I design experiences, technologies and interactions, and speak about emerging technologies and meaningful futures


In my work, I ask questions about the future of people and technology, and use design to help them and their companies create futures that matter. I speak about these futures and the methodologies we need to get there.

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Vanessa is always on the lookout for new topics within diversity, technology, design and future strategy.

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Vanessa speaks at events moderates panels, and hosts happenings both physical and virtual.


Vanessa has written articles and been featured on podcasts. Check them out here.

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Who is Vanessa?

Dr. Vanessa Julia Carpenter believes in being a catalyst for change. Her focus today is on Femtech and how we can empower half the world’s population to live a better life. She holds a PhD in Designing for Meaningfulness in Future Smart Products from Aalborg University, Copenhagen and is founder and designer at Kintsugi Design, a design studio specializing in design and emerging technologies. She is a member of the Danish Design Council and is one of the experts on the The Danish Society of Engineers’ expert panel (IDA).

She has worked as a Chief Innovation Officer for Gagarin, as a VR Business Developer for Astrid, as a Creative Technologist for SPACE10, a Lead Designer at FORCE Technology and as a consultant for many other companies.

Vanessa’s background is within Interactive Art & Technology and she aims to work interdisciplinary between industry, art, academia and technology. She founded the Nordic Women in Hardware and Nordic Femtech groups, and writes for TechTruster, a femtech news site. She is often featured as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for her ability to inspire, educate and provoke, being a catalyst for change and growth for people who need it the most.

Vanessa's Experience

  • February, 2020 - Today

    Founder, Interaction & Strategic Designer

    Kintsugi Design, Denmark

  • September 2021 - December 2023

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Gagarin, Iceland

  • June 2012 - December 2019

    Lead Technology Specialist

    FORCE Technology, Denmark

  • January 2008 - December 2012

    Director, Artist, Interaction Designer

    illutron Collaborative Interactive Arts Studio

  • March, 2008 - March 2016

    CEO, Experience Designer

    GeekPhysical Exhibition Design

Meet Kintsugi Design

Kintsugi Design is a creative technology and design studio specializing in meaningful design and technology focusing on identity, significance, purpose in the long term.. Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese craft of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals whereby the resulting product is more beautiful than the original: the imperfection makes it perfect. Our name comes from our work with a Japanese Kintsugi Artist – where we together created “Electronic Kintsugi”. We’re repairing the cracks, and making more robust and beautiful futures.

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