Justin is the Executive Director of the NYC Media Lab, where he works with university partners and corporate members to further the Lab's prominence in the media industry. The Lab is a public-private partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYU-Poly, and Columbia University that seeks to generate research, transfer knowledge, and foster talent development to advance New York City's media industry. Before working at the Lab, Justin was the VP for Business Development & Innovation for the Economist Group where he oversaw prototyping, testing, and commercializing new digital media business concepts.
Anirudh's interests lie in the area display technologies, projected interfaces, mixed reality, wearable computing, assistive technologies and open-source. Before going to MIT, Anirudh Sharma started the LeChal shoe project- haptic shoes for the blind mobility which got the MIT Tech Review TR35 ‘Innovator of the Year’ award. His venture Ducere manufactures the electronic shoe insoles for the visually impaired, featured on Techcrunch, BBC, WIRED as one the 10 most innovative wearable startups. Presently, Anirudh is working to spread the movement of anti-disciplinary learning, hands-on creation and design thinking all across India through the MIT Media Lab India Initiative. He leads the Design Innovation Workshop Series to provide platform for diverse communities including designers, artists, engineers, scientists and many more to come together and innovate, creating entrepreneurs and exploring social impact in the developing world. His work has been showcased at UIST, CHI, Aspen Ideas Festival and other HCI venues.