What is Gather

Gather Festival, Stockholm
Sep 14-16, 2017

Gather is a combination of a conference and a festival and hosts some of the world's currently most interesting speakers and artists. It takes place in Stockholm, September 14-16 and is all about connecting diverse minds, backgrounds, experiences, and ideas through talks, cultural events, and objective-driven labs. Gather believes in the importance of collaboration, in creativity, and in the power of thinking differently.

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Tickets

Gather Festival, Stockholm
Sep 14-16, 2017

There are a few different options available. Don't miss out on the limited, and heavily discounted, student and startup tickets.


Conference ticket

Gather Festival, Stockholm
Sep 14-16, 2017

This is the full ticket. All access to talks and panels, optional involvement in one or many of the Labs, and to top it off, full access to all concerts and clubs.

The conference ticket includes:
  • Gather Conference – 50+ speakers, three days
  • Gather Music Festival – Free admission and priority access to all cultural events including concerts and club nights
  • Gather Labs - Optional involvement in one or many of the Gather Labs
  • Free refreshments
  • Plus a lot more to be announced in the coming months
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15.5. - 31.7.2017
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Small size companies, start-ups, freelancers, & NGO:s

Gather Festival, Stockholm
Sep 14-16, 2017

Gather will have a limited amount of tickets for NGO:s and small companies/freelancers/start-ups (companies with a yearly turnover below €500.000 / 5.000.000 SEK).

The NGO/small size company ticket is a full access ticket, including everything that comes with the regular conference ticket.

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Student ticket

Gather Festival, Stockholm
Sep 14-16, 2017

A limited set of 50 heavily discounted for students only.

The student ticket is a full access ticket, including everything that comes with the regular conference ticket.

Please register with an active student e-mail. You may be asked to present a valid student ID upon arrival.

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GATHER MUSIC FESTIVAL - THURSDAY

KÄGELBANAN, Stockholm
September 14, 18:00-01:00

An intimate opening night at classic Stockholm venue Kägelbanan where Amanda Bergman will do her only Stockholm gig this fall and Colombian electropop duo Mitú perform in Sweden for the very first time.

Line-up:
Amanda Bergman, Naomi Pilgrim, Mitú (COL), Busu, Popaganda DJ’s

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GATHER MUSIC FESTIVAL - FRIDAY

TRÄDGÅRDEN, Stockholm
September 15, 16:00-03:00

Line-up:
Honey Dijon (US), Fatima Al Qadiri (Transnational), Gidge, Teenage Engineering Soundsystem, Vlada (RUS), Ena Cosovic (DK), LASH, JUCK, Dos Oké, Bella Boo, Dinamarca/Ghazal/ALX9696 (Staycore), Beniwasta, Maya Laurenco

... and many more. All in all more than 30 DJ's.

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GATHER MUSIC FESTIVAL - SATURDAY

NOBELBERGET, Stockholm
September 16, 16:00-03:00

Line-up:
THE WAREHOUSE
Red Bull Sound Select curated by Babak Azarmi: Lady Leshurr (UK), Lamix, Blizzy
THE GYM
Omar Souleyman (SYR), Pfadfinderei (DE), Sebastian Mullaert & Ulf Eriksson, Parallax Deep (live)
DAYTIME SESSION @ THE YARD
Superpitcher (DE), Genius of Time

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Themes

This year, Gather Festival will revolve around five different themes. Have your pick ↓

Mobile payments, alternative currencies and new digital assets are giving banks a run for their money. Parallel to this, a new type of economy is growing rapidly through the merging of technical development, research, and value-driven entrepreneurs wanting to make good as well as earn money. As we are facing major automatization of work and seeing the health of the planet steadily decline, the future of finance is more exciting, and more pressing than ever.

HEADLINES

Algorithmic Business
New digital and automated transactions and businesses are rapidly changing the world. The blockchain is a hot topic but what is this “distributed ledger technology”, and why is it so revolutionary? And what can be learned from progressive fintech startups and Asian pioneers such as Alibaba?

Building a caring economy
If we bring Caring and the Economy together, what would our lives and our world look like? A new movement is presenting an economic system in which genuine caring for people and nature is the top priority.

The next technological frontier is the merging of human and machine and it is happening now. This theme will explore the tension between nature and technology and discuss both the potential rewards we might gain and the risks we face.

HEADLINES

The Next Frontier
We are now entering an exciting, unprecedented time in technology – with the pace of change and innovation continuing to accelerate. Technology will continue to transform the way we work and live, raising many questions about both opportunities and challenges. What are the potential applications of AI? Where do we draw the lines between biology and technology? And how is the IT landscape changing?

The Internet of Things and Humans
As both humans and things are connecting to the cloud and each other, we have to wonder; what will a fully connected society look like? How do we build new, truly valuable businesses on the data that is being collected and shared? And what can we as individuals do to get ahead of the curve?

The world’s population is increasingly urban with an estimated 70% living in city areas by 2050. This means that we need to rediscover what it means to live together, to collectively define our public spaces, and find sustainable solutions to everything from energy and infrastructure to design and technology. Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century.

HEADLINES

The Swedish Model
In Sweden today, about 85% of the population in towns and cities, and the mission to develop sustainable urban development platforms has long been a key state priority. But how does Sweden brand itself in innovative urban development internationally? How does Stockholm interact with national urban planning?

Big Data and Smart Cities
What does life look like for someone living in a super-connected city surveilled by cameras and sensors everywhere? What services do we expect to get for the price of our privacy and who is responsible to deliver them?

Critical Urban Spaces
In times of segregation, what does a just and open urban space look like? How do we democratize our cities? This session will provide a new architecture for conversations.

User experiences like Virtual Reality that seemed like science fiction just a few decades ago is now at our fingertips. But designing for VR should not mean just transferring 2D practices to 3D, but finding a new paradigm, because it also means exploring human perception and environment. The Communication theme of the festival will question whether the medium really is the message.

HEADLINES

Virtual purpose
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies have gotten a lot of attention within the past few years in everything from tourism to games. The recent success of Pokemon Go showed that smartphone users are ready and willing to adopt augmented reality. But beyond entertainment, what will we use VR for in the future?

Design thinking
Today, ideas and design have started to overlap and interact. Design is not just an end product, but a way to work and create. The speakers of this session delve into the importance of the actual medium and in the meaning of design as a strategy.

Democracy in many ways means being informed, but as post-truth and fake news has become commonplace, there is a new need for a Democracy 2.0. In light of this, journalism and media has perhaps never been of greater importance. From Panama Papers to online trolls, we need to question who should make decisions about the public’s welfare.

HEADLINES

Disruption & Speculation
This session will dwell on pushing the boundaries - hacktivism, disruption and art in contemporary digital culture. It will question how far things can go, and how far they might need to be pushed. From afrofuturism and posthumanism to art as critique, this session deals with the fringes of our minds.

Digital Human Rights
In a contemporary Western culture where post-truth seems to have drowned everything else, this session centres on reimagining our basic democratic definitions and concepts.

The next journalism
In an era of the era of post-truth, late capitalism and social change, this session deals with contemporary media and journalistic issues, from the transnational co-operation of the Panama Papers to online trolling.

SPEAKERS
Almira Osmanovic-Thunström | Anna Hult | Better Shelter | Charlotta Kvarnström | Christian Engström | Claudia Olsson | Daniel Rourke | Den digitala draken (podcast) | Dis/Order | Doberman | Dr. Kate Stone & Be Charlotte | Fredrik Wikholm | Gerard Ryle | Greg Carley | Hannes Sjöblad | Indy Johar | Jonas Lidman | Kai Hübner | Karin Pettersson | Katarina Walter | Leah Reich | Lifesum | Lisa Farrar | Lucy McRae | Maja Brisvall | Making Waves | Maria Rankka | Mathias Antonsson | Mirik Milan | Oscar Axhede | Pfadfinderei | Resh Sidhu | Roger Mogert | Salome Asega | Taavi Kotka | Tatiana Bazzichelli | Tomas Nyström | Tuva Palm | Vu Bui | Yomi Abiola | More to be announced...
Amanda Bergman

Amanda Bergman

Singer-songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden. Amanda Bergman has previously performed and released music under the stage name Idiot Wind and as Hajen and also as part of the band Amason. In February of 2016 she released her debut solo album ”Docks” and shortly after she toured the world with both First Aid Kit and The Tallest Man on Earth.

Almira Osmanovic-Thunström

Almira Osmanovic-Thunström

Former neuroscientist turned VR/AR enthusiast based at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital (East) as a project manager, working with digitalization, AI, big data and finding ways in which VR can benefit psychiatric care. Her newly founded portal VRPsykiatri.se is an effort to connect the game development community with the healthcare sectors in order to create greater collaborations and more VR-projects in psychiatric care.

Anna Hult

Anna Hult
PhD Candidate at KTH and Co-Founder of CITIES

As a researcher at the department of Urban Planning and Environment at KTH in Stockholm, Anna Hult recently finished her PhD called “Unpacking Swedish Sustainability: The promotion and circulation of sustainable urbanism”. She is also the Co-Founder of the Amsterdam based organisation CITIES, working with urban research, communication and initiates local solutions for global urban problems.

