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Grand Opening

Challenge the Challenges

February 12, 2015

About the eventCHALLENGE THE CHALLENGES

Are you challenging your challenges enough?

On the Feb. 12th OpenLab will host an entire day of activities to celebrate the grand opening of OpenLab new premises that will engage and inspire you what we can do together to solve the main societal challenges of our time: Healthcare, Sustainable urban development and The aging population
Sign up for the event and the activities:
  • Panel discussions by global leading experts and doers.
  • Design Thinking, try out workshops lead by our coaching team.
  • Prototyping workshops in our makerspace.
  • Participate in gastronomical and experimental workshops in our café together with some of the best chefs in Sweden.
  • Pitching sessions, where you can present your idea or solution, to OpenLab´s founding partners.

Questions about the event?

Please do not hesitate to contact Nino Baraka, event coordinator at OpenLab.

Challenge the Challenges:

In recent years, half of Sweden’s population increase has taken place in the region of Stockholm - this is a trend that is likely to continue. The key topic for the opening of our new premises at Valhallavägen 79 is challenge the challenges. Instead of going straight in to how we solve the challenges that we more or less believe we have defined, we would instead like to begin with challenging the challenges; Are the defined societal challenges of today becoming a mantra that make us look in the wrong direction? If so, what implications might that have on how we try to solve them? Are we focusing too much on solving rather than looking deeper into the reasons behind why we define them as challenges? Do we need to re-think the way we innovate?
We will discuss and present examples on how societal challenges have been solved under circumstances that are more extreme with regards to infrastructure. What can we learn from these examples? Can they tell us something about what will happen in our society or what we need to do? What are we lacking in the region of Stockholm and in other European regions when it comes to doing what we need to do in order to solve the actual challenges that we are facing for our future?
This will be the opening ceremony of OpenLab new premises in Stockholm, taking place across the 1500 sqm education and innovation centre, which will be going on from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The official ceremony will take place, at 3 pm – 3.30 pm.

Panel Discussions

We will have panel discussions in which each expert brings their different perspective into the current challenges we face and how we need to challenge these challenges. After presenting themselves and their work there will be a panel discussion where everybody shares their experience around what we need to do to successfully solve the challenges we have.
  • 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm First session talks
  • 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Opening ceremony
  • 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Second session talks
  • 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Open house

Panel

Elisif Elvinsdotter

Moderator

Elisif Elvinsdotter is a swedish TV and radio journalist with broad experience from some of Sweden’s top news and current affairs programmes. She’s been the anchor for Swedens no 1 investigative programme, Uppdrag Granskning, as well as the host of both commercial TV4 and public SVT:s morning show. Since 2009 she´s worked as a professional moderator, specializing in transport and business issues. 2011 she was given an honorary award for ”Best moderator” in Sweden. Her clients include EY, VTI and a number of governmental departments and institutions.

Alfredo Brillembourg

Architect & Urban Designer

Architect, holds chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH). The ETH team are specialized in conducting research and fieldwork in different urban slum areas around the globe (India, Jordan, Palestine, Venezuela, and most intensively in Brazil). Trained as an architect at Columbia University in New York, Alfredo Brillembourg founded the interdisciplinary design practice Urban-Think Tank with Hubert Klumpner in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1998. Since 2007, Brillembourg and Klumpner have been guest professors at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (SLUM Lab), and have held a Chair of Architecture and

Dr. Jaideep Prabhu

Frugal Innovation, Cambridge

Jaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has published in leading academic journals and his work has been profiled on BBC News24, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economic Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, MIT Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, and The Times. He has consulted with or taught executives from Bertelsmann, Barclays, BP, BT, GE, the UK Government, IBM, ING Bank, the NHS, Nokia, Philips, Roche, Shell, Siemens, Vodafone and Xerox, among others. He is the co-author of

Dr. Marina Ranga

H-STAR at Stanford

Dr. Ranga’ s research interests include national and regional innovation systems, policies and strategies, Triple Helix interactions and the evolution of the entrepreneurial university, the construction of the European Research and Higher Education Areas and integration with national/regional research and education policies, as well as the gender dimension in innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. More about Dr. Ranga

Dr.Devi Prasad Shetty

Heart surgeon & entrepreneur

Dr.Shetty is not an ordinary heart surgeon; he is also a social entrepreneur. By offering affordable healthcare insurances to poor people in India, Dr. Shetty is making healthcare increasingly accessible. The Shetty family has 26 hospitals in India , where combined, more than 14600 heart surgeries a year are performed. The above has been made possible by re-designing existing healthcare processes in India, a major contribution by Dr. Shetty and his colleagues. In all of Sweden 6500 heart surgeries are performed per year, in 124 hospitals, even though about 40% of the mortality is due to heart diseases.   More about

Dr. Christina Agapakis

Art & Science & Ecology

Her scientific work explores the role of ecology, evolution, and design in microbial synthetic biology. She has a PhD in bioengineering from Harvard, where she worked on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. Her artwork likewise connects biology, technology, and culture through multimedia explorations of the environment, microbes, food, and the body. Her work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, working with artists and designers from many fields as a resident with the Synthetic Aesthetics project and a fellow at the UCLA Art|Science Center + Lab.   More about Dr. Agapakis

Daisy Ginsberg

Interdisciplinary Designer

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer. Seeking new roles for design, Daisy is developing experimental design approaches to help us imagine alternative ideals around technology. Through the design of objects, workshops, and writing and curating, her practice investigates both aesthetic and ethical futures for design. Daisy’s collaborators include scientists, engineers, artists, designers, social scientists, galleries and industry around the world. She began a PhD by practice, The Dream of Better, exploring the idea of a 'better' future, at the Royal College of Art in London, in 2013. Synthetic Aestetics, a book written by Daisy with interdisciplinary

Prof. Uli Weinberg

HPI - Design Thinking Inst.

