An international jury of outstanding designers, architects and thinkers from the Developing World will be judging the proposals.
Alejandro is an engineer, professor and interdisciplinary artist interested in the relation between art, design, science and technology and specially, in exploring alternative and poetic ways that question the functioning and efficiency of ruling technologies. He was headmaster of the v*i*d*a lab program (2005−2008) at the Department of Aesthetics of the Javeriana Pontifical University in Bogotá.
Arvind trained in Industrial Design, but his work spans all the design disciplines. Currently Dean of Research & Projects at the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, he has consulted and collaborated with business, academia and the social sector in equal measure, often with innovative startups. He has been published and presented in India and internationally, and has written on a variety of topics. He has been invited as Visiting Scholar by the regional government of Västra-Götaland in Sweden, and will co-chair a series of EU seminars exploring the interface between cultural institutions and popular culture. His latest research was on co-creation and proactive consumerism. His current interests lie in developing new tools and architectures to enable a healthy dynamic between materiality, spirituality and sustainability. He recently co-curated a contemporary art show and is involved in his next curatorial adventure. He is also a co-founder and Design Research & Concepting Lead at Srishti Innovation Labs in Bangalore, and sits on the board of two non-governmental development organisations.
Fernanda is the Global Director of Digital and Experiential at Euro RSCG in London. She started her career as Director of Other Medias and Special Projects at DM9DDB where her team won three Cannes CyberLions in 2004 with work for TAM, Telefonica and Itaú Seguros, seven Cannes CyberLions in 2005, and the Cannes CyberLions Grand Prix in 2005. That same year at Cannes, DM9DDB won Interactive Agency of the Year. She then moved on to become Executive Creative Director of Lowe New York, where she was responsible for building an integrated creative team, getting shortlists in Cannes 2006, 2007 and 2008 for Cyber and Design, medals in the NY Festivals, as well as an award for Innovation in Media. After New York she went on to join JWT London.
In addition to honours already mentioned, Fernanda’s awards include the NY Festivals GP, Andys, medals in the CCSP-Brazil, Merits in the One Show Interactive 2005, and two pencils in the One Show Interactive.
Geraldine lives in Mexico City and works in the street and the internet, creating simple mechanisms that deface the possibilities of crisis and failure, via low-tech, waste and piracy.
Lately, her focus has been in understanding the configurations and effects created when society, information, pop culture, intellectual property and power collide in México. She has been collaborating with net activist projects like OpenActa and the Physical Agents of the Internet (A.F.I.) ‚ and writting about information and politics in the citizen blog Critica Pura.
Geraldine is a pupil of the internet, her friends, and Eyebeam, where she was Senior Fellow at the Production Lab (2003, 2006–2008). She has also been resident at inCUBATE in Chicago (2008) and currently holds an infinite research fellowship at the F.A.T Lab. Her work has been shown internationally at collective exhibitions such as Interference, Feedback and Other Options in Eyebeam, State of the Art: New York (URBIS, UK), Actions: What you can do with the city (Centre for Canadian Architecture), G.R.L.| F.A.T. World Summit (CREAM, Japan) Los Impolíticos (Pan Pallazo delle Arti Napoli) — and in festivals such as Transmediale, Piksel, Pixelache, Conflux and Futuresonic.
Nii is a Graphic designer and educator, holding a B.tech in Graphic Design degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formally the Port Elizabeth Technikon), South Africa. He has a broad background in the advertising industry as an art director and also as a design educator. His most recent lecturing post was at Vega the Brand Communication School — Johannesburg, heading up the 2nd year B.A. programme. Nii is currently lecturing part time at the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA). He participated in ICSID Interdesign Citymove Gellivare Sweden, as part of a multidisciplinary international team of designers tasked with coming up with sustainable solutions for relocating a city adversely affected by mining. He is based and working in Accra, Ghana at MMRS Ogilvy and helping to set up a graphic design faculty for a local school… He is passionate about teaching, social issues, the youth and design in all its forms and specially on how it can be used as a positive change agent to uplift people and communities.