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Tom Metcalfe

Tom is a designer and a producer, specialising in object and experience design

He’s currently working on a number of research and startup projects that explore experiences in the Internet of Things and has recently produced REACT Objects Sandbox – a programme that funded and supported six collaborations between academics and creative studios to explore human experiences in the Internet of Things.

He has a background in both academia and industry, having recently worked in senior positions at rAndom International and the Product Research Studio in Dundee. He’s the co-founder of Fieldguide, an occasional collective and sometimes journal for people interested in design, technology, society and the intersections where they overlap.

Tom is also part of the creative cohort involved in the 'Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces' project exploring how cutting-edge robotics might impact upon the way public spaces are experienced and bridge the gap between how we communicate in person and online.

His work has been presented and exhibited at Selfridges, Wellcome Trust, British Library, Christie’s, V&A and Design Miami as well as at design and technology festivals such as London Design Festival and the Mozilla Festival.

He’s produced events and hackathons, with a focus on making and physical hacks and has been module leader and tutor on postgraduate Product Design programmes. He’s also delivered workshops and talks internationally around objects, experience design and emerging technologies at events including O'Reilly Solid, SXSW, UnBox Labs, Sotheby’s and NID India as well as for organisations such as Ogilvy and Arts Council England.


Tom Metcalfe will be featuring in Session 3 - Tools

Make:Shift Presenters

Dr Sarat Babu
Julia Bennett
Lauren Bowker
Gerard Briscoe
Mark Burrows
Annabelle Campbell
Mark Champkins
Professor Daniel Charny
Amy Congdon
Professor Geoffrey Crossick
Gina Czarnecki
Boris Debackere
Matt Durran
Lizete Druka
Michael Eden
Gregory Epps
Bronac Ferran
Grant Gibson
Dr Karen Ingham
Michelle Kasprzak
Professor Roger Kneebone
Dr Zoe Laughlin
Professor Julia Lohmann
Martina Margetts
Alex McLean
Tom Metcalfe
Dr Mark Miodownik
Ammar Mirjan
Gareth Neal
Professor Raymond Oliver
Dr Claire Pajaczkowska
Professor Mike Press
Fi Scott
Professor Lucy Di Silvio
Rhian Soloman
Dr Becky Stewart
Dries Verbruggen