Bergen Design Conference 26.9: Dare to experiment

Dato & tid
26.09.2017 14:00 — 26.09.2017 19:00

14 – 19 (registration from 13:15)

From 19:00: Refreshments and mingeling in the downstairs café.

You will not go hungry!

Sted: Universitetsaulaen i Bergen

Join us as we dive into the theme experimentation at this year's Bergen Design Conference – Tuesday 26 September in Universitetsaulaen

Publisert 31.03.2017

It is a well-known fact that experimentation and involving users as early as possible is vital for success – so why are so many companies afraid of doing it? Join us for this year's conference as we explore the theme Dare to experiment.

Bergen Design Conference invites internationally renowned speakers from across the design field to share their experiences and increase our awareness of the many qualities of design; as a tool for creating useful and innovative products and services, as beautiful, and as a driver of change towards a more inclusive and sustainable society.


Roope Mokka (FI). Co-founder Demos Helsinki
Roope Mokka is an expert on societal change and innovation. He specialises in helping organisations weather great changes in the world around them, and his work often involves cross-sector changes that influence the daily lives of individuals. For more than 15 years, Mokka has worked with governments, corporations and NGOs as a strategic-level advisor on future technologies, markets, and societies, and helped put Finland on the map as a truly experimenting nation.

Dr. Yanki Lee (HK). Social designer and activist, founder of Enable Foundation
With a background in architecture and a PhD in Design Participation, Dr. Lee explores the ways in which creative participation can foster social inclusion and innovation. In 2013, after years of research and practice in the UK, Dr. Lee moved back to her hometown and founded the Social Design Research Lab at the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI). Here, she continues her research on new design practice in addressing social issues, and in 2017 received Hong Kong Government's Social Innovation Fund to design for Social Innovation for a better Hong Kong. 

Cesar Harada (HK). Inventor of Protei, founder of MakerBay
Cesar Harada is an award-winning French-Japanese inventor, environmentalist, and entrepreneur living in Hong Kong. He is currently the director of MakerBay, a Hong Kong a maker space for social & environmental impact. He is also the inventor of Protei, a revolutionary shape-shifting sailing robot which combines Cesar’s passion for open hardware for the environment and citizen science with a strong focus on ocean communities and technologies. Harada is a TED Senior Fellow and has sailed around-the-world as part of Unreasonable at Sea, a global innovation accelerator on-board a boat. His company, Scoutbots was listed as China's 10th most innovative company by FastCo (2015).

Anne Beate Hovind (NO). Project manager, process facilitator and strategic adviser​
Anne Beate Hovind is no stranger to persuasion – whether it’s helping Avinor realise that it needs user insight to improve its services, transforming a rundown plot in downtown Oslo into urban farmland or getting world class writers to bury their stories in a Norwegian forest, only to be dug back up in 2114. With broad experience from managing large scale building projects, innovation processes, and longterm art projects, Hovind is an expert on making change happen through experimentation, boldness and co-creation.

Scott Burnham (US). Creator and director of Reprogramming the CityS
cott Burnham, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, is the creator and director of Reprogramming the City, a global initiative encouraging cities to repurpose and reimagine the potential of existing urban assets. Reprogramming the City exhibitions and workshops have appeared in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Boston and numerous other cities. This autumn, Reprogramming the city is conducted in Bergen with design students and citizens og Laksevåg. At the conference Burnham will talk about Unlocking the Potential of Existing Urban Assets.

Moderator: Heidi Sperre (NO). Founder of Fly, podcaster at Sosialt Sett

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A big thank you to our conference partners making this event possible.