The aim of the Nordic ICT Foresight project was to contribute to the strategic intelligence of the Nordic knowledge region so that the full potential of information and communication technology can be exploited to increase the welfare in the Nordic countries. The focal areas of the ICT applications in this study were experience economy, health, production economy and security.
The project was launched in May 2005 with research partners VTT(Finland), FOI (Sweden), SINTEF (Norway) and DTI (Denmark).
In the research process there were five research phases:
- desktop survey,
- SWOT analysis,
- scenario and vision workshop,
- roadmapping workshop, and
- action workshop.
The research phases were carried out as focused workshops that applied different methods.
Some policy recommendations were formulated on the basis of the research process. Policy recommendations were divided into implementation strategies, i.e. actions that should be proactively pushed through on the Nordic level, and adaptive strategies, i.e. actions that are more reactive in the face of global developments.
The implementation strategies were the following:
- The creation of Nordic SME-based competence clusters and/or platforms in converging technological niches,
- enhancing the utilisation of mobile ICT infrastructures to include remote monitoring,
- an initiative for the creation and integration of Nordic test markets for ICT applications and ICT policies in the health sector,
- a Nordic level research and policy initiative to develop new ICT-based concepts for information and general security,
- the ideation and creation of new business models for the user-driven application developments, and
- a Nordic initiative to enhance electronic business transactions and applications.
The formulated adaptive strategies were:
- deeper understanding of the cultural contexts of new services and solutions,
- learning to utilise and productise innovations in the second or third wave
- widening the scope of innovation and learning to “recycle” the ideas into new niches, and
- creating strategies for the utilisation of a “long tail” in the Nordic sphere.