Bergen Design Conference 2018

Join us in Bergen on 20 September 2018 for a day filled with design, innovation, boldness and creativity. More information to come.  For now – save the date!

Bergen Design Conference 2017: Dare to Experiment

It is a well-known fact that experimentation and involving users as early as possible is vital for success – so why are so many of us so afraid of it? Bergen Design Conference 2017 explored 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.

Mikko Annala (FI)

Head of Governance Innovation
Demos Helsinki

Finland has been in the attention of media from across the world for their nation-wide basic income experiment. And actually, basic income is only one of 27 experiments being conducted thoughout Finland. Mikko Annala is the Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki’s experimentation specialist and Head of Governance Innovation. He has worked closely with the Prime Minister’s Office to elevate experimentation into an official government policy. This has resulted in an intriguing portfolio of strategic experiments, including improving social and health policies and digitalizing municipal services and mobility.

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 HK DESIS Lab. 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)

Founder / inventor
MakerBay / Protei

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 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. 



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, Reprogramming the City

Scott 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 Unlock the Potential of Existing Urban Assets.

Heidi Sperre (NO)

Founder of Fly, podcaster at Sosialt Sett

Heidi Marie this year’s master of ceremonies and will lead us through the programme.

Previous speakers at Bergen Design Conference include

The conference is made possible with support from our partners and collaborators