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What happens on site?

For two days we explore complexity and trends in the digital world of ours. We invite speakers from all over the world from a wide range of disciplines. The sessions are carefully curated to help you connect the dots between the widespread disciplines and topics. Think of it like your favorite arts museum.

On the stages

You can expect everything from brain scientists and activists to marketing experts and cool makers who’ll cover topics like UX, psychology, ai, marketing and so on. In the end, it all comes down to exploring our three main themes: Human behavior, new technology and how to make it happen. 2015, 50 % of the speakers were men.

The Conference

August 16-17, 2016
40 speakers
1000 participants
Venue: Slagthuset

Side events

August 15-19
Workshops, masterclasses, festivities arranged by the Malmö community.

35 speakers

  • Angela Oguntala (USA) Independent
    Futures Consultant

    Angela Oguntala

    Independent (USA)

    In the closing keynote Exploring Alternative Futures, Angela will talk about building a mindset for exploring alternative futures and realities outside of dominant narratives.

    Angela works across futures studies and design. She works together with organizations to explore the opportunities and challenges of alternative futures. Her projects focus on how to make wise decisions in handling systemic change and in developing visions, services and experiences that work towards desired futures.

    Angela's foresight work spans varied fields, having worked with the Danish film industry, Philips, and in urban development in Panama. She has a deep interest in exploring the impacts of near-future technologies on culture and society. In 2014, she was chosen as a 'Future Innovator' by Ars Electronica, the United Nations ICT Agency, and Hakuhodo.

    What You'll Learn

    • How and where to find alternative futures
    • Building flexibility towards 'the future'
    • Using design and scenario building to unpack and influence futures
  • Arielle Johnson (DK) Noma
    Resident scientist

    Arielle Johnson

    Noma (DK)

    Noma's resident scientist Arielle Johsnon will speak about anti-disciplinarity, science, and flavour in the future of food session.

    Arielle is a flavor scientist, Head of Research at MAD, chef Rene Redzepi's food think tank, and the resident scientist at restaurant noma in Copenhagen, where she works with the R&D team to translate scientific and scholarly knowledge into creativity and new techniques and tools.

    Arielle received her PhD from UC Davis, where she was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. She works on turning the knowledge and ethos of the kitchen into new inquiries and avenues for research, usually through the lens of flavor and collaborates with chefs, designers, engineers, and other scientists around the world to dismantle the boundary between the kitchen and the laboratory.

  • Caroline Sinders (USA) Independent

    Caroline Sinders

    Independent (USA)

    In our session about Online Harassment, Caroline will be presenting her design thinking methodologies and strategies for using design to combat social media harassment.

    Her presentation will cover ethnographic and user research strategies, user experience design centered around social media and machine learning within language and conversations.

    Caroline Sinders is an artist and researcher. Her work explores how technology and social media changes, shapes and creates language, culture, fandom, and online harassment, and how to solve complex emotional problems using design.

    As a native New Orleanian, Caroline has been interested in linguistics since an early age. The two languages spoken in Louisiana are English and Cajun, an oral based language that is a variation of French. As a user researcher for IBM Watson, her day job is spent designing software that structures language for chat robots.

    What You'll Learn

    • How to use design thinking methodologies and strategies to combat social media harassment.
    • How to design systems for what can go wrong.
  • Charles Spence (UK) University of Oxford

    Charles Spence

    University of Oxford (UK)

    Charles is speaking in a session about the Future of Food and will show how design and technology can, and in some cases already do, deliver augmented food and drink experiences. The role of technology in the delivery of multisensory experiences and sensploration will be discussed.

    Charles Spence is an expert in the field of multi-sensory flavour perception, packaging and experience design. Charles is passionate about designing better-tasting, more stimulating, more memorable, and healthier food and drink experiences.

    Charles’ research lies at the interface of modernist cuisine and commercial food and beverage design. Over the past decade he has worked with many of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, including PepsiCo, Diageo, Unilever, Perrier Jouet, Starbucks and at the other end of the spectrum, Michelin starred chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Ferran Adriás and Paul Bocuse.

