Changing society and THE FUTURE OF WELLBEING

With Health, Design and Technology professionals, Architects and Policy experts.

Welcome to the strategic health conference with tomorrow's changemakers on 15th of October, Dipoli, Aalto University, Espoo, Greater Helsinki Finland.

Science Foundation

Strategy and Design for the Future of Wellbeing

What are the challenges and opportunities to health and wellbeing in future society?

From Nordics to Asia: Time for the Silver Economy?

From local to global challenges: Sustainable Development Goals and Beyond?

Building the Future: Towards the Architecture of Wellbeing

How the built environment affects our physical and mental health?

What should the future hospitals do differently?

The Physical and Digital environment. What's next?

Accelerating Change and Digital Healthcare

What are the challenges of organizing  healthcare in the digital age?

Changing care with robots and AI?

How can digitalization and data empower patients and care takers from Hospitals to Homes?

Jyrki Nieminen

Director of R&D at Merivaara Corp.

Innovator of new solutions and technical opportunities. Experienced Director Of Technology with a demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry. Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), especially Medical Devices and their marketing. With strong business knowhow together with highly innovative mindset Jyrki has created new concepts, product lines and internationally award-winning products.

Virpi Roto

is the CEO and Co-Founder at Heltti Oy. Heltti is a modern occupational healthcare and wellbeing services company that providing wellbeing and happiness to knowledge workers. Heltti's team of 60 healthcare professionals currently takes care of 10,000 members in 500 customer companies. Heltti believes that data is the key in providing effective wellbeing and healthcare services

Virpi Roto

Virpi Roto is working as a professor of practice in experience design at Aalto University, Department of Design. She is the most cited user experience researcher in Finland. She is the Chair of Aalto Experience Platform, which facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration in experience research.

Pasi Heiskanen

Pasi is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of Noona Healthcare. He is an digital heath professional with passion for building solutions that work in practice. Pasi combines his health industry and cancer care expertise with deep knowledge in utilizing IT and digitalization to yield value. Ramping up Noona service and Noona Healthcare as a company is his latest mile stone in this path. Pasi’s mission is to build sustainable solutions for cancer hospitals in providing better care to their patients.

Nina Karisalmi

Before graduating as M.Sc.(Tech) Nina worked as a pediatric nurse in the Childrens's hospital. Now she is doing her Phd in the usability group at Aalto University. Karisalmi has been involved with the Lapsus research project for three years, studying the patient experience of children.

Johanna Kaipio

Johanna Kaipio, D.Sc.(Tech.), is working as a research fellow at Aalto University, Department of Computer Science. Johanna has a strong background in user-centered design and usability evaluation. Her areas of research include usability of healthcare information systems, integrating usability into procurement of IT systems for healthcare and social care, and patient experience.

Jere Finne

Jere Finne is a Service Manager in Service Center Helsinki. Through technology they can offer their customers a chance to live a good and sociable life in the safety of their home. By utilizing cutting-edge technology, vast liaison network and firm knowledge on healthcare service design they have been able to develop a concept that is internationally renowned. At this year’s Helsinki Design Week they launched this concept as a new ’At Home Concept’, which is a continuum for previous development.​

Anna-Maria Henell

is the CEO and Co-Founder of Disior, where she drives innovation and co-creation with Clinicians and Medical Researchers. Founded in 2016, Disior develops a novel way to analyze and model bone fractures and soft tissue for diagnostics, pre-operative planning and treatment optimization. The company brings together clinical needs and product development experience from orthopedics, maxillofacial surgery and latest modelling technology.

Visa Sippola

Visa is the CEO and Co-Founder of Surgify and responsible for making our product meet the customer needs. My passion is to solve healthcare problems by implementing modern technology. Prior to co-founding Surgify Medical, I was working as a neurosurgery researcher at Helsinki University Hospital. I was recently chosen as one of the top 35 Innovators Under 35 in Europe by MIT Technology Review.

Milvi Soosalu

Milvi Soosalu (M.A.) is industrial designer working as Senior User Experience Designer at GE Healthcare. She designs graphical user interfaces and UX for patient monitoring devices.  She also works on product usability evaluation and validation.  Helsinki is one of GE Healthcare’s leading centers of excellence for Monitoring Solutions R&D and marketing. In Finland there are approx. 1,100 employees in 6 sites, 2 manufacturing plants, 2 R&D Centers of Excellence and over 110 years of history.

Heidi Anttila

Heidi Anttila is senior researcher (PhD) at National Institute for Health and Welfare, where she coordinates the National Health and Welfare Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Programme (HyteAIRo).

With background in health technology assessment, rehabilitation and assistive technology, she also works to create a knowledge base for measuring functioning, disability and quality of life outcomes.

Kevin Eboigbodin

Kevin is currently a Senior Development Manager, Research and Development (R&D) at Orion Diagnostica Oy. He has led the successful technology transfer and the development of novel DNA amplification technology resulting in the commercialization of several in vitro diagnostic medical (IVD) and medical device products.

Kevin has also played a leading role in several business development deals and currently serve as a mentor and a member of advisory board for several start-up companies and SMEs.

Minja Axelson

Minja Axelsson is a robotics designer at Futurice. She focuses on the democratization of robot design by applying participatory methodologies, where users and other stakeholders are part of the design process.

She is interested in how social robotics can be applied to health care in an ethical way.

Laura Arpiainen

Laura is the inaugural professor of health and wellbeing architecture at Aalto University. An architect by training, she is a long term healthcare specialist with an international track record in all areas of healthcare including strategic planning and operationalizing of systems, service design, clinical planning and of course architecture and facility planning.

Laura is particularly interested in
diversity, integrated and holistic solutions for healthcare, patient and family centered care, new definitions of wellbeing and the relationship of built environments to health.

Kari Raaska

Kari is a project manager of psychiatry in designing New Laakso hospital. He is a chief psychiatrist in HUS Helsinki University Hospital shearing psychiatric designing responsibilities with a project manager from City of Helsinki.

The hospital is being designed jointly by City of Helsinki and HUS Helsinki University Hospital.

Mari Tikkanen

Mari is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Scope(M4ID). In this role, Mari represents Scope globally in its relationships with clients, vulnerable communities as well as large networks of partners and stakeholders.

Before founding the company Mari has worked for 15 years on women’s and children’s health and rights, including for WHO South East Asia Region, UNFPA, IPPF, AMREF and Aurat Foundation in Pakistan.

Antti Kangas

Antti Kangas is the CTO and Co-founder of Nightingale Health, the innovator of a pioneering blood analysis technology. Kangas is a scientist, software architect, designer and bioanalytics expert with more than 50 international peer-reviewed publications, and the lead designer of Nightingale’s blood analysis software.

He is passionate about exploring the intersection between science, engineering, and design to find novel data-driven solutions to burning healthcare issues.

Saara Hassinen

Saara Hassinen is the Managing Director of Healthtech Finland which is the industry association for health technology companies in Finland.

The healthtech industry is one of the largest high-tech export segments of Finnish industry. In 2016 the value of exports was €2.1 billion. The industry directly employs over 10,000 people.

Ian Gwilt

Ian is Professor of Design at the University of South Australia and leads the Design Research in Health and Wellbeing initiative in the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Ian’s current work includes research into the impact of working with robots in the healthcare workplace, the development of novel health related data visualisation strategies, and rethinking the dining experience in aged care.

Kiti Muller

Kiti Muller a Nokia Bell Labs Senior Neuroscientist (MD, PhD) is a specialist in Neurology. Her main research areas are cognitive neurophysiology, sleep and cognitive ergonomics.

Before joining Nokia in 2014 she worked as Research Professor and Director of Brain Work Centre at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Ryoichi Nagatomi

Ryoichi is the Professor of Health and Sports Science and the vice dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Tohoku University in Japan and co-leads the Center of Innovation Project for Health and Wellbeing.

Ryoichi’s current work involves research into understanding data derived from daily behavior at workplaces and the associated health consequences, as well as that associated with dietary patterns and physical fitness fluctuations over time.

Sami Niemelä

is a Co-Founder and Creative Director at Nordkapp. Sami is a design leader working at the intersection of systems, foresight, and design. In his daily work, he helps teams, products, and companies to become more resilient by making the right choices about their futures and business, and build teams, capabilities and organizations to support this in quest long term.

During over 20 years in the industry, he has worked on several continents, earning himself international patents, numerous awards and has built into exits to the largest companies in the world. He has organized and spoken in at numerous industry events ranging from sold out 1400 strong conferences to local meet-ups to being invited to speak at UX London and Google in San Francisco, most recently about The Actionable Futures Toolkit, a framework for making sense of the complex future ahead.

Tye Farrow

Tye Farrow has gained international recognition for designing places that enhance our capacity to thrive—culturally, economically, mentally and physically.

The Stockholm-based World Congress on Design and Health identified him as a global leader who is making "a significant contribution to health and humanity through the medium of architecture and design." Hospitality Design Magazine has deemed Farrow globally one of “nineteen earth champions and wellness visionaries who are changing what it means to do good.”

Paula Laine

Paula Laine is the newly appointed CEO of Vake Oy. The Finnish State Development Company Vake is a state-owned investment and development company with a mission to make an impact and enable change in our society.  

Laine’s background combines a profound vision of development prospects in both society and the field of technology. A decade of experience in tech companies, including Nokia, plus a decade-long career in social impact, the prediction of future megatrends, and public innovation strategy as the Director of Strategy at Sitra. She brings to Vake’s operations combined knowledge of private and public sector activities and an understanding of opportunities for collaboration.

Hanna Sarkkinen

Member of the Parliament of Finland and upcoming Minister for Social Affairs and Health in 2021-2023.

Sarkkinen is also a member of Social Affairs and Health Committee: The Social Affairs and Health Committee deals with matters relating to social welfare and health care, social insurance, fees for social welfare and health care services, pension legislation, and environmental health care.

