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Laura Ferrarello

Royal College Of Art

Laura is an architect, designer, artist and researcher. She currently teaches at the Royal College of Art in the Information Experience Design masters program. Through theory and design Laura’s practice speculates about the topic of the city for its multi sensorial capability of engaging citizens through performance. Laura’s work also explores the materiality of digital/physical reality by looking at design processes capable of enhancing human senses, touch in particular. Laura’s work has been presented in Kolding, Denmark (2015); Shanghai, China (2015); Geneva, Switzerland (2015); Warwick, UK (2014); Lincoln, UK (2012); Los Angeles, USA (2011); Nottingham, UK (2010); Brighton, UK (2009); Beijing (2008), Venice, Italy (2006); São Paulo, Brasil (2006). She received a PhD in Architectural Design at IUAV University of Venice (2010). Her master’s thesis in Architectural and Urban Studies received the Distinction Award (2009). Her graduation thesis received the Rotary Award (2007).

 

Gyorgyi Galik
Future Cities Catapult

Gyorgyi is a London-based designer and researcher. She has recently started her PhD in Innovation Design Engineering at Royal College of Art in London. Alongside her studies, Gyorgyi is working as a Design Researcher at Future Cities Catapult. Her practice focuses on voluntary social change, and more specifically on how we can transform socio-ecological systems and our collective relationship towards the environmental commons to address and respond to contemporary social and environmental challenges. With PAN Studio and Tom Armitage, Gyorgyi has been nominated in the Digital Category of the Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2014 Award for their project Hello Lamp Post (winner of the first Playable City Award 2013, Bristol).

 

Anab Jain

Superflux

Anab is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of Superflux, a critically acclaimed foresight, design and technology innovation company. Superflux consistently produces inventive work in the realm of emerging technologies for business, cultural, and social purposes. Anab’s work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc., UNESCO, ICSID and the UK Government’s Innovation Department. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, V&A Museum, Science Gallery Dublin and the National Museum of China, amongst others. She is a TED Fellow, a RSA Fellow, sits on the advisory boards of Broadway and Mztek, and curates the Long Now Foundation’s London Meetup Group. She is also the co-founder of IoTA, a civic innovation and advocacy platform around the Internet of Things and community engagement. She has tutored at the Royal College of Art, HEAD Geneva, Goldsmiths University, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Anab has led technology and design innovation projects for numerous organisations including BBC, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft Research, Nokia, Govt. of UAE and Anthemis. She regularly speaks about the impact of exponential change and emerging technologies on people, society and culture. Originally from India, Anab is a graduate (with distinction) from the Royal College of Art, and lives in London with her partner and son.

 

Vytautas Jankauskas

Superflux

Vytautas is a visual designer and futures researcher at Superflux. He’s curious about how citizen migration, rapid expansion of cities and local communities, shape the modern understanding of our nationality and cultural background. Originally from Kaunas, Lithuania, Vytautas has a bachelor’s degree in Media Art from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan. He did a six-month research exchange in Copenhagen, the Royal Danish Design School, faculty of Interaction Design. In June, 2015, Vytautas graduated with a master’s degree in Media Design at HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Dan Lockton

Royal College Of Art

Dan specialises in the links between design, understanding and human action, particularly what’s become known as “design for behaviour change” for social and environmental benefit. He is interested in how people understand and make sense of the world around them, as well as their agency within that world, and how design can help with this process. His work centers on in-context research with people, including the use of products, services and built environments, with a focus on practical prototyping. His book Design with Intent will be published by O’Reilly in late 2016. At present Dan is a visiting research tutor in Innovation Design Engineering at the RCA, and beginning in September 2016 he will be joining Carnegie Mellon University as assistant professor in Design.

 

John Lynch

Future Cities Catapult

Part of the Urban Futures team at Future Cities Catapult, John leads projects which work to highlight the potential for new products and services to improve the quality of life and sustainability of our cities. John has a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia from Dublin City University and completed the Interaction Design Programme at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in 2011. Before joining Future Cities Catapult, John has worked in diverse contexts from software development to design consulting with international brands including consumer electronics, automotive, healthcare and financial services.

 

Anastasia Vikhornova

Future Cities Catapult

Anastasia is a designer-researcher at Future Cities Catapult in London. Anastasia holds an MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, where she focused on the potential implications of emerging technologies on society. Prior to this, Anastasia studied Interactive Design & Moving Image at the London College of Communication. Anastasia’s interests and expertise lie in the intersection between technology and cultural practices.

 

Iván Abreu

Centro De Diseño, Cine Y Televisión

Iván is an artist and programmer who works and lives in Mexico City. Using a broad range of media including drawing, photography, electronics, software development, sound experimentation and industrial design, Abreu explores the accuracy and capacity of science and technology in the context of art. His work produces unusual situations linked to physical, social and political phenomena His work is included in public and private collections as FEMSA, CINTAS Foundation, Patronato del Centro Histórico, Casa Vecina; Televisa and Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo. He has received grants and support by FONCA, grant awarded by the National System of Art Creators of FONCA (2012–2014); 2012 The Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria); the CINTAS Foundation Award in Visual Arts, 2011–2012 and the Program for Research in Arts and Media at the National Center for the Arts (2007). He is the Chair for Digital Media Design at Centro de diseño, cine y televisión.

