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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 >
Alexa is a leading expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy (Simon & Schuster), a book that explores underground and informal innovation. Alexa works to create bridges and opportunities for misfit subcultures within the formal economy. She is the Founder of Wisdom Hackers, an incubator for philosophical inquiry. And the Co-Founder of the League of Intrapreneurs, a movement to create change from within incumbent systems and big organizations.
Alexa has written and appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Wired, Dazed and Confused, VICE, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and MTV. She is a regular commentator on topics related to economic transition, misfit subculture, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and technology angst. She received her BA from Brown University and a MSc. from Oxford University. When not operating in the world as Alexa, you can find her playing the Amish Futurist, an alter ego bringing Socratic inquiry to the tech scene. WEBSITE >
In all his professional endeavors Luis has embraced the power of combining creativity & a deep curiosity about the world. Finding the right elements with which to communicate projects and ideas are a ritual of discovery in his work as Creative Director of More Starch (A communication studio which he co-founded 4 years ago.) Their clients include NGOs such as I.M.C.O, Article 19, Arena Electoral, U.N.F.P.A, the Hewlett Foundation as well as large cultural events such as Televisa’s TagCDMX, The Fénix Film Awards, Campus Party Mexico and Catapulta Fest.
His background in Film (NYU) and Geekery (since birth) have given him an unusual insight which he passionately exploits as he works with his the talented team to find the best ways to communicate great ideas. This along side with his diverse cultural background, He was born in Mexico City but grew up in Houston, Tx followed by 8 years in NYC, has helped him understand and more importantly empathise with a the diverse audiences he comes across. WEBSITE >
Pedro Reyes is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who uses sculpture, architecture, video, performance and participation. His works aims to increase individual or collective agency in social, environmental or educational situations.He has challenged Mexico gun culture, by turning firearms into musical instruments, set up a people's UN and set up a temporary clinic with the mission of treating various kinds of urban malaise. At the Sanatorium, therapies such as trust-building games and hypnosis are offered to combat common problems such as loneliness and stress.WEBSITE >