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Arendalsuka 2019: Crayon talks diversity in technology and Norway’s digital future

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How does artificial intelligence affect the public sector? What is the real impact of gender diversity programs? How do we best couple strong economic growth and sustainable development? 

Those were just some of the big questions at the weeklong event, called Arendalsuka, that draws industry leaders, politicians, academians and more to discuss the biggest issues facing society today.  

Thousands attend Arendalsuka, which began in 2012 and is in Norway’s coastal city of Arendal. 

“Technology is rapidly changing every aspect of our lives, from the way we learn to what we eat, to how we take care of ourselves and how we conduct business,” said Rune Syversen, co-CEO of Crayon, which had many representatives at Arendalsuka. “The environment is also changing everything from sustainability to geo-political impact and that makes Arendal the perfect venue to understand different stakeholders perspectives. 

Crayon participated in some of the workshops including a panel on equality in the technology sector and one on Norway as a technological hub. 

The equality in technology session centered around gender diversity. Besides Syversen, the other panelists included were Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke, sociologist Kjetil RolnessMicrosoft Norway’s Vice President Lene Disen and their PR Director Kristine Beitland, and the Country Managing Partner of EY Norway, Christin E. Bøsterud. 

Syversen discussed the recently announced women in leadership program at Crayon that focuses on increasing the company’s gender diversity. 

“Diversity and inclusion drive innovation,” Syversen said. “Having more equality in the workplace helps improve the decision-making process and increases profitability.” 

The second panel Crayon participated in was on the future of technology and innovation in Norway. Much of the conversation focused on the impact of Microsoft’s two new data center regions in Norway.  

 “Those data center regions are imminent to driving adoption for machine learning, AI and IoT,” said Crayon Norway CEO Geir Gullikson, who moderated the panel. “Being that Crayon is the leading partner of Microsoft on AI and ML, we welcome every initiative that can help us drive those discussions with our customers.”  



Crayon Group Holding ASA is a leading IT advisory firm in software and digital transformation services. With unique IP tools and skilled employees, Crayon help optimize its clients' ROI from complex software technology investments. Crayon have long experience within volume software licensing optimization, digital engineering, predictive analytics and assists the clients through all phases of the process of a digital transformation. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, the company has approximately 1,400 employees in 45 offices worldwide.


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