Disruptive Innovation Festival

Disruptive Innovation Festival Open Mic

Growing A New Future in Design: Working With Mushroom Mycelium

November 18th, 2016

11am ET Live Open Mic

How can mushroom mycelium guide us to a more sustainable and socially responsible future? Join Danielle Trofe of Danielle Trofe Design and Jeff Betts from Ecovative in a live presentation and demonstration of how Mushroom® Materials, a high-performance, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastics, can be used to disrupt industries and change the way we create our interior worlds. Mushroom® Materials are created by combining locally sourced agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium (a living organism), these materials are grown using the power of nature. Learn about how you can start your own hands-on projects using Ecovative’s Grow It Yourself (GIY) kits.

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Jeff Betts

Jeff Betts
Design & Development Lead, Ecovative

Jeff came to Ecovative five years ago with a background in Architecture and fabrication and works with clients to realize product ideas with mushroom materials in both custom and production sizes. He is currently working on product development and design with Myco Board both as a molded product and panel, as well as leading the GIY (Grow It Yourself) program Ecovative offers to anyone interested in growing mushroom material from a dehydrated kit. Jeff has dealt with all levels of manufacturing, post processing, and productizing mushroom material at Ecovative.

Danielle Trofe

Danielle Trofe
Principal & Designer, Danielle Trofe Design

Danielle founded Danielle Trofe Design, a Brooklyn-based design studio creating sustainable solutions at the intersection of science, technology and design, in 2011. By harnessing innovative technologies and material sciences to create functional and accessible design, Danielle aims to encourage a departure from conventional materials and production techniques in search of long-term, sustainable solutions. She is currently seeking a master’s degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University with an aim to direct the studio deeper into Biodesign.