What is Gather

Gather Festival, Stockholm
13. 9. – 16. 9. 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 13-16 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
13. 9. – 16. 9. 2017

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


Conference tickets

Gather Festival, Stockholm
13. 9. – 16. 9. 2017

If you want to enjoy the inspirational talks, the panels as well as the night activities, buy one of our conference tickets. The conference ticket gives you access to Gather’s conference program and culture program. Book a seat at any of the talks or performances.

March 1 - May 14: 4950:-
May 15 - July 30: 5950:-
Aug 1 - Sept 13: 7450:-

The conference ticket includes:


  • Gather Conference – 60 speakers, four 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

Small size companies, start-ups & NGO:s

Gather Festival, Stockholm
13. 9. – 16. 9. 2017

2450:-

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

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

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

The future of commerce
Sweden is said to become the first cashless country in the world. But what does that mean in reality?

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

Beyond Human
Where do we draw the lines between biology and technology? Are we already turning into cyborgs? This session explores the future of bodies, genetics, clothes, gadgets and the human body’s extraordinary adaptability.

Doing Data and The Internet of Things
As robotics start to take over and automatize our work environment we have to wonder; who are they? How close will they be able to resemble us? What does the development of robotics look like in one of the biggest economies in the world – China?

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
How does Sweden brands itself in sustainable urban development internationally, how does it interact with national urban planning, and what does sustainability really mean?

Big Data and Smart Cities
What does a life look like 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?

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
What will we really use VR for?

The Medium Is the Message?
The speakers of this session delve into the importance of the actual medium. What is radio without radio or the future of streaming?

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

The role of hacktivism, disruption and art in contemporary digital culture
This session will dwell on pushing the boundaries. 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.

Redefining democracy and human rights
In a contemporary Western culture where post-truth seems to have drowned everything else out, this session centers on reimagining our basic democratic definitions and concepts.

The role of journalism the era of post-truth, late capitalism and social change
The three speakers of this session all deal with contemporary media and journalistic issues, from the transnational co-operation of the Panama Papers to trolling and hacktivism.

SPEAKERS
Anna Hult | Better Shelter | Christian Engström | Claudia Olsson | Daniel Rourke | Disorder | Dr. Kate Stone & Be Charlotte | Gerard Ryle | Hannes Sjöblad | Indy Johar | Karin Pettersson | Lifesum | Lucy McRae | Maja Brisvall | Making Waves | Maria Rankka | Mirik Milan | Pfadfinderei | Resh Sidhu | Roger Mogert | Salome Asega | Siavash Ghorbani | Taavi Kotka | Tatiana Bazzichelli | Vu Bui | Whitney Phillips | 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.

Anna Hult

Anna Hult

Anna Hult is a researcher at the department of Urban Planning and Environment at KTH in Stockholm. She 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

Fredrik Hegehammar 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

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.

Better Shelter

Better Shelter

Johan Karlsson, is the co-founder and Managing Director of Better Shelter, 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.

Christian Engström

Christian Engström

Christian Engström is a Swedish computer programmer, activist and deputy chairman of the Swedish Pirate Party. He has introduced a concrete proposal for a basic income system for Sweden. Engström is also a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

Claudia Olsson

Claudia Olsson

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

Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke is a writer/artist and academic currently finalising 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.

Disorder

Disorder

Disorder is 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.

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.

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle

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.

Hannes Sjöblad

Hannes Sjöblad

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).

Indy Johar

Indy Johar

Indy Johar is an architect and co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and 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.

Karin Pettersson

Karin Pettersson
Political Editor-in-Chief

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.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr

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.

Lifesum

Lifesum

Lifesum is a Stockholm-based digital health startup that helps make better food choices and improve exercise and reach health goals. Its application combines technology and applied psychology with personal preferences. Victoria Bastide, CTO, leads the technology team, where focus is on product development, building and operating large-scale infrastructure, and quality engineering. Therese Mannheimer is Lifesum's the Director of Research.

Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae

Sci-fi artist, director and self proclaimed body architect

Lucy McRae is an artist who 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

Maja Brisvall is 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. She 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

Maria is the CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Board member at Stockholm Trade Fair, Swedish Transport Administration, Business Sweden and Pop House AB. Before 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.

Mirik Milan

Mirik Milan

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.

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.

Resh Sidhu

Resh Sidhu

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 Mogert also holds the position as the Chairman of the Culture Committee as well as the City Planning Committee. Additionally, Mogert is the chairman of Stockholm City Theatre and Film Region Stockholm-Mälardalen

Salome Asega

Salome Asega

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.

Siavash Ghorbani

Siavash Ghorbani

Siavash Ghorbani is the CTO and co-founder of Tictail. With deep technical knowledge and experience in building and managing technical teams, Ghorbani has established a strong, autonomous team of engineers behind the Tictail e-commerce platform. Tictail today is home to 100,000 online stores and a marketplace that serves millions of customers.

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.

Taavi Kotka

Taavi Kotka

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

Tatiana Bazzichelli is a Communication Sociologist and an expert in Media Art, Hacktivism and Net Culture. She 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.

