BusinessOulu assets, in particular those of Oulu’s ICT sector represented by ICTOulu, held a collaborative webinar with organisations based in Kent (US) on the 10th November to introduce both locations’ resources and discuss opportunities for cooperation. The event was intended to serve as the first introduction for industry and academia representatives, with an emphasis on specific technological focus areas. These included printed electronics and related smart applications, as well as the next generation’s AI-aided solutions in the field of health tech.
Oulu’s presentations included commentaries from:
- Juha Ala-Mursula, Director, BusinessOulu
- Jussi Leponiemi, Key Account Director of ICT, BusinessOulu
- Jukka Riekki, Dean of Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu
- Tommi Rintala, CEO of New Cable Corporation
- Miikka Kirveskoski, CTO of NE Device SW
Similarly, Kent’s presentations and their commentary included introductions from:
- Dr. Bahman Taheri, Founder, Alpha Micron Inc.
- Dr. Asad Khan, CTO of Kent Displays Inc.
- Manfred van Dulmen, Senior Associate Provost and Dean, Graduate School, University of Kent
Based on the presentations, detailed questions and comments, it is clear that the regions are ready to engage in both educational and business exchange programs to share practical experiences and knowledge concerning various technologies related to printed electronics, smart devices and much more.
Should you have any interest on Kent as a potential location for your company to expand, or to invest in its business ecosystem, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
The participating Kent-based organisations
Kent State University
Kent State University is a public research university that includes seven regional campuses with an enrollment of over 34,000 students. Kent State offers over 300 degree programs which include such notable programs as nursing, business, history, library science, aeronautics, journalism, architecture, fashion design and the Liquid Crystal Institute. It is classified in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as ‘R1: Doctoral Universities – very high research activity.’
Kent Displays Inc.
Kent Displays is a global leader in cleanroom based advanced manufacturing. They have expertise in research, development, roll to roll production, and consumer packaged goods design and assembly used for the commercialisation of the Boogie Board® brand reusable writing tablet, which is sold in a multitude of retail markets around the world.
Alpha Micron Inc.
A recognised global leader in liquid crystal photonics, Alpha Micron solves light control problems with a vertically integrated approach that combines scientific mastery with design expertise. From solution concept to ISO compliant testing and production facilities, the company innovates and delivers optical devices that feature dynamic light management for a host of industries.