To understand the world, we have to look at it from different perspectives
My name is Sophie. For the last 10 years I have been building interdisciplinary networks and collaborations in design, art, research and technology. I find new ideas and talent with a creative approach to technology. My most recent initiative is DART 17, a testing lab and incubator for interactive projects:www.dart17.com
Next is now. The only way we can stay ahead and create a future we all want to live in is by working together across industries and disciplines. Targeted thinkers should combine forces with divergent thinkers – those who experiment in the wide open space, who professionally wander, who are comfortable being uncomfortable.
Interactive technologies are leading the growth of the creative economy. A new creative incubator was needed for university projects and startups with an interdisciplinary approach, a space for experimentation but with access to the industry. Arijana Walcott and I raised $250,000 for a pilot year to start DART17.
Mindmaze, is a MedTech startup combining EEG, virtual environment and machine learning for neuro-rehabilitation. I developed a strategic positioning at a consumer oriented conference. The potential for the entertainment market attracted major investors. Mindmaze has a pre-money valuation of $1 billion.
Artanim created a location-based VR technology in combination with motion capturing. I helped position Artanim in the US to build valuable partnerships. This lead to the creation of Dreamscape Immersive with a flagship VR Multiplex in LA backed by Warner Bros., AMC and key people like Steven Spielberg, Yves Behar and Hans Zimmer.
2013, I featured Faceshift’s motion capture technology for the first time in a US exhibition at swissnex San Francisco through an artistic work. Media design students, today spatial story studio Apelab, demonstrated the technology in a compelling way. Apple acquired the startup in 2015. Today we see their dynamic emoji technology on all Iphone X .
Switzerland at Pier 17
Switzerland is testing a new form of diplomacy in San Francisco by bringing government entities with universities, startups, corporations and artists under one roof. As swissnex's Associate director I played a key role in transforming the historic Pier into an interdisciplinary hub, developed new Swiss and US partnerships and helped leading the team into this experiment.
Bot Like Me
I co-created the ‘Bot Like Me’ symposium to bring together designers, engineers, researchers and artists to discuss the growing intimacy we have with algorithms and smart machines. The exhibition by !Mediengruppe Bitnik and the symposium toured from the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris to swissnex San Francisco and the EPFL ArtLab in Lausanne.