MakerFaire in Trondheim 2014

Finally we have established the organization Trondheim Makers to drive an innovation culture in Mid-Norway. This is a real teamwork in the region to inspire people to experiment and build new things.  We already have a lot of good initiatives in Trondheim for innovation and Trondheim Makers will try to involve all these to ensure we do not reinvent the wheel. The great thing about MakerFaire and the Make community is that it is very international and capture all ages of people that are curious. Please visit http://www.makerfaire.com to get an idea about this.

We will need all companies, organizations, people, investors and others to help us with this. It is a non-profit initiative and the money we collect will be solely used for the purpose of driving this organization and to create activities in schools and other organizations to inspire the community we want to meet at MakerFaire in Trondheim 2014.

Picture Trondheim Makers

Trondheim Makers established Friday 13. September.

From Left representatives from: Kantega, Pstereo, Atmel, Olavsfestdagene, Powel, Trønderenergi, Tlab, Novelda, Røe Kommunication, Norwegian Creations, Hist, Statoil, Trondheim Kommune.

I am proud of the fact that Bård Benum from Powel and Randi Wenche Haugen (x Olavsfestdagene) wanted to join as board members. They are both very passionate about innovation and culture and really care about their city. We also have a few more people joining the board soon to ensure we have the right mix of people. This will be people with good connection to young entrepreneurs at schools and with good connection to the Make community in Trondheim.

Please visite our WEB site http://www.trondheimmakers.com

Send us a mail from that site and help us get this rolling.

Please help us spread this word.

Alf-Egil

Chairman

Trondheim Makers

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

So, after more then 20 years with creative engineering I have decided to start a blog. I do this because I have so much to share with other engineers, managers and top executives. Together with a great team we created the AVR microprocessor and created almost a $1B business for Atmel. We created some very innovative processors and tools that unleashed the potential of engineers around the world. We created the AVR Freaks that engage some of the best, embedded engineers in the world and gave us the inspiration to move on. The journey from being a young engineer out of university to be a top-level executive in a large American company has been interesting. This journey has taught me a lot about successful innovative cultures, how politics can influence motivation and creative thinking and not at least how to stimulate teamwork and curiosity. I recently moved to Energy Micro. I moved back to a company that had all the values and drive our original AVR team had. I joined a group of passionate curious engineers because I wanted to move faster and innovate more. This blog will be about inspiration, innovation and curiosity. It will be about new technologies, fundamental technologies and wild ideas for revolutionary technologies. It will also be about management styles and how important the company culture is for success. I will share with you how I believe the right culture develops, how they need to be maintained and how they can fall apart. I have a lot to share with you and I will do so over time. I am too busy to blog every day, but I hope you still will follow this blog and give me feedback on things you would like to understand further. I might even add some posts about my passion for photography, cycling, skiing, sailing and more. I believe success in business has to do with a complete human being, where family and personal hobbies plays a significant role.

Alf-Egil