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The ICE Innovation Festival is anything but an ordinary experience

The program inspires, teaches and brings people together. This is not a one-off event, but a continuous activity done for years. Each year the event has been growing - and this year the festival is bigger than ever.  And so it will be continued - bigger and louder year after year.

Program

Arctic Food Fair

Get ready for a journey full of Arctic tastes! 

The Arctic Food Fair is an on-site catering open daily from 11:00 to 18:00 which will let passionate foodies explore local flavours and experiences. 

Indulge your palate with exquisite delicacies served by local food vendors such as seaweed chips, reindeer meat, king crab dishes, cloudberry cheesecake, blueberry and lingonberry fruit leather and many other superfoods.

The Arctic Food Fair is so much more than just a simple nourishment – it cannot be experienced elsewhere. The uniqueness of local cuisine born under Nordic conditions combined with ingredients from clean Arctic nature leaves no one indifferent.

Come enjoy the Arctic feast! 

This is not a traditional conference

Be prepared to experience excitement and engagement at the Festival

Draw inspiration from key notes that get your thoughts sparking with new ideas, questions and answers. Learn about new possibilities in the Arctic, or create the winning solution in the ICE Innovation Challenge. Arctic Experience track on husky sledding or catching King Crabs activating all of your senses.    

 

This is something you have never experienced before - and the memories and connections will last.

 

Dive into the innovation and the Arctic experience through five different tracks:

Check the timetable and pick the ones that spark your curiosity - and leave room for some interesting coincidences. 

Culture

Art and culture are the secret sauce

Local culture itself is an experience. But Kirkenes is also a place for thought triggering  art and creation. We fill the old hospital with art that tells the story of the Kirkenes and the region in a unique way.

 

Kirkenes is known for its cultural diversity and variety of art forms. The festival showcases the best parts of it with installations and shows.

These opening ceremonies you do not want to miss! 

Timetable

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Day 1 – November 10th

Track: ICE Innovation Challenge

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and intro to ICE map, program and activities

Both stages

11:00-12:00

Kick off ICE IC, entrepreneurial mindset with Willy

ICE stage

12:00-13:00

10 minute personal break / Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch AFF

TBA

13:00-15:00

Selling and pitching workshop with Willy

Both stages

15:00-17:00

Participants working on prototypes

ICE stage

17:00-18:00

Panel debate Artic Startup and the ArcTech industry

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

TBA

Cook dinner on a fire – open for all participants (interactive and encouraging cooperation with each other and locals)

ICE stage

20:00-21:00

ICE Youth winners present and network. Working in teams, testing and prototyping

ICE stage

21:00-22:00

Wake up! activity

ICE stage

22:00-00:00

Working in teams, pizza party

ICE stage

Track: ArcTech

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and intro to ICE map, program and activities

Both stages

11:00-12:00

TBA

TBA

12:00-13:00

10 minute personal break / Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch AFF

TBA

13:00-15:00

TBA

TBA

15:00-16:00

Saga Forss - Advisor Corporate Finance | Angel Investor | Board Member - interested in sustainable, game changing ideas related to the Baltic Sea

Main stage

16:00-17:00

TBA

TBA

17:00-18:00

Panel debate Artic Startup and the ArcTech industry

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

Track: Experience the Arctic

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and intro to ICE map, program and activities

Both stages

11:00-13:00

TBA Experience the Arctic experience

TBA

13:00-15:00

TBA Experience the Arctic experience

TBA

15:00-17:00

TBA Experience the Arctic experience

TBA

17:00-18:00

Panel debate Artic Startup and the ArcTech industry

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

Track: Arctic Startup

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and intro to ICE map, program and activities

Both stages

11:00-12:00

Peter Vesterbacka – Finest Bay Area

Main stage

12:00-13:00

10 minute personal break / Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch AFF

TBA

13:00-15:00

Selling and pitching workshop with Willy

Both stages

15:00-16:00

TBA

TBA

16:00-17:00

Virginia Vegas – Tech Investor. Community Builder. Startup Norway

Main stage

17:00-18:00

Panel debate Artic Startup and the ArcTech industry

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

Day 12 – November 11th

Track: ICE Innovation Challenge

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and recap of yesterday, testimonials(?), program

