Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Designer, Consultant, IoT expert and founder of the Good Night Lamp, London, UK Alexandra was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014), Smith & Williamson Power 100 (2017).

Raised between Paris, the Middle East, and Canada Alexandra’s outlook on life was always international and multi-faceted.

Intrigued during her Bachelors degree at the Université de Montréal by the impact of technology on industrial design she attended the prestigious Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, completing the last Masters program they offered in 2006.

She lived and worked in Amsterdam before moving to London in 2007 to start Tinker London, the first UK distributor of the Arduino, a business she co-founded with Massimo Banzi.

As CEO she grew that business offering connected product design services to clients such as BBC, Electricité de France, Alfa Romeo, Whirlpool, Arup, National Geographic, The Evening Standard, Sony, British Telecom, M&S, Volkswagen.

Since 2011 she has been an independent consultant in the space of what became ‘the internet of things’ helping clients understand the new world of connected product experiences and growing her own: the Good Night Lamp. These connected lamps for global friends and family take advantage of mobile networks to help people sync up across time zones and in an ambient way.

She is the author of ‘Smarter Homes: how technology has changed your home life’ published by Apress and has been organising the London Internet of Things meetup now the second largest meetup in the world dedicated to this topic.

Her work is part of the permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art and the London Design Museum. She has also exhibited work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Science Museum of Vienna, the Dublin Science Gallery and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in London.