AMA session

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Friday 11 December; 11:05-11:50 CET
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra is an author, consultant, public speaker, entrepreneur and designer living in London.

She wrote ‘Smarter Homes: how technology will change your home life’ (Apress, 2018) and her new book ‘Creating a Culture of Innovation’ is out later this year.

She is the founder of the Low Carbon Design Institute, a residency for creative people focused on climate change.

She ran the internet of things meetup in London for 8 years, one of the largest in the world and helped the community create BetterIoT, a free checklist to help founders and product managers make more ethical decisions.

She was the founder of the Good Night Lamp a connected product for global families included in the permanent collection of the London Design Museum as a key example of the internet of things.

She co-founded Tinker London, the first UK distributor of Arduino, the open source electronics education platform that kicked off the maker movement. Two of her projects are in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). She’s been included in the longlist of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech in the UK (2017, 2018 2019, 2020).

She studied industrial design at the University of Montréal and interaction design at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea.

AMA (Ask me Anything) session

Alexandra will talk about the coopting of maker culture by corporations and their approach to innovation work compared to the early maker community. It’s in one of the chapters in her new book Creating a Culture of Innovation