Get ready for

Idean's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Join us to experience the next 20 years in design

Hello friend,

I’m thrilled to invite you to join our party on November 8th in San Francisco. With untold stories, live music from our dear Finland, and a room full of friends of many years, this is a night to remember!

We’ll have an exceptional, once in a life-time show with some fellow thought-leaders from IBM, Google, Amazon and many others sharing the stage with us.

And while we’ll cherish our past, it’s the future what we’re the most excited about. You’ll be the first one to hear what the next 20 years is going to bring to us!


Our event is now fully booked. If you’d still like to join, please send a request to

Talk Show Speakers

  • Phil Gilbert

    General Manager, IBM Design

    Phil Gilbert is GM of IBM Design, which was formed in 2012 and is focused on simplifying access to IBM’s capabilities through design. Read it on the New York Times.

  • Itai Vonshak

    Head of Product and Design, Google

    Itai has an incredible track record at companies such as Facebook, Intel, Pebble, LG, Palm/HP, and is now the Head of Design & Product at Google.

  • Sue Booker

    Design Manager, Apple

    Sue has served in numerous design and management roles throughout her career. Currently, Sue is spearheading efforts to expand Siri´s reach in the area of safety & wellness, and always has her eye on accessible experiences that improve our quality of life.

  • Marc Delingat

    Head of Core Search, Amazon

    Marc heads the Core Search team at Amazon. His mission is to combine customer-centric design, advanced applied science, and engineering to build products that understand the customers shopping intent. Marc also holds a few patents on machine learning and UX.

  • Risto Lähdesmäki

    CEO and Co-Founder, Idean

    CEO and Founder of Idean, Risto is an entrepreneurially spirited, jack-of-all-trades leader. He has a special talent for identifying business opportunities for his client companies and is somewhat allergic to the phrase: “This is not possible”.

  • Jessica Leitch

    Head of Studio, Idean

    Jess is design leader who has worked with companies to set up service design teams from scratch, to launch new products, services and businesses and to fix existing products, services and businesses.

  • Mikko-Pekka Hanski

    Co-Founder, Idean

    Mikko-Pekka is a design evangelist, always innovating with new ways of thinking, and a teacher by heart.


We’ll be celebrating at the Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason, an awesome venue that offers water views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

The theme of the night is to have fun! The event will include multiple artists, surprises, and delicious foods and drinks.



  1. 18:00

    Registration & welcome drinks

  2. 19:15

    Saturday… wait, Friday Night Live: Founders Risto Lähdesmäki and Mikko-Pekka Hanski with Special Guests

  3. 20:15

    Appetizers and drinks

  4. 21:00

    Good times with dancing

  5. 23:00

    The party moves somewhere else…

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Additional information

Dress code

Smart Casual. Feel free to dress up, but most importantly, feel comfortable.

Allergies or further questions

If you have food allergies or dietary preferences, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accomodate the requests.

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I’m looking forward to seeing you in November!


Risto Lähdesmäki

Risto Lähdesmäki, CEO of Idean