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PechaKucha Night 30.11.2016

in cooperation with Helsinki Design Week

Wed 30 Nov 2016 at 6–8 pm
Hotel Kämp, Mirror Room
Pohjoisesplanadi 29, Helsinki

20 images, 20 seconds for each. This is the PechaKucha presentation format. It was devised by two architects in Tokyo in 2003 and since then, it has become a trademark of a fun/interesting/surprising presentation especially loved by the creative people.

Design Forum Finland, in cooperation with Helsinki Design Week, arranged a tech-cum-design PechaKucha Night for Slush visitors. The speakers included some of the most interesting names in both the design and tech scene: Tobias Dahlberg, Niklas Bergh, Markus Kuuranta, Liisa Gylfe, Johanna Rantanen, Anne Badan, Olof Schybergson, Jaakko Tapaninen, Pirjo Kääriäinen, and Kivi Sotamaa. The subject was free, allowing pitching your latest project or a tech innovation you recently read about, as far as it slightly touched the theme "Design for Growth".

Photo: Kalle Kataila

See also: DESIGN FORUM talk: Design for Growth, 30 Nov 2016 at 1.45 pm at Slush


Anne Badan is an entrepreneur of several ventures, Impact Designer, founder at A2B Philanthropy, co-founder & CEO at The Shortcut. She holds an M.A. in international relations for the Graduated Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has 20+ years of experience in business development, marketing and strategic partnerships in organisations such as the World Economic Forum, SGS-Société Générale de Surveillance, in Formula 1 at Allsport Management, Aalto University, FinnChurch Aid. She comes from the private sector but has experienced working from the perspective of fortune 500 companies and international organisations and NGOs, as well as Governments and academic institutions. She believes that finding solutions to the most pressing societal needs require multi-disciplines and multi-stakeholders’ involvement. More on www.linkedin.com/in/annebadan and a2bphilanthropy.net and theshortcut.org.


Niklas is an involuntary entrepreneur with a profound passion for communication. Last known to have co-founded the brand Urbanears, he know pretends to write a book while unsuccessfully dodging offers to help a number of other brands with their communication. He has no fancy educational title but looks rather funny.



Tobias is the founder and CEO of Wonder, a strategic design and innovation consultancy that creates future facing brands and businesses. Tobias has consulted and worked for brands and companies such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Fiskars, Paulig, Iittala Marimekko, Nissan and Altia. Driven by a relentless curiosity and passion for everything brand, design and innovation, Tobias is a self-confessed learning junkie (geek!) who believes the only sane strategy is to be extraordinary, to avoid being average at all cost. Tobias lives in Helsinki with his wife and two daughters.



Liisa is a Creative Director and a partner at the biggest independent Communication Agency in the Nordic area, Miltton. Miltton has succeeded at breaking everyone’s growth expectations and has become a melting pot for the Nordic’s communication talent. With degrees in both fashion and visual communication Liisa’s background is firmly in design. She has helped several global brands produce successful communication strategies.

Liisa is on a constant hunt for the next big thing in design, and she believes that the technological opportunities are yet to be discovered.



Markus Kuuranta is a Helsinki-based usability and gaming enthusiast. Markus spends his days as a UX Designer, working with B2B software and ecommerce solutions, but when the night falls he puts on his indie game developer's hat. His favorite side project, Peliporkkana, is a gaming website for young children that supports their education in fun and engaging ways.



Designer Pirjo Kääriäinen is a Finnish textile specialist, working now as a Designer in Residence at the Aalto University, Finland. Currently she is developing multidisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration between arts, design and science, including both education and research. Pirjo Kääriäinen is also leading the Aalto team in ‘Design-Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) research project. 2008-2014 Pirjo Kääriäinen worked as a professor in Textile Art and Design and as the head of the degree programs of textile and fashion in Aalto University. She has been actively developing higher education studies in Finland in the field of textiles and design towards new frontiers like wearable electronics, new production methods and multidisciplinary materials research.



Johanna Rantanen is a co-founder of Dottir Attorneys and Legal Design Summit. Johanna is an active spokesperson for legal design and wants to bring design thinking into law by facilitating the cooperation between lawyers and designers. Johanna has several years of experience in assisting companies of all sizes in various contract related matters. Before founding Dottir, Johanna worked as a lawyer at one of Finland's major law firms and at the Finnish advertising technology company Kiosked.



Olof Schybergson, the Helsinki-born Founder, MD & Co-Lead of Fjord, has raised the company from its infancy to be a global leader in service design. Schybergson, who is a frequent speaker at global conferences and events, founded Fjord in 2001 with two other industry leaders. Since then, the company has expanded from London and Helsinki to more than 20 major cities around the world.  A designer by training, Olof has now worked in digital for more than 20 years. To this day, he holds the same beliefs that drove him to found Fjord in 2001: digital will continue to change the world, and design will re-imagine experiences and services that are central in people’s lives. In 2013 Olof lead his company though an acquisition with Accenture Interactive.

From the early days, Fjord was a pioneer in design and innovation. Olof has worked with many of the world’s leading brands, including the BBC, Telefónica, Citibank, PayPal, and Adidas. Strong and trusting relationships with clients has been core to the success of Fjord, and something that Olof is passionate about. A pioneer and a visionary, Olof continues to drive creativity and innovation at Fjord, always with an eye toward the future of the industry. Olof is a well-respected trend spotter and contributor to global publications including The Guardian, Fast Company, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and WIRED, among others.

By now, both Olof’s accent and identity is confused. As a rare Swedish-speaking Finn that has spent most of his adult life living in London and New York, he has also spent significant time working with clients across five continents and in numerous languages. Currently, he calls New York home, where he resides with his family.


kivi sotamaa

Kivi Sotamaa believes that architectural environments must appeal to our emotions, and seduce us into exploring new ways of being in the world. He designs physical environments holistically, across scale and media. He merges art, urban design, building design, spatial design, product design, and media into ‘total works of art’, which engage and challenge people in new and meaningful ways. The most recent work of his studio Ateljé Sotamaa, which he co-directs with his sister Tuuli, include an honorable mention entry for Guggenheim Helsinki - competition, the Atelier House - a wooden home for the digital age, Finnjävel Restaurant with 146 bespoke objects, and Fazer Visitor Center which includes artworks, furniture, shop, signage and clothing. Currently, he is working together with his sister Tuuli on the Finnish Pavilion to the 2017 World Expo in Kazakhstan.


jaakko tapaninen

Jaakko Tapaninen is a journalist, author and entrepreneur. He has worked as a reporter at City magazine, as the editor of Image magazine, as the publisher of Tammi Publishers and as the CEO of Kotimaa Group. He has also written several books. Since 2014 he has concentrated on building his own content agency Great Point. Recently he started a bi-weekly audio show called 10X Finland Podcast.