The IoT chair goes to Stockholm

    Studytrip - March 2019 - Travel Notebook



  • The Travelers

    52 lucky students

    ESCP Europe

    MiM programme

    They attend the specialization course, that is a 120-hour path, launched in January. They choose it among a wide-ranging portfolio consisting of around 100 courses!

    Sandrine Macé

    Professor at ESCP Europe

    Scientific Director of the IoT Chair

    This Chair sponsored by Schneider Electric, Valeo & Société Générale Insurance aims to develop a better understanding of business and managerial issues related to the IoT.





  • Learning by travelling

    "ESCP Europe as a Business School has an educational vocation beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Learning expeditions are an amazing powerful learning booster... fostering awareness and broadening horizons.

    Regarding the Internet of Things issues, it sounds to me absolutely key to guide our young generations understanding today’s and tomorrow’s IoT challenges.

    Last year the Chair brought the 2018 Class to China.

    I warmly thank Schneider Electric, Société Générale Insurance and Valeo, our partners in this Chair, who made it happened!

    A warm thank too to Ludovic Bouvéron, Managing Director at the French Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, who helped us building this journey. "


    Sandrine Macé, Scientific Director of the IoT Chair

  • A customised learning expedition

    Why Stockholm?

    Learning from Sweden about IoT

    In the past few years Sweden has seen significant growth in interest in the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet of Things is entering a critical phase in its market acceptance and deployment. After several years of customers evaluating the case for an IoT solution, vendors appear to be reaching a point in their products and capabilities that is now a viable business proposition.
    The Nordic IoT marked reached a value of €10 billion In 2017, and IDC expects this to double by 2022. More than 50% of Nordic companies are currently working with IoT as a strategic tool to optimize operations, with 25% of Nordic companies seeing it as a way to transform the company and create new business models.

    [source: IDC]

    What did they do?

    Programme at a glance

    A dense programme encouraging multiple


    4th March: 

    - Conference with French Chamber
    of Commerce: Cultural differencies in
    business or the Swedish life balance way

    - The UNICORN factory: The City of Stockholm
    & Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
    Overview of the Swedish tech eco-system.

    - Company visit: Visit of a Unicorn (3 groups: IZLette, Klarna., Spotify )

    - Company visit: Electrolux Lab (IoT and the Home
    of the future. Consumer centric development and prospective thinking)

    5th March:

    - Company visits: exploring Fintech (minatjänster), Cleantech (Climeon), Healthtech (KRY) and IoT Plateform (fidesmo)

    - Company visit: Scania (Visit of the Innovation Lab in Södertälje and discussion on their different IoT innitiatives & the e-road

    6th March:

    - Company visit: Ericsson Studio in Kista
    - Wrap up session with IoT evangelist Magnus Melander and Mr Rahm Director of Stockholm

    School of Entrepreneurship : Key note and wrap up session on the LEX experiences

  • "My take aways from Stockholm"

    With "My take aways from Stockholm" collection,

    let's see what take-home values students want to share with you after their company visits.

    click below to read the learning outcomes from Climeon's company visit

    click below to read the learning outcomes from Direkto's company visit

    click below to read the learning outcomes from Fidesmo's company visit

    click below to read the learning outcomes from Nowo's company visit

    click below to read the learning outcomes from Tink's company visit

  • Stockholm souvenirs

    Colorful Subway

    Julien BILGER

    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    Nordic countries are known for their specific design.

    Maybe it is the bleak weather that prevails here during most time of the year. Their approach to design can be seen everywhere.

    From the corporate identity of startups over the interior design of work places to the industrial design of street lamps. What particularly impressed me was the beautiful aesthetics of certain subway stations. Like this one.

    Cashless Transactions

    Leon PHILIPP

    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    « Vi hanterar ej kontanter » (engl. « we do not accept cash ») is a sentence tourists will come across very often when they try to pay in Stockholm with the krona. Many stores in Sweden do not accept cash as a methode of payment anymore and only allow payment by card, such as the Fotografiska Museum where this picture was taken.

    After visiting a restaurant where some of us tried to pay with cash, we were advised by the waitress that we should not exchange too much money into the swedish krona, as there might be little chance to get rid of it.

    Most Swedes use their credit cards or other digital payments, like the App Swish, to pay for their coffee, groceries or subway tickets.

    Only about 20% of all transactions in Sweden are still paid for in cash. Until 2030 this percentage is expected to go to 0, as Sweden plans to become the first cashless nation in the world.

    Co-working is not a space, but a mentality

    Lorenzo SAUDINO

    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    Co-working spaces are just one of the reasons of Stockholm’s entrepreneurial success. These innovation hubs allow your company to grow according to your specific needs. THINGS is one of this Hubs with a big focus on Internet of things, automation, Robotics and 3D scanning/printing and scanning and Energy.

    Here you can take part in a community of 40-50 strong tech startups and share challenges and successes with other 150 energetic entrepreneurs. Members have access to supreme prototyping and testing capabilities and have their company space where they develop their business. Moreover, the Hub incentives partnerships with some of Sweden's most successful and innovative international companies leading to insights about the fit of your business solution with other markets.

    A window to the Future

    Giulia CAMMARATA

    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    As soon as we stepped down our flight in Stockholm, we noticed that something has changed. The automatic doors were opening to advertisement of 5G network by Ericsson, while we were heading to our hotel.

    The next morning, at breakfast, small displays allowed us to choose the juice we wanted to drink.

    During a conference, the building in front of ours had roll-up shutters that automatically opened and closed according to the sun rays’ orientation.

    The technological perspective of Stockholm is embedded in the city, without being blatant.

    Talking to people, wandering around different companies and places, the impression is to be in the future of our countries. Will it be possible to have the same network connection in every part of Paris, instead of swinging between 3G and 4G as it is now? Will it happen to find a cash-free shop in Italy?

    The future is yet to be built but Stockholm seems to be ahead of the other European countries in doing so!

    Collectivism: an example with the Stockholm University of Entrepreurship


    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    “You go faster alone, you go further together”


    The Swedish one is a collectivist society. Since a very young age, Swedish people learn how to work together - sharing knowledge, collaboration, helping each other. You don’t have any individual grades before you are 14, because you work well as a group. Education is group based. They don’t put brands on their kids. The final objective is to give confidence to anybody. As Darwin once said: “it is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones who are the most responsive to change”.

    Perception is reality: our visit at Things


    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    Small companies need to have a big one to involve them.

    Creating something that gives a sense of what you really are doing is the objective of the founder of the hub.

    It is really difficult, it is like with trust: it is so easy to destroy.

    3 floors, 2000 square meters. From showers to bands to yoga classes ... Open 24/7.

    From health care to gaming companies ... Shoes off and post it mode on, and ready to work!

    The basement is the makers place.

  • To learn more about the Internet of Things Chair

    The IoT (Internet of Things) Chair aims to develop with Schneider Electric, Valeo and Société Générale Insurance, a better understanding of business and managerial issues related to digital evolution and the development of connected objects.

    to learn more click on the picture


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