Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling is an Austin-born science fiction writer. He studied journalism and published his first book, Involution Ocean, in 1977. In the 80s Sterling published Cheap Truth a series of fanzines, which are magazines for fans of a particular performer, group, or form of entertainment. He did so under the surprising but revealing pen name of Vincent Omniaveritas (in latin, “truth conquers all things”). Sterling’s writings have been very influential in the cyberpunk movement in literature, specifically the novels Heavy Weather (1994), Islands in the Net (1988), Schismatrix (1985), The Artificial Kid (1980).
In 2003 Bruce Sterling became Professor of Internet studies and science fiction at the at the European Graduate School and in 2005 he became “visionary in residence” at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In September 2007 he moved to Italy where he found a peaceful place to live in Turin.
Bruce Sterling also founded the Viridian Design Movement, an environmental aesthetic movement founded on the ideas of global citizenship, environmental design and techno-progressiveness. His numerous book-length essays both question and promote how the future is shaping our concepts of self, time and space. Bruce Sterling’s most acclaimed book, The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Order on the Electronic Frontier (1993) is a deep history of the birth of cyberspace, following the periphery of the development of technology from the first telephone hackers to the government’s attack on several prominent hackers in 1990.
Bruce Sterling has blogged extensively in the blog, Beyond the Beyond published by Wired Magazine and has written many articles, including: “Beyond The Beyond Just another WordPress weblog” in Wired (2009). Finally, Sterling has also released a number of anthologies: Visionary in Residence: Stories (2006), A Good Old-Fashioned Future (1999), Globalhead (1992), Crystal Express (1989) and Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986).

Mark Kirollos

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Mark Kirollos is a third year undergraduate studying bioengineering at Stanford University. He grew up in North Carolina, USA and joind the Prakash Lab in 2014 to work with the Foldscope team.

Rachel Lim

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Rachel Lim is a sophomore at Stanford University studying either computer science or bioengineering. She is from Singapore and worked in the Prakash Lab in the summer of 2014 as part of the Foldscope team.

Riccardo Luna

Ho 49 anni e ne ho trascorsi dieci bellissimi a “la Repubblica” (il quotidiano per il quale scrivo tuttora).

Prima e dopo ho avuto la fortuna di fondare e dirigere tre giornali: “Campus”, “Il Romanista” e “Wired”.

Ho fatto un sacco di cose apparentemente scollegate: ho scritto per primo di Calciopoli, ho candidato Internet al premio Nobel per la Pace, sono presidente di Wikitalia, associazione che si occupa di trasparenza e partecipazione politica attraverso la rete.

Sul web ho diversi progetti in corso: un blog su “Il Post”, la direzione del sito “CheFuturo! Il lunario della innovazione” e la guida di StartupItalia!.

Ho curato e condotto le conferenze internazionali Happy Birthday Web, Makers e iSchool e il Next della Repubblica della Idee e sono co-direttore della European Maker Faire dal 2013 a Roma.
Ho raccolto alcune di queste storie nel mio ultimo libro: CambiamoTutto! Da pochi giorni sono Digital Champion Italiano.

Stefano Firpo

Stefano Firpo is Head of the Technical Secretariat of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development from December 2011. He graduated in Political Science from the University of Turin in 1998, and, afterwards, obtained a Master in Economics from the same university and a Master in Global Markets from the London School of Economics.
From June 2001 to March 2002 he was External Consultant in the Department of International and European Relations at the European Central Bank. From February 2003 to October 2003 he was Professor of Economics of Financial Intermediary at the University of Piemonte Orientale in Alessandria. From June 2002 to end 2005 he was a member of the Working Group on Capital Adequacy of the Institute of International Finance (Washington – USA), during which he supervised the negotiation of the Basilea II Agreements. From March 2002 to September 2004 he was a member of the Valuation and Risk Management Team at SanPaolo Imi Bank. From September 2004 to January 2007 he was Head of the Presidency Secretariat  at SanPaolo Imi Bank. From March 2007 to January 2009 he was a member of the CEO’s staff of Intesa SanPaolo Bank. From February 2009 to November 2011 he was Head of the CEO’s staff of Intesa SanPaolo Bank.

