Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen, originally from Finland, is an enthusiastic wonderer. She was saving the world with business and public diplomacy in India and Europe until falling for technology entrepreneurship.
She scaled out the non-profit organization Rails Girls, which today is a global community driven initiative teaching women their first steps in software craftmanship. RG had over 6000 applicants in 130+ cities on all continents, and Henrietta received the Ruby Hero award on behalf of Rails Girls, the highest honor in this field of technology.
Henrietta launched the first Pioneers Festival future technologies conference in Vienna into success in 2012, and helped build the entrepreneurial ecosystems in both Austria and Helsinki from the grassroots level up.
She founded mehackit.org, where curious children and youth experiment with robotics, 3D printing, arts, electronics, crafts and coding through workshops and online activities. Mehackit is launching a school pilot in 2014 and looking to reach more young across Scandinavia within the next years.Henrietta was chosen and graduated from Singularity University’s Graduate Summer Program, aimed to combat humanity’s greatest challenges with exponential technologies. The participants are asked to build a venture that positively impacts a billion people in the next ten years (10^9+).
During the program, she founded C-cool, a company which turns organic waste into high-value Bio Carbon.
She has spoken previously about a variety of subjects, such as in TEDx Black Rock City: “What humanity needs to do before we enter multi planetary life”, and taught workshops in professional development, technology education, market entry strategy, global future in 5-20 years and other subjects. She is excited about her research in future technology areas for a governmental publication, to be published in 2015.
Henrietta is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper from the Helsinki Hub.