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 and sandbox construction 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 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.

Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips is Assistant Professor of Writing at Mercer University. In her book “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” (2016) she discusses the ideas that surround online trolling and presents how society has allowed for these online aggressions to become a normal part of everyday culture.

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 your idea become innovations. The objective is to help you take the first hard steps to making your idea reality. The idea can be anything from a social initiative, the start of a movement or a brilliant business idea. This could mean getting help with prototyping, breaking down an action plan, launching a crowdfunding campaign or pitching your idea to venture capital partners. Together with our Motivation Lab partners, Adobe, EQT Ventures, and FundedByMe we will give you the chance to take part in a 6 step innovation journey that ends with in the Gather Festival.

All selected participants will be rewarded Gather Tickets , a masterclass in presentation technique and prototyping hosted by Adobe,+ free access to Adobe XD, feedback on their pitch from venture capital firm EQT Ventures, assistance in creating a crowdfunding campaign from FundedByMe and expert advice from our fellow Gatherers.

Read more and submit your idea

In partnership with:

Solution Labs

Our Solution Labs focuses on businesses, organizations and companies addressing a problem and using Gather to create a real solution, using a variety of innovation processes and with the expertise of our innovation partners. The Gather Solution labs range from 2-hour sprints to 24h innovation races and the challenges can be anything from philosophical challenges to determination of specific needs.

Anyone attending Gather festival will be able to get involved in the innovation process. The labs will be presented here one month before the Festival, and if you have a conference ticket you will be able to reserve a spot in as many of the labs as you like. Go ahead and buy your conference ticket now and we will notify you as soon as registration to the Gather Solution labs opens!

Are you part of an organisation or a company that would like organize a Solution Lab? Contact maria@gfc.nu.

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
13. 9. – 16. 9. 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.

Anna Hult

Anna Hult

Anna Hult is a researcher at the department of Urban Planning and Environment at KTH in Stockholm. She 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

Fredrik Hegehammar 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

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.

Better Shelter

Better Shelter

Johan Karlsson, is the co-founder and Managing Director of Better Shelter, 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.

Christian Engström

Christian Engström

Christian Engström is a Swedish computer programmer, activist and deputy chairman of the Swedish Pirate Party. He has introduced a concrete proposal for a basic income system for Sweden. Engström is also a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

Claudia Olsson

Claudia Olsson

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

Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke is a writer/artist and academic currently finalising 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.

Disorder

Disorder

Disorder is 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.

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.

Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle

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.

Hannes Sjöblad

Hannes Sjöblad

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).

Indy Johar

Indy Johar

Indy Johar is an architect and co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and 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.

Karin Pettersson

Karin Pettersson
Political Editor-in-Chief

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.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr

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.

Lifesum

Lifesum

Lifesum is a Stockholm-based digital health startup that helps make better food choices and improve exercise and reach health goals. Its application combines technology and applied psychology with personal preferences. Victoria Bastide, CTO, leads the technology team, where focus is on product development, building and operating large-scale infrastructure, and quality engineering. Therese Mannheimer is Lifesum's the Director of Research.

Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae

Sci-fi artist, director and self proclaimed body architect

Lucy McRae is an artist who 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

Maja Brisvall is 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. She 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

Maria is the CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Board member at Stockholm Trade Fair, Swedish Transport Administration, Business Sweden and Pop House AB. Before 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.

Mirik Milan

Mirik Milan

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.

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.

Resh Sidhu

Resh Sidhu

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 Mogert also holds the position as the Chairman of the Culture Committee as well as the City Planning Committee. Additionally, Mogert is the chairman of Stockholm City Theatre and Film Region Stockholm-Mälardalen

Salome Asega

Salome Asega

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.

Siavash Ghorbani

Siavash Ghorbani

Siavash Ghorbani is the CTO and co-founder of Tictail. With deep technical knowledge and experience in building and managing technical teams, Ghorbani has established a strong, autonomous team of engineers behind the Tictail e-commerce platform. Tictail today is home to 100,000 online stores and a marketplace that serves millions of customers.

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.

Taavi Kotka

Taavi Kotka

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

Tatiana Bazzichelli is a Communication Sociologist and an expert in Media Art, Hacktivism and Net Culture. She 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.

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 and sandbox construction 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 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.

Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips is Assistant Professor of Writing at Mercer University. In her book “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” (2016) she discusses the ideas that surround online trolling and presents how society has allowed for these online aggressions to become a normal part of everyday culture.

Locations

Gather Festival, Stockholm
13. 9. – 16. 9. 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: ebba@ebbalindqvist.se

In partnership with


Accenture

Accenture provides a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. With more than 401,000 people serving clients in 120+ countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

accenture.com/se-en

Adobe

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

​Atrium Ljungberg

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

al.se/en/

EQT Ventures

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

eqtventures.com

FundedByMe

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

fundedbyme.com/en

Radar Collective

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

radarcollective.com

Swedish Institute

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