Hi. I’m Morten Rand-Hendriksen. I help people make sense of technology and how it shapes our society.
I have helped millions of people around the world make sense of technology through online courses, conference talks, workshops, and articles. Now I want to bring that gift of understanding to your conference, podcast, or event.
My talks and workshops are customized to every event and audience to best fit their needs and their context. My subject-matter expertise is broad and deep, spanning from Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tech and design ethics, modern coding tools and standards to UX and Interaction Design. I’ve given workshops at FAANG companies, spoken to corporate leaders, keynoted major events, and presented at countless conferences and meetups around the world. My talks are thought-provoking, engaging, and designed to inspire and empower.
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Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s passion for practical ethics in technology has shaped his fifteen-year career working on and with the web. Combining a masters’ degree in philosophy with his experiences working in and then teaching web development and design, Morten has seen how design shapes the future. He has written and spoken on applied practical ethics in technology and design for the past decade and believes the future needs a tech industry centered around ethics.
Morten resides in Vancouver, Canada with his family where he creates online and in-person courses as a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com). He teaches interaction design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is an active contributor to several open source projects.
In his spare time Morten plays with his son, dances with his wife, runs a tech ethics book club, and discusses the philosophy and politics of the internet with anyone interested.
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Select conferences and podcasts
- Y Oslo (Conference talk + workshop, 2023)
- Nerding med Netlife (Podcast interview)
- The Wealth Exchange (Podcast interview)
- An Event Apart (Conference talks, 2022, 2020)
- UX Nordic (Conference talks + panel debate, 2023, 2022)
- Radical Research Summit (Conference talk)
- Pagely (Podcast)
- Smashing Conference (Conference talk)
- HighEdWeb (Workshop)
- WordCamp (multiple)
- WebCamp Zagreb (Conference talk + workshop)
- PressNomics (Conference talk)
- JSDay (Conference talk)
- Make Web Not War (Conference talk)
- MIX (Conference talk)
To get an idea of what my talks are like, here are a few video samples.
Practical Ethics for the Modern Web Designer
An Event Apart 2021
I Thought We Were Making World Peace
Smashing Conference Freiburg, 2018
The Ethics of Web Design
WordCamp Europe 2018
CSS Grid Changes Everything
WordCamp Europe, 2017
Morten: An Introduction
People often ask me what I do, as in “how do you make a living.” My immediate answer is “I help people make sense of the web, the internet, and how they shape us.” If I had to put a label on that, I’d say I’m an educator, front-end developer, interaction designer, speaker, and author. Which to be honest is not one label but several. I have the official, and somewhat confusing, title of Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) meaning I spend most of my time figuring out and teaching web standards, design, UX, and future technologies to millions of people around the world. I also sometimes teach Interaction Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, write articles for various publications including Smashing Magazine, and contribute to open source projects.
My passion is helping people not just understand but take ownership of the technologies available to them through the global network we call the internet. I do this by making human connections and helping people discover their agency, their capabilities, and their power as citizens of the web.
By education I am a philosopher, by culture I am a Norwegian, by privilege, luck, and chance I live close to Vancouver, Canada, and by genetics I am a white northern European man. As such, I make efforts to remind myself in every interaction what privileges I carry with me and my responsibilities to use them for good. It is the amalgamation of all these traits which makes me the educator, developer, and designer I am, and it is because of these traits my talks and my work focuses on the societal impacts of design and development and how to build futures we all want to live in.
Finally, when I’m not working I spend my time playing with my son, reading philosophy and sci-fi, having conversations about the internet and how it shapes our society, and wearing out my shoes on the ballroom dance floor with my wife.