PechaKucha Night at Aalto

PechaKucha Night at Aalto on Sept 6, 2023, brings together ten speakers, who will each have six minutes and forty seconds to tell a story to entertain, engage and inspire – what will they do with this precious time?
Black and white image of Undergraduate Centre indoors, Designs for a Cooler Planet logo in the right top corner.
Photo: Marc Goodwin

PechaKucha Night at Aalto brings together top ten speakers and thinkers to give a presentation about a topic of their choice. The trick is, each of them only have exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell a story to entertain, engage and inspire. What will they do with this limited, precious time?

The event is organised in collaboration with Helsinki Design Week (HDW) and it is part of the opening of the Designs for a Cooler Planet festival. So, on your way to PechaKucha you also have a chance to explore the newly opened exhibitions in Väre.

Ready to spend a fun night in a good company in September?

Buy the ticket to save your seat!

Free student tickets (limited)

HDW has reserved free tickets for the first 150 students. You can get them through the link above (PechaKucha Night at Aalto > Buy > Free ticket). Sale of free student tickets will end approximately a week before the event.


Black and white portrait of Kirsi Niinimäki.

Kirsi Niinimäki

Niinimäki is an influential force in sustainable fashion research. As an Associate Professor leading the Fashion/Textile Futures research group at Aalto University, Kirsi's work integrates closed loop, bio-economy, and circular economy principles into fashion and textile systems. Her insights redefine strategic sustainable design. Dive into Kirsi's expertise and vision.

Black and white portrait of Astrid Huopalainen.
Photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Astrid Huopalainen

Huopalainen is an Assistant Professor in 'Leadership for Creativity' at Aalto University. Her research focuses on creative labour in the postindustrial era, gender- and diversity-related inequalities in organizations, and 'more-than-human' organizing. She is also the Principal Investigator of Academy of Finland-funded consortium project PAWWS – People and Animal Wellbeing at work and in Society.

Black and white portrait of Jukka Tuhkuri.
Photo: Esther Horvath / Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

Jukka Tuhkuri

Tuhkuri is a beacon of expertise at the Aalto School of Engineering, illuminates the realm of ice mechanics and arctic marine technology. His passion for understanding ice dynamics amid global warming has led him to conduct groundbreaking experimental ice research in various corners of the world. Join Jukka Tuhkuri as he shares his compelling journey in Antarctic waters and the pursuit of the wreck of Endurance, all while giving due credit to Esther Horvath / Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust for the associated image.

Black and white portrait of Apurva Ganoo.

Apurva Ganoo

Ganoo is a curious mind dedicated to uncovering the foundations of entrepreneurial education, identifying innovative business models, and supporting the growth of startups. With a passion for innovation practices and grassroots projects, Ganoo thrives on transforming breakthrough ideas into reality. Currently, Ganoo is a doctoral candidate in International Design Business Management (IDBM) and beyond academia enjoys indulging in various sports, collaborating on team-oriented projects, and immersing in music, podcasts, and gaming.

Black and white portrait of Sofia Guridi.
Photo: Kristina Tsvetkova

Sofia Guridi

Guridi is a visionary designer specialized in blending textiles, electronics, and biomaterials to craft interactive surfaces. Her unique approach, fusing traditional wisdom with material experimentation, has led to a diverse portfolio spanning from applied research to captivating artistic installations. Currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainable Smart Textiles, Sofia contributes to Aalto University's Fashion/Textiles Futures research group and the Bioinnovation Center.

Wood crystals on a black fabric.

Designs for a Cooler Planet

This fall, the festival celebrates innovative and collaborative designs addressing the impossible sustainability challenges. Experience tomorrow in Otaniemi on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024!

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2023 main visual with Events title.

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2023 – Events programme

Welcome and participate in Designs for a Cooler Planet 2023 through a variety of different events, from live talk shows to webinars, workshops and guided exhibition tours.

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