Smart City Update from Aarhus: Internet Week Denmark wil be completely virtual this year

Due to the world situation the digital event Internet Week Denmark (IWDK) will live up to its name this year as it is to be held completely virtually and not physically in Aarhus when the event runs from the 4th to the 9th of May. A new platform will form the framework

“With the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, we decided it was important to make the decision to go fully virtual now so that participants and partners can begin planning and organising online-first events,” says Bo Sejer Frandsen, Director in DigitalLead and IWDK organizer. “And who better to do this than a tech festival?”

It has always been the plan that parts of the week should take place online, which boosted the development of a new platform for the purpose as soon as last year. Therefore, the framework is already there to ensure a high quality throughout the week.

The virtual platform will, among other things, contain various “scenes”, almost as we know it from festivals around the world. Here participants can experience both live and pre-produced content. The whole week is packed with exciting events from the digital landscape.

“In a time of great uncertainty, where digitalization is going faster than ever and where we’re in the process of creating new habits and rules for our online presence, it is relevant to take stock and look at digital development. We do this at IWDK, where we discuss what the development offers of new opportunities, both for business and society and what challenges the rapid digitalization entails. We have high expectations for a completely digital IWDK and hope that many companies and organizations – as usual – will contribute to create a large and diverse festival,” says Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard.

IWDK 2021 will for example be about:

  • Use of personal data in the public sector
  • How to regulate tech giants internationally
  • Online free speech and censorship
  • Developments in Green Tech & Health Tech
  • Amazon’s sights on the Danish market
  • Google’s entry into the education sector
  • State sequencing of patients’ DNA
  • The threat of hacker attacks on the danish business community
  • Gaming & E-sport: A mixture of debate and fascination between parents and youth
  • Controlling Artificial Intelligence

 

About Internet Week Denmark

Internet Week Denmark started as an idea in 2013: A festival celebrating the internet. It has since then evolved every year, and is today focusing on where technology takes us.

The festival showcases the many opportunities the internet opens up for citizens and businesses. But IWDK is also a forum where one can articulate and debate the challenges digital technologies present to our society and out future.

Read more about IWDK on their website: Denmark's leading tech festival (iwdk.dk)