The IoT chair goes to Copenhagen

    Studytrip - March 2020 - Travel Notebook



  • The Travelers

    33 lucky students


    MiM programme

    They attend the specialization course, that is a 120-hour path, launched in January. They choose it among a wide-ranging portfolio consisting of around 100 courses!

    Sandrine Macé

    Professor at ESCP

    Scientific Director of the IoT Chair

    This Chair sponsored by Schneider Electric, Valeo & Société Générale Assurances aims to develop a better understanding of business and managerial issues related to the IoT.





  • Learning by travelling

    "ESCP Europe as a Business School has an educational vocation beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Learning expeditions are an amazing powerful learning booster... fostering awareness and broadening horizons.

    Regarding the Internet of Things issues, it sounds to me absolutely key to guide our young generations understanding today’s and tomorrow’s IoT challenges.

    The Chair brought the 2018 Class to China and the 2019 Class to Stockholm.

    I warmly thank Schneider Electric, Société Générale Assurances and Valeo, our partners in this Chair, who made it happened!

    A warm thank too to Samuel Vaillant-Jørgensen, Managing director, Danish-French Chamber of Commerce​ and Jean-Baptiste Reye, Customer Relationship & Business development at Business France, who helped us building this journey.

    I'm also so grateful to Mrs. Caroline Ferrari, Ambassador of France to Denmark for welcoming us and opening so generously the doors of the French Embassy."


    Professor Sandrine Macé, Scientific Director of the IoT Chair

    Checklist for a successful study trip

    By Professor Sandrine Macé

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    Key ingredients to a successful study trip

    By Pauline Bancourt, Student

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  • A customised learning expedition

    Why Copenhagen?

    Learning from Copenhagen about IoT

    According to a report on IoT in the Nordic zone, each individual is equipped with 3 connected objects and this figure should increase to 6 by 2021.
    Connected vehicles, buildings and people are in front position for growth.
    The Nordic market is set to rise from EUR 7 billion in 2017 to EUR 17 billion in 2021. Growth is driven by connected vehicles (vehicle platform, insurance based on the number of times the vehicle is used, car diagnostics, etc.), connected buildings (automation and security), and solutions for individuals (remote monitoring applications, personal assistance, etc.).

    The Copenhagen region is at the forefront of developing the digital infrastructure of tomorrow, and invites foreign companies to use the city as a living laboratory.

    [source: Astrid Nielsen, Business France]

    What did they do?

    Programme at a glance

    A dense programme encouraging multiple


    4th March: 

    - Reception by H.E. Caroline FERRARI French Ambassador to Denmark

    - Macro-economic presentation of Denmark by Steen BOCIAN, Editor and Chief Economist at Børsen )

    - Intercultural differences in the Danish professional world by Allan EHRENREICH MORTENSEN, Senior Advisor DANSK INDUSTRI

    - Talk about the IoT market in Denmark by Kenneth JAHN ANDERSEN, CEO IoT DENMARK A/S

    - The health use cases by Daniel BACHMANN, CEO IIOTD

    5th March:

    - The Danish Fintech ecosystem by Mads Tingsgård Head of Fintech Intelligence Copenhagen Fintech Lab

    - Presentation of the start-up Tjommi by Sebastian Haugeto CMO and Henrik Johannessen, CEO

    - Presentation Danske Bank by Jacob Thuren Falkenham Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Transformation and Regulatory Programs

    - Presentation at Doll Living Lab by Jens Hammer, Living Lab Cordinateur

    - Presentation at Schneider Electric Denmark A/S by Jens Ellevang Facility & Event Manager Denmark and Niels Boel, IoT Expert

    6th March:

    - Presentation ATOS IoT for vessels by Hans Benedict Ahlefeldt-Laurvig Process Automation, Solution Sales Atos Denmark and Claus Larsen Country Manager

    - Presentation of OMNIO by Mikkel Christian Sørensen, CEO & Founder

    - Presentation of the start-up Barry by Christophe Lephilibert, CMO

    - Private boat tour

  • "My take aways from Copenhagen"

    With "My take aways from Copenhagen" collection,

    let's see what take-home values students want to share with you after their company visits.

    Macro-economic presentation of Denmark

    The Danish model explained

    by Steen Bocian,
    Editor and Chief Economist,
    Read the postcard from students here

    Intercultural differences in the Danish world

    Denmark’s workplace culture

    by Allan Ehrenreich Mortensen, Senior Advisor, DANSK INDUSTRI

    Read the postcard from students here

    Talk about the IoT market
    in Denmark

    The Use Cases Exploration

    by Kenneth Jahn Andersen,

    Read the postcard from students here

    Discover IIOTD

    Health use cases

    by Daniel Bachmann,

    Read the postcard from students here

    Fintech ecosystem

    A link to the entire Danish FinTech Ecosystem

    by Mads Tingsgård,
    Head of Fintech Intelligence, Copenhagen Fintech Lab

    Read the postcard from students here

    Discover Tjommi

    The buddy everyone would love

    by Sebastian Haugeto,

    CMO and Henrik Johannessen, CEO, Tjommi
    Read the postcard from students here


    Danske Bank

    The evolution of FinTech’s and incumbent banks

    by Jacob Thuren Falkenham, Senior VP, Head of Digital Transformation, Danske Bank

