Human Behavior

What you'll learn

  • Humans have co-evolved with a diverse consortium of microorganisms that profoundly impact health and disease
  • Some of these microorganisms are, in essence, “mind-altering”, influencing brain function and behavior

Elaine Hsiao

Senior Research Fellow, Caltech

Elaine Hsiao is a Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where she leads a research laboratory studying how the microbiota (the trillions of microorganisms that comprise the human body) impact health and disease. Her studies led to the discovery that microbes can affect behavior, metabolic and gut symptoms related to autism spectrum disorder. Elaine will speak in a session on ”Brain, Heart, Gut – What drives us, really”.

Her work has earned her several honors, including fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and Autism Speaks and recognition by Forbes Magazine as a top “30 under 30 in Science and Healthcare”.


Uffe Elbæk

Entrepreneur and Politician
The Alternative

What you'll learn

  • How to go your own way
  • How to challenge the status quo’s of the world

Juliana Rotich


What you'll learn

  • How technology combined with community can leverage global change
  • How to enable others to make things happen

Molly Crabapple


What you'll learn

  • How drawing can help you see the world differently

Skylar Tibbits

Research Scientist

What you'll learn

  • How to design things that transform over time
  • Why 4D printing will change cities, business and manufacturing

Jenny Wilson

Artist and composer

What you'll learn

  • Staying in control of your artistic output
  • Understanding the creative process

Human Behavior

Caroline Jönsson

Sport psychologist

What you'll learn

  • How human motivation works

Daniel Margulies

Scientific Researcher
Max Planck Research Group for Neuroanatomy & Connectivity

What you'll learn

  • Far from constant, variance is central to our experience of the world
  • The role of slow brain rhythms in modulating our behavior and attention
  • When considering the dynamics of behavior, we need to think on multiple temporal scales

Kevin Allocca

Head of Culture and Trends

What you'll learn

  • Principles that has enabled viral possibilities
  • Case studies of YouTube successes.

Ed Cooke

Grand Master of Memory

What you'll learn

  • How human memory work
  • How to create structures that foster memories
  • Memory techniques for learning

Erika Hall

Director of Strategy
Mule Design

What you'll learn

  • The importance of using both quantitative and qualitative information
  • How to fit ethnography into any project, no matter what the budget or timeline.
  • How to ask good questions

Elaine Hsiao

Senior Research Fellow

What you'll learn

  • Humans have co-evolved with a diverse consortium of microorganisms that profoundly impact health and disease
  • Some of these microorganisms are, in essence, “mind-altering”, influencing brain function and behavior

Ge Jin

Human Factor Researcher

What you'll learn

  • How to experiment with ethnographical methods to close the loop between human insights & design inspiration
  • How designers craft in making things visual & tangible has been used as a tool to get conversations with users

Eva Hoffman


What you'll learn

  • Digital technologies alteration of construction of time
  • Digital time's profound effects on our consciousness and subjectivity
  • The limits of human temporality

Sille Krukow

Nudge- and Behavioral Design expert

What you'll learn

  • What controls and effects human behavior
  • Why behavior doesn't always follow knowledge and good intentions
  • How to design to change human behavior

Erin Moore

Senior User Experience Designer

What you'll learn

  • Why you should pay attention to time when building products
  • The difference between designing for one time use vs designing for trajectory of use
  • How digital and non-digital products are built for time well spent

Per Cromwell

Studio Total

What you'll learn

  • What makes us share information
  • How to be part of the content and not part of the "countdown to skip” paid messages
  • Telling stories worth being re-told, by any means necessary

New Technologies

Erik Thorstensson


What you'll learn

  • How to spur creativity with building prototypes
  • How to make prototypes with straws

Peter Siljerud


What you'll learn

  • How to start trend spotting on your own
  • How to relate to future change

Rob Fitzpatrick

Tech Entrepreneur and author
The Mom Test

What you'll learn

  • How to know if your business ideas are a good
  • How to talk to customers

Clara Gaggero Westaway

Creative Director and Co-founder
Special Projects

What you'll learn

  • How to approach new technologies
  • How to merge the physical and the digital experience

Ivan Poupyrev

Technical Program Lead
Google ATAP

What you'll learn

  • How to design for new technologies

Masakazu Takasu

Technical Evangelist

What you'll learn

  • Prototyping methods
  • Multi disciplinary co-working
  • Interactive design from Japan

Amir Rubin


What you'll learn

  • How the line between human and machine perception will be blurred
  • What it'll mean when robots know where they are and how they are moving through an environment

Nell Watson

CEO & futurist

What you'll learn

  • How machines are amplifying our human willpower.
  • How our society is now being shaped by machine influence.
  • Why machine intelligence will be the Great Wave of the 2020s.

Execution of Ideas

Magnus Thure Nilsson

Media Evolution

What you'll learn

  • How to use visionary ideas to build a strong local community

Stephanie Pereira

International Partnerships Lead

What you'll learn

  • How to build a community online
  • Best practices from the Kickstarter platform

Ingrid Burrington

Artist & writer

What you'll learn

  • Where the internet is located
  • How to understand internet infrastructure in a city

Sarah Jeong


What you'll learn

  • What the Bitcoin blockchain is and how it works
  • How the blockchain can be utilized to establish trust without a third party agency

Juan Cartagena

Founder & CEO

What you'll learn

  • How to own your reputation online

Nonny de la Peña

Senior Research Fellow in Immersive Journalism
USC School of Cinematic Arts

What you'll learn

  • How to create immersive stories with new technology
  • How virtual reality can be used to tell stories

David Gram

Marketing Director
LEGO Group’s Future Lab

What you'll learn

  • How intrapreneurship can be utilized to reinvent a company
  • How to stay true to your core values while developing your business

Evan Sandhaus

Director for Search, Archives and Semantics
The New York Times

What you'll learn

  • How to re-use evergreen quality content
  • How to archive content

Paul Adams


What you'll learn

  • How to identify users problems
  • Why the solution is only going to be as good as the definition of the problem

Scott Cohen

Artist manager and co-founder
The Orchard

What you'll learn

  • How streaming changes the business model for content
  • How the music industry is fostering long lasting careers
  • How to keep your users engaged with what you do over time

Brian Reed

This American Life

What you'll learn

  • How to construct a compelling story

Sara M. Watson

Technology Critic
Berkman Fellow

What you'll learn

  • Debunk the idea that “I have nothing to hide”
  • Tools for making data legible
  • Scrutinize algorithms where the seams are exposed

Jill Nussbaum

Executive Director of Product Design
Barbarian Group

What you'll learn

  • How to use storytelling to get your ideas thru
  • How designers and businesses create innovative products and services
  • Tools to improve your imagination

Mattan Griffel

Founder & CEO
One Month

What you'll learn

  • Why you should teach yourself how to code
  • The key resources you need to know about
  • The best methods for learning coding quickly

Jessica Lawrence

Executive Director
NY Tech Meetup

What you'll learn

  • How to change company culture
  • How do you influence culture if you’re not in the one in charge?
  • Why do we all need to be better managers?

Lisa Lindström


What you'll learn

  • How to lay foundations for a good meeting

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