Upgraded Life TALKS vol. 4 Design in Health and Wellbeing

FebruaryFeb 162017

Upgraded Life TALKS vol. 4 Design in Health and Wellbeing

At Upgraded Life TALKS vol. 4 design meets health and wellbeing. Learn about the importance of good design when creating solutions with health benefits. This is also a great opportunity to network with startups, design and health professionals. If you are interested in design or health and wellbeing, join us for an interesting afternoon!


17:30 Registration & Coffee
17:50 Welcoming words
18:00 Sami Niemelä, Nordkapp – Case Beddit
18:20 Niina Venho, Moodmetric – Creating a beautiful ring that helps to manage stress and recovery – collaboration between Moodmetric and Kalevala Koru
18:35 Pekka Kumpula, SEOS Design – Designing Fennia 2017 Grand Prix winner Q-Flow surgical light
18:50 Panel discussion/Q&A
19:15 Networking
19:30 Doors close

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Sami Niemelä

Sami Niemelä
Creative Director, Designer and a maker of change

You’ve probably read about designers being the next management consultants. Well, that’s what I do. At Nordkapp we help companies become the next, better versions of themselves. We do it by applying design and empathy to both discovering and understanding the current state and its challenges and figuring out the right future worth fighting for, and then help organisations to grow by proposing concrete solutions and directions and ways to deliver and implement what’s needed to change in a smart, sustainable and resilient way. The difference with traditional consulting is we bridge the gap between ideas and actions with world class design capability.

My daily work fluctuates between strategy consulting, getting my hands dirty with creative work and making sure every one of our designers are able to do the best work of their career. Sharing successes, owning mistakes and that kind of stuff. I love what I do.

In the past, my work has taken me all over the world from Silicon Valley to Hyderabad and back, and the results have been recognized worldwide with both awards and design patents. I have also had the priviledge to speak at events all over Europe, lecture at Aalto University Business School for over 10 years, co-found IxDA Helsinki in 2008 and co-chair the Interaction 16 -conference in Helsinki, March 2016.

Niina Venho

Niina Venho
CEO, Moodmetric

Moodmetric is a company developing easy-to-use technology and services for stress and recovery management. Our vision is to be part of better digital and preventing health and wellbeing services.

My past is in electronics contract manufacturing. I have worked in electronics project and operations management for over 10 years, both in Finland and abroad. That was a world I enjoyed a lot, I still miss working in a factory where I see tangible results of the work done coming down the production line.

I am the CEO of Moodmetric since 2014. Getting a startup in health tech to start has required a keen interest in everything that touches areas such as sensors, healthcare systems, psychology, worklife in general and knowlegde work productivity in particular. Getting to know so much new has been fantastic, the most important being the extremely knowledgeable and intelligent people I have met.

It is a dream come true and a privilege to be in charge of a high tech company with a unique value proposition and solutions that we are the first ones to try out on the market. This fascinating field gives the chance to come up with answers to how innovations and startup thinking can make significant improvements in healthcare.

Pekka Kumpula

Pekka Kumpula
Creative Director, SEOS Design

My professional background is in product and service design and commercialization. During my career I have worked in several different positions as designer, design director, researcher and visiting professor. During the last 20 years I have consulted more than 100 companies in Finland and abroad in such countries as Italy, Spain, China and US.


This is the fourth event of our Upgraded Life TALKS series, which started in September 2016. The purpose of these events has been to bring together the health startup community and enable matchmaking between startups, corporates, public sector and universities.

Want to learn about Upgraded Life TALKS? Read about the concept here. And remember to join us on April 25-26 2017 at Upgraded Life Festival, the biggest health & wellbeing startup event in the Nordics.

Korkeavuorenkatu 35, Helsinki, Finland

February 16, 2017
17:30 - 19:30
Microsoft Flux
Korkeavuorenkatu 35
00130 Helsinki
The event is supported by
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