Dana Martens is a designer, creative technologist, maker, educator, life-long student and geek working to educate and empower communities to embrace the potential of speculative practice for better understanding how emerging technologies can create future social impact.
They currently work as a UX Designer at Teach for America by day and an Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design by night, designing educational initiatives and consulting on the role of technology-led design for social impact entrepreneurship.
In their spare time, Dana pursues their passion for speculative practice by co-organizing the Speculative Futures NYC Meetup, and is currently working to launch NYC's first Speculative Design conference, PRIMER19, this coming June. Dana also publishes SciFly, a weekly newsletter curating NYC's best speculative design, fiction, art, and emerging technology events.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics from Smith College and Master of Fine Arts with honors in Design + Technology from Parsons School of Design.