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Helsinki Design Weekly Podcast 7: Sonja Heikkilä and Ian Sacs

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In the 7th episode Sonja Heikkilä and Ian sacs discuss about Mobility as a Service, and how this new thinking will affect the future of Helsinki, among other cities.

Episode 7

Sonja Heikkilä, Project Director, OP Financial Group
Ian Sacs, Project Manager, Ramboll

Sonja Heikkilä is currently employed by OP Financial Group, but she is a traffic engineer and a pioneer of Mobility as a Service thinking. She has previously worked as a transport engineer for the City of Helsinki and her groundbreaking work on Mobility as a Service has been featured in Business insider, Bloomberg and Fast Company among others. Ian Sacs has graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in civil engineering in transport and has worked as the traffic director or the city of Hoboken, in NJ. He has also blogged extensively on traffic related topics. Today he works as a traffic consultant at Ramboll in Helsinki.

In this episode Sonja and Ian discuss how we are moving from transport as a service to mobility as a service. As the opportunities seem endless, one of the challenges is to move away from what we already know and be truly creative. Why is Helsinki in an advanced position regarding this development? What is the future of private cars in the future? What is the menu of mobility? And what are the cities which these two experts look up to?

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Sonja Heikkilä

Helsinki Design Weekly Podcast

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?

The podcast is taped in the often chillingly cool Helsinki but it is at home in all the great towns of the world. Our guests usually have a connection to Helsinki Design Week, but more importantly, they have thought and done things that are shaking the design community.

Each episode will be a conversation with or interviews of an interesting global design voice. Focus will be on global trends that are related to urbanization. All discussions are in English and last around 30 minutes.

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