    What You'll Learn

    • How will technology change the food and beverage landscape in years to come.
    • How citizen science research is changing the food landscape.
    • You’ll never look at a spoon in the same way again.
  • Clive Thompson (USA) Independent

    Clive Thompson

    Independent (USA)

    In the Hacking Minecraft keynote, Clive will show how the blocky videogame is creating a generation of kids fluent in design, programming, and the civics of online life.

    Clive Thompson is a journalist who reports on how technology and science affect everyday life. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and Wired.

    Thompson is also author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, and is currently at work on a book about "how programmers think".

    What You'll Learn

    • About the programming languages hidden inside Minecraft
    • How kids self-organize online
    • Why the future of social networking might look more like Minecraft than Facebook
  • David Eriksson (SWE) North Kingdom Design & Communication
    Chief Creative Officer

    David Eriksson

    North Kingdom Design & Communication (SWE)

    In our session on Virtual Reality David will take on the business perspective and discuss how brands can use the new technology in marketing.

    David operates from the North Kingdom HQ in Skellefteå, far up in northern Sweden. From there he has been overseeing most of North Kingdom’s work for clients such as LEGO, Google, adidas, Warner Bros, Disney, Coke Zero, Vodafone, AT&T, Toyota.

    He is co-founder of a local network association called ‘The Lodge” where the local digital industry gathers for knowledge sharing, education and business development. Creative summit is a well known yearly event in Skellefteå by the Lodge where international renowned speakers are invited to speak under the midnight sun.

    David is also a proud member of the Swedish Council for Cultural and Creative Industries reporting to the Swedish government.

  • Deborah Harrison (USA) Microsoft Cortana

    Deborah Harrison

    Microsoft Cortana (USA)

    In a session about Artificial Intelligence in Services Deborah will talk about the process of making an AI feel personal.

    Deborah Harrison is one of the original architects of the personality for Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana. She crafted the core principles that define Cortana's approach to communication and now helps shepherd those principles as Cortana lights up on other devices, on other operating systems, and in other countries.

    Today, while the field of AI is still in adolescence, we in the industry stand in a brilliant position to shape not only technological innovation but also the culture of conversation between humans and machines. If we approach this task with intention, then people can come to expect civility, connection, humor, transparency, and kindness from their interactions with AI just as surely as they expect the ability to update a calendar or dictate a text.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why designing likeable personalities for AI is important.
  • Dragana Kaurin (USA) Localization lab

    Dragana Kaurin

    Localization lab (USA)

    In our session about Migration Dragana will discuss what role technology can play in making life easier for refugees.

    Dragana Kaurin provides ethnographic context for human rights and humanitarian programming. Formerly with UN ONCHA and UNICEF in NY and Syria, her work focuses on refugee rights, policy, historical memory and forced displacement. Fluent in Serbo-Croatian, French Spanish and Arabic, she founded the Localization Lab in April 2013, a growing community working on adoption of Internet freedom tools.

    Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked as a program officer at New America Foundation researching use of circumvention tools globally. She has conducted research in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, and received her Master’s degree in Human Rights from Columbia University for her thesis "Babylon in Exile: How the Lack of a Domestic Refugee Policy in Syria and Lebanon Leads to Trafficking, Refoulement, and Abuse of Iraqi Refugees"

    What You'll Learn

    • Tech improves all parts of life
    • How refugees communicate
  • Elena Pedrazzani (CH) IFRC
    Digital Community Engagement & Accountability Officer

    Elena Pedrazzani

    IFRC (CH)

    In the session about Migration Elena is going to talk about how technology is radically transforming migration.

    Elena Pedrazzani is a digital communication and marketing specialist based in Geneva where she works at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Her current work focuses on developing digital solutions for vulnerable migrants, to help them stay informed and safe when on the move.

    Previously Elena has worked on several digital communications, branding and marketing projects focusing on humanitarian issues. She gained knowledge of the sector through field work in Haiti, Tunisia, and most recently in Greece, where she was involved in the response to the current migration crisis. Passionate about digital communication, she believes that technology and social media can help development and humanitarian work to take place with the consent, understanding, and full participation of the vulnerable people it seeks to support.