 

Roberto Ascencio

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Roberto, a political scientist, has worked in affordable housing and has specialized in mobility and traffic control policies. He now coordinates mobility projects at Laboratorio para la Ciudad. He studied a double major in Political Science and International Relations at the Instituto Técnico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City. Her interdisciplinary approach allows her to study a variety of subjects, among others: art history, dramaturgy, visual studies, art and technology, design, creative writing, media and communication theory, art analysis, environmental psychology, anthropology, human ecology and design for social change. She has participated in numerous conferences and workshops in Budapest, in Europe, in the UK and in North America.

 

Sofía Bosch

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Sofía, a designer, is interested in graphic, social and sustainable design. She graduated from the Design Art program at Concordia University in Montreal, and she currently works on the Ciudad Lúdica (Playful City) and Visual Communication teams at Laboratorio para la Ciudad.

 

Jorge Camacho

Machina Speculatrix

Jorge is a creative technologist who works at Google Mexico and as a lecturer in the MA Design Studies at Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión Mexico City. His career has constantly moved between academic work and practice. After completing a master’s degree in Cybernetic Culture and a PhD in Cultural Studies, both from the University of East London, he worked as researcher and lecturer at London South Bank University, Universidad Iberoamericana, and Centro. From 2014-2015, he was the Postgraduate Academic Director at CEDIM (Monterrey and Mexico City) where he launched and coordinated courses on business innovation, design thinking, organizational design and design futures. He was a member of the design studio Eramos Tantos and has worked as Director of Innovation at creative agencies JWT and Flock in Mexico City. He is currently interested in theoretical and practical issues at the intersection of design, futures and systems thinking.

 

Christopher Chávez

UNAM

Christopher, a graduate in computer engineering, is currently pursuing a second degree in mathematics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has experience in mobility and data science and is an intern at Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas (IIMAS). He also took part in D4D Senegal, the Audi Urban Future Initiative and other social initiatives.

 

Sergio R. Coria

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Sergio is a data analyst with background in Computer Science, particularly on data mining, and natural language processing. Prior to joining Laboratorio para la Ciudad, he was a researcher and a lecturer in a new public university in the Oaxaca state. Most of his recent academic publications address the application of data mining on government data. Currently, his major responsibilities at the Laboratorio para la Ciudad are promoting the opening of data on Mexico City and fostering the culture of data analytics. He is also a practitioner of data mining on information from the city government.

Carlos Gershenson

IIMAS-UNAM

Carlos is a research professor at the computer science department of the Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas (IIMAS) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where he leads the Self-organizing Systems Lab. He is also affiliated researcher and member of the directive council at the Center for Complexity Sciences at UNAM and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Northeastern University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the New England Complex Systems Institute (2007-2008). He holds a PhD summa cum laude from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (2002-2007), where his thesis was on “Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems”. He holds an master’s degree in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex (2001- 2002), and a BEng degree in Computer Engineering from the Fundación Arturo Rosenblueth in Mexico. (1996-2001). He also pursued studies of Philosophy at UNAM (1998-2001).

 

Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Gabriella, founder and director of Mexico City’s Laboratorio para la Ciudad, is a multilingual writer, visual artist, documentary film director, cultural advisor and arts curator. She has also founded several multidisciplinary projects for which she has won several international awards and recognitions, including the Prince Claus Fund (Holland), First Place of the Best Art Practice Award (Italy) and the IMCINE National Film Grant (Mexico); in addition she is a City 2.0 TED Prize grant awardee. Gabriella is an alumnus of Fabrica, a TED Senior Fellow and a Yale World Fellow, and she was recently selected as a World Cities Summit Young Leader.

 

Begoña Irazabal

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Begoña studied Art History at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana. She has worked at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and at Museo Jumex, and she now directs her own art gallery named Breve. She writes for local publications and has a radio show, Altavoz, at RadioArquitectura.com, where she invites interdisciplinary artists, curators and cultural managers to discuss the contemporary state of the art in Mexico City.

 

 

Pablo Kobayashi

Unidad De Protocolos

Principal at the design and strategies studio Unidad de Protocolos (Protocols Unit) and Unidad de Producción (Production Unit), its fabrication branch dedicated to the development of urban furniture systems that question the dynamics and definition of public space. He studied architecture in at Mexico’s Universidad Intercontinental and received a master’s degree from London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture after completing the Emergent Technologies and Design program. He is interested in the development of a thinking structure that derives from the use of the computer but can prescind from it. He studies material systems and the relationship between digital generation, digital fabrication and craftsmanship through a deep understanding of the material’s inherent properties. His work is driven by the notion of emergence, where the results are not the direct sum of a system’s parts but the interaction of simple components following a simple set of rules.

Leticia Lozano

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Leticia, an architect, designer and researcher, is passionate about designing immersive and innovative urban experiences. She is guided by her curiosity about the dialogue between people and places and how it morphs from culture to culture. She currently coordinates the Ciudad Lúdica area at Laboratorio para la Ciudad.

Joel Nuño

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

An audiovisual artist, Joel is passionate about pedestrians, cyclists and mobility in the city. He currently coordinates the audiovisual area at Laboratorio para la Ciudad.

 

Isaac Pérez-Serrano

Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Isaac holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Economics and Geography) and a master’s degree in Human Geography and Urban Planning from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He also studied at the University of Bologna in Italy and graduated from the Mahindra College in India, and has served as a visiting researcher at the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Isaac has experience in the fields of Education, Sustainability, Development Banking and Urban Planning. He currently coordinates the urban geography research and analysis at Laboratorio para la Ciudad.