Kevin Slavin

Faculty and Founder, Playful Systems

Kevin Slavin is faculty and founder of the Playful Systems group at the MIT Media Lab. His group focuses on building systems that delight, instead of systems that explain. These range from mobile games to urban metagenomics.

Prior to MIT, he co-founded several companies including Area/Code (which worked with Nike, Nokia, Disney and others to pioneer locative and cross-platform entertainment, acquired by Zynga in 2011) Everybody at Once (audience development for BBC America and others) and Collective Decision Engines (software applying behavioral economics to market research.)

His most recent work with MIT was part of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and his background includes 10 years as creative and strategy at DDB, Chiat, and others. His TED talk on “How Algorithms Shape the World” has been overexposed on the internet and other places people watch videos.