Whereas The Conference is two days of super curated talks at Slagthuset, the side event program is more of a pick and choose kind of venture. It’s what we call our “off conf” program with a mix of masterclasses, workshops, dinners and social events – all signed, sealed and delivered by speakers from The Conference and brilliant minds from our community. Simply put: The side event program is your alibi to stay in town a bit longer and get to know the Malmö community – or for busy non-conf goers to have a small bite anyhow.

Dates: August 22-26

Monday August 22

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Opening of the art installation “We work, we share, we care” created by the Malmö-based visual artist Mariella Ottosson.

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Welcome to the opening of the futures prototype art installation “We work, we share, we care” created by the Malmö-based visual artist Mariella Ottosson in collaboration with Media Evolution. The futures prototype, one of 11 financed by the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova seeks to spark reflection, dialogue and new imaginations of how the effects of climate change will impact work, value creation and organising human efforts in the future.

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


A not-to-be-missed mega dinner in an amazing, hidden Malmö venue.

Location: Varvsstaden
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To kick The Conference off and to welcome our international guests, we cordially invite everybody that wants to come to a big family dinner.

The venue is a hidden Malmö treasure. It’s undoubtedly the best way to get into the whole conference groove. You’ll get to meet the speakers and hang out with the local community before the real deal kicks off the next day.

Anyone is welcome to register – The Conference participant or not. Participation is free, but seats are limited.

9:00 pm - 12:00 am


A collective wind-down next to the venue for The Warm Up Family Dinner.

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Since eight years we’ve been having warm up dinners in Varvsstaden – the old shipyard area next to the Western Harbor. The neighbourhood is developing and is now housing one of our favourite restaurants, Aster. This Monday evening they are open for us only, to close the day off in style.

Tuesday August 23

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Take the opportunity to meet people you've never met before over a scrumptious dinner in Malmö.

Location: All around town
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We’ve reserved tables at a number of our favourite spots around town. Simply register and we’ll hook you up with great people.

When the evening approaches, we'll tell you which restaurant you should show up to and how to get there. We know it sounds a bit like Russian roulette, but we promise that there is only great outcomes in this one.

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


The Party to bring your friends to and enjoy refreshments, food, dancing, boule and an overall awesome night.

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Yes, people. We couldn’t have The Conference 2022 without a good party!

This is your chance to dance and rub shoulders with all the great people and speakers you’ve met during the first day. It’s what The Conference pros refer to as the most important session of them all. And we wouldn’t necessarily disagree – because after all, we’re also of the belief that life’s about people (and the magic that occurs when you encourage them to spend time in each other’s company while some suave DJ spins the hell out of some carefully selected records).

Everyone’s welcome. The Conference participant or not. So bring your friends and join us at Boulebar Folkets Park for some refreshments, food, dancing, boule and an overall awesome night.

DJ: Oyuki Matsumoto

Wednesday August 24

6:00 pm - 12:00 am


Sometimes you just want to unwind and meet with people in a more easy-going context, right?

Thursday August 25

8:30 am - 10:00 am


What better way to start the day after The Conference than a breakfast with newfound friends.

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Start your day the right way with Breakfast Bites at the ustwo Nordics studio in Malmö. Muse about purpose with digital product studio ustwo, on topics from collaboration to design and technology.

Julie and Neef have curated a series of short conversations for you to take part in, covering multiple facets of life in the world of digital products and beyond.

Who's speaking? Julie Rix, Design Principal, ustwo Nordics Neef Rehman, Full Stack Developer, ustwo London

Brunch will be provided, including Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Alternative futures of work as a result of a changing climate.

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In this workshop, we will imagine alternative futures of work as a result of a changing climate. With this, we will explore and uncover possibilities for new ways of value creation and collaboration. The workshop will use the "We work, we share, we care" art installation and futures prototype as a starting point and tap into the special characteristics of the Varvsstaden neighbourhood in Malmö as a central place for work in the city.

The art installation is part of Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova initiative to establish tools and processes to become better at understanding and visualizing a possible future.

11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Get that dopamine refill, enjoy Malmö sights, and get to know the community through various company visits.

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Are you staying in Malmö after The Conference? Then why not join a bike ride to get that dopamine refill, enjoy Malmö sights and get to know the community with various company visits?

We start the tour by the Klaffbron, where those without a bike can rent one and then pedal. We will take you on a bike ride full of good views, new friends, tasty knowledge and snacks. The community involved will share stories about their Malmö experience, tell you how to make a difference in a city, what kind of business they are working with and why.

Psst, one of the companies we’ll visit has an amazing terrace where we’ll gaze out on the city towards the ocean, the new part as well as the old town of Malmö.

We will visit White Arkitekter, which is fully employee-owned as well as one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural practices. By 2030 all White architecture will be climate neutral, through design excellence.

We will also meet Aktarr, the first and largest Arabic news platform in Sweden with the vision to build a multicultural and more inclusive society. Aktarr believes that media is a powerful tool to engage and solve political and socio-economic issues.

