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. 2017 (and 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013), 50 % were men.
4 out of 25 SPEAKERS
Ahd Kamel (SAU)Close
Ahd Kamel — Filmmaker and Actress (SAU)
Ahd Hassan Kamel (عهدحسن كامل) is an actress and filmmaker from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is best known for her role as Fatima in the 2018 BBC2/Netflix series Collateral and her starring role in the 2014 BAFTA-nominated film Wadjda.
Ahd grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to New York City in 1998. She received a BFA in Animation & Communication from Parsons School of Design in 2014 and a Directing degree from the New York Film Academy in 2015. Ahd then went on to study acting under the personal tutelage of William Esper at the William Esper Studio. Ahd has written, directed and acted in her two award-winning short films, The Shoemaker (2009) and Sanctity (2012).
D. Fox Harrell (US)MITClose
D. Fox Harrell — Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence, MIT (US)
D. Fox Harrell is Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence at MIT. His research focuses on the relationship between imagination and computation. He founded the MIT Imagination, Computation and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) in order to develop new forms of computational narrative, gaming and digital media.
With an emphasis on equity, Harrell explores how virtual identities both implement and transform persistent issues of class, gender, sex, race, ethnicity and the dynamic construction of social categories. Springing from a basis in computer science, cognitive science and digital media arts, he’s undoubtedly going to take the audience on an interesting ride along the intersection between videogames, virtual worlds and social media when he goes on stage in September.
Galit Ariel (NLD)WondARlandsClose
Galit Ariel — Creative Director, WondARlands (NLD)
Galit Ariel is a transdisciplinary creative and strategic thinker who won’t hesitate to bitch-slap anyone still using the term “disruptive innovation”. Galit, a self-proclaimed “digital hippie”, has held leadership roles in design, retail and education.
In her book Augmenting Alice (2017), she explores the side-effects of Augmented Reality and the role that AR might play in redefining our understanding of identity, privacy, experience and ethics. As for her daily work at Wondarlands, Galit help clients shape their augmented futures through augmented narratives, interaction tools, brand touch-points and experience creation.
Shu Yang Lin (TW)TaiwanPDISClose
Shu Yang Lin — Co-founder, TaiwanPDIS (TW)
Shu Yang Lin is a re-architect and international liaison of TaiwanPDIS, the innovation hub built by the Digital Minister of Taiwan. She leverages her passion and skills in interaction design and HCI (Human Computer Interaction) to rethink the interaction between the government and the civil society.
Shu’s background as an interaction designer and creative technologist helps her assist the digital transformation in Taiwan’s open government scene. During her keynote speech at The Conference, she will share how Taipei prototypes future democracy and why this is important to the rest of the world.