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Sami Niemelä

Sami is a designer and creative director working at the intersection of systems, foresight and design. In his daily work, he helps teams, products and companies to become future proof by design, first through optimal futures and then building the competence around the ideas that matter.

During over 20 years in the industry, he has worked on several continents and keeps on pushing the industry forward by new thinking. So far his work has earned him international patents, numerous awards and has built exits to the largest companies in the world.

Currently, he is one of the founders and the creative director of an advanced design firm Nordkapp, headquartered in Helsinki and working all over the world. On the side, Sami gives back to the community through professional organisations, events and conferences ranging from local meetups to sold-out major conferences.


Sami is hosting the workshop Actionable Futures Toolkit

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

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Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

Full program

Tickets & info

12 / 13 December, Rotterdam | Get your tickets now!

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)


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Speakers & hosts

Our speakers & hosts

We are happy to announce our keynote speakers and hosts for sessions and workshops. These include:

Marleen Stikker
Tracy Rolling
Heather Wiltse
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Klasien van de Zandschulp
Mirena Papadimitriou
Davide Gomba
Wouter Reeskamp

But wait, there are many more:

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