Despina Papadopoulos

Founder, Studio 5050 & Principled Design

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Despina Papadopoulos is a design strategist, systems thinker and educator with over 16 years of experience in designing systems, building prototypes, and working with organizations to introduce innovation at the intersection of social structures and technological possibilities.  She has helped a diverse range of organisations to develop tools and practices such as NCR’s The Knowledge Lab, the State of Vermont, IBM, Christie’s, Concern Worldwide. She recently spent a year in Kabul, Afghanistan as Director of Business Development at Turquoise Mountain, where she worked to develop sustainable models for the craft industry. She is a professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and founding faculty at SVA’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation Program. She has lectured internationally on the relationship between design, technology and ethics, including at CHI, Tate Modern, Smart Fabrics, the Jan Van Eyck Academy and the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute.

Despina's multi-varied and interdisciplinary experience has been a consistent influence on the development of her approach to design. At the heart of her work is an engagement with and facilitation amongst disparate stakeholders, a synthesis of diverse and complex issues, and a collaboration with a wide range of organizations and individuals.

 

Liz Danzico

Chair & Co-founder, MFA Interaction Design

Bruno Kruse

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Carrie Kengle

Co-Founder, Area of Effect

Christina Xu

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Christopher Cannon

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Criswell Lappin

Creative Director, Scrollmotion Blue

Daniel Goddemeyer

Researcher & Designer, Principal, OFFC

Donna Lichaw

Author, The User's Journey

Drew Cogbill

Executive Producer, Small Planet Digital

Eric Forman

Head of Innovation & Student Advisor, MFA Interaction Design and Principal, Eric Forman Studio @ New Lab

Erica Heinz

UX & Product Design Consultant

Gary Chou

Founder, Orbital

Jason Severs

Director of Experience Design and Strategic Initiatives, Verizon

Jeffrey Zeldman

Founder, studio.zeldman & A List Apart

Jill Nussbaum

Product Design Manager, Facebook

Jodi Leo

Executive Director of User Experience, Critical Mass

Joshua Musick

Principal Design Director, frog design

Karen McGrane

Managing Partner, Bond Art + Science

Karolina Sobecka

Founder, Flightphase

Marshall Sitten

Vice President of Communications, Policy and Research, Citi Community Development

Matt Borgatti

Munawar Ahmed

Founder, Blueprint Design

Neil Wehrle

Senior Director of User Experience, SmartThings

Nicole Fenton

Innovation Specialist, 18F

Paul Ford

Author

Renda Morton

Executive Director of Product Design, The New York Times

Roger Mader

Growth Strategy, Ampersand Partners

Ted Southern

President, CEO, Final Frontier Design

Victor Ng

Senior Art Director, The New York Times

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