About ICE

What is ICE?



We were tired of all the talks, the big presentations and the big words – we wanted action. That is why we gave birth to ICE– The Arctic Innovation Challenge. ICE = “Innovate cool experiences”. The very first ICE was arranged in Kirkenes May 2019. It was an intense 24-hour innovation challenge for entrepreneurs, students and others with an interest in creativity, development, innovation and entrepreneurship. The challenge was sponsored by a local entrepreneur, Varanger Kraft Entreprenør AS who wanted the participants to design solutions for a smart pole in making Kirkenes a smart city. The team with the winning idea won tickets to Slush in Helsinki in order to develop their network and meet with one of the biggest innnovation environments in the world. Varanger Kraft Entreprenør AS, used the winning ideas to further develop a smart pole which is going to be installed in Kirkenes City Centre to be used of the locals and visitors who need relevant information about Kirkenes and its surrounding areas.

ICE created a lot of cool buzz, and we wanted to continue this amazing journey togheter with our friends in the ICE-community. In March 2020, however, the world changed dramatically and we had to redesign our ideas. Our first move was therefore to launch the digital ICE-HACK THE CRSIS in the spring of 2020. 


This time, in ICE Global – The Green Arctic Innovation Challenge, we are going digital again and we want you to join the movement. We are still tired of the big words, we want to do stuff. We know that relations make actions, and action make relations – join us!


This year`s challenge is delivered by Øst-Finnmark Avfallsselskap, which is the regional waste management company up in Kirkenes. We believe that the problems we solve togheter can be used by many – so you ready to solve some of the world`s most pressing environmentally challenges? 

The theme this year is Circular Economy and Sustainable Waste Management, a topic we need a big movement to solve!  

Do you want to join us in co-creating solutions for a healthier planet? Join ICE – The Green Arctic Innovation Challenge at Nov 26 2020, at 16:00-24:00 (Norwegian time). 



Why should you join ICE?

You will be working in teams with interesting people from all over the world.
You will actually be making an impact!
You will learn to use creative tools for prblem solving.
You will expand your network with entrepreneurs from all around the world.
You will get new knowledge and inspiration to bring home.
You will meet potential investors and business partners.
You will get the opportunity to develop new business ideas.
You will experience a taste of  the Arctic!


Do you have what it takes?

These are the requirements:

  • Are you over 18 years old?
  • Do you speak and understand English?
  • Do you like new, exciting challenges?
  • Are you interested in solving environmental issues?
  • If yes, do not hesitate – sign up today!



Participation is completely free of charge. If you are an entrepreneur, student, or simply have a passion for innovation, this is the event for you. All you got to do is register below!

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