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Max Harper

Co-Director

Max Harper grew up on an orchard in western Colorado; climbing trees, fixing farm equipment and playing SimCity. He spends his days in Cambridge, MA, learning, imagining and creating.

Max works is co-founding Simmetri.com, a tool for 3D and Mixed Reality artists and creators. He won the 2017 SXSW Hackathon, with Simmetri's brilliant creator, Amedeo Mapelli, where they prototyped a suite of tools for mixed-reality artists. He also won the 2016 MIT Hacking Arts Hackathon, delivering "Harmony Space" an augmented reality app which spatializes musical frequencies. He draws on experience as a videographer, director, producer, choreographer, magician, scientist, researcher, 3D designer, and entrepreneur.

As a co-founder, Harper has stood up several multi-million dollar organizations and lead them to win numerous awards. Notable of which is Groundswell.org, a community clean-energy mobilizing social enterprise which has won numerous civic/social innovation awards from institutions including the Obama Whitehouse Champions of Change, the Clinton Global Initiative, Forbes and Ashoka. Max is counted among the few winners of the Brower Youth Award, one of the nation's most prestigious youth leadership awards.

In 2012 Max co-founded Impact Hub DC, a social innovation co-working space in the nation's capital. While at Impact Hub, Max helped foster numerous civic innovation initiatives and served as an organizational design advisor to many social enterprise startups. Max served as video producer and strategist on the HQ digital strategy team for the 2008 Obama campaign and in a similar capacity in the administration in 2009.

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Lauren Omelchenko

Co-Director

Lauren Omelchenko is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan and is interning at Google this summer as a Product Manager on the Play TV and Movies team. Prior to school, Lauren was a web developer at Deloitte Digital, a design and development agency in Washington, DC. She worked closely with Artists, Designers, and User Experience experts to bring their visions to life.

 

Conference


Conference


 
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Prerna

Conference Chair

Prerna is a student and practitioner of Human-Centred Design, especially as it applies to local communities and the public sphere. She has previously consulted on innovation and transformation projects with multilateral and government agencies at the city, state, and federal level in India. She has also worked on a couple app startups: one focused on data privacy in communications, and the other connecting art galleries to purveyors. She is pursuing her MBA at MIT Sloan, and her MS at MIT's Integrated Design & Management program.

 

Kaavya

Conference Chair

Kaavya is pursuing her MBA at MIT Sloan. She's an entrepreneur, marketer, vocalist and flautist, interested in the intersection of the creative arts and business.

 
 

Angelina Zhou

Panel Lead

Creative and design strategist. Business development at IDEO, global innovation and design consultancy. Beijing-born, Boston-bred, colors beautifully outside the lines.

Teaba Sedghi

Panel Lead

Prior to coming to Sloan, Teaba worked for Deloitte Consulting and retail start-up Ministry of Supply. Her specialities include UX/UI prototype design, designing immersive learning experiences for C-Suite teams, developing marketing materials, and running marketing campaigns.

Ethan Boye-Doe

Panel Lead

Lover of all things music, media and pop culture—Ethan is a DJ, music producer, artist manager and MBA student at MIT Sloan.

 

Anahita Bahri

Panel Lead

Anahita is an MS in Statistical Practice student at BU with a passion for music, math, journalism, and design. In her free time, Anahita enjoys playing the tabla & piano, watching European football, eating steak frites, and cuddling with her cat, Biggie the Notorious CAT.

 

TJ Srivangipuram

Panel Lead

TJ is an MBA '18 at MIT Sloan.

 

Kalli Retzepi

Panel Lead

Kalli explores the space found at the intersection of design, code, technology and images. She is a Master's student at the MIT Media Lab.

 

 

 

Masha Keryan

Panel Lead

Masha is an artist, curator and interior designer in Boston. Her current work focuses on psychology of the youth culture and communication in the technology era. Further information is available at www.mashakeryan.com

 

Kalina Yingnan Deng

Panel Lead

Kalina Yingnan Deng is a mixed media visual arts storyteller, public scholar, and human capital strategist. A M.A. Fashion Studies candidate at Parsons School of Design in New York City, she is currently working on action research projects spanning community based service design, the psychopolitics of fashion, and dressing tactics for civic engagement and activism. Outside of the academy, Kalina works in U.S. corporate and business immigration law.

 
 

Kaitlin

Panel Lead

Annie

Panel Lead

James Pham

Tech Expo Lead

James is pursuing his MBA at MIT, class of 2019. He is passionate about Technology and its application in various industries.

 

Marimer

Tech Expo Lead

Marimer is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan (2019). Prior to school, Marimer was a marketing technology strategist at MarketOne International, a boutique agency/consulting firm that allowed where she worked closely with multiple software and hardware companies. She now enjoys learning more about the intersection of arts, digital media and the latest technologies. She also serves as Sponsorship Lead for Hacking Arts.

 

Xin Wen

Tech Expo Support

Xin's a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and minoring in Design at MIT. She is absolutely obsessed with sloths! She's super excited to join the Hacking Arts team again!

 

Gustavo Torres

Start-Up Coordinator

Gustavo has a fondness fo innovation, and through his pursuits as an engineer, coder, musician, writer, and entrepreneur, he hopes to find new and interesting ways to combine technology and art to enhance creativity and expression. As a sophomore at MIT, he is studying Mechanical Engineering for Robotics, particularly finding ways to make machines autonomous.

Hackathon


Hackathon


 
 

Sara Mead

Hackathon Chair

Sara is a a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan. These days she is more of an art and design consumer, although she has experience art-making as well - intaglio printmaking being her preferred medium.

Janelle

Hackathon Support

Janelle is a junior at MIT majoring in computer science who loves playing her cello in any music ensemble she can find.

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Astrid Weng

Hackathon Support

A designer trying out new technologies for arts. A technologist exploring new possibilities of doing things in beautiful ways.

Yuxin

Hardware Supervisor

Yuxin moved to New York City from Beijing in 2015 to become a badass video journalist. She ended up falling in love with making video games instead. She has managed to create a couple of small projects with friends. Recently, she has been trying to figure out how narrative games could work. She wants to make fun, silly short narrative games. If lucky, one day she could touch people's hearts.

 

Marketing


Marketing


 
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Amanda

Marketing Chair

Amanda is a marketer by day and a maker by night. Anytime she is behind a camera, learning how to use a new woodshop tool or exploring new places and things she is at her happiest.

 

Kedi

Marketing Support

Kedi is an undergrad studying chemical engineering and (hopefully) architecture at MIT. She has long-held an interest in both art and science and am excited to explore their intersection through Hacking Arts, college, and beyond.

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Jessie

Marketing Support

Jessie is an engineering intern at Northeastern University exploring art as a science. Maker of logos and 8-bit scenery.

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Devi Acharya

Marketing Support

Devi works on games and interactive media projects using her design, art and coding skills. You can find her work at www.devi-a.com

Effie Jia

Marketing Support

As an architecture student, Effie dreams of designing and building her own cabin. Some of her current obsessions include plants, woodworking, podcasts, and functional tattoo designs.

 

Sponsorship


Sponsorship


 
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Roxana

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Roxana is a creative consultant working with early-stage start-ups in art, technology and media. She was part of the inaugural class of start-up’s, artists and designers at NEW INC and has worked in fundraising for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. She recently received her M.A in Visual Art Administration from New York University.

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Ricardo sUTHERLAND

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Ricardo is an MIT Sloan student with an undeniable passion for music, lifestyle, and culture

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Erin Jean

Sponsorship Lead

Erin Jean is a music journalist and Creative Business Management student at Emerson College. Currently Erin Jean is affiliated with Entertainment Monthly, Boston professional sorority Kappa Gamma Chi, and is the Promotions Director of WERS 88.9 FM. Using her international mindset, market research, and strategic communication skills, she is dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship in media arts and entertainment.

 

 
 

Adam

Sponsorship Creative

Adam is an interstitial being...hanging out in between neuroscience, art and design, building bridges macro to micro, moon to moomin.

 

Vince

Sponsorship Creative

 

Logistics


Logistics


 
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Kat Yeh

Logistics Co-Chair

Kat is passionate about performing arts, with a degree in classical piano and trumpet performance as well as a masters degree in musicology from Oxford University. Conversation over coffee includes, but is not limited to, music theory, Beethoven, and more Beethoven.

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Lili

Logistics Co-Chair

Lili is a student at MIT Sloan, who spent her pre-MBA years working in the tech industry. She loves books, Internet memes, yoga, and is an avid milk tea connoisseur. You can usually find her camped out at a local bookstore in her down time.

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Megan Fantes

Logistics Support

Megan is a senior at Boston University studying Statistics and Computer Science. Her background is in social media analytics, and she has worked in Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand for different social media start-ups implementing their database systems and advancing their analytics methods.

 
 

Nicholas

Performances Lead

Nicholas is a Creative Producer actively working with Boston artists and organizations to explore unexpected modes of performance. Most recently, Nicholas collaborated with Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville to turn the massive Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym into a jazz-aged playground replete with aerialists, trombonists, and tuxedoed alpinists. He's the creator and producer of LIMINUS, demoed at Hacking Arts 2016.

 

Leili

Performances Lead