Upcoming OPEN Lectures



Open Lecture: Lennart Briesenick

Tuesday, 20th Nov 2018

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Happy Teams – A story from Olympic sailing
Team work is essential in today’s world across the entire spectrum of society. Most of us have our own experiences with team work and for many it is a regular part of their everyday life.
Professional (Olympic) sailing provides an interesting environment to support and observe teams operating in high-pressure situations as the sport comes with a great deal of complexity. A gold medal is the ultimate (extrinsic) goal for every serious Olympic sailor. This naturally imposes pressure on ambitious athletes originating from themselves as well as additional outside pressure like sponsors and media.
Lennart will share some simple frameworks about internal team communication on and off the water and tell stories of creating a culture with positive energy. These principles were developed in the context of sailing but he believes that they are applicable to team dynamics in different contexts. The talk should be a starter to a good discussion about experiences with teams in other areas.
Lennart Briesenick:
Since a young age, Lennart has been involved with sailing leading him to pursue a path in professional sports in the Olympic 49er class until 2012. As an adviser and coach, he worked for the German national team until 2015 parallel to his studies before becoming Danish 49er national coach for the preparation and Rio Olympics 2016.
Lennart holds a business degree with a focus on innovation and got immersed into the interdisciplinary and user-centered approach to product and service development using design thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute. His latest experience and research dealt with how user-centered design approaches (i.e. design thinking) and evidence-based product development (i.e. lean startup) are applied in large corporations. He now helps curate programs for events and conferences at Innovation Roundtable® which is the leading network exclusively for innovation practitioners in large firms.
Lennart also enjoys all kinds of water sports, flying gliders, climbing, and telemark skiing whenever conditions fit well.

When: Tues. November 20th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Past OPEN Lectures



Open Lecture: Kyle McDonald

Monday, 12th Nov 2018

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Machine Learning and Art

What happens when we collaborate with algorithms to tell stories, or expand our creativity and curiosity? What happens when these algorithms act less like simple predictable tools, and take on identities, biases, and nuances of their own? How far can we take it? What are the consequences of completely automating social interaction itself? Where does the machine end, and where do we begin?

Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He creates interactive and immersive audiovisual installations, performances, and new tools for creative exploration. He uses techniques from computer vision, machine learning, networking, and computing to create unusual experiences.

When: Monday November 12th 2018, 18:15 – 19:15.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Myles Borins

Monday, 12th Nov 2018

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Adventures in Ethical Computing

Machine learning algorithms can infer gender when translating from gender neutral languages to english due to bias in training data.

Hardware designed to control airbag release have resulted in the deaths of Short-stature drivers and children passengers due to bias.

An engineer from Volkswagen was recently sentenced to a 40 month prison term for their part in producing software that cheated at emissions tests for diesel automobiles.

You are responsible for the software and hardware you help to create. Ethically responsible, and potentially legally responsible. Through an examination of academic literature and case studies this talk will discuss the types of bias that can enter into the systems that we manufacture, and suggest ways that we can avoid bias to create better user experiences (and avoid jail time).

Myles Borins is a developer, musician, artist, and maker. They work for Google as a developer advocate serving the Node.js ecosystem. Myles cares about the open web and healthy communities.

When: Monday November 12th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Jonas Svensson

Tuesday, 6th Nov 2018

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Why We Fail On Innovation

Going from a global macro perspective to a micro view on large organizations and their role in the innovation ecosystem

Why does the government fail when they try to push innovation and growth? Are they aware that they are failing? These are the two questions Mr. Svensson will try to answer in his presentation. He will also open up the discussion why it is hard for large corporates and organizations to be agile in the innovation ecosystem and why M&A many times is a fast way forward, this will also lead to the topic on how can you innovate for a large company while still being outside and agile. He will use examples from industry such as Google, facebook, Softbank and Rakuten and compare the data between countries such as Sweden, Denmark, UK, USA and Japan.

Mr. Svensson is the Head of Global Innovation and Technology at UNOPS and operating out UNOPS HQ in Copenhagen. The UNOPS Global Innovation and Technology program operates under the Social Impact Investing Initiative  with the mission to facilitate innovation where ever it happens. Connecting with Global stakeholders who share the UN foundation values regarding sustainability and the understanding that Innovation happens everywhere, UNOPS together with partners have created a toolkit providing Education, Incubation, Investment and Policy support. Prior to the role with UNOPS Mr. Svensson has worked within the startup industry for the past 20 years as founder, incubator manager, business consultant, investor, lastly as President for a Venture capital company headed out of Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Svensson holds a Masters in Global Management from the University of Salford and is currently pursuing his PhD.

When: Tues. November 6th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Harvey Bewley

Tuesday, 16th Oct 2018

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Social Robotic Donuts
In this talk on robotic expression, Harvey presents his expanding silicone donuts, pulsating latex flowers, and jumping wooden tripods – playfully reflecting on the assumption that social robots should be cute or like us humans. These experimental objects are part of a recent design research project at the IxD Lab (IT University of Copenhagen), where material curiosity and unusual elastic expression are used to inspire intriguing new encounters with technology.
Harvey is an industrial designer and physical prototyper based in Copenhagen. He designs and builds products with Performing Objects Studio and teaches digital design methods with a focus on thinking through making at the IT University of Copenhagen.
When: Tues. October 16th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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