Impact Camp

Helsinki Challenge is heading to the next stage. At the Helsinki Challenge Impact Camp 9th–10th April 2015, 20 amazing challenge teams be given a new question to solve: what is the actual impact we are aiming for with our solution? Who benefits from our solution and how? With whom and how can we reach our goals? Is this solution idea the right one to reach the desired impact, or do we need something completely different?

At the Impact Camp, various stakeholders and experts both from abroad and Finland will join the Helsinki Challenge teams. It's a unique chance for experts and stakeholders to participate in Helsinki Challenge, co-create with teams and be a part of the future of science. Meet some of them!

Magnus Magnusson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Magnus Magnusson joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in January 2015 with responsibility for donor government relations with the Nordic countries. Before joining the foundation, Magnus was Chief of the UNCDF Business Development and Communications Unit. In this position, Mr. Magnusson oversaw resource mobilization, donor relations, business development and external relations. Read more on Magnus Magnusson.

Celia Hannon, Nesta Centre for Challenge Prizes

Celia Hannon is the Programme Manager at the Nesta Centre for Challenge Prizes which is an innovation charity helping people and organizations bring good ideas to life. She has previously worked as a researcher for Britain’s Demos think tank as well as The Governance Lab. Hannon specializes in socio-political questions and has studied young people and families, media, and civic engagement. Specific research topics include the effects of austerity policies on British families, young people’s vlogging and Britain’s child care system. Read more on Celia Hannon.

Ulrich Weinberg, Hasso Plattner Institute

Ulrich Weinberg is the Director of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. He has over 25 years of experience from the film industry, 3D modeling and animation. He has previously worked for BMW, Siemens and Daimler-Benz. Now Weinberg directs the Hasso-Platner Institute School of Design Thinking, which encourages companies to invest in cooperation and WeQ-thinking. Read more on Ulrich Weinberg.

Ian Scott, UCL Grand Challenges programme

Ian Scott is the Principal Facilitator for the UCL Grand Challenges programme. Scott’s own background is in biomedicine: he defended his doctoral dissertation on Skeletal muscle mitochondrial metabolism at the University of Bristol, and has studied the effect of calcium in neuronal and lymphocyte cell activation. He has also done post-doc research in Helsinki. Read more on Ian Scott.

Vicky-Marie Gibbons, Bethnal Green Ventures

Vicky-Marie Gibbons, a Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures which is an accelerator programme for people who want to change the world using technology. The accelerator program helps find and create technology-based solutions for grand health and environmental issues. Read more Vicky-Marie Gibbons

Dinelle Lucchesi, BRAINS

Dinelle Lucchesi, the founder of BRAINS. Her current work focuses on accelerating technologies with major implications for humanity. BRAINS Ventures facilitates discussion and collaboration between scientists and investors to create a mission-driven funding and incubation culture in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and beyond.Read more on Dinelle Lucchesi.

Ferdi Van Heerden, Changing the world

Ferdi Van Heerden, the Change agent at Changing the world. Van Heerden has over 20 years of experience in international marketing and design. He has worked for the likes of legendary design company IDEO, Speedo, and the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency. Today, he’s a consultant for actors in various different fields on managing, strategy and design. Read more on Ferdi Van Heerden.

Alex Pesch, Synthego

Stanford alumnus Alex Pesch is a founder at biotech startup Synthego, and has a background in engineering, mechanical design and product design. Synthego is changing the future of biotech by integrating science, engineering and software, with experience in areas such as robotics and space technology, as well as technologies for DNA sequencing and life extension. Read more on Alex Pesch.