I'm a children's book author who likes software and sparkles. 

 

On Linda

Linda is the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book about the whimsical world of computers, as well as the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 260 cities. She loves Muji, Zelda Fitzgerald, software and sparkly things.

 

Selected Talks

I usually talk about technology, education, creativity, entrepreneurship, coding, computers, Internet, artificial intelligence, and other things. For examples about my speaking, you can check the videos below. 

For speaking, please contact my agent at speaking(a)helloruby.com

EXAMPLE CLIENTS

  • Nokia Networks (FIN), Schibsted (NO), Gemalto (FR), CIO City (NE), Fujitsu (FI), Comptel (FI). Talks for R&D departments and engineering as part of leadership training.  
  • Rakuten (JP), Nordic Business Forum (FI). Education for the 21st century, big yearly conferences. 
  • Wired (UK), National Gallery in Victoria with Telstra (AU). More experimental content - around technology & creativity. 
  • MIT (US), Google (US), Mozilla (US) - lunch workshops where I've given talks. I've also done a ton of programming conferences. 
  • New York Department of Education (US), City of Stockholm (SWE), DIDDATTICHE (IT). Teacher training ranging from one days to three days.

EXAMPLE TALKS

One Hundred Languages. Computers surround us in our daily lives, but the most powerful ideas of computing go beyond the sleek silver containers and glowing boxes. What are these ideas? And how do we prepare our kids for a world where more and more of the problems around us look like computers? 

To find out, we'll travel back in time: from a jacquard loom maker with his punch cards, an inventor obsessed with cogs and steam, an electrical engineer who combined laws of electrical circuits with eccentric English mathematical logic and countless other philosophers, material scientists, artists, dreamers and tinkerers. Technology is about humans, and big their ideas. 

Linda Liukas will talk about how we can move towards a more humane tech industry, and identifies what it means to approach technology from the unique perspective.

Through practical examples, this keynote explores modern interpretations of the intersection between humanities and technology.

Magical, but not magic. Magic has entered our world. It's in our pockets, anticipating our needs, thin and glossy and foreign. But it’s not the magic wand of Harry Potter Linda Liukas is talking about, it’s our technology, the computers, phones and gadget that increasingly run our worlds. We should prepare our children to a world where every problem is a computer problem - make them ready to engage, influence and built this world to be beautiful, better and maybe a bit whimsical.

Principles of Play. If code is the colouring pens and lego blocks of our times - the tools of creation - how do we teach the curiosity, joy and wonder to our kids? Linda has been looking at programming and play: how to create experiences that go deeper than just learning logic. This talk summarises Linda’s three principles of play and a few experiments she has learned with little Ruby and the journey she has had as a children's books author.

 

No maps, only compasses. How do we navigate the new frontiers of technology in an increasingly digitalised world? If every company is going to be a software company, what does this mean for your company? In this talk Linda will take us on a tour of the changing possibilities technology offers for individuals, business and entire countries. And what might we learn from children?

Upcoming talks


2018
16.1 LIFE2018, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
27.1. Tallinn, ESTONIA
6-19.2 San Francisco, US
19-23.2 New York, US
6-7.3 Danish Learning Festival, Copenhagen, DENMARK
15-16.3 London, UNITED KINGDOM
20-21.3 The Octave Program, Evian, FRANCE
27-29.3 Dubai, UAE
10-11.4 SETT, Stockholm, SWEDEN
17.4 ITWorldEDU, Barcelona, SPAIN

24-26.4 Vetenskapsfestivalen, Göteborg, SWEDEN
3.5
 Leeds International Festival, UNITED KINGDOM
9-10.5 Seoul Forum, SEOUL, KOREA
11-18.4  SF, LA, NEW YORK, US
21.4 Citizens of the future, Brookings Institute, DC, USA
30.5 - 1.6 Startup Village, Skolkova, RUSSIA
6.6 Midnight Sun, Oulu, FINLAND
28.6 Founders of Tomorrow, Copenhagen, DENMARK
29-30.6 Mini Maker, Berlin, GERMANY
24-30.7 DigiCon, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
5-9.9 Techfestival, Copenhagen, DENMARK
22-23.10 Trondheim Developer Conference, Trondheim, NORWAY
13-17.11 TBA, Monterrey, MEXICO
19-21.11 GOTO Copenhagen, DENMARK


 

 

Selected Press 

Awards & accolades

  • Honorary Doctorate, Tampere University, Faculty of Natural Sciences 2018.
  • Rakuten Technology & Innovation Gold 2017. 
  • DIA Gold 2017. China's biggest Design Award 
  • TED Resident 2017. 
  • Future of Culture Award, Finland 2017.
  • Thinkers 20: The Brightest Business Minds of Northern Europe 2016
  • 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe 2015
  • Finland State Award for Children’s Culture 2014
  • 30 under 30 in Northern Europe 2014
  • Ruby Hero 2013