Guest blog by Rune Smistad, Chief Communications Officer at Startup Weekend Bergen's sponsor and partner MediArena

The MediArena Business Cluster is a unique collaboration project between global technology corporations, national broadcasters and small, forward-leaning meditech entrepeneurs – all situated in Bergen, Norway.

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Mediarena is owned by Media Region Bergen, a membership organisation with 40+ member companies and institutions – and growing. The following companies and institutions are present in the board: TV2, NRK, Bergens Tidende, Bergensavisen, Vizrt, University of Bergen and Sixty AS

The aim is to let the collaborative spirit in the region become an asset for increased innovation, distribution and commersialization of the ideas of tomorrows media industry

The project is founded by Norwegian Research Council, SIVA and Innovation Norway, and run as a non-profit company for the benefit of the partnering companies. The aim is to let the collaborative spirit in the region become an asset for increased innovation, distribution and commersialization of the ideas of tomorrows media industry. The project team facilitates conferences, seminars and workshops & currently develops experimental shared digital webservices to increase interoperabilty in the value chain. The project works closely with investors and partners in public sector/science to help startups succeed and within a shorter timespan reach an international customerbase.








Knowit, DNB and MediArena – loyal supporters of Startup Weekend Bergen

Our mission is critically dependent on local sponsors helping us to carry out Startup Weekend and build local entrepreneurial ecosystems. This time around, for the first summer edition of Startup Weekend in Bergen we got many of our most loyal supporters onboard.

Knowit continue to be one of our main supporters, as they’ve sticked with us from the start in Bergen and supported us with funding, locations, speakers, participators, awards, mentors and judges.

Knowit is one of the leading consultancy firms in the Nordic region with over 1,800 specialists, offering cutting-edge knowledge in IT, Design & Digital and Management.

We are also fortunate and very proud to be associated with DNB for this first summer edition of Startup Weekend. DNB will support us for the forth time in Bergen. They have supported us with funding, judges, give-aways and awards.

DNB is Norway’s largest financial services group and one of the largest in the Nordic region in terms of market capitalisation. The Group offers a full range of financial services, including loans, savings, advisory services, insurance and pension products for retail and corporate customers.

A huge thanks goes to our partner and collaborator MediArena.

The MediArena Business Cluster is a unique collaboration project between global technology corporations, national broadcasters and small, forward-leaning meditech entrepeneurs – all situated in Bergen, Norway.

Without the continuous financial assistance, advice and network of our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to create events that build and support the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are tremendously grateful for the trust that our local sponsors have in us – THANK YOU.








Startup Weekend Bergen official FI-WARE partner!! Join the bootcamp in Bergen June 4th

Startup Weekend Bergen
June 6th, 2014

 

Imagine an open buffet for web developers creating the NEXT BIG THING – meet FI-WARE and FI-LAB!

 

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Brace yourselves for the happening of the year – on June 4th, Startup Weekend Bergen will have the pleasure of hosting one of the first ever bootcamps on FI-WARE, an open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services.

 

    FI-WHAT?
    FI-WARE in a nutshell – infographic

    FI-WARE API specifications are public and royalty-free – OPEN APIs FOR OPEN MINDS. Built upon FI-WARE is FI-LAB, an open innovation ecosystem where developers will be able to setup the basic virtual infrastructure needed to run applications that make use of the APIs provided by FI-WARE Generic Enablers.

    “OPEN APIs FOR OPEN MINDS”

    FI-WARE was financed and developed by the European Commission as part of the 2020 Entrepreneurship Action Plan, leveraging partners like Telefónica, IBM, Orange, SAP, Telekom, Siemens – to name but a few.

 

Benjamin Southworth will be flown in from the UK to get you up to speed on using FI-WARE and FI-LAB. The bootcamp will be free and open to absolutely everyone, so set off your evening on June 4th to learn about this fantastic opportunity for your current and next (!) businesses. Register HERE!

 

P.S.: Can’t get enough of FI-WARE? Benjamin will stay on for Bergen Startup Weekend 6-8th June and help you generate Future Internet applications in one weekend!

 








Winning Golden Tickets!

We met these two people yesterday at the Entrepeneur Fair in Bergen, and they are now the lucky winners of a free Golden Ticket to Bergen Startup Weekend SUMMER EDITION, 6th – 8th of June!

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These were the first tickets ever available for this event, and TODAY we release a limited amout of early bird tickets for you guys!

If you think about it, your Bergen Startup Weekend Ticket is actually not so different from the Golden Ticket Charlie got for the entrance to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory..

THE WILLY WONKA REASONING

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You need to take some chances when you decide to attend this event. Is it worth to spend the last golden coin on a weekend of madness? Your family will cheer for you!

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You’ll meet some people you’ve never met before, some goofy, some funny, some has got their eyes on the prize, some are parents, some are grandparents, some are clever and some are brave. They are all there in the same building as you and no one knows what the outcome will be.

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 You’ll learn from fascinating coaches/Oompa Loompas that will teach you about how a (startup)factory works. You might also learn something new about yourself. Are you the chocolate-grass eating type?

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You get to dive and dig in on scrumptious food, served to you with the best intentions. (We are still working on our complete meal-chewing gum. The blueberrypie still makes us blue).

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You’ll be introduced to a world of creativity and innovation where nothing is impossible. You can make your ideas come true in this factory.

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You get to practice your Glass Elevator Pitch and get feedback on your performance.

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 You need to convince people that you are the  best to win, but still it doesn’t feel like it’s a competition.

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All the tools you need to win will be available for you, but it is up to you to decide how you use these tools.

9. You get to meet Willy Wonka, our ROCKSTAR FASCILITATOR

10. It’s Scrumdiddlyumptious!

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Some simple maths would result in something like (Quality meals x 7) + (snacks and brainfood)+ (top of the notch mentoring) / network*3 (facilities + WiFi) * (Goodiebags) + (Great prizes +honor/glory) =Opportunities