Fab City Conference

Meet the speakers

We gathered inspiring and forward thinking experts and enthusiasts.

Designer and creatorof Precious Plastic

Dave Hakkens

(NL) Designer and creator of Precious Plastic

Dave Hakkens a 28 year old designer from the Netherlands. Dave's goal is simple: he just wants 'to make the world better by making things'. Whether it's an inspirational video, machines to recycle plastic or a phone concept it doesn’t really matter. As long as it might push the world in a better direction he is interested.
Professor and Director of MIT's Space Enabled Research Group

Danielle Wood

(USA) Director of the Space Enabled Research Group / Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Danielle Wood is assistant professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab. Dr. Wood leads the Space Enabled Research Group seeking to advance justice in earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Dr. Wood is a scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, earth science applications, systems engineering, and technology policy for the US and emerging nations. In her research, Dr. Wood designs innovative systems that harness space technology addressing development challenges worldwide.Wood’s research also develops systems analysis tools improving decision making duringcomplex systems design. Most recently, Dr. Wood worked as the Applied Sciences Managerwithin the Earth Science Division of Goddard Space Flight Center. Previously, she served asSpecial Assistant and Advisor to the Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters inWashington, DC. Prior to working at NASA, Dr. Wood held positions at the AerospaceCorporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs.Dr. Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD inengineering systems, SM in aeronautics and astronautics, SM in technology policy, and SB inaerospace engineering.


(WORLD) Fossil Free Flights through new Aerial Corridors

Aerocene is an interdisciplinary artistic endeavor that devises new modes of ecological sensitivity, reactivating the common social imaginary of an ethical collaboration with the atmosphere and the environment. Aerocene’s activities manifest in the testing and experimenting of lighter-than-air sculptures that become buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth.
Aerocene imagines new infrastructures of mobility, which challenge and redefine international rights to free movement. In turn, Aerocene attempts reversal of the extractive approaches humans have developed toward planetary landscapes, ecosystems and nonhuman species. These aims can be achieved and complemented by encouraging a bottom-up, participatory approach to environmental policy making, and through international community-building carried out by the Aerocene Foundation.
Between thinking and making together with community members: Julieta Arancio, Sasha Engelmann, Joaquin Ezcurra, Tomás Saraceno and Erik Vogler.

Jakob Lange

(DK) Architect at BIG

Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As a
Project Leader for several award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental
to many of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of The
Mountain mixed-use residences in Copenhagen, completed in 2008, and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award 2011. He is currently Partner in Charge of 79 & PARK, a 20.000 M2 sustainable luxury residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG’s technology-driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG’s design decisions with research-based information—Information Driven Design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized furniture, and innovative building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture.

Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ron Eglash

(USA) Professor of Science and Technology Studies

Ron is a Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
His books include African Fractals: modern computing and indigenous design and Appropriating Technology: vernacular science and social power.
Collaborating with indigenous communities, urban artisans and others, his research program on “generative justice” develops computational, thermal and mechanical systems that nurture the bottom-up circulation of value in unalienated form, from heritage algorithms to decolonized digital fabrication.
President of the Fab Foundation

Sherry Lassiter

(USA) President of the Fab Foundation

Sherry Lassiter is one of the architects of the MIT global initiative for field on-site technology development, the Fab Lab program. Sherry is currently engaged at the Fab Foundation in the deployment and growth of Fab Labs around the world, enabling grassroots technology development by, for and of the community.
Professor and Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

Neil Gershenfeld

(USA) Professor and Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

Neil is the creator of the famous class 'How to make (almost) anything' which later led him to launch the Fab Lab movement. His works and research focus on breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds. Neil is the author of numerous books including his latest Designing Reality.

José Luis De Vicente

(ES) Curator and Researcher

José is interested in digital culture, innovation and new media art. He is currently the curator of Sónar+D, the Creative Technologies and New Media area of Barcelona’s acclaimed Sónar Festival, as well as a curator at FutureEverything Festival, Manchester. He is Senior Faculty at IaaC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

Rory Aronson

(USA) Social Entrepreneur and Innovator

Educated as an engineer and Entrepreneur at heart, Rory is the guy behind the renowned FarmBot project, an open-source precision farming machine and software designed for small scale food production. His vision is to create an open and accessible technology to help everyone to grow food.
Architect and Founder of 00(project00.cc)

Indy Johar

(UK) Architect and Founder 00 (project00.cc)

Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hubs to Open Desk and the Wikihouse Open source construction system. He is also involved at Dark Matter labs, which aims to apply complex systems science to Urban & Regional Renewal to solve the wicked challenges society faces in the 21st century.
Professor of Sociologyat Columbia University

Saskia Sassen

(USA) Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

Saskia is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables in her work. Her books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and multiple doctor honoris causa. She coined the term Global City.

