Amazingly talented humans from all over the world, from different spheres and of different opinions will share their intriguing projects and mindblowing theories to help you navigate the complexity of now and beyond. Practically speaking, expect anything from brain scientists to economists to artists to chefs. 2016 (and 2015, 2014 and 2013), 50 % were men. Speakers will be announced continuously during spring.
Alexander Chen (USA)
Google Creative Lab
Alexander ChenGoogle Creative Lab (USA)
How does music really work? What does music look like? In a session about music & code, Alexander Chen, Creative Director at Google Creative Lab, will explore these questions through sharing projects that combine the areas of coding, graphic design, physics, and machine learning, together with music.
At Google Creative Lab, Alexander has helped lead projects such as Chrome Music Lab, A.I. Experiments, and the Les Paul Doodle, a Google doodle which generated 5.1 years worth of shared music around the world. His personal projects include MTA.ME, which transformed a New York subway map into a string instrument. His music visualization work has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, WSJ and many more.
Amy Whitaker (USA)
New York University
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Amy WhitakerNew York University (USA)
Amy Whitaker is a writer, artist and teacher navigating the waters of creativity and business. In a session about Normalization Amy will share her methods and mindset from her book called Art thinking which is about inventing yet unimagined worlds to allow something to exist.
The method draws from the idea of art as a container for independent thinking and looks at how previously unthinkable scenarios can help ideas, businesses and basic human rights becoming the new normal.
Amy is also a professor of business in the art school at New York University. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in painting from the University College London.
Amy serves as a business strategy mentor to the TED fellows and as an advisor to the blockchain company Bitmark (bitmark.com). She was previously the president of the Professional Organization for Women in the arts and the first entrepreneur-in-residence at the New Museum Incubator. Amy started her career in art museums including the Guggenheim, MoMA, and Tate, and in the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
Chris Grantham (UK)
Chris GranthamIDEO (UK)
Chris Grantham is Circular Economy Portfolio Director at IDEO. In our session about "Circular creativity" Chris will share his perspective on the journey we are on - from a linear economy and mindset to an economy rich in circular flows of resources and a different way of thinking about the prosperity we want the economy to serve.
The talk will explore how change might happen and what we as individual change makers and innovators can do to get us there.
Chris leads IDEO's consultancy business in the circular economy and works with organisations on system change and breakthrough innovation. He has been closely involved in a number of design led initiatives with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, including the development of The Circular Design Guide. Launched at The World Economic Forum in 2017, the guide aims to develop a generation of creatively confident, systems orientated circular designers and more resilient organisations capable of thriving in the circular economy.
Gene Kogan (USA)
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Gene Kogan is an artist and a programmer who is interested in generative systems, artificial intelligence, and software for creativity and self-expression.
In the closing keynote of The Conference 2017 he will take you on a tour through trends and opportunities in the creative fields of AI and provide an overview of educational materials and resources for creative professionals to apply machine learning within their practice.
Gene is a collaborator within numerous open-source software projects, and leads workshops and demonstrations on topics at the intersection of code, art, and technology activism. Gene initiated and contributes to ml4a, a free book about machine learning for artists, activists, and citizen scientists. He regularly publishes video lectures, writings, and tutorials to facilitate a greater public understanding of the topic.
Ingrid Zeegers (NL)
Ingrid ZeegersCirculair Friesland (NL)
In a session about Circular Creativity, Program Director Ingrid Zeegers is going to share her insights and learnings from the Circulair Friesland project. Friesland is a Dutch province that aims to develop towards a true circular economy where one organization's waste turns into another organization's asset.
Before joining Circular Friesland, Ingrid was the Director of Sustainable Business Development at Philips where she worked to change the view of the use of materials, energy efficiency and product propositions.
Jamie Bartlett (UK)
Jamie BartlettDemos (UK)
Jamie Bartlett is author of the book Radicals which is an exploration of the individuals, groups and movements rejecting the way we live, and are attempting to find alternatives.
