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The Festival of Urgent Reinventions is a 2-day event to question and reimagine how we can use our skills to build a more accessible, equitable future. The Festival of Urgent Reinventions is a 2-day event to question and reimagine how we can use our skills to build a more accessible, equitable future. The Festival of Urgent Reinventions is a 2-day event to question and reimagine how we can use our skills to build a more accessible, equitable future.


Feb 4-5, 2021
8:45 - 9:00a PST

Get Settled

The video feed will be available from the home page. Time to get settled and prepare for the day.
9:00a - 9:05a PST


Presented by Jasmine Burton, Emcee
Get acquainted with the day’s events.
9:05a - 9:25a PST Brief

Equity in Wellness

Presented by Nicole Cardoza
Wellness should be accessible to everyone. How can we use privileged practices to address social isolation in underserved communities?

This talk and brief is presented by Nicole Cardoza – an award-winning serial social entrepreneur, investor and author committed to making wellness accessible for everyone.
9:30 - 9:45a PST

Breathing Break

Virtual Meditation with Nicole Cardoza
Recenter your mind and body with this guided meditation.
10:00 - 10:30a PST Brief

Reducing Plastic Pollution

Presented by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez
By 2050, the ocean could have more plastic than fish. How do we find new ways to reduce waste in our community and on our collective earth?

This talk and brief is presented by Rodrigo García González – Designer, architect, inventor, and co-founder of Notpla – a revolutionary material made from seaweed and plants.
10:30 - 10:45a PST

Make Your Mark

Drawing Exercise with Kate Bingaman-Burt
Learn to draw inspiration from daily objects with this soothing and recalibrating illustration exercise. This workshop is hosted by Kate Bingaman-Burt, an illustrator, educator, author and workshop giver.
11:00 - 11:30a PST Brief

Connections for the Disadvantaged

Presented by Alex Stephany
With the pandemic pushing millions of people into poverty, how can we provide disadvantaged groups in our communities more access to professional opportunities?

This talk and brief is presented by Alex Stephany – CEO and Founder of Beam, a crowdfunding platform that helps disadvantaged people receive job training.
11:30 - 12:00p PST


Musical Performance
Tune in and tune out with this 7 piece hip-hop collective based in Brooklyn, NY, with a message centered around love, positivity and inclusion.
12:00 - 12:30p PST


Stretch your body and rest your eyes
12:30 - 12:45p PST

Jasmine Burton

Live Q&A
Jasmine is a social inclusion and design specialist with a focus on gender equity, meaningful youth engagement, and innovation in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and global health sectors. Hear her story and participate in an open Q&A.
12:50 - 1:05p PST Brief

The Inequity of Education

Presented by Gitanjali Rao
The pandemic shined a harsh light on the inequities in our education system. How can we give underserved communities access to the knowledge and learning they deserve?

This talk and brief is presented by Gitanjali Rao – student, author, pianist, fencer, speaker, community volunteer, science enthusiast, STEM promoter and Time Magazine’s Kid of the Year.
1:05 - 1:15p PST


Jasmine Burton, Emcee
A moment to reflect on the day, and officially wrap day One of the Festival programming. Communication and collaboration will continue on Slack.
9:15 - 9:30a PST

Welcome Back

Jasmine Burton, Emcee
A moment to kickstart the day together and set the expectations for Day Two of the Festival.
9:30 - 9:45a PST

Beth Koigi

Origin Story
Beth Koigi is the founder of Majik Water, creating new sources of affordable, clean drinking water for water scarce communities. Hear how Koigi’s experience of growing up in Kenya with contaminated water inspired her to develop a machine that converts air into water.
9:45 - 10:00

Movement Exercise

Jordan Hayles
Jordan Hayles is hosting a movement exercise, since moving your body is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your mind.
10:00 - 10:30a PST

Pariss Athena

Origin Story + Q&A
Pariss Athena is the creator of the #BlackTechTwitter hashtag and movement, proving that the “pipeline problem” in tech isn’t true and that there is an entire community of Black technologists in the industry. Hear her story and participate in the open Q&A that follows.
10:45 - 11:15a PST

Caroline Sinders

Origin Story + Q&A
Caroline Sinders examines the intersections of technology’s impact in society, interface design, artificial intelligence, abuse, and politics in digital conversational spaces. She’ll review a few of her most recent projects and open the session up for Q&A.
11:15 - 11:45a PST

New York Calling

Origin Story + Q&A
New York Calling is a group of designers, visual merchandisers, art directors, and creatives working to help NYC healthcare workers in dire need of protective gear (PPE) to combat COVID-19.
11:45 - 12:30p PST


Digital Delta Workshop
Headstream Innovation hosts this workshop, describing a tool they built that helps measure the social impact of ideas and products.
12:30 - 12:55p PST


Musical Performance
Take a break and soothe your soul with Adeline. A live musical performance by the French-Caribbean singer/ bassist with a musical blend of funk, R&B and soul – hitting that sonic sweet spot between the past and the future.

Nate Nichols

Origin Story
Founder of Allyship & Action inspires with a talk about the power of the individual.
1:00 - 1:30p PST

Christine Margiotta + Peter Bruce Clark

Social Impact Ventures / For-and Non-Profit Workshop
30-minute workshop focused on social impact ventures from a for-profit lens (Peter) and a nonprofit lens (Christine). They'll be providing a 30-minute session hosted on Zoom, where attendees can pop in and out as they need. The session begins with an introduction and background on their expertise, followed by a Q&A.
1:30 - 1:55p PST

Ronald Rael

Origin Story + Q&A
Ronald Rael and studio; Rael San Fratello, bridged the divide at the US-Mexico border with a bright pink, interactive seesaw. The temporary installation won 2020's Beazley Design of the Year Award. Listen To Ronald Rael’s Inspirational story followed by an engaging Q&A.
1:55p PST

Send Off

Jasmine Burton, Emcee
A moment to reflect on the past two days, officially wrap day Two of the Festival programming, and talk about next steps.
2:00 - 3:00p PST Music

LP Giobbi

Live DJ Set
Wrap up Day 2 with this 1-hour live musical performance from the classically-trained jazz pianist turned DJ/music director LP Giobbi who crafts genre-defying dance music.