The Computer History Museum in Mountain View took on a distinctively Scandinavian flair Monday night, as Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel took in a demonstration of Nordic start-ups.
The Jan. 19 event included a panel discussion on challenges and opportunities for start-ups coming to Silicon Valley that featured Babro Osher, the honorary consul general of Sweden and Anne Lidgard, the director of VINNOVA Silicon Valley and Chair of Nordic Innovation House. Other participants included the founders of Bootstrap Labs, an accelerator for global entrepreneurs, Prezi and Yubico.
The Mountain View event marks the royal couple's first visit to Silicon Valley. During the three-day trip, the pair planned to indulge in their "deep interest in innovation and technology by meeting with companies and thought leaders to discover how the dynamic environment of Silicon Valley is benefiting these fledgling operations," said VINNOVA spokeswoman Aoife Kimber.
"The strong connection between Sweden and the United States has meant that technology companies from Sweden and all over the Nordic region have found a welcoming environment to grow and expand," said Osher in a statement. "At the turn of the 19th century, 1.3 million people -- a third of our population -- emigrated to the United States. Today, the Nordic region has become a hotbed of science and technology."