Another Tomorrow

Another Tomorrow

The founders of Another Tomorrow Fredrik Hegehammar and Joe Coppard are  much like us at Gather.  Curators, facilitators and analysts that combine organisational needs with emerging trends using diverse perspectives to create opportunities.

Barakat Ghebrehawariat

Barakat Ghebrehawariat
Democracy Agent & Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur within communication with democracy as his compass. Also known as the Democracy-agent. Barakat Ghebrehawariat is a speaker, advisor and teacher with long experience from working with communication from a perspective of diversity.

Better Shelter

Better Shelter

The co-founder and Managing Director of Better Shelter, Johan Karlsson, is a Swedish social enterprise with a mission to improve the lives of persons who have had to flee armed conflicts and natural disasters. Better Shelter designs and develops modular post-emergency shelters in collaboration with UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation and strives to provide displaced families with a safer, more dignified home away from home.

Busu

Busu

With his brand new album released in april 2017, Europagang-founder Busu is most famous for his eurodance inspired way to do hiphop. His has been acclaimed by the likes of Pigions and Planes and Elevator Mag for his new way to create colorful and crisp hiphop that erases national borders.

Charlotta Kvarnström

Charlotta Kvarnström
Managing Director, Accenture

As Managing Director at Accenture, Charlotta Kvarnström is responsible for Nordic Communications, Media and Technology Process Services. Kvarnström is also the Accenture Sweden Gender Diversity Business Sponsor and a member of the Accenture Sweden Human Capital Board, and has in this capacity led the gender diversity recruiting transformation.

Christian Engström

Christian Engström
Programmer

Christian Engström was a Member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Pirate Party between 2009 and 2014, focusing on Internet freedom issues, including the right to privacy, net neutrality and copyright reform. After leaving the European Parliament, he has developed a concrete proposal for basic income for Sweden, including preliminary costings and financing.

Claudia Olsson

Claudia Olsson
CEO, Exponential

Founder and CEO of Exponential, a global consultancy specialized in providing strategic advice, analysis and professional development related to digital transformation. Claudia Olsson is one of the Nordic region’s most sought-after speakers on exponential technologies, future trends, leadership and governance.

Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke
Writer/Artist

A writer, artist and academic, Daniel Rourke, currently finalises a PhD in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work exploits the speculative and science fiction in search of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities), including extensive research on the intersection between digital materiality, the arts, and posthumanism. In 2015 Daniel and artist & activist Morehshin Allahyari released The 3D Additivist Manifesto: a call to push technologies beyond their breaking point, into the realm of the provocative, and the weird.

Den digitala draken (podcast)

Den digitala draken (podcast)

The podcast "Den Digitala Draken" has in a short time become one of Sweden's most influential voices about innovation and technology. With captivating episodes, hosts Jacob Lovén and Tom Xiong are telling the story about how a new generation of innovation driven technology companies from China are on their way to surpass Silicon Valley.

Tom Xiong is the founder of the fitness and health plaChina and the next generation of digital innovationtform Move Shanghai in China, Jacob Lovén is the Head of Innovation at OMD. The duo have extensive experience from Internet and media companies such as Klarna, Schibsted, MTG.

Dis/Order

Dis/Order

A collective run by landscape architects Johanna Bratel and Karin Andersson. They work experimentally and research based with the potential of urban spaces by questioning contemporary conventions about what a city is an can be. With workshops, articles, lectures, installations and consulting assignment they strive to make what is outside the norm visible, make space for more people and shine a light on unequal power structures in urban environments.

Doberman

Doberman

Elin Aram, UX designer and Lars Ericsson, Head of Tech at Doberman will give you a peek into the life of someone who lives in a super-connected city surveilled by cameras and sensors everywhere. What services do we expect to get for the price of our privacy and who is responsible to deliver them?

Dr. Kate Stone & Be Charlotte

Dr. Kate Stone & Be Charlotte
Physicist, former sheep herder and NASA Datanaut

As a NASA Datanaut Dr. Kate Stone spends her time thinking of new and different ways to "hack" paper. Blending creativity and science, her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique and magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video and posters that display energy usage in real time.

19-year old artist Be Charlotte has already participated in a panel discussion at SXSW on "Making Music Physical Again" as part of her work with Cambridge Science and Technology firm Novalia. At Gather, Charlotte will work with Keynote speaker Dr Kate Stone to create "digital experiences" where she interacts musically with Dr Stone's inventions.

Drömfakulteten

Drömfakulteten

Drömfakulteten is everything from ambient to hardcore. Through DJ-ing, composing, holding lectures and engineering they create new ways of encouraging the technological and philosophical rules of music making.

Everyday School

Everyday School

Everyday’s mission is to awaken curiosity and to stimulate intellectual, creative and spiritual inquiry into the questions fundamental to human life. Offering courses where you can learn essential skills from remarkable teachers, they have always been driven by the vision of creating a world where wisdom is in the hands of people and not in the pages of books.

Fatima Al Qadiri

Fatima Al Qadiri

Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait and based in Brooklyn, transnational musician, producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri often explores the sonic relationship between war, protest and modern music. She is also part of the project Future Brown. Her second album ”Brute” was released in 2016 and she will also give a talk at Gather.

Femme InspiraTion

Femme InspiraTion

Femme InspiraTion is an inspiration network for women and non-binary who work with technology i in Stockholm. The network aims to create inspiring meet ups where we, who work in technology, have the opportunity to meet people working in the same industry to exchange experiences, pep, laugh and make new friends. Femme organizes AW's lectures, theme events, etc. In short, inspiring activities and meet-ups that the network members want to do.

Fredrik Wikholm

Fredrik Wikholm
Serial entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur in the fields of clothing, finance and education, Fredrik Wikholm's work enables social-ecological innovations by bridging the gap between science and entrepreneurship. Hailing from Sweden, Fredrik's passion for reversing climate change grew out of his childhood in nature and many years in the climbing & snowboard community that later formed as Uniforms for the Dedicated, the menswear company that Fredrik co-founded in 2007. He later moved on to founding The Rag Bag, Dedicated Institute, From Air and Society Beyond, initiatives and organizations built to serve the greater good of people and planet.

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle
Investigative journalist and Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

Irish-Australian Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington, DC which coordinated the release of the Panama Papers across the world. It was the biggest cross-border collaboration in journalism history. He has more than 60 journalism awards from six countries. Reporters Without Borders has described his work with ICIJ as "the future of investigative journalism worldwide."

Ghazal, ALX9696 & Dinamarca

Ghazal, ALX9696 & Dinamarca

International collective STAYCORE is a label and dj crew run from Stockholm and founded by producers/DJs Dinamarca and Ghazal. Together with ALX9696 they transgress traditional genre barriers and bring the sounds of the Carribbean to Scandinavia and beyond.

Gidge

Gidge

Electronic music duo Jonatan Nilsson and Ludvig Stolterman draw their inspiration from the woods and widths of northern Sweden. Together with melancholic vocal samples and warm, fuzzy chord progressions, Gidge create ambient lullabies with their own sense of atmosphere and emotion.

Greg Carley

Greg Carley
Global Director – Design Strategy Group, Fjord

With a passion for design, technology and innovation, Greg Carley's current Global Leadership role in the Design Strategy Group at Accenture has him focused on "What’s Next" for FJORD when it comes to emerging technology, trends, and new design approaches. Using his "100 Days of Innovation" Framework, he is recognized for effectively motivating and driving cross-disciplinary teams to produce creative work and building innovative products. Trained in both journalism (Mass Communication) and graphic design (Visual Communication), Carley tackles creative processes with a holistic and pragmatic approach.

Hannes Sjöblad

Hannes Sjöblad
Chief Disruption Officer

Hannes Sjöblad works as Chief Disruption Officer at Epicenter Stockholm where he helps people and companies spot potential disruptions. He is also the founder of the Swedish biohacker community BioNyfiken (bionyfiken.se) and Chairman of Människa+, the Swedish transhumanist association (manniskaplus.nu).

Honey Dijon

Honey Dijon

Born and raised in Chicago, home of house music, but now based in the fashion capital of New York, charismatic Honey Dijon has similarly created her own space somewhere between the music and fashion world. She has played at clubs like Berghain and Space and for festivals such as the Coachella and BPM Festival of the Year. She has also curated music for fashion shows like Louis Vuitton and has a close collaboration with British designer Kim Jones. As a black transperson, she has also been able to create her own space in both of these worlds, bridging them together with her distinct mix of genres.

