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Leyla Acaroglu is a designer, social change agent and sustainability provocateur who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Her 2014 TED Talk has had over a million views, she is an author, award winning designer, and the founder of the Un-school of Disruptive Design. She is into disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge, food systems and the status quo. She founded Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators with which she won a host of awards for her projects (ie: The Design Play Cards, The Secret Life of Things, The Game Changer Game and the handbook Make Change). Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. WEBSITE >
Internationally awarded product designers and creators with experience working in Netherlands, Denmark, Berlin and Latvia. Educated in Design Academy Eindhoven (rated as top 5 university for conceptual design in the world). After winning New Talent Awards in Copenhagen- established a design studio “Chudy & Grase”. We developed interior products and in just a half year, we landed contracts with big manufacturers and produced our first series of furniture. In 2015 we moved to Berlin and founded MIITO with the aim to bring our first consumer electronic product to the mass market.
Janet is an American/British anthropologist and blogger, a self-described ex-“aid worker” and the co-founder of The Restart Project, a social enterprise aiming to reduce electronic waste and transform our relationship to electronics. Janet’s work focuses on transformational projects involving communication, technology and new economies. She has worked for Maputo @Verdade, Mozambique’s largest circulation newspaper and continued to collaborate with them from afar, and worked in the past with the International Land Coalition on a project designed to help decentralize collection of data on large-scale land acquisition. Janet will be sharing her experiences as an advocate for sustainable design and repair.
Julia is passionate about growing open communities. Since 2013, she has put her background in design and media studies to use as a project lead for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and as a consultant for The Engine Room.
Julia has been running multiple community projects that foster the reuse of open data, such as Germany’s first Civic Tech Incubator ‘Stadt Land Code’ and a series of hackathons on transport, energy and citizen science. Code for Germany, her latest project in collaboration with Code for America, is a civic tech community with 25 labs and more than 350 members all across Germany.
Julia leads open data projects in close collaboration with companies and governments alike. She also enjoys speaking at conferences. In 2015 she co-organized the international Code for All Summit in New York, a two-day conference that brought together leading experts and practitioners in civic tech. In 2016 she will be kicking off a prototype fund for civic tech projects in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.
Rym Momtaz is a Producer covering Global Events for ABC News. She specializes in coverage of Europe and the Middle East, with particular focus on the refugee crisis and global terrorism. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Before joining ABC News, she spent eighteen months as the Special Assistant to the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations during Lebanon’s tenure on the UN Security Council (UNSC). During that time, she served on the team that negotiated the two UNSC resolutions that authorized military intervention in Libya in 2011 as well as resolutions on Children in Armed Conflict and Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict. She has won an Emmy award, and was part of the ABC News team that won the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence. Twitter | Read her work here >
Dr. Nynke Tromp is an assistant professor Social Design & Behaviour Change at the department of Industrial Design, Delft University. She working as a social designer in practice at Reframing Studio and continues her work to the value of design in counteracting social problems. Tromp is intrigued by the fact that products change behaviour, often without people being aware of it, and often unintentionally. The central question to her studies is: how can we let this power of design work in favour of all of us and design it to promote pro-social behaviour? Tromp works on the idea of social challenges being like organ donation, political engagement of citizens, and recovery from psychosis. In 2013, she won the Rotterdam Design Prize for temstem, a smartphone application to help people cope with hearing voices (developed at Reframing Studio). Currently, she is engaged in redesigning the Dutch mental health care sector, curbing the trade in ivory and rhino horn, and exploring the future of prisons.