My name is Sami Niemelä, and I am a designer and one of the co-founders of the design and tranformation agency Nordkapp. I am also a member of the advisory board at EDACY, startup aiming to revolutionise the education on African continent, and member of the board at Grafia, and serving member at Ico-D’s National Design Policy workgroup.

In a nutshell, you’ve probably read about designers being the next management consultants. Well, that’s what I do. I help companies envision, define and build new products, and design and coach the change needed to make them reality.

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’ve 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.

Future appearances:

– EDACY Exponential Innovation bootcamp, Dakar, Senegal
– EDACY Talks, Dakar, Senegal

Past speaking and lecturing:

– Digitalist Forum, Tennispalatsi, Helsinki
– Alma Talent, Helsinki
– HealthSPA @ Microsoft Flux, Helsinki
– Product Design Camp Helsinki
– EDACY Product Design Bootcamp, Dakar, Senegal
– EDACY Talks, Dakar, Senegal
– Interaction 17, New York
– Interaction 16, Helsinki (co-chair, host)
– Interaction 12, Dublin
Urban Design London (a Transport for London initiative)
Next Conference in Hamburg
Thingscon in Berlin, twice.
BMWi Guggenheim Labs Berlin
Arkitekturens Grannen Gothenburg

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.

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