Hybrid Forest

Hybrid Forest

Hybrid Forest is a creative studio made up by thinkers and doers who practices the alchemy of creativity and technology to craft emotions in the stories we tell. They design experiences through code, film and 3D. By the use of technology we experience and interpret our realities. What meaning can we give to them?

iGEM

iGEM

iGEM Stockholm is a team of university students and members of Stockholm Makerspace community lab. Together they work on a project to compete in iGEM, a worldwide competition in synthetic biology initiated by MIT in Boston. All year they have been putting science from theory into practice by engineering bacteria and designing DNA. As a team they are students in design, biology, medicine and engineering. Together they mix all different kinds of mind settings  – optimists, critics, world saviors, lateral thinkers - to discuss the future of biotechnology. As our world is getting more and more complex, our questions are getting more complex too. iGEM Stockholm's aim is to be part of democratizing biology, to give everyone the chance to shape the future.

Indy Johar

Indy Johar
Architect and co-founder of Project 00

Architect and co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) Indy Johar,  is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. By studying not only houses, but also structures and cities, he reveals how we can view cities as places for collaborative innovation.

Innovation Plant

Innovation Plant

Innovation Plant is a consultancy focused on the advancement of innovations within companies. Founder Kaj Mickos is a professor emeritus in innovation technique. Innovation Plant famously run their 72 hour races, often resulting in numerous patents and new ideas.

Jonas Lidman

Jonas Lidman
Head of Business Development, Pond

Just recently, Jonas Lidman joined Pond Innovation as Head of Business Development. He's been working in the crossing where organization, communication, business and technology meet. Jonas has worked with organisations like SVT, Visit Sweden, Mondelez and The Swedish Military Intelligences with the challenge “How can we cope with the pace of change we are experiencing as an organization?”.

Jonas has graduated from the KaosPilots in Denmark and is a frequent teacher at Berghs, Hyper Island and Umeå University.

Kai Hübner

Kai Hübner
CTO, Gleechi

As the CTO and founder of Gleechi, Kai Hübner aims to make artificial hands as easy and precise to use as our own hands. The company's technology is used to enable robots to pick up objects in real-time and humans to interact in VR. He is a VR and robotics nerd and the founder of the largest VR community in Sweden.

Karin Pettersson

Karin Pettersson
Political Editor-in-Chief, Aftonbladet

For the past year, Karin Pettersson has lived and studied at Harvard after having been awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship. Sweden awaits her return as Political Editor-in-Chief at Aftonbladet, Scandinaviass biggest daily newspaper, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to all this, Karin was the Head of Communication at the Swedish Social Democrats and has co-founded Fokus, a leading Swedish news magazine.

Katarina Walter

Katarina Walter
CEO, Antrop

As a designer and expert on human behaviour as well as a top ranked CEO in Sweden and head of service design agency Antrop, Katarina Walter is strongly convinced that everyone can make micro actions towards positive change and that service design is a driving force that empowers this movement.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr

The English rapper, singer, and producer Lady Leshurr is best known for her Queen's Speech series of freestyles from 2015 and has worked with producers like Timbaland and Deputy and is viewed by many as the queen of Grime. She is well-known for her fast rap style and are often compared with Busta Rhymes.

Lash

Lash

Sisters Sabina and Anfa were discovered by Swedish rapstar Silvana Imam. With of energy and creativity they rap about stereotypes, sex, LGBTQ-issues, human rights and use hiphop as a way to challenge, inspire and change.

Leah Reich

Leah Reich
Writer and Senior User Researcher

With a PhD ethnography and now a writer based in Stockholm, Sweden, Leah Reich's work explores the intersection of the personal and the universal, the tactical and the fundamental – how each illuminates the other, and how together they help us navigate the joys and challenges of being human. She currently works at Spotify as a senior user researcher focusing on the core experience of music consumers. Prior to joining Spotify, she was Slack's first user researcher, where she helped develop a deeply human user research practice and discipline that gave product teams the insights necessary to ship features while also providing them with a deeper, more foundational understanding of their users and the product. A long-time essayist and columnist, Leah most recently wrote an advice column for The Verge titled "How To Be Human".

Lifesum

Lifesum

Therese comes from a long background of working with digital service development. Not like, since the seventies or anything but, you know, it's been a while. Combining her business school background with user-centric design thinking, she's been an entrepreneur and also worked with companies to create exceptional products. Currently, she's on a quest to simplify and redefine what everyday-health can be, heading up the RnD department at Lifesum.

Victoria is the CTO at Lifesum. She's into (and really good at, to be honest) putting together passionate, creative teams that can build awesome stuff. She spent 15 years in Silicon Valley working with various startups, and during her time at VMware; they grew from around 70 to over 10,000 employees. Yes, that is some growth. A seasoned leader within engineering organizations, she's currently helping teams and individuals thrive while revolutionizing the world of health and tech.

Lisa Farrar

Lisa Farrar
Chief Digital Officer, Nordic Choice Hotels

Lisa has a 10 year background within leading global ecommerce companies, she is now leading Nordic Choice Hotels' digital venture. Inhousing and building a 150+ team of experts within acquisition, loyalty, sales and technology, Nordic Choice Hotels is investing more than quarter of a billion SEK to deliver the best customer journey possible, lead by customer expectations and the possibilities of technology.

Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae
Sci-fi artist, film director and body architect

Sci-fi artist, director and self proclaimed body architect

Artist Lucy McRae straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body. Her provocative and often grotesquely beautiful imagery suggests a new breed: a future human archetype existing in an alternate world. The media call her an inventor; friends call her a trailblazer. Either way, Lucy relies on instinct to evolve an extraordinary visual path that is powerful, primal and unique.

Maja Brisvall

Maja Brisvall
Executive Director and Co-founder, The Quantified Planet

Executive Director and Co-founder of The Quantified Planet - a non-profit organization with the mission to bring together the world's data on people and planet data for the benefit of humanity. Maja Brisvall is an entrepreneur with several startups behind her in San Francisco, London and Stockholm. Maja is also an expert advisor in the Swedish Government Committee for Digitization.

Making Waves

Making Waves

Hacking the female body
Since forever products and services have been developed for men by men. Or in best case by men for women. Business has been lagging behind and not fulfilling the actual needs of real women. An underserved market equals a great playground for new investment, as long as we put the women at the center. Two business strategists make a deep dive into products and services supporting the female body and the gold that can be dug from this yet to be exploited market.

Elin Westerberg
Elin has a master from Stockholm School of Economics and apart from working with business development at Great Works/Making Waves she has experience from the FMCG world at P&G as well as communications planning.

Sofia Hellsten
Sofia has a master from Stockholm School of Economics and apart from working with business development at Great Works/Making Waves she’s been working with communications strategy and has experience from founding and running a non-profit art organisation.

Maria Rankka

Maria Rankka
CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

The CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Board member at Stockholm Trade Fair, Swedish Transport Administration, Business Sweden and Pop House AB. Before Maria Rankka came to the Chamber of Commerce, she was the CEO of the Stiftelsen Fritt Näringsliv / Timbro. Prior to that, she was a partner in the fast-growing consulting company Prime PR.

Mathias Antonsson

Mathias Antonsson
Head of Innovation, Civil Rights Defenders and Founder/CEO of Plurrify

Coming from political science and with a degree from Gothenburg University, Mathias Antonsson now heads Civil Rights Defenders work on innovation. Mathias has previous experience from the UN, where he pioneered the organisation's Twitter account and received a UN 21 Award for his project management skills. Prior to that, Mathias worked for the Embassy of Sweden in Australia as well as for Sida and the organisation Ushahidi in Kenya. Mathias has co-founded Making All Voices Count – a global Challenge Fund focusing on governance as well as Plurrify, a renowned international podcast on innovation, social entrepreneurship and activism.

Mirik Milan

Mirik Milan
Night Mayor of Amsterdam

Mirik Milan is the current Night Mayor of Amsterdam and an experienced creative director for events. Throughout the years he has been busy organizing parties, fashion shows and cultural events. The Night Mayor has played a leading role in the introduction of the 24-hour licenses. Furthermore he or she functions as an interlocutor for all parties participating in the Amsterdam nightlife

Naomi Pilgrim

Naomi Pilgrim

Swedish-Barbadian singer Naomi Pilgrim, previously a back-up singer for Lykke Li, Agnes and other artists, broke out as a solo artist in 2013 and was received with great prays from the music industry. She released her second EP ”Sink like a stone” in 2016.  At this years P3 Guld award in Gothenburg she performed a version of the legendary Jamaican band The Specials old track ”Racist Friend”, together with Linnea Olsson and Frida Sundemo.

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman is the wedding singer from Syria with about 500 albums and cassettes behind him, who has gained cult status in the club world. He has worked with greats like Four Tet, Fashion Selector, Damon Albarn and Björk, and perhaps because of this, his music seems to exceed the genres - from traditional dabke to hyperactive electronica. With his persistent focus on love, he seems to spread the message of dance music, to dissolve us in time and space, building bridges where previously there were only walls.

Oscar Axhede

Oscar Axhede
Co-Founder, Zound Industries

Oscar Axhede is one of the founders of Zound Industries, a Stockholm based tech company that designs, produces, and sells headphones and speakers through its house brands, including Urbanears and Marshall Headphones. Oscar is here to talk about how our brains are getting hijacked by some of the best algorithms of today, and what we can do to get ahead of a curve that is currently being lead by market forces.

