Who will be our next speaker?

Nordic Business Forum hosts together with Oslo Business Forum an annual Speaker Contest in which we hope to discover ingenious talent, innovative concepts, and intriguing perspectives from professionals and first-timers alike.

The winner is offered a spot on stage both at Nordic Business Forum Helsinki 2020 and Oslo Business Forum 2020 with a 50,000 € fee for the speaking engagement.

We got over 300 applications to the contest and we are now in the process of reviewing them. 40 people will be selected by our judges to compete across five in-person qualifying rounds. The qualifying rounds will be live-streamed for free on our site and on Facebook and for all our live stream pass holders. The final will be only available for people who have purchased our live stream pass.


Here’s how the competition works

Step 1. Applications

Applications are open to anyone, anywhere in the world until 14 February 2020! All presentations are held in English. People applied to speak about topics relating to one of the following themes: Future of Work, Future of Marketing, and Disruptive Technologies for Business.

Step 2. Qualifying Rounds

40 people will be selected by our judges to compete across five in-person qualifying rounds. Two contestants from each qualifying round will be selected by the jury to progress to the final round of the contest held in Oslo.

Qualifiers:

  • Helsinki 30 March 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Tallinn 31 March 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Stockholm 1 April 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Oslo 2 April 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Los Angeles 21 April 2020 17:30 – 20:30

The qualifying rounds are live-streamed for free on our website and Facebook.

From each qualifier, the top two will be invited to the final in Oslo, which will take place on 28 May 2020 from 15:00 to 18:30.

Please note that all times are local to the city in which the qualifying round takes place.

Step 3. Final Round

Ten finalists will compete in the final round of the Speaker Contest. This round will take place in Oslo 28 May 2020 from 15:00 to 18:30. The final is only available for our live stream pass holders. You can get yours at live.nbforum.com.

Step 4. Winner

The winner will be invited to speak at Oslo Business Forum 2020 and Nordic Business Forum Helsinki 2020 and be paid 15,000 € for the Oslo Business Forum speech and 35,000 € for the Nordic Business Forum speech.

To easily share the above information with your friend, download our Speaker Contest 2020 leaflet.

30 Mar
Helsinki Qualifier

31 Mar
Tallinn Qualifier

1 Apr
Stockholm Qualifier

2 Apr
Oslo Qualifier

21 Apr
Los Angeles Qualifier

28 May
Final Round in Oslo

Meet Previous Winners

Find out more about the winners of 2018 and 2019, who made it through the Speaker Contest, winning a spot on stage at our main event.

Anssi Rantanen

Winner of the 2019 Speaker Contest
Finland CEO at Growth Tribe Academy

James Hewitt

Winner of the 2018 Speaker Contest
Chief Innovation Officer at Hintsa Performance

 

“It was such a privilege to go head-to-head with other great speakers and to ultimately win the competition. I highly recommend participating – you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process!”

– Anssi Rantanen, winner of the 2019 Speaker Contest

 

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