    What You'll Learn

    • Food, Shelter and Smartphones: understanding the context of migration in the digital era
    • Information is aid: how technology brings opportunities
    • How to find the balance between technology and the need to keep assistance human
  • Fernanda Saboia (BRA) Huge
    Senior Product Strategist

    Fernanda Saboia

    Huge (BRA)

    Fernanda will explore the one-to-one communication trend by looking at the rise of WhatsApp in Brazil, a landscape where one-to-many communication is no longer the preferred way of managing relationships.

    Fernanda Saboia is a Senior Product Strategist at digital agency Huge in Rio de Janeiro, where she develops business, product, and social media strategies for some of the agency's largest clients. Over the course of her career, she has worked with a variety of leading local and global brands including Oi, Vale, Rock in Rio,, Whirlpool, and Coca-Cola. Fernanda has spoken at SXSW and holds a degree from PUC-Rio for Communications and Marketing.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why people prefer one-to-one communication.
    • How this trend affects the landscape of digital products.
    • What this means for companies of all types and sizes.
  • Gabo Arora (USA) United Nations VR

    Gabo Arora

    United Nations VR (USA)

    In our session on Virtual Reality Gabo will talk about how the United Nations are utilizing the new technology to shed light on the ongoing refugee crisis.

    Gabo Arora is a Creative Director & Senior Advisor at the United Nations and an award-winning filmmaker. His work focuses on new technologies that promote social causes and make decision-making processes more inclusive. Among these projects is a viral video campaign for the recent climate change summit in Paris, and various collaborations with internet influencers to promote accountability on global humanitarian aid assistance.

    He is also founder of, the United Nations’ virtual reality lab, and has directed and produced a series of pioneering, and widely acclaimed, virtual reality documentaries focusing on vulnerable populations in crisis. “Clouds Over Sidra”, "Waves of Grace” and “My Mother’s Wing” have all premiered at major film festivals around the world.

    What You'll Learn

    • Where does VR fit into the history of media
    • What makes VR different
    • How VR can be used to represent other people’s pain
  • Guy Standing (UK) University of London

    Guy Standing

    University of London (UK)

    In a session about Humans, Labour and Technology Guy is going to talk about the growing precariat and its potential to become the new revolutionary class.

    Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and was previously Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath, Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme (1999-2006) and Director of the ILO’s Labour Market Policies Branch.

    He is a founder and co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO promoting basic income. He has been consultant to many international agencies, including the UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, European Commission and DFID, as well as governments and trades unions.

    Recent books are A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class and Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay
    • The coming precariat revolt
    • Why a basic income is essential
  • Indy Johar (UK) Zero Zero

    Indy Johar

    Zero Zero (UK)

    In a keynote session about Democratizing Cities, Indy is going to take on the important task of zooming out, discussing multi stakeholder systems and what a 21st century town hall should look like.

    Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of Zero Zero ( and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation.

    Indy, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the - Open Venture Accelerator] and has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the, Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation and Civic Systems Laboratory.

    What You'll Learn

    • How do we democratize cities
    • How to do collaborative innovation
    • Why there’s a need for new institutional economics
  • Isha Datar (USA) New Harvest

    Isha Datar

    New Harvest (USA)

    In a session about the Future of Food Isha is going to talk about making agriculture products from cell cultures rather than whole plants or animals.

    Isha Datar is the CEO of New Harvest, the grantmaking organization accelerating breakthroughs in cellular agriculture since 2004. New Harvest is establishing the industry and academic discipline focused on animal products made without animals by funding early stage research and acting as the convening point for people in the emerging field.

    Isha has a B.Sc in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Alberta and Masters of Biotechnology from the University of Toronto. She has published scientific literature on the "Possibilities of an in-vitro meat production system" in the journal Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies and co-founded a company making milk without cows and another making eggs without hens.

