Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

A scholar, co-creator, culture hacker and entrepreneurship educator specialized in extreme settings.

Jukka-Pekka has taught entrepreneurship courses and organized startup and science diplomacy events in Pyongyang between 2012 - 2017. He is a co-founder of WTSUP! Beirut that aims to foster equality and volunteerism culture in the Middle East and a founder of Burning Stories research project that aims to study the transformation of Burning Man participants and its impact on the society. From academic stamps, Jukka-Pekka is a Newton Fellow of the Royal Society (UK) and British Academy, an Academy of Finland post-doctoral Fellow based in Aalto University, Finland, and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. In Finland, he works as a board member with The Shortcut, a sister organisation of Slush and an initiative that aims to integrate immigrants to the Finnish society via tech entrepreneurship education.

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Bridging equality to the Middle East through volunteer-driven technology education: lessons learned from a revolutionary Beirut
Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Lebanon is experiencing a revolution, a system shift, from which the Western media remains largely silent. Entrepreneurs, particularly women are playing a critical role now when the society will be rebuilt. To support the much-needed creation of solutions to tackle corruption, inequality and the lack of democracy, a team of rebel academics and culture hackers, both men and women, have established a cross-country knowledge-sharing platform called WTSUP!. We will share experiences of doing culture hacking in Lebanon and hear what is the current entrepreneurial reality for women in Beirut via live stream.

Ethics, Society & Politics
ChaosZone Stage