Carla is available for public speaking engagements and can talk about the following subjects:

  • Making Meaningful Design with the Internet of Things
  • How Our Robots Will Charm Us (And Why We Want Them To)
  • Tangible Storytelling Through 3D Printing and Communities
  • The Rise of the Design Lab: Hacking and Making in a Professional Environment

Past speaking engagements have included:

(Upcoming) BUILDING IoT Conference, Keynote Speaker
Cologne, Germany, May 3, 2017

(Upcoming) TEDxBRUSSELS “No Limits”
Brussels, Belgium, March 6, 2017

STANFORD UNIVERSITY HCI Seminar,
“Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective”, December 2, 2016

AAAI Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Fall Symposium, Invited speaker

“Debating AI vs Design” with Dr. Wendy Ju, Arlington, VA, November 17, 2016

TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast
Game Show Contestant, September 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LONG BEACH, Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series
“Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective”, May 5, 2016

TEDYOUTH 2015

JACOBS DESIGN CONVERSATIONS, Berkeley University, Invited Speaker
“Robotics In Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective”, January 29, 2016

RISD & BROWN HUMAN CENTERED ROBOTICS INITIATIVE, Invited Speaker
“Design Futuring”, March 9, 2016

REASONS TO BE CREATIVE 2015
“Exploring the Near Future Through Hacking and Making”, September 7, 2015

DCONSTRUCT 2015
“Designing the Future Through Tangible Storytelling”, September 11, 2015

CREATIVE MORNINGS NYC
“Embracing a Robotic Future”, May 8, 2015

COOPER HEWITT MUSEUM, “Robot Invasion: Are Smart Products Running Your Life?”
“Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective”, February 27, 2015

COOPER HEWITT MUSEUM, Design Kids Workshop Series
Prototyping a Simple Robot: workshop for kids age 5 and up, April 11 & 18, 2015

MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART, MFA Graphic Design Lecture Series
“Embracing the Future Through Making, Technology and Creativity” , April 8, 2015

TEDxBANGAGLORE, India
“Bringing Meaning to Technology Through Storytelling”, August 3, 2014

CONNECTING: MAKERS ONLINE FILM
Featured commentary

THE VERGE: THE FUTURE IS NOW, ONLINE SERIES
Featured profile

UX LONDON 2014
“Making Meaning in an Internet of Things” talk, May 30, 2014
“E-Sketching for Interaction Prototyping” 3- hour workshop May 30, 2014

O’REILLY WEBCAST
“Behind the Scenes of LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing”, April 30, 2014

MAKERCON 2014
Panelist, “Robots Among Us” and “Changing Design: The Internet of Things and Product Development”, May 14, 2014

MAKER FAIRE BAY AREA 2014
“Behind the Scenes of LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing”, May 17, 2014
“Connecting:Makers Maker Faire Premiere”, May 18, 2014

GE DESIGN CONFERENCE 2014
Panelist, “Industrial Internet and the Internet of Things”, May 13, 2014

ROBOTS AND NEW MEDIA, Berkeley University, CA
“Design and Aesthetic In Robotics for Everyday Life”, April 4, 2014

FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY
“How Our Robots Will Charm Us (And Why We Want Them To)”, Celebrity Lecture Series, February 20, 2014

MOORE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
“Smart Design: Data-Driven, Good Looking Interior Design and Architecture”, October 18, 2013

WOMEN INNOVATE MOBILE, APPLE STORE SOHO, New York, NY
Presenter and panelist “Meet the Innovators: Digital Life”, October 16, 2013

VISIBLE FUTURES LAB AT SVA, New York, NY
Artist talk and joint residency kickoff, with Emilie Baltz, October 4, 2013

WEBVISIONS CHICAGO, Chicago, IL
Keynote, “Making Meaningful Design with the Internet of Things”, September 28, 2013

MAKER FAIRE NYC 2013, Queens, NY
Panel organizer and speaker, Live Stage, “3D Printing and the Future of Design Education” , September 22, 2013

MAKER FAIRE NYC 2013, Queens, NY
Speaker, Live Stage, “Designing Friendly Robots: Looks Do Matter!”, September 21, 2013
Speaker, Innovation Stage, “The Rise of the Design Lab, Hacking and Making in a Professional Environment”, September 22, 2013

MAKE HARDWARE INNOVATION WORKSHOP, Queens, NY
Session speaker, “Design and the Internet of Things”, September 18, 2013

SKETCHING IN HARDWARE 2013, Xerox PARC, CA
Speaker, “Building an Interaction Lab”, July 19, 2013

GIGAOM INTERNET OF THINGS PODCAST
Interview, “How to design a connected device that isn’t a jerk, plus IoT’s recipe for success”, May 23, 2013

