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Sonaar Luthra


Sonaar is a TED Fellow, a graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and a recent recipient of a Speaker & Specialist Grant in Water Quality & Climate Change from the US State Department.  He spent his time at ITP developing low-cost water sensing hardware, and led the winning team of the 2010 NYU Stern School of Business Social Venture Competition.  He taught Physical Computing at New York’s GreenFab Laboratory and worked as a reporter for the India Today Group.

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Benedetta Piantella

VP Engineering

Benedetta is an ITP Graduate, founder of T4D Lab, a co-founder of GroundLab, an adjunct professor at NYU Polytechnic & NYU ITP, and a Technology Architect at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. A graduate of ITP, Benedetta specializes in building sustainable solutions to humanitarian, social and environmental challenge worldwide. She has designed prototyped, manufactured and field tested projects in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and built partnerships with the UN, UNICEF & the Earth Institute.

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Eric Rosenthal

Senior Scientist

Eric is an expert in optical and radio engineering and the inventor of the spectral technologies underlying Water Canary ‘s hardware.  He is a former VP of Advanced Technology Research at Disney Imagineering, and his work has been sponsored by NASA, DARPA, the NSA, and the Naval Research Lab.

Sarah Szalavitz

Sarah Szalavitz


Sarah is the founder of 7-Robot, a social design company, teaches social design at the MIT Media Lab, and regularly consults for large corporations like Microsoft, Nokia and Hasbro.  She has a JD from Harvard Law and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Red Burns, founder and Chief Collaborations Officer of ITP
John Dimatos, Head of Applications at Makerbot Industries
Derek Dukes, CEO and Co-Founder of Dipity
Tom IgoeCo-Founder of Arduino and author of "Making Things Talk"
Jono Rosen,VP of Technology Ventures at Applied Minds
Eric Rasmussen, Founder of Strong-Angel
Kevin Slavin, Founder of Area/Code
Clay Shirky, social media expert and author of "Cognitive Surplus"
Dr. Philip Tierno, Clinical Professor of Medical Microbiology, Ecology & Human Metagenomics, NYU