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Helsinki Design Weekly Podcast 8: Marko Ahtisaari and Nadya Peek

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In this last episode of our podcast series Marko Ahtisaari and Nadya Peek discuss the future of digital fabrication, and tell the story of how the two of them ended up forming a band.

Episode 8

Marko Ahtisaari, CEO of The Sync Project
Nadya Peek, researcher at MIT

Nadya Peek is a leading researcher on digital fabrication. She is about to start as a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Nadya is working towards a world where manufacturing is as accessible to individuals as computing is today. Marko Ahtisaari is the CEO and co-founder of The Sync Project that is developing music as precision medicine. Previously he worked as the head of design at Nokia.

They met at a CNC milling machine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology a few years ago and started sharing ideas around manufacturing – and then decided to form a band called Construction. Nadya and Marko threw a gig during Helsinki Design Week and kindly agreed to join us for a podcast. Although personal digital fabrication is not yet accessible for the common people as such, are we on the verge of a revolution? What is the role of human design in it? Marko and Nadya share their insights and tell us how to get started if you get excited about digital manufacturing. They also tell the story of how the two of them ended up forming a band.

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Marko Ahtisaari

Marko Ahtisaari

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Helsinki Design Weekly Podcast is for design professionals and lovers of good design, and anyone interested in how creators and decision makers think and work. It’s also for people who love cities and urban life.

The whole world seems to be moving into cities. Where are the most fantastic new things happening and how can this development be designed and managed for the benefit of mankind?

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