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From fancy food to deep technical insights , NIC conference deemed a success

In Training & Events, Thought Leadership

After hundreds of demos, nearly 50 sessions, 1,400 participants and megablocks of cheese, the Ninth Annual NIC conference has come to an end.

NIC, which stands for the Nordic Infrastructure Conference, is well-known in the tech industry for its practical approach to complex technologies by focusing more on demos and less on slides.

 “This is our ninth year at NIC and probably the best conference ever,” said conference organizer Tor Ødegard. “NIC is more than a conference, it’s about giving everyone the total experience, from learning, to meeting with likeminded people, having good food and a fun party at the end.”

Microsoft Executive Vice President Jason Zander delivered the keynote on how Azure can help with data flow despite the complications of data processing from multiple silos. 

”Every single industry that we are in… you kind of see this (digital transformation) coming through,” Zander said in his keynote address. “Microsoft’s take on this is we need to do this in a way that we can break down some of the silos that exist today.”


Microsoft MVP, speaker and instructor Sami Laiho spoke to a packed room giving the newest version of his very popular presentation: 60 Life Hacks of the Windows OS in 60 Minutes. He also did a session on how to move from reactive protections to new, proactive ones.

“NIC is a great conference, from the people I get to meet to seeing familiar faces in the crowd,” Laiho said. “Plus the food is really, really good.”

NIC had an array of delectable treats from a smorgasbord of cheese, prosciutto, and olives, to artisan pizza, sushi bowls, risotto, pralines, ice cream and other sweets.

Another speaker was Paula Januszkiewicz, founder of Cqure Academy. She talked about forensic techniques that indicate how hackers hide traces of their existence.

Alex de Jong hosted the Ask the Experts session on the Expo floor featuring Chris Jackson, Mikael Nystrom and Andy Malone.  The experts talked about the new Edge browser, and the future of windows client OS, including MSIX packaging format that allows applications to run

“This is my first year presenting at NIC and it’s been a great conference,” said Microsoft MVP Cathrine Wilhelmsen. “I’m hoping I get to come back next year.”