    What You'll Learn

    • Our current systems for producing animal products are a threat to public health, the environment, and animals.
    • Cellular agriculture - making agriculture products from cell cultures rather than whole plants or animals - offers a means to solve the problems associated with conventional intensive animal agriculture.
    • Despite the many benefits, cellular agriculture remains an underfunded area of research.
  • Jemma Xu (CHN) Tripalocal

    Jemma Xu

    Tripalocal (CHN)

    Jemma is going to talk about the Chinese startup scene in a session called Global Outlook.

    Jemma Xu is an angel investor and advisor to a number of cross border startups with a focus on China, a market in which she sees enormous opportunities. Jemma is the CEO and co-founder of Tripalocal, an online travel platform focused on bringing authentic local experiences through customized itineraries to Chinese outbound travelers.

    Prior to her startup life, Jemma was an investment banker with Macquarie Group, primarily focusing on M&A and capital raising opportunities in the natural resources sector. Jemma was also a National Executive for the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative.

    Jemma completed a double bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) / Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 2011. Jemma also holds an Associate Diploma in Music on Clarinet with Distinction.

    What You'll Learn

    • The current major tech trends in China and segmentation of the Chinese market.
    • Innovation Chinese style (ie mostly in business models) with various local examples.
    • The power of Wechat.
    • Future trends in China. (ie a lot of cross border startups, rather than just Chinese domestic startups)
  • Jessica Brillhart (USA) Google
    Principal filmmaker for VR

    Jessica Brillhart

    Google (USA)

    In our Getting Real with Virtual Reality session, Jessica will tell a cautionary tale of a filmmaker's journey into virtual reality.

    Jessica Brillhart is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google's Creative Lab where she spearheaded numerous award winning shorts and documentaries before joining the VR team in 2015.

    Since directing, World Tour – the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem – Brillhart has continued traveling the world, filming and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emergent medium.

    What You'll Learn

    • The emerging language of VR
    • How to think in world’s instead of frames
  • Jessica Rosenkrantz (USA) Nervous system
    Creative Director

    Jessica Rosenkrantz

    Nervous system (USA)

    In a session about Generative Design Jessica will take us on an exploration in the intersection of art, science and technology where generative design and digital fabrication are changing the way we create.

    Jessica Rosenkrantz is an artist, designer, and programmer. In 2007 she co-founded Nervous System, where she currently works as Creative Director. Her work explores how simulations of natural processes can be used in design and coupled with digital fabrication to create one-of-a-kind, customized products. She studied biology and architecture at MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

    Her designs have been featured in a wide range of publications, including WIRED, the New York Times, and the Guardian and are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

    What You'll Learn

    • Examples on what generative design is and what it can do
    • Possibilities and challenges of digital fabrication
    • Raising questions about the future of design, fashion and manufacturing
  • John V. Willshire (UK) Smithery

    John V. Willshire

    Smithery (UK)

    Where once a strategy would hold for years, we are now witnessing a world in which a strategy can’t even hold for the time it takes to formulate one.

    In a keynote session called Strategy is Dead - Long Live Meta-Strategy, John will talk about how everything keeps changing and discuss how we can learn from the mechanics of the internet to see this as a positive, useful thing.

    John V. Willshire is the founder of Smithery, a strategic design unit based in London since 2011. They help organisations make things people want, rather than making people want things. Their work spans many disciplines, but centres around four areas: Strategy, design, culture, and prototyping.

    Recent projects have included creating a new “Future of The Workplace” platform for Konica Minolta, running collaborative design workshops with maths teachers and programmers for the British Council in Mexico City, developing strategy for The Design Museum’s move to a new building, designing a future strategy game for the global leadership team at Experian, and collaborating with the Bletchley Park Trust on engaging more of the local community.

    What You'll Learn

    • The realisation that the desire for finding fixed patterns disadvantages us in the complexity of the non-replicable internet.
    • An understanding of why instead of one strategy, you need a meta-strategy - a strategy of strategies.
    • The introduction of a macro-method to help you design appropriately given any circumstance.
  • Lain Shakespeare (USA) MailChimp
    Corporate Citizenship Manager

    Lain Shakespeare

    MailChimp (USA)

    In our session Being an Empathetic Company Lain will talk about how companies can make a real impact in the community with humility, creativity, and just a little bit of risk.

