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Hi, I'm Alexis Hope. I am a designer, technologist, and research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and Center for Civic Media. I currently serve as the Creative Director for FOLD, an open publishing platform developed at MIT to help journalists, educators, and organizations tell complex stories. Prior to joining MIT, I led a project to develop a portable ultrasound machine for midwives in Kenya, Uganda, and Seattle. 

I was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2012 - 2015, focusing on bringing human-centered and participatory research methodologies to technology design. As part of this work, I helped organize unique hackathons and civic technology workshops around the world.

In my free time, I sing in a band, play guitar, take pictures, tinker with electronics, and watch too much Star Trek. 



MIT Media Lab - Media Arts & Sciences, M.S.

University of Washington - HCI; Human-Centered Design, B.S., M.S


Honors & Awards

MIT Graduate Woman of Excellence, 2015.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2012-2015.

Shobe Entrepreneurship Prize, 2011

UW Society of Women Engineers Outstanding Graduate Female, 2011.

HCDE Leadership and Engagement Award. 2010, 2012.

Sakson Diversity in Engineering Scholarship 2009–2010.


Teaching Experience

HCDE 418: User Experience Design

CSE 440: Human-Computer Interaction

HCDE 231: Technical Communication

MAS.600: Future of News and Participatory Media