This week, Oslo Innovation Week is taking place here in Oslo. It has been noted as being Europe´s largest innovation convention, and entails tons of seminars, events, meetups, hackatons, etc. It is organized by the Oslo Business Region, that is working to raise the number of startups with international potential, combining startup support services with international profiling and regional business development.
The kick-off at the Oslo Opera was just aired, and I gotta say that someone that truly impressed me, was Anita Schjøll Brede. Only 29 years old, she already has an impressive track record as to what she has done working with innovation and digital disruption. The most interesting part, I find, is that she does not have a technical background – but rather is an arts major.
In many ways she embodies what I wrote about in my last blog post – when I shared five tips for business people who fear tech. Even though you don´t have a technical background, you can still work with digital disruptions. All you have to ensure you bring to the table, is your curiosity and your openness to change.
Diversity is key to innovation and there is plenty of literature that supports this fact. Check out this survey from the Harvard Business Review on How Diversity Can Drive Innovation and get inspired. Remember when you put together your next team where the task is to disrupt and innovate that you focus on gathering people that represent different backgrounds!
I am going to an event later today as part of the Oslo Innovation Week that entails Innovation from Within Organizations, and will share some key learnings on this later.