This is Evolve Arena

Evolve Arena is an experience-based conference for the development of our future cities and societies. In 2021 the conference will be held the 10th and 11th of November and will deal with tomorrow’s city and how we can create better lives and live smarter with the help of smart technology.

You will meet 100 speakers who will talk about MobilityUrban and City Development, HealthFood and Circular Economy, and we have a solid team of central players within all topics:

Skift is a business-led climate initiative. Their mission is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Skift is responsible for the circular economy programme. Nordic EV Summit is owned by The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association – NEVA – and Norway Trade Fairs and is in charge of the mobility track at the conference. The urban development track is covered by Norwegian Property Federation and Smart Cities Norway, food is powered by Foodscape, and the topic health is elaborated in collaboration with E-Health in Norway (EHiN).

This year we focus on the cooperation across sectors and the head keynote speakers are:
• Former prime minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt
• Neuroscientist and entrepreneur, Dr. Mouna Esmaeilzadeh
• Former EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard
• Strategists, Change agent and an experienced Transformational Catalyst, Matthijs Zwier
• Head of UN Global Compacts Business Action Platform for Ocean, Erik Giercksky
• Futurist and co-presenter at BBC Radio 4’s flagship series FutureProofing, Leo Johnson
• Partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Groupt), David Zahle.
• Expert on future human behaviour, societal change & business strategy, Monte Königs

In addition to this, we will pay an extra attention and tribute to five start-ups under The Edutainment Tonight Show, hosted by Ed Gillespie. Ed is a knowledgeable, competent and easy-going lecturer who will guide you through five entertaining and educating pitches from start-ups you don’t want to miss. Like all great night shows, The Edutainment Tonight Show will be accompanied by Need Music creating an unforgettable atmosphere.

As if this is not enough, at Evolve Arena you will meet some of the most forward leaning companies in Norway. We have more than 50 exhibitors presenting themselves in our Inspiration Area.

More about the programme
The Mobility track of the conference is covered by the Nordic EV Summit and here all presentations are in English. As for the other tracks, Circular economy, Urban and City Development, and Health, as well as workshops and talks, there are both Norwegian and English spoken presentations.

See seminars and presentations in English only

Check out the full programme here (Norwegian and English) 

Evolve Arenas’ goal is to be an effective and inspiring arena for people who have a passion for the future, sustainability and smart technological solutions to meet. We aim to be the leading force and catalyst for the development of our future societies.


A Circular City kickstart

Today’s linear use-and-throw model is a massive resource problem. It requires rethinking of everything we produce, build and use. The Evolve Arena conference on in April, focuses on what small and large measures can be implemented to make cities, buildings and people more sustainable.

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Get a grip on The Circular City

Circularity is all about moving away from today’s linear use and throw mentality to a more sustainable way of living. At the Evolve Arena conference in Lillestrøm on May 12, 2020, you’ll get knowledge about how to make the crucial shift towards a circular city.

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Dream the impossible!

That’s what Ed Gillespie will encourage you to do when he talks about better and smarter societies at Evolve Arena in Lillestrøm April 2021. He uses humour to disarm people, challenge their assumptions playfully, point out and satirise the ridiculousness of many of the ways we do things and organise ourselves.

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How to view public places as a dance floor

Want to meet Norway’s first urbanist? With his lecture about “Public places as a dance floor”, Mr. Erling Fossen gives his audience a great insight into why good urban development is important – and how politicians should build e.g. urban spaces, streets and squares so they become dance floors where we humans can dance our lives.

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