Thank you for 2019!
The physical conference for 2020 is moved to February 2022 due to Covid-19

Architect Tye Farrow tells about enriching environments at Health Design 2019

Photography: Jan Ahlsted

Celebrating with Health Design pitching competition winners


Changing society &
the Future
of Wellbeing

With Health, Design and Technology changemakers,
Architects, Investors and Policy experts.

15th of October at Dipoli, Aalto University
Espoo, Greater Helsinki Finland.

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?

Buiding the Future: 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.

Sinikka Salo

Sinikka Salo serves as the Leader of Change at the Permanent Secretary`s Cabinet, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Government. Her main task is to enhance implementation of the national health growth strategy. Dr. Salo was leading the implementation of national reform of social welfare and healthcare in Finland, the cornerstones of which were service integration, digitalisation, developing electronic services and information systems, and curbing the costs of healthcare and social welfare.

Dr. Salo has worked as the Deputy Mayor of City of Oulu, as a Leader of EU-project focusing in human rights in Kosovo as well as a Director in joint project between Japan and Finland in the field of aging society.

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.

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.

Risto Kaikkonen

Risto Kaikkonen is the Director of Health and Wellbeing division in Solita, which is a digital transformation company driven by data and human insight. Risto is experienced in Public sector reforms and private sector new business. He has previously worked as head of unit, a responsible researcher, project and development manager in the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

Risto has great knowledge of the data resources and metadata: Surveys, Registries, Biobanks and other datasets. He’s also experienced with Finland’s actions to make healthcare data accessible in close co-operation with key data authorities. During the past 15 years he has also been leading and participating policyboards and steering groups in several big projects in Finland and in Europe.

Kevin Eboigbodin

Vice President - R&D and Quality/Regulatory at Labsystems Diagnostics Oy. Previously Orion Diagnostica. Adj. Professor in Molecular Biology at University of Helsinki. 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.

Jarmo Sareva

Mr. Jarmo Sareva was appointed the first Ambassador for Innovation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 2018. A career diplomat, Mr. Sareva brings to the Ministry a wealth of experience from both multilateral and bilateral diplomacy. From 2006 to 2018, heserved in various positions at the UN, including as Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva from 2015 to 2018.

From 2002 to 2006, Mr.Sareva was Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN in NewYork. His other diplomatic experience includes two tours of duty in Moscow, including as Deputy Chief of Mission, as well as Washington, D.C., and Vienna. He also served as Director of Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation at the Ministry in Helsinki.

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.

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.

Ahmed El Saeed

Ahmed is the Thematic Lead in Health at United Nations Technology and Innovation Lab (UNTIL). He is a public health professional with 14 years of national, regional and international experience in professional areas of reproductive health, organizational management , global health diplomacy and innovation for development with an aptitude to solving organizational problems, mobilizing resources and fostering partnerships effectively.

The UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) are designed to move humanity forward, faster by focusing on the use of innovative technology to solve some of humanity's most pressing needs.

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 Strategy and Design of Change /Chair: Saara Hassinen - Healthtech Finland, Sinikka Salo - Ministry for Social and Health Services

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

Opening statements on Changing Society and Future of Wellbeing:
Hanna Sarkkinen - Finnish Minister for Social Affairs and Health 2021-2023
Paula Laine - CEO of Finnish State Development Company Vake
Ryoitchi Nagatomi - Co-Leader, Center of Innovation for Health and Wellbeing at Tohoku University
Sami Niemelä - Design Leader at Nordkapp agency

Panel discussion: Towards future societies

10.40 Coffee Break at Expo space

11:00 Session 1B: Changing world: Sustainable Development Goals and Beyond /Chair: Jarmo Sareva - Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Mari Tikkanen - Scope(M4ID): Co-Designing Health in the Complex and rapidly Changing World *Keynote
Ahmed El Saeed - UNTIL: Working towards brighter futures through Sustainable Development Goals
Kevin Eboigbodin - Labsystems Diagnostic, previously Orion Diagnostica: Designing novel solutions for Maternal and Newborn Health
Lighting talk - Startups for Sustainable Development

12:30 Lunch and networking at Expo Space

13:30 Session 2: Building the future: Architecture for Tomorrow's Wellbeing /Chair: Laura Arpiainen - Aalto University

Tye Farrow - Farrow Partner Architects: Towards the Architecture of Wellbeing & Enriching Environments *Keynote
Kari Raaska - HUS: Psychiatry, Mental Health and Designing the New Laakso Hospital
Kiti Muller - Nokia Bell Labs: Wellbeing in physical and digital space

15.00 Coffee break at Expo space

15:15 Session 3: Building the future: Transforming Care with Data and Robotics /Chair: Pekka Kahri - HUS, Helsinki University Hospital

Antti Kangas - Nightingale Health: Using data to design better public and individual health *Keynote
Risto Kaikkonen - Solita: Data and the changing relationship between patient and clinician
Ian Gwilt - University of South Australia: Designing Data and Robotics
Minja Axelson - Futurice: Social Robotics and Etchics

16:40 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


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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 innovative solutions with impact for future wellbeing. Sponsored by Instrumentarium Science Foundation.

Do you want to improve and impact human well-being? Do you have an idea for a novel health product/service that you would like to commercialise?

Health Design Pitching Competition is open for teams and startups from Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences as well as hospitals and research organisations.

Startups are most welcome, but your team should have at least one key member representing a Finnish university/hospital/research organisation.

The language of the competition is English. Participants will be pre-selected by a Health Design Jury based on their applications.

The competition is organized during 8th and 15th of October. Pitches will be 3-5 min in length. Semifinal: 8th of October from 17:00-19:00 at Aalto Learning Centre, Makers space. Final and Award ceremony: 15th of Octoberbetween 16:00-18:00 at Health Design 2019 (Dipoli, Aalto University) The competition price is 20 000 €

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 and learn about how design can help them to succeed. The competition is organized by Health Design and sponsored by Instrumentariumin tiedesäätiö sr.

The goal of the competition is to promote the future of research based health innovations in Finland.

We will put emphasis on projects that have not won major competitions before.


Need: Who needs your solution? What needs to be done to improve their lives?
Impact: What is your solution and what is the impact you hope to achieve in the future?
Research-based: The idea should be based on research.
Novelty and Market: Do you have an original idea or a new approach to an existing problem. What is the market size and competition?
Plan: Where you are at the moment? What do you still need to do to make the impact a reality?
Quality of team and circumstances: Why are you and your working environment uniquely qualified to make all this happen?

Deadline for applications 2.10.2019. Contact: Call closed thank you everyone. We will process the applications this week.

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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.