Christopher Frauenberger

Christopher FrauenbergerProject leader of OutsideTheBox. After studying Telematics at Graz University of Technology he went to London to study for his PhD at Queen Mary. He took up his first post-doctoral position at Sussex University to work on ECHOES II - working with children with autism to develop a virtual learning environment focusing on social skills. After 7 years in the UK, he moved to Brussels, Belgium where he took time off on a self-imposed sabbatical. After three years, and much quality time with his two small children, he was awarded a grant from the Austrian Science Foundation to return to Austria and to lead OutsideTheBox. He cycles, climbs and cooks.

Julia Makhaeva

Julia is a product designer, MA and specialises in social design, social interaction and conceptual work. She graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Dresden in Germany. Prior to joining OutsideTheBox, she was a social and product designer at morethanshelters in Berlin and Hamburg, a social enterprise that creates concepts and solutions for humanitarian needs. Apart from concept and product development, she worked there on participation strategies for design processes and human-centered design. She is exploring how designers might empower stakeholders, particularly children, by means of participation and co-design. She is also interested in how smart materials and technologies could be used as tools for gaining and sharing knowledge.

Katharina Spiel

Katharina studied first Media Culture (B.A.) and then Media Systems (B.Sc.) as well as Computer Science and Media (M.Sc.) at the Bauhaus-Universit├Ąt Weimar. Her master's thesis focuses on the actual effects of novel technologies on gameplay experiences compared to their simple suggestion. Before that she was interested in the development of text-based games with a focus on blind players as well as critical film theory. Before she started at OutsideTheBox she and others conceptualised and realised workshops for film education in primary schools. Her PhD will center around positive experiences of autistic children with technologies. In her free-time, Katharina likes to work with needles and threads.