Author Archives: Christian Villum

AI Monday compendium feature

Delighted to be featured as speaker in Taival's excellent #AImonday compendium (go to page 119), which shows how the growing AI Monday event community in the past 2 years has connected 5000+ AI enthusiasts and 170 speakers in 7 cities - including me and Danish Design Centre / Dansk Design Center. Check it out below […] Read More…

New data ecosystem mapping tool

As part of the data challenge that we (Danish Design Centre) have been putting together for Erhvervsstyrelsen (Danish Business Authority) in November and December under the title 'Life Data Challenge', I've had the pleasure of co-developing a new tool that helps non-technical people take part in developing new solutions based on data. We call it […] Read More…

Co-edited new book on distributed design

Over the past year I have been part of a great, small team in the EU H2020-funded Distributed Design Project (initially titled 'Distributed Design Market Platform') to put together a book that outlines the current state of 'distributed design': A new emerging field in which technology, makers and new design practices challenges how things are […] Read More…

New toolkit for adopting a platform mindset and culture

In Danish Design Centre, where I have the pleasure of working as Director of Digital & Future Thinking, we have been working with the United Nations' Development program (UNDP) during the last year to experiment with redesigning international development work for the "Sustainable Development Goals era". Concretely we have been working with a handful of […] Read More…

Hosting Public Data Summit @ Techfestival + Berlingske article

This past week I was fortunate to get the opportunity to contribute to this year's Techfestival in Copenhagen; a highly emerging international technology gathering of roughly 15,000+ critical thinkers and doers from the technology space and adjacent fields. My contribution was to lead an all-day design-driven session with 80 people to explore public data; and […] Read More…

Presentation at MIT Innovation Lab

. This past week I was very excited to visit Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovation Lab for the first time, following an invitation from one of my great heroes in the open source-driven innovation space: Eric A. von Hippel. The kind invite followed the work I have had the privilege of doing in Dansk Design Center in […] Read More…

Launching the REMODEL business model toolkit

. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of leading a team in Danish Design Centre in the exploration of what new business models drive the emergent wave of open source hardware. The effort - REMODEL - has taken 10 Danish manufacturing (hardware, in the broadest sense of the word) companies ranging from […] Read More…

Developing the Fab City global vision + contributing to the official book

. This past July I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Fab City Global Summit in Paris to contribute to the ongoing development of the magnificent Fab City world vision - as well as to speak at two of the events: First, at the Fab City Lab which was a one day pre-conference that took […] Read More…

Debrief from this years #SXSW

  A little debrief from this year's #SXSW conference in Austin, Texas: I have a couple of quotes in this Bureaubiz article, and our Danish Design Centre video crew did this video about the panel I spoke in (about open source innovation). Lastly, a couple of photos from the jam-packed post-event in Copenhagen we held […] Read More…

Launching Copenhagen Hardware Alliance

  Two weeks ago, as part of my work at Danish Design Centre, I had the pleasure of co-launching a new initiative titled Copenhagen Hardware Alliance as well as co-hosting the initiative's first meetup, which took place in Copenhagen makerspace UNDERBROEN. Copenhagen Hardware Alliance is a new initiative to boost hardware startups across Denmark, and builds […] Read More…