Teenage Engineering

Design meet robot meet speaker meet AI.

With iconic products such as the OP-1 synthesizer and the tiny Pocket Operator synths, Teenage Engineering has earned an almost legendary status as a team of mavericks that constantly push boundaries. Out of their HQ in Stockholm, Sweden, their multidisciplinary team of software / electrical / mechanical engineers and industrial designers are developing beautiful products for people who love sound and music.

Recently two new speaker products were unveiled at the Baidu World conference in Beijing, China, designed in partnership by Teenage Engineering and the tech company Raven. Simply referred to by the single letters “H” and “R,” the devices are part voice controlled speaker, part robot, part state of the art AI. And unlike anything you’ve seen before.

As the speakers only are available in China, Teenage Engineering will provide a unique demo of H and R. And as if that’s not enough cool for one day, they will also do a sneak peek unboxing of their upcoming OP-Z Synth.

  1. The reactive, emotional AI-powered robot speaker R is one of the latest revolutionary creations from Teenage Engineering in collaboration with Chinese Baidu.

Stefan Ytterborn

Founder & CEO

CAKE

CAKE develops uncompromising high performance electric off-road motorbikes and was recently awarded The Swedish Design Award for their newly launched bike.

Designing zero emission off-road motorbikes

The founder of the iconic wintersport and cycling gear brand POC, Stefan Ytterborn stepped back as CEO to focus on his new venture Cake to provide “uncompromised high-performance zero emission off-road motorbikes”. With its headquarter in Stockholm, Sweden and its technology office in Taiwan, the Cake bikes defines a new category for bike experience.

Recently awarded for best product design in Swedish Design Awards, Cake breaks new ground at the intersection of design and technology with a distinct DNA that goes against the standards in the industry. With only 50 bikes shipped world wide so far, Stefan will make an exclusive demo of their product and give us a glimpse of a beautiful future for motorbikes.

Stefan Ytterborn has founded CAKE with the mission to speed up the journey towards a zero emission society.

Haiyan Zhang

Innovation Director

Microsoft Research

Haiyan Zhang focus on projects around how we can innovate technology for a diverse and inclusive world.

Innovation Through Technology

She is Innovation Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Inventing cutting-edge technology to enable new “Connected Play” experiences. She is also an inventor appearing in the BBC documentary, Big Life Fix.

In her 18-year career in the Technology sector, Haiyan has worked hands-on in software engineering, user experience, hardware R&D, service design, and blue-sky envisioning. She continues to push on the boundaries where technology can transform people’s lives for the better.

Her work at Microsoft focus on projects around how we can innovate technology for a diverse and inclusive world. Such as the acclaimed wearable Project Emma that sends vibrations to the brain to help people with Parkinson’s disease control hand tremors and write more clearly.

How a watch helped Emma write again. Haiyan Zhang has created a life-changing device for a woman with Parkinson’s.

Yolanda Domínguez

Visual Artist & Activist

Challenging Gender Norms

Yolanda is a Spanish visual artist, communication expert and activist. Her artistic work transcends educational field, collaborating with several institutions and universities all around the world carrying out workshops and conferences and is currently professor and tutor of Contemporary Photography MA at EFTI School in Madrid where she teaches the module “Image as a tool for social transformation”.

Her unique work can be seen as a comment on contemporary culture and media, and has gained broad international recognition in the same media her work criticise.

  1. LBD is the abbreviation for “Little Black Dress”, a fashionista term that refers to a versatile short black dress. This project deals with the influence and pressure that the canons of the world of fashion exert on the forming of the female body.

Matt Jones

Principal Designer

Research & Machine Intelligence, Google

Photo by Timo Arnall.

New Machines, new opportunities

Matt Jones was a principal and partner at the legendary product invention company BERG that researched, conceived, designed and built connected products.

At Nokia, he drove design research, working on areas as diverse as RFID/NFC applications of tangible/physical interfaces and the human universal experience of play.

