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December 4th, 2017

She is Smart Ship Awards’ Digital Changemaker of the Year After Pushing the Maritime Digital Agenda

Hege Skryseth, Exec. V. P. KONGSBERG and President,
Kongsberg Digital

Announced during the Smart Operations event in Singapore on November 29, the award recognized her commitment to driving digital transformation in the shipping industry, from spearheading the development of the new Kognifai digital platform, to promoting the benefits of leveraging technology for positive change in her role as a thought leader and industry voice. 

Expert Smart Ship Awards judging panel recognizes pioneering head of Kongsberg Digital Hege Skryseth, Executive Vice President, KONGSBERG and President, Kongsberg Digital for her contribution to pushing the digital agenda in the maritime world and for her role as an ambassador for maritime digital development. 

Craig Eason, Editorial Director at Fathom Maritime Intelligence and member of the Smart Ship Awards judging panel said that the independent judging panel of the Fathom Smart Ship Awards had a tough job across the four categories, especially for the Digital Changemaker where competition was tough. It all came down to Hege’s role in driving forward real changes in Kongsberg and within the company’s clients.

Skryseth offered that it’s been an amazing last 18 months since they launched Kongsberg Digital, and it is an honor for her to be selected for this award. However, this is a recognition to be shared with everyone at KONGSBERG, their partners and their customers who contribute to driving digital change throughout the value chain. The Digital Changemaker award is theirs as much as hers.

As head of Kongsberg Digital, Skryseth has led the development and launch of Kognifai, KONGSBERG’s digital platform for customers in maritime, oil and gas, renewables and other related industries. While delivering a single holistic platform for KONGSBERG-developed solutions, Kognifai is also completely open for third parties to use as a collaborative development platform and cloud-based solution for the distribution and operation of their own value-generating applications.

Skryseth added that Kongsberg has always been at the front of developing new, enabling technologies for our customers. They always seek to be a game changer. Their digital platform Kognifai is an example of being a pioneer in the digital space. Kognifai enables cross-industry collaboration and will catalyze digital transformation of the maritime industry. The platform is an open ecosystem, enabling close collaboration with their customers and partners to optimize and make operations safer and more efficient through digitalization.

Skryseth has spearheaded an open approach to digital transformation at KONGSBERG and the industry. Her commitment to spreading the digital message was a key factor in her selection by the Smart Ship Awards judges as this year’s Digital Changemaker. Skryseth believes a lot has happened the last year within the industry, but that there’s still a lot to do and also learn from other industries when it comes to digitalization.

Skryseth concluded that in order to succeed, they need to break down the silos and collaborate across departments, across businesses, and even across industries. They need to work together to create solutions that utilize the vast amounts of data that are generated. They have a lot to learn from many other industries who are far more digitally matured.