Norway’s new Minister of Digitalisation visited San Francisco and Silicon Valley to discuss digital transformation

Astrup meets Sletbak and Dyrnes - Photo:MFA
Minister of Digitalisation, Nikolai Astrup (to the right) with Norway's Consul General to San Francisco Jo Sletbak and Director of Nordic Innovation House and Head of Americas in Innovation Norway Gro Dyrnes.

One week into his new role as Minister of Digitalisation, Nikolai Astrup visited San Francisco and Silicon Valley to gather inspiration and discuss private-public cooperation and digital transformation.

During his visit, Astrup met with a broad range of companies and organizations, including the two tech giants Google and Facebook, and the Norwegian startups ForgeRock, Nurx, and Meltwater.

As Minister of Digitalisation and member of the UN Secretary-General High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, Astrup hosted a round-table meeting at Stanford Business School. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss Norway´s and UNICEF Ventures´ alliance to build and fund a new technology platform for digital public goods.

Smart cities, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, datacenter, were likewise part of the Minister's program as the Minister met with World Economic Forum, Human Rights Foundation, Denmark´s Tech Ambassador, City and County of San Francisco, and City Innovate.

After meeting with City and County of San Francisco, the Minister was impressed by how the city facilitates for collaboration between startup and the public sector, and how the private sector helps the city to solve public challenges.

- I think this is something we can really learn from, and we can help create an even greater ecosystem for startups in Norway. Although we have seen great development in the startup sector in the last few years in Norway. We still have big potential, says Minister of Digitalisation Nikolai Astrup.