Nelly Ben Hayoun

We are thrilled to announce Nelly Ben Hayoun, the “Willy Wonka of design and science”. She creates extreme experiences that enables you to become an astronaut in a living room, while a volcano is erupting on the couch and dark energy is being produced in the sink.


Nelly Ben Hayoun _Photo by Nick Ballon


An award-winning director and Designer of Experiences Nelly works with leading scientists and engineers, to devise subversive events and experiences. Recent collaborations include Beck, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn. Nelly is the Director of the International Space Orchestra in NASA Ames Research Center, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute and Head of Experiences at WeTransfer.


In 2013, Icon Magazine nominated Nelly as one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future”. She was awarded one of the UK largest artistic award, The Arts Council England Exceptional Award for her new project Disaster Playground. In 2014, Wired magazine awarded Nelly with one of 12 WIRED Innovation fellowship, selected by Wired editorial team for their ‘significant impact on the world’.  She’s an academic at world leading institutions including the Architectural Association School of Architecture where she is a Visiting Professor, Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art where she is a lecturer. In her spare time, she is training to be an astronaut.

For YAIC Nelly’s talk is titled “Designing the Impossible!”.

Nov 4th, Bio Paradis, 14.15