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.
P.S. I welcome opportunities to provide mentorship and am always happy to help people—particularly women and people of color—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!
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
Honors & Awards
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2012-2015)
Shobe Entrepreneurship Prize (2011)
HCDE Leadership and Engagement Award (2010, 2012)
Sakson Diversity in Engineering Scholarship (2009–2010)
HCDE 418: User Experience Design
CSE 440: Human-Computer Interaction
HCDE 231: Technical Communication
MAS.S64: Technology and Social Change
What I'm up to lately!