Upcoming OPEN Lectures

Ryan Donahue

Tuesday, 26th Aug 2014


Ryan Donahue is a creative leader who has built his career at the intersection of design and entrepreneurship. He founded BookFresh – the leading online bookings platform for small businesses (acquired by Square in Feb 2014) and FreshGuide (acquired by PopSugar in June 2010). He served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SV Angel – a San Francisco based venture capital firm.

Early in his career, Ryan was a founding member of PayPal’s design and user research group. Currently, he is VP of Product Design at Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) where he challenges a global team of world class UX designers and researchers to always think more entrepreneurially.

In this lecture, Ryan explores the distinct advantages that designers have as startup founders and looks at how the success of designer-founded companies such as Air B&B and Pinterest have recently popularized the notion of a CEO with a design background. But what are the unique advantages and challenges that designers face when pursuing the path of entrepreneurship?

Ryan will share his experiences as an entrepreneur/designer and will offer several practical tips for those with aspirations of designing a startup of their own.

When: 5-6pm – Tues, Aug 26th, 2014

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK


Past OPEN Lectures

Steve Selzer

Wednesday, 20th Aug 2014


Steve is a Creative Director at frog — a global product strategy and design firm — based in San Francisco. He works with people and organisations to imagine and create new products, services, strategies, and social value. His passions and areas of expertise include design research, interaction design and user experience across devices, service environments, and beyond.

Steve has led engagements with a broad range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies around the globe. He has a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and frequents academia as a guest lecturer on research, design, consulting, and career development.

This is an OPEN lecture with a difference. In fact there will be no actual lecture – instead, Steve is brave enough to take on a whole hour of Q&A. So, if you plan to come along, bring your questions and he will bring his answers!

When: 5-6pm – Weds, Aug 20th, 2014

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-steve-selzer-tickets-12558896999

Marc Jay

Tuesday, 19th Aug 2014


Marc Jay is a Founding Partner of WE Architecture in Copenhagen. He will give a short introduction to how WE started their office – the partisan way – and will give a walkthrough of selected projects to demonstrate the importance of added value. The talk will conclude with an Introduction to the “Atlas of Copenhagen”.

Marc started WE Architecture in 2009 with Julie Schmidt-Nielsen. The practice has won many awards for both competitions and smaller projects. Previously Marc was at Carmen Pinos in Barcelona as a project manager and was part of the daily management of BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group. During his time at PLOT and BIG, he worked on VM husene, Havnebadet in islandsbrygge, Slussen in Stockholm and the Maritimt ungdomshus.

Marc has taught at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Architectural School, and has organised workshops for both Aalborg University, Aarhus School of Architecture and participated in workshops for Lund University.

When: 5-6pm – August 19th

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marc-jay-tickets-11931143371

Alchemy, texture and sound – Intel Fellowship at CIID

Friday, 15th Aug 2014


What sound would a book make if it could sing? How can we feel the written word beyond the eye? What would it mean to embed computing in a textured material like paper, away from a laptop or smartphone?

Over the past year, researchers at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design have been exploring these questions as part of the Intel Fellowship at CIID. On Friday August 15th we will present Q is For Quicken, a poetic meditation on alchemy, texture and sound in the form of a loose leaf book.

The project will be shown alongside exploratory works from students at the institute. This project has been led by Sha Xin Wei in collaboration with Chris Wood, hosted by Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and supported by Intel.

Find out more about the Intel Fellowship at CIID here: http://ciid.dk/research/fellowships/

When: 5-6:30pm – Friday, Aug 15th, 2014

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK


Jennie Winhall

Thursday, 14th Aug 2014


Jennie Winhall is a leading UK-based social innovator and service designer.

She combines design thinking and methods with policy and enterprise to develop system-changing solutions to big social issues such as unemployment, chronic disease and an ageing population.

As a founder and former Director of Design and Innovation at Participle Jennie led multi-disciplinary teams through the process of designing and bringing to launch four new social ventures. Together these services demonstrate the future of a welfare state built on relationships not transactions.

Jennie became an independent Social Innovation consultant in 2013 and works with Foundations, public institutions and corporations making social change in the UK, Denmark and Canada.

Jennie will talk about designing a new generation of public services based on relational principles – and about the challenges of bringing disruptive social start-ups to scale.

All of Jennie’s design work is about Power and Love, and she’ll share examples of designing for these two forces in big social systems.

When: 5-6pm – Thurs, Aug 14th, 2014

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-jennie-winhall-tickets-12632609475