An entrepreneur by heart, a designer & biologist by training, & a maker for life, Cecilia Tham is dedicated to the creation of facilities, ecosystems, methodologies & techniques centered on open innovation. 

Cecilia received her education as an architect at Harvard University & her degree as a biologist at Emory University. She is a 4-times TEDx speaker, and has given talks at European Commission as well as IAM Fest, SHIFT, Open FAD & 4YFN. 

Currently, Cecilia is an adjunct professor at Parsons New School Strategic Design and Management & professor of Social Innovation Change at Toulouse Business School. She is  a product strategy expert at Google Developers Group & a certified Google Sprint Master & has mentored at Google Launchpad Barcelona, Startupbootcamp IoT & Data, & Harvard Innovation Lab.

The philosophy of MOB is that of a self-perpetuating, ever-evolving creativity loop

Cecilia has facilitated, trained, & enabled companies as well as universities on sustainable models for open innovation. She launched various businesses & start-ups in the form of working spaces where people are empowered to collaborate, create, & problem solve in all professional ventures.

As the founder of MOB, Makers of Barcelona, a meeting point for the innovative hipsters & the creative geeks in the Catalonian capital, she established a critical mass of local & international talents willing to collaborate & share resources & knowledge. In 2014 she also launched the first European FabCafe in Barcelona: part Coffee Shop, part Digital Fabrication Lab, it is the only place in Barcelona where you can laser-cut or 3D print, while you sip your Latte.

Cecilia has blazed a track record of innovation & inspiration. She embodies grace & style while  being passionate, accessible, & real. Centering her focus on building communities for innovation with a focus on design & technology, she’s a leading figure when it comes to shaping our future cities. 

Cecilia is also a Social Technologist at Alpha - an innovation facility based in Barcelona established by Telefonica to address some of the biggest problems in society by conceiving and delivering radical solutions and breakthrough technology.

Mark Bünger is a Research Director at Lux Research, the world’s premier research and advisory firm focusing on the business and economic impact of nanotechnology. Mark studied business at Mälardalen Polytechnic (Sweden) and the University of Texas at Austin, and studied and worked in neurology and bioengineering labs at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). His work has figured in leading business journals and other media outlets in the U.S. and Europe, including CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and other regional and trade publications.

Mark is an avid linguist, athlete and Maker. Across 40 countries, he has worked as a management consultant, technology analyst, and entrepreneur at Accenture, Forrester Research, and several startups. He is a co-inventor on three patents (one pending), and is the cofounder of the leading online promotional currency company, SoftCoin, which manages multimillion-dollar campaigns for clients such as Kodak, Proctor & Gamble, Frito-Lay, and Nokia. He has served as Chairman and Vice-Chair of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, both on the regional and national level.

Mark has over 20 years of business strategy experience as a management consultant and technology analyst. With his current role as Vice President of Research at Lux Research, he focusses on strategic planning and advanced technologies in bio-, aero-, and energy domains. Care to explore the future impact of nanotechnology? Let Mark lead the way.

MOB Barcelona: How collaborative workspaces drive creative thinking - Skyword

You probably didn’t need to read the data to recognize that our world is shrinking. More likely than not, you’d already noticed—even if anecdotally. Thanks in part to the nature of social media networks, the availability of options for traveling the world, and the increasingly global nature of business today, people are more connected than ever before. Today, the person who has the knowledge or idea you need isn’t thousands of miles away. They might not even be one click away. More likely than not, they’re sitting next to you—in the flesh.

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IAM Talks : Cecilia Tham - Makers of Barcelona : Post-Work - IAM Weekend 17: The Renaissance of Utopias

This talk was part of the Post-Work session of IAM Weekend 17 celebrated in Barcelona, on April 27-30, 2017