A poet, touring cyclist, and storyteller, who travels around the world (mostly by bicycle) in order to collect 1001 audio-stories on changes in water & climate. Since “People’s Climate March 2014” in New York, Devi had collected more than 750 recordings from the USA, Fiji, Tuvalu, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Qatar, Morocco, the UK, Canada, China, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Currently she is working on an online-map on her website, where you will be able to click on a country and enjoy a story from the chosen area. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slate, and many other popular newspapers. Moreover, since 2018, Devi is a National Geographic Explorer for the project, recording stories with ArtCirq.
Researcher, strategist, and entrepreneur. He splits his time between West Africa, China, and California (where he is from) partnering with people to build new things, innovate, and explore. He does this through action research, design, and a variety of creative media. His experiments with emerging technologies include virtual reality art at www.sixervr.com, his personal currency JeremyCoin, and virtual reality for emerging markets at www.afrivr.com.
Yerbol is the founder of the projects on the business news site 7kun.kz and the "School of Business Journalism". He graduated from the al-Farabi Kazakh National University faculty of journalism, specializing in "public relations". He also graduated from the Narkhoz University with a degree in "Economics and Business". Worked as a correspondent in the Kazinform agency, editor in chief of the Internet projects on "Kazakhstan" TV channel, a lecturer in al-Farabi KazNU.
Investigative journalist who writes about corruption. He has a few Big Data projects, such as: “Kancelyarskaya Sotnya” - a project where volunteers publish various documents that were shredded by officials; “GarnaKhata” - a catalog of the most expensive housing in Ukraine; declarations.com.ua – a website, where incomes of officials are published.
As a founder of Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan - editorial and news site (buro247.kz), Meruyert Abdir is at the forefront of digital media revolution in Central Asia, establishing her media brand as the most popular industry and consumer destination for high quality content in fashion, design, culture, lifestyle, and becoming the leading voice of modern Kazakhstan media. An alumnus of Regents Business School London in Global Business and Design Management, Meruyert began her career as an intern at Condé Nast International in London. Meruyert is on a constant hunt for best practice in business, media and technology and is a frequent attendee of international forums and events such as the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal and Content Marketing Conference in Cleveland, USA. Employing her global connections and passion for supporting young talents through Buro 24/7 Fashion Forward Initiative and personally, Meruyert is determined to bring best practice to Kazakhstan as well as exporting the intellectual and design talent abroad.