In Brief

Phil Salesses is the founder & CTO at HiOperator, a new tech startup based in San Francisco. He has over 12 years of antidisciplinary experience spanning both public and private sectors. He has served as Chief Creative Officer at Waylens, as well as, worked at Frog Design, Apple, Essess, Marriott and, even, the US Government. Phil earned a B.S. in Geographic Science from James Madison University and a S.M. (not a typo) from the MIT Media Lab.

A picture is worth a thousand words

"I have a personal philosophy in life: If somebody else can do something that I'm doing, they should do it. And what I want to do is find things that would represent a unique contribution to the world - the contribution that only I, and my portfolio of talents, can make happen. Those are my priorities in life." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Talks

"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes." - Otto von Bismarck

2014

  • Mingdao Technology + Business Forum
    "Evil Toasters are Coming"
    Shanghai, China
  • Tongji University
    "Evil Toasters are Coming"
    Shanghai, China

2013

  • Mingdao Headquarters
    "Embracing the Coarse Design Process"
    Shanghai, China

2012

  • The Venice Biennale
    "Future Cities"
    Venice, Italy
  • Pecha Kucha 25
    "Place Pulse"
    Cambridge, MA, USA
  • The United Nations
    "Planning Cities Through the Use of Social Media"
    New York City, NY, USA

2011

  • TEDxMidAtlantic
    "Place Pulse"
    Washington, D.C., USA
  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Meeting
    "Using Data to Make Intelligent Decisions"
    Cambridge, MA, USA

2009

  • US Topographic Engineering Center
    "Ground Plane Estimation Using LIDAR"
    Alexandria, VA, USA
  • USACE Research and Development Conference
    "Vegetation Classification and Modeling from UGVs"
    Memphis, TN, USA

Exhibitions

"Works of art often last forever, or nearly so. But exhibitions themselves, especially gallery exhibitions, are like flowers; they bloom and then they die, then exist only as memories, or pressed in magazines and books." - Jerry Saltz

2013

  • Chicago Cultural Center
    Place Pulse as part of "Spontaneous Interventions"
    Chicago, IL, USA

2012

  • The Venice Biennale
    "Place Pulse" as part of the American Pavilion
    Venice, Italy

2011

  • TEDxMidAtlantic
    Technology demonstration of Place Pulse
    Washington, D.C., USA
  • Ars Electronica
    "Place Pulse" as part of “Sensing Place, Placing Sense”
    Linz, Austria
  • TEDxCambridge
    Technology demonstration of Place Pulse
    Cambridge, MA, USA
  • MIT Media Lab
    Lobby exhibition of "The Product Space"
    Cambridge, MA, USA

2010

  • The Venice Biennale
    "Seaswarm" as part of the Italian Pavilion
    Venice, Italy

Publications

"Academic success depends on research and publications." - Philip Zombardo

selected press

"The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press." - Ida B. Wells

2016







Please feel free to reach out

Drop me a few lines, I tend to jump between services.

ACTIVE

phil.salesses@gmail.com

I'm currently a digital nomad traveling around Europe and Asia.