    Lain Shakespeare is MailChimp’s Corporate Citizenship Manager, which means he’s responsible for defining, implementing, and reporting on the company’s community involvement and civic perspective. He joined MailChimp in 2011 and, before originating the corporate citizenship team in 2015, directed the company’s sponsorship and brand marketing efforts.

    In a previous life, Lain served as the executive director of the Wren’s Nest House Museum, a National Historic Landmark dedicated to preserving African-American folklore. He’s a graduate of Kenyon College and he lives in Atlanta.

    What You'll Learn

    • Companies don't need to be mission-driven or even very philanthropic to do great community work
    • Leading with company values creates genuine opportunities to succeed in the community and within company culture
    • Let's think less about a company's "responsibility" and more about a company's empathetic creativity
  • Latoya Peterson (USA) Racialicious
    Writer & founder

    Latoya Peterson

    Racialicious (USA)

    In our session on Migration Latoya Peterson, will give a talk that discuss the similarities and provoking differences between the nomad classes, people that are free to cross borders that don't need it and those who need to flee but can't go where they want.

    Latoya Peterson is best known for the award winning blog Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture. She is currently the Deputy Editor, Digital Innovation for ESPN's The Undefeated. Previously, she was an Editor-at-Large at Fusion, the Senior Digital Producer for The Stream, a social media driven news show on Al Jazeera America and a John S. Knight Journalism 2012-2013 Fellow at Stanford University focusing on mobile technology and digital access. She produced a YouTube series on Girl Gamers and is currently working on virtual and augmented reality projects.

    As a digital media consultant, Latoya Peterson has worked with brands like NPR, Wikipedia, and Weber-Shandwick to provide demographic analysis, ideas on improving user experience, and specialized outreach. She was also a guest host for WEAA’s Michael Eric Dyson Show and a contributor/substitute digital producer for Al-Jazeera International's version of The Stream.

  • Leah Reich (USA) Slack
    Senior User Researcher

    Leah Reich

    Slack (USA)

    In a session on Being an Empathetic Company, Leah is going to talk about empathy, and the importance of stepping out of one’s perspective to understand others.

    Leah Reich is a writer, ethnographer and researcher based in Berkeley. Her work explores the intersection of the universal and the personal – how each illuminates the other, and how they both help us navigate the challenges of being human.

    A long-time essayist and columnist, Leah currently writes an advice column for The Verge called "How To Be Human." She works at Slack as a senior user researcher, where she was brought on in part to develop a deeply human qualitative user research practice and discipline. She draws on her industry experience and the experience she gained as an ethnographer while working toward her PhD in sociology.

    What You'll Learn

    • How to learn about other people
    • How to establish an empathetic company culture
  • Liam Young (UK) Tomorrows thoughts today

    Liam Young

    Tomorrows thoughts today (UK)

    Through his talk "A Future City" Liam Young will take you on a tour in a driverless taxi through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches, and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine.

    This performance is an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions. Set in the Chinese-owned and -controlled Detroit Economic Zone (DEZ) and shot using laser scanners, the film presents this near-future city through the eyes of the robots that manage it.

    Commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices/Chicago Architecture Biennial and reimagined for The Conference, Hello, City! is a live performance of Where the City Can’t See*, the world’s first fiction film made entirely from data (directed by Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan). The computer vision of Google maps, urban management systems and CCTV surveillance are now fundamentally reshaping urban experience and the cultures of our city. Shot without any human intervention, we see through the eyes of the robots that are in charge.

    What You'll Learn

    • We will examine the implications of new technologies on the future of the city
    • We will look at the latest developments in smart city technologies and how they have evolved
    • We will look at how film, fiction and storytelling can be used as critical tools to understand and speculate on the future
  • Marcela Sapone (USA) Alfred

    Marcela Sapone

    Alfred (USA)

    In a session called Being an Empathetic Company, Marcela will talk about how to make sure a company is being empathetic all the way down to its business model.

