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CUTTING EDGE FESTIVAL 2015

1 day – 500 participants – The biggest event at Oslo Innovation Week 2015!

A DAY OF BREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE
500 festival goers got to experience a day of new and exciting talks about upcoming and breakthrough science in the field of SPACE, ENERGY, BODY and MIND, BUSINESS and MATTER.

One of the main priorities of the festival is to show the benefits of scientific research conducted in the Oslo-area. Scientific research has the potential to increase the quality of life for so many people, make our daily lives easier and better, contribute to better general health of the population, better environment and a lot more.

BEST SCIENCE AND INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
Our mission is to give the stage to the best scientific research groups around us and show innovative companies that commercialize research by turning it into products and by creating jobs. The whole ecosystem with its social gains is what Cutting Edge delivered for a third year in a row as the biggest event during Oslo Innovation Week 2015. The audience got to see the whole spectrum of groundbreaking ideas and scientific projects to fully commercialized products and successful entrepreneurial ventures.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS:
Else Marit Inderberg Suso, Head of Immunomonitoring at Oslo University Hospital told us how immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer treatment in her talk “Calling Cells to Arms”.
Professor Bengt Gunnar Svensson, representing one of the five world leading scientific communities at the University of Oslo, SOLARIS, talked about Power Electronics for Energy Saving. One of Norway’s outstanding researchers in life science Marianne Fyhn gave us exciting insights in her talk about ”What Exactly are Memories?”

DIFFERENT SCENARIOUS FOR THE FUTURE
“If there is one thing we have learned the last 50 years it is that the future is not *more*, it is *different*.” – Anders Sandberg, the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University.

We had three fascinating international guests that all spoke about the future. And the scenarios they talked about are quite different, but they somehow did not seem mutually exclusive.

Bas Lansdorp, the founder and CEO of the Mars One Project talked about Permanent Human Settlement on Mars and the possibilities and challenges the project faces, the business model and the impact such a mission to Mars can have on Earth.
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, from Osaka University and ATR, presented his very near future – a future with humanlike AI robots. He talked about why he started exploring this field and what his research meant and how it contributed to society. How will human life be in the very near future with robots in it? What we have seen in the movie theaters may come literally alive sooner than we expected.

If you would like to see any of these talks and many more visit our youtube chanel. 

THE CUTTING EDGE FAIRE
This year the Cutting Edge Faire with its 35 stands showed curious participants how fun science and tech can be and what is waiting on us in the very near future. A talking android robot, homemade 3D-printers, space tech, virtual reality games are just some of the many things you got to see and touch at the Faire.
The companies and organizations that exhibited reported that they made useful new business connections and had the chance to meet with potential partners, clients and employees.

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During the Cutting Edge Festival on October 14 in Science Park (Photo: Ørjan Kvalheim)

Take a tour of the Cutting Edge Faire here.
You can see more pictures from the event on our Facebook page. Curious? Make sure to visit us next year – 18th of October 2016.

The Cutting Edge Festival 2015 was organized by Oslotech, University of Oslo, Inven2 as part of Oslo Innovation Week.

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Non-profit

The festival showcases the most exciting research in the field of technology and innovation. The objective is to increase the awareness and interest for all the exciting and groundbreaking research and innovation happening in the Oslo region. Our target audience are people in business, finance, public sector, politics, and media.

We aim to demonstrate the impact of science, technology and innovation on our future life, economy, industry and society. The potential for value creation from new knowledge is limitless. And it is all happening at the Cutting Edge!

Did you know …?

In 2015 students from
the University of Oslo’s Department of Informatics
set a Guinness World Record for
the heaviest payload ever lifted
by a remote-controlled multicopter drone
at Cutting Edge.

Did you know …?

In 2015 we were
Oslo Innovation Weeks
biggest event. 😉

Did you know …?

In 2015 we received
most media coverage
out of the 71 other events
during OIW.