Vinay Venkatraman
Founder and CEO of Leapcraft

Vinay Venkatraman is the founder and CEO of Leapcraft (www.leapcraft.dk) – an IoT (Internet of things) company based in Denmark focused on Smart City & Building applications. Prior to this Vinay co-founded CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design) in 2006. Vinay helps shape the strategy and content for numerous initiatives through consulting, teaching and research lead initiatives.  He is trained as a product & interaction designer in India and Italy. His cross disciplinary approach to design & technology has in the past have spanned design of connected consumer products, software and new business models.

He currently spends his time on creating a scalable business model focused on sustainability, green buildings and global emission reduction as part of the products being created at Leapcraft. In the past he has been deeply involved in education curriculums, shaping policy initiatives for the Danish government and consulting large global companies on innovation around new product experiences and design strategy. He has helped shape product strategy for companies like Nokia, Intel, Novo Nordisk, Maersk line, Lufthansa Technik, Philips lighting etc.  His passion lies in incubating new technology ideas,  finding new models of sustainable socio-economic development using appropriate technologies.

Vinay’s work has been widely recognised with numerous national and international awards, written about in leading design magazines like Wallpaper, Wired, Wall street journal etc and various popular blogs.  Vinay routinely travels and lectures world wide in platforms like TED on innovation and design for social change.