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Social Innovation meets Design in Iceland

Highlands of Iceland
Might need actual boots for this bootcamp.

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Sept 13 - Sep 17


Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik; Icelandic highlands


Current students at our member schools as well as SSES alumni are eligible to apply. All nationalities are welcome to apply.

Participants will receive a scholarship covering flight and accomodation. Arrangement of all necessary travel documents (including visas) as well as medical vaccinations, meals, pocket money and similar costs must be organized and covered by the participants themselves. More details on these and much more will be discussed at an info meeting.

Info meeting

Participants must attend a mandatory preperatory meeting at SSES (Saltmätargatn 9) on Aug 29th at 12pm. Info to follow for those accepted.

This International Bootcamp will take you to Iceland where you will spend a week working on social innovation topics with the Iceland Academy of the Arts, in both Reykjavik and the Icelandic highlands.

SSES students and alumni are invited to apply for this Bootcamp, where participants will explore nature preservation, global tourism and vernacular culture in an endangered island, together with students from the Iceland Academy of Arts.

With the number of tourists rising by 20 - 25% each year, the Icelandic economy is recovering from the financial meltdown in 2008. According to predictions in 2025 the tourism industry will stand for as much as 65% of the GDP. The number of tourists may rise up to 5 millions meaning that nowhere else in the world will there be more tourists per inhabitant - except for the Vatican and Andorra. What are the consequences on vernacular culture, nature and society at large? Challenges and opportunities?

The Bootcamp proposes a creative interdisciplinary approach to, first and foremost surface the questions we need to be asking here and now. And then begin to create concepts and scenarios for social innovation through design.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. We suggest you apply asap. There are only 10 spots available for this International Bootcamp.


Hlín Helga

Associate Faculty

Designer, Curator and Educator at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts

Hlin is a designer specialised in design for social innovation, meaningful experiences and future thinking. She is currently based in Iceland where she hols an Adjunct position at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, at the international MA Program in Design. Active on the international scene, Hlin curates exhibitions and conferences through her trans-disciplinary practice Hlin&Co, focused on facilitating, initiating and leading dialogues and collaborations for meaningful innovation through design.

Hlin is associate faculty at SSES.

Martín Avila

Centre Director, Konstfack

Center Director

Martín Avila is a designer, researcher and Senior Lecturer in Design for Sustainable Development at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. Martin obtained a PhD in design from HDK (School of Design and Crafts) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has published his thesis entitled Devices. On Hospitality, Hostility and Design (2012). The PhD work was awarded the 2012 prize for design research by the The Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Research Education. His postdoctoral project Symbiotic tactics (2013-2016) has been the first of its kind to be financed by the Swedish Research Council. See also

Stephan Sigrist

Associate Faculty

CEO of the Think Tank WIRE

Stephan is the Founder and Head of the W.I.R.E. Think Tank, which analyses interdisciplinary developments in business and society, focusing on trends in healthcare, life sciences, digitisation, urbanisation. He is the author and publisher of the ABSTRAKT book series. Stephan advises political and scientific companies and institutions on long-term strategies and innovation projects. He studied biochemistry at ETH Zurich and joined Hoffman-La Roche’s medical research team, then went on to work at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a management consultant, and at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. Stephan is a member of the Governing Board of the aha! Swiss Allergy Centre and the Foundation Board of Science et Cité.