Our amazing lineup of art, science and technology speakers and panelists is curated by Piero Scaruffi of the 4th Life Art Science Technology (LAST) Festival

The Paseo Public Prototyping Festival is delighted to partner with the 4th LAST Festival to present talks by luminaries on cutting-edge technology and science, along with interdisciplinary panels on the social impacts of science and technology.

Browse the lists of speakers below and be sure to arrive by 11am on Saturday, April 8th to experience all of our amazing speakers, panels, and talks on the SJSU Hammer Theatre Center’s main stage.

The event is free and open to the public.

Piero Scaruffi

Piero Scaruffi has a background in Math, Physics, A.I. and Cognitive Science and, but now he is mostly a cultural historian. His most recent books are “Thinking about Thought”, “Intelligence is not Artificial” and “Human 2.0”, but he has also written extensively about (un)popular music. He is the founder of both the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASERs) and of the Life Art Science Tech (LAST) Festival.

Maya Ackerman

Maya Ackerman teaches Computational Creativity and Machine Learning at San Jose State University. Her work has been featured on NBC Mach and New Scientist, and her research appears at top academic venues, including AAAI, NIPS, IJCAI, and JMLR.

Lisa Winter

Lisa Winter has been designing and building robots for 20 years and is a pioneer of the Internet of Things movement. She has competed in all U.S. Robot Wars and BattleBots competitions since 1996. She is currently developing a smart wearable baby monitor at Mattel.

Fabiola Hanna

Fabiola Hanna, an artist from Lebanon who is currently at UC Santa Cruz, is a thinker, artist, documentarian and interactive-media programmer. She explores ideas that might strengthen communities through art and technology. Her current work is about post-colonial activism in relation to ideological constructs of history, nation, community and political struggle.

Drew Endy

Drew Endy, director of the Endy Lab for Synthetic Biology at Stanford, and president of the BioBricks Foundation, was named by Esquire magazine as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. Drew’s students pioneered the redesign of genomes and invented the transcriptor, a simple DNA element that allows living cells to implement Boolean logic (i.e. to become computers). He helped start the newest engineering major, bioengineering, at both MIT and Stanford.

Melissa Day

Melissa Day is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, currently at San Jose State University. Her recent work explores the role of singing in civic engagement, deepening dialogue among potentially insular groups. Day is currently building a “Wall of Song” with artist Michael Namkung, a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Mark Stephen Meadows

Mark Stephen Meadows has worked in A.I., especially with chatbots (from IBM Watson to Amazon Alexa), virtual reality (he is currently building conversational avatars or “emotional user interfaces”), and cryptocurrencies, but has also been artist-in-residence at Xerox PARC. His books include “I, Avatar” and “We, Robot”.

Rosanna Guadagno

Rosanna Guadagno is a social psychologist who conducts research at Stanford’s Peace Innovation Lab and who teaches Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. She was previously at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior at UC Santa Barbara and served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation for three programs. Her work has been widely published in scholarly journals and covered by mass media. Her forthcoming book is “Why We Click: The Psychology of Social Media.”

Susana Ruiz

Susana Ruiz, an artist who has exhibited worldwide and whose work traverses the intersections of cinema, games, art, ethics and activism, teaches film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz, specializing in games as forms of activism and art. She co-founded the award-winning studio Take Action Games (TAG), situated at the confluence of game design, participatory culture, social justice, and transmedia storytelling.

Rieko Yajima

Rieko Yajima is conducting research on applying design thinking to science and society, at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University. Yajima was elected to the Global Young Academy that encourages young scientists from around the world to address topics of global importance. She is currently a principal investigator on a project called The Empathy Mirror, which is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences Keck Futures Initiative.

Chris McKay

Chris McKay is a Planetary Scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames. His current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is also actively involved in planning Mars missions including human exploration. Chris been involved in research in Mars-like environments on Earth, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys, Siberia, the Canadian Arctic, and the Atacama desert to study life in these Mars-like environments. He is the deputy program scientist for Constellation, the NASA program for future human exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Daniel Kottke

Daniel Kottke was a college friend of Steve Jobs and one of the first employees of Apple.

Tenaya Hurst

Tenaya Hurst is the education accounts manager for Arduino (a key factor in the open-source movement, the Makers movement and the Internet of Things), and she is the CEO of Rogue Making that specializes in wearable technology.

Andrew Blanton

Andrew Blanton, a media artist and percussionist, teaches digital media art and data visualization at San Jose State University while conducting research at UT Dallas’ ArtSciLab.

Meredith Drum

Meredith Drum, a New York-based video and animation artist, often collaborates with dancers, architects, writers, urban planners, computer programmers and scientists on location-based public projects and augmented reality apps (including kinesthetic Augmented Reality iOS apps). With artist Rachel Stevens, she co-created The Oyster City Project, a constellation of events (including augmented reality and games) that draw attention to urban planning, neighborhood life, politics, economics and environment.

David McConville

David McConville, a media artist and scholar, is co-chairman of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, an organization facilitating convergences across design, art, science, and technology to address complex global challenges, and a co-founder of the Elumenati, a design and engineering firm specializing in immersive visualizations.

Steve Omohundro

Steve Omohundro is on the advisory boards of several AI and Blockchain companies. His research focuses on beneficial intelligent technologies. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford and Berkeley. He invented many machine learning algorithms, and built systems that learn to read lips, control robots, and induce grammars.

Meredith Tromble

Meredith Tromble is an artist and writer who has been artist-in-residence at the Complexity Sciences Center at UC Davis since 2011 and teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her ongoing collaboration with UCD geobiologist Dawn Sumner, the interactive 3-D art installation “Dream Vortex,” has been presented internationally. Tromble is also the co-editor, with Charissa Terranova, of “The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art & Architecture” (2016).

Genevieve Erin O’Brien

Genevieve Erin O’Brien is a Queer Vietnamese/Irish/American artist, culinary adventurer, community organizer, and educator. O’Brien uses performance, video, and installation to explore notions of “home” and “homeland.” Her conceptual and durational performances, one-woman shows, installations, and videos have been presented at galleries and public venues both nationally and internationally.

John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of “public” by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place.

Andy Cunningham

Andy Cunningham led the team at Regis McKenna that launched Macintosh working closely with Steve Jobs. When Jobs left Apple to form Next and acquire Pixar, he chose Andy’s new public relations agency to represent him. Andy Cunningham has defined other Fortune 500 high-tech brands such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Motorola. In addition to founding two successful communication consultancies (Cunningham Communication and CXO Communication), she played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories including desktop publishing with Adobe, Aldus and Apple; video games with Atari and Electronic Arts; digital imaging with Kodak; RISC microprocessors with IBM and Motorola; software as a service with HP; very light jets with Eclipse Aviation; and clean tech investing with VantagePoint Venture Partners. She serves on the following nonprofit boards: The Aspen Institute; Computer History Museum; Peninsula Open Space Trust; and ZERO1, which she founded.

Nathaniel Ober

Nathaniel Ober is an artist whose work crosses disciplines from installation and performance, to video and sound. In 2009 he moved to New Delhi, India to serve as Program Director of Visual Communication and Interactive Media Design at Raffles Millennium International, later transferring to the Raffles Design Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Nathaniel’s current research is focused on astronomy and astrophysics.

Xiaowei Wang

Xiaowei Wang is a designer working at the intersection of participatory geography and design computation. Wang’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Beijing Design Week’s Advanced Computational Research exhibition and HkW, Berlin. Wang’s recent projects include a geospatial drone strike platform for the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism, and The Nomad, The Technologist, a design fiction centered on urban growth in Mongolia.