Sabine Seymour

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Founder @ SUPA. Founder @ MOONDIAL. Chief Data Officer @ polypoly. Faculty Member @ Singularity University Portugal. Technical Advisor @ Alerje. Researcher. Professor. Author. Keynote Speaker. Athlete. Body Sensorist.

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As a technologist, I conceive products at the intersection of sensors, data, and the body. As an economist, I use distributed technologies to build data cooperatives and business models to empower citizens to gain financial value from their data.

I am Austrian born, lived in Paris, Sydney, and New York. Now you find me in the Austrian mountains, Lisbon, and Cape Town. My passion is bio-dynamic food as medicine and sports as therapy. I am an avid snowboarder, skier, surfer, golfer, hip hop dancer – and sneakerhead, and built a helmet as game controller in 1996.

You can contact me via LinkedIn or MOONDIAL.

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ENTREPRENEUR. I like setting up new ventures. I founded my first think tank MOONDIAL in 1998 in New York and 2007 in Vienna. My recent venture SUPA® is democratizing data by tokenizing the body™. SUPA was launched in 2016 at the Demo Day at NewInc in New York. SUPA is now in stealth mode in Europe to set up a data cooperative for healthcare. In January 2019 I first presented the aspect of getting paid for data at the World Web Forum in Zurich. SUPA started as SOFTSPOT in New York in 2015 by making apparel a biometric data sensor after winning the WomenWhoTech Challenge in New York in 2015 and receiving a grant from Craig Newmark (Craig’s List). Forbes produced a video about SUPA Apparel as Data Platform and Mercedes used it in an original movie. SOFTSPOT was a finalist at the SXSW Accelerator Wearable Technologies, finalist at Project Entrepreneur (Rent the Runway Foundation), finalist at DKNY Challenge, and invited to the NASA Solutions Meeting at the Space Center Houston.

PROFESSIONAL POSITION. I join visionary teams. In April 2020 I joined as Chief Data Officer. And in the very early days of the Internet (as early as 1996) I worked as Client Partner, Mobility Specialist at Razorfish (the original one on Mercer Street in New York), and had various stints from programming Java to leading the creative team for Nike Running at R/GA, Hewlett-Packard, and Open Systems in New York, Vienna, and Zurich.

BOARD MEMBER, INVESTOR, ADVISOR. I like to enable visions. I serve as a board member, investor, and adviser for companies that are into digital health, bio-dynamic food, and extreme sports. In March 2020 I joined the food allergy startup Alerje as Technical Advisor.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. I inspire novel approaches. In March 2020 I officially joined Singularity University Portugal as a Faculty Member and presented at the Singularity Virtual CoVid19 Summit. In 2019 I joined Zukunftsinstitut as a professional speaker. I am an invited domain expert for Disney, Autodesk, NASA, Lufthansa and public speaker at TEDx, SXSW, Ars Electronica.

PROFESSOR AND RESEARCHER. I share my research. In the fall 2019 I joined Interface Culture at the University of Arts in Linz as guest professor and researcher focusing on new data governance based on an ethical management of data can ensure users to gain both privacy and financial value. Previously, I was the inaugural professor and director of the Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons School of Design in New York, led the research project BODYMETAPHOR with co-researcher Miriam Steele at the New School of Social Research, conceived Computational Cellulose at Aalto University.

CURATOR AND NON-PROFIT BOARD MEMBER. I curate art and science. I was the Chair of the Rockefeller Foundation funded Computational Fashion Research Initiative at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. I was Member of the Board of the non-profit European Cultural Center. I guest curated the MAK Fashion Lab at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna.

AUTHOR. I write books. Fashionable Technology (2008), Functional Aesthetics (2010), and Computational Fashion (2014). I currently work on a new publication with the working title Social Data Capitalism.

MENTOR AND JUROR. I like to provide feedback. In June 2018 I became an expert reviewer for the European Commission. I was also a StartUp mentor at NEWINC incubator, Vienna Economic Agency Creative Industries, and juror at organizations like the German Design Award and Ars Electronica.

AWARDS. People like what I do. I received numerous awards including the Michael Kalil Fellowship for Smart Design in 2000. I was a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow Finalist. And I was featured as an exemplary for my life’s work at the Museum of Applied Arts 150 years anniversary exhibition in Vienna in 2014.

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PRESS. I got some street cred. I was called inventor of the future by Cool Hunting and have been featured in Wired, Vogue, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and appeared on PBS, NBC, and ORF.

EDUCATION. I got some schooling. I hold a PhD and joint-MSc/MBA in Economics and Social Sciences from Vienna University of Economics and Columbia Business School in New York, and a Master in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

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