Vanessa Julia Carpenter
Future Technologies Expert (speaker, facilitator and creator)

Dr. Vanessa Julia Carpenter believes in helping companies to design smart products which go beyond convenience, and beyond the screen, to focus on a sense of purpose, connection and self development. Vanessa has a background in art and technology, academia, and interaction design. She holds a BSc. in Interactive Art and Technology (Canada), a MSc. of Interaction Design (Sweden), and a PhD with the topic “Designing for Meaningfulness in Future Smart Products” (Denmark).

Vanessa speaks at events and conferences, moderates panels, and hosts happenings because of her ability to combine many worlds: industry, maker, hardware, and art. Working as an artist with illutron (a floating maker space featuring fire cannons, dancers, computer controlled lights, sounds and robots), she co-created a community of makers, thinkers, nerds and creatives throughout Scandinavia. In this community and others, Vanessa creates opportunities for people to creatively connect, through hackathons, labs, conferences, or workshops, where participants get their hands dirty, and create lasting connections. Through this, her company GeekPhysical emerged, specializing in biometric interaction and creating hardware interfaces for interactive experiences. 

As part of her work for IdemoLab, FORCE Technology, Vanessa helped companies find the right idea and the right technology through iterative hardware prototyping using a design thinking approach. In this role, Vanessa has been a jury member with Launch Nordic, the Copenhagen Business Cup, Technomania and other technology based innovation competitions. 

Vanessa recently launched the Nordic network Women in Hardware and is working to empower women by creating a space for opportunity, learning, resource sharing, support, and knowledge.

Other Jury Members 2020
Rosan Bosch Founder and Creative Director, Rosan Bosch Studio
Rosan Bosch
Rosan Bosch Founder and Creative Director, Rosan Bosch Studio
Rama Chorpash Founding Director, MFA Industrial Design, Parsons School of Design
Rama Chorpash
Rama Chorpash Founding Director, MFA Industrial Design, Parsons School of Design
Anders Lendager CEO and Founder, Lendager Group
Anders Lendager
Anders Lendager CEO and Founder, Lendager Group
Per Madsen Creative Director and Founder, IDna Group
Per Madsen
Per Madsen Creative Director and Founder, IDna Group
Rikke Ullersted Co-founder, Upcycling Forum
Rikke Ullersted
Rikke Ullersted Co-founder, Upcycling Forum
Ulla Riber Group Vice President og Head of Corporate Garage, ISS
Ulla Riber
Ulla Riber Group Vice President og Head of Corporate Garage, ISS
Søren Skafte Overgaard Partner, FRIDAY & PARTNERS
Søren Skafte Overgaard
Søren Skafte Overgaard Partner, FRIDAY & PARTNERS
Mark Wee CEO, DesignSingapore Council
Mark Wee
Mark Wee CEO, DesignSingapore Council
Anders Bang Kiertzner Executive Design & Innovation Strategist, MONOLITH
Anders Bang Kiertzner
Anders Bang Kiertzner Executive Design & Innovation Strategist, MONOLITH
Bettina Maisch Dr., Senior Key Expert Konsulent, SIEMENS CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY
Bettina Maisch
Bettina Maisch Dr., Senior Key Expert Konsulent, SIEMENS CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY
Christina Halskov CO-FOUNDER OF HALSKOV & DALSGAARD DESIGN
Christina Halskov
Christina Halskov CO-FOUNDER OF HALSKOV & DALSGAARD DESIGN
Lars Ploug-Sørensen SENIOR PROJECT DIRECTOR, DANFOSS DRIVES
Lars Ploug-Sørensen
Lars Ploug-Sørensen SENIOR PROJECT DIRECTOR, DANFOSS DRIVES
Erik Balck Sørensen Partner, VF Venture
Erik Balck Sørensen
Erik Balck Sørensen Partner, VF Venture
Anne-Louise Sommer MUSEUM DIRECTOR, ADJ. PROFESSOR
Anne-Louise Sommer
Anne-Louise Sommer MUSEUM DIRECTOR, ADJ. PROFESSOR