Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. She is currently exploring and advising a range of new projects across the startup world, civic tech and engagement, and diversity activism.
From 2011 to 2016 Tracy was an engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, with roles on home feed and recommendations, ads products, web, infrastructure, API, email, and growth. Before Pinterest, she worked at Quora, also as an early engineer there. During the previous federal administration she was on reserve with the U.S. Digital Service as a technical consultant as well.
Alongside her engineering career, Tracy is most well-known for her work pushing for diversity in tech. In 2013, she helped to kick off the wave of tech company diversity data disclosures with a Github repository collecting numbers on women in engineering. Tracy is now a founding member of Project Include and focused on driving solutions in the space.
For her advocacy and activism work, she has appeared on the covers of The Atlantic, WIRED, and MIT Technology Review; been named Forbes’ Tech 30 under 30, MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators under 35, and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business; and been profiled in Vogue, ELLE, and other media outlets.
Tracy is an advisor to Homebrew VC and enjoys working with startups on engineering, product, culture, and diversity. Tracy graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where she was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.
Sougwen Chung's work explores the mark-made-by-hand and the mark-made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the interaction between humans and computers. Her speculative critical practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance.
She is a former researcher fellow at MIT’s Media Lab and inaugural member of NEW INC, the first museum-led art and technology in collaboration with The New Museum.
She received a BFA from Indiana University and a Masters Diploma in Interactive Art from Hyper Island in Sweden. Chung received Japan Media Art’s Excellence Award in 2016 for her project Drawing Operations. In 2014, she was selected as one of the Top 20 New Visual Artists by Print Magazine.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva; National Art Center, Tokyo; MIT Media Lab, Cambridge; The New Museum (Sky Room), New York; Tribeca Film Festival, New York; The Hospital Club, London; Mutek Festival, Montreal & Mexico City; Sonar Festival, Barcelona.
Her work has also been featured in The New Yorker, Art F City, Dazed and Confused, The Creators Project, MASHABLE, Engadget, Business Insider, Fast Company and USA Today.
She has spoken internationally at conferences including Tribeca Film Festival Interactive, New York; OFFF, Barcelona; FITC, Tokyo; Internet Dargana, Stockholm; SXSW, Austin; The Art Directors Club, New York.
Laura Darlington is a visual artist and musician whose work explores the fantastical, the paradoxical, and the nature of illusion. She seeks escape routes via video, photography, collage, painting, sculpture, and sound.
Based in her native Los Angeles, she studied at Smith College and Otis College of Art & Design, and formerly worked at the Museum of Neon Art and sang with the UCLA Bulgarian Women’s Choir Superdevoiche. Musical collaborators include Flying Lotus, Cut Chemist, and Daedelus, with whom she duets as The Long Lost.
She has exhibited and performed internationally at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Today Art Museum, Beijing; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Guggenheim House, Kobe; São Paulo Museum of Art; and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, among others.
Her work has been featured by The Creators Project, Billboard Magazine, The FADER, The WILD, URB Magazine, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
Stephanie Dinkins is a transdisciplinary artist interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialogue about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Her art employs lens-based practices, the manipulation of space, and technology to grapple with notions of consciousness, agency, perception, and social equity.
Her work has been exhibited at a broad spectrum of public, private, and institutional venues by design. These include Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaujvaros, Herning Kunstmuseum, Spellman College Museum of Fine Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Wave Hill, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Spedition Bremen, and the corner of Putnam and Malcolm X Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
She is the recipient of financial support from Joan Mitchell Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Lef Foundation, and Residency Unlimited. Artist residencies include NEW INC, Blue Mountain Center; Aim Program, Bronx Museum; The Laundromat Project; Santa Fe Art Institute, Art/Omi and Center for Contemporary Art, Czech Republic.
Her work has been written about in media outlets such as Art In America, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Baltimore Sun and SLEEK Magazine. She is a 2017 A Blade of Grass Fellow and a 2018 Truth Resident at Eyebeam, NY.
Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician. She is the singer and coauthor of the pop group YACHT, and the founding editor of Terraform, VICE's science-fiction vertical.
She is the former futures editor of Motherboard, and a contributor to VICE, Rhizome, The Guardian, WIRED, and Aeon; previously, she was a contributor to Grantland and wrote National Geographic's popular culture and science blog, Universe.
She is an advisor to design students at Art Center College of Design and a member of the cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab. She lives in Los Angeles.
Laurie Frick is a data artist who envisions a time when personal data is a peek into our unique identity and just possibly a glimpse into our future. Using her background in high-technology, Frick creates hand-built work and installations, anticipating the day when patterns of behavior become patterned artworks and the mass of data will predict our lives.
She holds an MFA from the New York Studio School, an MBA from the University of Southern California and studied at New York University’s ITP program.
Frick recently was awarded residencies by Samsung Research and the Neuroscience Research Center University of Texas. Frick’s talks and publications include The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, Wired, NPR, Google, Creative Mornings and TEDx.
She has exhibited widely with shows in Los Angeles, New York and Texas, and has installations in numerous cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tyson's Corner, College Station, Houston and Austin.
Kate Hollenbach is an artist, programmer, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. She develops and examines interactive systems and new technologies relating body, gesture, and physical space.
Her recent work includes phonelovesyoutoo, an Android application that lovingly watches its user’s activities by capturing video from the phone’s front camera, back camera, and screen. Through the application, Kate generates video works to understand what mobile devices see when they observe human bodies and how human presence is split between physical and virtual planes.
Her art practice is informed by years of professional experience and as an interface designer and product developer. Formerly Director of Design and Computation at Oblong Industries, she led an interdisciplinary team of designers and programmers to develop cutting edge user experiences for collaborative environments and new interaction models for gestural devices. She oversaw the design of Mezzanine, the company’s flagship product. Mezzanine is in use today by clients including IBM, Accenture, CBRE, and Sonos.
Kate holds an MFA from UCLA Design Media Arts and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT. Kate is currently teaching Information Visualization at USC’s Media Arts + Practice Program and Intro to Programming in the Applied Computer Science department at Woodbury University.
Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn whose work examines how issues of surveillance, automation, and network culture affect our social relationships. She is the creator of p5.js.
Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts.
She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and was previously a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Eyebeam, Autodesk, NYU ITP, and Ars Electronica / QUT TRANSMIT³.
Diane Meyer lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She is an alumna of The New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and gained her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She teaches photography at Loyola Marymount University and has been an actively producing artist for more than ten years.
Meyer’s work has been presented in both the US and internationally. Most recently, her work was included in the exhibition A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age at the George Eastman Museum.
She has been featured in numerous print and online magazines, and has received several awards and accolades, including being shortlisted for the 2014 Source-Cord Prize.
Meyer has created public art for stations along the LA Metro Red Line and is an advocate for transportation alternatives.
Tabita Rezaire is infinity incarnated in this lifetime as a French – of Guyanese and Danish descent – agent of healing. She uses arts and sciences as healing technologies to serve the shift towards heart consciousness.
Tabita's work is cross-dimensional and aims at reaching the soul. Navigating architectures of power – mental, online and offline – her work tackles the pervasive matrix of coloniality, the protocol of energetic misalignment and their effects on our body-mind-spirits.
She is particularly interested in the time-spaces where technology and spirituality intersect. Through screen interfaces, her digital healing activism offers substitute readings to dominant narratives decentering occidental authority, while her energy streams remind us to (re)connect and nurture our soul.
She is based in Cayenne, French Guyana, with part of her heart in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has a Bachelor in Economics (Paris) and a Master in Art: Moving Image from Central Saint Martins College (London).
Tabita is a founding member of the artist group NTU, half of the duo Malaxa, and mother of the energy house SENEB.
Selwa Sweidan is an artist, designer, and researcher of emerging technologies ranging from immersive sensorial experiences to speculative quantum computing systems. Her work utilizes embodied methodologies to critically probe technological innovation.
She is an Adjunct Professor at Santa Monica College’s Interaction Design Bachelor’s program. Her work has been exhibited in Cape Town, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Treviso and Venice. She has been a Design Fellow at Fabrica, a Fellow at George Greenstein Institute, an Artist-in-Residence at UC Irvine and a Postgraduate Fellow at ArtCenter College of Design. Selwa holds a Bachelor's degree from Smith College and a Master of Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design.
Michael Wingate: I have a background in visual effects and animation for children’s programming, but my work is also informed by stints as a Missile Museum Curator and Flower Deliveryperson.
I am most interested in creating beauty and absurdity. When things go well, there is a touch of melancholy in there too.
My work explores abandoned novelty architecture, defunct public transport, and overgrown landscapes, with a heavy dose of fog to obscure the tyranny of clarity.
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