WEBVISIONS PDX, Portland, Oregon
Keynote, “Making Meaningful Design with the Internet of Things”, May 24, 2013

SXSW INTERACTIVE, Austin, Texas
Participant, video-recorded roundtable at G.E.’s “Brilliant Brunch”, March 2013

NYC MEDIA LAB, FUTURE INTERFACES SERIES, New York, NY
Panelist, Future Interfaces Event held at Razorfish NYC, February 23, 2013

IXDA13 INTERACTION DESIGN ASSOCIATION, Toronto, Canada
“Making Meaning in an Internet of Things”, January 30, 2013

AIGA/NY@PARSONS, New York, NY
Panelist, “The New Future of Design”, December 12, 2012

MAKER FAIRE NYC 2012, New York, NY
Panelist, “Design and DIY: How Makers are Influencing Product Design”, September 29, 2012

UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA, Barcelona, Spain
“Bringing Objects to Life with Form, Code and Electronics”,  September 26, 2012

FABRICA RESEARCH CENTER, Treviso, Italy
“Bringing Objects to Life Through Form, Code and Electronics”, September 24, 2012

REASONS TO BE CREATIVE, New York, NY
“Bringing Objects to Life at the Intersection of the Physical and the Digital”, June 2012

TEDxDrexel, Philadelphia, PA
“Bringing Objects to Life Through Form, Code and Electronics”, May 15, 2012

TEDxEMORY, Atlanta, GA
“Expressive Devices and the Internet of Things”, April 21, 2012

MARYMOUNT SCHOOL OF NY, Middle School, New York, NY
“One Career, Many Disciplines: Bringing Creativity and Technology Together”, October 29, 2011

PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Interior Architecture Program, New York, NY
“Design, Technology and Sustainability: New Tools and Fresh Approaches”, July 6, 2011

IIT INSTITUTE OF DESIGN, Invite Speaker Series,Chicago, IL
“Interaction Design at the Intersection of Objects, Information and Spaces”, September 16, 2011

2010 SKETCHING IN HARDWARE CONFERENCE, Philadelphia, PA
“Making Objects Expressive with Dynamic Behaviors”, July 29, 2011

CHI2011 CONFERENCE, Vancouver, Canada
“The Shape of Simon: The Creative Design of a Humanoid Robot Shell”, May 7-12, 2011
“Art and Interaction”, Panelist
Design Community Co-Chair

2010 DESIGN AND EMOTION CONFERENCE, Chicago, IL
“Finding Love in Everyday Objects”, Presentation and Workshop, October 4, 2010

2010 SKETCHING IN HARDWARE CONFERENCE, Los Angeles, California
“The Challenges of Design for NUI”, July 24, 2010

CHI2010 CONFERENCE, Atlanta, GA
Lecture and panel discussion, “Design at CHI: Information in the Palms of Our Hands”, April 14, 2010

HORITZO TV, Barcelona, Spain
“Carpeta Compartida”, guest featured on Artist Showcase pilot show, November 14, 2009

NIU GALLERY, Barcelona, Spain
“De la realitat a la virtualitat i viceversa”, September 10, 2009

SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSTIY, COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Southampton, U.K.
“Robots!” Lecture, September 30, 2008

FLASH ON THE BEACH, Brighton, U.K.
“Robots! The Interface Designer’s Holy Grail” Featured speaker, October 2, 2008

DORA MAAR HOUSE, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON, Ménerbes, France
Artist talk, August 29, 2008

AWARE HOME, GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Guest speaker, “From Virtual to Real and Back”, April 18, 2008

CHI2008 CONFERENCE, Alt Chi Program, Florence, Italy
“Fragile: A Case Study for Evoking Specific Emotional Responses”, April 5-10, 2008

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Crossing Boundaries in Design Lecture ID Series, Atlanta, GA
“From Real to Virtual and Back”, Guest speaker, January 30, 2008

FLASH ON THE BEACH, Brighton, U.K.
“From Real to Virtual and Back”, Featured speaker, November 5, 2007

CONNECTING ’07, ICSID/IDSA International Congress, San Francisco, CA,
“E-Sketching”, Workshop and Presentation, October  2007

DORKBOT ATLANTA, Atlanta, GA
“Crafting Control: The Joy of Interacting in Real Time”, Featured speaker, October 2007

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Mechanical Engineering 2110 seminar, Atlanta, GA
“Brainstorming Techniques”, “Scenarios as a Design Tool”, Guest speaker, October 2007

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, New Media Day, Savannah, GA
“The Hybrid Designer”, Featured speaker, April 2007

FROG DESIGN, Webcam presentation to the San Francisco Digital Media Design Team
“Interface and Object Design”, March 2007

SUNY, Oswego, NY, At the Intersection Conference
“Art, Work, Interaction”, Plenary speaker, March 2007

