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Nicolas Nova | Keynote Speaker

Ethnographer, Futures Researcher, Writer and Curator

Nicolas Nova


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Nicolas Nova I Keynote Speaker

Nicolas Nova is an ethnographer, futures researcher, writer and curator. He is both the co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory, a futures research agency based in Europe and California, and an Associate Professor at the Geneva School of Arts and Design (HEAD – Genève). His work lies at the intersection of anthropology, interaction design and digital technologies. He is interested in observing and documenting digital and new media practices, in order to create new computing experiences centered around people’s needs, cultures and contexts. Nicolas has given talks and exhibited his work in venues such SXSW, EPIC, the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, NEXT, the design week in Milano, ixda interaction, and the Institute for the Future. He holds a PhD in Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction) from the Swiss Institute of Technology (Lausanne) and another PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Geneva. He was previously a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Paris), die Angewandte (Vienna), and a visiting researcher at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA). Nicolas was finally one of co-founder and curator at Lift Conference, a series of international events about digital culture, design and innovation. He lives in Geneva (Switzerland) with a dual French and Swiss citizenship and presents both in English and French.

Nicolas Nova - Essence Statement

Nicolas Nova

Nicolas Nova is a multi-disciplinary researcher who studies and anticipates what people do with technology. Working at the intersection of anthropology, digital technology and design, Nicolas has been a prominent figure in futures practices such as “design fiction” for 15 years, and has been instrumental in bringing this approach to wider attention through presenting, teaching and writing, as well as speculative projects featured worldwide in exhibits, client works, festivals, and in the page of international press. He spends his time between running international field work projects, documenting new signals in the world, and making sense of them to inform and inspire design or strategy. The keynotes by Nicolas Nova addresses the technological imaginaries of science-fiction, technological product flops and how to learn from them, as well as the design of digital technologies in the context of environmental collapse.