Mischa Schaub, Conference Chair ( Hyperwerk Institute of Postindustrial Design, Basel, Switzerland )
Mischa Schaub is currently the Director for the Hyperperk Institute of Post Industrial Design HGK FHNW, where he founded the Plexwerk program and is also a member of the tryplex team. Schaub headed the campus exhibition for the 2007 Ars Electronica in Linz and is the founder of acar2 as well. During his time at Hyperwerk, he has concurrently held postions as President for salm2 as well as the President for MetaWorx. Prior to Hyperwerk he worked as director of HyperStudio in Basel, was a visiting professor at UdK, Berlin.
Schaub has also held a diverse set of posts in the professional world along with his recent academic background. Schaub worked for ZKM Karlsruhe; was the director for the Design Research Agency, Basel and has worked for the Omega watch design, CI design for Z & L, Zuerich as well. He was a sculptor at SfG Basel and Kunstakademie Duesseldorf in his early career. Schaub studied Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art, London.
Amit Bapat, Conference Co-Chair ( Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., USA )
Amit Bapat is an Interaction Designer + Design Manager, exploring the combination of social, economic and environmental capital with good design. His well balanced perspective in design results from a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. Bapat currently works as an User Experience Designer at Avvo Inc., Seattle. He is currently in completion of his MFA in Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. He previously earned a BE in Electronic and Telecommunications from India.
Bapat is into planted aquariums ( has 2 so far! ) and likes to swim in his free time. He keeps himself busy either designing websites, watching hulu or reading the GOOD Magazine.
Leslie Marticke, Conference Co-Chair ( Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., USA )
Leslie Marticke, is a graduate candidate in Design Management at the Savannah College of Art and Design, a native of Indiana, an obsessed dog lover, a passionate foodie, and an Italian at heart. Her main interests lie in the advocacy of just food through engagement and education as well as healthcare innovation. Her thesis uses the principles and methods of Design Management to offer a critique of Slow Food, both as an international movement and organization. Through the analysis of nearby chapters in the southeast region of the United States ( Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta ), she hopes to establish a system of metrics to evaluate the positive social, economic, and environmental impacts for cities and communities with an active Slow Food presence.
Billie Jean Curvan, Team Leader ( Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., USA )
Billiejean is a recent Master of Arts recipient in Design Management from Savannah College of Art and Design is Savannah Georgia. Her professional experience has ranged from creative recruiting to international liasion for transition projects in Canada and Mumbai. While in her MA program she’s focused her efforts on analyzing cross cultural collaborative dynamics and and its application to small business structures. She is currently using her expertise and enthusiam for design in this context with Starbucks’ International design team in New York City.