Speakers

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Cristina Pujades

Senior lecturer of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). is senior lecturer of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and has a PhD in Biology from the Universitat de Barcelona. She has worked at Harvard Medical School (Boston) and at the École Normale Supérieure and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris). She currently leads a research group interested in the study of molecular mechanisms that govern the embryonic development of the brain. She received the ICREA Acadèmia (2016-2020) award from the Generalitat de Catalunya.

@CristinaPujades


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Francesca Bria

She was a Nesta Senior Adviser and Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. She was also a Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College Business School in the Innovation Studies Centre- Digital Economy Lab. She has a background in Innovation Economics and social sciences with a PhD from Imperial College, and an MSc in E-business and Innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck. Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor for the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and a member of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC). She has been advising a variety of organisations and public institutions on Innovation policy, open technology, the Internet of things and smart cities. She is also active in various grassroots movements advocating for open access, digital sovereignty and digital rights.

@francesca_bria


Nuria-Montserrat steamconf
Nuria Montserrat

Montserrat research is focused in understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to organ regeneration together with the development of basic knowledge in the field of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) for human disease modeling. Her expertise in the fields of somatic reprogramming and organ regeneration helped her to develop a massive project selected for funding from the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) within the call of ERC Starting Grant from 2014. The possibility to combine emerging technologies from the field of pluripotent stem cells (i.e., organoids) together with innovative methodologies from the bioengineering field (i.e., 3D bioprinting, organ-on-chip, among others) is enabling Montserrat team to explore new scenarios of human disease modeling, with a special impact in kidney and heart related fields. First established as PI at the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB) (2012-2014), from January 2015 she is Junior group leader at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).

@IBECBarcelona


Zoe Philpott steamconf
Zoe Philpott

is an award-winning storyteller and the creator of the one woman show Ada.Ada.Ada, which celebrates Ada Lovelace’s contribution to computer science.

She has 15 years of digital experience and over 20 in the arts. She created virtual theatre for education “Kar2ouche” using gaming technology and her work has won 7 BETTs and 1 BIMA, as well as a BAFTA nomination. She has choreographed 4-metre high industrial robots for Ford, created a binaural immersive experience to shine a light on world poverty for the Nike Foundation and designed a 50 000-LED interactive Christmas Tree installation at the White House for Google. She is now combining all her STEAM skills to update history with herstory, starting with the story of Ada Lovelace. Zoe Philpott combines technology with the arts to tell stories that engage new audiences.

@zophilpott


Marta Casanellas Rius steamconf
Marta Casanellas

has a PhD in Mathematics from the Universitat de Barcelona. She was awarded a Fulbright grant and spent her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2003 she was awarded a Ramón y Cajal contract at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), where she began working on applications of algebraic geometry in computational biology.

She is a member of the Women in Mathematics committee for the European Mathematical Society and was president of the Women in Mathematics committee of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española. She is currently a professor at UPC, assistant research director of the Department of Mathematics at the same university and a BGSMath researcher and member of its scientific committee.

@mujerconciencia


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Carol de Britos

is a primary school teacher and coordinator of the third cycle at Escola Virolai. She is responsible for various scientific projects at the school and for its social media.

She works on joint initiatives with the Universitat Ramon Llull-Blanquerna regarding technology and evaluation and the flipped classroom. She participates with UAB in a work group on investigative science. She studied at an English school but it wasn’t until she was immersed in her Biology degree studies, at UAB, that she discovered her vocation. At Escola Virolai she found the perfect environment where she could combine her two passions: science and the English language. As she herself says, she became a teacher so that she would never stop learning.

@CaroldeBritos


Nettrice Gaskins steamconf
Nettrice Gaskins

Attended Georgia Tech where she received a PhD in Digital Media in 2014. Her model for ‘techno-vernacular creativity’ is an area of practice that investigates the characteristics of this production and its application in STEAM. She blogs for Art21, the producer of the Peabody award-winning PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, and published in several journals and books. She was the director of the STEAM Lab at Boston Arts Academy and lectures internationally.

@nettieb


laia_sanchez steamconf
Laia Sanchez

inhabits the areas where the sciences, art, technology and society intersect, where she enjoys sharing knowledge and projects at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at UAB and at Citilab in Cornellà de Llobregat, a Citizen’s Laboratory. She firmly believes that computational thinking, design, transmedia literacy and “co-s” are citizen super-powers and that learning to innovate must become a universal right.

@laias


Stefania Druga steamconf
Stefania Druga

Innately curious and passionate about creating and testing new learning models. She is an instructional designer by training, who has evolved into a learning architect and is currently a Research Assistant in the Personal Robots group. She is also a former Googler and graduated from an international Erasmus Mundus Master’s of Media Engineering for Education (France, Spain, Portugal). In the summer of 2012 she was also the Education Teaching Fellow at Singularity University where she advised and coached 80 students from 36 countries. Currently she is leading the Hackidemia organisation (mobile lab for maker Education present in 40 countries), Afrimakers (community of Maker projects in 10 African countries) and MakerCamp (global camps for learning how to build and run makerspaces). Stefania is especially interested in how embodied intelligent agents could play an active role in supporting children and their families to learn more about artificial intelligence through playful activities.

@Stefania_druga


Cecilio Angulo steamconf
Cecilio Angulo

Current artificial intelligence (AI) research efforts are driven by a society where adults see the opportunities of this new technology through the lens of old paradigms of progress. What if people could harness AI applications in novel ways that go beyond problem-solving and specific challenges? We can best begin to explore the potential of AI by inviting children to explore the infinite array of opportunities intelligent technology provides. Young people growing up with intelligent devices have an intrinsically different understanding of how this technology is embedded in our daily lives and are more open to imagine non-prescribed ways to interact and learn from and with it. Children experience the world through play and make-believe. This sets them at an advantage to explore all possibilities of reading and making the world. In this talk I will show you examples of how children are learning with and from AI and explain why this is a crucial time to involve the next generation in the process of designing humanistic intelligent applications.

@cecilioangulo


Ryan Jenkins steamconf
Ryan Jenkins

is a co-founder of Wonderful Idea Co, a creative studio in Northern California that explores art, science and technology through making and tinkering. Ryan helps train educators, develops playful environments and creates unique handmade exhibits and art pieces for museums and makerspaces. Previously he has worked to create inspiring environments, engaging exhibits and impactful professional development workshops at the Exploratorium. As a founding member of the tinkering studio, he has co-developed exhibits and activities that have been used, adapted and remixed in many libraries, classrooms, makerspaces and museums. He has also worked closely with partners including the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT media lab, Reggio Emilia schools and the LEGO Foundation to develop a deep understanding of the best practices and latest developments in education.

@ryanejenkins


Marc Sibila steamconf
Marc Sibila

is a professor, musician and maker. After spending time in the industrial sector, he now works at EDN school in Navàs (@EDN_navas) where he teaches technology, music and robotics to secondary and baccalaureate students and also those on vocational training courses. He is also a guitar teacher at the local music school, EMM Mestre Castella de Navàs and plays and has played different instruments in numerous music groups. For the last few years he has also been a Maker on the Instròniks education programme (@instroniks) where technology and music come together to create different devices and instruments that can be used to create music. You could say he is a luthier of 21st century electronic instruments.

@MarcSibila


Karien Vermeulen steamconf
Karien Vermeulen

Head of the Education Programme at the Waag Society’s Creative Learning Lab, which develops contemporary, exciting educational formats with experts from education, the maker movement, arts and new media. They enable children to develop their creative and technical skills, to gain sensory (learning) experiences and to express themselves. Karien develops projects on playful learning, citizen science, embodied learning and maker education, including Teacher and Librarian Maker Camp and Amsterdam Maakplaats, in which an infrastructure of 10 Maker spaces in public libraries is being created and librarians are being trained to become maker educators.

@waagop


Santiago Fuentemilla steamconf
Santiago Fuentemilla

Master in Architecture from La Salle (Ramon Llull University), Barcelona,. In 2012 he graduated from the Fab Academy, by MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). He is currently doing a PhD in digital manufacturing processes at EGA UPC. Over the last 10 years Santi has worked for several architecture companies. He is currently the design director at OPR in Barcelona, a multidisciplinary studio. Since 2013, he has been part of the Fab Lab BCN team. Santi is co-creator of the POPUPLAB project (Mobile Fab Lab) Santi is a Fab Guru of the Fab Academy academic program and is currently coordinator of the Future Learning Unit at Fab Lab Barcelona.

@SantiFu


Lasse Leponiemi steamconf
Lasse Leponiemi

has worked in education and career-planning since 2003. Currently he is focusing on how to help teachers across the world implement HundrED’s selected innovations. He leads the development of HundrED’s online platform hundred.org and the community support functions to best serve HundrED’s network of teachers and innovators. As a part of HundrED he has been developing and implementing educational innovations such as Triplet News, Campus Seminars, Xprt application and many others. He has also been building NGO Mentors of Finland, a non-profit organisation that mentors unemployed young people to find a job, free-of-charge. Annually the organisation helps 700 young people with an 87% success rate.

Previously, at the age of 23, Lasse co-founded an e-student counselling service. Anyone in Finland interested in university studies could access the service, which reached over 100 000 students monthly. Since 2012 Lasse has been focused on working with HundrED-related innovations.

@lasselepo


Eduard Vallory steamconf
Eduard Vallory

Social analyst and change manager. He is president of the Centre UNESCO de Catalunya, director of Escola Nova 21 and furthers a university programme to improve the professional development of teachers, on behalf of the Generalitat de Catalunya. He was a visiting scholar of the Department of Sociology at New York University, having been director of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has a PhD in Political Science, a masters in Social Sciences, a diploma in Senior Company Management and is a graduate in Philosophy and Journalism. He was a research fellow of Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge, where he carried out research on educating for global citizenship and the world scouting movement, published in Catalan by Proa (2010) and in English by Palgrave Macmillan (2012). He was chief of staff of the Minister for Universities, Research and the Information Society at the Generalitat de Catalunya, Andreu Mas-Colell.

@evallory


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Christa Flores

Holds a degree in Biological Anthropology, and a masters in Secondary Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Stanford FabLearn Fellow studying constructionism through an NSF grant and works at the Asheville Museum of Science. She is the author of Making Science; Reimagining STEM in Middle School and Beyond and co-author of Meaningful Making:, Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces.

@sciteach212


mariona_ciller steamconf
Mariona A. Ciller

cofounder and creative director of Soko Tech, she loves OPEN SOURCE hardware and software. She is a graphic and web designer, programmer and a tech and science events producer and organizer. She also designs initiatives for children and young people. She graduated cum laude from Illinois University with a double degree as a Bachelor of Fine Arts and later a Master of Science. She is also a graduate of the Fab Academy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her thesis “Free Culture Project”, which combines the power of technology with the transforming power of education, was a turning point in her career, towards areas for redesigning the world of teaching and learning, trying out new models that always include the most advanced technologies.

@mariondita