Dr. Kate Stone is the founder of Novalia, a company that uses ordinary printing presses to manufacture interactive electronics using printable conductive ink.
Born in Cheshire, England, Kate Stone has spent the last decade on a journey of discovery from the world of science to that of creative design. Having developed her own technology platform with her team, she aims to create products that are a blend of the magical, old fashioned and futuristic. Over the last years Kate and her team have created experiences as part of advertising campaigns for brands such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Bud Light, Hersheys and IKEA.
Although Stone has a degree in electronics and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University, she believes most of the useful things she learned in life were discovered during four years of travel through Australia and Asia, particularly in the two-year period in which she worked on a sheep farm in the Australian outback. Her love of all things musical means most of the projects she works on inevitably become music-based – a way of “remixing” the input she receives from the world as part of her natural creative process.
At Loop, Dr. Stone and Diana Castro – designer of non-traditional musical interfaces and Professor of Music Interface Design at New York University – will lead music makers, designers and developers in creating new wearable musical interfaces, from concept to prototype to performance.