Abi Bush

Abi works as Technical Advisor for Field Ready, an NGO seeking to revolutionize the delivery of aid through local manufacturing. In 2016 she headed Field Ready’s operations in Nepal, working through numerous partnerships with NGO’s, maker spaces and industrial scale manufacturers to investigate how local manufacturing can best benefit the earthquake response.

Abi Bush

Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds (1966) is a British author of science fiction novels, as well as more than sixty pieces of shorter fiction, ranging in length from vignettes of a few hundred words to works that are almost short novels in their own right. His huge career-retrospective ‘best of’ appeared in 2016, marking more than a quarter of a century of publication. Before Reynolds became a full-time writer, he was a scientist on astronomy and astrophysics, spending most of his time working in and around the European Space Agency. Unsurprisingly his fiction is strongly informed by his experience as a scientist. Reynolds will present his latest book at Border Sessions 2017.

Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) left a teaching position as a professor and clinical psychologist in a Nigerian university to pursue “a small and intense life” outside the highways of the familiar, outside of fences. Author, speaker, poet, lover and father, he is Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, whose core question is “What if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis?”

Bayo Akomolafe

Beth Healey

Beth is a UK trained doctor who has recently returned from Antarctica where she was working as research MD for the European Space Agency at spaceflight analogue Concordia ‘White Mars’. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of Expedition Medicine with an interest in polar environments she has worked as part of logistical and medical support teams for ski mountaineering expeditions and endurance races in Svalbard, Greenland, Siberia and at the North Pole.

Beth Healey

Bob Hendrikx

The technology to fight climate change is there, but then how come not everyone is using it? In this frustration lies the passion of Bob Hendrikx. This TU Delft Architecture student is eager to make sustainable housing accessible for everyone.

Bob Hendrikx

Charles Stross

Charles Stross, 52, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella, Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages. At Border Sessions he will present his most recent novel, ‘Empire Games’, which has been published by Tor in January 2017.

Charles Stross

Henriette Bier

After graduating in architecture (1998) from the Technical University Karlsruhe, Henriette Bier has worked with Morphosis (1999-2001) on internationally relevant projects in the US and EU. She has taught digitally-driven design (2002-03) at universities in EU and since 2004 she mainly teaches and researches at the Technical University Delft (TUD) with focus on digitally-driven architecture. She is initiator and leader of the Robotic Building group and founding member of Delft Robotics Institute.

Henriette Bier

Ikuo Yamamoto

Ikuo Yamamoto is professor at Nagasaki University, Japan (Graduate School of Engineering, Medical Science, and Organization for Marine Science & Technology).
Yamamoto has worked at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, JAMSTEC and as professor at Kyushu, Kitakyushu, and Nagasaki University. He was the leader of AUV ‘Urashima’, which established the world record for autonomous cruising in 2005 and developed ‘Kaiko, Suibot, Seabot, Raybot’, which was crowned champion at the World Convention four times. Yamamoto is the inventor of the first life-like robotic fish, seabream. His robotic fish took his first swim in the International Space Station in 2009. Over the past few years he developed over 16 type robotic fish, such as dolphins, shark rays, carps and tuna.

Ikuo Yamamoto

Iohanna Nicenboim

Iohanna Nicenboim is a design researcher, focused on connected objects and their interactions in everyday life. Inspired by complex socio-technical systems and scientific imaginary, she explores poetical interactions with technology. She creates speculative futures and alternative presents in different scales and formats. Her practice often overlaps design, social science, and data; showing a critical and provocative approach towards technology, and the way it relates to society.

Iohanna Nicenboim

Joanna Bronowicka

Joanna Bronowicka is the Director at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights and a sociologist who conducted research on human rights, digitisation, migration, social movements and political participation. Before joining the CIHR, she had worked for the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation in Poland, where she contributed to the development of Polish digital strategies and policies. She had also previously worked as a journalist at Thomson Reuters in Warsaw, as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and as a consultant for migrant NGOs in Warsaw, Paris, and Boston.

Joanna Bronowicka

Keith Evan Green

Keith Evan Green is professor of design and mechanical engineering at Cornell University (USA). His research focuses on addressing problems and opportunities of an increasingly digital society by developing meticulous, artfully-designed, robotic artifacts at larger scale. For Green, the built environment—furniture to metropolis—is the next frontier of computing. Keith Evan Green will present his latest book ‘Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes and Biology’.

Keith Evan Green

Lana Swartz

Lana Swartz was a post-doctoral researcher at the Social Media Collective of Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Today she is an assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Most of her research is about money and other communication technologies. At Border Sessions, Swartz will talk about her co-edited book Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff.

Lana Swartz

Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell is a writer based in Dublin. His book, To Be a Machine: Encounters With a Post-Human Future, will be published this year.

He is Slate’s books columnist, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Page-Turner” blog; his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Observer, and The Independent. He is also the author of the Kindle Single Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever (Byliner/The Millions).

He has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and in 2013 his academic monograph on the work of the novelist John Banville, John Banville’s Narcissistic Fictions, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow from 2011 to 2012 at Trinity College, where he taught contemporary literature.

Mark O’Connell

Martine van den Heuvel-Greve

Mrs. Van den Heuvel-Greve holds an MSc in Marine Biology with a specialisation in Ecotoxicology. Her research is focused on effects of human activities on estuarine and marine environments. She is a project leader since 2002 coordinating both scientific projects and advice to government and industry. She conducted multiple field work expeditions in polar regions (both Antarctica and Svalbard). She coordinates Arctic Research & Development within Wageningen University & Research.

Martine van den Heuvel-Greve

Peter Frase

Peter Frase is a member of the editorial board of Jacobin magazine. He writes on technology, labor, and politics. During Border Sessions he will present his first book, Four Futures, Life after capitalism, about the use of robots in our society and its opportunities and threats in the future. Or as the Guardian headlined its review: will robots bring utopia or terror?

Peter Frase

Ryan Avent

Ryan Avent is a senior editor and economics columnist at The Economist, whose works has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian among other places. After getting his his economics degree from North Carolina State University and an MCs in economic history from the London School of Economics, Avent became and economi consultant and industry analyst for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. His newest book The Wealth of Humans: Work and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century has been translated to Dutch as Werk in de 21e eeuw, published by Nieuw Amsterdam.

Ryan Avent