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund is a proud MIT Media Lab alum with a background in robot-human-interaction and service design. She is running her own business as a digital leader and freelancing consultant within digital communication, marketing and strategy.

People People

People People

People People is inspired by people to meet new demands and create the future of product development. Wired magazine calls them one of Europes hottest start-ups after they designed Stockholm start-ups successes like the Transparent Speaker, the Flic smart button and Narrative, a wearable camera. The team also helps large international companies such as IKEA, Samsung and Miele to identify and define the right tech products through a structured, fast and creative process. 

Pfadfinderei

Pfadfinderei

Pfadfinderei [fɑ:d’fɪndɜ:raɪ] is a Berlin-based design and motion graphics studio specializing in creative services for stage entertainment, large-format media installations, tradeshows and events. Going beyond screen work, they apply innovative ideas to fusing light, video and spatial design. Pfadfinderei also sport a hot roster of patented fonts and design publications.

Ppork Dork

Ppork Dork

With their passion for aesthetic experiences and grime matched with a norm critical approach, this Nordic design research duo create genuine insights about human experiences. Their liminal position has led them to develop innovative methods to enrich the design research process and create meaningful design as well as inspire for people & planet friendly business solutions.

Resh Sidhu

Resh Sidhu
Creative Director, Framestore VR

Based in New York, Resh Sidhu is Creative Director of Framestore’s VR Studio, the Oscar-winning creative firm and leader in virtual/augmented reality, digital, production, VFX and design. She is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality and one of only a handful of women driving the medium forward.

Roger Mogert

Roger Mogert
Vice Mayor, Stockhom City

Vice Mayor Roger Mogert also holds chairman positions of the Culture Committee as well as the City Planning Committee of Stockholm. Additionally, Mogert is the chairman of Stockholm City Theatre and Film Region Stockholm-Mälardalen

Salome Asega

Salome Asega
Artist & Curator

Born in Las Vegas, Salome Asega is an Ethiopian visual artist and independent curator based in Brooklyn. Her practice celebrates dissensus and multivocality. Together with Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde she is the founder of the Iyapo Repository project which addresses the relative lack of representation of Africa and people of African descent in contemporary projections of the future.

Sebastian Mullaert & Ulf Eriksson

Sebastian Mullaert & Ulf Eriksson

Two of the leading figures of the Nordic electronic music scene for a long time. Sebastian Mullaert is well known for his work as one half of Minilogue and for playing venues like Panorama Bar and Blackmarket in New York. Ulf Eriksson is foremost known as the boss of Kontra-Musik, a label celebrating its 10th anniversary with several massive releases during 2016, but has also increasingly focused on his international DJ career, playing venues like Berghain, Culture Box and Unit in Tokyo. For the second time they will for Gather team up with visual master Martin Onassis.

Siduri Poli

Siduri Poli

People keep asking me how I see the future, and this really is it. My job is to create innovation together with businesses. And my way to contribute to the future is to make those innovations valuable for everybody; for the user, for our society and, of course, for the business itself.

Superpitcher

Superpitcher

Aksel Schaufler, or Superpitcher, now based in Paris, was born in Cologne and most often works under the Cologne-based record label Kompakt. He began his DJ career in the 1990s and became a central figure in what would be called microhouse, a more melodic, melancholy and emotional version of hard dance music. In 2017 he released his epic third full-length album Golden Ravedays, a 24-song album that will extend over 12 chapter albums during a one-year period. Through this he cements his role as techno's romantic dandy.

Taavi Kotka

Taavi Kotka
CIO, Estonian Government

Based in Estonia, Taavi Kotka has been the CIO of the Estonian government since 2013. Under his management, Estonia is working to introduce a virtual citizenship. He discusses how digitization is changing the mechanisms of citizen political involvement, public administration, and even democracy itself.

Tankeapoteket

Tankeapoteket

Tankeapoteket is a social design firm specialized in creating experiences that enhance human connection. Working at the intersection of Psychology, Business and Design, we are determined to build bridges where others see holes and help people thrive in uncertainty.

Tatiana Bazzichelli

Tatiana Bazzichelli
Communication Sociologist

Communication Sociologist and an expert in Media Art, Hacktivism and Net Culture. Tatiana Bazzichelli is the artistic director and curator of The Disruption Network Lab, a conceptual and practical zone based in Berlin, where artists, hackers, activists, networkers, whistle-blowers and critical thinkers enter into a dialogue to generate new possible routes of social and political action.

Teenage Engineering Soundsystem

Teenage Engineering Soundsystem

Teenage Engineering Soundsystem bridges design and music by combining musical composition with the creation of musical instruments. They often demonstrate new technology in front of a live audience. The group consists of musicians as well as engineers from Teenage Engineering, an electronics company that mainly focuses on designing and building electronic instruments. Teenage Engineering Soundsystem have worked with many diverse partners such as fashion brand Cheap Monday to world renowned artist Bon Iver.

The Amazing Society

The Amazing Society

The Amazing Society is a lead agency focusing on digital and social. "We’re social first meaning we acknowledge that social networks have changed the way we do marketing. First we recognize that Facebook and other platforms are the most influential marketing channels today and need to dictate how we spend our marketing investments and also how we think about creativity and messages. Second we recognize that brands need to take grater responsibility for the messages they send to the world as they can be a force for good or a force that’s hurting people. Brands that do not work value driven will lose competitive edge as the consumer is becoming increasingly aware of if brands act responsibly or not."

Tomas Nyström

Tomas Nyström
Managing Director, Accenture

As the Managing Director and Nordic Advanced Technology and Architecture lead at Accenture, Tomas Nyström champions innovation and helps organizations change on the enterprise level. He has over 20 years of experience from the industry – all the way from programming and designing systems to leading large practices – and is passionate about technology and technology architecture. Tomas also serves on the global architecture certification board at Accenture.

Tuva Palm

Tuva Palm
CPO & CTO, Nordnet

A technology and strategy-focused product executive with great leadership skills and 18 years successful career within the IT industry - at companies such as Klarna and Oracle. Many know Tuva as one of the hosts of STHLM TECH, the largest tech meetup in Europe, where she monthly discusses tech trends with investors, and gives feedback on pitching start-ups on stage. She is furthermore on the Board of directors at Lunar Way, a Danish Neo-bank.

In 2016 Tuva started at Nordnet Bank as CPO and CTO. Nordnet disrupted banking as the first completely digital bank in Europe 20 years ago. Now Tuva and her team aims at redefining the financial industry by building the next generation banking experience.

Zakarias -orten.io

Zakarias -orten.io

Orten.io is bringing tech events to the so called segregated parts of Sweden, trying to create a platform where people of different backgrounds, social status, genders and religions can meet and get inspired to cooperate within tech entrepreneurship.

Vu Bui

Vu Bui
COO of Mojang and President of the Block by Block Foundation

Vu Bui is the COO of Mojang, the game studio behind the worldwide phenomenon game, Minecraft. His role at Mojang is diverse, and includes managing the Minecraft brand, building new business opportunities, creating Mojang’s live event Minecon, leading multimedia for the Minecraft brand, including producing the Minecraft movie. Vu was a pioneer of and is also the President of the Block by Block Foundation which supports a unique partnership between Mojang and UN Habitat using Minecraft in the process of urban sustainable development.

Vu is also the President of the Block by Block Foundation, a partnership between Mojang and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The goal of the project is to involve young people in the planning of urban public spaces using Minecraft. Block by Block have worked with spaces in the Les Cayes waterfront in Haiti, Kiritpur in Nepal, Lotus Garden in Mumbai, India, Kigali in Rwanda, among others.

Yomi Abiola

Yomi Abiola
Journalist and social entrepreneur

As a Media Entrepreneur,  dedicated to supporting women in living their
most power-filled lives. At the core of Yomi’s work is diversity, inclusion and the
advancement of women. As an international speaker, Yomi has presented at Harvard,
Yale, MIT the United Nations and TED. As an advisor to founders and leaders, Yomi
has supported several companies and organisations in scaling growth through retaining
and advancing female talent.

Also a Change Agent, Yomi focuses on the advancement of women and girls. She
prepares women to cease and identify opportunities for exponential growth and
development. Most recently, Yomi has founded The Fem League a media platform,
incubator and community that provides a roadmap for female advancement for women
globally.

Yomi is the founder of Stand Up For Fashion (STUFF) a global platform promoting
social accountability and responsibility in the fashion industry. She is a graduate of both
Columbia School of Journalism, Sciences Politiques Paris and holds a certificate from
The Harvard Kennedy School. Yomi currently serves as an associate to the UNESCO
Chair for human rights as well as an MIT Legatum Catalyst. She is an editor at Vogue
Italia.

Gather is more than a conference. The last thing we want is for people attending to sit passively and "consume". Instead, the ambition is to get everyone involved and co-create inspiring ideas, tangible solutions, and real change. This all happens in the many Gather Labs. There are two different kinds:

Motivation Labs

The Motivation Lab is where ideas becomes innovations. The objective is to help entrepreneurs and idea-driven people to take their first steps towards making their idea become reality. Earlier this year, we opened up our site for applications and we are humbled by the overwhelming interest and the quality of the work submitted. All entrants selected to participate in the lab have now been notified and we look so much forward to meeting you all.

The selected ideas range from social initiatives solving local or global issues to business ideas with growth possibilities to take over the world. The chosen participants will get help to prototype, break down an action plan and to pitch their ideas to a jury of venture capitalists and social visionaries. Lastly, the jury will also select the Gather Idea of The Year. All visitors to Gather Festival are welcome to a "pitch day" to experience the output of the Motivation Lab first hand on Saturday, Sep 16 at Nobelberget.

The Gather Motivation Lab is a joint initiative together with our partners Adobe, EQT Ventures and FundedByMe.

More about Gather Motivation Labs

In partnership with
Solution Labs

Our Solution Labs focuses on companies and organizations addressing a problem or a challenge to create real solution, using a variety of innovation processes and with the expertise of our innovation partners.

Reserve your spot in one or more of the labs and get involved in the innovation process! To attend, you need a ticket to Gather Festival. Make sure to secure one here. Learn more about the labs and register below!

ACCENTURE
Rapid Innovation with Fryshuset
In this lab we will conceptualize ideas and solutions to a real business challenge that our friends at Fryshuset are facing.
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ACCENTURE #2
Liquid Studio Immersion with Fryshuset
Join us in bringing the output of the Rapid Innovation Lab to life. The goal of this lab is to build a first prototype.
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AKADEMISKA HUS
Building a Space for Learning
During this full-day innovation session, you will create solutions for the future campus + get a crash-course in Design Thinking-methodology.
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ATRIUM LJUNGBERG
Urban Forest
Take part in a one day hackathon hosted by Urban Forest, an urban innovation lab run by Atrium Ljungberg and Exponentials innovation studio.
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SKATTEVERKET
What's Stopping Skatteverket?
We want to create the optimal Skatteverket experience and we need your help to do so. Join us for this 2hr sprint.
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SVERIGES RADIO
Young People and the 2018 Election
The goal of this sprint is to develop ideas and explore ways of getting young people more interested in politics for the 2018 election.
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SWEDISH INSTITUTE
Nighttime Economy
We believe it is time to rethink the idea of nighttime and reimagine the future city. What services should a city of the night offer?
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SWEDISH INSTITUTE
The Future of Sustainable Fashion
We all have to rethink the way we consume and produce but is it possible to combine a dedication to sustainability with a business model relying on fast fashion?
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VR SCI GROUP
Virtual Reality +
What is VR? and how can it be of use in our lives? Join us to explore and engage with the future of virtual reality.
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Ambassadors

In addition to our partners, Gather Labs comes to life in close collaboration with our ambassadors. With a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds they help bring creativity, plurality and innovation to each and every lab.

Another Tomorrow | Barakat Ghebrehawariat | Everyday School | Innovation Plant | Paulina Modlitba Söderlund | People People | Siduri Poli | Tankeapoteket | Zakarias - Orten.io |
Paulina Modlitba Söderlund
Paulina Modlitba Söderlund is a proud MIT Media Lab alum with a background in robot-human-interaction and service design. She is running her own business as a digital leader and freelancing consultant within digital communication, marketing and strategy.
Tankeapoteket
Tankeapoteket is a social design firm specialized in creating experiences that enhance human connection. Working at the intersection of Psychology, Business and Design, we are determined to build bridges where others see holes and help people thrive in uncertainty.
Zakarias - Orten.io
Orten.io is bringing tech events to the so called segregated parts of Sweden, trying to create a platform where people of different backgrounds, social status, genders and religions can meet and get inspired to cooperate within tech entrepreneurship.
Siduri Poli
People keep asking me how I see the future, and this really is it. My job is to create innovation together with businesses. And my way to contribute to the future is to make those innovations valuable for everybody; for the user, for our society and, of course, for the business itself.
Another Tomorrow
Fredrik Heghammar and Joe Coppard are the founders of Another Tomorrow. Much like us at Gather they are curators, facilitators and analysts that combine organisational needs with emerging trends using diverse perspectives to create opportunities.
Barakat Ghebrehawariat
An entrepreneur within communication with democracy as his compass. Also known as the Democracy-agent. A speaker, advisor and teacher with long experience from working with communication from a perspective of diversity.
Innovation Plant
Innovation Plant is a consultancy focused on the advancement of innovations within companies. Founder Kaj Mickos is a professor emeritus in innovation technique. Innovation Plant famously run their 72 hour races, often resulting in numerous patents and new ideas.
People People
People People is inspired by people to meet new demands and create the future of product development. Wired magazine calls them one of Europes hottest start-ups after they designed Stockholm start-ups successes like the Transparent Speaker, the Flic smart button and Narrative, a wearable camera. The team also helps large international companies such as IKEA, Samsung and Miele to identify and define the right tech products through a structured, fast and creative process.
Everyday School
Everyday School's mission is to awaken curiosity and to stimulate intellectual, creative and spiritual inquiry into questions fundamental to human life. Offering courses where you can learn essential skills from remarkable teachers, their ultimate goal is a world where wisdom sits in the hands of people and not in the pages of books.

Participants

Gather Festival, Stockholm
Sep 14-16, 2017

The participants at Gather are a fundamental part of the festival program. They are artists, scholars, philosophers, journalists, politicians, activists, developers, scientists, economists, advisors, musicians, inventors and humanitarians. They come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. At Gather their job is to share their projects, theories and knowledge to challenge and inspire us.

Amanda Bergman

Amanda Bergman

Singer-songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden. Amanda Bergman has previously performed and released music under the stage name Idiot Wind and as Hajen and also as part of the band Amason. In February of 2016 she released her debut solo album ”Docks” and shortly after she toured the world with both First Aid Kit and The Tallest Man on Earth.

Almira Osmanovic-Thunström

Almira Osmanovic-Thunström

Former neuroscientist turned VR/AR enthusiast based at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital (East) as a project manager, working with digitalization, AI, big data and finding ways in which VR can benefit psychiatric care. Her newly founded portal VRPsykiatri.se is an effort to connect the game development community with the healthcare sectors in order to create greater collaborations and more VR-projects in psychiatric care.

Anna Hult

Anna Hult
PhD Candidate at KTH and Co-Founder of CITIES

As a researcher at the department of Urban Planning and Environment at KTH in Stockholm, Anna Hult recently finished her PhD called “Unpacking Swedish Sustainability: The promotion and circulation of sustainable urbanism”. She is also the Co-Founder of the Amsterdam based organisation CITIES, working with urban research, communication and initiates local solutions for global urban problems.

Another Tomorrow

Another Tomorrow

The founders of Another Tomorrow Fredrik Hegehammar and Joe Coppard are  much like us at Gather.  Curators, facilitators and analysts that combine organisational needs with emerging trends using diverse perspectives to create opportunities.

Barakat Ghebrehawariat

Barakat Ghebrehawariat
Democracy Agent & Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur within communication with democracy as his compass. Also known as the Democracy-agent. Barakat Ghebrehawariat is a speaker, advisor and teacher with long experience from working with communication from a perspective of diversity.

Better Shelter

Better Shelter

The co-founder and Managing Director of Better Shelter, Johan Karlsson, is a Swedish social enterprise with a mission to improve the lives of persons who have had to flee armed conflicts and natural disasters. Better Shelter designs and develops modular post-emergency shelters in collaboration with UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation and strives to provide displaced families with a safer, more dignified home away from home.

Busu

Busu

With his brand new album released in april 2017, Europagang-founder Busu is most famous for his eurodance inspired way to do hiphop. His has been acclaimed by the likes of Pigions and Planes and Elevator Mag for his new way to create colorful and crisp hiphop that erases national borders.

Charlotta Kvarnström

Charlotta Kvarnström
Managing Director, Accenture

As Managing Director at Accenture, Charlotta Kvarnström is responsible for Nordic Communications, Media and Technology Process Services. Kvarnström is also the Accenture Sweden Gender Diversity Business Sponsor and a member of the Accenture Sweden Human Capital Board, and has in this capacity led the gender diversity recruiting transformation.

Christian Engström

Christian Engström
Programmer

Christian Engström was a Member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Pirate Party between 2009 and 2014, focusing on Internet freedom issues, including the right to privacy, net neutrality and copyright reform. After leaving the European Parliament, he has developed a concrete proposal for basic income for Sweden, including preliminary costings and financing.

Claudia Olsson

Claudia Olsson
CEO, Exponential

Founder and CEO of Exponential, a global consultancy specialized in providing strategic advice, analysis and professional development related to digital transformation. Claudia Olsson is one of the Nordic region’s most sought-after speakers on exponential technologies, future trends, leadership and governance.

Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke
Writer/Artist

A writer, artist and academic, Daniel Rourke, currently finalises a PhD in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work exploits the speculative and science fiction in search of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities), including extensive research on the intersection between digital materiality, the arts, and posthumanism. In 2015 Daniel and artist & activist Morehshin Allahyari released The 3D Additivist Manifesto: a call to push technologies beyond their breaking point, into the realm of the provocative, and the weird.

Den digitala draken (podcast)

Den digitala draken (podcast)

The podcast "Den Digitala Draken" has in a short time become one of Sweden's most influential voices about innovation and technology. With captivating episodes, hosts Jacob Lovén and Tom Xiong are telling the story about how a new generation of innovation driven technology companies from China are on their way to surpass Silicon Valley.

Tom Xiong is the founder of the fitness and health plaChina and the next generation of digital innovationtform Move Shanghai in China, Jacob Lovén is the Head of Innovation at OMD. The duo have extensive experience from Internet and media companies such as Klarna, Schibsted, MTG.

Dis/Order

Dis/Order

A collective run by landscape architects Johanna Bratel and Karin Andersson. They work experimentally and research based with the potential of urban spaces by questioning contemporary conventions about what a city is an can be. With workshops, articles, lectures, installations and consulting assignment they strive to make what is outside the norm visible, make space for more people and shine a light on unequal power structures in urban environments.

Doberman

Doberman

Elin Aram, UX designer and Lars Ericsson, Head of Tech at Doberman will give you a peek into the life of someone who lives in a super-connected city surveilled by cameras and sensors everywhere. What services do we expect to get for the price of our privacy and who is responsible to deliver them?

Dr. Kate Stone & Be Charlotte

Dr. Kate Stone & Be Charlotte
Physicist, former sheep herder and NASA Datanaut

As a NASA Datanaut Dr. Kate Stone spends her time thinking of new and different ways to "hack" paper. Blending creativity and science, her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique and magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video and posters that display energy usage in real time.

19-year old artist Be Charlotte has already participated in a panel discussion at SXSW on "Making Music Physical Again" as part of her work with Cambridge Science and Technology firm Novalia. At Gather, Charlotte will work with Keynote speaker Dr Kate Stone to create "digital experiences" where she interacts musically with Dr Stone's inventions.

Drömfakulteten

Drömfakulteten

Drömfakulteten is everything from ambient to hardcore. Through DJ-ing, composing, holding lectures and engineering they create new ways of encouraging the technological and philosophical rules of music making.

Everyday School

Everyday School

Everyday’s mission is to awaken curiosity and to stimulate intellectual, creative and spiritual inquiry into the questions fundamental to human life. Offering courses where you can learn essential skills from remarkable teachers, they have always been driven by the vision of creating a world where wisdom is in the hands of people and not in the pages of books.

Fatima Al Qadiri

Fatima Al Qadiri

Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait and based in Brooklyn, transnational musician, producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri often explores the sonic relationship between war, protest and modern music. She is also part of the project Future Brown. Her second album ”Brute” was released in 2016 and she will also give a talk at Gather.

Femme InspiraTion

Femme InspiraTion

Femme InspiraTion is an inspiration network for women and non-binary who work with technology i in Stockholm. The network aims to create inspiring meet ups where we, who work in technology, have the opportunity to meet people working in the same industry to exchange experiences, pep, laugh and make new friends. Femme organizes AW's lectures, theme events, etc. In short, inspiring activities and meet-ups that the network members want to do.

Fredrik Wikholm

Fredrik Wikholm
Serial entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur in the fields of clothing, finance and education, Fredrik Wikholm's work enables social-ecological innovations by bridging the gap between science and entrepreneurship. Hailing from Sweden, Fredrik's passion for reversing climate change grew out of his childhood in nature and many years in the climbing & snowboard community that later formed as Uniforms for the Dedicated, the menswear company that Fredrik co-founded in 2007. He later moved on to founding The Rag Bag, Dedicated Institute, From Air and Society Beyond, initiatives and organizations built to serve the greater good of people and planet.

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle
Investigative journalist and Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

Irish-Australian Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington, DC which coordinated the release of the Panama Papers across the world. It was the biggest cross-border collaboration in journalism history. He has more than 60 journalism awards from six countries. Reporters Without Borders has described his work with ICIJ as "the future of investigative journalism worldwide."

Ghazal, ALX9696 & Dinamarca

Ghazal, ALX9696 & Dinamarca

International collective STAYCORE is a label and dj crew run from Stockholm and founded by producers/DJs Dinamarca and Ghazal. Together with ALX9696 they transgress traditional genre barriers and bring the sounds of the Carribbean to Scandinavia and beyond.

Gidge

Gidge

Electronic music duo Jonatan Nilsson and Ludvig Stolterman draw their inspiration from the woods and widths of northern Sweden. Together with melancholic vocal samples and warm, fuzzy chord progressions, Gidge create ambient lullabies with their own sense of atmosphere and emotion.

Greg Carley

Greg Carley
Global Director – Design Strategy Group, Fjord

With a passion for design, technology and innovation, Greg Carley's current Global Leadership role in the Design Strategy Group at Accenture has him focused on "What’s Next" for FJORD when it comes to emerging technology, trends, and new design approaches. Using his "100 Days of Innovation" Framework, he is recognized for effectively motivating and driving cross-disciplinary teams to produce creative work and building innovative products. Trained in both journalism (Mass Communication) and graphic design (Visual Communication), Carley tackles creative processes with a holistic and pragmatic approach.

Hannes Sjöblad

Hannes Sjöblad
Chief Disruption Officer

Hannes Sjöblad works as Chief Disruption Officer at Epicenter Stockholm where he helps people and companies spot potential disruptions. He is also the founder of the Swedish biohacker community BioNyfiken (bionyfiken.se) and Chairman of Människa+, the Swedish transhumanist association (manniskaplus.nu).

Honey Dijon

Honey Dijon

Born and raised in Chicago, home of house music, but now based in the fashion capital of New York, charismatic Honey Dijon has similarly created her own space somewhere between the music and fashion world. She has played at clubs like Berghain and Space and for festivals such as the Coachella and BPM Festival of the Year. She has also curated music for fashion shows like Louis Vuitton and has a close collaboration with British designer Kim Jones. As a black transperson, she has also been able to create her own space in both of these worlds, bridging them together with her distinct mix of genres.

Hybrid Forest

Hybrid Forest

Hybrid Forest is a creative studio made up by thinkers and doers who practices the alchemy of creativity and technology to craft emotions in the stories we tell. They design experiences through code, film and 3D. By the use of technology we experience and interpret our realities. What meaning can we give to them?

iGEM

iGEM

iGEM Stockholm is a team of university students and members of Stockholm Makerspace community lab. Together they work on a project to compete in iGEM, a worldwide competition in synthetic biology initiated by MIT in Boston. All year they have been putting science from theory into practice by engineering bacteria and designing DNA. As a team they are students in design, biology, medicine and engineering. Together they mix all different kinds of mind settings  – optimists, critics, world saviors, lateral thinkers - to discuss the future of biotechnology. As our world is getting more and more complex, our questions are getting more complex too. iGEM Stockholm's aim is to be part of democratizing biology, to give everyone the chance to shape the future.

Indy Johar

Indy Johar
Architect and co-founder of Project 00

Architect and co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) Indy Johar,  is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. By studying not only houses, but also structures and cities, he reveals how we can view cities as places for collaborative innovation.

Innovation Plant

Innovation Plant

Innovation Plant is a consultancy focused on the advancement of innovations within companies. Founder Kaj Mickos is a professor emeritus in innovation technique. Innovation Plant famously run their 72 hour races, often resulting in numerous patents and new ideas.

Jonas Lidman

Jonas Lidman
Head of Business Development, Pond

Just recently, Jonas Lidman joined Pond Innovation as Head of Business Development. He's been working in the crossing where organization, communication, business and technology meet. Jonas has worked with organisations like SVT, Visit Sweden, Mondelez and The Swedish Military Intelligences with the challenge “How can we cope with the pace of change we are experiencing as an organization?”.

Jonas has graduated from the KaosPilots in Denmark and is a frequent teacher at Berghs, Hyper Island and Umeå University.

Kai Hübner

Kai Hübner
CTO, Gleechi

As the CTO and founder of Gleechi, Kai Hübner aims to make artificial hands as easy and precise to use as our own hands. The company's technology is used to enable robots to pick up objects in real-time and humans to interact in VR. He is a VR and robotics nerd and the founder of the largest VR community in Sweden.

Karin Pettersson

Karin Pettersson
Political Editor-in-Chief, Aftonbladet

For the past year, Karin Pettersson has lived and studied at Harvard after having been awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship. Sweden awaits her return as Political Editor-in-Chief at Aftonbladet, Scandinaviass biggest daily newspaper, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to all this, Karin was the Head of Communication at the Swedish Social Democrats and has co-founded Fokus, a leading Swedish news magazine.

Katarina Walter

Katarina Walter
CEO, Antrop

As a designer and expert on human behaviour as well as a top ranked CEO in Sweden and head of service design agency Antrop, Katarina Walter is strongly convinced that everyone can make micro actions towards positive change and that service design is a driving force that empowers this movement.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr

The English rapper, singer, and producer Lady Leshurr is best known for her Queen's Speech series of freestyles from 2015 and has worked with producers like Timbaland and Deputy and is viewed by many as the queen of Grime. She is well-known for her fast rap style and are often compared with Busta Rhymes.

