The King visits the USA with the Royal Technology Mission

From Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 May, The King took part in the 24th Royal Technology Mission (RTM), an international delegation trip with a focus on technology, science and industry. This year's mission was to the USA, with 30 representatives from industry and authorities. The delegation was led by IVA's President Leif Johansson.

The main theme for this year's RTM was how rapid technological developments – driven primarily by digitisation – affect businesses, research and policy. Particular focuses were fintech (financial technology), life science and entrepreneurship. The delegation visited the cities of New York, Washington and Boston.

The way in which industry and academia develop their operations to address rapid technological developments was one of the mission's central questions.

Alfred Malmros and Jared Cohen from the Google company Jigsaw with The King and IVA's President Leif Johansson. Photo: Elin Vinger Elliot

Tuesday 2 May

The first day began with a visit to IBM to find out more about the development towards cognitive systems and cloud-based solutions. The delegation then visited Google to hear about the Google experience of the future. There were also visits to the bank JPMorgan and to Nasdaq.

The day concluded at the New York Academy of Sciences, including presentations on how connected units inspire children to innovate.

Wednesday 3 May

On the Wednesday, the delegation was in Washington DC. The day began with a visit to Capitol Hill and a meeting with Randy Hultgren, a Congressman of Swedish descent, who spoke about the work of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. During the day, think tanks Brookings and ITIF shared their views on future business developments in the USA.

The delegation also visited NASA for a tour and presentations at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The day concluded at the House of Sweden with a panel debate on growth for all.

Thursday 4 May

On the second day in Washington DC, the delegation visited the National Institutes of Health to find out more about the research financed by the institutes and how digitisation is making research more effective. There were also visits to the Janelia Research Campus and the 1776 Incubator.

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May

The delegation spent the last two days of the RTM in Boston, visiting both Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. The agenda also included a visit to Akamai, a company with enormous data traffic capacity.

Before travelling home on 6 May, the delegation also visited the incubator MassChallenge and AstraZeneca. The RTM concluded at NuTomony, where the delegation had the opportunity to try out self-driving cars.

Royal Technology Missions (RTMs)

Since 1984, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciencesexternal link, opens in new window (IVA) has arranged Royal Technology Missions (RTMs) around the world, at The King's initiative. The King is IVA's highest patron.

An RTM is a delegation trip for Swedish business leaders and representatives from authorities and universities. The primary aim is to make new contacts that can lead to a greater exchange of ideas and business. The King takes part in these delegation trips.