Shaping the Future of
Healthcare Innovation

With Health, Design and Technology changemakers,
Innovators, Investors and Policy makers.


Need-led Product and Service Innovation
Integrating Innovation to the Healthcare Services
Innovation through Human and Artificial Intelligence

Experience innovative products and services
at our Expo area and see the future at
the Startup stage.

Learn about the tools of innovation at our workshops.
Share your experience with the community of fellow health
changemakers and innovators.

15–16th of October 2024.

15th of October: Opening Day with workshops
16th of October: Main Conference Day with full program

Live Event
 at Dipoli, Aalto University, Espoo, Greater Helsinki Finland.

Side activities: TBA

Innovation in the healthcare field

Need-driven innovation


Digitalitalization and Mental Wellbeing

How digitalization affects human development?

Is mental health in crisis?

Learn how we can support mental wellbeing through digital platforms while minimizing the risks.

#Digitalization #Platforms #Mentalhealth

Virtual & Physical Realities of Care

Learn how we can design physical and virtual surroundings that support our wellbeing

Learn how tomorrows healthcare can be both physical and virtual as well

#VR #XR #PhysicalReality # Architecture

Interaction Design from Hospitals to Home

How to design interactions between patients and healthcare professionals.

How to enable wellbeing at home.

#UX #UI #Applications #HomeCare


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.

Hanna Sarkkinen

Hanna Sarkkinen is Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health. Sarkkinen is a second-term Member of Parliament from Oulu who was elected to Parliament in 2015. In Parliament, Sarkkinen has served on the Commerce Committee, the Social Affairs and Health Committee and the Grand Committee, which also handles EU affairs.

She has been active in local politics in Oulu since 2009. She held senior positions in her party from 2013 to 2019, first as Chair of the Party Council and later as Deputy Chair.

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.​

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.

Niina Nurmi

My research focuses on the future of work in global organizations -- how to design thriving collaborations for better employee health, creativity, and innovativeness in global virtual work.

Traditional work design theories have not kept pace with changes in modern day work. My research addresses this gap by focusing on work design and management of global virtual collaborations – situations in which knowledge workers are at a distance from other team members and must rely on communication technology to facilitate their interaction across distance, language, and cultures.

Robin Dunbar

is a professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College and Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science

His principal research interests focus on the evolution of sociality (with particular reference to primates and humans). He is best known for the social brain hypothesis, the gossip theory of language evolution and Dunbar’s Number (the limit on the number of manageable relationships). His latest books is called Friends: Understanding the Power of Our Most Important Relationships.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuuli Ahava

Tuuli is a digital automation leader at Nokia, currently leading business around newly launched Nokia MX Industrial Edge for realizing Industry 4.0 promise.

She believes in collaboration, ecosystems, and the power of sharing. Whether it's the opportunities IIoT, cloud and AI can provide, or the importance of using technologies to build a more sustainable, better world, she is all in. Appreciating tech geeks, admiring "doing vs. talking", and always ready to ask even the stupid question. Tweet me at @tuuli_ahava

Anna Nilsson

is Head of Design and Research at Varjo. Anna leads a multicultural team of industrial designers, UX designers, and researchers that create the immersive hardware and software for Varjo’s market-leading mixed reality experiences.

With nearly 20 years in the tech industry, she has an extensive background in user-centered design and research across a range of consumer products and professional services. Before Varjo, Anna worked on new technology design at Nokia and Microsoft, including projects in mobile operating systems, voice recognition, biometric authentication, and gesture-based interactions.

Anna holds a M. Sc. (Tech) degree in Computer Science from the Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University).

Tiina Parviainen

I am an associate professor of neuroscience at the Department of Psychology, and a director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR) at the University of Jyväskylä.

I did my Ph.D. studies at Aalto University (former Helsinki University of Technology) and received my Ph.D. at the University of Jyväskylä in 2007. After my Ph.D., I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford Center for Human Brain Activity, Oxford University. Since 2011, I have been at the University of Jyväskylä, coordinating the establishment of an interdisciplinary neuroscience center and leading the strategic profiling area of 'Brain Development Across the Life Span'.

Sanna Vesikansa

is Director of Crisis Services at MIELI Mental Health Finland. Previously she served as deputy mayor of Helsinki 2017-2021, responsible for social affairs and public health.

Prior to that she worked in various organisations in the field of health and social welfare e.g. Save the Children Finland, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and United Nation Population Fund in Ethiopia.

Sanna Vesikansa holds a Master of Social Sciences (Sociology) from the University of Helsinki. She continues in various positions in the city politics, in the Helsinki City Council and as member of the board of HUS Helsinki University Hospital.

See the program for full list of speakers >


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


OPENING DAY 15th of October

14:00 to 18:00

Opening Keynote
Expo opens
Pitching competition semi-finals

MAIN DAY 16th of October (Preliminary program)


All sessions include individual talks and a panel discussion between the speakers

Session 1: Need-led Innovation & Venture Building

Session 2: How Leading nordic hospitals innovate with companies

Session 3: designing better healthcare services with Regional Counties & Patients

Session 4: Innovation through Human and Artificial Intelligence

Expo and Networking

Pithing Competition Finals for spinouts

Winners announced

Doors close at 20:00


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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.