Speakers at glance

Hanna Sarkkinen: Upcoming minister for Social Services and Health 2021-2023
Tye Farrow: Internationally recognized Architect
Saara Hassinen: CEO of Healthtech Finland
Kevin Eboigdin R&D Manager at Orion Diagnostica
Kari Raaska: Project Manager New Laakso Hospital HUS
Ryoichi Nagatomi: Prof. Tohoku University, Center of Innovation Project for Health and Wellbeing.
Mari Tikkanen: Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Scope.

Minja Axelson: Robotics Designer at Futurice
Laura Arpiainen: Inaugural professor of health and wellbeing architecture at Aalto University.
Kiti Muller: Nokia Bell Labs Senior Neuroscientist
Ian Gwilt: Professor of Design at the University of South Australia
Heidi Anttila:
Senior Researcher, Coordinates AI & Robotics programme at THL 
Antti Kangas:
CTO and Co-founder of Nightingale Health



Dipoli serves as the main building of Aalto University. It is a new type of multi-use building which reflects the skills and knowledge, activities, and people of the University.

Dipoli pictures: Northbay


Preliminary Programme

08:00 Registration and coffee

09:00 Session 1A: Future Societies: The Policy, Strategy and Design of Change /Chair: Saara Hassinen - Healthtech Finland

Welcome to Health Design 2018: Saara Hassinen - Healthtech Finland & Otto Olavinen - Northbay

Opening statements:
Hanna Sarkkinen - Finnish Minister for Social Affairs and Health 2021-2023
Paula Laine - Finnish State Developmnet Company Vake
Ryoitchi Nagatomi - Tohoku University
Sami Niemelä - Nordkapp

Panel discussion: Towards future societies

10.40 Coffee Break at Expo space

11:00 Session 1B: Changing world: Sustainable Development Goals and Beyond /Chair: Otto Olavinen - Northbay

Mari Tikkanen - Scope: Building a world where everyone can experience health, equality, and dignity. *Keynote
Kevin Eboigbodin - Orion Diagnostica: TBA
TBA: Sustainable Development Goals: Investing in brighter futures.
Lighting talk - TBA

12:30 Lunch and networking at Expo Space

13:30 Session 2: Building the future: Towards the Architecture of Wellbeing /Chair: Laura Arpiainen - Aalto University

Kari Raaska- HUS: Designing The New Laakso Hospital
Tye Farrow - Farrow Partner Architects: Towards the Architecture of Wellbeing *Keynote
Kiti Muller - Nokia Bell Labs: From physical to digital space

14.40 Coffee break at Expospace

15:00 Session 3: Accelerating Change: Transforming Care with Data and Robotics /Chair: Pekka Kahri - HUS

Heidi Anttila - THL: Health and Wellbeing in the Digital Age
Antti Kangas - Nightingale Health: Using data to design better public and individual health *Keynote
Ian Gwilt- University of South Australia: Designing data and robots of care
Minja Axelson- Futurice: Using Social Robots in Ethical way

16:30 Expo and Networking

16:50 Health Design Pitching Competition Finals /Chair: Markku Lämsä Instrumentarium Science Foundation

18:00 Awards Party, Networking & Wine

20:00 Doors Close


08.00-9.30. Registration and coffee  
09.30. Welcome to Health Design 2017: Otto Olavinen & Risto Ilmoniemi  

09.40. Designing health technology for patients and customers. Saara Hassinen, Jyrki Nieminen, Sami Niemelä

10.45-11.00 Coffeebreak in Expo space  

11.00. Design that addresses global health needs. Prashant Jha, Zeynep Falay von Flittner

12.00-13.00 Lunch break + Networking  

13.00. Hospital spaces that improve patient life. Pekka Lahdenne, Sakari Forsman

14.00. Coffee break in Expo space  

14.15 Service design and digital health services. Visa Honkanen, Emil Virkki.

15.15 Coffee break in Expo space  

15.30 Markku Mäkijärvi Instrumetarium Science Foundation & Finals of the competition  

16.15 Anne Pitkäranta: Design for the Caretakers (Health and aesthetics)  

16.45 Expo + Cocktails and networking
17.30 Health Design Award Gala + prices for 1-3rd place winners.

20.00 Closing doors

Pitching competition for research teams for innovative healthcare design.    

Semifinals on the 28th of November. Finals on the 29th of November at Health Design 2017
Prizes: 50 000  € for implementing the  solution

Even if the team doesn’t win, they have a chance to get valuable feedback from the Health Design jury. Teams also have an opportunity to form new partnerships.

Competition partner: Instrumentariumin Tiedesäätiö sr



Towards the Future Workshop will be held after the conference. More details to be announced
Host: THL / STM Well-Being and Health AIRO project


Research based pitching competition for an innovative hospital and home solutions. Sponsored by Instrumentarium Science Foundation.

20 000 €

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Northbay is a company that builds ideas. A Creative agency that Directs, Designs and Develops. By specializing on research and technology intensive clients, we look to make an impact in a local and global landscape.

Healthtech Finland is is an industry association and part of Technology Industries of Finland. Healthtech Finland is also a community: we foster our industry’s growth and collective knowledge.

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.

HUS - The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa - is a Joint Authority formed by 24 municipalities. The aim is to offer patients in all member municipalities a timely and equal access to specialized medical care.