Dutch Artist and Innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relationship between people, technology and space. Inspired by nature’s gifts since an early age, such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfishes, his fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs that include, Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog).
Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a Master in Architecture, Delft, The Netherlands. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of Designers and Engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’ building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands. Roosegaarde has won the London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China’s Most Successful Design Award. He has exhibited worldwide and was selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker, and frequently speaks at conferences across the world such as TED and Design Indaba.