The DDI2014 conference will bring together leading innovators, creative thinkers and disruptive designers. The initial DDI 2014 speakers’ list includes: 

Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association. He was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Lab, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Conceived in 1980, the Media Lab opened its doors in 1985. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Negroponte serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

Gianfranco Zaccai, Chairman, President & Chief Design Officer, Founder & President of Design Continuum; He is a Visionary Designer with a passion for human centered innovation.

Design Continuum is an international multidisciplinary design consultancy. Gianfranco was Treasurer for the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) from 2003-2005.

He holds a degree in Industrial Design from Syracuse University, and a degree in Architecture from The Boston Architectural Center.

Federico Casalegno

Federico Casalegno, Associate Professor of the Practice, is the founder and director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SHASS, program in Comparative Media Studies. He has been awarded honorary professorships by the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and the Jiangnan University School of Design in Wuxi, China. A social scientist with an interest in the impact of networked digital technologies on human behavior and society, Prof. Casalegno both teaches and leads advanced research at MIT, and designs interactive media to foster connections between people, information and physical places using cutting-edge information technology. Between 2004 and 2011, he had a position as Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab Smart Cities group and from 2006 until 2011 co-directed the MIT Design Lab with Prof. William J. Mitchell. He worked at Motorola and Philips Design, and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Communication from the Sorbonne University, Paris V.

Irene McAra-McWilliam

Irene McAra-McWilliam is Head of the School of Design and Director of Design Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art. Before returning to Scotland, she was Professor and Business Fellow in Innovation at The Royal College of Art in London and Head of the Interaction Design Department there. Previously, she was Director of Design Research at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands and was responsible for the vision and direction of Philips' global Design Research portfolio. As Professor of Design Research at the University of Technology in Eindhoven she envisaged ways in which technology can enhance community and social sustainability. Professor McAra-McWilliam is a frequent speaker at international conferences and is a consultant to industry and government. 

Kent Larson directs the Media Lab's Changing Places group. Since 1998, he has also directed the MIT House_n research consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning. His current research is focused on four related areas: responsive urban housing, new urban vehicles, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, The New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by The New York Times Review of Books. Related work was selected by Time magazine as a "Best Design of the Year" project.

Maria Bezaitis

Maria Bezaitis examines the social and cultural landscape, charting new directions for technology innovation within it. At Intel, her work focuses on personal data and how it develops relationally – and what this will mean in terms of new business models, the development of new devices and interfaces, and the creation of better security technologies.  Maria joined Intel in June 2006 to direct the People and Practices Research Group. She also played a leadership role at the cutting-edge social research and design organizations, E-Lab and Sapient Corporation. A longtime literature student, Bezaitis finished her Ph.D at Duke University in French Literature.

  Jennifer Milne   http://formlabs.com/

Jennifer Milne

Jennifer Milne is an uncompromising user-centered designer and early member of the formlabs team developing low-cost, high-resolution, desktop 3D printing. Having worked on their record-breaking $2.9mil Kickstarter launch of the Form 1 and more recently, overseeing the launch of their latest product, the Form 1+. 

Jennifer holds an MEng in Product Design Engineering from Glasgow School of Art, and an SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT which she attended as a Kennedy Scholar. Her projects focus on maintaining an intuitive user experience when introducing new technologies into everyday interactions. At MIT she was a teaching assistant for inter-disciplinary graduate design classes at the Media Lab and Sloan school of Management, and designed a low-cost telepresence robot for her thesis with the Mobile Experience Lab.

Dr. Ryan C.C. Chin is the managing director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on developing new urban systems for a post-oil, connected world in the areas of sustainable mobility, resilient energy systems, urban food production, transformable live/work space, and Big Data urban analytics. He earned his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in 2012 by creating Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) Systems – a network of one-way shared-use Lightweight Electric Vehicles (LEVs) enabled by electric charging infrastructure and smart fleet management systems. Chin’s research led to the development of the CityCar – a foldable, shareable, two-passenger LEV designed specifically for MoD Systems. Research conducted on MoD systems and the CityCar led to the MIT Press publication of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st January of 2010. Time Magazine named the MIT CityCar “Automotive Invention of the Year” in 2007. Esquire Magazine named Dr. Chin as one of the Best and Brightest for innovators under the age of 35 in 2006.

Matt Jones is Interaction Design Director at Google Creative Lab, NYC. He has been designing digital products and services since 1995. Creative director for the launch of BBC News Online, he co-founded and designed Dopplr.com, a service for frequent travellers since sold to Nokia.

Between 2003-2005, he worked at Nokia on areas as diverse as tangible/physical interfaces and the human experience of play. He was a principal at BERG, a design and invention company in London that has had projects exhibited in MoMA, and products featured the FT, FastCompany, Wired and Marvel comics.

He originally studied Architecture, has written on interaction design, amongst other things, for 10 years at http://www.magicalnihilism.com and teaches on the Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art.

Image Credit : Timo Arnall

  Catherine Winfield   http://www.quanttus.com

Catherine Winfield

Catherine Winfield is currently a User Research and Experience Design Lead at Quanttus. Previously the Creative Director of the Mobile Experience Lab, her work explores the intersection of physical and digital interactions. She also has professional experience at Continuum and the startup Movee a Blacksquare spin off. Having graduated with a Masters of Architecture from MIT, Catherine's projects have been built in Boston and Chicago. She brings a passion for developing products and environments aimed at rethinking the financial and healthcare industries. 

  Roberto Tagliabue   http://www.awake.us

Roberto Tagliabue

Roberto Tagliabue is the founder of Awake, a digital innovation shop focused on next generation brand and product experiences. As a digital technology native with a background in architecture, design and communications, Roberto has been at the forefront of helping innovative brands create impactful product experiences. Most recently, Roberto has built and lead the product experience and design team at Jawbone. Before launching Awake, Roberto founded Visere, a digital creative shop that was acquired by Jawbone. Previously, Roberto gained invaluable experience during his time at Razorfish, Motorola and Nike, where he received multiple awards for the design of the Nike+ platform. 


  Leonardo Giusti   h  ttp://samsung.com

Leonardo Giusti


Leonardo Giusti is a Design and Product Lead at Samsung UXCA and Samsung Design America, where he works on mobile, wearables, and digital home products. 

Before joining Samsung, he was at the MIT Mobile Experience Lab, designing for future scenarios in hospitality, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and finance. 

He holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction; his research aimed to bring robotic technologies into everyday life. Leonardo held lecturer and research positions at several universities (University of Siena, Domus Academy, University of Trento, MIT, ), published more than 40 scientific papers, and presented his work at conferences such as CHI, INTERACT, and SIGGRAPH. 

  Nicholas Wallen   h  ttp://quanttus.com

Nicholas Wallen


Nicholas Wallen designs ways for technology to positively impact the behaviors and lives of people. Currently a Senior Interaction Designer at Quanttus, working on the future of personal health, he has previously served as a Technology & Innovation fellow for the United States Government, and explored novel applications of existing and future technologies at the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. Originally trained in Studio Art, he holds a Masters of Interaction Design from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy where he completed his thesis on personal sensing and generative media.