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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 TEN FWD, a design studio focused on creating playful digital experiences. TEN FWD's flagship project is FOLD, an open publishing platform originally 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