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German designer Stefan Diez creates beautiful, simple furniture with a combination of craftsmanship and innovative industrial design.
Brooklyn-based Ekene Ijeoma is a socially-focused interdisciplinary artist and designer who uses data to translate overlooked facts into informed feelings.
Great Things to People (gt2P)
Chilean architecture, art and design studio Great Things to People (gt2P) experiment with digital crafting to systematise local knowledge and cultural heritage.
Osborne Macharia is a self-taught commercial and advertising photographer born and bred in Nairobi, Kenya and with a bachelors in architecture.
Triggerfish Animation studio CEO Stuart Forrest is the producer of Africa's two most successful film exports: "Adventures in Zambezia" and "Khumba".
Architect and urban designer Winy Maas is a co-founder of Rotterdam-based architecture studio MVRDV and The Why Factory.
Nairobi-based "Blinky" Bill Sellanga is a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer and one fourth of Kenyan art and music collective, Just a Band.
Chris Sheldrick is the founder of what3words, an addressing app that assigns a sequence of three simple words to any location in the world.
Berlin-based South African artist Robin Rhode uses public space as a stage for his highly visual work.
Freestyle Love Supreme
Freestyle Love Supreme is an American hip-hop crew with a TV show in which five performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hip-hop improv ride with no script.
Marina Willer is a Pentagram partner and creative director with a background in graphic design, branding and filmmaking.
Lernert & Sander
Dutch artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander are known for their installations and high-conceptual art films.
Jabu Nadia Newman and The Foxy Five
Jabu Nadia Newman is a South African artist who works through the mediums of photography and film. She is also the creator of The Foxy Five webseries.
Conceptual artist Koen Vanmechelen explores the importance of biocultural diversity, identity and community in his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project.
Zimbabwean activist and social entrepreneur Chido Govera uses coffee waste to grow mushrooms and provide sustainable income for orphans.
João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga
João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga is an artist, composer and maker of physical and virtual "things" that play with reality by deconstructing it.
Lindiwe Matshikiza is an artist, performer, director and writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
"We are because each other." Introducing the Dear Ribane production company.
Kjetil Thorsen is a founding partner of the Norwegian architecture and landscape design firm Snøhetta and leads their Oslo-based office.
Luis von Ahn
Tech entrepreneur and crowdsourcing pioneer Luis von Ahn is best known for creating CAPTCHAs and the language-learning platform Duolingo.
American guitarist and composer Kaki King is known for her genre-defying percussive and jazz-like melodies and energetic live shows.
Giorgia Lupi is an award-winning information designer, artist and the co-author of "Dear Data", a book that visualises the details of everyday life.
London-based Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori specialises in upcycled vintage furniture inspired by Nigerian parables and fabrics from Africa.
Dokter and Misses
Husband and wife team Dokter and Misses is a multidisciplinary design company based in Johannesburg.
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