Benedetta Piantella Simeonides and Despina Papadopoulos will run a 3 part for workshop for DSI students, introducing them to the world of wearable technologies and the opportunities in applying them to the social innovation sphere.
Each 3 hour workshop will expose students to developments in wearable technologies along with the challenges and opportunities inherent in the space.
The first part of each workshop will be in lecture format while the second part will expose students to materials and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to prototype ideas in class and will be asked to develop a final project which they will present and receive feedback in the last of the 3 workshops.
Saturday, April 4, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday April 25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Benedetta Piantella is a designer turned humanitarian technologist. She has taught Lego robotics and worked for Arduino in Italy, and Smart Design in NYC, producing interactive prototypes for high-end clients. She has founded engineering R&D companies focused on producing sustainable solutions to humanitarian, social, environmental challenges worldwide. She has built partnerships with organizations such as the UN, UNICEF, The Millennium Villages Project, Universities such as NYU, Columbia and Princeton and multiple NGOs and has designed, prototyped and deployed projects in countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. She recently covered the position of Technology Architect for the Earth Institute and the Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University, she is an Open Source advocate and is currently a full-time faculty member at NYU-ITP where she teaches Physical Computing and Engineering for Development.
Despina Papadopoulos has been a leader in the wearable technology field for over 15 years. Her wearable projects have been exhibited internationally and her work featured in major publication on Wearable Technologies. Despina is a design strategist, systems thinker and educator with over 16 years of experience in designing systems, building prototypes, and working with organizations to introduce innovation at the intersection of social structures and technological possibilities.She has helped a diverse range of organisations to develop tools and practices such as NCR’s The Knowledge Lab, the State of Vermont, IBM, Christie’s, Concern Worldwide. She is a professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and founding faculty at SVA’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation Program. She has lectured internationally on the relationship between design, technology and ethics, including at CHI, Tate Modern, Smart Fabrics, the Jan Van Eyck Academy and the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute. http://www.principleddesign.org/making/projects