July 29 – 2016
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Talks

We have invited a bunch of frontrunners and innovative communities to discuss how technology and creativity can move people and societies forward. Share our excitement about the future and learn new perspectives from the speakers we have hand-picked around the world.

Manoush Zomorodi

Manoush Zomorodi

Podcast Host & Managing Editor at Note to Self from WNYC Studios

Manoush is the host and managing editor of podcast Note to Self, “the tech show about being human”. Every week, Manoush searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts. Topics include information overload, digital clutter, sexting “scandals" and the eavesdropping capabilities of our gadgets.

Manoush’s goal, as the New York Times wrote, is to “embrace the ridiculousness” of modern life – even when that means downloading dozens of apps to fight the feeling of digital overload. She often speaks on creativity in the digital age, kids and technology, and women in media.

Royal Stage, 15.15–15.35

Sean Frank Johnson & Margot Bowman

Sean Frank Johnson & Margot Bowman

Founders of 15Folds

15Folds is a digital art gallery that since 2012 has produced monthly group shows featuring original animated gif artwork from creatives all over the world. 15Folds also work with institutions and brands to program works around ideas, collections and campaigns.

In this talk, founders Sean and Margot will explore 15 of their favourite pieces from the last four years of curation, looking at who, why and what makes these gif artworks great.

Royal Stage, 13.10–13.25

Alexa Clay

Alexa Clay

Author & Chief Misfit, a.k.a. The Amish Futurist

Alexa is a fresh voice with an edgy and thought-provoking message. She is a brilliant and engaging storyteller that takes you inside the hearts and minds of innovators working on the fringes of society. Alexa is passionate about subcultures and inspires you to rethink your assumptions on ingenuity, and has uncovered that the underworld is filled with natural-born-innovators.

Alexa is the co-author of the best selling book The Misfit Economy, where she interviews over 400 criminals, including Somali pirates, LA drug dealers, young hackers and NY con artists. In the book, she demonstrates that the ingenuity of these misfits have more in common with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs than you might think.

Royal Stage, 16.10–16.30

Nayana Malhotra

Nayana Malhotra

Designer & Founder of Neurocouture

Nayana is a New York-based creative, problem solver and strategist, focusing on creative technology, research methodologies, ethnography, design thinking and rapid prototyping. She works with identifying patterns and exploring people’s needs, motivations and contexts to map new design opportunities.

Nayana will tell us about her project Neurocouture, a fashion experiment that combines projection-mapping and brain wave detection to let people literally clothe themselves in their favourite gifs and animated files.

Neurocouture is a projection-mapped parka hooked up to consumer-grade EEG devices. A nearby computer is programmed to detect certain brain wave patterns, and then translate them into an animated GIF, which is then projected onto the parka as a sort of living animated texture.

Royal Stage, 14.10–14.20

Dries Depoorter

Dries Depoorter

Media Artist

Dries is a media artist and freelance digital creative living online in Belgium. He has a background in electronics and studied Media Arts in Ghent. Most of Dries’ work is about the internet and privacy.

For this talk, Dries will tell us more about the three installations he is showcasing at I/O: JayWalking, that turns live surveillance feeds into unsettling works of art, TinderIn, that explores how we portray ourselves at Tinder and LinkedIn, respectively, and Seattle Crime Cams, a live police radio installation that allows you to become a surveillance tourist.

Royal Stage, 14.30–14.40

Märtha Rehnberg

Märtha Rehnberg

Associate Partner at Dare Disrupt

Märtha is a technology optimist and critical thinker. With technology she believes we can solve the big issues of our time, but widespread technological intuition is needed to unlock the promise and safeguard against the peril of wrongful technology adoption. Märtha is a trained political economist, published expert on 3D printing and intrapreneur. She has held talks internationally on technological intuition and moderated global events on 3D printing and digital production.

In her talk, she will provide a young professional’s take on the technological reality we are creating. One in which the technological dystopia deceits us into uncritical adoption and adaption, invades our understandings of ethics and privacy, and locks us to our couches streaming Netflix. But also one in which the technological utopia frees us from laborious tasks that hamper creativity, encourages our mindfulness and focus to discuss and solve the big issues of our time.

Royal Stage, 12.30-12.50

Julie Heyde

Julie Heyde

VR Game Developer & #ChickenBitch at @VRUnicorns

Julie is game jammer with a crush on semi-realistic VR sports games with a twist of dark humor and brutality. She is raised in VikingLand, fuelled by beer, mushrooms and rainbows, while flying with unicorns and riding on wolves, and is working on #SelfieTennis, #SkiJump, #Archery and #RAGNAROKvr, as the #ChickenBitch of @VRUnicorns.

@VRUnicorns is a group of game jammers who created what critics call one of the best games for the HTC Vive, #SelfieTennis. #SelfieTennis started as a typical one day jam prototype and ended up as a Vive launch game a few months after. This talk is about the blood, sweat and rainbows infused development process of the game also known as "Wimbledon on Acids".