    Marcela Sapone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hello Alfred. She is a thought leader in the sharing economy and human-centric, tech-enabled hospitality. The Secretary of Labor and The White House have highlighted her thinking on job creation by startups and she was one of Goldman Sachs' Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, the face of consumer tech in Forbes 30 under 30, and the 2014 winner of TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Marcela has an MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction and spent time at Mckinsey, Bridgewater, and American Securities.

  • Martin Hoffman (DE) ConvJournalism
    Online Journalist

    Martin Hoffman

    ConvJournalism (DE)

    In our session One to one - a new mode of communication, Martin is going to talk about why journalism in messaging apps and chat bots are the next big thing.

    Martin Hoffmann lives in Berlin, Germany, and has a diploma in online-journalism. He worked for the public broadcasting system in Germany as a change manager and tried to connect TV, radio and online-editors. He also oversaw the build-up and improvement of social media channels.

    In addition to this he worked as a freelancer at journalism schools and as a speaker for topics such as „Mobile Reporting“ and „New formats of video-journalism on the Internet“. From October 2014 to December 2015 he was Head of Social Media at the German newspaper DIE WELT and the television news station N24 with a strong focus on community building. Martin is interested in new journalistic formats on the Internet and the consequences of digitalization on journalism. He likes cats and the Eurovision Song Contest – and tweets at @martinhoffmann.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why conversational journalism is happening
    • What best best practice examples of conversational journalism are already out there?
    • What problems come with the shift of journalism towards messaging apps and chat bots?
  • Matt Orlando (DK) Amass
    Chef & owner

    Matt Orlando

    Amass (DK)

    In a keynote presentation titled Worms, sustainability and innovation Matt will talk about pushing the boundaries of creativity and how to stay relevant over time.

    Matt Orlando started his career in San Diego, working at various restaurants since the age of 16. Realizing that he wanted to pursue cooking at a higher level, he started his fine dining career working for Francis Perrot at Fairbanks Ranch, until he moved to New York City, where he worked for Charlie Palmer’s Auerole for two years, before landing a position at Eric Ripert’s three-starred Michelin restaurant, Le Bernardin. After realizing his need to further refine his cooking skills, Matt moved to England to work at both at Raymond Blanc’s two-starred Michelin restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Heston Blumenthal’s three-starred Michelin restaurant, The Fat Duck.

    It was while working at The Fat Duck that Matt met René Redzepi, owner and head chef of Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. This chance meeting led to a two-year Sous Chef position at Noma, before Matt returned back to New York City to take a Sous Chef position at Thomas Keller’s three-starred Michelin restaurant, Per Se.

    After three years at Per Se, René asked Matt to be Noma’s new Chef de Cuisine. After working at Noma for two-and-a-half years, Matt resigned his position to work on his current project: Being the owner/chef of Amass, a restaurant at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, which opened in July of 2013.

  • Maura Conway (IE) Dublin City University
    Associate Professor

    Maura Conway

    Dublin City University (IE)

    In a session about Extremist Communication Maura will share her research on the extreme right’s use of online outreach.

    Dr. Maura Conway is Associate Professor of International Security in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University (DCU) in Dublin, Ireland and Coordinator of VOX-Pol, a EU-funded project on violent online political extremism ( Dr. Conway’s principal research interests are in the area of terrorism and the Internet, including academic and media discourses on cyberterrorism, the functioning and effectiveness of violent political extremist online content, and violent online radicalisation.

    Maura is the author of over 40 articles and chapters in her specialist areas. Her research has appeared in, amongst others, Current History, Media, War & Conflict, Parliamentary Affairs, and Social Science Computer Review. She has presented her findings before the United Nations in New York, the Commission of the European Union in Brussels, the Club de Madrid, and elsewhere.

    What You'll Learn

    • It's not new; the extreme right has a long history of online outreach and agitation;
    • They have their own visual symbols and language, which they use to signal like-minded individuals online; It's still male-dominated, but increasing numbers of female users are engaging online
  • Maya Weinstein (USA) IBM Watson
    Senior Experience Designer

    Maya Weinstein

    IBM Watson (USA)

    In our session called Artificial Intelligence in Services Maya will talk about that the future is now.

