Upcoming OPEN Lectures

Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Monday, 31st Oct 2016


Hans Jørgen Wiberg, founder of Be My Eyes, will share the story about how an almost blind, non-techie guy from Denmark managed to help blind people in 150 different countries, by connecting total strangers to each other.

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection.

The organisation started the design process in 2013 with the goal to make the app very easy to use so that also people who were unfamiliar with smartphones would be able to use their service, and at the same handle time zones and 80 different languages.


 When: Mon, October 31st – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-hans-jrgen-wiberg-tickets-28727082477 

Past OPEN Lectures

Nuria Solsona

Wednesday, 24th Aug 2016


The Role of Engagement in Designing City Services

Before solutions are designed organisations need to be aligned. In service development, especially in public services with complex ecosystems, all organisations involved need to first align towards the same goal: people. 

Nuria will present Livework case studies on city services that illustrate the importance of engaging stakeholders as part of the service development process. She will share examples, tools and methods that helped clients adopt a service design approach.

Nuria is a Senior service design consultant at the Livework service design consultancy. She is currently based in Helsinki, responsible of leading projects for Livework international clients. Her experience includes clients from a wide range of sectors such as BBC, Telefonica, London Underground or Thailand government.

She combines a creative perspective with a management approach garnered by studying for an MA in Innovation Management at Central Saint Martins in London which built on her background in design.

When: Fri, Wednesday August 24th – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-nuria-solsona-tickets-26904803993

Lauren Serota

Friday, 12th Aug 2016


Reality is Relative: The practicalities of designing for anyone besides yourself

Fire engine red.

If you can picture this, you’ve been exposed, at some point in your life, to a fire engine. Now, imagine you hadn’t. 

The shape of each person’s reality is determined by her individual experiences. This perspective determines what we do and don’t do, what is familiar or frightening, and how we engage with the world around us. Modern designers are expert in empathy; the danger of empathy alone is its dissolution of difference. Appropriately designed products, services, and policies come from acknowledging the unique and distinctive realities of others. Lauren will be sharing stories and frameworks on how she has reconciled these complexities of seeing in a variety of projects—from designing financial services for the rural poor in Myanmar to building strategies for corporate collaboration in Australia.

Lauren Serota leads global research, strategy and design projects both independently and as the Design Director of Studio D Radiodurans. She is a member of the founding faculty at the Austin Center for Design. Independently, as well as through past work with companies such as Lextant and frog, she has worked with a volume of commercial, government, and nonprofit clients. She regularly speaks on and teaches design, design research and social innovation.

When: Fri, August 12th – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-lauren-serota-tickets-26904441910

Pierluigi Dalla Rosa

Tuesday, 28th Jun 2016


Design and complexity

The rise of internet of things seems to be just a playground for new technologies but it is an expanding space for interaction design. 

Interconnectedness and intelligence are new dimensions to the physical world; these properties give environments and objects the power to learn, sense, act and behave; redefining the founding concepts of our perception of space. These qualities bring magic, surprise, affection but are as well extremely complex to understand, to prototype, to design towards;

Pierluigi is fascinated with complex systems and believes that, in order to unfold the possibilities of today’s technologies to craft a better living for tomorrow, there is an emerging need to understand and play with complexity.

Pierluigi is an interaction designer, founder of the research group Binary Futures, where he explores, designs and creates interactive environments and objects combining research and practice. He is actively involved in education with lectures in Politecnico of Torino, Strelka Institute in Moscow and CIID. Pierluigi is developing his own tools to teach connected ecosystems to designers, corporate professionals and architects.

Prior to Binary Futures, he worked in the creative industry and in the world wide design consultancy, Tellart, as videogame developer and technologist.

When: Tue, June 28th – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-pierluigi-dalla-rossa-tickets-26117045787


Wednesday, 22nd Jun 2016



Cher, presented by Caitlin Blanchfield, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Leah Meisterlin, is a digital platform that allows users to offer and reserve objects by the minute, whether in the home or public space. Community-driven and crowd-sourced, Cher identifies untapped opportunities within sharing-economy social platforms and the communities that comprise dynamic urban environments.

A kind of “cup of sugar” for the digital age, Cher connects city-dwellers to one another through the listing and sharing of domestic objects and local landmarks. Through workshops, walking tours, and interviews, the platform-building process amasses a rich taxonomy of a city’s object landscape and instigates conversations around social exchange and material culture. Initially developed for Copenhagen—a place with a storied culture of coziness and a population fluent in design—Cher will develop into a global platform after its launch at the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, responding to the quirks, specificities, and needs of different urban populations. 

Through demos, discussion, and real-time chering, we’ll explore how sharing platforms generate object-based narratives and yield unpredictable interactions, revealing the complex economies of sharing.

When: Wednesday, June 22nd – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-leah-meisterlin-tickets-26115087931