Lash

Lash

Sisters Sabina and Anfa were discovered by Swedish rapstar Silvana Imam. With of energy and creativity they rap about stereotypes, sex, LGBTQ-issues, human rights and use hiphop as a way to challenge, inspire and change.

Leah Reich

Leah Reich
Writer and Senior User Researcher

With a PhD ethnography and now a writer based in Stockholm, Sweden, Leah Reich's work explores the intersection of the personal and the universal, the tactical and the fundamental – how each illuminates the other, and how together they help us navigate the joys and challenges of being human. She currently works at Spotify as a senior user researcher focusing on the core experience of music consumers. Prior to joining Spotify, she was Slack's first user researcher, where she helped develop a deeply human user research practice and discipline that gave product teams the insights necessary to ship features while also providing them with a deeper, more foundational understanding of their users and the product. A long-time essayist and columnist, Leah most recently wrote an advice column for The Verge titled "How To Be Human".

Lifesum

Lifesum

Therese comes from a long background of working with digital service development. Not like, since the seventies or anything but, you know, it's been a while. Combining her business school background with user-centric design thinking, she's been an entrepreneur and also worked with companies to create exceptional products. Currently, she's on a quest to simplify and redefine what everyday-health can be, heading up the RnD department at Lifesum.

Victoria is the CTO at Lifesum. She's into (and really good at, to be honest) putting together passionate, creative teams that can build awesome stuff. She spent 15 years in Silicon Valley working with various startups, and during her time at VMware; they grew from around 70 to over 10,000 employees. Yes, that is some growth. A seasoned leader within engineering organizations, she's currently helping teams and individuals thrive while revolutionizing the world of health and tech.

Lisa Farrar

Lisa Farrar
Chief Digital Officer, Nordic Choice Hotels

Lisa has a 10 year background within leading global ecommerce companies, she is now leading Nordic Choice Hotels' digital venture. Inhousing and building a 150+ team of experts within acquisition, loyalty, sales and technology, Nordic Choice Hotels is investing more than quarter of a billion SEK to deliver the best customer journey possible, lead by customer expectations and the possibilities of technology.

Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae
Sci-fi artist, film director and body architect

Sci-fi artist, director and self proclaimed body architect

Artist Lucy McRae straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body. Her provocative and often grotesquely beautiful imagery suggests a new breed: a future human archetype existing in an alternate world. The media call her an inventor; friends call her a trailblazer. Either way, Lucy relies on instinct to evolve an extraordinary visual path that is powerful, primal and unique.

Maja Brisvall

Maja Brisvall
Executive Director and Co-founder, The Quantified Planet

Executive Director and Co-founder of The Quantified Planet - a non-profit organization with the mission to bring together the world's data on people and planet data for the benefit of humanity. Maja Brisvall is an entrepreneur with several startups behind her in San Francisco, London and Stockholm. Maja is also an expert advisor in the Swedish Government Committee for Digitization.

Making Waves

Making Waves

Hacking the female body
Since forever products and services have been developed for men by men. Or in best case by men for women. Business has been lagging behind and not fulfilling the actual needs of real women. An underserved market equals a great playground for new investment, as long as we put the women at the center. Two business strategists make a deep dive into products and services supporting the female body and the gold that can be dug from this yet to be exploited market.

Elin Westerberg
Elin has a master from Stockholm School of Economics and apart from working with business development at Great Works/Making Waves she has experience from the FMCG world at P&G as well as communications planning.

Sofia Hellsten
Sofia has a master from Stockholm School of Economics and apart from working with business development at Great Works/Making Waves she’s been working with communications strategy and has experience from founding and running a non-profit art organisation.

Maria Rankka

Maria Rankka
CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

The CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Board member at Stockholm Trade Fair, Swedish Transport Administration, Business Sweden and Pop House AB. Before Maria Rankka came to the Chamber of Commerce, she was the CEO of the Stiftelsen Fritt Näringsliv / Timbro. Prior to that, she was a partner in the fast-growing consulting company Prime PR.

Mathias Antonsson

Mathias Antonsson
Head of Innovation, Civil Rights Defenders and Founder/CEO of Plurrify

Coming from political science and with a degree from Gothenburg University, Mathias Antonsson now heads Civil Rights Defenders work on innovation. Mathias has previous experience from the UN, where he pioneered the organisation's Twitter account and received a UN 21 Award for his project management skills. Prior to that, Mathias worked for the Embassy of Sweden in Australia as well as for Sida and the organisation Ushahidi in Kenya. Mathias has co-founded Making All Voices Count – a global Challenge Fund focusing on governance as well as Plurrify, a renowned international podcast on innovation, social entrepreneurship and activism.

Mirik Milan

Mirik Milan
Night Mayor of Amsterdam

Mirik Milan is the current Night Mayor of Amsterdam and an experienced creative director for events. Throughout the years he has been busy organizing parties, fashion shows and cultural events. The Night Mayor has played a leading role in the introduction of the 24-hour licenses. Furthermore he or she functions as an interlocutor for all parties participating in the Amsterdam nightlife

Naomi Pilgrim

Naomi Pilgrim

Swedish-Barbadian singer Naomi Pilgrim, previously a back-up singer for Lykke Li, Agnes and other artists, broke out as a solo artist in 2013 and was received with great prays from the music industry. She released her second EP ”Sink like a stone” in 2016.  At this years P3 Guld award in Gothenburg she performed a version of the legendary Jamaican band The Specials old track ”Racist Friend”, together with Linnea Olsson and Frida Sundemo.

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman is the wedding singer from Syria with about 500 albums and cassettes behind him, who has gained cult status in the club world. He has worked with greats like Four Tet, Fashion Selector, Damon Albarn and Björk, and perhaps because of this, his music seems to exceed the genres - from traditional dabke to hyperactive electronica. With his persistent focus on love, he seems to spread the message of dance music, to dissolve us in time and space, building bridges where previously there were only walls.

Oscar Axhede

Oscar Axhede
Co-Founder, Zound Industries

Oscar Axhede is one of the founders of Zound Industries, a Stockholm based tech company that designs, produces, and sells headphones and speakers through its house brands, including Urbanears and Marshall Headphones. Oscar is here to talk about how our brains are getting hijacked by some of the best algorithms of today, and what we can do to get ahead of a curve that is currently being lead by market forces.

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund is a proud MIT Media Lab alum with a background in robot-human-interaction and service design. She is running her own business as a digital leader and freelancing consultant within digital communication, marketing and strategy.

People People

People People

People People is inspired by people to meet new demands and create the future of product development. Wired magazine calls them one of Europes hottest start-ups after they designed Stockholm start-ups successes like the Transparent Speaker, the Flic smart button and Narrative, a wearable camera. The team also helps large international companies such as IKEA, Samsung and Miele to identify and define the right tech products through a structured, fast and creative process. 

Pfadfinderei

Pfadfinderei

Pfadfinderei [fɑ:d’fɪndɜ:raɪ] is a Berlin-based design and motion graphics studio specializing in creative services for stage entertainment, large-format media installations, tradeshows and events. Going beyond screen work, they apply innovative ideas to fusing light, video and spatial design. Pfadfinderei also sport a hot roster of patented fonts and design publications.

Ppork Dork

Ppork Dork

With their passion for aesthetic experiences and grime matched with a norm critical approach, this Nordic design research duo create genuine insights about human experiences. Their liminal position has led them to develop innovative methods to enrich the design research process and create meaningful design as well as inspire for people & planet friendly business solutions.

Resh Sidhu

Resh Sidhu
Creative Director, Framestore VR

Based in New York, Resh Sidhu is Creative Director of Framestore’s VR Studio, the Oscar-winning creative firm and leader in virtual/augmented reality, digital, production, VFX and design. She is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality and one of only a handful of women driving the medium forward.

Roger Mogert

Roger Mogert
Vice Mayor, Stockhom City

Vice Mayor Roger Mogert also holds chairman positions of the Culture Committee as well as the City Planning Committee of Stockholm. Additionally, Mogert is the chairman of Stockholm City Theatre and Film Region Stockholm-Mälardalen

Salome Asega

Salome Asega
Artist & Curator

Born in Las Vegas, Salome Asega is an Ethiopian visual artist and independent curator based in Brooklyn. Her practice celebrates dissensus and multivocality. Together with Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde she is the founder of the Iyapo Repository project which addresses the relative lack of representation of Africa and people of African descent in contemporary projections of the future.

Sebastian Mullaert & Ulf Eriksson

Sebastian Mullaert & Ulf Eriksson

Two of the leading figures of the Nordic electronic music scene for a long time. Sebastian Mullaert is well known for his work as one half of Minilogue and for playing venues like Panorama Bar and Blackmarket in New York. Ulf Eriksson is foremost known as the boss of Kontra-Musik, a label celebrating its 10th anniversary with several massive releases during 2016, but has also increasingly focused on his international DJ career, playing venues like Berghain, Culture Box and Unit in Tokyo. For the second time they will for Gather team up with visual master Martin Onassis.