    IBM's Watson hit the limelight for winning Jeopardy but in the years since researchers and designers have worked together to build dozens of APIs and services that companies and individuals are using to make an impact.

    Maya Weinstein is the lead innovation consultant at IBM. She combines design thinking and agile methods to help partners mitigate risk and get to market faster. She has worked at IBM Watson for 3 years teaching and facilitating design thinking workshops both internally and externally. In her spare time Maya hangs out with her senior dog Zion and evil cat Panda in Brooklyn, NY.

    What You'll Learn

    • Real world applications of AI
    • How we can design AI for impact
  • Michael Krona (SWE) Malmö University
    Senior Lecturer and researcher

    Michael Krona

    Malmö University (SWE)

    In a session on Extremist Communication, Michael will present his findings from almost two years of researching the scope of narratives in Islamic State propaganda, with an emphasis on how this knowledge can contribute to improve contemporary counter-strategies online.

    Michael Krona is a media scholar, holds a PhD in Media and Communication studies and works as a Senior Lecturer at Malmö University. He is an expert on media activism in the Middle East, with international publications about the role of social media for political change during the Arab Spring. Since 2014 he's been studying Islamic State propaganda as communication strategies for recruitment and radicalization.

    What You'll Learn

    • How extremist organizations communication strategies have developed since 9/11
    • How Islamic State religious violence is mediated and the role of different media technologies in this process
    • How an enhanced knowledge may contribute to a more efficient counter-strategy online
  • Michelle Mederos (USA) Facebook
    Product Designer

    Michelle Mederos

    Facebook (USA)

    In a session about Online Harassment, Michelle Mederos will talk about the challenges of designing for women’s online safety, particularly in emerging markets.

    As a Product Designer at Facebook, Michelle creates products around women’s moments of struggle, uncertainty and vulnerability in order to prevent and mitigate negative experiences. Her work focuses on problems that take place both in an online space and the real world, such as "unwanted contact" and other forms of harassment.

    Previously Michelle studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University, but fell in love with product design after realizing the wider cultural impact of socially conscious products, like the Hippo Roller. She is also a lecturer at Stanford University and helps teach an undergraduate class on people-centric design research techniques.

    What You'll Learn

    • How to design with empathy.
    • How to create culturally responsive projects.
  • Nazanin Daneshvar (IR) Takhfifan

    Nazanin Daneshvar

    Takhfifan (IR)

    In the Global Outlook session, Nazanin is going to give an introduction of how it is to run a start-up in Iran.

    Like most of her peers, Nazanin Daneshvar left her country to look for opportunities abroad after graduating university. At the age of 26 she decided to go back home to launch her own start-up in Tehran.

    Undeterred by sanctions and Iran's declining economy, she saw a great opportunity and founded Takhfifan, Iran's first group-buying website. Over the last four years Takhfifan has grown organically, to become one of Iran's fastest growing start-ups, a success story that has received widespread recognition both nationally and internationally. Today, millions of Iranians are shopping at Takhfifan to buy anything from half-price meals at popular restaurants to the latest fashion accessories at unbeatable prices. Nazanin's story is remarkable in many ways, she is undoubtedly one of Iran's most highly acclaimed entrepreneurs and serves as an inspiration to aspiring female leaders.

    What You'll Learn

    • Iranians are used to dealing with adversity, it is possible to achieve goals anyway.
    • Women in Iran have more rights than you may think: they can lead companies.
    • Starting a company in Iran requires the knowledge and help of locals.
  • Refik Anadol (TUR) Independent

    Refik Anadol

    Independent (TUR)

    In our session on Generative Design Refik is going to talk about an artist’s relationship with computers in the creative process.

    Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.

    He is working in the fields of site-specific public art with parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation approach, particularly his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts.

    As a media artist, designer and spatial thinker, Refik Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture. He invites the viewers to visualize alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. Anadol’s work suggests that all spaces and facades have potentials to be utilized as the media artists’ canvases.

