; and director of Etalab, the French agency for public open data.
Mr Verdier is also an entrepreneur: he was the co-founder and CEO of MFG Labs, an internet-based startup involved in social data mining, and chairman of the board of Cap Digital, the French-European Cluster for Digital Content and Services, located in Paris. He co-authored several books, including the book, L'Age de la Multitude, Entreprendre with Nicolas Colin.

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Hiroaki Kitano
President & CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories

KITANO is President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation, CEO of Sony AI, President of The Systems Biology Institute, and Professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. He is also a Founding President of the RoboCup Federation, President of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) (2009-2011), and Member of the AI & Robotics Council (2016-2018), and Quantum Computing Council (2019-2020) of The World Economic Forum.

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Ibrahim Baylan
Swedish Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation

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Johan Granström
Partnerships & Business Development Manager, ABB

Johan is coming from the startup-scene but has the last 9 years worked in ABB’s industrial automation division in various roles. Today he is responsible for partnerships and business development in Sweden, and is focusing in making cities and energy systems smarter and greener by utilizing the potential in digital technologies, amazing people and strong partnerships.

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Jordan Zed
Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Jordan Zed is a lawyer by training and current member of the Ontario Bar. He is also currently the Director General responsible for international affairs, internal trade and intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Immediately prior, he served as Director of Open Government at the Treasury Board Secretariat in the Government of Canada and led Canada’s successful campaign for a seat on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership. From 2015 to 2016, he served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada during Canada’s signing and ratification of the Paris climate change agreement.

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Leif Nordlund
Business dev, AI Research, Medical Imaging & Genomics, NVIDIA Enterprise

Leif Nordlund is a veteran in the Technology industry where he has been with companies such as Sun Microsystems, AMD and now NVIDIA. With a background in AI and Computer Science from Uppsala University as well as being an early adopter of Internet Technologies in the 90’s he is currently in a position where he can combine the knowledge from all of these areas. At Nvidia he is working as part of the Global Nvidia Healthcare team

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Linda Leopold
Head of Responsible AI & Data, H&M Group

Linda Leopold is Head of Responsible AI & Data at global fashion retailer H&M Group, where she leads the company’s work on sustainable and ethical artificial intelligence and data. She joined the AI department at H&M Group in 2018, after many years in the media industry. She is a former Editor-in-Chief at the critically acclaimed fashion magazine Bon, and the author of two non-fiction books. She has been a columnist for Scandinavia’s biggest financial newspaper and has worked as an innovation strategist at the intersection of fashion and technology. Her passion lies in merging fashion and culture with science and technology.

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Linnea Kornehed
CMO & Co-Founder, Einride

Linnéa Kornehed, is the CMO and co-founder of Einride, a Swedish technology company that designs, develops, and sells driverless electrified trucks and logistical solutions to transportation companies. In 2019, Einride became the first player in the world to put an autonomous truck on a public road, when the company extended its testing activities in Sweden outside of enclosed areas, marking a new milestone in the history of road transport.As a CMO at Einride, she is heading all marketing, communications, design and public affairs of the company. She also serves on its board of directors.Since its founding in 2016, Einride has constantly been acknowledged as one of the most promising startups globally: ranked by business intelligence firm CB Insights as one out of 36 companies that can change the world in 2020, and as one of TechCrunch’s 48 Top Picks in 2018. The company has also been featured by the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired, CNN, BBC and others. In 2020, she was awarded on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in the category of technology.

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Magnus Bergendahl
Head of developement, Sahlgrenska Science park, Sweden

Magnus is an innovation management professional with 15+ years of experience in the field. He holds a PhD in innovation management and is an appreciated speaker and facilitator. Magnus has previously led cross-continental teams and projects focusing on innovation and change management and has driven large initiative on open innovation and innovation ecosystems. His curiosity has led to five patents and he is continuously looking for opportunities to learn from others.

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Markus Lingman
Chief Strategy Officer, Region Halland

Dr. Markus Lingman is chief strategy officer on the board off Halland Hospital group. His has a background in senior healthcare management and as consulting cardiologist with ongoing academic research since his PhD. Dr. Lingman´s current focus is on Information driven care, virtual hospital concepts and applied AI. He engages in the merger of clinic, health economy, healthcare management, computer science and the creation of real world evidence to create healthcare organisations of excellence from the perspectives of the patient and the payer.

