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Friday 22 September

8:30–10: Bergen Design Mornings: Staying Ahead of the Race
Presented in collaboration with Statsraad Lehmkuhl, Sykkel-VM and Visindi.
Where: Statsraad Lehmkuhl
In English

Monica Santini (IT), CEO, Santini SMS
For close to 30 years, the acclaimed Italian cycling wear brand, Santini SMS, has produced iconic shirts for some of the world’s largest cycling events. Santini will be talking about how, through rapid technological advancement, the family business has remained its position in the top of the market, about cutting-edge materials, production in Italy, and strategic choices made along the way.

Olav Kjellevold Olsen (NO), professor from the Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen
«Are good leaders moral leaders?» asks Olav Kjellevold Olsen in his research on the relationship between leadership and moral in the military. This morning, Olsen shares some of the findings from his research: what qualities characterise good leaders, and what is the impact of sleep deprivation when it comes to making the right choices?

More speakers to be announced

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15 – 17: Grand Opening
In collaboration with Ole Bull Scene and Storm Bar.
Where: Lille Ole Bull Scene/Storm Bar
In English

Deputy chair Dag-Inge Ulstein of Bergen kommune and director Trude G. Ugelstad of DOGA (Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture) will open the festival, followed by a surprise act of entertainment on-stage before we are headed up to Storm Bar’s heated terrace for refreshments and good conversations.

This evening also presents the nominees and winner of the Design Graduate Award from SpareBank 1 SR-Bank. 

Monday 25 September

8:30–10: Bergen Design Mornings: Brilliant Failures
Presented in collaboration with Etablerersenteret, SANDS and Ole Bull Scene
Where: Lille Ole Bull
In English

Paul Iske, founder of Institute of Brilliant Failures, International Institute of Serious Optimism; professor from the School of Business and Economics, University Maastricht
«No progress without failures», is the mantra of Dutch professor Paul Iske. We all know that we learn from our mistakes, so why are we still encouraged to swoop them under the carpet and pretend they never happened, or even better – avoid making them in the first place. Iske challanges our urge to reduce risk to a minimum and only show off our stories of success by promoting transparency and invaluable lessons learnt from mistakes. If we can manage to embrace failure, Iske believes, innovation will reach new levels.

Silje Vallestad (NO), serial-entrepreneur and innovator, founder of Bipper and bSafe
Silje Vallestad is an award winning serial entrepreneur and innovator with decades of experience from starting and running international organizations, projects and companies. In 2013 she was awarded Young Global Leader by World Economic and recognized as one of the top 20 business thinkers in the Nordics. In 2011 she was named one of Norway's top 10 young leaders under 35.

Ketil Sellæg Ramberg (Lawyer, SANDS)
What legal precautions should you make to allow room for creative experimentation? Lawyer Ketil Sellæg Ramberg gives an introduction to the juridical system so that you can experiment as much as you need with minimal risk of ending up in the court room.

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Tuesday 26 September

14–19: Bergen Design Conference: Dare to Experiment
Universitetsaulaen in Bergen
In English

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.

You will meet:

  • Roope Mokka – co-founder of Finnish think tank Demos Helsinki
  • Yanki Lee – social designer, activist and founder of Enable Foundation
  • Cesar Harada – founder of MakerBay and inventor of the shape-shifting robot Protei
  • Anne Beate Hovind – artist, strategic adviser and project manager 
  • André Moen – founder of 2nd Chance, a recruitment agency with an unordinary philosophy
  • and Heidi Sperre, podcaster and founder of FLY, who will be guiding us through the day

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Wednesday 27 September

8:30–10: Bergen Design Mornings: Når staten eksperimenterer 
I samarbeid med DOGA, Colonialen og Litteraturhuset i Bergen
Hvor: Litteraturhuset
In Norwegian

Denne morgenen får du høre mer om Stimuleringsordningen for innovasjon og tjenestedesign som er et samarbeidsprosjekt mellom Direktoratet for forvaltning og IKT (Difi) og Design og Arkitektur Norge (DOGA) som skal øke bruken av innovative metoder og tjenestedesign i statlig sektor.

