Amor Montes De Oca // 2112, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Amor Montes de Oca is Director of Strategic Initiatives at 2112, Chicago’s first business incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative industry technology. Through community, educational opportunities and access to capital, 2112 creates a truly fertile ground for the professional development and acceleration of its members. Responsible for developing member engagement programs and partnerships, including spearheading and developing initiatives as part of 2112's strategic direction and core principles. A passionate leader, combining business acumen, personable demeanor, cultivation and stewardship. Amor is a mother, travel enthusiast, flamenco aficionado, knitting novice and aspiring queen of culture.
Mitch Sinclair // IDEO, Design Director
Mitch is a Design Director at the IDEO Cambridge studio, where she works with teams to bring to life the emotional core and psychological underpinnings of our designs. At the heart of her craft is the ability to concept and design cross-platform experiences that drive behavioral impact. With a background in cognitive and behavioral psychology and sociology, her passions are grounded in Social Dynamics and design for the subconscious and conscious mind.
During her time at IDEO, Mitch has led projects as varied as redesigning the digital citizenship and immigration experience for the U.S. Government, crafting behavior change initiatives for large players in the healthcare industry, and designing new brand and customer experience strategies for companies in consumer goods, financial services, fashion, entertainment, and education.
Before joining IDEO, Mitch was the Creative Director and a Partner at the digital agency Hunt&Gather, leading the design of digital and physical experiences for brands like MTV, Puma, Bravo, ESPN, Harvard, Keds, Scholastic, and Nickelodeon.
No matter the topic, she approaches projects from a behavioral and motivational model, building on human-centered design insights to transform experiences into something intensely personal, visually iconic, and rich with emotion.
Salome Asega // Artist
Salome Asega is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher whose practice celebrates dissensus and multivocality. She is the co-host of speculative talk show Hyperopia: 20/30 Vision on bel-air radio and the Assistant Director of POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory. Salome has exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale, Eyebeam, New Museum, and the Laundromat Project, and has given presentations at New Inc, Performa, and Eyeo. Salome received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology.
Daniel Doubrovkine // Artsy, CTO
Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.) is a seasoned entrepreneur and technologist, CTO at Artsy.net in New York, working on bringing the art world online. He is a maintainer of multiple popular open-source projects, including Java Native Access, Ruby Grape, Hashie and the popular Slack Ruby client, bot and server libraries. Daniel graduated from University of Geneva in late 90s and founded and sold Vestris Inc., an early stage technology start-up right after college. He joined Microsoft as Development Lead, was Director at Visible Path, then Architect and Development Manager at Application Security.
Nick Meyer // MIT, Entrepreneur in Residence
Nick's professional career has been spent founding startups. He has been product or engineering lead for software companies in many industries: Social, Video, Travel, Music, and Gaming. And shipped products on most consumer platforms: Web, iOS and Android, Apple TV, Roku, and XBox 360, Windows and OSX desktop. He is currently spending his time advising startups. He's also an IASI internationally certified ski instructor and coach, and a PADI scuba diver.