Siduri Poli

Siduri Poli

People keep asking me how I see the future, and this really is it. My job is to create innovation together with businesses. And my way to contribute to the future is to make those innovations valuable for everybody; for the user, for our society and, of course, for the business itself.

Superpitcher

Superpitcher

Aksel Schaufler, or Superpitcher, now based in Paris, was born in Cologne and most often works under the Cologne-based record label Kompakt. He began his DJ career in the 1990s and became a central figure in what would be called microhouse, a more melodic, melancholy and emotional version of hard dance music. In 2017 he released his epic third full-length album Golden Ravedays, a 24-song album that will extend over 12 chapter albums during a one-year period. Through this he cements his role as techno's romantic dandy.

Taavi Kotka

Taavi Kotka
CIO, Estonian Government

Based in Estonia, Taavi Kotka has been the CIO of the Estonian government since 2013. Under his management, Estonia is working to introduce a virtual citizenship. He discusses how digitization is changing the mechanisms of citizen political involvement, public administration, and even democracy itself.

Tankeapoteket

Tankeapoteket

Tankeapoteket is a social design firm specialized in creating experiences that enhance human connection. Working at the intersection of Psychology, Business and Design, we are determined to build bridges where others see holes and help people thrive in uncertainty.

Tatiana Bazzichelli

Tatiana Bazzichelli
Communication Sociologist

Communication Sociologist and an expert in Media Art, Hacktivism and Net Culture. Tatiana Bazzichelli is the artistic director and curator of The Disruption Network Lab, a conceptual and practical zone based in Berlin, where artists, hackers, activists, networkers, whistle-blowers and critical thinkers enter into a dialogue to generate new possible routes of social and political action.

Teenage Engineering Soundsystem

Teenage Engineering Soundsystem

Teenage Engineering Soundsystem bridges design and music by combining musical composition with the creation of musical instruments. They often demonstrate new technology in front of a live audience. The group consists of musicians as well as engineers from Teenage Engineering, an electronics company that mainly focuses on designing and building electronic instruments. Teenage Engineering Soundsystem have worked with many diverse partners such as fashion brand Cheap Monday to world renowned artist Bon Iver.

The Amazing Society

The Amazing Society

The Amazing Society is a lead agency focusing on digital and social. "We’re social first meaning we acknowledge that social networks have changed the way we do marketing. First we recognize that Facebook and other platforms are the most influential marketing channels today and need to dictate how we spend our marketing investments and also how we think about creativity and messages. Second we recognize that brands need to take grater responsibility for the messages they send to the world as they can be a force for good or a force that’s hurting people. Brands that do not work value driven will lose competitive edge as the consumer is becoming increasingly aware of if brands act responsibly or not."

Tomas Nyström

Tomas Nyström
Managing Director, Accenture

As the Managing Director and Nordic Advanced Technology and Architecture lead at Accenture, Tomas Nyström champions innovation and helps organizations change on the enterprise level. He has over 20 years of experience from the industry – all the way from programming and designing systems to leading large practices – and is passionate about technology and technology architecture. Tomas also serves on the global architecture certification board at Accenture.

Tuva Palm

Tuva Palm
CPO & CTO, Nordnet

A technology and strategy-focused product executive with great leadership skills and 18 years successful career within the IT industry - at companies such as Klarna and Oracle. Many know Tuva as one of the hosts of STHLM TECH, the largest tech meetup in Europe, where she monthly discusses tech trends with investors, and gives feedback on pitching start-ups on stage. She is furthermore on the Board of directors at Lunar Way, a Danish Neo-bank.

In 2016 Tuva started at Nordnet Bank as CPO and CTO. Nordnet disrupted banking as the first completely digital bank in Europe 20 years ago. Now Tuva and her team aims at redefining the financial industry by building the next generation banking experience.

Zakarias -orten.io

Zakarias -orten.io

Orten.io is bringing tech events to the so called segregated parts of Sweden, trying to create a platform where people of different backgrounds, social status, genders and religions can meet and get inspired to cooperate within tech entrepreneurship.

Vu Bui

Vu Bui
COO of Mojang and President of the Block by Block Foundation

Vu Bui is the COO of Mojang, the game studio behind the worldwide phenomenon game, Minecraft. His role at Mojang is diverse, and includes managing the Minecraft brand, building new business opportunities, creating Mojang’s live event Minecon, leading multimedia for the Minecraft brand, including producing the Minecraft movie. Vu was a pioneer of and is also the President of the Block by Block Foundation which supports a unique partnership between Mojang and UN Habitat using Minecraft in the process of urban sustainable development.

Vu is also the President of the Block by Block Foundation, a partnership between Mojang and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The goal of the project is to involve young people in the planning of urban public spaces using Minecraft. Block by Block have worked with spaces in the Les Cayes waterfront in Haiti, Kiritpur in Nepal, Lotus Garden in Mumbai, India, Kigali in Rwanda, among others.

Yomi Abiola

Yomi Abiola
Journalist and social entrepreneur

As a Media Entrepreneur,  dedicated to supporting women in living their
most power-filled lives. At the core of Yomi’s work is diversity, inclusion and the
advancement of women. As an international speaker, Yomi has presented at Harvard,
Yale, MIT the United Nations and TED. As an advisor to founders and leaders, Yomi
has supported several companies and organisations in scaling growth through retaining
and advancing female talent.

Also a Change Agent, Yomi focuses on the advancement of women and girls. She
prepares women to cease and identify opportunities for exponential growth and
development. Most recently, Yomi has founded The Fem League a media platform,
incubator and community that provides a roadmap for female advancement for women
globally.

Yomi is the founder of Stand Up For Fashion (STUFF) a global platform promoting
social accountability and responsibility in the fashion industry. She is a graduate of both
Columbia School of Journalism, Sciences Politiques Paris and holds a certificate from
The Harvard Kennedy School. Yomi currently serves as an associate to the UNESCO
Chair for human rights as well as an MIT Legatum Catalyst. She is an editor at Vogue
Italia.

Locations

Gather Festival, Stockholm
Sep 14-16, 2017


Nobelberget

Once an industrial warehouse, Nobelberget has quickly become a place for progressive culture in a new and different physical space not far from Södermalm in Stockholm. Here, large parts of the conference and the daily activities will take place. 

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Contact

Our goal is to build Gather Festival together with our visitors. Do not hesitate to contact us if you see an opportunity to shape, mould or influence Gather Festival. We love all input. info@gatherfestival.com


SPEAKERS
Do you want to talk to us regarding our speakers? Contact Paulina: paulina@gfc.nu

PARTNERSHIP
Are you representing a company that wants to be part of Gather? Contact Maria: maria@gfc.nu

TICKETS
Do you want to buy tickets in large amounts? Contact Max: max@gfc.nu

PRESS
Are you a member of the press and would like more info or images? Contact Ebba: brev@ebbalindqvist.se

In partnership with


Acast is a technology platform for audio on demand that connects listeners, podcasts and advertisers into an integrated one-stop shop. Today, Acast has over 57 million listings per month and 1600 podcasts worldwide.

acast.com

Accenture provides a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in 120+ countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

accenture.com/se-en

Adobe is a multinational computer software company. They will attend our labs as design and prototype partner, delivering free access to their Adobe XD program.

adobe.com

As one of the largest property companies in Sweden, we build knowledge environments for universities and colleges. This is how we contribute to a wiser Sweden.

akademiskahus.se

Atrium Ljungberg owns, develops and manages properties. They are located in Stockholm, Uppsala, Malmö and Gothenburg.

al.se/en/

Award winning communication school Berghs combine all major commercial communication disciplines under one roof. Our students work together across all disciplines. At Gather Festival some of them will put their creativity and innovation focused mindset into Gather Playground labs.

berghs.se

The unpredictable weather of Gothenburg has pushed us to design solid functional jackets for a city lifestyle.

elvine.se

EQT Ventures supports ambitious founders on their journeys to global success and will attend our Labs as advisors and mentors.

eqtventures.com

The Stockholm Property Association serves over 5,000 members in the Stockholm region and Gotland. 

fastighetsagarna.se

FundedByMe is a crowdfunding platform connecting investors and entrepreneurs and will attend our Labs as supporters and mentors for our participants.

fundedbyme.com/en

One of the fastest growing municipalities in Sweden with a strong tradition of innovation, fashion, nature and culture.

nacka.se

Radar is an online platform with focus on contemporary culture and progressive personalities. 

radarcollective.com

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) manages civil registration of private individuals and collects taxes such as personal income tax, corporate tax and VAT.

skatteverket.se

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. SI seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and business.

eng.si.se

VICE is an ever-expanding nebula of immersive investigative journalism, uncomfortable sociological examination, unapologetic activities, making fun of people who should know better, and award-winning documentaries from a worldwide network of contributors in more than 35 countries.

vice.com