Alessandro Mininno works with digital consultancy, in various forms, since 2003. He is cofounder of Gummy Industries, a digital creative agency based in Italy.
Alvise Mattozzi is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology at Politecnico di Torino. Previously Mattozzi taught Social Studies of Design at the Faculty of Design and Art at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. His research unfolds between Science and Technology Studies and Design Studies. Mattozzi investigates the social role of artifacts, design practices, and the integration between social sciences and design.
Andrea Vetter is a transformation practitioner, researcher, and teacher. Following her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, she worked theoretically and practically on degrowth, commons, and queer ecofeminism. Vetter taught Transformation Design as a Visiting Professor at HBK Braunschweig. She is on the managing board of the socio-cultural center "Haus des Wandels" and editor of "Oya" a popular magazine for transformation. Vetter is also on the supervisory board of the energy cooperative “BEOSeG” and on the advisory board of the think-tank "Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie".
Bruce Sterling is a science fiction novelist, technology journalist, and futurist who has somehow survived for seven decades, despite his unhealthy fondness for cyberpunk. Sterling is the Art Director for Share Festival in Turin, Italy, where he spots trends in technology art for the festival in his Artmaker Blog. His most recent book is a science fiction collection, Robot Artists and Black Swans, the Italian Fantascienza Stories.
Christof Arn began his journey in the field of ethics with a doctorate in ethics in 2000. He obtained a second doctorate in 2007, focusing on the topic of "ethics transfer." Since then, Arn has dedicated his career to the study and application of ethics in various fields. He worked as an ethics researcher, author, and consultant for companies and as an ethics trainer and lecturer at universities.
From 2010 to 2018, Arn served as Head of the Center for Learning and Teaching at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Christoph Fischer is a freelance Illustrator and drawing teacher in Lucerne. He works for newspapers (editorial design) and produces art and book projects. Some examples of his work include:
- Book "Während ich schlief" with drawings of his dreams
- Reportage drawing projects "Chicago Westside", "Bahnhofplatz Luzern"
- Long-term documentation of "Teufelskreisel Kreuzstutz" and the sculpture "Heinz"
Darjan Hil & Nicole Lachenmeier
Nicole Lachenmeier and Darjan Hil, partners in Superdot, are specialists in information design to visualize complexity. Superdot‘s clients include companies, NGOs, government agencies, and universities. Their work has received several awards, including the German Press Agency Award and the Information is Beautiful Award. Lachenmeier and Hil have been teaching for six years and are currently publishing a book on their methods.
Modular Information Design Handbook
Fabian Frei is a designer and developer who produces bespoke digital interactions and user interfaces professionally while utilizing methodologies of interface and interaction design artistically.
Franziska Nyffenegger worked in book publishing, translated and interpreted, wrote subtitles, and published as a freelance journalist after completing her studies at University of Zurich (Lic Phil I, Ethnology, Spanish Literature, Journalism). Since 2008 she has lectured at ZHdK in the Department of Design and Department of Cultural Analysis and Mediation. She is a guest lecturer at Lucerne School of Design & Art and Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Writing in study and profession, design history, and design theory are the main focuses of her teaching. In the summer of 2016, she completed a doctorate in cultural anthropology at the University of Basel.
James Auger is Director of the Design Department at École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS) and Co-Director of Centre de Recherche en Design, a laboratory jointly run by ENS and ENSCI Les Ateliers. His practice-based design research examines technology’s social, cultural, and personal impacts and the products resulting from its development and application.
James Dudley earned his diploma from Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and was a guest student at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Before running his own studio, Dudley combined his interest in experience and 3D design at Atelier Markgraph, Imagination. His projects include stages for Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt motor show, the body zone at the Millennium Dome, and the flagship store for Victorinox in London.
Dudley offers remote Sprint workshops for organizations that need to quickly innovate, prototype and test solutions. Recently he led a two-year research and development program at the National Portrait Gallery, helping to reshape and increase the relevance of the nation's family album.
