Alexis Hope

Alexis is an artist, designer, and researcher based at the MIT Media Lab. She serves as the Design Director for the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck project, as well as the Creative Director of TEN FWD, a design studio focused on creating playful, experimental objects and experiences. 

Alexis is currently finishing her PhD at the MIT Media Lab, focused on participatory processes for technology design. She also studies furniture design and woodworking at the North Bennet Street School and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In her art practice, Alexis has worked on electronics-embedded wearables, sculptural tools for the zero-gravity environment, and audio interfaces for exploring hidden sonic infrastructures.

Prior to joining MIT, Alexis led a team to develop a portable, low-cost ultrasound machine alongside midwives and radiologists in Kenya, Uganda, and Seattle. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2012 - 2015, focusing on bringing human-centered and participatory research methods to technology design. As part of her commitment to participatory design, she teaches and helps organize unique hackathons and civic technology workshops around the world. In her free time, she sings and plays bass in a band called Calico Beach Party.