Making A Difference Speaker Series

 

What The Making A Difference Speaker Series? 

Our Making A Difference Speaker Series features global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host virtual talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories. These FREE 30-45 min talks deliver experiences that amplify youth voices about issues they care about and invite them to participate in our exciting innovation challenges.

Who Can Attend? 

The Making A Difference Speaker Series is open students (grades 6+), teachers and parents.  You may register independently or in groups.  If you have a device and a reliable internet connection you’re ready to register and join the discussion!

When Are The Talks?

Join us every month to awaken your creativity, learning from experts with meaningful conversations. This year we look forward to exploring new topics, including fashion tech, musical machines, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and more.

Brilliant Labs is committed to empowering youth, adults and families to fuel their passions, take creative risks and construct a sustainable future for themselves and their communities. We explore fun ways to introduce novel technologies to catalyze positive social and ecological change within communities. 

If you have questions about this speaker series or would like to propose a topic or guest speaker, please connect with us! 

Making A Difference Speakers: Fall 2021

Tim Savas

Designing for Future with Ken Nakagaki

What if we could transform human experiences by connecting the physical and digital worlds effectively?

Brilliant Labs is pleased to announce our next Speaker Series session with interaction designer and researcher Ken Nakagaki. Ken’s research introduces ‘Actuated Tangible User Interfaces (A-TUIs)’ that embody dynamic digital information through robotic and interactive hardware technologies. Ken brings his ideas and visions to experienceable prototypes, seamlessly combining digital information into physical materials and environments. His designs highlight the process of merging physical materials with computational and robotic technologies, creating a tangible interaction experience which consists of three primary agendas: Hardware Form, Perceptual Design, and Passive Material 

In this, Ken will share his experiences designing novel projects that express digital information through physical actuation techniques such as shape-change and movement.

This virtual event will be held on Thursday, December 9, at 1:30 pm AST.   

Register Here Recommended Grade Level: Grade 6 and up.  Students, teachers and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups.

About the Speaker:

Ken Nakagaki is an interaction designer and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) researcher from Japan. He is an incoming assistant professor at the University of Chicago, Computer Science Department starting January 2022. He will found and direct ‘Actuated Experience Lab’ [AxLab] there.

As a postdoc researcher in the Tangible Media Group of the MIT Media Lab, he focuses on inventing novel user interface technologies that seamlessly combine dynamic digital information or computational aids into daily physical tools and materials. He is passionate about creating novel physical embodied experiences using such interfaces through curiosity-driven tangible prototyping processes. 

Before joining the Media Lab, he received Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in interaction design from Keio University. His research has been presented in top HCI conferences (ACM CHI, UIST, TEI). His works were also demonstrated in international exhibitions and museums such as the Ars Electronica Festival and Laval Virtual. He has received numerous awards, including the MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Japan & Asia Pacific, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and the James Dyson Award.

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Thank You To All Our Making A Difference Guest Speakers

Tim Savas
Lee Jones: Express Yourself Creatively
Andy Ellis: Decision Making & Cyber Security
BioBuddies
Josh Keys: Creativity and Robotics
Tosca Terán: Designing With Nature
Professor Alissa N. Antle: Designing for Wellbeing
Professor Lining Yao: Shaping the Future Through Morphing Matter,
Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi: Designing for Empathy, Conversations

JOIN HOST Alisha Collins as she welcomes global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories.

ABOUT Alisha grew up in India & studied at MIT MEdia Lab Cambridge, MA U.S. and Sristi Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bengalura, India.   Learn more about Alisha in Brilliant Labs Magazine: Digital Hope. 

Let’s get talking about sustainability.

The Brilliant Labs’ Speakers Series got my students asking tough questions about the future, but also engaged them to think about what they can do to make a difference.  They’re still talking about mycelium!

M. Thomas, Grade 11-12 Physics Teacher

We are here to help teachers, youth, and communities innovate and develop a sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurial spirit.