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Paul Lillehaugen

Paul Lillehaugen is an urban planning and strategy consultant with a background spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Previously, Paul worked at 100 Resilient Cities, where he helped cities across the U.S. and Canada develop long-term resilience strategies to address their critical social, economic, and environmental challenges. He has a Masters in Urban Planning…

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Emily Herrick

Emily Herrick is a design strategist with a practice grounded in curiosity and context currently working at the Service Design Studio at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. She collaborates with city agencies, employing the methods of design research + service design, to improve upon public services with an eye towards inclusivity, accessibility, and delightful user experience. She…

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Edwina Portocarrero

Edwina Portocarrero is a researcher, inventor, producer and designer working at the intersection of art, culture, technology, and society. She recently co-founded Super Market, a design and creative technology production and consulting agency working at the intersection of artistic practice, cultural production, and social good. Edwina obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. at the MIT Media…

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Wenfei Xu

Wenfei Xu is an urban planner, data scientist, and designer whose research uses data-driven methods to understand the geographies of urban inequality. Her current project investigates the historical impacts and contemporary socio-spatial legacies of redlining practices in American cities. She has worked in mapping, data, and design organizations including CARTO, the Civic Data Design Lab, Stamen Design and…

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Kobla Asamoah

Kobla serves as the Program Director for HBK Incubates, Hot Bread Kitchen’s business incubator. In this role, Kobla focuses on growing the incubator program and works closely with its member businesses to provide business development resources and programming that will aid in their growth ambitions. In addition to a passion for entrepreneurship, he brings years…

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Nicholas Fortugno

Nick Fortugno is recognized around the world as a leading game designer, narrative and storyexpert as well as an entrepreneur of digital and real-world games. He is Chief Creative Officer of Playmatics and oversees the design and creative vision for the company. A recognized game design leader worldwide, Fortugno is the original designer behind the…

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Natalia Radywyl

Natalia Radywyl is an academic, researcher and designer who specializes in ethnography, design research, service design, experience design, environment design and facilitation. 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 NGO’s and the…

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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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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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