The time has come to pass the baton off to new leadership of Hacking Arts, MIT's own festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative arts. First held in 2013, Hacking Arts has experienced massive growth and achieved its mission of strengthening the creative arts community in MIT and Greater Boston.
An extraordinarily impressive group is set to take over the leadership of Hacking Arts - get to know them below!
Helen Smith - Co-Chair
Helen is a 2017 MBA student at MIT Sloan by day, abstract expressionist painter by night. At Sloan Helen is thrilled to explore her passion for creative arts entrepreneurship and emerging technologies across MIT. She first became involved with Hacking Arts in 2015 as the Performing Arts Panel lead and enthusiastic Red Bull-ready Hackathon participant. Prior to Business School Helen was a management consultant for BCG in South East Asia and a research assistant and ballet teacher in West Africa. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia, "Hot Skillet" Helen was also heavily involved in the student-run radio station WUOG 90.5FM as a DJ and Training Manager.
Ric Lebre - Co-Chair
Ric is a Brazilian creative entrepreneur now based in Cambridge. He has worked in creative departments in almost all major advertising agencies in Sao Paulo for over a decade. In 2013 he started his own digital studio, with the goal to provide high-tech / artistic installations for events and point-of-sale. He has alway been a "maker" and on his free time he usually gets hooked on DIY projects or improving / flying his drone around. He is now part of MIT community thanks to his wife, Tamires Vilela (MIT MBA '17), and since than he gets involved as much as possible with students and clubs using his skills help all around.
Jessica Lu - Conference Chair
Jess is currently a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, she studied brain-computer interfaces and neuroengineering at UCLA and worked in drug development at Amgen. During her career as a scientist, she discovered her love for painting neurons and began to explore the intersection of science and art. She is also involved with the Sloan Women in Management’s Breaking the Mold Conference and the Sloan Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference. As the Tech Expo Chair for last year’s Hacking Arts, she executed her vision of creating an interactive playground representing all creative industries, and she is very excited to continue championing entrepreneurship in art and technology at MIT.