Today he works on product design for Machine Learning at Google (and writes on interaction design, comic books and planetary-scale, self-replicating robot dogs at magicalnihilism.com)

The work of Matt Jones and his team, has informed products such as the AI-powered camera Google Clips.

Shauna Carey

Managing Director

IDEO.org

Shauna leads IDEO.org with the aim to improve lives through design.

A different design organization

IDEO.org launched as a nonprofit organization from the global design and innovation firm IDEO in 2011. Pioneering how human-centered design can improve the lives of people living in poverty, they’re working to get the social sector at large to take a human-centered approach to problem solving too.

In her role as Managing Director, Shauna leads IDEO.org’s global communications team and Transformation practice, focused on designing solutions to emerging development and humanitarian challenges.

A writer and communications strategist by trade, Shauna is passionate about the power of human stories to inspire great design and bring about social change. Prior to joining IDEO.org, she spent several years at Room to Read, an organization dedicated to improving literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and at a number of mission-driven startups in Europe and the San Francisco Bay Area. Fueled by insatiable curiosity, she loves finding patterns amidst chaos. She can almost always be found with coffee in hand.

The Diva Centre in Zambia is a radical new approach to contraception designed by IDEO.org, where girls do their nails while having informal conversations about boys and sex.

Jen Cotton

Lead UX Designer

Amazon

Designing for voice

Through Alexa, Amazon has positioned itself as one of the true pioneers within voice interaction and lead the way for everything from shopping to home automation through voice technology.

Jen is responsible for creating a design framework to scale the Alexa customer experience across a range of devices, from cars to appliances and beyond. Prior to joining Amazon in 2017, Jen was an Experience Design Lead at Twitter, where she was responsible for designing the Home Timeline and leading a team of designers on the overall user experience. She has previously worked at New York Magazine, Scripps Networks and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Jen is @jencotton on Medium and Twitter.

  1. Jen Cotton is the UX Lead for how to scale the Alexa experience across a range of devices, such as cars.

Dan Goods

Visual Strategist

NASA

The custom installation “Refraction” by Dan Goods plays with the beauty of water bending light.

The Last Frontier

Dan is the Visual Strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There he shepherd a team working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories and creates installations that encourage people to discover more about planets and stars. He is also involved in developing future space missions.

His work usually express how science and creativity can come together to make meaningful experiences. The outcome range from drilling a hole into a grain of sand to show our place in the vast universe, to materializing the experience of the atmosphere of a comet.

Outside of NASA, Dan is creating the Museum of Awe, a mind blowing experience of art, science and theatre that brings together collaborators from around the globe.

Dan Goods is the “Visual Strategist” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Emilie Baltz

Food Technologist

The transformative power of sensory experience

Emilie Baltz is a food technologist, experience designer and multimedia artist who creates multi-sensory experiences for emotional impact. Through this work, Emilie inspires diverse points of entry into how, and why, we consume.

Based in New York City Emilie works out of the New Lab for emerging technologies. Emilie is a founding member of NEW INC, the first museum led incubator hosted at the New Museum and is also part of the founding faculty of the School of Visual Arts Products of Design MFA program, as well as the founder of the Food Design Studio at Pratt Institute.

  1. Emilie Baltz explores what happens at the intersection of food, design, performance and technology, such as the Cotton Candy Universe.

Christian Benimana

Architect and Director

MASS Design Group and African Design Centre

The mission of the African Design Centre is to empower the leaders who will design a more equitable, just, and sustainable world.

Architecture beyond the design of buildings

Christian Benimana is leading the African Design Center in Kigali, Rwanda, a field-based apprenticeship that is set to be the BAUHAUS of Africa. His goal is to develop the talent and potential of the next generation of African designers with socially-focused design principles.

Christian is an Architect and Country Program Manager at MASS Design Group. His work range from the Maternity Waiting Village project in Malawi to Liberia Health Infrastructure Standards and a master plan for the Albert Schweitzer hospital in Lambarene, Gabon.

MASS seeks to provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity and well-being.

“I want to see a shift in the perception of what Africa can achieve. We need to offer a chance for Africans to learn how design can improve people’s lives.”