Despina Papadopoulos


Despina Papadopoulos is a designer, strategist and teacher and the founder of Principled Design, a design and development studio based in NYC. Her work is focused in the process of turning ideas into tangible artifacts and exploring the relationship between tools, making and the role and definition of design in today’s world.

She has developed wearables and e-textiles based applications for major corporations around the word for over 18 years. She also works closely with organizations to help them define their mission, map their process and uncover new opportunities – this always involves an acute investigation into the relationship between people, process and technology. She is equally passionate about theory and practice and in finding appropriate solutions. Mostly, she is interested in creating new frameworks for thinking and making and this interest has taken her to many different directions and some very fulfilling collaborations. She is adjunct faculty at NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program and founding faculty at SVA’s MFA Design for Social Innovation.


Ruchika Muchhala


Ruchika is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed two feature length documentaries, along with various short documentaries and nonfiction series for television and digital platforms as well as for nonprofit clients. She also has extensive experience facilitating media workshops with various community media initiatives such as WITNESS, Video Volunteers, Women Aloud Video Empowerment, SAYA, to name a few. Ruchika is passionate about using citizen journalism and participatory media as a methodology to collect and synthesize research to tell stories with communities rather than for them. Ruchika has a B.A in Film/Video and Sociology from The University of Michigan and a MFA in Design for Social Innovation at The School of Visual Arts. Ruchika is the founder of Third Kulture Media and works with clients as a hybrid design researcher, media trainer/ facilitator and documentary filmmaker.