Hi, I'm Alexis Hope. I am a designer and researcher based at the MIT Media Lab and MIT Center for Civic Media. I also study Industrial & Furniture Design at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the North Bennet Street School.
What I’m up to lately:
Serving as Creative Director for the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” project, an effort to bring together a diverse community to hack technology, policy, and more in support of breastfeeding parents and babies
Serving as Creative Director for “All Hands on Deck,” an upcoming conference that will gather a global and interdisciplinary community of ocean explorers, organized by Katy Croff Bell and the MIT Open Ocean Initiative
Creating a tool for sculptural drawing in zero-gravity
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 with midwives and radiologists 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!
MIT Media Lab - Media Arts & Sciences, M.S. / PhD (in progress)
Massachusetts College of Art & Design - Industrial & Furniture Design
Northwestern University - Technology and Social Behavior (2011)
University of Washington - HCI; Human-Centered Design, B.S. / M.S
Cinthia Abundes & Geraldine Porras (National Autonomous University of Mexico) — Industrial Design Thesis: Redesigning the gynecological experience from a feminist perspective.
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)
TechX Summit: Introduction to Industrial Design
Media Lab S64: Technology and Social Change
Media Lab 600: Future of News and Participatory Media
Human-Centered Design & Engineering 318: User Experience Design
Computer Science & Engineering 440: Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Centered Design & Engineering 231: Technical Communication