Award-winning news site TU Media TU.no, the publisher of Teknisk Ukeblad, Norway’s leading business technology and innovation magazine, has announced the much-anticipated winners of the 2019 Norwegian Tech Awards. This year’s initiative – which celebrates standout achievements, innovations and individuals within the Norwegian business community – saw a new category added, with the energy segment recognised alongside maritime, construction and business leadership.
In a gala awards ceremony taking place yesterday evening, 19 November, the main prize, the overall 2019 Norwegian Tech Award, went to Nordic Semiconductor. The firm, a global market leader in the Bluetooth Low Energy niche, was praised by the jury for technology that makes industry and products “smarter” while connecting them in a powerful “nervous system” for today’s digital society.
In the individual category awards, Cognite Co-Founder and CEO John M. Lervik, secured the coveted Technology Leader of the Year title for his achievements in quickly growing a business founded in 2016 into an international leader in big data and industrial digitalisation. Arve Johnsen, Norwegian politician and the very first CEO of Statoil (now Equinor), received the 2019 Honorary Award.
ENTRA scooped the Building and Construction accolade for its innovative project to create an eight storey “office hotel” in Oslo from completely recycled materials, the first time a building of its size has ever been constructed in this way. Powerhouse and Oslo Kommune (municipality of Oslo) were runners up in the category.
The TU Maritime award, which debuted in 2018, saw Corvus, BOA/Forsvarmateriell and Blueye Robotics competing for the title, with Blueye winning for the successful commercial launch of its underwater drones. The jury was impressed by the team’s drive to take the firm from start-up in 2014 to a position offering a unique product to both the private and commercial markets.
A new edition to the initiative premiered this year with the first ever Energy award. This was secured by Siemens for its Subsea Tieback technology, which will enable certain equipment and systems to be moved from offshore platforms to the seabed (freeing up valuable space) and for new and marginal hydrocarbon discoveries to be connected to existing installations. In addition, the solution has potential for the renewable energy and further ocean industry sectors. Ispas AS and REC Solar were the debut runners up in the segment.
Speaking of this year’s winners, Teknisk Ukeblad Chief Editor and CEO Jan M. Moberg comments, “Here we have the very best of Norwegian innovation and technology on display, with genuinely ground-breaking solutions that address key challenges, opportunities and issues facing both business and society.”
“These awards, and TU in general, have an important role to play in showcasing how we can harness the power of technology and new ideas to encourage and facilitate considered, responsible development. The people and projects recognised here really do embody that drive. On behalf of myself, my colleagues and the one million Norwegians that come into contact with TU’s platforms, I’d like to extend a hearty congratulations to them all,” Moberg continues.