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Marcus Liwicki
Chaired Professor of Machine Learning, Luleå University of Technology

Marcus Liwicki received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 2004, his PhD degree from the University of Bern, Switzerland, in 2007, and his habilitation degree at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 2011. Currently he is chaired professor at Luleå University of Technology and a senior assistant in the University of Fribourg. His research interests include machine learning, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, human computer interaction, digital humanities, knowledge management, ubiquitous intuitive input devices, document analysis, and graph matching. From October 2009 to March 2010 he visited Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan) as a research fellow (visiting professor), supported by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. In 2015, at the young age of 32, he received the ICDAR young investigator award, a bi-annual award acknowledging outstanding achievements of in pattern recognition for researchers up to the age of 40.

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Mikael Hagström
Board Member & PE Advisor, AI Forum & PlanetSmartCity

Over 30 years of global leadership experience with an edge in applied AI, including as President at SAS Institute Inc., C3.ai Inc., and CEO of MetricStream Inc. Partner at McKinsey & Company responsible for building out the Firms AI capabilities as COO McKinsey Analytics. Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Data-driven Development at the World Economic Forum. Chairman of AmCham EU Executive Council. Executive Board Member Atlantic Council. Executive Board Member United States Council for International Business.

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Olof Johansson
Program Director, Swedish Transport Administration

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Peder Blomgren
VP and Head of Data Office, R&D, AstraZeneca

Global leader of Analytics-Ready Data, Data Governance & Policy, and Data Strategy & Value. Also on the board of AI Sweden.

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Regina Summer
Programme Manager, International Cooperation, Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency

Regina Summer has more than 20 years of experience from working in the Swedish innovation system from both an academic, an business and a public agency perspective. Her previous position was as head of unit Green growth and innovation at the Swedish Agency for regional and economic growth. Today she is Program Director for the bilateral innovation collaborations with Brazil and Canada. She is also responsible for Sweden Innovation Days at Vinnova and the coordinator for Vinnovas participation at the world exhibition, EXPO 2020.

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Sara Mazur
Director Strategic Research and Chair, WASP

Sara Mazur is Director Strategic Research at Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Chair Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, WASP. Mazur is since 2013 member of the Board of Directors of Saab AB and since 2018 member of the Board of Directors of Investor AB. She is also member of the boards of Combient AB and Nobel Media AB. Prior to taking up these positions, Mazur was Vice President and Head of Research at Ericsson, responsible for all research at Ericsson globally and leading the global research organization Ericsson Research, a position she held 2012-2018. Mazur worked 23 years for Ericsson on advanced technology and research to strengthen Ericsson’s technical excellence and has held many management positions in the group. Mazur holds a Master’s of Science degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. She is also an appointed Associate Professor in Fusion Plasma Physics in the same institute. 2015 she was appointed Honorary Doctorate Luleå Tekniska Universitet. Mazur is the inventor of 69 granted patents and has authored several journal articles in international physics journals and conference papers on international conferences. She is the co-author of the book Handbook of antennas in wireless communication. Mazur maintains close ties with academia and research institutes. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), department XI, Education and Research, and previously member of the boards of Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Chalmers Technical University, and the School of Electrical Engineering at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology.

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Shilpa Kolhatkar
Global Business Development Leader, Nvidia

Shilpa leads Business Development for AI Nations and Smart Cities, and is responsible for driving the growth of Nvidia’s Accelerated computing and AI platforms and solutions across public sector. She is focused on cultivating partnerships and a rich ecosystem, working with startups as well as fortune 500 companies, to take Nvidia solutions to market. In her previous role, Shilpa drove the adoption of Cisco IoT Solutions across various industries, and was responsible for developing several programs to accelerate sales. She has a B.S in Computer Science, and an M.B.A. from SJSU.

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Silvio Meira
Chief Scientist, The Digital Strategy Company

Silvio Meira is founder and chief scientist at TDS.company, extraordinary professor at CESAR.SCHOOL, founder and chairman of the board at PORTO DIGITAL, member of the boards of CI&T, MAGALU, MRV, BBCE and the Ministry of Education’s CAPES higher education agency. Silvio is also the EMERITUS PROFESSOR of software engineering at the center for informatics, UFPE. Silvio holds a BSEE [ITA, BR '77], MSc in computer science [UFPE, BR '81] and a PhD in computing [KENT, UK '85]. he also founded and was the chief scientist at CESAR and former fellow and faculty associate of the BERKMAN-KLEIN CENTER, Harvard University.

