ZWC 2016 Conference Date and Keynote Speaker Neri Oxman Announced

Neri Oxman coined the phrase ‘material ecology.’ Now she’s designing a revolution. Oxman’s work harnesses natural processes and innovative thinking to create ground-breaking designs for everything from building materials to haute couture. Oxman is bringing her big ideas to Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference on November 3, 2016, as the keynote speaker for the 6th annual event. This is a unique opportunity to hear a leading thinker at the forefront of zero waste and circular economy principles. Register now and join us for this educational and inspiring opportunity!

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Neri Oxman combines breakthroughs in materials science with design principles found in nature – bringing a sustainable future within reach.

Neri Oxman is an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions, bringing a lush, wondrous, and sustainable future within reach—one where technology and nature live in harmony. Featured on the cover of Fast Company‘s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Oxman transcends the boundaries between art, science and environmentalism.

Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab where she works to enhance the relationship between the built and the natural environments by employing design principles inspired or engineered by nature and implementing them in the invention of novel digital design technologies in areas such as product and architectural design, as well as digital fabrication and construction.

Oxman was named to ICON’s list of the top 20 most influential architects to shape our future, and was selected as one of the 100 most creative people by Fast Company. She was named a “Revolutionary Mind” by SEED Magazine and was included in Esquire‘s Best and Brightest. In 2015 she was named to ROADS’ 100 Global Minds: The Most Daring Cross-Disciplinary Thinkers in the World. She is included in prestigious private collections and has received numerous awards including a 40 Under 40 Building Design + Construction Award, a Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award, the International Earth Award for Future-Crucial Design, and a METROPOLIS Next Generation Award. Oxman received her PhD in design computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, where she coined the term Material Ecology.

Spacesuit or external stomach? Why not both?

Spacesuit or external stomach? Why not both?

In 2008 Oxman was named “Revolutionary Mind” by SEED Magazine. In the following year she was named to ICON’s “top most influential designers and architects to shape our future” and to Esquire’s “Best and Brightest”. In the following year, Oxman was selected to FASCOMAPNY’s “most creative people” and the “10 most creative women in business”. In 2014, Oxman was named to Carnegie’s Pride of America. In 2015, she was named to ROADS’ 100 Global Minds: the Most Daring Cross-Disciplinary Thinkers in the World, and in 2016 she was named a Cultural Leader at the World Economic Forum.  Oxman appeared on the covers of FASTCOMPANY (2010), WIRED UK (2012), ICON (2013), SURFACE (2016), and more.  She has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Fast Company, The Boston Globe and more.

To learn more about her design philosophy and past projects, visit Oxman’s official website at:

On November 3 network with leaders from across the country and the globe, contribute your ideas, and join a national conversation on how we can scale impact through innovation. Find out more and register at: and remember to subscribe to our blog for ongoing updates on this year’s program, speakers, and related zero waste happenings.

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