Louise Overgaard is the new head of Internet Week Denmark (IWDK) and has a burning desire for the integration between technology and real world issues. As the new head of the event, she aims for the festival to create a bigger impact on businesses’ and citizens’ knowledge and proactive use of digitalization.
She is the chair of Coding Pirates, which gives her a strong focus on developing IT-creative skills amongst Danish children, and the deputy chair of the festival Counterplay. Louise holds a master in Science of Religion, Psychology and Organisational Anthropology and is a certified innovation leader from Danish Technological Institute. Before IWDK, Louise worked with international innovation and Smart City implementation as International Innovation lead within the city of Aarhus.
On why she decided to sign up for Head of IWDK position, Louise said:
IWDK is an exciting festival with a huge potential. I wish to make the festival even more international and appealing – both to professionals and to you and me, our kids and our parents. Technology affects all of us, and I think it’s important to have dialogues about digitalization on different levels. Both on abstract, ethical levels and personal levels – what does technology mean to businesses, what does it mean on a global scale, whats does it mean to me? IWDK has to embrace all the different perspectives.
“If Denmark wants to keep its position as one of the most digitalized countries in world, we both need highly skilled IT-professionals, high skilled professionals and an all-round understanding of technological issues. And IWDK is the perfect platform. The festival is both a space for business development and for citizens. The focus on people in the digital age is extremely important. It investigates how we can take advantage of the huge potential of technology and also how we can be in front of the challenges that the development also brings along.”, Louise added.