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How can digital technologies help us through future crises?

DIGITALIZE IN STOCKHOLM 2020. From Australia, Peru, Zimbabwe, Norway and 34 more countries across all continents, 550 participants gathered for this year’s online version of Digitalize in Stockholm. The outline of the program was crisis management – How can technology and digital transformation be relevant for crisis management now and in the future?

The two-day digital event provided a mix of international speakers from prominent institutes, universities, organizations and companies from public and private sector. MIT, Chalmers, Georgia Tech, TU Wien and King’s College London to name a few. Digital Futures hosted and organized the event together with partners KTH, Ericsson, Stockholm University, RISE, ABB, Scania and City of Stockholm.

The days covered subjects such as making rescuing mission more effective with the help of robots and AI, how surveillance of wild fires can get more accurate with the use of satellite (big) data, how mental health may be predicted by an individual’s digital behavior – and last but not least – how digital transformation will support the fulfilling of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Karl Henrik Johansson, Director of Digital Futures and chair of the event, gives his summary:

Professors and students, public officials and industry representatives gathered from all fields of digitalization, to discuss opportunities and share solutions to global challenges. On behalf of Digital Futures and our partners, I feel proud of what was achieved during these two days. This year’s event sets the standard for the future and I hope people are already looking forward Digitalize in Stockholm 2021, says Karl Henrik Johansson.

Johanna Gavefalk, Chief communication officer of Digital Futures gives a special thanks to the working group and partners behind the event.

From initial planning to execution, we have been fully dedicated to make this year’s event outstanding and relevant to the times we live in. It’s been an exciting task to pull this off, especially in these extraordinary times, going from physical to fully digital. Content-wise we presented not only a variety of topics – a digital smorgasbord of talks and demos – but we also facilitated interaction between the audience, speakers and panels, says Johanna Gavefalk.

Moderators were Marina Petrova, Vice Director of Digital Futures, along with Rebecka Cedering Ångström, Principal Researcher at Ericsson Consumer and Industry Lab.

If you were unable to join DIGITALIZE IN STOCKHOLM 2020, do not worry, this is not the end. We have more in the pipeline. Make sure to participate in our seminars, distinguished lectures and much more planned ahead. Please sign up to Digital Futures’ newsletter to stay updated!

DIGITALIZE IN STOCKHOLM is an annual conference and meeting place for global thought leaders and rising stars in academia, industry, government and civil society – all engaged in transformation through digitalization. In November 2019, the conference was arranged for the first time, held in one of the top ranked innovative cities of the world – Stockholm. This year, the event was fully digital and took place 9-10 November, arranged by Digital Futures and Ericsson as main sponsors. #digitalfutures

An exited Mischa Dohler, professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, rehearsing for his keynote speech.


Keynote Munmun De Choudhury, Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech.


Raffaello D’Andrea interacts with the audience. He is professor of Dynamic systems and control at ETH Zurich.


Moderators Rebecka Cedering Ångström, Principal Researcher at Ericsson Consumer and Industry Lab and Marina Petrova, Vice Director of Digital Futures together with Chairs Carl Henrik Johansson, Director of Digital Futures and Magnus Frodig, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research.