The Team



Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain has received over 70 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being on NPR’s list of  Best Commencement Speeches, Ever, and by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.” She has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “high-tech Terry Gilliam,” and “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter.”  The US State Department has also selected three of Shlain’s films including Connected to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase. Her original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy in New Approaches to Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films employ her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world. Tiffany is a world-renowned speaker and has been featured at institutions including Google, Harvard, NASA, and Fortune 500 companies. Tiffany was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, is an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She has contributed articles for Harvard Business Review, Documentary Magazine and was listed by Indiewire & FastCompany for her writing on twitter. TED Conferences published her first book, titled Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks,which premiered simultaneously with the accompanying 10 min film and has been writing a quarterly newsletter called Breakfast @ Tiffany’s since 1998. She runs an independent film studio + lab in San Francisco called The Moxie Institute. Tiffany lives in Northern California with her husband and collaborator Ken Goldberg (an artist & professor of robotics at UC Berkeley) and their two children. Her films and work often wrestle with the good, the bad and the potential of technology. She and her family are on their 6th year unplugging each week for 24 hours as part of their “technology shabbats,” which she has written about, given talks about, and explores in many of her films.

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Tiffany Shlain


Sawyer Steele is Senior Producer and co-founder of Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. He has produced, written, and co-edited several award-winning films including the Sundance film Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology; The Adaptable Mind; A Declaration of Interdependence, and many more. He was Voice Over Director for the award-winning Sundance film The Royal Road. He produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender and his thoughts around the past, present, and future of being trans. He co-founded Character Day, an annual day that last year had over 93,000 events in 125 countries. Sawyer was born and raised in New England, has a degree from Colby College, and lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, their one-year-old son, and their sweet-as-can-be pitbull.



Ken Goldberg is an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media. At UC Berkeley, Ken teaches and supervises research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media. Ken was awarded dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media. He is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and the School of Information. Ken also has an appointment in the UC San Francisco Medical School’s Department of Radiation Oncology. Ken has published over 150 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media, Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series. Ken was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.


Makenzie’s specialty is forging strategic partnerships, marketing, and executing events that bring about social change. Her background is in educational technology in the K-12 and Higher Education space discussing ways in which students can improve outcomes through technology and experiential learning.  She is passionate about education, especially when it relates to one’s character, interpersonal relationships, and helping to forge leaders of our next generation. She has produced our two global initiatives called Character Day and 50/50 Day. In her spare time she loves to travel to different places, immersing herself in new culture.  She also loves to paint, write, and explore new music.


An award winning filmmaker, entrepreneur and activist, Julie Hermelin was a creative producer on the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here with @TiffanyShlain, co-founded the social recommendation site, Momstamp and, executive produced the pro-choice benefit compilation, “Spirit of ’73: Rock for Choice.” Julie leverages her social network for social change, founding and chairing The XX Fund, a women’s philanthropic collective that supports non-profits for LA’s most vulnerable women and girls. @juliehermelin



Una Lorenzen is the Art Director and Animator for Let it Ripple’s recent short films and for The Moxie Institute’s Emmy-nominated series The Future Starts Here. Based in Montreal and originally from Iceland, Una has been creating short films and fascinating visual worlds  for documentaries, live action films, music and art events of all sorts since she graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2009 with an MFA in Experimental Animation. She also received a BFA in Graphic Design from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2004, utilizing mixed media techniques to construct a distinctive visual experience for each project. Her personal work has been screened at multiple festivals and galleries such as MOMA-New York (Nordic Outbreak Tour), Kro Art Gallery-Vienna (Tricky Women Festival), Nordisk Panorama 5 Cities Film Festival-Scandinavia, Tribeca Underground Festival-New York, National Gallery of Iceland, Fantasia Film Festival-Montreal, Unsound Music Festival-Poland, Independent Exposure Tour-USA and on the Artforum website.

Raquel Sancinetti


Raquel Sancinetti is an animator and filmmaker originally from Brazil. She studied International Relations and Semiotics before obtaining her BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University in 2013. Her films have been screened in over 40 international festivals, and her last stop motion short, Cycle, won 4 awards, including best animated short at PISAF in South Korea. She currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.