48 hours in Oslo: The State of AI, talks and piñatas
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On Monday, we were invited to Oslo by Bakken & Bæck to talk about the State of AI 2016 and share some of the ideas that inspire our work at Explosion AI. Thanks to everyone involved for putting on the event, and thanks to all the people who showed up. We've had lots of fun and great conversations, and I can't wait to come back!

Watch the talk

You can watch the recording of the full talk on Livestream. We're first, followed by two great talks by Pia Ella Elmegård from Cortilabs, and Lisa Mallner presenting Nordic AI, a new non-profit initiative to connect AI practitioners in the Nordics and beyond.

For a collection of photos, impressions and tweets from the event, check out my Twitter moment. For easy viewing, we've also uploaded our slides to SlideShare.

48 hours in Oslo

Before our talk, MESH was hosting a warm-up event for this year's SLUSH conference — including a panel with Brian Armstrong, founder of digital currency startup Coinbase; Tobias Bæck of Bakken & Bæck; and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, an active patron of the local startup scene.

It was interesting to get an insight into a small, close-knit community and the efforts made to support each other: a Crown Prince urging the conference goers to join the Norwegian Facebook group, followed by some very refreshing advice from Bakken & Bæck's Anne Worsøe: Don't go to conferences, and if you do, don't just go for the sake of it. Be strategic about everything you do, with clear plans for what you're trying to achieve, and how.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Brian Armstrong, founder of Coinbase
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Brian Armstrong, founder of Coinbase

We also got to spend some time getting to know Oslo, walking around the city on a sunny day and stopping for food at a café and the market hall.

Beautiful day in Oslo
Beautiful day in Oslo
Vegan lunch at Funky Fresh Foods
Vegan lunch at Funky Fresh Foods
Went for a walk and came across lots of cool street art
Went for a walk and came across lots of cool street art
The market hall right by our hotel
The market hall right by our hotel
We successfully made it through airport security with two large  piñatas!
We successfully made it through airport security with two large piñatas!

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