December 2014 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 3 years ago

Happy Holidays from the MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellows Program! Here are some updates from our Fellows as we wrap up 2014:

Khalida Brohi is working with The Brahui Academy to organize the first ever International Conference on Brahui Language and Culture in Islamabad, Pakistan. The event will be in January 2015 and will focus on the preservation of Khalida’s native Brahui culture and language, which was declared an endangered language by UNESCO in 2010. Find out more about the conference here.

Joyce Kim spoke at Above All Human, Australia’s leading innovation conference. Her talk focused on her company Stellar, which is developing cryptocurrency to create a common financial platform at a global level. Read more about Joyce and Stellar’s impact on the world’s financial system here.

Citizen Koch, a film that Gillian Caldwell produced, is a semi-finalist for an Academy Award for best documentary. It’s about the corruptive force of money in American politics. Watch it by buying the DVD or digital version here or on Netflix!

Sultan Al Qassemi was listed as the 12th most followed person by world leaders on Twitter! Read what Sultan has to tweet about on his feed.

Marko Ahtisaari curated the Product Design track at Slush, a gathering of 14,000 entrepreneurs in Helsinki bridging Asia and Europe. This track was made up of 20 designers and founders who shared their road to success, including MIT Media Lab student Nadya Peek. Marko also led an interview on leadership with maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer and conductor of the London Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate of the LA Philharmonic. Catch up on their discussion by watching the interview.

Katy Croff Bell and Ocean Exploration Trust hosted a two-day conference on exploring the deep sea with ocean archaeologists, late-night shark diving professors, and experts from NOAA, Bob Ballard who discovered the Titanic. The findings from the conference will be shared soon.

Maurice Ashley is raising money to fund a documentary about Millionaire Chess Open. See the campaign and support it here.