Thomas Sutton

Thomas Sutton is Executive Creative Director in frog design, where he guides clients and leads frog teams to design inspiring, meaningful solutions to real-world problems. As frog’s healthcare design lead, he helps apply human-centred design principles and practices to the business challenges of pharma, medical device, and provider organisations. This includes extensive work in connected care solutions, patient support and adherence platforms, drug delivery devices, and new models of chronic disease management. Thomas was one of the founders of frog Milan 2005, and led the studio as General Manager for 5 years of sustained business growth before taking his current role.
Thomas joined frog from Flextronics, where he established and managed the European industrial design team, and helped build a specialised medical device development capability.  While at Flextronics he gained extensive first-hand experience of concurrent engineering and global manufacturing of medical devices, helping deliver many products into off-shore and near-shore mass production.
Prior to that he worked at Design Continuum in Milan, applying human-centered design processes to early-stage technology research and development projects. He started his career designing architectural components for the National Museum of New Zealand.
Thomas graduated in Industrial Design at Victoria University of Wellington in 1995, and also studied mechanical engineering and materials science at the Open University, UK.  His work has contributed to many international utility patents and has been recognised with awards including red dot, IDEA, and Japan Good Design.

Caterina Falleni

Caterina Falleni is a strategist designer and technology lover. She graduated in product and communication design at ISIA Firenze and worked at WAACS Design & Consultancy in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in Tanzania as interior designer and photographer and studied Product Design in Finland. She is currently living in Milan and working at Design Group Italia as strategic designer and research consultant. Her daily job is to design experiences, research trends, map new technologies and look for market opportunities for clients as 3M, Pepsico and Unilever.
In 2012 she won the Axelera Global Impact Competition with ‘Freeijis project’ -a cooling system which uses no electricity- for a full scholarship for the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center in California a transdisciplinary program which combines 10 weeks of outstanding business leaders and academics from around the world to develop solutions to solve the greatest challenges facing humanity.
Caterina is a multi-awarded designer in national and international design contest her projects are based on future vision possibilities, new technologies and new way of living in favor of clean, natural, sustainable and healthy ways of living. She is an experienced speaker having presented at conferences around the world as TEDx and Ciudad De las Ideas in Mexico.

Laurel Kroo

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Laurel Kroo is a graduate student and innovator at Stanford University currently working in the Prakash Lab on the Foldscope Project: a one-dollar origami microscope for both disease diagnosis and science education. Laurel has a bachlors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Olin College, has filed multiple patents on her research in optical micro-lens design and is a 2014 Hertz Foundation Finalist. She has work experience at Apple Inc., the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and several start-up companies.

Jaideep Prabhu

Jaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has a BTech degree from IIT Delhi and a PhD from the University of Southern California, and has held positions at Cambridge, Imperial College London, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and UCLA.
His research interests are in marketing, innovation, strategy and international business. In particular, he studies various cross-national issues concerning the antecedents and consequences of radical innovation in high-technology contexts. His current research is mainly on how multinationals are using emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa as a lab to do affordable and sustainable innovation for global application.
He has published in and is on the editorial board of leading international journals such as the Journal of Marketing and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. He has appeared on BBC News24, BBC Radio 4 and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and his work has been profiled in BusinessWeek, BBC World Service, The Economic Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, MIT Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The Times. He has consulted with or taught executives from ABN Amro, Bertelsmann AG, Barclays, BP, BT, the UK Government, EDS, Egg, IBM, ING Bank, Laird, the NHS, Nokia, Philips, Roche, Shell, Siemens, Vodafone and Xerox, among others.
He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation.