Hacked Matter is rooted in a rich network of scholars, practitioners and industry professionals. In an effort to give visibility to our network partners, Hacked Matter has conducted a series of professional interviews with leading experts across the domains of creativity, learning, maker culture, and manufacturing, which are posted here.

Hacked Matter affiliates work closely with us to bring special expertise and diverse experience to our projects and events. They each have a strong standing in their disciplines and amplify our capacity to engage critically with cultures of technology production in and beyond China.


Shaowen Bardzell

Shaowen Bardzell is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Design in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Affiliated Faculty of theKinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. Known for her work in feminist HCI, Bardzell’s research centers on a network of concepts of interest to both feminists and HCI, including scientifically rigorous and socially just research methodologies, emancipatory and participatory social science, human sexuality, embodiment, marginality, collective creativity, and everyday aesthetics. Recent work has focused on exploring the intersections between HCI’s rising interest in social change and feminist social science, research through design and critical design, material interactions, and the application of critical and cultural theories for developing concept-driven design strategies. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Intel Science and Technology Center on Social Computing program. Bardzell is on the editorial board of the journal Interacting with Computers, and is the co-author of Humanistic HCI in the Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics (Morgan & Claypool Publishers, in press), and a co-editor of Critical Theory and Interaction Design (MIT Press, in press). She co-directs the Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) Group at Indiana University—Bloomington.

Jeffrey Bardzell

Jeffrey Bardzell is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Design and New Media at the School of Informatics and Affiliated Faculty of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University – Bloomington. Having done his doctoral work in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Bardzell brings a humanist perspective to HCI and is known for developing a theory of interaction criticism. His other HCI specialties include aesthetic interaction, user experience design, amateur multimedia design theory and practice, and digital creativity. Currently, he is using theories from film, fashion, science fiction, and philosophical aesthetics to theorize about users and interaction, especially in the context of user experience design and supporting creativity. Bardzell co-directs the Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) group at Indiana University.

Garnet Hertz

Garnet Hertz is Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr. His art and research explores themes of DIY culture and interdisciplinary art / design practices. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in thirteen countries including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and DEAF and was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. Hertz is founder of Dorkbot SoCal, a monthly Los Angeles-based lecture series on DIY culture, electronic art and design. He has worked at Art Center College of Design and University of California Irvine. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his work has disseminated through 25 countries including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo and CNN Headline News. More info: http://conceptlab.com/

Lyn Jefferey

Lyn Jeffrey is the Research Director for the Ten Year Forecast project of the Institute of the Future. Lyn is a cultural anthropologist who collects stories of change from around the world and tracks the new social practices that make you shake your head in wonder or concern about where we’re heading. Her core interest is in exploring how people make sense of the rapidly shifting world around them, whether it’s a “left-behind” child in a Sichuan village, an executive in a large multinational organization, or an amateur musician experimenting with new digital tools. She is passionate about understanding how people are using ubiquitous information and digital co-presence to express themselves in new ways and form new kinds of social relationships. Fluent in Mandarin, she leads IFTF’s work in China. Current research interests include: kids and technology, social manufacturing and new global creative networks, personal identity and data, and the future of communication and collaboration. She enjoys designing bespoke research projects, group processes, and foresight presentations for a wide range of audiences.


Amelia Guimarin is a skilled media professional and experienced social science researcher. She is the founder of AEG Cinema, a provider of high quality video, photography, writing and editing services. Amelia holds a Master degree from the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. She has a background in anthropology and focuses her work on issues of identity, labor and sustainability. She also runs femhack.com, a showcase of DIY strategies for females with a hacker attitude.


Ken Anderson (Intel Labs)

Ken Anderson is an iconoclast by nature and a symbolic anthropologist by training. Over the last 20 years, his research has explored the relationship between identity, culture and technology (ICTs). Recent work has included a focus on new media, cultural temporalities and mobilities.

Mitch Altman (Noisebridge)

Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, he was also co-founder of 3ware (a SillyValley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research in the mid-1980s, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine’s most popular DIY projects. He has contributed to MAKE Magazine, has written for 2600, and for the last several years has been leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder, as well as promoting hackerspaces and open source hardware. He is also co-founder of Noisebridge, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics. He is about to launch his latest project: NeuroDreamer sleep mask, to help people rest, and help people lucid dream. http://www.CornfieldElectronics.com,http://www.TVBGone.comhttp://www.NeuroDreamer.com

Massimo Banzi (Arduino)

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Torino. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions allover the world.

Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com. Massimo is also the author of “Getting Started with Arduino” published by O’Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation. He currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in the south of Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.

Matthew Belanger (NYU Shanghai)

Matthew Belanger is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Arts at NYU Shanghai. Matthew is an internationally exhibited artist whose work has been featured in numerous publications including El País, The Boston Globe, and Boing Boing. He is co-director of Greylock Arts, a non-commercial arts space located in the northern Berkshires. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and software developer having worked on interactive media projects for companies such as General Electric, Fidelity Investments, NYSE, and Cadbury.

John Seely Brown (USC)

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at USC and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. He worked as the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He was deeply involved in the management of radical innovation and in the formation of corporate strategy and strategic positioning of Xerox as The Document Company. Today, he is Chief of Confusion, helping people ask the right questions, trying to make a difference through speaking, writing, teaching. 

Nunzia Carbone (Architect)

Nunzia Carbone is an architect. She works as principal designer and founder of Dedodesign.  

Celeste LeCompte (Freelance Writer)

Celeste LeCompte is an independent journalist and researcher focused on innovation and the environment. She has been covering the Chinese maker movement since 2012, and is continuing to follow the growth of the movement, in conjunction with changes in global economics, manufacturing, and technology trends. Her work has appeared in international media, including Scientific American, Smithsonian, and BusinessWeek. Her forthcoming look at the global hackerspace/makerspace movement will appear in MATTER.

Paul Dourish

Paul Dourish is a Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and Anthropology, and co-directs the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. His research focuses primarily on understanding information technology as a site of social and cultural production; his work combines topics in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and science and technology studies. He has published over 100 scholarly articles, and was elected to the CHI Academy in 2008 in recognition of his contributions to Human-Computer Interaction. He is the author of two books: “Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction” (MIT Press, 2001), which explores how phenomenological accounts of action can provide an alternative to traditional cognitive analysis for understanding the embodied experience of interactive and computational systems; and, with Genevieve Bell, “Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing” (MIT Press, 2011), which examines the social and cultural aspects of the ubiquitous computing research program.

Before coming to UCI, he was a Senior Member of Research Staff in the Computer Science Laboratory of Xerox PARC; he has also held research positions at Apple Computer and at Rank Xerox EuroPARC. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University College, London, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.

Steve Eichenlaub (Intel)

Mr. Stephen G. Eichenlaub, Steve, serves as a Managing Director of Platform, Cleantech, and Digital Health at Intel Capital. Mr. Eichenlaub serves as a Managing Director of Emerging Platform Technologies and Cleantech Sector at IDInvest Partners. His general interst includes future ICT platform technologies, cleantech, and healthcare. Mr. Eichenlaub works closely with Intel's Corporate Technology Group. Mr. Eichenlaub joined Intel in 1998 and focuses on emerging platform technologies and cleantech, spanning such diverse areas as smart grid, smart buildings, energy efficiency, alternative power generation and transportation, smart grid, smart buildings, contextual computing, connected visual computing, and biotechnology. Prior to this, he held executive-level positions with Adobe Systems and Mentor Graphics, and at venture-funded start-ups Silicon Compiler Systems and GammaMetrics, across a variety of roles including venture investing, mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategic marketing, product management, sales management, and investor relations. Mr. Eichenlaub is a Board Observer of Crossbow Technology, Impinj, and Lumidigm. He holds a B.S. in EE and NE degree from UC Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Bunnie Huang (Bunnie Studios)

Bunnie loves hardware. He loves to make it, and to break it; he loves the smell of it. His passion for hardware began in elementary school, and since then he has garnered a PhD at MIT in EE, and has designed nanophotonic silicon chips, wireless radios, consumer electronics, robotic submarines, and other things. He believes hardware is delightful in part because there are no secrets in hardware; you just need a better microscope. Likewise, he is a proponent of open source hardware, and is an active contributor to the ecosystem. At chumby, he designed several open source hardware platforms, some of which had found its way to the shelves of retailers around the world. bunnie is also an educator; he serves as a Research Affiliate for the MIT Media Lab, technical advisor for several hardware startups and MAKE magazine, and shares his experiences manufacturing hardware in China through his blog. He currently lives in Singapore.

Shingo Hisakawa (Tokyo Hackerspace)

Shingo is a maker and running software and hardware company with his wife in Tokyo for 5 years named “Toriningen” Inc. Which means “Birdman” in japanese because he made manpowered aircrafts at Tokyo university every year.Its longest flight record is 1308m. After working as web developer and Linux engineer for 6 years at venture company for feature phone,he set up his own company to exit from pixels on screen. He started making gadgets like Laser Satellite Tracker using microcontrollers on market(Arduino etc) and now he design,manufacturer and sell his own open hardwares at home using pick and place machine and other home made tools. He is now making DNA amplifier(PCR machine) and sold them to National Science Centre in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

William Hooi (Science Centre Singapore & HacKIDemia)

William Hooi is an educator research mentor at the Centre for Research & Applied Learning in Science (CRADL) at the Science Centre Singapore. He actively promotes the maker movement in Singapore through his involvement in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire team and organizing regular maker and Arduino meetups in Singapore. He mentors students in DIY science & technology projects and conducts workshops related to design, prototyping and tinkering with tools such as Arduino, MaKey MaKey, Scratch and littleBits. He is also the Singapore team lead for HacKIDemia, a global-networked mobile invention lab. He received his B.A.Sc (Materials Engineering) and M.Ed (Curriculum & teaching) degrees from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Australia Graduate School of Education, researching on the rise of ‘inventive amateurism’ in Singapore through the maker movement. Projects:  www.hackidemia.sg , www.sgmakers.com

Jeff Chuan-Che Huang ⿈黃傳哲 (University of Michigan)

Jeff is a PhD student at the School of Information, University of Michigan. He is passionate about inventing instruments that empower people to express ideas in both formal and casual ways, and to exchange thoughts through situating shared digital content around people. For example, he has completed a room-sized interactive installation named HighWire, which is a physical/ digital media playground for nonexperts. He is currently working on a public display system that aims to enhance the social cohesion of a culturally diverse community. Portfolio: http://issuu.com/chuan-chehuang/docs/portfolio2012 Social media: https//www.facebook.com/sprite728, sprite728 (Github). Email: 

Tom Igoe (NYU ITP, Arduino)

Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. Coming from a background in theatre, his work has centered on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development.  Along with Dan O'Sullivan, he co-authored the book "Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers," which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. Projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments; an email clock; and a series of interactive dioramas, created in collaboration with M.R. Petit. He has consulted for The American Museum of the Moving Image, EAR Studio, Diller + Scofidio Architects, Eos Orchestra, and others. He is a contributor to MAKE magazine and a collaborator on the Arduino open source microcontroller project.  He hopes someday to work with monkeys, as well.

Richard Kelly (Li & Fung)

Richard Kelly was the Managing Director of  IDEO, Asia Pacific. He is now the Chief Catalyst Officer of Li & Fung Ltd, Hong Kong. 

Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore)

Denisa Kera is a philosopher and a designer, who uses prototypes to rethink history of science, but also future scenarios related to emerging technologies. She views prototypes as critical probes and tools for public deliberation, reflection and participation in science. In 2013 she became a collector of DIYbio prototypes and Hackteria.org network archivist. The collection she is building will support open science and citizen science advocacy. The open hardware prototypes enable us to map the network between community labs, alternative R&D places (Hackerspaces, FabLabs), DIYbio movements, and citizen science initiatives. They revive tinkering and 16.century pre-modern science, but also serve as tools of democratizing science and supporting R&D in the Global South. She has an extensive experience as a curator of exhibitions and projects related to art, technology and science, and previous career in internet start-ups and journalism. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and Asia Research Institute fellow, where she is bringing together Science, Technology, and Society (STS) studies with Interactive Media Design. Between 2010 – 2012 she was organizing the DIYbio Singapore movement http://diybiosingapore.wordpress.com/, which is becoming active again as part of the Hackteria network in SE Asia and gathers a community of scientists and designers interested in open hardware for science projects with a special emphasis on supporting research in the Global South.; Publications http://nus.academia.edu/DenisaKera

Nick Land (Urbanatomy)

Nick Land  is a British philosopher. He was a lecturer in Continental Philosophy from 1987 to 1999 at the University of Warwick. He was a faculty co-founder of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU) at Warwick. He is the author of The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism and Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007, along with various articles on cybernetic culture. His current writings can be found at  http://www.ufblog.net/

Suzanne Livingston (Wolff Olins)

Suzanne Livingston completed her PhD in Philosophy (cybernetics and image technologies) at University of Warwick with Anna Greenspan and Nick Land. Here she also worked for several years as part of the experimental publishing collective CCRU. Her interest in technology, markets and how the future gets made then led her out of academia and into strategy consulting. As part of the brand and innovation consultancy Wolff Olins, she has consulted mainly for large technology companies such as Sony Global and Sony Computer Entertainment, Ericsson and Reuters and clients in the arts and museum world such as Southbank Centre London, Whitney Museum and ICA Boston. Her interest in technology is very broad, ranging from the frontier of academic theory (continuing the work of CCRU and informing her perspective at Hacked Matter), through to product design and innovation. She co-led the Hearwear project and exhibition at the V&A in London exploring future of hearing, senses, the body and technology. She was also part of the winning team for the DBA Inclusive Design Award – exploring innovation through inclusive design – from the Helen Hamlyn Centre (RCA London). She is Head of Strategy for Wolff Olins London.

Anne McClard (Intel)

Anne Mclard has been employed in the technical industries (Apple computer, U S WEST, MediaOne, ATT Broadband Labs, Qubit Technologies, Doxus, blue.zebu consulting, and Harris Interactive), since 1993. By training Anne is a cultural anthropologist and have sought to bring anthropological perspectives and practices into design, product development, and market research. The ultimate goal of my work is to make sure that products are people-focused rather than technology-driven. Currently Anne works on the UX team in the New Devices Group at Intel Corporation. Our team is responsible for creating user experiences of the future for Internet Connected Devices.

Anil Menon (Author of Speculative Fiction)

Anil Menon received his doctorate in Computer Science (Syracuse University, 1998), winning the 1999 All-University doctoral thesis award for his work on mathematical models of evolutionary computation. He has worked as a research engineer in a variety of software firms including TRW, BDM International, Cerebellum Software and Whizbang! Labs. Shortly after editing the volume Frontiers In Evolutionary Computation (Kluwer Academic, 2004), he attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and decided to focus on fiction.

His short stories have appeared in a variety of international magazines and anthologies including Albedo OneChiaroscuroInterzoneLady Churchill’s Rosebud WristletSybil’s Garage and Strange Horizons. His stories have been translated into German, French, Chinese, Romanian and Hebrew.  In 2009, he helped organize India’s first in-residence spec-fic writing workshop at IIT, Kanpur. He is the author of The Beast With Nine Billion Feet (Zubaan Books, India). Most recently, along with Vandana Singh, he co-editedBreaking the Bow (Zubaan Books, 2012), an anthology of speculative short fiction inspired by the Ramayana. His first book was shortlisted for the 2010 Vodafone-Crossword Children’s Fiction Award and the 2010 Carl Baxter Society’s Parallax Prize. He’s currently working on a new novel and divides his time between United States and India.

Eric Pan (SEEED Studio)

Eric Pan, founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, life long maker and biker. He is trained as EE with projects about Electronics, Embedded System, Robotics. After graduation, he worked in Intel as chipset product engineer on quality control and NPI, then took various job including international trading and sourcing. He established Seeed Studio since 2008, providing open hardware modules and service to help makers turn ideas into products. He also created ChaiHuo hackerspace in Shenzhen, co-­founded the hardware accelerator HAXLR8R, and introduced the first Mini Maker Faire to China. With all the works done to accelerate small scale hardware innovators, he has been selected as cover page by Forbes China as 3 young entrepreneurs under 30.

Marianne Petit (NYU Shanghai)

Marianne Petit is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and is currently living in Shanghai launching NYU Shanghai’s Interactive Media Program (IMA). Marianne teaches courses in digital media, animation, storytelling, paper arts, and assistive technology.  Prior to joining the full-time faculty at ITP, Marianne worked in the nonprofit technology sector and continues to work with a variety of nonprofit and educational organizations. She is the co-founder of her own arts organization, Greylock Arts, a non-commercial arts space located in the Northern Berkshires dedicated to emerging arts practices. Her artwork has appeared internationally in festivals and exhibitions, has been featured in WIRED and broadcast on IFC and PBS. In addition, her pop-up books are in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern ARt, the Boston Public Library, the Berlin Public Library, the Savannah College of Art & Design as well as numerous private collections.

