Award Winning – LittleBits Code Kit

Friday, 20th Oct 2017


LitteBits Code Kit is a resource-rich intro to coding in the classroom that’s easy to teach & engages students through an activity they love: making and playing games.

Students are encouraged to embrace failure, think critically, make their own rules, and collaborate while playing & coding games. The playful nature of the kit brings code into the real world to teach foundational coding and engineering concepts.

The development of the Code Kit was aided by research and design from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design when the Interaction Design Programme students had the opportunity to work with LittleBits on an Industry Project back in 2015.

The Code Kit was one of Technology & Learning’s ISTE 2017 Best of Show Awards Winners. This award recognises outstanding products exhibited at the International Society for Technology in Education show.

Workshop dates update!

Thursday, 19th Oct 2017



We’ve got new dates for a number of upcoming public workshops around the world, coming up on three continents in the first quarter of 2018.

See you there!

Designing a Live Service

Tuesday, 17th Oct 2017


Qualitative & Quantitative Investigations

As part of the LEO Innovation Lab’s cutting edge approach to skin care, CIID helped design a service to improve the everyday life of people with a skin condition. We partnered together to evaluate and refine the concept Klikkit, a Bluetooth button to help people with skin disease control their treatment.

Over a six-week trial, we launched a very early prototype and ran a shoe-string service. Collaborating closely with the LEO Innovation Lab and people using the service, we combined both quantitative and qualitative data to test, experiment, and iterate the concept. It was an incredible opportunity to apply the power of combining these types of data during an early prototype.

Klikkit and managing skin conditions

Experimentation is a key factor in managing skin conditions. Sufferers from eczema or psoriasis will often take a trial & error approach to their treatment, trying numerous creams, ointments, and routines. They move to a new treatment when one starts losing its efficacy, and decrease usage of a product due to concerns about side effects. Throughout all of this, sufferers balance lifestyle choices like diet and exercise with environmental factors such as weather or allergies.

Amidst this experimentation, dermatologists are concerned about adherence. They rarely understand the complete routine their patients go through and they doubt that patients stick to prescribed medication plans. This can lead to friction as patients try to get the best help to treat their individual cases.

Klikkit is a service to help people with skin disease navigate this experimentation and control their treatment. It is a Bluetooth button that can be put on any product (creams, prescriptions, vitamins, etc.) or used to represent any activity (exercise, light therapy, etc.). People can press the button each time they use a certain treatment and then track their treatment data over time. They can also use the service to receive reminders or share information with their dermatologist.

Read the full article By Francesca Desmarais

A Framework of Open Practices

Tuesday, 17th Oct 2017


This is the second in a series of posts describing findings from industry research into best practices around open, collaborative methods and how companies share knowledge, work, or influence in order to shape a market towards their business goals. This blog post introduces a framework of open practices Mozilla has co-developed with the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design (CIID) that may help other organisations as they evaluate and implement open and participatory strategies themselves.


Mozilla has been developing open source software and managing open source communities since its inception. Some of the most significant innovations in Firefox came from outside the boundaries of the organization — such as tabbed browsing, pop-up blockers, and the awesome bar. Further, crucial factors to Firefox’ global success, such as product localization and technical support, were only possible through countless hours of work and dedication of external communities and contributors. With Add-ons, Mozilla also took a major architectural decision with Firefox: not to build every feature, but to focus on basic excellence and then create opportunity — and a platform — for others. This allowed more people to deliver more value to Firefox users, creating completely personalized web experience.

Revitalising Open and Innovation

Firefox is widely considered as a landmark in open source software production, and the use of several different open practices (as we call them) gave Mozilla a way to compete asymmetrically with much larger organizations.
In the subsequent decade since Firefox launched, Mozilla’s portfolio of technology projects has become much more diverse, and this in turn calls for a more systematic way to identify competitive advantage through open practices. We’ve experimented with different practices in order to solicit external ideas and foster research-based relationships. Recent examples include the Mozilla Awards grant program, and the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge, and sponsoring projects at the margin of Mozilla development, such as the C-to-Rust translation project Corrode. And with the revival of the Test Pilot program, the Firefox team has a way for users to try out experimental features and to help determine which of these ultimately end up in a Firefox release.

From Experiments to Strategy

We’ve been encouraged by the outcomes of these explorations. We therefore broadened efforts in working with users, developers, and industry allies in a more structured and comprehensive way.

We researched activation techniques to build communities and work across organizational boundaries — throughout the product lifecycle — in multiple industries. Many of the techniques and practices identified were not new, but their goal-oriented application and scale in different technology ecosystems clearly was.

However, just knowing what others do is only the first step. Adapting and applying your learnings to your own working processes and mind models around product and technology development is another. For that reason, we developed a framework that could help guiding decisions, supporting our conversations and thinking.

A Framework for Considering Benefits of Open Practices

As we said earlier: Being Open by Design demands clarity on why you’re doing something and what the intended outcomes are. Together with CIID we took a closer look — through the lense of a software and technology organisation — at key benefits of open practices. We organised a list of 12 key potential benefits into three overall categories, in which companies are competing:


Read about the 12 benefits on the full post by Alex Klepel and Gitte Jonsdatter (CIID).

Being Open by Design

Tuesday, 17th Oct 2017


Mozilla has partnered with the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design (CIID) for a research project looking at how other companies and industries are leveraging open practices. The project reviews a range of collaborative methods, including but also beyond open source.

This is the first of a series of articles by Alex Klepel that will be published in the near future.


Mozilla origins are in the open source movement, and the concept of ‘working in the open’ has always been key to our identity. It’s embedded in our vision for the open Web, and in how we build products and operate as an organization. Mozilla relies upon open, collaborative practices — foremost open source co-development — to bring in external knowledge and contribution to many of our products, technologies, and operations.

However, the landscape of open has changed dramatically in the past years. There are over a thousand open source software projects in the world, and even open source hardware is now a widespread phenomenon. Even companies once considered unlikely to work with open source projects have opened up key properties, such as Microsoft opening .NET and Visual Studio to drive adoption and make them more competitive products. Companies with a longer history in open source continue to apply it strategically: Google’s open sourcing enough of TensorFlow will help them influence the future of AI development, while they continue to crowdsource a huge corpus of machine learning data through the use of their products. But more importantly, beyond these practices, there are now numerous methods for crowdsourcing ideas and expertise, and a worldwide movement around open innovation.

All this means: there’s much out there to learn from — even (or especially) for a pioneer of the open.

Read the full article here on Medium

Mozilla Open Innovation

The New Europe

Monday, 18th Sep 2017


The New Europe

Landing in the middle of a courtyard on a quiet street in Norrebro, the New Europe is a place suspended above reality, European identity, values and belonging.
A team of architects, interaction designers, and cultural researchers led by CIID Research have created a flow of interactive experiences, designed to pick you up out of the here and now.
We will learn and listen as you create your own identity and values.

WHERE: VerdensKulturCentret, 7 Nørre Allé, 2200 Copenaghen

WHEN: 21st – 23rd of September 2017, from 5pm to 9 pm

More info and sign up here!

Project funded by the European Union – Horizon 2020 Programme

Creating Positive Impact Through Design

Friday, 1st Sep 2017



2-3:30 pm – Lightning Talks – Limited seats RSVP Required
Join for a series of 7-minute Lightning Talks by people from CIID’s international network. They will share projects, demos and ideas that will inspire and motivate.

Speakers to be announced.

3:30-5pm – Open House
We open the doors to CIID’s unique environment. It is a great opportunity to meet with the CIID team for informal chats and networking.

More info and sign up here!


Thursday, 31st Aug 2017


CIID and the Danish Design Center (DDC) have formed a partnership to direct a design driven incubator called InnoFounder.

Owned by Innovation Fund Denmark, InnoFounder is a Danish initiative that aims to create business growth by boosting promising entrepreneurial talent amongst recent graduates from accredited Danish educational institutions.

Throughout their 12 months of incubation at InnoFounder, the entrepreneurs will be mentored by seasoned experts in design and innovation. As well as this mentorship, they will follow an intense and ambitious course with thematic workshops, key events, and deep integration into the startup ecosystem in Denmark.

By choosing CIID and DDC, Innovation Fund Denmark has put design thinking front and centre of one of the largest incubators in Denmark.


Ethical and Responsible IoT?

Thursday, 31st Aug 2017


We are happy to announce that our research project VIRT-EU in collaboration with ThingsCon will be present at TechFestival.

The event brings together innovators and thinkers from Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere in Europe to share experiences in an informal discussion around ethics and responsibility in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Help us spread the word with your circles, and we hope to see you there!

5 New Professional Programmes workshops in 3 countries!

Thursday, 24th Aug 2017


We are excited to announce that the next installments of the Professional Programmes initiative are set to take place in Brazil, Malaysia, and Singapore this autumn.

November 9-11th: BRASILIA, Brazil – Service Design through Experience Prototyping (3-day course)

November 13-15th: SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Service Design through Experience Prototyping (3-day course)

November 17th: SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Design Thinking workshop (1-day course)

November 30-December 2nd: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Service Design Thinking (3-day course)

December 4-6th: SINGAPOREService Design Thinking (3-day course)

Help us spread the word by sharing this announcement with your circles, and we hope to see you there!