Joe Macleod is founder of the world’s first customer-ending business. A veteran of the product development industry, Macleod has decades of experience across service, digital, and product sectors. Author of the book Ends, hailed by iFixIt1 as “the best book about consumer e-waste.” Macleod is head of Endineering at AndEnd and is a TEDx Speaker. Described by Wired as “an energetic Englishman, Macleod advises companies on how to game out their endgames. Every product faces a cycle of endings, from breakage to customer burnout to falling behind consumption trends. It‘s important to plan for each of them. Not all companies do.
Joey Guidone studied at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin and MiMaster in Milan. Since 2015 he has worked as a freelance illustrator with newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, book publishers, and corporate communication studios. Guidone works mainly for US clients such as The New York Times, ESPN, Apple, and Adobe and occasionally collaborates with leading Italian magazines and newspapers. Guidone has received numerous awards from the NY Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, 3x3, Association of Illustrators (AOI), and Applied Arts.
Joseph Press is a Futures Architect and Professor of Innovation, Design, and Leadership. He collaborates with Institute for the Future to inspire and design meaningful futures for individuals, organizations, and communities. Following his Ph.D. in Design Technology at MIT, he pivoted from architecture to a consulting career with Deloitte Digital. Press co-founded the IDeaLs research group at Politecnico di Milano to learn how to engage people to make transformation happen. He has co-authored four books, most recently "Office Shock: Creating Better Futures for Working and Living" and "A Design Driven Guide for Entrepreneurs: Strategies for Starting up in a Multiverse". Press co-founded MakeOurFuture, a platform cooperative of practitioners who empower organizations to accelerate the transition to more sustainable practices. He is a Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano School of Management and an Adjunct Professor at Parsons, The New School for Design.
Karel van der Waarde
Karel van der Waarde studied graphic design in the Netherlands and the UK. In 1995, he formed a design-research consultancy in Belgium specializing in testing information related to medicines for patients, doctors, and pharmacists. He frequently publishes and lectures about visual information.
Kris Krois founded the transdisciplinary and practice-based MA in Eco-Social Design at the Free University of Bozen–Bolzano. Together with students, teachers, and partners from design, art, science, activism, and entrepreneurship, he is co-developing design practices, tools, and structures that contribute to social-ecological transformations towards more solidary, resilient, and sustainable modes of living and production. Since 2013 he has been organizing the annual conference By Design or by Disaster. He is a founding member of the research cluster trans-form, Zukunftspakt – Patto per il Futuro, lab:bz, and Scientists for Future South Tyrol. He is engaged in diverse transformation-oriented arenas, always trying to draw together things, ideas, and actors to unfold positive societal changes.
Marco Steinberg is Founder, and CEO of Snowcone & Haystack, a Helsinki based strategic design practice focused on helping governments innovate. He specializes in issues of development, transformation, and institutional innovation.
From 2008-2013 Steinberg was Director of Strategic Design at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, where he established the fund’s strategic design capability. He launched a portfolio of public governance innovation initiatives, including Helsinki Design Lab and Low2No. From 1999-2009 he served as Associate Professor at the Harvard Design School, where he led the Stroke Pathways Project, a system redesign approach to health delivery in the US.
Steinberg holds degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard University. In 2020 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Delft Technical University (TU Delft).
Marta Lago is a healthcare innovation and design expert. She is a Global Innovation Lead at a major biotech company, where she is responsible for driving the design and implementation of strategic solutions to improve patient's lives and health outcomes while maximizing the value of their therapies. An innovator in the healthcare ecosystem, Lago's work focuses on organizational change toward human centricity and creating new spaces for collaboration. Before healthcare, Lago led or supported the creation of new services in different sectors (fintech, scientific publishing, FMCG, etc.) with a human-centric approach. Her understanding of the innovation process helped address the complexity of healthcare innovation.
Lago holds a master’s degree in Engineering from University of the Basque Country (Spain) and University Fridericiana of Karlsruhe (Germany) and a master’s degree in design from Royal College of Art in London (UK). She regularly engages in academic exploration and teaching human-centered design, research, and entrepreneurship-related topics.