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Sofie Vennersten
Director, Drive Sweden

Sofie Vennersten is Program Director of Drive Sweden - the Swedish Strategic Innovation program on digital, automated and shared mobility for people and goods. She has over 18 years of experience from different positions in the transport sector and has been responsible for managing a large number of multi-stakeholder mobility & logistics programs and projects.

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Ulrika Jägare
Head of AI/ML Strategy Execution, Ericsson, CTO office

As Head of AI/ML Strategy Execution at Ericsson North America, Ulrika Jägare sets and drives the strategic direction in AI/ML, secures operational alignment and engage with customers and industry stakeholders in AI/ML. She has been with Ericsson for 20 years in various positions (10 years in the Data and AI space); Ericsson global CTO office, Research and Development, Product Management, Managed Services and Market Area North America. Ulrika holds a Master of Science degree from University of Lund, Sweden and is also author of several books in Data Science (published by Wiley); Data Science Strategy for dummies, Data Preparation for dummies; Unified Analytics for dummies, WFM AI-based Forecasting for dummies, Embedded Machine Learning Design for dummies

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Victor Galaz
Deputy Director, Stockholm Resiliance Center

Victor Galaz is deputy director and associate professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University), and programme director at the Beijer Institute at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His research explores the risks created by rapid planetary change, and the the sustainability implications of machine intelligent technologies.

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Virginia Dignum
Professor / Program Director, Umeå University / WASP-HS

Virginia Dignum is Professor of Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, Sweden and associated with the TU Delft in the Netherlands. She is the director of WASP-HS, the Wallenberg Program on Humanities and Society for AI, Autonomous Systems and Software. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI), a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, of the working group on Responsible AI of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), of the World Economic Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethically Alligned Design, and a founding member of ALLAI-NL, the Dutch AI Alliance. Her book “Responsible Artificial Intelligence: developing and using AI in a responsible way” was published by Springer-Nature in 2019.

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Speakers - 18 November - The Ignite Conference

Johan Källstrand
Co-founder & Analyst, Parlametric

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Darja Isaksson
Director General, Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency

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Johan Rosén
Strategic Adviser, Uppsala Municipality

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Per Krokstäde
Innovation & Strategic Partnership Manager, Inter IKEA Systems

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Anna-Karin Lindblom
Director Accelerated Innovation, Husqvarna Group

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Frédéric Fourié
Incubator Program Office Europe, Michelin

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Martin Olausson
Head of Business Development at SynerLeap - Powered by ABB

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Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi
CEO, Greenlytics

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Urban Roth
Head of Startup with IBM accelerator Sweden

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Jonathan Selbie
CEO, Univrses

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Anders Nyander
Concept Project Manager, Alfa Laval

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Anders Alneng
VP Sales, Ekkono

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Katrin Strandemar
Director of Innovations & Platforms at Flir

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Marie Wall
Startup expert, Ministry of Enterprise of Sweden

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Robert Andrén
Director General, The Swedish Energy Agency

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Maria Olofsson
Operation Manager, Uminova Innovation

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Stina Lantz
Program Manager, Ignite Sweden

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Vanessa Ware
Project Leader, Allmännyttans Digitaliseringsinitiativ (Public Housing Going Digital project)

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Speakers - 18 November - Startup Masterclass

Arash Sangari
Program Manager at Startup Sweden

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Jakob Nielsen
Sales Coach at Ignite Sweden

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Martin Sjöstrand
CEO at Lexplore

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John Elvesjö
Managing Partner at Brightly Ventures

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Francesco Mazzotta
CEO at Pilloxa

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Karin Ebbinghaus
CEO at Elonroad

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Ronja Koepke
Co-founder of Investpodden

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Melissa Jenkins
Chief Strategy Officer at Ekkono Solutions

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Stina Lantz
Program Manager, Ignite Sweden

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Johanna Wollert Melin
CEO/Founder, Trice Imaging

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Date & Time:

Day 1: AI Sweden - The Talks
17 November, 14.00 - 19.30 CET
Free registration

Day 2 - The Ignite Conference
18 November
The Conference: 14.00 - 17.30 CET
The side-events will take place before the conference
Free registration

Day 3 - The Ignite Matchday 
19 November, 6.00 - 22.00 CET
Free registration


Most of the activities that will take place during the event will be online. 
Some local events might take place on-site in different venues around Sweden and the world. More details will be provided closer to the date of the event. 


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