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Microsoft Student Community HIOF with Enigma, eSmart Systems and Smart Simulation

The newly formed Microsoft Student Community at HIOF (Høgskolen i Østfold) held their first Hackathon on Friday 13th of November 2015. In support of this event, eSmart Systems took the opportunity to offer their assistance. eSmart Systems was represented on the day by Nicklas Eltvik, Morten Sørby, who acted as judges for the event, and presenter, Ole Amundsen. The Hackathon started with several presentations, where eSmart Systems own Ole Amundsen was the first to present. Ole gave an exciting presentation on how eSmart Systems develops mobile applications and how developers can use Xamarin and C# to develop apps that provide the developer with one place to manage code and their User Interfaces.

Ole Amundsen, Product Manager Mobile in eSmart Systems.

Followed by Ole, Anders Gill (Technical Evangelist) presented the power and speed of Azure cloud services, and Universal Windows Platform development. Prior to the main event, a final presentation was held and presented by Kristoffer Møgster; the leader of MS student community, HIOF. Kristoffer Møgster demonstrated how to develop games quickly and efficiently with the Unity engine and the Microsoft Kinect sensor.

The main event comprised of an 18-hour long coding session, where participants of the events became direct competitors after created groups primarily consisting of 2-4 members. From an initially large number of competitors at the start of the day, by the time the clock struck 12.00am the following day after a night of coding, there were only eight groups left. Only one group would stand victorious.

The judges selected the victors for their outstanding teamwork, excellent use of the planning phase and solid project architecture in addition to their already great code. Their solution was built with Universal Windows Platform Application as their frontend, Web API as a service, Entity Framework and Azure SQL Server as their backend. The winning application had a simple and elegant look. The group named their product “Brackets”, a name that reflects their application (an administration system for tournaments) very well.

The winners. From left, Michael Glomnes, Øyvind Christoffer Aronsen, Jens Petter Grimstad Andersen, Stephan Askel Birkeland.
The judges. From left, Morten Sørby(eSmart Systems), Berzi Wasfy(HIOF) , Per Edvard Volla(HIOF), Kristoffer Møgster(HIOF), Nicklas Eltvik(eSmart Systems), Anders Gill (Microsoft).
The judges. From left, Morten Sørby(eSmart Systems), Berzi Wasfy(HIOF) , Per Edvard Volla(HIOF), Kristoffer Møgster(HIOF), Nicklas Eltvik(eSmart Systems), Anders Gill (Microsoft).

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Written by:
Nicklas Eltvik
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System Engineer, eSmart Systems

ChargeFlex strengthening its research capacity

The R&D project ChargeFlex is coming close to ending its first out of three project years, and in November the second workshop in the project was held at Remmen Kunnskapspark in Halden.

The workshop focused on the research, analysis and preliminary results so far. In addition, a live demonstration of the platform Connected Vehicle based on values from Ladetorget was conducted, and live minute date verified by Fortum Charge & Drive.

Since the group was last gathered, the ChargeFlex project has strengthened its research capacity. We are glad to announce that Senior Researcher Jayaprakash Rajasekharan from Smart Innovation Østfold and Post.Doc Chiara Bordin have joined the team, in addition to eSmart’s own Chief Analytics officer PhD, Davide Roverso. In short, three very enthusiastic people ready to take on the project challenges!

Chiara Bordin recently moved to Norway solely to start her combined employment at NTNU and SINTEF and especially to work with ChargeFlex. We took a quick chat with Chiara to ask her about her background and her first impressions so far.

Mathematical optimization applied to the energy sector

Chiara is originally from Italy and has a PhD in Operational Research from the Department of Electrical Electronic and Information Engineering of the University of Bologna in Italy.

She has a strong interest for mathematical optimization applied to the energy sector in both the thermal and the electrical side.

On the thermal side, she worked mainly on a project related to large-scale district heating strategic network design optimization. This work has been in collaboration with Hera – an Italian multiutility that provides energy services both for private and industrial customers –  and OPTIT, a university spinoff that provides consultancy services in the Optimization field.

On the electrical side, Chiara worked in collaboration with the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences of Durham University in UK, where she firstly joined a project related to mathematical models for the battery degradation analysis and optimization in off grid power systems with renewable integration. The study was supported by the Durham Energy Institute and applied to some real world rural sites in Africa, with particular regard to hospital buildings in Rwanda.

After her PhD Chiara was offered a position as Research Associate at Durham University where she worked on a second project in close collaboration with the Engineering Department of Cambridge University. The objective was the creation of mathematical models for a novelty storage technology that is called Pumped Thermal Electricity Storage, in order to analyze its impact on the electric systems behavior, both for grid connected and offgrid systems.

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Chiara is excited about being in Norway, and is planning to stay here on a long term.

“I am very happy. I see combining two scientific jobs both at NTNU and SINTEF, working closely with ChrageFlex people is a great opportunity to do “research that matters” and it is just what I wanted to do after my PhD”, says Chiara.

In ChargeFlex she will mainly contribute with studying business models and optimization processes for smart charging of electrical vehicles. But, with such an eager and competent resource we presume that her skills and competency will be both challenged and put to good work in ChargeFlex.

We predict that after living some years in Northern England, what potential weather challenges a Norwegian winter might provide, and that might deter the average Italian, by now is considered normal rather than having a discouraging effect.

We are glad to have Chiara on the team, and wish her the best. Welcome to Norway, and welcome to the ChargeFlex team!