Vi må jobbe på nye måter. Erfaring fra samarbeidet om Stimuleringsordningen
- Sissel Kristin Hoel, senior rådgiver og ansvarlig for innovasjon og tjenestedesign samt Stimuleringsordningen i Difi
- Benedicte Wildhagen, seniorrådgiver design og ansvarlig for Stimuleringsordningen i DOGA

Hvem har rett til førerkort?
- Synnøve Vebostad, Seksjonsleder for førerkortkontoret i Vegdirektoratet og ansvarlig for direktoratssamarbeidet i prosjektet Førerett
- Heidi Dolven, designer i Halogen.

Åtte prosjekter som tar tak i ulike problemstillinger er igangsatt så langt i Stimuleringsordningen. Vilkår for førerett er et av disse og er et samarbeidsprosjekt mellom Vegdirektoratet, Helsedirektoratet, Direktoratet for e-helse og Politiet.

Flokete utfordringer satt i system
Adrian Paulsen, systemdesigner i Halogen

Design i skjæringspunktet privat / offentlig sektor. Erfaringer fra prøving og eksperimentering.
Paneldeltakere er Synnøve Vebostad (Vegdirektoratet), Benedicte Wildhagen (DOGA), Heidi Dolven (Halogen), Monica Hannestad (Design Region Bergen) mfl. Fasilitator er Sissel Kristin Hoel (Difi).

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Thursday 28 September

7–8:30: Netwalking
Presented in collaboration with Fløibanen and Netlife Research
Where: Fløyen (Starting from Nedre Fløybanestasjon)

Come along for a morning combining walking and networking towards sunrise, coffee and Skillingsboller atop of Bergen’s favourite destination, Fløyen. The walk will be led by Netlife Research’s Hanne Wetland, Bergen’s most sporty designer.

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17–20: Bergen Design Evenings: Serious Play
Presented in collaboration with Nyskapingsparken, Bergen Makers and Innovasjonsuken Opp.
Where: Marineholmen Makerspace

Join us this evening for the pre-opening of Bergen’s newest makerspace at Marineholmen. Space manager Trygve Trohaug will share his ambitions for the space and give us a tour of the facilities. This is your chance to get hand on with laser cutters, wood work and – of course – LEGO.

Speakers and film screening will be announced ahead of the event.

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Friday 29 September

11–17:30: Bergen Design Festival x OPPlev Marineholmen
In collaboration with Innovasjonsuken OPP and Vill Vill Vest
Where: Marineholmen

Explore the vibrant scene of start-ups, ocean industries, incubators, workshops and design companies located in Marineholmen.

What to expect:

  • Presentation of the co-creative urban development project Reprogramming the city with students from Institute of design, UiB
  • Open studios and workshops
  • Talks and demonstrations
  • Concerts powered by Vill Vill Vest
  • Fredagspils and concerts at Cornerteateret
  • Great local food

Saturday 30 September

18–21(03): Den Hemmelige Festen
In collaboration with Made Management, EDDA Music, Standing Ovation and Innovasjonsuken Opp
Where: USF Verftet

Join us for pre-drinks and tapas in Sjøsiden bar ahead of Den hemmelige festen – a unique concept: You don’t know who will be playing, but you do know it will be an unforgettable night

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A big thank you to our great partners and collaborators

SR-Bank / Bergen kommune / Hordaland Fylkeskommune / Ole Bull Scene / Storm Baro og kjøkken / Hyssingen Produksjonsskole / Mannheimer / Overhaus / Pernille Sommer / Statsraad Lehmkuhl / Sykkel VM / Bergen Teknologioverføring / Marineholmen Makerspace / Bergen Makers / Nyskapingsparken / Mohnsenter for Innovasjon og regional utvikling / Innovasjonsuken Opp / Vill Vill Vest / DOGA / UiB v/ Institutt for design / Lysverket / Visindi / Colonialen / Etablerersenteret / SANDS / Netlife Research