CHIEF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OFFICE AT THE SHED. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND FOUNDER, PLAYFUL SYSTEMS. MIT MEDIA LAB.
Keynote speaker category: Algorithms, Biotechnology, Games, Artificial intelligence, Collaboration, Technology, Design, Innovation, Culture and Technology. Keynote speaker topics: How Algorithms Shape Our World, Cities, Data, and Stories, Big Data, The link between technology and creativity.
Kevin Slavin -
Chief Science and Technology Officer of The Shed and Professor at MIT Media Lab. Kevin Slavin has built renowned projects and companies at the intersections of entertainment, games, big data, next generation technologies and design.
Kevin is also a serial entrepreneur with a brilliant mind. In his work he explores the relationship between technology, science, and culture with ease and sophistication. He is widely admired for his creativity and vision and he is a mastermind behind ideas, projects, and companies that are transforming culture, design, media and entertainment. He does this by using big data, next-generation technologies, and the frontiers of science.
His popular TED talk, “How Algorithms Shape Our World,” (see above) has been viewed almost four million times, figuring prominently in spaces ranging from classroom instruction to ads for Apple's iPad and sparking documentaries and primetime TV episodes. With his characteristic wit and intelligence, he noted—long before the headlines—the expanding space in our lives that’s determined and run by algorithms. From Netflix recommendations to Wall Street stock trading, he explains the scope of their influence and how we can survive and thrive in the new landscape that these technologies have formed.
Currently Kevin is the Chief Science and Technology Officer of The Shed (New York City’s first multi-arts centre for artistic invention scheduled to open in April 2019). The Shed is a 500 million dollar capital project that commissions, produces, and presents a range of performing and visual arts as well as popular culture. Through his creative leadership, he has integrated technology and science into cultural forms: everything that will excite and stimulate the experience of the 21st century visitor. To cultivate this cultural and design vision, he has worked with some of the most advanced technologists and scientists in the US.
He worked at MIT's Media Lab between 2013 and 2017 where he was the Faculty and Founder of Playful Systems group, he still retains the title of Research Affiliate. At Playful systems, he translated the complex systems of today’s technology into games, stories and narratives. He has focused on everything from board games to urban metagenomics. While in this capacity, he has worked with the Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley,MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Mori Building Corporation and the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Kevin is also the Founding editor of the MIT Press Journal of Design and Science, and an advisor to startups as well as MoMA’s design department and HBO’s Westworld. He also serves on the board of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where he was Vice-Chair between 2014 and 2016. His work at the Media Lab has been featured in Wired, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Discovery.
Founding Chief Science and Technology Officer at The Shed (NY)
Faculty and Founder - Playful Systems Group, MIT Media Lab. Feb 2013 - May 2017
Co-Founder - Everybody at Once. April 2013 - Sep 2015.