Hey everyone!
I just got back from an amazing trip which was kicked off by a phenomenal interaction 16 in Helsinki, Finland. A huge shout out to the Sensel Team and frog design for taking home not one, but TWO IXDA prizes — Best Concept Award and Disruptor Award. Congratulations, Sensel and frog folks!

interaction 16 was focused on the future of interaction design and had a bevy of incredible Keynotes that I attended: they range the gamut from thought-provoking to heart-wrenching, and they are excellent views. Each of these Keynotes are phenomenal in their own right. Even though the focus was on interaction design, these speakers ranged to design in general, the Internet of Things, and AI, to name a few. I’ll give you the links each of the talks in order of relevance, with a short description for each. By the way, there was no good way to stack rank these; I highly recommend you watch all of them.

Cameron Sinclair — Designing Life
An inspiring orator, Cameron has worked extensively in third-world countries designing and working with local architects to create housing structures that compete with the U.N. He shares his principles on what it means to design for third-world countries and to empower others through design.

Kate Darling – Robot Ethics and the Future of Human-Robot Interaction
A compelling talk on how humans perceive robots and dispelling myths of the future of Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center. Her interest is in how technology intersects with society.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sosino — Anybody Home? The Past and Future of Home Interactions
Alexandra focuses on, well, the lack of design voices within the IoT network both locally and globally. She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK, ran workshops around the world and offered design and consultancy services to global clients.

Marko Ahtisaari — Design, Science, and Music
A teacher, entrepreneur and fellow at MIT Media Lab talks about how music affects our moods, behaviors, and how it can and has been used in design. He has a fascinating look into the new work that MIT Media Lab is doing as well as design work within Helsinki.

Tricia Wang — Designing for Perspectives
Tricia looks at what we mean by “big data” and suggests rather than “big” we consider what rich data may look like across nations, timelines, and perspectives. She traces the roots of perspective collision from 16th century Venice to the Oculus Rift, and shows that in the age of Big Data, designers have to break out from the single-perspective mindset to generate perspective rich contexts.

Joshua Seiden — Learning from Live Systems: A Design Approach for Behavior
One of the co-writers of Lean UX, Joshua shares his insights on quick user research and prototyping, using men’s lifestyle tips as the basis for a product he eventually developed. By launching services early and powering them with a mix of software and human “concierge” services, he was able to develop and test systems and ideas even as they were under construction.

As the videos get posted, I’ll send you a roundup of four or five videos that were highlights from the days so that you can vicariously experience some of the best speakers at interaction 16. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Happy watching!