Royal Stage, 13.25–13.45

Josh Worley & Scarlett San Martin

Josh Worley & Scarlett San Martin

Designers at Opendesk

Josh and Scarlett will talk about how increasing access to digital fabrication technologies, twinned with the sharing power of the web, is shifting conventional methods of design and making towards a new model underpinned by accessibility and inclusivity. At Opendesk, they call it Open Making: the idea that the factory of the future is many small workshops, and that the design studio of the future is many independent designers. It's the idea that the next big thing is many small things.

Josh is a product designer and passionate open source advocate, and Scarlett is a designer with an interest in materials, digital craft and technologies. Opendesk is an online platform for local making that is changing the way products are designed and made. At opendesk.cc, you can find furniture designs for download. You can make them yourself, if you have the right tools, or use Opendesk to connect with local fabricators who can manufacture designs for you.

Royal Stage, 16.00–16.10

Bas van de Poel

Bas van de Poel

Independent Creative

Bas is an independent creative, making waves in popular culture with highly shareable ideas. He has worked at some of the world’s most creative studios including Facebook, Space10, BBH, Wieden + Kennedy and Anomaly. Post-internet psychedelics heavily influence his work, resulting in a wide range of events, gloomy music videos, trippy look books, digital products and global media hypes.

Bas' talk will be about his digital art installation Siri Unlocked, that examines the rights, responsibilities and free will of our future robotic equivalents through Apple’s intelligent personal assistant Siri. In the not-too distant future, artificial intelligence might reach a level of self-awareness to that of mankind. As machines become conscious entities, we need to reassess our relationship with them, as well as the notions of their fundamental rights.

Royal Stage, 14.00–14.10

Juraj Pal & Alexandra Neczliova

Juraj Pal & Alexandra Neczliova

Founders of Sure

We’ve been texting our mums and friends for decades and this is really showing as a big thing with the return of conversational interfaces. In fact, we send 60 billion messages per day on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined. And since users don’t have to learn a new UI, it is much simpler to retain and engage them.

But is the UI and app fatigue enough for chatbots to replace apps and search engines? In this talk you will learn why 2016 is the year of everything conversational and what is it like to launch a Facebook Messenger chatbot next to Uber and CNN.

Juraj and Alex are co-founders of Sure, a personal messaging service for discovering food and drink. Juraj has a business background and over time turned into tech, and Alex has a background in business, design thinking and marketing.

Royal Stage, 15.45–16.00

Jessica Nugent

Jessica Nugent

Learning Manager at Technology Will Save Us

Technology Will Save Us are on a mission to spark the creative imagination of young people using hands-on technology. Their award-winning make-it-yourself kits and digital tools help kids (and the adults that love them) to make, play, code and invent using technology. Jessica will tell us more about how Technology Will Save Us is bringing DIY Technology to young people all over the world. 

Royal Stage, 15.35–15.45

Pia Leichter

Pia Leichter

Creative Director & Partner at Great Works CPH

The Orwellian future is already here in the form of mass eavesdropping from governments and corporations, so why shouldn’t we all listen in? In this talk, Pia will explore how Great Works CPH sought to level the surveillance playing field by developing and sharing a playful DIY spy kit that enables everyone to spy on everyone.

The art project I See U explores how in the wild and wonderful world of memes, gifs, cats, lasers, snaps, emojis, love, wows and likes, it’s easy to forget that what we do and share is being collected and distributed.
 
Pia is a New Yorker/Québéçoise with a Scandinavian name based in Copenhagen. She thinks of herself of as a hybrid creative – idea maker, problem solver, pop culture anthropologist, future shaper, and writer – and works at the intersection of creativity, technology and strategy.

Royal Stage, 14.40–14.50

Pierre Emm & Johan Da Silveira

Pierre Emm & Johan Da Silveira

Designers & Founders at Appropriate Audiences

In this talk, Pierre and Johan from Paris-based studio Appropriate Audiences will share the story of their 3D printing tattoo machine. The machine was born out of a workshop with the French Ministry of Culture on how to use images from the national public domain in a new and creative way.

The printer has created countless marks on people all over the world and has gained massive media coverage, discussing the many new possibilities of 3D printing. Appropriate Audiences has even created an open source guide on how to transform a 3D printer to a tattoo machine, step by step.

Royal Stage, 14.20–14.30

Kaave Pour

Kaave Pour

Head of Trailerpark I/O & Creative Director at Space10

Kaave is the man behind I/O and will guide you through the themes and speakers of the day. He has a background in cultural entrepreneurship and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, sharing his thoughts and experiences about innovation and design, promoting a curious, open and playful approach to doing business tomorrow.

Royal Stage, 12.15–12.30