Past OPEN Lectures

Open Lecture: Jonas Svensson

Tuesday, 6th Nov 2018

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


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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Open Lecture: Hadas Zohar

Tuesday, 9th Oct 2018

5 Things I have learnt about Danish design
Danish design is well known for its minimalist aesthetics, high quality craft and smokey color scheme. However, it also reflects some of the fundamental principles and characteristics of Danish society, such as trust, homogeneity, democracy, responsibility, and traditional approach alongside advanced technology.
This talk will focus on the ways in which these principles manifest in Danish design today, through the stories of designers, objects and design-processes.
Hadas Zohar is a graphic designer and design writer who has been living in Copenhagen over the past four years. During this period she has been interviewing prominent Danish designers in various fields for a column in Portfolio magazine. The Danish Arts Foundation supports the interviews. In this talk, she will share what she has learnt along the way.
When: Tues. October 9th 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Nicolay Boyadjiev

Tuesday, 18th Sep 2018

WeWork is a co-working start-up. It’s one of the “six most valuable private tech companies in the world”. It’s a “branded real-estate-arbitrage middleman that doesn’t own any offices”. It’s a (self-proclaimed) “capitalist kibbutz”. It’s a “convenient space-as-a-service provider.” It’s a “state of consciousness on its way to transform white-collar labor.” It’s a “trove of data for optimal office design”. It’s an “extended apparatus for tracking and control on behalf of our corporate overlords”. And it’s part of an incredibly ambitious, well-funded and all-encompassing speculative design narrative with unpredictable and potentially empowering reverberations for architects, labor activists and designers.
Nicolay Boyadjiev is an architect and design strategist based in Montreal and Moscow. He is working at the intersection of architecture, service design and platform urbanism, with his recent projects focusing on addressability and cognitive extraction at the urban scale. His design and conceptual work has received multiple awards and has been showcased in Volume, Moinopolis, Fast Company, and Architect Magazine. Nicolay is currently the Design tutor of The New Normal programme at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.
When: Tues. September 18th 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Akarsh Sanghi + Christian Hertlein

Tuesday, 11th Sep 2018

Designing a Bank
This talk will introduce how N26 #Themobilebank is influencing the financial decision making of people. Exploring the role of trust while designing a bank and identifying user’s needs has been one of the key reasons for the growth and acceptance of N26 in Europe. We will discuss what it could mean to be disruptive not for the sake of being disruptive but for the sake of a mindset change where we influence how people deal with their money and form a relationship with their bank. This talk will also touch upon the question of how we can continue providing value to users as money becomes less and less physical? Finally, we will share some differences in terms of culture between roles of people who work in retail banking vs. at N26 and how this group of people are on the brink of re-shaping an entire industry.

Akarsh Sanghi is a designer & engineer from India currently leading the growth product team at N26 in Berlin. Previously he worked with IDEO & Zalando in Berlin and holds a Master’s degree from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. In the last years he has managed to live, study & work in Delhi, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Singapore and plans to continue his cross cultural wanderings.

Christian Hertlein is currently the Head of Design at N26. He is constantly working with his team of designers to create disruptive products from a holistic approach, incorporating strategies and frameworks from a design-minded perspective. In his free time he loves tinkering with electronics to make his home smarter and explore the mountains during the winters on his snowboard.

When: Tues. September 11th 2018, 17-18.

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

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