Sten is the CEO of Teleport, Inc, a company that moves you to your best place to live and work. Prior to co-founding Teleport he served at Skype as an early executive, riding the roller coaster for over 8 years from startup to ~300M active users. Sten started his entrepreneurial career founding the first digital media agency in Estonia at the age of 18 and has stayed on the forefront of internet, user experience design and software development scene since 1996.
Dimitris is Professor of Social Anthropology at VU University Amsterdam. He studies material infrastructures ethnographically since 2004. In his most recent book ‘The Road’ (2016) he shows that infrastructures are primarily socio-cultural entities rather than merely an object of civil engineering or politics. Until 2014 he ran the project ‘Crisis-scapes’ studying urban spaces and infrastructures during the crisis in Athens. Beyond his academic publications he has co-produced 4 documentaries based on his research, whilst his work is featured regularly in international media outlets.
Keynote title: “Are infrastructures social?”
Melissa is a Principal Scientist & Design Anthropologist at Nissan Research in Silicon Valley. She is a leader in examining and building solutions for a future with autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) as interactive agents in the world from a social and technical standpoint, a bit of which is reflected in her piece Human Machine Interactions and the Coming Age of Autonomy. A long-time observer and participant in the growth of anthropological research in and with business, Melissa is the author of numerous publications including the Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter (2009) and served as president and conference co-chair for EPIC.
Keynote title: “The social life of automation”
Daniel is Professor of Anthropology at University College London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written and edited thirty-seven books. Recent volumes include ‘Social Media in an English Village’ (2016), ‘How the World Changed Social Media’ (2016), ‘Webcam’ (2014), ‘Digital Anthropology’ (2012), ‘Migration and New Media’ (2012), ‘Tales from Facebook’ (2011), ‘Stuff’ (2010), and ‘The Comfort of Things’ (2008). Daniel currently directs the project ‘Why We Post’, which investigates the use and consequences of social media. He tweets at @DannyAnth
Keynote title: “How the world humanised social media”