    What You'll Learn

    • Architectural Intelligence in the Age of Social Computing
    • Architecture as a Canvas
    • Light+Data as a Material
  • Samim A. Winiger (DE) Creative.AI

    Samim A. Winiger

    Creative.AI (DE)

    In a session on Generative Design Samim will give an overview of the field and how it can lead to a democratization and escalation of creativity.

    Samim A. Winiger is a compassionate designer, code magician and narrative engineer. He is a co-founder of Creative.AI - a R&D team focused on machine learning for creative industries. He is known for doing experiments that combine creativity and AI, and leading open source projects such as GitXiv.

    Previously, he has been a co-founder of multiple companies and operations in the web, music and games space - working on independent projects and for global brands. Samim dreams about topics such as ethical machines, bots that design, the democratization of creativity, gardening and mediation.

    What You'll Learn

    • Creativity and AI are merging quickly - It is leading to the democratization and escalation of creativity
    • Creative AI holds great opportunities for creative industries, the time to act is now
    • Beyond the "automation due to AI" narrative lies the more interesting "augmentation of human skills through AI"
  • Sha Hwang (USA) Nava
    Information Designer

    Sha Hwang

    Nava (USA)

    To the Humans, Labour and Technology session Sha will bring his experience designing for both the tech industry and the government to talk about the incentives, responsibilities, and implications of both.

    Sha Hwang is an information designer whose work focuses on designing complex systems while staying human. Sha is a cofounder of Nava, a team formed as a part of the efforts to fix that now works with government agencies to radically improve their services.

    A failed architect and accidental entrepreneur, Sha has worked with clients such as the New York Times, the Harvard Library Lab, MTV, Flickr, and Adobe. Previous to Nava, Sha worked at Stamen Design in San Francisco, and later co-founded the visualization and mapping startup Movity, the generative jewelry company Meshu, and the physical gif printing company Gifpop.

    What You'll Learn

    • How tech companies enhance or subvert systemic abuse.
    • Who gets disrupted when disruption happens.
    • How policy shapes technology, and vice versa
  • Toby Shapshak (ZA) Stuff

    Toby Shapshak

    Stuff (ZA)

    In a session called Global Outlook Toby is going to discuss Africa's unique problems and how they have resulted in a unique brand of innovation out of necessity, often using mobile phones.

    Africa's innovative spirit has produced mobile payment systems like M-Pesa (through which 40% of Kenya's GDP is transacted) and other ground-breaking inventions. And, while solving these problems for itself, it will benefit the rest of the world. Africa is not just mobile-first, it is a mobile-only continent.

    Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about how innovation is better in Africa. Toby is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff magazine; is a contributor to Forbes and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail. He has been co-hosting a weekly TV show on CNBC Africa for the past two years.

    He is writing a book on innovation in Africa, looking at how the problems Africa is solving for itself will benefit the rest of the world. As a news and political journalist, he ran Mail & Guardian newspaper’s website when it was the first news site in Africa, shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president, and covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    What You'll Learn

    • Africa is mobile-only
    • Innovation out of necessity is the purest form of innovation
    • Africa is solving real problems, and solving them for the rest of the world
  • Tricia Wang (USA) Constellate Data

    Tricia Wang

    Constellate Data (USA)

    In the opening keynote Don't Trust the Truth, Tricia Wang will talk about the importance of not being fooled by the promise of the one truth in the opening keynote

    Tricia Wang is a global technology ethnographer with more than 15 years’ experience working with designers, engineers, and scientists, Tricia has a particular interest in designing human-centered systems. She advises organizations on integrating “Big Data” and what she calls Thick Data — data brought to light using digital age ethnographic research methods that uncover emotions, stories, and meaning — to improve strategy, policy, products, and services. Tricia Wang is a global technology ethnographer and co-founder of Constellate Data.

    When not working with organizations, she spends the other half of her life researching online anonymity and the bias towards the quantifiable. Recognized as a leading authority on applied research, human-centered design, social media, and Chinese internet culture.

    Tricia spoke at The Conference both 2012 and 2013. She was a participator 2014 and 2015. We’re super happy to have her back to open our eyes on what truths technology can’t tell.

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