Stockholm is an old town, but in the new millennium it is having growing pains. The city and regional governments have started a partnership with local universities to address complex social issues in this region. It’s called OpenLab and it has an official opening tomorrow at its new home, Valhallavägen 79. Tomorrow we’ll kick off this new blog at the conference to inaugurate the new OpenLab center.
To start things off, OpenLab invited thought leaders from an range of disciplines to speak and participate in panel discussions starting at 1 p.m. The list is pretty stellar:
Alfredo Brillembourg, who holds the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at ETH in Zurich;
Jaideep Prabhu, professor of Marketing and the Jawaharial Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, Cambridge University;
Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University;
Devi Shetty, Indian philanthropist, social entrepreneur and cardiac surgeon;
Christina Agapakis, biologist, writer, and artist;
Daisy Ginsberg, designer, artist and writer;
Uli Weinberg, Director of the School of Design Thinking at Hasso-Plattner-Institute;
Pär Hedberg, founder and CEO of Stockholm Innovation & Growth.
So, With such a slate of speakers, it’s easy to imagine there will be lots to talk about. Keeping with the mission of the Stockholm Technology Blog, to report on and highlight research and innovation here at KTH, your correspondent will bring you updates throughout the afternoon, to give you a taste of some of the ideas brought up at OpenLab.