Maya Minder is an Eatart and Bioart artist who lives and works in Zurich and Paris. She studied art history at University of Zurich and received an MA in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts. In addition to her art practice, Minder is an organizer, curator and runs an Open Science Lab at Zentralwäschrei Zurich in collaboration with Hackteria.org. She volunteers with the Swiss Society for Mechtatronic Art (SGMK/SSAM) and Food Culture Days, Vevey.
Minder has had many exhibitions and received grants such as Cité International des Arts, Swiss Art Awards, Ars Electronica, Salon Talk, Serpentine Gallery, Production Award, Pro Helvetia, Art Explora Fellow, Nomiation KADIST AWARD, Kunsthalle Zürich.
Michele Pagani approached the digital world during his first year of university; at 19, he founded a web agency. After earning his degree and working as a Research Assistant for Università Bocconi (Italy), he moved to New York, where he worked for a consultancy Funaro & Co. Upon his return to Italy, Pagani participated in the launching of many startups, becoming a consultant for startups and web agencies in Italy and the US (TopArt, MediaRails, Mobave, Instal), managing tasks from marketing to product management. Pagani is currently the CEO of Flatmates, an influencer marketing agency founded with Marcello Ascani. Pagani has competencies in quantitative analysis, project management, content creation, and copywriting.
Ramona Banfi has a BA in Visual Communication and a MA in Interaction Design from the University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland. She is a Senior Digital Product Designer at SpotMe and a UX design mentor at Careerfoundry. Previously Banfi worked as UX/UI designer at Experientia, UX/UI consultant at CSI Piemonte, and a UI designer at Arduino.
Sabrina Tarquini is a design consultant based in Stockholm. She has been moving between service and UX design in her practice, working for corporates, governments, and NGOs. At Namahn, she co-created a methodology for systemic design based on a design toolkit for collaborative sessions which she introduced in conference talks and workshops.
Serena Cangiano is Head of the Digital Fabrication Laboratory and Senior Researcher at SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland at the Institute of Design. She has worked on the design of educational formats since 2009, combining design and technology through prototyping. As an interaction designer and researcher, Cangiano carries out applied projects on design and open innovation, focusing on systemic and social impact. She teaches Multimodal Experience Design at SUPSI and Tangible Experience Design at HSLU. She is a board member of the Swiss Design Network.
In 2015, Cangiano completed her doctoral research at Iuav in Venice on open hardware and design practices. She co-edited “Open Technologies'', issue n. 30 of the Italian publication Progetto Grafico; and the book Rebelling with Care. Her latest publication is included in The Critical Makers Reader - (Un)Learning Technologies. She co-founded Ethafa, a social company that promotes STEM education for young women.
Uwe H. Martin
Uwe H. Martin is an artist, visual storyteller, slow journalist, researcher, and educator. He has documented global agriculture’s social and environmental consequences since 2007, together with his partner Frauke Huber. Their work integrates traditional journalistic publications, linear web documentaries, interactive apps, spatial multichannel installations, and performances. Martin teaches photography, film, journalism, and storytelling for eco-social impact at universities, workshops, and journalism schools worldwide.
He empowers people to become independent and expand their scope of action to bring about lasting societal and environmental changes. Martin co-founded the international art and research project World of Matter and RiffReporter, a crossover between a collaborative publishing platform and a business incubator for entrepreneurial science journalism.
Martin lives in Hamburg and Salton Sea, California. On the Salton Sea, he is building a campus, desert garden, and research lab on Bombay Beach to bring together diverse expert teams to envisage solutions to the Water-Food-Energy-Climate-Nexus.
Yaniv Steiner participates in the convergence of humans and technology. For three decades, he has worked with companies, governments, and academia to design user-centered solutions which bridge the gap between humans and computers. Steiner helps people connect with their purpose by tapping into their creativity to design meaningful and fulfilling interactions.