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Natalia Radywyl

Natalia Radywyl is an academic, design consultant and research rogue. Over the past 15 years she has cultivated her deep research expertise through work spanning a range of sectors and industries, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 and government, to NGOs and the community sector. Her project highlights reflect the positive impacts she’s most passionate…

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Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice is an artist and design researcher working with play and games to engage social issues and create new cultural practices. Her approach is interdisciplinary, mixing theoretical research with critical practice with a focus on grassroots activist change. She began her career as a media critic in games journalist publication like Kotaku and Paste…

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Caroline McAndrews

Caroline McAndrews is a consultant with over 15 years of experience in leadership development, program planning and assessment, communications, user-centered design, writing, and research in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She’s worked with academics, activists, business and community members to explore questions such as how to develop the next generation of leadership, engage clients…

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Julie Kennedy

Julie Kennedy started her career as an entrepreneur, founding and leading AMERICA SCORES, a US-based educational non-profit organization. She has since built her career managing international projects in two spheres: those that support the role of the private sector and local markets in fostering sustainable economic growth, and those that address populations living in extreme…

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Benedetta Piantella

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…

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Maya Weinstein

Maya Weinstein is passionate about applying human-centered design thinking to cognitive technology. Maya has worked with IBM’s Watson for the past four years as a product designer for the public sector and a global design consultant. She has helped Fortune 400 companies integrate Watson technology into their products and processes through user-centered design. Maya is…

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Siri Betts-Sonstegard

Siri Betts-Sonstegard is a Design Researcher & Service Designer who has spent over ten years in various roles within the service industry. She applies her knowledge of service systems to her current work; research and development of cognitive tools for clinicians at IBM Watson Health. Before joining IBM, she worked as part of the Design…

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Miya Osaki

Miya Osaki is a partner at Diagram a New York-based design studio focused on improving healthcare experiences. Miya brings her skills in interaction design, human-centered research, storytelling, and behavior design to create experiences that aim to improve outcomes and empower patients to better manage their health and wellbeing. Prior to Diagram, Miya served as Director…

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Gabriel Schuster

Gabriel Schuster is an urban geographer and freelance cartographer interested in producing more just cities through informed research design. His work applies critical social theory to contemporary urban problems through participatory research, qualitative practice, and community-driven inquiry. Gabriel has worked with the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the CUNY…

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Aurelia Moser

Aurelia Moser is a developer and curious cartographer building communities around code at Mozilla Open Science. Previously of Ushahidi, Internews Kenya, and CartoDB, she’s been working in the open tech and non-profit journalism space for a few years, and recent projects have had mapping sensor data to support agricultural security and sustainable apis ecosystems in…

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