The 3rd Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit (TOW Summit) will be organized on June 27-28, 2018. in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in collaboration with the Hokkaido Government, Hokkaido University and Hokkaido Committee for Economic Development.
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The TOW Summit will convene representatives of business, Technology, science and decision-makers to discuss the role of Connectivity in the Development of the Arctic and the region’s business opportunities. It follows the success of the inaugural Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in Barrow, Alaska in 2016 and the 2017 Summit in Oulu, Finland.
The two-day Summit will include panel sessions and discussions with experts from across the globe, networking opportunities and site visits to exciting Hokkaido-based companies working in the field of connectivity solutions and IT.
The relatively recent developments in the Arctic region have put Hokkaido, often considered as a peripheral region in the wider Japanese or East Asian context, into a new position. Hokkaido possesses a geographical advantage vis-à-vis the Arctic due to its location between the Bering Strait and the rest of the East Asia. Therefore, both private and public actors in Hokkaido have showed great interest e.g. in the commercial shipping activities through the Northern Sea Route and the plans to connect East Asia and Europe with submarine data cables going through the Arctic waters. The recent investments in Arctic Research in Hokkaido University have further strengthened the image of Hokkaido. Being Japan’s gate to the Arctic, Hokkaido has been an initiator and active participant in multilateral cooperation between northern regions already for decades.
After the TOWSummit The Sustainability is Cool in Arctic Tourism seminar will be held on 28 June 2018 in Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland will organize the seminar in cooperation with Hokkaido University, Hokkaido Government, Hokkaido Committee for Economic Development, Team Finland, Business Finland, Visit Finland and Embassy of Finland in Tokyo.
Key issues that will be examined include:
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Together with the City of Oulu, the AEC organized the 2nd Top of the World ARctic Broadband Summit in Oulu, Finland in June 2017.
Based on the success of the first Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in 2016, the AEC decided to organize the second Arctic Broadband Summit together with the City of Oulu in June 2017. The dates for the second Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit were 14-15 June 2017.
Finnish business community took over the AEC Chairmanship at the AEC Annual Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in May 2017. The 2017 TOW Arctic Broadband Summit will focus on the development of Arctic broadband in the light of the Finnish businesses’ AEC Chairmanship themes “Safe Arctic”, “Competent Arctic” and “Interconnected Arctic”.
The two-day TOW Arctic Broadband Summit included panel sessions and discussions with experts from across the Arctic region, networking opportunities and site visits to innovative and exciting Oulu companies working in the field of connectivity solutions.
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For more information about the TOW Summit, please read the TOW brochure.
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EU Arctic Stakeholder Forum
After the Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit, the EU Arctic Stakeholder Forum takes place in Oulu on June 15th and 16th. It is an open event and our participants are welcome to join.
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Together with partners, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Inuit Arctic Business Alliance, the AEC Telecommunications Infrastructure Working Group organized a Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in Barrow, Alaska in July 2016.
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Presentations from the Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit, Barrow AK: