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Keynote: Nelly Ben Hayoun

Nelly Ben Hayoun

Nelly Ben Hayoun

Dubbed the “Willy Wonka of Design,” Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is an award-winning French designer and filmmaker who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of science, theatre, politics, and design. Wired awarded her their inaugural Innovation Fellowship in 2014, and Icon Magazine recognized Dr. Ben Hayoun as one of the top 50 designers shaping the future for her pioneering “total bombardment” design philosophy. Her laboratory, NBH Studios, is on a mission to bring chaos to the world; she is the founder and director of the International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra of NASA space scientists and astronauts; and most recently she founded the University of the Underground, a subversive tuition-free educative and cultural program that is on course to create disorder in academia. Her award-winning projects include an immersive installation that imagines the experience of a sonic boom, a reclining chair simulating the three stages of a rocket launch, and two feature-length documentaries; the International Space Orchestra (IFFR 2013) and Disaster Playground (SXSW 2015). In 2018, Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun completed her 3rd documentary film, I Am (Not) a Monster. Her various roles include Chief of Experiences at WeTransfer, Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, advisor to the United Nations Virtual Reality Labs, and more. Dr. Ben Hayoun currently splits her time between London, Amsterdam, and New York City.

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