Both stages

11:00-12:00

SVU+ Barsec intro, intro lecture from Elina

ICE stage

12:00-13:00

10 minute personal break / Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch AFF

TBA

13:00-13:30

Paul Iske - Professor Open Innovation at Maastricht University, Owner KnocoM

Both stages

14:00-15:00

Conseptualizing and innovation design workshop with Elina

Both stages

15:00-16:00

Participant working on prototypes

ICE stage

16:00-17:00

ICE Innovation Challenge Finals pitching

ICE stage

17:00-18:00

Closing ceremony + IIC winners pitch and award

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

Track: ArcTech

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and recap of yesterday, testimonials(?), program

Both stages

11:00-12:00

Christian Gummerus and Oulu Business

Main stage

12:00-13:00

10 minute personal break / Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch AFF

TBA

13:00-13:30

Drone demo

TBA

14:00-15:00

Travel tech

Ofelas stage

15:00-16:00

Tomas Rakos - CEO | Participation Factory

Main stage

16:00-17:00

Panel debate - local impact/global reach

Both stages

17:00-18:00

Closing ceremony + IIC winners pitch and award

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

Track: Experience the Arctic

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and recap of yesterday, testimonials(?), program

Both stages

11:00-13:00

TBA Experience the Arctic experience

TBA

13:00-15:00

TBA Experience the Arctic experience

TBA

15:00-17:00

TBA Experience the Arctic experience

TBA

17:00-18:00

Closing ceremony + IIC winners pitch and award

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

Track: Arctic Startup

10:00-10:30

Opening show

Both stages

10:30-11:00

Welcome and recap of yesterday, testimonials(?), program

Both stages

11:00-12:00

SVU+ Barsec intro, intro lecture from Elina

ICE stage

12:00-13:00

10 minute personal break / Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch AFF

TBA

13:00-13:30

Paul Iske - Professor Open Innovation at Maastricht University, Owner KnocoM

Both stages

14:00-15:00

Conseptualizing and innovation design workshop with Elina

Both stages

15:00-16:00

TBA

TBA

16:00-17:00

Panel debate - local impact/global reach

Both stages

17:00-18:00

Closing ceremony + IIC winners pitch and award

Both stages

18:00-

Afterparty and dinner

TBA

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10:00-10:30

Performance by SAVVA and ICE Introduction

Northern Lights Main Stage

All tracks

10:30-11:00

Welcome speech by Mads Frederiksen, Executive Director of the Arctic Economic Council

Northern Lights Main Stage

All tracks

11:00-11:30

Katja Gustafson:

What the f* is wrong with these people?

Northern Lights Main Stage

Arctic Startup

11:00-12:00

Walid O. El Cheikh:

Entrepreneurial Mindset + Intro to Pitching For Life

ICE Auditorium

ICE Innovation Challenge

11:00-13:00

Only with pre-registration

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

11:30-12:00

Bo Koch Christensen:

Uniting the New Nordic Creative Changemakers

Northern Lights Main Stage

ArcTech

12:00-13:00

10-minute personal break challenge w/ Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch Arctic Food Fair

Northern Lights Main Stage and Dining halls

All tracks

12:00-13:00

Sanna Lutsoja:

Product development lessons from ideation to exit

Ritz nightclub venue

Creative North

13:00-13:30

Staale Risa:

Smart money - attract the right investor at the right stage in your company

Northern Lights Main Stage

ArcTech

13:00-14:00

Elina Korpela:

Think like a Designer

ICE Auditorium

ICE Innovation Challenge

13:00-14:00

Kim Daniel Arthur:

From your childhood playroom and out into the world of startups

Ritz nightclub venue

Creative North

13:00-15:00 (17:00)

​Only with pre-registration

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit or

  • King Crab safari (returning at 17:00)

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

13:30-14:00

Debbie Nsamba:

A Tech Rebel's Guide To The Metaverse

Northern Lights Main Stage

Creative North

14:00-15:30

Elina Korpela:

Think like a Designer - A Customer-Centric Workshop

ICE Auditorium and group rooms

ICE Innovation Challenge

14:00-15:00

Walid O. El Cheikh:

Pitching With Confidence

Northern Lights Main Stage

Arctic Startup

14:00-16:00

Vanessa Kisowile:

Building for the Future with the gate keepers / Women in business – network meeting

Ritz nightclub venue

Creative North

15:00-15:30

Christian Gummerus:

