Oslo meets Hackney 2014 (#OsloxHackney)


A delegation of start-ups and leaders from the Norwegian capital Oslo have come to Hackney today for a special networking event called ‘Oslo meets Hackney’.

‘Oslo meets Hackney’ (#OsloxHackney), now in its second year, will see a delegation of representatives who have travelled from Oslo for a series of business networking events to celebrate Hackney’s established links with the Norwegian tech, fashion and music communities.

Lead by the Norwegian Ambassador and the Governing Mayor of Oslo, and following the traditional delivery of the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, Oslo representatives will pay a visit to the London Fields Trampery to launch a new venture called the Oslo Innovation Embassy. This will be a permanent work space where businesses from Oslo based in Hackney can work in this space throughout the year.

A networking session with those from the tech, music and fashion sectors based at the Trampery Old Street, and business representatives from across Hackney, will continue throughout the afternoon with seminars and presentations to help share business learning, industry knowledge and experiences from their respective industry areas.

The ‘Oslo meets Hackney’ day 2014 will finish at the aptly named Oslo café in Hackney Central, where the organisers have teamed up with international tech networking group Silicon Drinkabout to run a special Oslo themed event including live performances from Norwegian artist Kid Astray and UK artist The Last Skeptik.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Hackney Council
We are helping to build on our already established partnership between Oslo and Hackney’s tech and creative business sectors with ‘Oslo meets Hackney’ 2014.

This networking day follows the great success of Hackney House Austin last year where a Business Friendship Agreement was signed with Oslo, strengthening ties in education and trade and helping to bolster Hackney’s reputation as a leading growth area for the tech and creative sectors.

Events such as ‘Oslo meets Hackney’ provide a fantastic opportunity for business representatives to share their experiences, knowledge and learning that will help Hackney and Oslo develop strong trading and mutual development links to help industries to grow and prosper in both locations.
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Hackney Council