About ChargeFlex

The ChargeFlex Consortium consists of eSmart Systems (project manager), Smart Innovation Østfold, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Østfold County Council, Proxll, Fortum Charge & Drive and grid operators Fredrikstad EnergiNett and Sogn og Fjordane Nett.  ChargeFlex is funded by The Norwegian Research Council’s program ENERGIX, through a special call «Pioneering research – new concepts in business».

To follow the project, feel free to like and follow ChargeFlex on facebook

Written by
Henriette Næss Forsetlund

Marketing and Communications Manager, eSmart Systems 

eSmart Systems in Silicon Valley

eSmart Systems has these days started an internationalization process and as a first step in this we have joined Innovation Norway’s FRAM USA program. The goal of the program is to introduce and help Norwegian companies expand in the US markets. The program consists of several gatherings in different US cities over a period of 1,5 years. This fall the first of these gatherings took place in the legendary Silicon Valley, San Francisco. Knut Gustavsen, COO in eSmart, and the newly hired intern, Thomas Nergaard, was present.

Thomas and Knut in California

Exciting days in Bay Area

Already the first day a theme for this trip presented itself; Hectic, but exciting. The day started with the first winter storm in California this year, with large amount of much needed rain for the region. In the following traffic chaos Knut headed in to San Francisco for some really exciting meetings, while Thomas visited the brand new Samsung office in San Jose to learn about their innovation strategies.

Samsung Office

Afterwards there was a pitching workshop with incredible experienced pitching coach Nathan Gold. He challenged us to come up with a ‘once sentence answer’ to the question “What do you do?” that both excites and intrigues the listener. Not an easy task and definitely something we needed to work on!

Workshop with Nathan Gold at Nordic Innovation House.

The day ended with a networking event at Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto, with several Nordic Start-ups and even some Venture Capitalist’s in the crowd. Nordic Innovation House is co-working and virtual office for Nordic tech start-ups, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. eSmart Systems is actually one of the companies that uses Nordic Innovation House as our US office right now.

A hectic, but exciting day!

Written by
Thomas Nergaard 

Intern, eSmart Systems 

Do you want more information about our participation in Innovation Norway’s FRAM USA program? Feel free to contact us! 

The power of values

Leading an industry requires more than just having a sense if what you are and who you want to be. It requires a clearly and consciously defined persona embedded in our collective personality, in every single business process, and consistently lived out. At the heart of this are an organization’s values. We believe that organizational values drive organizational performance.

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At eSmart Systems, value-driven processes position our customers at the center of all we do and critically contribute to out competitive advantage in the global marketplace. This the real power of values and why we value integrity, teamwork, excellence and innovation above all else.

Integrity: We conduct ourselves ethically, openly, honestly, and respectfully to build strong and successful relations with all our stakeholders based on mutual trust and care.

Teamwork: We trust and support each other to bring out and build on the best from our combined talents, experiences, knowledge and cultures.  We believe that only by sharing ideas, technologies and talents can we achieve and sustain profitable growth for our customers, all our stakeholders and ourselves.

Excellence: We take pride in our work, continuously improve our skills and abilities, and bring every resource in our arsenal to bear to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations for all that we do.

Innovation: We strive to embrace change, encourage and support new ideas, methods, and remain committed to continuous improvement as we seek out the most innovative solutions to solve our customers’ challenges and enabling them to seize new, profitable solutions.

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Our rapidly expanding team, summer 2015.

Written by
Knut H.H. Johansen

CEO, eSmart Systems 

Back to School

This fall, two eSmarter’s have gone back to school. Knut Gustavsen, COO of eSmart Systems, and myself, Tina Skagen, project manager, have enrolled as students at Norwegian Business School. The context is our research and development project ChargeFlex, funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the ENERGIX-program. The Norwegian Research Council offers a course called Innovation Management in a Global Business Perspective to selected projects and participants. Knut and I attend the course with ChargeFlex as our case study.

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Foto: Handelshøyskolen BI

Purpose of the course

So why is it that Knut and Tina find themselves at BI Nydalen an early August morning this fall? Well, the objective of the program is to inprove business competence, and the management of innovation processes and new business growth activities. The students’ capabilities to lead business development projects are strengthened through an introduction to key theories and concepts within areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation strategy, innovation processes theory, and innovation management in business startups.

The lectures of the course is concentrated into three modules, each lasting approximately a week. The first was carried out at BI Nydalen in late August. The focus of the first module was innovation theories and models, business model development, the concept of lean startups, and presentations of the participating research projects, 17 in total. The projects span a wide range of industries and concepts. Presented in this group is everything from cancer research projects, to agricultural innovations, process innovations, IT projects, innovations related to energy and so forth. Common to all the projects are dedicated and highly skilled people. It is a lot to learn just to follow the discussions in the class, and listen to the presentations and the experiences among the students.


What have we learned?

Evaluating the course so far, I would say that the first module was instructive, and gave some valuable insights into business model innovation and lean startups. The importance of testing your ideas and concepts early on has been emphasized. “If you are not embarrassed when you present your idea, you have waited too long” was one of the presented phrases. Further, it is an important lesson to present your business project for an audience with no knowledge of your idea prior to the presentation. The critical questions fired even before you are done presenting, makes you want to sink through the floor at first, but really makes you better equipped to shape your business further. We learned important lessons here, which we look forward to getting more of as the course progresses through the fall.

The Way Ahead

October 19th the second module kicks off, in San Francisco, California. We will have five intensive days of lectures at University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. We will give presentations, get counseling and coaching, conduct a company visit, and pay a visit to Innovation Norway in Palo Alto. We are up for an intense week!

Stay tuned for updates from the Bay Area 🙂
Written by
Tina M. Skagen

Project Manager, eSmart Systems