KICKER CORPORATION, Offsite Meeting, Lacoste, France, Corporate Research Trip for Student Project Work
“Visualizing Sound”, Lecture, February 2007

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Lacoste, France
“Fragile: Handle With Care, an Interactive Installation”, Artist talk, February 2007

THAMES VALLEY UNIVERSITY, Ealing and Reading, UK
“Art, Work, Interaction”, March 2006

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Visiting Artist Series, Lacoste, France
Artist talk, March 2006

FLASH IN THE CAN 2005 CONFERENCE, Toronto, Canada
“Sculpting with Sound”, Lecture and workshop, April 2005

FLASHFORWARD 2005 CONFERENCE, New York, NY
“Ask the Experts” Session, July 2005

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, Guest Lecture Series, Syracuse, NY
Artist talk and technology lecture, Syracuse, NY March 2005

FLASHBELT 2005 CONFERENCE, Minneapolis, MN
“Sculpting With Sound” workshop and “Sound Design” artist talk, June 2005

FLASHFORWARD 2003 CONFERENCE, New York, NY
“Ask the Experts” session, July 2003

NUOVE MODALITA ESPRESSIVE NELL’ERA DEL DIGITALE, Palermo, Italy
Featured speaker and artist, July 2004

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN,  Savannah, GA
“Art First” Faculty lecture series, artist talk, February 2004


TELEVISION APPEARANCES
During my time as Director of the Engineering Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, I appeared on several television news and lifestyle programs to showcase the findings of my product review work. Check out a sample of these here and here.

  • LIFETIME/Cable, “Our Home”, September 9, 1994
    Segments on energy saving batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs with Marc Summers
  • CBS/Network, “CBS This Morning”, December 16, 1994
    Segment on single use cameras, with commentator Heidi Kaufman
  • NBC/WBAL, Pittsburgh, local news, January 1995
    A guided tour of the work taking place at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
  • CBS/WCBS/New York, “News at Noon”, July 18, 1995
    Segment on cordless telephones, with commentator Roseanne Colletti
  • FOX/WNYW/New York, “News at Ten”, August 1995
    “FOX Business Report” segment on cordless telephones, with commentator John Roland
  • LIFETIME/Cable, “Our Home”, February, 1996
    Segment on bathroom scales with Ernie Anastos
  • AMERICA’S TALKING/Cable, “Wake Up America!”, February 6, 1996
    Live segments on automotive theft prevention devices: the Club and its competitors
  • CNN/Cable, “Your Money”, February 1996
    Segments on steering wheel locks
  • FOX/WNYW/New York, “Fox Business News”, March 6, 1996
    Segment on smoke detectors, with commentator John Roland
  • CNBC/Cable, “Steals and Deals”, March 12, 1996
    Segments on smoke detectors with commentator Jim Donovan
  • CBS/WCBS/New York, “News at Five”, March 13, 1996
    “Troubleshooter” segment on smoke detectors, with commentator Roseanne Colletti
  • FOX/WNYW/New York, “Fox Business News”, March 26, 1996
    Segment on the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal, with commentator John Roland
  • WNBC/NBC/New York, “Today in New York”, April 1996
    Live panel discussion on smoke detectors
  • AMERICA’S TALKING/Cable, “Wake Up America!”, May 7, 1996
    Live segments on smoke detector comparisons
  • CNBC/Cable, “Steals and Deals”, May 14, 1996
    Segment on 35mm point and shoot cameras with commentator Jim Donovan
  • CNBC/Cable, “Steals and Deals”, June 11, 1996
    Segments on steering wheel locks and digital satellite dishes with commentator Jim Donovan
  • FOX/WNYW/New York, “News at Ten”, June 1996
    “FOX Business Report” segment on 35mm point and shoot cameras, with commentator John Roland
  • CBS/WCBS/New York, “News at Five”, July 1996
    “Troubleshooter” segment on answering machines, with commentator Roseanne Colletti
  • FOX/WNYW/New York, “News at Ten”, July 1996
    “FOX Business Report” segment on answering machines, with commentator John Roland
  • CBS/Network, “CBS News”, July 22, 1996
    A guided tour of the work taking place at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
  • CBS/WCBS/New York, “News at Noon”, August, 1996
    “Troubleshooter” segment on satellite dishes for digital TV, with commentator Roseanne Colletti
  • FOX/WNYW/New York, “News at Ten”, August 1996
    “FOX Business Report” segment on mini satellite dishes for digital TV, with commentator John Roland
  • CBS/WCBS/New York, “News at Noon”, September, 1996
    “Troubleshooter” segment on home humidifiers, with commentator Roseanne Colletti
  • CBS/WCBS/New York, “News at Five”, December 1996
    “Troubleshooter” segment on winter coat technology, with commentator Roseanne Colletti