The Danish Minister of Public Sector Innovation, Sophie Løhde, has just visited Silicon Valley to learn about how new breakthroughs within AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data can be leveraged to innovate the Danish public sector.
Apart from large tech corporations and universities, the Minister wanted to meet Danish founders and entrepreneurs to get their take on how tech and innovation can help upgrade the Danish public sector to ensure efficiency and security.
I am happy to see so many Danes seeking new challenges and gaining new experiences and networks abroad. I hope to be able to draw some of that knowledge back to Denmark, so that the government can further improve the conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship in Denmark. - Sophie Løhde, Danish Minister for Public Sector Innovation
The government has recently announced a new growth-plan aimed at making it easier for Danish companies to scale. With this plan the government hope to create better conditions for entrepreneurship since Denmark needs more who dare to take a risk on a good idea despite the long and hard journey towards success. The willingness of entrepreneurs to think big and take a risk on a good idea is important in the quest of innovating the public sector.
We want to help, and the best way to get more entrepreneurs of the Silicon Valley calibre is to create better conditions for entrepreneurship [...] To succeed in our aim of innovating the public sector, we need your help as well. We need a little bit of your mindset. - Sophie Løhde, Danish Minister for Public Sector Innovation
Beside being the Danish Minister for Public Sector Innovation, Sophie Løhde is also part of the Danish Council on Disruption. The council is a good example of the government trying to look two steps ahead to realize the promise of Silicon Valley’s revolutionizing technologies. At an informal networking event, hosted by Realm, a San Francisco based Danish app technology startup, the Minister hoped to get insights, perspectives and knowledge from talented and dedicated Danish entrepreneurs into the global center of disruption - Silicon Valley.
Connections to companies and technology are more important in the digital age than ever. By acknowledging this the Danish public sector can start upgrading using tech and innovation to ensure more efficiency and security in the future.