Sami Niemelä is a designer and co-founder of the design and tranformation agency Nordkapp. In his daily work, Sami helps companies envision define and build new ideas and turn them into market defining products and services through strategic design and and coach the change needed to make them reality.

In the past, his work has taken him all over the world from Silicon Valley to Hyderabad and back, and the results have been recognized worldwide with multiple awards and intellectual property. He’s also had the honor, and the priviledge to speak at events all over the world, lecture at Aalto University Business School for over a decade, co-found IxDA Helsinki in 2008 and co-chair the Interaction 16 -conference in Helsinki, March 2016.

Sami is a member of the advisory board at EDACY, startup aiming to revolutionise the higher education on African continent. In addition, he is a member of the board at Grafia, and serving member at Ico-D’s National Design Policy workgroup.

Future speaking and appearances:

2018 TBC Central/South America, etc . Hit me an email and let’s talk.

Past speaking and lecturing:

Health Design 2017, Otaniemi, Finland.
– ICO-D Platform Meetings, Montreal, Canada
– EDACY Exponential Innovation bootcamp, Dakar, Senegal
– EDACY Talks, Dakar, Senegal
– Digitalist Forum, Tennispalatsi, Helsinki, Finland
– Alma Talent, Helsinki, Finland
– HealthSPA @ Microsoft Flux, Helsinki, Finland
– Product Design Camp Helsinki
– EDACY Product Design Bootcamp, Dakar, Senegal
– EDACY Talks, Dakar, Senegal
– Interaction 17, New York, United States of America
– Interaction 16, Helsinki, Finland (co-chair, host)
– Interaction 12, Dublin, Ireland
Urban Design London (a Transport for London initiative)
Next Conference in Hamburg, Germany
Thingscon in Berlin, twice.
BMWi Guggenheim Labs Berlin, Germany
Arkitekturens Grannen, Gothenburg, Sweden
– Aalto Pro, Course on Interaction Design x 2
Aalto ITP (formerly HSE) summer program 2003–2015

Corporate: Microsoft, Finnish Public Broadcasting Corporation Yle, Handelsbanken, Kesko and others. Full speaking references available on request.

Awards: Red Dot Communication Design x 2, Core77 Design Awards Honoree x 2, Webby Awards Honoree x 2, Vuoden Huiput Gold x 1, Silver x 3, Grand One Winner x 5, several shortlists and jury duties in Finland and abroad.

Unwork: bicycles, coffee, travel and family. Not necessarily in that order.