    Read the postcard from students here

    Doll Living Lab

    A true living connected ecosystem

    by Jens Hammer,
    Living Lab Cordinateur,
    Doll Living Lab

    Read the postcard from students here

    Schneider Electric

    Welcomed to the expansive office in Copenhagen

    by Jens Ellevang, Facility & Event Manager and Niels Boel, IoT Expert, Schneider Electric

    Read the postcard from students here


    ATOS IoT
    for vessels

    Delivering added value to customers

    by Hans Benedict Ahlefeldt-Laurvig Process Automation, Solution Sales and Claus Larsen Country Manager, ATOS Denmark

    Read the postcard from students here



    Making Industrial IoT Easy to Scale

    by Mikkel Christian Sørensen,
    CEO & Founder,


    Read the postcard from students here



    Growing a startup in the energy sector

    by Christophe Lephilibert,
    CMO, Barry

    Read the postcard from students here

  • Sustainable lessons from the IoT study trip to Copenhagen

    Can IoT play a role in the Green Transition?

    The intense 3-day programme started with a launching session at the French Embassy by Caroline Ferrari, French Ambassador to Denmark and alumna. She pointed out the leading position of Denmark in fighting against climate change and the role of IoT in this fight.
    During COP25, Denmark passes Climate Act with a 70 per cent reduction target by 2030 (compared to the 1990 level).
    The Internet of Things could be a game-changer for sustainability.

    Leveraging AI and IoT for environmental sustainability can help maximize our current efforts for environmental protection. According to a 2018 report by Intel, 74% of 200 business decision-makers in environmental sustainability agreed that AI would help solve environmental problems. Smart Meters, Smart Lighting, Air Quality Monitoring, Water Monitoring, Connected transport… there are a lot of impactful IoT sustainability solutions.


    Let’s see here what students grabbed about IoT & Climate change!


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    Facundo - Argentina, Mateusz - Poland, Sagar - India and Miguel - Spain

  • Copenhagen souvenirs

    The concept of Hygge

    The Danish way of life coming to the world

    During our stay, we came across the concept of doing ”hygge” that the Danes came to export to the world in a globalized time.

    In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.

    The warm glow of candlelight is hygge.
    Cozying up with a loved one for a movie – that’s hygge, too.

    And there’s nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life.

    Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world according to the World Happiness report.

    I think our group dinners and the comfortable nights cuddling up with friends in the hotel during our stay in Copenhagen summed up our part of adding a little hygge for ourselves to the rapid lives we are all living in.


    Pauline Babeau, Facundo Forgione, Anass Harrak, Anna Parolin, Myriam Schneider, Johannes Zeisel

    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    Way of life, transportation, people and food

    Trust is key

    What I liked the most about Denmark and its way of life is the importance of trust in their culture. They have so much trust for each other. For instance, we can clearly see it in their daily lives, being in the transportation system or the business deals they do. When we first came from the airport, Ms. Emma gave us metro cards for our future rides. However, there was no need to stamp them before getting in. We only had to hold them in case the police came for inspection. In addition, in many of the presentations, trust was mentioned as an important factor and aspect of the culture and especially for business in Denmark.

    According to my analysis, I think this is due to the culture of the Scandinavian people who are very honest and direct with each other. We could clearly see that the locals are very polite and direct but also distant. For example, when we ask an informative question about the city, they answer with a very exact answer, with no additional information.


    Rita Maroun

    MiM programme - IoT specialization

    Student life

    A flexible approach allowing to balance work and university life

    We particularly appreciated the fact that in Copenhagen many students have a part-time job while studying. Students are encouraged to purse an opportunity in a company to gain experience and have a hands-on approach. Companies allow students a lot of flexibility, so that they can plan their week with both university and professional commitments in the way they prefer.


    Chiara Cattabriga, Alessandra Beguinot, George Ghorayeb, Antoine Nardone, Manav Veer Gulati

    MiM programme - IoT specialization


    The round Tower

    During the free afternoon, we had the opportunity to visit the « round Tower » in Copenhagen. The tower is part of the Trinity Work, which was built to provide the scholars of the time with an astronomical observatory, a church and a university library. This building is remarkable for two aspects: the interior architecture and the view it offers of the city.

    A spiral corridor leads to the top in 7 and a half turns. This very wide corridor was designed to allow carts to be taken up, which is why it only has steps for the last few metres. A niche in the wall near the top gives access to the central cavity of the tower where a glass plate prevents falls.Visitors can stand there and watch the base of the tower, 25 metres below, beneath their feet. This cavity marks kilometre zero in Denmark.

    The view from the tower also helps to understand the organization of Copenhagen. The proximity of the sea and its influence on the city with the new districts and the factories that can be seen in the distance. These newer areas stand in stark contrast to the historic centre with its red tiled roofs, churches and their distinctive bell towers.

    Lucile Reine

    MiM programme - IoT specialization

  • To learn more about the Internet of Things Chair

    The IoT (Internet of Things) Chair aims to develop with Schneider Electric, Valeo and Société Générale Assurances, a better understanding of business and managerial issues related to digital evolution and the development of connected objects.

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