Born and raised in Parma, Italy, Benedetta Piantella is an artist and designer turned humanitarian technologist, when she helped organize emergency response efforts during the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 in Sri Lanka. After receiving her Master’s from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU in 2008, she taught Lego robotics and worked for Arduino in Milan. She is the co-founder of GROUND Lab® and more recently T4D Lab®, engineering R&D companies focused on producing sustainable solutions to humanitarian, social, environmental challenges worldwide. Her work experience also includes a stint at Smart Design in NYC.
Benedetta has designed, prototyped and deployed projects in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and built partnerships with the UN, UNICEF, NYU, Columbia and Princeton. She is also a frequent lecturer, and Open Source advocate.