ABOUT CUTTING EDGE
Oslo Science Park, Inven2, the University of Oslo and Conventor, develop and host one of Norway’s largest science and technology events – the Cutting Edge festival.
At the Cutting Edge Festival we present the latest breakthroughs in science, the most promising innovations, and the most exciting startup companies to come out of the Norwegian research communities.
It is a vibrant festival where Norway’s brightest students, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors, meet and interact with people from industry, government and media. Where a young innovator with a fresh prototype, can find a financial partner or discuss new ideas with a prime minister.
The big perspective – the power of demonstration
The world is changing fast, the global challenges are grave and many; climate change, health challenges, water scarcity, food and energy security, over population, air pollution and many more. There are no hiding anymore – we need to meet these challenges with new solutions.
We need to change how we operate the world.
The main objective of the Cutting Edge Festival is to demonstrate how research, science, innovation and technology can shape our future society, businesses and industries, and make our civilisation sustainable.
Our festival program always presents solid and tangible projects; new innovation built on science and research, that can be useful and valuable for many, emerging start-up companies with ambition to make a dent in the universe, and solutions developed and implemented by established industry players.
Inspiration and unexpected partnerships
Although we are a small country, with a small home market and the Norwegian contribution to the world’s total research effort is under one percent, our ambition is to show more of the world-leading Norwegian research communities that we have. We believe we can contribute to global development and breakthroughs in the fields where we have our strengths.
We want to be able to work with the best and bring home and utilize groundbreaking research results from world leading communities in other countries. To give context to the great work we do in Norway, we invite handpicked international guest speakers and technology leaders, to present and showcase important and trending developments in science and technology from other parts of the world.
Our speakers, partners and contributors aim to inspire all our festival guests to create new and valuable solutions, and maybe even help form new and unexpected partnerships.
We strongly believe that multidisciplinarity AND interdisciplinarity are keys to progress and sustainability – we are committed to demonstrate this with full force, at Cutting Edge Festival!
Forskningsparken is Norway’s leading science park. Today more than 220 companies and research organizations have their offices and labs at Oslo Science Park. We are the initiator of Norway’s leading tech incubator StartupLab; Aleap – a health incubator; Share-lab a biotech incubator and the home of industrial networks like Norway Health Tech and The Life Science Cluster. Every year we organize and host many different events in our large in-house conference centre, bringing together students, researchers, enterpreneurs, people from industry, and investors. https://www.forskningsparken.no/
Inven2 is the next-generation innovation company, established to maintain and develop Norwegian innovations. Inven2 builds bridges between excellent research and the next generation technology based industry. Inven2 is the largest contributor in Norway within the field of commercialization of research, owned by the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, Norway’s largest and leading university and hospital representing pioneering research. Inven2s ambition is to build new businesses based on cutting-edge technology from their owners. www.inven2.com
The University of Oslo, founded in 1811, is a leading European university and Norway’s first and largest public institution of research and higher learning with 27 000 students and 6 000 employees today. UiO offers a great variety in study options and is one of the World’s Top 100 universities, according to the Shanghai World Ranking. With five Nobel Prize winners, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery. The University is strongly involved in the festival and also assuring the quality of the program. www.uio.no
Conventor´s is one of Norway´s leading multidisciplinary meeting arena, communication and event companies, involved in more than 600 events a year. The company develops high profile conferences as standalone arrangements, or for and together with partners, always aiming to create arenas for innovation and positive change. Our portfolio includes conferences like Social Media Days, Spaceport Norway, Offshore Strategy Conference, Digital Energy, Play Attention and many more. Conventor joined the Cutting Edge team in 2018. conventor.com