The School of Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute began its program in the winter term of 2007/2008. Under the directorship of Prof. Ulrich Weinberg this unique complementary program in Design Thinking (inventive development) is the first of its kind at a German university. Modelled on the famous d.school at Stanford University in California (US), the one-year program in Design Thinking will enable students to develop particularly user-friendly IT-based products and services in multidisciplinary teams. The truly revolutionary aspect of the concept of Design Thinking is that both the three to four students in each team as well as their

Pär Hedberg

STING Incubator

Pär is the founder and CEO of STING, and coaches companies in both ICT and cleantech. Since 1998 he has worked with developing new technology-based export companies in everything from financing and production to building up businesses in other countries, primarily Russia. Pär has worked as CEO in a number of small and medium-sized technology companies and has experience from production of electronics, logistics and as head of quality. Sting has become Sweden’s most successful incubator since its start 2002.

Event ScheduleWHAT EXPERIENCE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY


Christina Agapakis

Panel: Dr.Christina Agapakis, Synthetic biologist Christina_Agapakis_270x370

Daisy Ginsberg

Panel: Daisy Ginsberg, Interdisciplinary Designer & author of "Synthetic Aesthetics" Daisy_Ginsberg_270x370    

Henrik Norström

Panel: Henrik Norström, Head Chef LUX-Group Henrik Norström

Per Styregård

Moderator: Per Styregård, Food & Wine writer for Dagens Industri per Styregård

Culinary food experience

Bacteria can be viewed upon as "germs" that make you ill, but they are also important to the human health. In the culinary industry, yeast bacteria are traditionally used

Design Thinking Workshop

Displaying two real project results from Challenges given by the City of Stockholm and Stockholm County Council. Later the group will be participate in a workshop to experience the

Design Thinking Workshop

Displaying two real project results from Challenges given by the City of Stockholm and Stockholm County Council. Later the group will be participate in a workshop to experience the

Make protype experience

Take one of our challenges and participate in a workshop, where you have the chance to create prototypes in the Maker Space. Every hour on the hour we will

Make prototype experience

Take one of our challenges and participate in a workshop, where you have the chance to create prototypes in the Maker Space. Every hour on the hour we will

Make prototype experience

Take one of our challenges and participate in a workshop, where you have the chance to create prototypes in the Maker Space. Every hour on the hour we will

Make prototype experience

Take one of our challenges and participate in a workshop, where you have the chance to create prototypes in the Maker Space. Every

Mr.Brillembourg

Mr.Brillembourg is an international architect that works with global urban development and how to integrate the informal city with the formal city.

Dr.Ranga

Dr.Ranga works with international policies with the "Triple Helix Model" and the ideas of an Entrepreneurial University and how local businesses and University could profit from collaboration.

Dr.Weinberg

Dr.Weinberg, as the director of Hasso-Plattner-Institute d.school, is together with the d.school in Stanford, the HPI School of Design Thinking has taken a pioneering role in the development and

Dr.Jaideep Prabhu

Cambridge professor who has written two books on the subject of Frugal innovation, on how we could do more with less.

Interview with Dr.Shetty

Dr.Shetty and his team are disrupting the health care process on how we do operations, he is a heart surgeon who refuses to put a price on who gets

Panel discussion

All the speakers meet up in a discussion where we look upon what we could do to create success.

Pär Hedberg

Pär is the founder of Swedens most successful incubator and will let us in on how we develop successful incubation for new companies.

Dr.Christina Agapakis

Exploring how we could use the new science of synthetic biology, what happens when we can design nature?

Miss Daisy Ginsberg

Daisy is an interdisciplinary designer who is exploring the role of how we could design synthetic biology and including art. She is the author of the book Synthetic aesthetics.

Panel discussion

All the speakers meet up in a discussion where we look upon what we could do to create success.

Pär Hedberg

Pär is the founder of Swedens most successful incubator and will let us in on how we develop successful incubation for new companies.

Dr.Christina Agapakis

Exploring how we could use the new science of synthetic biology, what happens when we can design nature?

Miss Daisy Ginsberg

Daisy is an interdisciplinary designer who is exploring the role of how we could design synthetic biology and including art. She is the author of the book Synthetic aesthetics.

Mr.Brillembourg

Mr.Brillembourg is an international architect that works with global urban development and how to integrate the informal city with the formal city.

Dr.Ranga

Dr.Ranga works with international policies with the "Triple Helix Model" and the ideas of an Entrepreneurial University and how local businesses and University could profit from collaboration.

Dr.Weinberg

Dr.Weinberg, as the director of Hasso-Plattner-Institute d.school, is together with the d.school in Stanford, the HPI School of Design Thinking has taken a pioneering role in the development and

Dr.Jaideep Prabhu

Cambridge professor who has written two books on the subject of Frugal innovation, on how we could do more with less.

Interview with Dr.Shetty

Dr.Shetty and his team are disrupting the health care process on how we do operations, he is a heart surgeon who refuses to put a price on who gets


Pitching SessionsPresent your idea or solution during the event 12th of feb.

Interested in pitching?

Please contact Nino Baraka, event coordinator at OpenLab, to receive a brief of the challenges and a project template to present your solution.

About OpenLabWE CREATE CONDITIONS FOR SOCIETAL INNOVATIONS

OpenLab is a centre where students, educators and researchers from Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Södertörn University are working on challenges faced by the City of Stockholm, Stockholm County Council and Stockholm County Administrative Board. The goal is to produce proposals for solutions to complex social issues in this growing region through new interdisciplinary collaboration between traditional knowledge areas.





PartnersOpenLab founding partners



LocationIn the Centre of Stockholm, Sweden


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