Nicolas Nova is a researcher, consultant, speaker and educator. He is an anthropologist of technology active in the field of interaction design, futures research and digital cultures. His work is focused on observing and documenting digital and new media practices. Nicolas is an active actor in the establishment of Design Fiction, an approach to anticipate and speculate on the near future use of digital technologies.
Nicolas is both co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory, a research agency based in Europe and California, and Associate Professor at the Geneva School of Arts and Design (HEAD – Genève). He is also associate researcher at medialab SciencesPo in Paris.
Nicolas holds a PhD in Social Sciences (University of Geneva), and another PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland). He was previously visiting professor at ENSCI - Les Ateliers (Paris) and Politecnico di Milano, visiting researcher at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), a researcher at the Media and Design Lab (EPFL, Switzerland) and co-founder/curator of the Lift Conferences, a series of international events about digital culture, design and innovation. He has given talks and exhibited his work on the intersections of design, technology and the near-future in venues such SXSW, EPIC, the AAAS conference, O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, PICNIC, NEXT, the design week in Milano, the Institute for the Future, and the MIT Medialab.