About

About

 
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Hi, I'm Alexis Hope. I am a designer and researcher based at the MIT Media Lab and MIT Center for Civic Media. I am also a part of the Industrial Design community at Massachusetts College of Art & Design

TEN FWD is the home of my creative practice. I focus on creating playful, experimental objects and experiences with a combination of design research, digital tools, and hand fabrication. TEN FWD's flagship project is FOLD, an open publishing platform that helps people and organizations tell complex stories in a visually striking way. As part of TEN FWD, I also work with Facebook's Connectivity Lab to prototype novel experiences that encourage face-to-face interaction and connection.

My earlier work focused on technology for global health. Prior to joining MIT, I led a project to develop a portable, low-cost 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 methods to technology design. As part of my commitment to participatory design, I help organize unique hackathons and civic technology workshops around the world.

In my free time, I make musictake pictures, tinker with electronics, and watch too much Star Trek. 

P.S. I welcome opportunities to provide mentorship and am always happy to help peopleβ€”particularly women and people of colorβ€”think through issues at the intersection of personal and career development. Feel free to get in touch with me if you think I can be helpful!
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Education

Massachusetts College of Art - Industrial Design Certificate (in progress)

MIT Media Lab - Media Arts & Sciences, M.S., PhD (in progress)

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

 

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