Leadership and business, virtual reality and games, software for the healthcare and automotive industry. Companies ranging from corporate giants such as Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and Ericsson, to brand new startups and academic institutions like Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. And obviously, lots of coding and technology.
These are just a few examples of what the Lindholmen Software Development Day had to offer. The conference held at Lindholmen Science Park on the 28th of October attracted more than 600 visitors.
“I think this year was a tremendous success,” said Anders Dyvermark from Ericsson, chairman of the programme committee for the conference. “Lindholmen Software Development Day has grown bigger for every year since its start in 2004. This year’s theme – disruptive innovation – is very indicative of the time in which we live. We all need to form an opinion when it comes to disruptive changes.”
The term disruptive innovation refers to innovations that quickly have a huge impact, leading to massive transformations in a market. 27 speakers from well-established corporate giants as well as fresh startup companies shared their experiences and innovations in the software field.
Opening speaker was Johan Sköld from Chalmers Ventures. He gave an account of three innovative startups, linked to Chalmers, who take on established companies through innovative technologies and business models. According to Johan Sköld, established companies – the dinosaurs – as well as new emerging contenders will have to adapt to survive in a globalised world.
“In order to retain our Swedish standard of living we will have to increase our productivity, and to do that we are going to have to come up with new work methods, unless we want to work more, and harder, in the future.”
To Johan Sköld, Lindholmen Software Development Day is an important arena in an industry whose most crucial resource is competent people.
“At Chalmers Ventures we’re all about people, and there are few events in the region attracting as many people as Lindholmen Software Development Day. There’s a war raging for the most talented people, so we really need to be here.”
Viktorija Drangovska, CEO of IT company Code IT Solution, was visiting from Macedonia looking out for new business partners. All in all, company representatives from six Balkan countries had found their way to the conference to explore possible collaboration with the Swedish IT industry. “We want to introduce ourselves and our offering to the Swedish market,” said Viktorija Drangovska. “The conference has been fantastic and it's been very educational and so much fun to get to listen to all the lecturers.”
One of the most prominent speakers was Christian Berg, CEO of security company Safer Society Group. “It is interesting to find out how other companies meet the challenges from new technology, and how they bring it to market. I think local Gothenburg and Swedish companies are generally very good at creating new technology. The ultimate challenge is to get it out to the wider public,” he said.
In addition to its main theme, the programme covered four other areas: technology, methodology and tools, games and virtual reality, and business. This year’s new addition was an open arena – Open Space – offering everybody the opportunity to give a presentation. One of these participants was Sofia Granath of Ascom, who also lectured on her work with smart software solutions for the healthcare industry.
“It was very interesting to have an open discussion at Open Space about challenges common to people working in other fields. To those of us working with healthcare related software, innovation is much more than just a buzzword – it’s about finding solutions that will save lives.”
Volunteers from the Göta student's union helped out during the day, taking care of the practical side of things. Felix Quist is the chairman of the union’s IT section and has previously studied information science at the University of Gothenburg.
“By taking part here, students in software engineering and management are given an opportunity to show their interest, mingle and hook up with the industry,” Felix says. “One of the most important messages from the lectures is that you need to have the guts to explore your ideas, and not be so afraid to fail.”
Many new contacts were made during the day, and planning for next year’s conference is already underway.
Would you like to know more about all the ideas that were presented during the day by continuing the discussion with any of the speakers, please contact Anna Hafström Kováts, Press Officer Lindholmen Science Park.
You can also learn more about the topic and the speakers here
Do not miss the interesting answers to the questions we asked Johan Sköld, Christian Berg, Frida Hermansson & Sofia Granath:
What is the importance of Lindholmen Software DD for you and your organisation?Watch the film here
Today’s main topic is Disruptive Innovation; Within your area of expertise – what is the focus in today’s society?
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Lindholmen Software Development Day is an annual meeting place for the software industry organised in joint collaboration between Ericsson, Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, Cybercom, Ascom, Combitech, HiQ, Business Region Göteborg and Lindholmen Science Park. The purpose of the conference is to support innovations, new collaborations and companies in the field of software development, and to strengthen the area of ICT in West Sweden. It is a meeting-place for local, national and international visitors and speakers.