Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists.
With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages, publishing editions in twenty languages. Through Global Voices and through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Zuckerman is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces.
Poseidon is currently developing crowdsensing water sensors for citizens and urban planning tools for governments at MIT Media Lab, and his research interests are Augmented Reality, Tangible Interface and Sensing Across Species.
Poseidon was originally a business student. After attending 12 hackathons from different cities, he became fascinated by the power of hacking and started to learn software, hardware, and design and to organize community workshops, meetups, and hackathons.
Postdoctoral Researcher of Object Based Media and Synthetic Neurobiology at MIT Media Lab
Nickolaos Savidis shares a postdoctoral fellowship between Object Based Media and Synthetic Neurobiology. Nickolaos Savidis completed a PhD in Optical Engineering from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona on advanced wavefront correction mechanisms coupled with optofluidic systems. After graduating he joined a subsidiary of Novartis researching the advancement of medical devices and new metrology techniques. He then returned to academia joining as a postdoctoral fellow to produce integrated optical devices for imaging purposes.
Nickolaos Savidis has been supporting the MoboWater project by developing hardware platforms for personal electronic devices. Cell phones and tablets are the current targeted mobile electronic devices. The prototypes enable water sensing on mobile devices when coupled with in house software developed for phones and tablets.