And, of course, Minc. It's the Startup House of Malmö that was established as one of Scandinavia's first startup incubator programs, already in 2002. Minc guides entrepreneurs to success in a faster and smarter way and offer business development, a co-working space in a creative and network based environment.

Stay tuned for more surprises along the way. The ride will end at 2PM-ish.

Tip: If you do not have a bike, make sure to register and get a subscription at Malmö by bike before the tour.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Navigating the grey zone between utopian and dystopian thinking when designing AI futures.

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Current imaginaries of AI are pulled in opposing directions. On the utopian side, AI is being projected as the better half of humankind, evening out the fallibility of human bias and our inability to “know it all”. On the dystopian side, AI will make humans either obsolete or turn humans into overly optimized cogs in a machine.

The reality will most likely lie somewhere in between, in an uncomfortable grey zone of compromises, trade offs and negotiations of values and desired futures. In these negotiations, moral values can be interpreted and actualized in many different ways.

Tradeoffs and compromises can lead to scenarios in which the difference between utopia and dystopia is more one of perspective and individual interpretation, rather than factual reality. This workshop will explore how we can work with the nuances between dystopian and utopian thinking, and balance hopeful envisioning and critical reflection.

Who’s organising? Sonja Rattay, PhD fellow in Human-Centered Computing, Copenhagen University

This event is made possible by DigIT Hub AI, which is part of the EU's commitment to using digital technology to stimulate and green and sustainable post-pandemic recovery. DigIT Hub AI is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


A masterclass hosted by The Conference speaker Vaughn Tan.

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This masterclass combines individual reflection and group conversation to figure out how to turn not-knowing to our advantage.

The masterclass is hosted by strategy professor, author, and consultant Vaughn Tan. For over a decade, his research and consulting work has focused on understanding uncertainty and designing organisations that can flourish in uncertainty. He is the author of The Uncertainty Mindset and idk, a training tool for productive discomfort.

This is an interactive session, in which participants are required to be active.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Come take a dip in the sea at the idyllic cold bathing house at Ribersborg. With or without clothes – it’s up to you!

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Yep, you heard us. Skinny Dipping at Ribersborgs Kallbadhus is a veritable The Conference tradition. To begin with, it's one of our absolute favourite spots in Malmö. Summer, fall, winter and spring – it doesn’t really matter. The people of Malmö enjoy a good swim and a sweaty sauna session all year round. It is something we do together, to relax, either naked or in our bathing suits. (The former is recommended but optional.)

The entrance fee at Ribersborgs Kallbadhus is 75 SEK.

5:00 pm - 12:00 am


Sometimes you just want to unwind and meet with people in a more easy-going context, right?

Friday August 26

8:30 am - 9:30 am


Gather for a cup of coffee with other humans to begin your day in a smooth way.

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Why not gather for a cup of coffee or tea (their pastries and breakfast menu is great too) with other humans at our beloved restaurant Ruths?

After the coffee, everybody who wants to will move towards Fojab, where the Seminar: Futures of AI for Sustainability will be held (register here).

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


What roles might AI play in the quest to create a more sustainable future?

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During this two-hour seminar, we will dive into multiple ways in which artificial intelligence connects with sustainability. We will tap into different futures and discuss the possibilities and challenges resulting from the planetary health crisis and rapid advancements in AI technologies.

The seminar is a culmination of Media Evolution’s collaborative foresight cycle on Futures of AI for Sustainability and will see the launch of a book capturing insights and ideas that emerged during the exploration.


Tega Brain is an artist and environmental engineer whose work examines issues of ecology, data systems and infrastructure. She is also an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media at New York University. Her first book, Code as Creative Medium, is co-authored with Golan Levin and published with MIT Press.

Giovanni Leoni is the Global Head of Algorithmic and AI Ethics at Inter IKEA Group. He is responsible for embedding digital ethics knowledge, competence and ways of working while leading the operationalisation of algorithmic and AI ethics across Inter IKEA Group.

Michael Strange is a radically interdisciplinary researcher in emerging political structures and new forms of actorness with empirical research that includes trade, migration, health, and artificial intelligence. Strange directs the STINT-funded project ‘Precision Health & Everyday Democracy’, in which, together with others at Malmö University, he is working on the everyday political economy of AI and global health with external funding from WASP-HS. He also co-coordinates the Collaborative Future-Making and Rethinking Democracy research platforms at Malmö University.

This event is made possible by DigIT Hub AI, which is part of the EU's commitment to using digital technology to stimulate green and sustainable post-pandemic recovery. DigIT Hub AI is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

What You'll Learn

  • Different ways in which AI and sustainability are interconnected;
  • Opportunities and challenges that lie in the horizon if AI is to help us to transition to a more sustainable future;
  • Points of departure for how organisations can tap into AI in their sustainability journeys.
5:00 pm - 1:00 am


Sometimes you just want to unwind and meet with people in a more easy-going context, right?