Exploring complexity in a digital world

A two-day exploration of human behavior, new technology and methods for making it happen.

What happens on site?

For two days we explore complexity and trends in the digital world of ours. We invite 50 speakers from all over the world from a wide range of disciplines. The sessions are carefully curated to help you connect the dots between the widespread disciplines and topics. Think of it like your favorite arts museum.

On the stages

You can expect everything from brain scientists and activists to marketing experts and cool makers who’ll cover topics like UX, psychology, ai, marketing and so on. In the end, it all comes down to exploring our three main themes: Human behavior, new technology and how to make it happen. 2015, 50 % of the speakers were men.

The Conference

August 16-17
50 speakers
1000 participants
Venue: Slagthuset

Side events

August 15-19
Workshops, masterclasses, festivities arranged by the Malmö community.

7 speakers so far

  • Caroline Sinders (USA) Independent

    Caroline Sinders

    Independent (USA)

    Caroline will be presenting her design thinking methodologies and strategies for using design to combat social media harassment. Her presentation will cover ethnographic and user research strategies, user experience design centered around social media and machine learning within language and conversations.

    Caroline Sinders is an artist and researcher. Her work explores how technology and social media changes, shapes and creates language, culture, fandom, and online harassment, and how to solve complex emotional problems using design.

    As a native New Orleanian, Caroline has been interested in linguistics since an early age. The two languages spoken in Louisiana are English and Cajun, an oral based language that is a variation of French. As a user researcher for IBM Watson, her day job is spent designing software that structures language for chat robots.

    What You'll Learn

    • How to use design thinking methodologies and strategies to combat social media harassment.
    • How to design systems for what can go wrong.
  • Guy Standing (UK) University of London

    Guy Standing

    University of London (UK)

    In a session on new economy Guy is going to talk about the growing precariat and its potential to become the new revolutionary class.

    Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and was previously Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath, Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme (1999-2006) and Director of the ILO’s Labour Market Policies Branch.

    He is a founder and co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO promoting basic income. He has been consultant to many international agencies, including the UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, European Commission and DFID, as well as governments and trades unions.

    Recent books are A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class and Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay.
    • The coming precariat revolt.
    • Why a basic income is essential.
  • Michael Krona (SWE) Malmö University
    Senior Lecturer and researcher

    Michael Krona

    Malmö University (SWE)

    In a session on extremist communication, Michael will present his findings from almost two years of researching the scope of narratives in Islamic State propaganda, with an emphasis on how this knowledge can contribute to improve contemporary counter-strategies online.

    Michael Krona is a media scholar, holds a PhD in Media and Communication studies and works as a Senior Lecturer at Malmö University. He is an expert on media activism in the Middle East, with international publications about the role of social media for political change during the Arab Spring. Since 2014 he's been studying Islamic State propaganda as communication strategies for recruitment and radicalization.

    What You'll Learn

    • How extremist organizations communication strategies have developed since 9/11.
    • How Islamic State religious violence is mediated and the role of different media technologies in this process.
    • How an enhanced knowledge may contribute to a more efficient counter-strategy online
  • Michelle Mederos (USA) Facebook
    Product Designer

    Michelle Mederos

    Facebook (USA)

    In a session about online harassment, Michelle Mederos will talk about the challenges of designing for women’s online safety, particularly in emerging markets.

    As a Product Designer at Facebook, Michelle creates products around women’s moments of struggle, uncertainty and vulnerability in order to prevent and mitigate negative experiences. Her work focuses on problems that take place both in an online space and the real world, such as "unwanted contact" and other forms of harassment.

    Previously Michelle studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University, but fell in love with product design after realizing the wider cultural impact of socially conscious products, like the Hippo Roller. She is also a lecturer at Stanford University and helps teach an undergraduate class on people-centric design research techniques.

    What You'll Learn

    • How to design with empathy.
    • How to create culturally responsive projects.
  • Nazanin Daneshvar (IR) Takhfifan

    Nazanin Daneshvar

    Takhfifan (IR)

    In the global outlook session, Nazanin is going to give an introduction of how it is to run a start-up in Iran.

    Like most of her peers, Nazanin Daneshvar left her country to look for opportunities abroad after graduating university. At the age of 26 she decided to go back home to launch her own start-up in Tehran.

    Undeterred by sanctions and Iran's declining economy, she saw a great opportunity and founded Takhfifan, Iran's first group-buying website. Over the last four years Takhfifan has grown organically, to become one of Iran's fastest growing start-ups, a success story that has received widespread recognition both nationally and internationally. Today, millions of Iranians are shopping at Takhfifan to buy anything from half-price meals at popular restaurants to the latest fashion accessories at unbeatable prices. Nazanin's story is remarkable in many ways, she is undoubtedly one of Iran's most highly acclaimed entrepreneurs and serves as an inspiration to aspiring female leaders.

    What You'll Learn

    • Iranians are used to dealing with adversity, it is possible to achieve goals anyway.
    • Women in Iran have more rights than you may think: they can lead companies.
    • Starting a company in Iran requires the knowledge and help of locals.
  • Sha Hwang (USA) Nava
    Information Designer

    Sha Hwang

    Nava (USA)

    Sha will bring his experience designing for both the tech industry and the government to talk about the incentives, responsibilities, and implications of both.

    Sha Hwang is an information designer whose work focuses on designing complex systems while staying human. Sha is a cofounder of Nava, a team formed as a part of the efforts to fix HealthCare.gov that now works with government agencies to radically improve their services.

    A failed architect and accidental entrepreneur, Sha has worked with clients such as the New York Times, the Harvard Library Lab, MTV, Flickr, and Adobe. Previous to Nava, Sha worked at Stamen Design in San Francisco, and later co-founded the visualization and mapping startup Movity, the generative jewelry company Meshu, and the physical gif printing company Gifpop.

    What You'll Learn

    • How tech companies enhance or subvert systemic abuse.
    • Who gets disrupted when disruption happens.
    • How policy shapes technology, and vice versa
  • Stefanie Posavec (UK) Independent
    Information Designer

    Stefanie Posavec

    Independent (UK)

    Stefanie is going to talk about how to use 'manual labour', your hands, to engage with and understand your data.

    Stefanie Posavec is a designer for whom data is her favoured material. Her personal work focuses on the visual or physical representation of data derived from language, literature, or scientific topics, often using a hand-crafted approach. This work has been exhibited internationally at major galleries including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; the Victoria & Albert Museum, Southbank Centre, and Somerset House, London.

    She recently completed a year-long drawing project with past The Conference speaker Giorgia Lupi (based in NY) called Dear Data, where each week they got to know each other better through gathering and drawing their data on a postcard to send to the other. The project has been acquired by Particular Books (Penguin Random House UK), to be published in September 2016.

    What You'll Learn

    • The benefits of using an analogue, handmade approach to engage with a digital material.
    • How data visualisation can be an interim research process instead of the end result.
    • No software skills required: all you need is a pencil to begin!