He is also the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society. Jamie is author of the best selling book The Dark Net and a regular commentator on national and international media outlets.
May Al-Karooni (UK)
May Al-KarooniGlobechain.com (UK)
In our session on Circular Creativity, May Al-Karooni will share her journey on starting Globechain, a reuse platform that lets unwanted materials/ items from big companies be reused by charities and smaller enterprisers, which last year prevented 1,000,000 kilos of waste from ending up in landfills creating social impact data for its users.
May previously worked within the investment banking and asset management industry, fundraising monies for venture capital, property and hedge funds for the last 10 years totalling over £120 million in funds raised.
In 2013 May set up Globechain after seeing a demand for a new online circular economy within the waste management industry after her own employer expressed a need to reuse items in a more collaborative way.
Muneeb Ali (USA)
Muneeb AliBlockstack (USA)
Muneeb Ali is a computer scientist with a mission to build a fairer internet. He is a co-founder of Blockstack, a new decentralized internet where users own and control their data.
Muneeb received his Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University and did PhD-level research in distributed systems at Princeton working in the systems group and at PlanetLab—the world's first and largest cloud computing testbed. He was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and a Princeton Graduate Fellowship and gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton. He has built a wide range of production systems and published research papers with over 900 citations.
Saskia Sassen (USA)
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Saskia SassenColumbia University (USA)
If we want to safeguard equity, democracy and rights in our cities, we must first ask ourselves, who owns the city? In a keynote session Sociology Professor Saskia Sassen is going to talk about the city as the greatest frontier of our time and as such a place where people without power can get to make a history, culture and economy.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired from 2009 till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization as the three key variables running through her work.
Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages.
Sebastian Schmieg (DE)
Artist Sebastian Schmieg will say whatever you want in front of a pizza. Furthermore, he will explore the precarity of digital labor and the amalgamation of humans and software by looking at: the hidden manual labor behind so-called artificial intelligence; the gig economy; and possible covert interventions inside such systems.
Sebastian Schmieg is an artist who examines the ways networked technologies shape online and offline realities, in artworks that range from shredded hard-drives from a Google data center to crowd-sourced versions of popular self-help books using Amazon's Kindle. His output encompasses websites, videos, interface performances, lectures, online interventions, print-on-demand books or neural networks.
His artistic practice currently revolves around digital labor, optimization and the amalgamation of humans and software. Previously his work has been exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK; Transmediale, Berlin, Germany; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea; and Bitforms Gallery, New York, USA. Sebastian Schmieg lives and works in Berlin.
Stephanie Dinkins (USA)
Stony Brook University
Stephanie DinkinsStony Brook University (USA)
Artificially intelligent systems are increasingly the ubiquitous, unseen arbiters of our social, civic and personal lives. In a session about “Inclusive AI”, artist Stephanie Dinkins will discuss artificial intelligence as it relates to social equity and explore how AI and big data impact our daily lives and future histories.
Stephanie Dinkins is an artist and professor at Stony Brook University interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to develop deep-rooted AI literacy and co-create more culturally inclusive equitable artificial intelligence.
Her art is exhibited internationally at a broad spectrum of community, private and institutional venues by design. She is the 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence at NEW INC, a cultural incubator supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. She is also a recipient of the 2017 A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art.
Yousef Tuqan (UAE)
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Yousef TuqanJumeirah Group (UAE)
Marketing pro Yousef Tuqan will uncover what the new tribes of Arabia look like, and how the digital generation in the region is shaping their identity, their creative expression, and their future.
Yousef Tuqan is one of the MENA region’s most experienced marketing leaders, with a diverse career in the UAE that spans over 20 years. He also serves as a mentor & advisory board member to the next generation of Arab technology entrepreneurs.
He was formerly the CEO of Flip Media, the Chief Innovation Officer of Leo Burnett/Publicis Group MENA, and the VP for Marketing & Analytics at app-based car booking service Careem, the fastest-growing tech company in the MENA region.