Arctic Aviation – connecting hubs

Northern Lights Main Stage

ArcTech

15:30-16:30

Christian Gummerus:

Drone demo

ICE Auditorium

ArcTech

15:30-16:00

Henri Terho:

Self-Driving in the Arctic, truly enabling business where few dare

Northern Lights Main Stage

ArcTech

15:00-17:00

​Only with pre-registration

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

16:00-17:00

Verineia Codrean:

The Equation of Risk & Luck for Entrepreneurs

Northern Lights Main Stage

Arctic Startup

16:00-18:00

Bernt Nilsen, Thomas Nilsen & Rune Storvold:

GPS jamming technology and counter measures

Ritz nightclub venue

ArcTech

17:00-18:00

Panel debate:

How can we create sustainable economic growth in the Arctic regions?

Northern Lights Main Stage and ICE Auditorium

All tracks

18:00-20:30

Only for ICE Innovation Challenge participants:

18:00-19:00 Wake Up! Activity – ICE swimming with Lexi Lobdell

19:00-20:00 Cook dinner on a fire – design thinking your meal

20:00-20:30 ICE Youth Winners present their pitches and talk about being young in the Arctic

ICE Auditorium and work rooms

ICE Innovation Challenge

19:00-00:00

ICE Afterparty

Ritz nightclub

All tracks

Day 1 – November 10th

10:00-10:30

Welcome by CEO Kirkenes Chamber of Commerce Magnus Mæland: Love, jobs, happiness and the good life in Kirkenes

Northern Lights Main Stage

All tracks

10:30-11:00

Peter Vesterbacka:

Creating gravity in Kirkenes – it all starts with Nothingness

ICE Auditorium

Arctic Startup

10:30-12:00

Walid O. El Cheikh:

Pitching With Confidence Workshop

Northern Lights Main Stage

 ICE Innovation Challenge

11:00-11:30

Yuri Kozik:

Ukraine's development after the war and the role the Nordics should play

ICE Auditorium

Arctic Startup

11:00-13:00

Health Tech:

Health Tech networking session

Ritz nightclub venue

Creative North

11:30-12:00

Katariina Komulainen:

Digital innovation hubs, paving the way for next-generation entrepreneurship

ICE Auditorium

Arctic Startup

12:00-12:30

Peter Vesterbacka:

Revitalizing the Arctic with the Triple E model

Northern Lights Main Stage

Arctic Startup

12:00-13:00

10-minute personal break challenge w/ Reidar Wasenius. Program break, entertainment, lunch Arctic Food Fair

Northern Lights Main Stage and Dining halls

All tracks

13:00-14:00

Paul Iske:

Sometimes you earn, sometimes you learn!

Northern Lights Main Stage

Arctic Startup

13:00-14:00

Students empowering students – networking session for shaping a sustainable future

Ritz nightclub venue

Creative North

13:00-15:00 (17:00)

Only with pre-registration​

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit or

  • King Crab safari (returning at 17:00)

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

14:00-15:00

Walid O. El Cheikh:

Pitching Clinic for ICE Innovation Challenge participants

ICE group work rooms

ICE Innovation Challenge

14:00-14:30

Caspar Høgh:

How to get Venture Funding

Northern Lights Main Stage

Arctic Startup

14:30-15:00

Sabyachi Sengupta:

Path to Transform

Northern Lights Main Stage

Arctic Startup

15:00-16:00

Katya Petrikevich:

Particiapation as a system: engaging in a smart and practical way

Northern Lights Main Stage

ArcTech

15:00-17:00

​Only with pre-registration

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

16:00-17:00

ICE Innovation Challenge – semi finals pitching

ICE Auditorium and group rooms

ICE Innovation Challenge

16:00-17:00

Panel debate:

Local Impact from Global Reach: Digital tools to connect remote entrepreneurial ecosystems

Northern Lights Main Stage

All tracks

17:00-17:30

ICE Innovation Challenge pitching FINALE

Northern Lights Main Stage and ICE Auditorium

ICE Innovation Challenge

17:30-18:00

CLOSING CEREMONY:

Open concert with Signe Sparby

Northern Lights Main Stage

All tracks

19:00-02:00

ICE Afterparty

Ritz nightclub

All tracks

Day 2 – November 11th

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