Kavita Philip (UC Irvine)

Kavita Philip is Associate Professor at UC Irvine’s Department of History. Her research interests are in 19th and 20th century South Asian history of science and technology. Her essays have appeared in the journals Cultural Studies, Postmodern Culture, NMediaC, Radical History Review, and Environment and History. She is author of Civilizing Natures (2003 and 2004), and co-editor of the volumes Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (with Monshipouri, Englehart, and Nathan, 2003), Multiple Contentions (with Skotnes, 2003), Homeland Securities (with Reilly and Serlin, 2005), and Tactical Biopolitics (with da Costa, 2008). Her work in progress includes a monograph entitled Proper Knowledge,on technology and property.

Andrew Schrock (University of Southern California)

Andrew received his BA in computer science and fine art with honors from Brandeis University. After graduation, he worked as a software developer and project manager, periodically penning articles on music for a variety of publications. His award-winning thesis examined student dependency on MySpace, then the dominant social networking platform. He was research assistant to danah boyd and assistant director of the Annenberg Program on Online Communities. He is currently a member of the Innovation lab and Henry Jenkins’ Civic Paths. His dissertation, chaired by François Bar, applies micro-sociological theory to practices on locative and mobile social networks (LMSNs). His primary research interests are mobile platforms, mobile communication, and collectives/communities.

Andreas Siagian (Lifepatch)

Andreas Siagian is an artist, engineer and internet troll,  a cross disciplinary artist with an engineering background focusing on creative communities, alternative education, DIY/DIWO culture and interdisciplinary collaboration in art, science and technology. Since 2004, he is working in community-base initiatives to produce installations, workshops, lectures and organizing events as well as festivals in Indonesia. His collaborative actions with the local creative community developments included him as a co-founder of several initiatives such as breakcore_LABS, a platform for experimental audiovisual performance;  urbancult.net, an online street art documentation and mapping for Indonesia and lifepatch.org – citizen initiative for art, science and technology, an independent community-based organization working in creative and appropriate application in the fields of art, science and technology.

Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber

Ingrid Fischer-Shreiber is a freelance translator. freelance project manager, and organisator. She specializes in  Chinese (digital) culture & new media art, social media, & translation.

Zach Hoeken Smith (Makerbot, HAXL8R)

Zach Smith is co-founder of MakerBot Industries, one of the companies leading the 3D printer revolution. After helping to create the MakerBot, the first widely available 3D printer, he has moved on from the company and relocated to Shenzhen. In Shenzhen he spends his free time exploring the largest electronics markets in the world, making and inventing. He's now the Program Director at HAXLR8R, an accelerator program for hardware based startups that connects the Silicon Valley with the manufacturing centers in South China - See more at: http://startupgrind.com/event/startup-grind-guangzhou-hosted-zach-hoeken-smith-haxlr8r/#sthash.dZSJQO7e.dpuf

Shaoyi Sun (NYU SH)

Shaoyi Sun is Research Professor of Film and Media Studies at Shanghai University’s School of Film & TV, Adjunct Professor at NYU Shanghai, Board Member of NETPAC International (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), and Vice President of the Council of China’s Digital Film & Program Union. His research areas include Film Theory, New Media Studies, Comparative Studies of Chinese and American Cinemas, and Cultural Studies. He is a juror at numerous film festivals and the author/editor of many publications including most recently The Matrix of Cinema: Cinematic Space and Cultural Globalism (Fudan University Press, 2010), Lights! Camera! Kai Shi!: In-Depth Interviews with China’s New Generation of Movie Directors (EastBridge, 2008)

Alice Tagliabue (Arduino)

Alice Tagliabue is the Project Manager/CEO Executive Assistant at Arduino SA.

Francesca Tarocco (NYU Shanghai)

Francesca Tarocco teaches Chinese religions and  contemporary Chinese visual culture at NYU in Shanghai. She was educated at Venice University and at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS). Between 2005 and 2008 she was the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship Research Grant for the project “Printing and Praying: The Buddhist Press in Modern China”. Running through her research and art-related projects is a concern with the roles of Buddhism in the making of Chinese (and global) modernities and with the religious dimensions of contemporary sinophone cultures.

She is the author of The Cultural Practices of Modern Chinese Buddhism: Attuning the Dharma (Routledge, 2008) and has co-authored three other books: Karaoke: The Global Phenomenon (Chicago University Press, 2007), Made in China (Mondadori, 2008), and Liu Bolin: Hide and Seek (Ultracontemporary, 2008). Her recent articles include: “Paper Metaphors, On Yan Changjiang’s Photographs” in Fantom Photography Quarterly, 2011, “Terminology and Religious Identity: Buddhism and the Genealogy of the Term Zongjiao”, in Dynamics in The History of Religions (Brill, 2011), “On the Market: Consumption and Material Culture in Modern Chinese Buddhism” (Religion, 2011) and “Pluralism and its Discontents: Buddhism and Proselytising in Modern China” (Oxford University Press, 2013). Her current book project is entitled The Re-enchantment of Chinese Modernity: Photography, Buddhism and History.

Xin Gu

Xin Gu is a Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication and member of Research Unit in Public Culture at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, she was the Senior Research Associate on the Australian Council Linkage Project 'Designing Creative Clusters in China and Australia'. Xin was awarded her PhD in UK and has since worked with local governments in UK and China in developing policy to support the growth of cultural industries in the city. Her professional expertise has spanned creative entrepreneurship, cultural economy and cultural policy in post-Industrial cities.

Xin has been prominent in the attempt to contextualise contemporary western debates around cultural economy, creative cities and cultural policy in the Chinese context. Her main focus has been on developing a sociological understanding of 'cultural entrepreneurship' based on small-scale local creative industries; developing new theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding urban 'creative clusters' based on case studies in China and Australia; and a cross-cultural understanding of 'Chinese urban modernities'. She has published papers in International Journal of Cultural Policy, The Information Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies and chapters in books published by Sage and Routledge. She is currently contracted by Routledge for a joint authored book on 'Culture and Economy in the New Shanghai'.

Yongting Wang (Jiaotong University, MED-X Lab)

Dr. Yongting Wang received her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry in 2004 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (USA). Dr. Wang worked in Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2008 for her post-doctoral training. Her research interests include protein-protein interactions and protein aggregation diseases. Dr. Wang has published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters. Dr. Wang joined Med-X Research Institute as an Associate Research Professor in 2008.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom (UC Irvine)

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of Chinese History at the University of California Irvine, the author of books such as China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2010 and 2013 updated edition), and Co-Editor ofChinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land (University of California Press, 2012). He is a Fellow of the Asia Society, Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies, and Co-Editor of the Asia Section of The Los Angeles Review of Books. He was a co-founder of the China Beat blog (2008-2012), and he has contributed to a wide range of general interest periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Slate, and The Times Literary Supplement(London). He is currently writing a book about the Boxer Uprising and the invasion by armies marching under eight different flags that crushed it.

Vivian Xu (Parsons, Genspace, New York City)

Vivian Xu graduated from the MFA design and Technology program at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. She co-founded dogma openLAB, a community lab, with Parsons Prof. Benjamin Bacon. dogma openLAB is dedicated to providing the public access to a platform that integrates design research with computation, biology and new production technologies. She is a member of Genspace, located in Brookly New York, where she explored the possibilities of bio art and received training in basic operations of a level one molecular bio lab. Prior to moving to New York, she was involved with the contemporary art scene in Beijing. She worked on projects such as Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground and Forest Project, the debut exhibition of the Phoenix Project and the documentary of artist Zhan Wang’s piece My Personal Universe. She was also editor for the film studio at Today Art Museum in Beijing. Vivian’s practice focuses on the artistic exploration of electronic media and bio media. She currently lives and works in Shanghai. Link to my work: vivianxuprojects.com.

Ricky Ye (DF Robot)

叶琛 博士


CEO & Co-founder of DFRobot, Received his Ph.D. from Nottingham University (UK) in 2007. Involved in several EU core projects as researcher and project manager afterwards. At 2008, he launched an open source robot project “HCR”, and joined the DFRobot in 2009. He is now focusing on the development of domestic robotics, AI technology and open source hardware.



Bunnie Studios






Intel Inc.

Institute for the Future

Fudan University


Makerbar Taipei

Maker Bot

Makerspace Beijing

Noisebridge San Francisco

NYU Shanghai


Seeed Studio

Shanghai Studies Society 

Tongji University


University of California

University of Michigan