Phillipe Madec

(FR) Professor in architecture

Philippe Madec (France,1954) livesAlain Bornarel (engineer), he has taken the initiative of the Manifesto for a Happy Frugality. This in Paris and Brussels. Thanks to his family background and to an encounter with Kenneth Frampton in 1983/84, Philippe Madec has had an eco-responsible conception of urban and architectural works from the beginning of his practice (’89). He received, in particular, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2012, or the Taliesin Special Price 2009.

He participates in the general architecture policy of France: an expert for the Grenelle of Environment, member of the National Council for Cities and Territories of Art and History, scientific consultant for the PUCA, etc. ; he is Professor in architecture, Member of the Académie d’Architecture, Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for ecology. And also abroad: Full Member of the European Chapter of the Club of Rome (Brussels) or expert in the process towards the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, October 2016.
Having been a nomad professor for a long time, in 2000 he founded the first French department of education on sustainable architecture at the National School of Architecture in Lyon: Strategy for a Sustainable and Fair Development, in partnership with engineering schools. In 2010, he opened a department dedicated to ‘The invention of sustainable territory’ in the National School of Architecture in Brittany. He has taught at the Technische Universität (Vienna, Austria), Harvard University (Cambridge, U.S.A), Université de Montréal (Canada), and Columbia University (visiting scholar, New-York, U.S.A).
His latest books are on ‘The undefinition of Architecture’, ‘Architecture and Peace’, and ‘Rural Modernity’.

Francesca Bria

(ES) Barcelona City Council. Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer.

Francesca Bria is Senior Researcher and Advisor on Technology and Innovation policy. She has a PhD in Innovation Economics for Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on direct democracy and digital currencies. She also led the DSI project on Digital Social Innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations and movements on Technology and Innovation policy, and its socio-economic impact.

Francesca Bria is an adviser for the European Commission on Future Internet and Innovation Policy. She is currently the new Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation for the city of Barcelona in Spain and she is leading the DECODE project (http://decodeproject.eu) on data sovereignty in Europe.

Jean-Louis Missika

(FR) Deputy Major of Paris

Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness.

Since 2014, Jean-Louis MISSIKA is a Paris councilor and Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of innovation, research and higher education.
Jean-Louis MISSIKA is a media sociologist. He holds a PhD in management, a degree in philosophy and is graduated of Sciences Po Paris. He was head of the Information and Dissemination Service of the Prime Minister Michel Rocard and director of BVA, before setting up a consulting firm. He also served as Vice President of Iliad.
He has taught media sociology at Sciences Po Paris.
Jean-Louis MISSIKA has written several books, notably on media and politics: La Folle du logis. Television in Democratic Societies, with Dominique Wolton (Gallimard, 1983), La Fin de la télévision (Le Seuil/La République des idées, 2006) and Parler pour gagner, sémiotique des discours de la campagne présidentielle de 2007, with Denis Bertrand and Alexandre Dézé (Presses de Sciences Po, 2007).

Saadi Lahlou

(FR) Chair in Social Psychology

Professor Saadi Lahlou is Chair in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He directed 4 research units (in Consumer Research, Sociology of Organizations, Cognitive Science, Social Psychology).
He has worked in industry R&D for 15 years, in government (French Prime Minister’s strategy unit), and academia.
He authored many publications; the recently published “Installation theory” (Cambridge University Press, 2017), his 5th book, examines the influence of context on behaviour, and how to produce behavioural change.

Eric Pan

(CN) Founder and CEO of Seeed Studio

Founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, lifelong maker, and biker. He is trained as EE with projects about Electronics, Embedded System, Robotics. After graduation, he worked in Intel as chipsets product engineer on quality control and NPI, then took various job including international trading and sourcing. He established Seeed Studio in 2008, providing open hardware modules and service to help makers turn ideas into products. He also created ChaiHuo hackerspace in Shenzhen, co-founded the hardware accelerator HAXLR8R, and introduced the first Mini Maker Faire to China. With all the works done to accelerate small-scale hardware innovators, he has been selected as cover page by Forbes China as 30 young entrepreneurs under 30.

Kate Raworth

(UK) Economist. Teacher at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute.

Kate Raworth (‘Ray-worth’ just FYI) is a renegade economist passionate about making economics fit for the 21st century. Her best-selling book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist has been translated into seven languages and was long-listed (but not short listed...) for the 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she is a Senior Visiting Research Associate, and is also a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and an advisor to the Global Challenges programme of the Stockholm School of Economics.

Over the past two decades Kate has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, as a co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report, and as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute based in the villages of Zanzibar. She holds a BA and MSc from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from Business School Lausanne. She has been named by the Guardian as one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation.

Primavera de Filippi

(FR) Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute.

She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA).

Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, their potential to design new governance models and participatory decision-making, and the concept of governance-by-design. Her book, “Blockchain and the Law,” will be published in 2018 by Harvard University Press (co-authored with Aaron Wright).

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