Nicolas Nova

Principal at Near Future Laboratory and Professor at HEAD Geneva

Nicolas Nova is a writer, ethnographer, and a consultant at the Near Future Laboratory. He is also Professor at the Geneva University of Arts and Design (HEAD).

He undertakes field studies to inform and evaluate the creation of innovative products and services. His work is about exploring and understanding people’s needs, motivations and contexts to map new design opportunities and help designers and engineers. Nicolas applies this in the domains of video games, mobile and location-based media as well as networked objects/robots. He lectures and leads workshops on the intersections of art, design, technology and the near-future possibilities for new social-technical interaction rituals.

Nicolas has given talks and exhibited his emerging technology projects, designs and concepts in venues such SXSW, AAAS, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and the design week in Milano, the Institute for the Future, the the MIT Medialab, the Annenberg Center for Communication (Los Angeles). He holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and has been a visiting researcher at the Art Center School of Design (Pasadena).

He is finally curator for Lift Conference, a series of international events about digital culture and innovation.


Introduction to the session "Making Sense of Technology" given at Lift16: