Helsinki Design Week 2018: For the Futurists  

Do you often wonder about how technology and humans will interact together? Furthermore, how is trust shown in this dynamic? Come find answers from Helsinki Design Week’s future-related events.

See our full programme here.

PRIMER Conference Europe

The futures are made. But how, where and by whom? PRIMER is the premier conference dedicated to exploring this question and bringing together the leading minds in futures design thinking and doing. We are now bringing the conference to Europe for the first time ever, in collaboration with Helsinki Design Week.

In front of 250–300 professionals from all over the world, the speakers of the main conference day will be thought leaders of the industry, including names such as Monika Bielskyte (All Future Everything), Scott Smith (Changeist), Ani Liu (MIT, Boston) and Simone Rebaudengo (Yeast, Buy your ticket here.

Monday 10.9. kello 09:00-17:00
Tuesday 11.9. kello 09:00-17:00
Workshops and more info here.


Work Up! x HDW: AI and Ethics 

The Work Up! seminar related to the Employment 2020 initiative of the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is organized for the first time in cooperation with Helsinki Design Week. The topic is “Artificial Intelligence and Ethics”, and the keynote speakers are Minna Mustakallio of Futurice and philosopher Maija-Riitta Ollila. The theme is addressed in terms of both work life and design. We’ll hear specialists’ panel discussions.

Friday, 14 September
Bio Rex
Mannerheimintie 22-24


Future Fabric 

What does the future of fashion design and the textile industry look like? Future Fabric, a seminar focusing on sustainable new materials in fashion and textile design through the lens of science, answers this question from three different viewpoints: Future Textile Technologies, from Technology to Industry, and Sustainability as a Brand. 

Saturday, 8 September 12:00-15:00
Yliopistonkatu 4


The Other Encounter 

The Other Encounter is a science performance. The audience has three potential roles. They can try out what it’s like to be a robot and meet a human, or they can have a discussion with a robot as well as meet it. Or they can follow a discussion between a robot and a human. The event takes place in restaurant settings, where people usually encounter each other. The robot is an InMoov, designed by Gaël Langevin and built by Futurice, Digitalents, Aalto University and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Tuesday, 11 September
Columbia Road
Erikinkatu 5


Future Talks

How can we design trust? Future Talks, a future-oriented panel discussion and evening moderated by Future Specialists Helsinki, brings together designers and futurists to discuss the future of trust. The audience is welcome to participate in the discussion.

Wednesday, 12 September
Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13


Nokia: A Change Story 

Nokia is a technology company in continuous evolution at the verge of a new exciting phase where design thinking plays a critical role in creating value as the driving force behind our future. The firm envisions a bright future where human experience is enhanced through technology.

Friday, 14 September
Rikhardinkatu Library
Rikhardinkatu 3


A Better Tomorrow – How Technology Can Help People Live a Healthier and Fuller Life 

Service Center Helsinki aims to prolong our customers’ physical and mental health by providing support for security, medication and nutrition and maintaining functional ability by rehabilitation. By utilizing cutting-edge technology, a vast liaison network and the firm’s knowledge of healthcare service design, the service center has been able to develop a concept that is internationally renowned. However, they believe they are far from ready, so they would like to invite visitors to come and take part in developing the concept to offer an even better tomorrow for their citizens.

Friday, 7 September
Service Center Helsinki
Elimäenkatu 15


Creative Leaders Forum 

Creative Leaders Forum is a fireside chat with a group of creative professionals about how to lead a creative team and inspire cooperation. Trust is in the heart of successful creative work. What creates trust in creative teams and collaboration?

Thursday, 13 September
Helsinki Contemporary
Bulevardi 10