NASA Datanaut, Dr. Kate Stone, spends her time thinking of new and different ways to “hack” paper. Blending creativity and science, she creates a strange and compelling alchemy, transmuting everyday materials into unfamiliar and magical experiences. Dr. Stone introduced her Sonicposters to our Space Apps Data Bootcamp participants last year in NYC, and taught a workshop on paper and technology. She’s featured on the Space Apps 2015 Data Bootcamp Communications and Storytelling Panel. After Space Apps, she signed on as one of our Datanaut founding class members and helped us design the Starry Night Journal, which will be made available to the future Datanauts who can host mini-making/hacking events in their communities.
We’re pleased to have Dr. Stone contributing her talents to NASA’s Space Apps Data Bootcamp 2016 at the Pasadena main stage.
When she’s not engaged with spacey adventures with NASA, Dr. Stone is off creating experiments with all sorts of ways to hack paper into awe-inspiring multidimensional explorations to showcase the human side of complex technologies. She founded Novalia, an innovative tech agency that blends creativity and science to transmute everyday materials into unfamiliar and magical experiences. She’s given presentations and workshops all over the world and worked with Google, Disney, The UN, and British Council.
Dr. Stone grew up in many countries: the UK, Sultanate of Oman, and Brunei, and spent her early 20s in Australia. She seeks and finds inspiration in every person place or thing she encounters, and is always looking for a new perspective on the supposedly ordinary.
1) Many Datanauts have an inner space geek - what attracts you to the world of data and technology?
Data and technology are like the cogs and strings on the inside of everything we see around us, playing with technology lets me pull those strings and turn the cogs such that magical things start to happen, technology lets my inner child continue to play.
2) How are you applying the use of data in your work?
Working with an advertising agency and Google, we created the world’s first poster that collects data every time someone touches it. The posters appeared at the end of summer 2015 in coffee shops and on bus shelters around San Francisco, and passersby could touch the poster to vote on which charity Google should give $5 million dollars to in the Bay Area.
Power comes from not who you know or what you know; it comes from what you know about who you know.
3) What does it take to create a vibrant data problem-solving community?
4) What's an exciting data or technology opportunity right now to solve a specific challenge?
I find it challenging to see beyond what I do in my own little world—I am absorbed and obsessed with removing the last veneer of technology that comes between a user and our digital world. I want to use conductive ink to empower beautiful everyday objects as portals to our digital environment… so the exciting technology is conductive ink, and the specific challenge is to create immersive, intuitive and emotional connections between people, and between things and people.
NASA Datanaut Community Manager