Ashkan Fardost in lecture-mode

Ashkan Fardost in lecture-mode

During the past month industry expert Ashkan Fardost and I have been designing a 2 month part-time Digital Technologies project for our Hyper Island MA students. As with all projects, it's split over two 3-day sessions.

About the Digital Technologies project – The methods, tools and platforms for designing, prototyping, developing and distributing technical solutions are evolving at a very rapid pace, as is the complexity of such work. 

This project will develop your critical understanding of the opportunities, challenges and complexities of the use of digital technologies for organisations, clients, consumers and society. This won’t make you into a developer or a creative technologist, but is designed to extend your strategic knowledge through the exploration of current and emerging technology trends in order to produce research-informed prototypes that are designed to solve real world issues.

The aims of this project are to; explore the key ideas and complexities of “making things” in digital in order to solve real-world problems, understand the potential disruptive impacts of current and future digital technologies upon society, critically examine the ethics of digital solutions, data and personal privacy and consider the economic value of technology. 

I relish this stuff. I coo over gadgets, take delight in each new miracle app. Like an addict, I check my Twitter timeline the moment I wake up. And often I wonder: is all this really good for me? For us? None of these things have been foisted upon humankind – we’ve merrily embraced them. But where is it all leading? If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects?
— Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror

Industry Leader


Dr. Ashkan Fardost, Scientist & Global Professional Speaker

Ashkan’s digital journey began in the early 2000’s, when he created music with software and hacked Napster to land a record deal with EMI and Armada Music as a 17-year old. This made him realize that the digital revolution was going to change everything. Industry after industry would be turned upside down.

Ever since, he’s been studying how technology affects industries, societies and human behavior.
After his music journey, Ashkan entered the world of scientific innovation by obtaining a PhD in chemical engineering from Uppsala University. At the same time, Ashkan got involved with the startup community as both a founder and a consultant.

Today, Ashkan is a global speaker, consultant and investor. He’s also a regular guest on Swedish national television discussing how technology affects society.

AI prototyping workshop

AI prototyping workshop

Sessions with Ashkan Fardost

Ashkan presented the landscape of our world through a technology lens. How does technology evolve, and which technologies are emerging around us – and how will they impact industries, societies and human behavior. We discussed which mindset should have to thrive in a world of constant and accelerating change through technology. 

Ashkan also took the students on a journey through the world of big data, AI and things related. Understanding how AI and big data are related, and how they can be used in everyday situations. Plus demonstrated some tools that are available for deploying AI, machine learning.

Finally we took at look at Outcomes, Platforms and Ecosystems.  Ashkan’s presented his lens on how to predict the future, and/or develop products/services, and/or where to invest your efforts as a company. The aim was to understanding the relationship between outcomes (as in a very narrow and well-defined problem that can be solved with a product or service), platforms (whether your product/service should be a platform on its own or be part of an existing platform) and ecosystems (the relationship between businesses and segments on a macro perspective).

–> Linked In


Guest Speakers


Peter Selemark, CEO, Tannak

Peter joined us and shared his journey creating Tannak – and IoT product for reindeer herders. He shared the story of how two sami women founded a company to solve a very narrow problem in a very narrow niche, and how this has transformed into one of the most state of the art internet of things companies in the world. A deep understanding of the internet of things, and how solving difficult human problems with great user experience is what drives technology forward.

Tannak means “here and now” in Samí. Tannak is also the name of a small knoll with a beautiful view just above one of the Sirges Samí village settlements Saltoluokta on the southern part of Langa lake in Lappland. With their technology, the reindeer herder knows where the reindeer are located, “here and now”. With Herdview™ by Tannak you will take control of your herd. You can identify, monitor and track individuals and groups with modern technology. 

–> Linked In

Alessandro Icardi, Guest Workshop Facilitator

Alessandro Icardo (some of you met him tonight) has worked many years as a Marine Biologist (MA) in Scotland, specialising in deep sea research. During his BA he spent a month on Galapagos (OMG). Anyway, since moving to Stockholm he has graduated from the Digital Data Strategy programme at Hyper Island in 2015 and has been working mainly with start-ups on digital marketing and growth.

–> Linked In

Fredrik Degerman, Guest Workshop Facilitator

Fredrik Degerman is a Hyper Island alumni from the Digital Data Strategy programme as well, and is currently consulting in optimising usability at Conversionista! With an aim to climb 7A within 6 months (please hold him to that).

–> LinkedIn

During Hyper they co-founded the creative project The Big Hack together with 4 others at Hyper Island, and I'm VERY excited they're running our workshop tomorrow. You will find their links in the project booklet.

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Donna Hanafi, Head of Customer Insight and Product Lead at tictail.com

Donna joined us for a 2 hour inspirational and practical data workshop. Data is heavily associated with growth. And growth is the intersection of product development, business development and marketing. This session touched upon how you work with data in order to grow your business. 

–> LinkedIn

VR Sverige

VR Sweden joined us for an evening of demos, including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Daydream.

VR Sweden is Sweden's focal point for VR. They present the most comprehensive news coverage and in-depth articles, reports and content pieces for VR enthusiasts, as well as for those who simply are curious about VR.

–> www.vrsverige.se

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Emil Löwnander, Data Strategist, Google

Digital Data Strategist alumni from Hyper Island. Wiz-kid web strategist, ice cold web analyst, project juggler and hacker cowboy. Now at Google.

–> LinkedIn

Eva Hambolt, NeuroLeadership Consultant

Supporting individuals, teams and organizations to optimize how they work, using groundbreaking Neuroscience research. By helping people to get a deeper understanding for how the brain functions and what principles it follows, I ignite increased focus, energy, cognitive capacity, emotional intelligence, well-being and effectiveness in the workplace. This is NeuroLeadership in action.

–> LinkedIn


Photos (and a short film)


Antonio presenting AI prototype

Antonio presenting AI prototype

littleBits workshop

littleBits workshop

littleBits workshop

littleBits workshop

Student presentations

Student presentations

Prototyping

Prototyping

Lecture 

Lecture 

Prototyping

Prototyping

Prototyping

Prototyping

Lecture

Lecture

Prototyping

Prototyping

Prototyping

Prototyping

Student presentations

Student presentations

Student presentations

Student presentations

Emil Löwnander, Google

Emil Löwnander, Google

Student presentations

Student presentations

Videos

For inspiration, check out the Hyper Island Toolbox.
For more information about this programme, visit HyperIsland.com

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