Past OPEN Lectures

Niels Konrad

Wednesday, 11th Oct 2017


Smartsuit Pro – Universal access to natural human motion

The Smartsuit Pro by Rokoko is an entire motion capture studio in one full-body IMU-based suit that enables creators of every level to turn any space into a professional motion capture stage. The ability to track your body’s motion no longer requires an extensive setup and expensive motion capture studio rental in a fixed location. Whether you are developing a game, making animations for a movie, or want to track your motion data live, the Smartsuit Pro brings your full physical identity into a virtual space.

Much in the same way that the pioneers of VR reinvented the screen, Rokoko’s vision is to reinvent the mouse and keyboard. Rokoko’s mission is to democratize motion capture, as they believe that technology should be accessible to as many as possible.

UX Designer at Rokoko, CIID alumnus Niels Konrad, will give a proper introduction to the Smartsuit Pro and its possibilities as well as a live demonstration.

When: Wednesday Oct 11th 2017, 17-18.

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

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The New Normal

Thursday, 7th Sep 2017


PLEASE NOTE: This event is at a special location, not the normal CIID Location. Please see address below, and this map.

The New Normal

In 2017, the Strelka Institute set out to explore the theme of “The New Normal”: an exciting new intellectual space of possibility where the city and emergent technologies & processes intersect. Strelka alumni and The New Normal Design tutor Nicolay Boyadjiev will share some of the think-tank’s research on how to design our future cities, as well as his personal experience of studying and teaching at the Institute. For more information visit

When: Thursday Sept 7th 2017. 17-18.30.

Where: KADK, Building 90 – auditorium 90.1.20, Fabriksmestervej 10, Copenhagen. The auditorium is located on the ground floor

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Mike Peng

Wednesday, 9th Aug 2017


Wet Chopsticks, White T-Shirts, and Other Inspiring Stories from Japan

In 2011, I moved to Japan to help start the IDEO Tokyo studio and immediately started collecting a list of things that push us to think of the everyday in new ways. As designers, we thrive on inspiration, and this country is overflowing with it, from carefully curated hospitality to an incredible assortment of subcultures. As with everything in Japan, each experience compels a look beneath the surface to truly grasp its meaning and intention.m

When: Wed, Aug 9th 2017, 5 PM.

Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Daniel Letts

Wednesday, 2nd Aug 2017


Service Design’s coming of Age – the next big challenge

You could say that in the last couple of years Service Design has come of age. It’s now on everyone’s agenda and very much in demand. Its practices and methodologies have been widely adopted, and it’s taught in courses all over the world. And yet there’s a real danger that it won’t deliver on its initial promise.

This is because an essentially creative way of looking at the world faces real problems when inserted into a traditional, hierarchical, left-brain type of organization (in other words pretty much every organization out there).

There’s no doubt these organisations need Service Design and the Design Thinking mindset that comes with it – but how can we ensure that the improvements and innovations it creates have the best possible chance of making it into the real word and taking root?

This is the challenge for the next phase of Service Design, when it moves from adolescence to maturity. And just as importantly it’s a challenge for organisations to move beyond paying lip service to creativity and truly embrace it within their business.

When: Wed, Aug 2nd 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Simone Rebaudengo

Tuesday, 27th Jun 2017


~6 hours in the future

There is a lot of talk recently about WeChat and its infinitely nested services, the crazy e-commerce products and platforms, the digital treasures of the markets of Shenzhen and the fast pace of evolution of infrastructures and businesses happening in the the megacities in China. Even fiction writers are asking for the need of a new literally genre, the “ultra-unreal”, to describe how Modern China surpassed every fictional scenario. In this talk Simone Rebaudengo will share a little piece of this ‘future’ or ‘parallel present’, stories and projects from his experience as design consultant and as part of working and designing ~6 hours in the future.

When: Tue, June 27th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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