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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

OPENING SHOW and introduction to moderator Reidar Wasenius, CCO at Breaks Finland

Main stage

All tracks

10:30-11:00

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

Main stage

All tracks

11:00-12:00

Peter Vesterbacka, founder SLUSH, Angry Birds and FinEst Bay Area

Main stage

Arctic Startup

11:00-12:00

Walid O. El Cheikh, Pitching coach, Startup Mentor Entrepreneurial Mindset + Intro to Pitching For Life

ICE Auditorium

ICE Innovation Challenge

11:00-13:00

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

12:00-13:00

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

Main stage and Dining halls

All tracks

13:00-14:00

Elina Korpela, Digital strategy and Design Specialist.

Think like a Designer

ICE Auditorium

ICE Innovation Challenge

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

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit or

  • King Crab safari (returning at 17:00)

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

14:00-15:30

Elina Korpela, Digital strategy and Design Specialist.

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 coach, Startup Mentor

Pitching With Confidence

Main stage

Arctic Startup

15:00-16:00

Saga Forss, Advisor corporate finance, Angel investor

Main stage

ArcTech /

 Experience the Arctic

15:00-17:00

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

16:00-17:00

Virginia Vegas, Tech Investor, community builder, co-founder Startup Norway

Main stage

Arctic Startup

17:00-18:00

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

Main stage and ICE Auditorium

All tracks

19:00-02:30

ICE Afterparty

Ritz nightclub

All tracks

18:00-00:00

For ICE Innovation Challenge participants:

18:00-20:00 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.

20:30-22:00 Working on prototypes

22:00-22:30 Wake Up! Activity

22:30-00:00 Working on prototypes and Pizza Party

ICE Auditorium and work rooms

ICE Innovation Challenge

Day 1 – November 10th

10:00-10:30

OPENING SHOW

Main stage

All tracks

10:30-12:00

Walid O. El Cheikh, Pitching coach, Startup Mentor – Pitching With Confidence Workshop

Main stage

 ICE Innovation Challenge

11:00-12:00

Christian Gummerus, Director of Business Development Arctic Ax

Main stage

ArcTech

11:00-13:00

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bus

Experience the Arctic

12:00-13:00

DRONE DEMO

Nothing Hill area outside

ArcTech

12:00-13:00

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

Main stage and Dining halls

All tracks

13:00-14:00

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

Main stage

Arctic Startup

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

  • Husky experience dogsledding or

  • Snowhotel Visit or

  • King Crab safari (returning at 17:00)

Snowhotel location w. shuttle bu

Experience the Arctic

14:00-15:00

Walid O. El Cheikh, Pitching coach, Startup Mentor

Pitching Clinic for ICE Innovation Challenge participants

ICE group work rooms

ICE Innovation Challenge

14:00-15:00

Caspar Høegh, co-founder and Partner Noon Ventures

How to get Venture Funding

Main stage

Arctic Startup

15:00-16:00

Tomas Rakos, CEO Participation Factory.

Main stage

ArcTech

15:00-17:00

  • 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 – global reach. Introducing ICE Metaverse.

Main stage

All tracks

17:00-17:30

ICE Innovation Challenge pitching FINALE

Main Stage and ICE Auditorium

ICE Innovation Challenge

17:30-18:00

CLOSING CEREMONY

Main stage

All tracks

19:00-02:30

ICE Afterparty

Ritz nightclub

All tracks

Day 2 – November 11th