Snowflake Girl aka Dr Jonna Hakkila
I am a Professor in the Industrial Design at Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland in Northern Europe.
I have travelled in over 30 countries
I do hiking, snowboarding and scuba diving
My big loves are history and science fiction
I am a horrible cook
I did a Zero Gravity flight with European Space Agency ESA for a student outreach project
Just recently, I did snowboarding with Oculus to experience virtual reality in-the-wild!
I am professor for Industrial Design at University of Lapland, Finland, which is at the Arctic Circle where the sun doesn’t set at all in the summer time and where -30 Celsius is just a normal winter day.
I also lead User Experience research team at Center for Internet Excellence, University of Oulu, Finland, where we concept and prototype different futuristic applications and technologies around 3D, virtual reality, wearable computing and smart cities. In 2007-2011 I was a research team leader at Nokia Research Center, which was a nice mixture of hectic business life and outreaching research projects.
In addition to Finland, my research career has taken me to live also in Australia, USA and Germany. My passion is user centric design, and envisioning and exploring how people can use technology more easily both now and in the future. I have published over 70 research papers, and been involved in organizing several international conferences around the world. I am also a co-founder of a user experience design house Soul4Design.