Christine Sunu

Speaker Christine Sunu
  • Named General Electric’s Internet of Things Fellow at the BuzzFeed Open Lab for Journalism, Technology and the Arts (2016).
  • She has published medical articles in Nature Genetics, Neuron and Human Molecular Genetics. Her writing and video demos feature on BuzzFeed, the Verge, Particle and more.

You can learn to build your own robot on Sunu’s website, HackPretty, where she posts designs and tutorials that demystify her complex concepts of electronics and modern tech design. Make your own silent coffee grinder or figure out how to water your plants by singing to them. 

The robot humanizer

Christine Sunu builds emotional bridges that span the divide between human and machine. Based on basic human empathy, she creates technology and hardware with emotive, human-centered interfaces that compel people to emotionally connect with non-living objects, such as robots. She’s even proven how quickly that connection happens by “killing” a robot onstage. An ex-biologist with two years of Yale medical school under her belt coupled with a Literary Arts degree from Brown, Christine has researched and written on cancer biology, patient advocacy and narrative medicine. Inspired by an open-source maker ethos, Christine turned her work towards engineering lifelike technology using emotive robot and interface design, ludic engagement, instructive design and low-barrier interactivity. As Creative Director at flashBANG, she continues her work as an all-purpose tech designer, meshing connected technologies with our everyday world and giving companies an edge in smart tech through custom prototyping and data-driven market validation. Christine has implemented developer experiences and run IoT workshops, designs interfaces for patient motivation, and creates hardware and software for research in emerging multidisciplinary fields. She writes and speaks widely about human motivation and interactivity in connected interfaces, and engages an international audience through online open-source tutorials.
“Using technology to enhance what we already see in ourselves and reflect in our creations sounds neither scary nor innocuous. It sounds human.”
Christine on BuzzFeed
  • Named General Electric’s Internet of Things Fellow at the BuzzFeed Open Lab for Journalism, Technology and the Arts (2016).
  • She has published medical articles in Nature Genetics, Neuron and Human Molecular Genetics. Her writing and video demos feature on BuzzFeed, the Verge, Particle and more.

You can learn to build your own robot on Sunu’s website, HackPretty, where she posts designs and tutorials that demystify her complex concepts of electronics and modern tech design. Make your own silent coffee grinder or figure out how to water your plants by singing to them.